Cork Tree Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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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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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:15PM - 9:00PM
Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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DD
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and excellent service.

K
Sacramento
46 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great celebration night out. Everything was delicious . It was efficiently served and allowed us to enjoy a leisurely meal with good friends.

i
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience3

My wife and I dined here many times over the years and always had an amazing experience, but our visit last weekend was disappointing. The food was bland and the wedge salad was 4 pieces of iceberg lettuce with 2 cherry tomatoes. The waiter informed us that they acquired a new head chef. Many favorite menu items were gone. Salmon was salty. Sad because we loved this place, but with so many dining options in the area they will need to step it up.

NW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and service by Emilia as our server. Great evening

OT
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, outstanding. The new chef will continue to make the excellent standards and create his own new dishes!

TL
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From our server, Heather to our departure, the evening, food excellent.
We were celebrating a birthday and the cake/dessert were beautiful.

We took a bottle of wine and corkage was only $20.

Great place for a special occasion, and get one of their curved booths, excellent for conversing.

M
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service is friendly and attentive. The shrimp and crab cakes appetizer was outstanding. Unusual preparation with a tomato compote. Definitely going to repeat that.
Entrees were delicious. They are high on their seafood stew. It is solid.
The menu has at least 3 more appetizers and three entrees we are anxious to try. We will be returning.

RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The atmosphere is upscale. It is convenient to the JW Marriott resort. It's probably the best place in the general area. Food was okay but not the highlight.

P
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joshua was the best waiter we have had in awhile anywhere in the desert. Food, ambiance and service all very good. Only ding is it’s pricey. You get what you pay for!

MD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding cuisine and service... would highly recommend it!

SA
Edmonton
31 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Food and service excellent!
Highly recommend!

LS
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The revised menu is a disappointment. We’ve ordered escargot every time we’ve been there. Never again, the new prep is not the same. The lamb price is ridiculous. Generally the experience was a disappointment and while we may return it won’t be with nearly the frequency of the past.

P
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have dinner here when we are in Palm Desert. We were not disappointed. I had duck and guests had scallops. Both were memorable. Chocolate lava cake topped off a delicious meal. Waiter was helpful, attentive and friendly.

OT
Acapulco
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Cork tree was one of our preferred restaurants and used to go at least once every fifteen days, our favorite was the escargots... not anymore, we could tell since our arrival that the place was empty (always was packed), when we left it was barely half of the tables occupied.
Needless to say that the new Cheff (5 star Michelin as they announced) was not comparable to Brian. We also ordered Ricotta dumplings and ended up on a plate with nothing but ricotta with some tomato sauce, never found a dumpling in two orders we asked.
The manager came to our table at the end knowing we had some issues and when I told her about the escargots, she debate with me instead of just a sorry about not liking them, not nice manners for a table that already showed dislike during their dinner.

The rest of the food was good, nothing spectacular, so sorry we’ll miss coming back.

OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall we enjoyed it very much. Large Caesar salad was so small it made us laugh.

l
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food! In our group we had the lamb, sea bass and salmon. All dishes were perfectly prepared. We sat outside, it was a delightful evening. The wait staff was attentive but not intrusive.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Opening nite of the season. Not a good experience. Kitchen apparently struggling with new personnel. Only 4 scallops that were so tough my wife could only eat 2. The choppino had a different heavy tomato sauce and was skimpy on sea food. Main course took long time to come out. Compared to previous meals there, this was a big disappointment, particularly for my 80th. Service and ambiance was good. Don’t know whether we’ll go back, certainly not on opening nite.

l
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

There isn't anything that stands out about Cork Tree - the food was okay, but very pricey for just okay food. It is nice that you can get a half order of a salad as a starter. Other than that, it was a very forgettable meal, but because we dined with friends, we had a good time anyway.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way

AG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love coming to Cork Tree for dinner.
I had the salmon and my boyfriend had the scallops. Both were so delicious. We shared a small ceaser salad which was just right. Great wine too!
I look forward to the Fall when you return with more wonderful food and fabulous service.
Thank you Cork Tree

l
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and make a point to visit every time we are in Palm Desert. The service is always amazing. You feel very pampered and special while you are there. You never feel rushed. I highly recommend the sea bass and the ciopipino. They close for the season. So be sure to dine before June 30th.

r
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have visited this restaurant many times and it is one of my favorites.

We brought a nice old Pinot Noir since we knew we were having duck. The wine service was perfect and the wine was decanted.

