Cork Tree Restaurant

4.5
2311 reviews
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Californian
Cork Tree Restaurant is built around California products. Local ingredients are used whenever possible and wines of the West Coast, particularly California, are featured.

The wine list is always a work in progress, with a balance of well known wineries, as well as boutique wineries.

Cork Tree enhabits a style rich in California elegance. Large and round booths privately encased in wood and fabric provide intimate spaces for conversation and romance, while providing views of the understated glamor of the dining room. Trees and a natural cascading fountain make the Cork Tree Patio wind-protected and well-appointed for dining under the stars. Additionally, depending on the size of your celebration, two private dining options await.
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EM
Portland
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Very good food. Nice atmosphere.

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RK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were a party of four in the lounge and could not get our all of our food on the table

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J
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love our waiter Greg. He actually remembers us when we come in. Will always request to sit at his table. Everyone is very attentive. Great job!

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P
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third visit in a two week stay in palm Desert. Excellent!! The salmon was superb!!!

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T
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Based on EFFORT... both in the kitchen and out front, I would not go back.

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PE
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a Valentine's Day birthday dinner. The special menu had good choices and included an appetizer, main course and desert for $99. We were seated promptly, had good attentive service, and enjoyed a quiet atmosphere ideal for conversation. Both meals were top quality and presented well. A plus was the wine list quality in the by-the-glass section, a nice improvement since our last visit. Overall a wonderful evening!

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BF
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentine's Day dinner was very special at Cork Tree. Our server Tim was very engaging and fun. He was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. He and the the entire staff provided exceptional service. The food was absolutely delicious - fresh and prepared perfectly. The atmosphere was elegant and relaxing - not at all what one might expect of a restaurant in a strip mall. Looking forward to our next visit to The Cork Tree.

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DT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We have been going to the Corktree since it opened. I was disappointed with the Valentine's day reservation. The only meal available was a prefix for $99 that wasn't specified the day I made the open table reservation. Our waiter appeared asleep at the wheel. He did' know the pre fix menu, had to find out what the desert for two was. We had to look for him twice after we ordered during dinner and he forgot what we requested the second time. There were so many servers rolling dinner carts through the place it reminded me of hospital staff pushing gurneys and was very distracting for what was suppose to be a romantic dinner. WE will have to really consider whether we make reservations there again.

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JG
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous time on a Valentines dinner date with my wife. Our server David was great!

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great to have lighted menus. The servers were top notch. The fresh-baked bread was delicious.

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m
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have dined many times at Cork Tree. Menu, quality of food, cocktails, wine list, service are very good. Even though it is a busy place, the ambiance and noise level is good.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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BA
Palm Springs
62 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten at the Cork Tree a few times. I've never been disappointed. Food, service and ambience are aways first rate and rate 5 Stars. Keep up the fine work and we shall continue to patronize you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Odd location in a strip mall but very nice inside. We had advance reservations and immediately were seated. From that point service was really spotty. Long gaps with no server in sight, some being missed for beverages or bread service, random people coming to our table to the point we weren’t sure who was waiting on us. We closed the place down largely because dinner took much longer due to the service gaps. Food and menu excellent- higher priced dining option but service should match that level.

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OF
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Poor decision to dine outdoors despite the heaters. Service was extremely and unusually slow and the surroundings were uncomfortable. Disappointed in all entrees except salmon and the special pork shank. Sea bass portion was small and very expensive. Duck breast was fatty. Overall, aside from the cold and windy weather in the outdoor seating area, service and food were not up to standard.

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EL
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful outdoor dining. Service was fantastic and the food was marvelous , as usual. Wine list perfect. A great evening for two to celebrate a lot of great times , together.

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N
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy our meals at this fine restaurant. Excellent service and recommendations from Natalie. A lovely evening!

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DP
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely evening in every way. A perfect evening.

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R
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening with superb food and great service.

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J
Las Vegas
29 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service from the manager to our server! Great menu, wine list. We all had different things and everyone in our group loved their choices. A nice find off the beaten path! I’ll be back ASAP!!

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P
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have been going her for years and noticed a big gain in prices for food.

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M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Nice Restaurant but very busy on a Wednesday at 6pm. Did not enjoy our table right in front of the entrance. Server did not alert us to evening specials but maybe was too rushed. Looked like there was some nice tables so maybe will try again

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Amazing
Geat service great food

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W
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Natalie was top notch! Have not seen better. But our busser was superb. Everything he did was timed very well. He has the sense of a pro server, even though he is still in high school. The night was a very nice experience.

Cork Tree is our standard first-night restaurant on every annual Palm Desert vacation!

Well done , everybody!

P. S. It goes without saying that the dinner was out of this world.

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BG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

We always enjoy the food, ambience and professional staff at The Cork Tree.

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L
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at the Cork Tree is fabulous! We have had several meals there and tried different dishes. Each one is well prepared, beautiful presented and absolutely delicious. The service is outstanding. We like to sit on the patio and it is beautiful. We have been in the bar for drinks and appetizers and they too are wonderful. It’s a very busy place so make a reservation. I would highly recommend the Cork Tree.

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l
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was great except noise level..food and service 4 stars

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s
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food good service poor

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DW
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Tasty well presented food! Pleasant service but we had to help clear the table.

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KC
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were welcomed warmly and given our requested booth. Had great service from our server, the busser, and the food runners. We both had the duck, which was delicious. Will return next time we are in Palm Springs.

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S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

This was our 2nd time there and we loved it before (thank you Tim) Our disappointment this time had to do with service, starting at the bar where 3 servers were visiting and we had to approach them to get a drink. Our server (Patrick) was anything but attentive. I had a salad that tasted like it had no dressing but we never saw Patrick again until he brought the bill. It was a Sunday evening and there wasn’t a crowd. Food and drinks are really quite good. If we hadn’t been there before. We probably wouldn’t go back.

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TR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and accommodating service, extensive wine list, and incredible food all around. Highly recommend!

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LT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat out on the patio and loved that the heaters were on. Was so cozy. The ambiance was perfect. The service was great. The food was excellent. My only negative comment was my coffee was Luke warm, but that was a minor inconvenience.

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter - good food

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MH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, presentation, and excellent service. Will return!!

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and comfortable restaurant. Service a trifle slow but very pleasant evening

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CS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good but it took way too long for it to arrive after we had placed our orders

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TD
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoy the Cork Tree and the food and service is always very good. However, I had made the reservation as a special occasion ( birthday) and we were placed at a very poor table location. Too close to the other diners and in a high traffic area.

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C
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

There were 7 of us and the seating was fine for a group this size. The service was spotty. It appeared they were training a few people. Bread was not served till following appetizers. The food was good and portion sizes adequate, but entre prices were high. $50 for a rib-in rib-eye steak that looked and tasted like a $35 rib-eye anywhere else. Same story with the other 4 different entries we were served. Good access and easy parking were a plus.

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CG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was mediocre. Not bad-just nothing to go back -especially for the price. Too high for quality. Our server, Tim, was excellent though. Thanks for your attentiveness, Tim!

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