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Cork Tree Restaurant, Palm Desert, CA

Cork Tree Restaurant

4.7
4.7
3955 Reviews
$50 and over
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 glamour of the dining room. Beautiful Palm 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 779-0123
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    We have two private dining options at the Cork Tree. There is the intimate Chef’s Table which seats 6-8 people comfortably, as well as the Meritage board room, a private room overlooking our beautiful patio that seats up to 30. For inquiries, please contact: hrod8@verizon.net
  • Private party contact
    Hank Rodriguez or Esmeralda Beltran: (760) 779-0123
  • Neighborhood
    Palm Desert
  • Cross street
    Cook Street
  • Parking details
    There is ample public parking for the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,955 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Californian

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Californian

3,955 Reviews
  1. BillE

    Portland

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was above average but not exceptional. Food was good but disappointed one person in our party who commented that she had experienced better food on previous visits. Also, they mentioned the specials but not the price for them, so the $80 charge for lamb chops seemed excessive.

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  2. LindaS

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, food and environment. Although tucked away in a strip mall , it is a 5 star very nice restaurant that aims to please. The chilean sea bass was excellent, tasty and cooked well with teriyaki sauce and a hint of wasabi. My husband had the scallops which were very good and filling. The Caesar salad not to my liking as I like salads chopped so it was cumbersome to enjoy. Guess I’m lazy and like my salads ready to devour! We ended the meal with sambuca and would highly recommend this restaurant.

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  3. Hank

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service, wine and ambience was all fabulous. The staff is all courteous and attentive. The wine Sommelier is very knowledgeable about what wine to recommend with our meal. He is courteous and helpful. Our waiter was attentive but not annoying. Food delivered in a timely and perfect manner. We were not rushed. The beet salad is delicious. I had the fillet and it was cooked perfectly. My husband had the rack of lamb and he said "best ever". This is our favorite restaurant and will always dine here when we come to Palm Desert.

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  4. Donghia

    Palm Springs

    163 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    163 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Refined fine dining, with very attentive & friendly service by a young staff. Years ago we had a sour experience here but nothing of the kind last night with excellent service, a fine meal and a pleasant dining room (a smaller room not the main space). Food is carefully prepared to very high standards and served hot. Pricing seems a bit high but the value is there. We will happily return.

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  5. JoyW

    Palm Springs

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite restaurant and can't wait until we can come again.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful dining experience. Excellent food and service. A bit pricey but worth it!

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  7. JonathanB

    Toronto

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening with friends. Very pleased that the chef was able to cater for my wife who suffers from celiac disease. Will definitely be back

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  8. CHARLESS

    Palm Springs

    191 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    191 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My party of 3 went to Cork Tree to celebrate my birthday. We were seated on time at a booth table as requested. Our server Jason was awesome as he was friendly, attentive and informative as he gave us the evening specials quickly and gave us good wine and meal suggestions. Our food was superb! We started with the tuna tartare which was mainly delicious tuna and not filler. My daughter had the white Peking duck breast which was tasty, juicy and a generous proportion. I enjoyed the 16 oz prime rib-eye which was perfectly cooked and delicious with great sides of carrots, asparagus and potatoes. My wife enjoyed the seared Chilean sea bass which was juicy and delicious. We also had the sautéed spinach and the mushroom risotto which were wonderful sides for the table. I received a delicious Bday dessert to finish the meal. It was an amazing evening meal for my birthday at Cork Tree Restaurant, and we look forward to returning soon for another meal.

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  9. chrism

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cork Tree is becoming one of our favorites in Palm Desert

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  10. JeannineP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food again and super waitress and staff. Service excellent.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Do not order the shrimp and crab cakes. The worst I have ever eaten anywhere! The short ribs were mediocre. The pear salad was good plus a generous glass of wine

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  12. Fiver

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistent excellence as always! Always meets expectations. JL

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  13. edo1

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff were professional and attentive. Food was well prepared.

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  14. pamC

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the evening greatly. We were seated in a lovely booth, ambiance was lovely. We enjoyed the crab & shrimp cakes, cauliflower steak, and scallops. Service was excellent. We will be back.

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  15. RitaB

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Don't eat on the patio. Too cramped I walk with a cane and was seated way in the back in a corner. The table was next to the dirty dish station. The bus people made so much noise it was uncomfortable for me to enjoy my dinner. The traffic noise from the street was too much for me. I will go again but eat inside. Menu was average nothing exciting to try.

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  16. DavidK

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Two of us were seated on an overly large table next to a very busy walkway. There was a ledge and everytime the server brought out the food on a trolley, it made a lot of noise. The food was ok and the service was very good although a bit rushed.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and service. One of our go to spots.

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  18. FoodFanForever

    Palm Springs

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary with a lovely dinner from the beginning to the end. We were seated promptly in a requested booth. Water service was delivered shortly thereafter. Ray, our waiter, welcomed us and reviewed the night's specials and advised us on other menu items. We both had the Colorado Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb which was prepared to perfection. The Beet Salad and the D'Anjou Salad were as beautiful as they were delicious. We were treated to dessert compliments of the Cork Tree. Ray was very attentive and brought us samples of two different wines that we were considering. All in all we had a memorable evening.