We had the mini wedge salads. Very nice to excellent. They have gone from diced tomato to a single sliver which looks great but doesn't really work. I would change it back...

I go for the duck with mushroom risotto. The duck was a PERFECT med rare, but the pom syrup as a sauce didn't work - needed acid. A port wine reduction or virtually any other sauce would have been preferable. The risotto had great consistency but how you pair butternut squash in a wild mushroom risotto is beyond me - the mushroom flavor was LOST and as a side it was another meh. The entree was served with roasted brussel sprouts (not a favorite) which were cooked well but lacked something (like bacon) to make them interesting. So what was once a 5 star meal and a 5 star restaurant barely qualifies as 4 star - and at $37 it is almost an insult to both me and the duck breast! I did let the wait staff know (one waiter that had served us on 4 previous occasions wandered by and I think he remembered us well enough to perhaps take the comments back.

The deserts are fine but tired. The chocolate molten cake with ice cream was a nice way to finish the red wine and enjoy a ruby port to BUT surely a restaurant this good can come up with some interesting options! A mango mousse or anything lighter (that isn't sherbet) would be very welcome. I think the braised short ribs should reappear as well!

I have read some of the negative comments here and wonder when they could possibly have come! The lovely part of this restaurant is the wait staff, very smart interior design that keeps the ambient noise down and lit menus are very smart.

L
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service & quiet for conversation. We were not rushed at all & could take our time. They even gave my husband a free dessert for his birthday!

Q
Palm Springs
54 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to the Cork Tree Restaurant. The food is always very good to excellent, and the service is excellent

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner!

2
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit here. We purposely stayed overnight in Palm Desert on our way to Scottsdale to eat at Cork Tree Restaurant! My husband had a repeat of the Pork Shank which he said is the best ever! I had the cioppino...outstanding! The chef recognized that you can’t throw all of the seafood into the broth at once unless you want rubberized seafood. The Cioppino was delicious and full of lobster, crab, scallops, shrimp, mussels Etc! Each ingredient was added at the precise time to perfection.

CK
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the great food and service! You can't go wrong at Cork Tree!

JW
Palm Springs
36 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Cork Tree; one of our favorites. Everyone should go before it closes this winter. The staff is always wonderful

JE
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

A REQUEST FOR SEPARATE CHECKS WERE IGNORED. WHEN ONE COUPLE ARE DRINKERS, THE SECOND COUPLE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE TO PAY FOR THEM. A SERVER SHOULD BE ATTENTIVE TO THAT REQUEST.

KC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The outdoor patio is very nice. Beautiful and relaxing outdoors with lights in large palm trees and a big rock feature fountain. Food was very good.
Unfortunately, the service wasn’t so great. The server was too casual & forgot to bring us bread after he offered it to us, and he didn’t follow up to see how we liked our meal, and we had to ask for more water. His service didn’t at all match up to the ambiance and prices of the restaurant.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite dining spot. Natalie’s & the kitchen’s service & tempo was outstanding. Easy to recommend to locals & visitors looking for a perfect dining experience.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, a wonderful meal and fantastic service. Great night!

JW
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great chef, great food, great ambiance. This was our 2nd visit in a week and we will be back.

RR
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and tasty dining! We thoroughly enjoyed our first experience at the Cork Tree. Our server was very personable, funny, and on top of it. He interacted well with my 10-year-old daughter, which always impresses me. (Many servers assume a child won't behave well in a nice restaurant.) He accommodated our split plate, substitutions, and answered all of our questions. The food was divine, too. We will definitely go back!

OT
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner and the service was great

R
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table for 5 on the patio as we had our dog with us. From the people at the door who greeted us and welcomed our dog, to our server, Wendy, to all of the busboys and food runners, all were very friendly and professional. Could not have asked for a better experience.
The food was delicious. Will be back.

GD
Palm Springs
51 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We enjoyed our evening at Cork Tree. The service was excellent. It is a lovely restaurant. Our cuisine was good, not outstanding. We will visit again and hopefully the cuisine will be as excellent as our service was.

LT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good overall experience. Gift certificate from our daughter, and we loved it! Will be back.

OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. I had the pork Shank which was delicious. I also highly recommend the beet salad

MK
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service is Impeccable, equivalent to fine dining from legacy establishments. Cold fork with a perfect mini wedge salad. Filet Mignon with just a touch of crusty char, Grilled Prawns I cant stop thinking about. Perfect for a celebration or romantic dinner. Or Friday nights!