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About Cork Tree Restaurant
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.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Californian, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is ample public parking for the restaurant.
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.
Private Party Contact:
Hank Rodriguez or Belladonna Lucas: (760) 779-0123
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cork Tree Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Excellent, quiet venue for a productive business dinner. Food was very, very good and service was just right. This quiet, comfortable room would be just as well suited for a romantic dinner. A very convenient location (with better offerings) for anyone staying at the JW Marriott across the street.
We did not know what to expect outside of the $$$$ shown on Open Table, but forget that it is worth every penny. The service impeccable and the food creative and well prepared. I highly recommend this for special occasions. It is handicap accessible as well.
Celebrating my birthday with family-we enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere and a very professional waiter (Tommy?). The food was superb (I had the duck) and our waiter even made sure that I could enjoy a nonalcoholic mocktail. I visit Cork Tree every time I visit Palm Desert and look forward to the next time!
It's not often that my wife and I walk out of a restaurant but we walked out of Cork Tree. We were greeted at the front door and taken to our table where we were given a menu. That was the last we saw of a server. No one came to take a drink order. No one came to offer bread. No one explained whatever specials there may have been. We looked around and signaled to several staff who were standing around the room chatting with one another, but after 15 minutes we decided to leave and go back to eat at Si Bon which was great as usual. I have no comment about the food at Cork Tree as we were never offered any.
Everything was wonderful! We have dined there many times when we visit Palm Desert and have always been pleased.
The Pork shank was outstanding! The sea bass was excellent, too, but it could have used a bit more flavoring.
Ross was our waiter and he was hospitable and attentive. Such a nice guy!
We enjoyed a lovely evening with attentive service and delicious food. The menu has seasonal specials which we like. Currently the beet and date salad is great. The restaurant has a lively but not overwhelming atmosphere. We always dine at Cork Tree when we visit the desert.
We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Arrived a bit early and had time for a pre-dinner cocktail at the bar, which was lovely.
The hosting staff readied a very nice table, our servers were outstanding and very knowledgeable about the menu, with great recommendations. Food was outstanding; highly recommend the beet salad appetizer and the scallops, but there are many more items I’d love to try.
The restaurant strikes just the right balance between outstanding, polished service with a warm, welcoming attitude. We look forward to returning!
Had dinner with my daughter here. We both started with the caesar salad which, if you like, can come with anchovies. Very good salad. Daughter had the NY Strip, which was probably 14-16 ounces and cooked perfectly and had very little fat or gristle. Not quite the flavor/quality of the top steak houses and at $48, a bit expensive, but it comes with fries. I had the cioppino which was hot and had a bit of kick. Small lobster tail, 3 shrimp, one scallop, two each clams and mussels and some fish. I think it was also supposed to have crab but I did not find any. Meal was very good.
Service was good, no problems getting refills on water. This is a very nice restaurant and with the $10 off per entree coupon I found on-line, it was a decent value. Worth checking out.
After coming to the desert for many years, and having had Cork Tree recommended to us by several trusted friends, we finally booked a table. Our meal -and the total experience lived- easily up to all expectations. The food was excellent, and the service was impeccable. For most people this isn't an 'everyday' restaurant, but for special occasions, I can think of few places I would rather go when in the Palm Desert area. Highly recommended.
Celebrated my sister-in-law's birthday. We were all delighted with our dinner. Marilyn and I had the crab-horseradish crusted salmon and my husband had the scallops. Very nice birthday treat for Marilyn. Our desserts were delicious as well. Plates were visually beautiful to behold, real artistry. Our waiter was friendly and accommodating. We will look forward to returning soon.
We have lived in the Valley forever and have passed this restaurant at least once a week. Never dreamed it would be as fabulous as it turned out to be. I thought it was one of the many in our area that had no ambience and high prices. I was so mistaken. Our meal was great and the atmosphere was lovely.
I can't wait to go back.
Our waiter Joshua had only been with the restaurant for a very short time but we would have never know . He was knowledgeable about the menu and helped us pick the right entree. Food was delicious and came out in a timely manner.
The only thing that surprised us is that the wait staff did not fill our wine glasses or water glasses when they got low. This would not keep us from going back. We might even go tonight.
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