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  19. jwroc

    New York City

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    ordered a mini salad, was served a HUGE one…. same problem with entree…very good but stupidly large portion expensive but they did package the leftovers nicely service was fine

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  20. Doug

    Kansas City

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a Valentine Day dinner and it became the most expensive dinner we have ever had! We learned after arriving that our only dinner option was a preset menu and this is reasonable for Valentines Day. What was not reasonable was the price was $145 per person before adding the cost of any beverages, taxes and tip! The food was good but we have had better for much less. Final bill with us having a single $17 glass of wine with dinner after a reasonable tip was $440! My wife and I have never paid over $400 for a dinner and will never again as my due diligence will be much better going forward when dining at a restaurant we have never been to before!

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  21. MichaelB

    Las Vegas

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Cork Tree consistently delivers on all fronts and is why my wife and I will be sure to frequent anytime we are in the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area. Couldn't have had a better Valentine's Day experience. Highly Recommend.

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  22. TimM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding and the service was exceptional. From the moment we walked into Cork Tree and through our departure, the dining experience exceeded expectations.

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  23. Deli

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great Service or wait staff was spot on. 5 Stars!!

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  24. TerryA

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    "I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room, for was served at a reasonable time and they were very busy. Nice menu and we saw anything on the menu that we will return to try at a later date. Very nice evening.

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  25. SusanO

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food!!! Our waiter was very attentive. Food presentation was beautiful. I don’t usually take pictures of food but I did this time!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and atmosphere!!! Will recommended to others

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  27. Foodie

    Tulsa

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Third time this visit. Outstanding service, creative food, relaxed atmosphere.

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  28. DavidB

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food wasn’t good. I had the prime rib eye steak it was tough and not flavorful. My son got the filet his was over cook and flavorless. Service was average. We couldn’t wait to get out of there.

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  29. Washingtonians

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a gem. Cork Tree has been the “first night” restaurant each year. It was excellent 8 years ago, and still is. The staff and chefs take great pride in what they do!

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  30. TerryC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful evening. Terrific food, excellent service, lovely atmosphere. It is a little pricey, but a wonderful experience. Highly recommend.

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  31. thomass

    Palm Springs

    24 reviews

    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very overpriced for mediocre food. The service, however, was excellent. The ambience is very good. Couldn't get over $63 for a small bowl of overcooked pasta with 3 shrimps and 1 scallop. The manager did comp us 3 glasses of wine. We will NOT be returning.

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  32. CraigB

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always Cork Tree is a wonderful experience. Service by Moses was the best.

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  33. LouiseJ

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot in Palm Desert. Great service and location. We went twice ate in bar once and dining room once. Would recommend to anyone who wants a nicer dining experience.

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  34. Barb

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy the excellent good & fine dining at the Cork Tree!

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  35. jsnprns

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went there with my parents and 15-year old daughter. She had the beef short rib, I had the duck, my step-dad had the scallops, and my mom had seared tuna. All were excellent. We had started with the tuna tartare and duck tacos as appetizers. Portions were a litte big considering the high quality of food which was a nice surprise, but I was hungry from a lot of swimming the prior 3 days and easily cleaned by plate and ate the sorbet for dessert. Service was great too - the wait staff was friendly and positive. Highly recommend this place if you're in the area.

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  36. sundyf

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always look forward to a dinner at Cork Tree when we come to Palm Desert in the winter each year. It’s nice to be spoiled there with great service and delicious food.

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  37. eatout

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been there several times with and without guests and always loved it.

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  38. CDMA

    Palm Springs

    78 reviews

    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Sat next to the bar and it was noisy. Service was crisp and quick. Caprese special was beautiful but the tomatoes were under-ripe, and almost no balsamic glaze. We were all astounded, after hearing the nightly specials that the filet Oscar was priced at $80! The presentation of the specials did not state the price…we had to subsequently ask!!!

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  39. Kathleen

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent menu offerings. Some are expensive but there are other moderate priced items. Enjoyed our dinner immensely and definitely will go back!

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  40. Tootsie

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants in the desert. Always our go-to for delicious food, great service and creative cocktails.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Cork Tree Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 779-0123.

Cork Tree Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 3955 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cork Tree Restaurant

74950 Country Club Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92260

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Cook Street
  • Neighborhood
    Palm Desert
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    There is ample public parking for the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (760) 779-0123
  • Private party facilities
    We have two private dining options at the Cork Tree. There is the intimate Chef’s Table which seats 6-8 people comfortably, as well as the Meritage board room, a private room overlooking our beautiful patio that seats up to 30. For inquiries, please contact: hrod8@verizon.net
  • Private party contact
    Hank Rodriguez or Esmeralda Beltran: (760) 779-0123
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