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Cork Tree Restaurant

4.6
2126 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Monday- 4-10pm
Tuesday- 4-10pm
Wednesday-4-10pm
Thursday-4pm-10pm
Friday-4pm-10pm
Saturday-4pm-10pm
Sunday- 4-10pm
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Phone number
(760) 779-0123
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Private party contact
Hank Rodriguez or Belladonna Lucas: (760) 779-0123
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cook Street
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Parking details
There is ample public parking for the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2126 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Visiting Palm Desert for my wife's birthday. Found the Cork Tree on Open Table's website. Great restaurant. I had the 36 hour pork shank (photo included), my wife had the scallops. Both were excellent. We were really happy with the Cork Tree and our meals.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always the best in the valley. Never disappoints. Make sure you ask for Greg as your waiter.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was very good. I had cioppino and my friend had the pork. The entrees were a bit pricey. Expect $28-$38. Service was very good and they do have a great wine list. I would recommend it for a special night, but not every night due to cost.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We had a wonderful time. Our waiter was informative and attentive to our desires, and he served a delicious dessert for my birthday. The gift of the chocolate torte and ice cream was yummy! Thank you Cork Tree!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful meal, engaging server. It was a great evening with friends!! Will be back!

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

I remembered the food a lot better than what it was this time. We had a family of six, and we were put in sort of a private room, which pretty much took away the atmosphere of the regular restaurant. I could’ve been at a business conference. The waiter was mildly attentive, but he was not well coordinated in bringing the drinks and the food. There are many other options in the desert, so I am not sure I would return.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner and our waiter Ross was outstanding - personable without being overpowering. Very helpful in guiding our selections.
The restaurant is quiet and conversations is easy due to low noise level.
Strongly recommend Cork Tree.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Had a wonderful meal and excellent service. Quiet, fast service and food delicious.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I wanted to like this restaurant but after a great first course, the service was slow and the Seabass was not fresh

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I would give them 5 stars across the board, but then what would I give the French Laundry when I rate it? Really was a great find.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This is truly a five star restaurant! Every need was anticipated by the wonderful and friendly staff! I can’t express what a great dining experience this was! Thank you for a memorable evening. We’ll be back every time we are back in town.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Absolutely wonderful service, lovely outdoor setting with heater, incredibly good food with very nice presentation, notable wine list, live music beautiful ambiance and perfect noise level for a romantic birthday dinner with my husband / best friend. This has to be the nicest dining experience we have had since moving to area 3 months ago. THANK YOU ESPECIALLY, BENJAMIN, for making our night fantastic. Kudos to you CHEF, thank you for the very best food and presentation. Thank you to all the great staff at THE CORK TREE.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

This is one of our most favourite restaurant for celebrations and/ or treating family and friends to a special dinner

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We arrived expecting a wonderful dinner out. The ambience was terrific and the server friendly! My dinner however was not up to expectation. I ordered the Filet Mignon and it arrived charred ... asked for medium well but not burnt. They brought me another Filet however the ops manager spilled the accompanying sauce on the table and on the seat next to me. The dish was jinxed I think. My friend's scallops were excellent however! Dinner out was OK but not over the top.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Our favorite restaurant in the valley. Greg, our server was outstanding. Michael, the musician was perfect. The food, as always, was perfect. I’m pretty picky about salmon, and this was done just lovely.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We ordered cocktails before dinner. No followup on whether we wanted wine with dinner. Dinner came and we just decided to drink water. Food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We ate on the patio. It was just lovely and the music was at a perfect level over which we could talk. We basically grazed the starters, ordering two each. The wedge, ravioli and soup was all great. The best was the creme brûlée trio! Perfect evening. Great service. We will come again!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Wonderful!

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2.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Food was great but they double charged my debit card and has created a lot of Difficulty returning the money to my account.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Delicious food, excellent service, and a pleasant ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Awesome food & service! Great live music! Nice pours on the vino, too. Will be back.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Always one of our favorites. Quite elegant dining with staff who seem to care

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food was very good. I had the Jidori chicken which was tasty, but perhaps a tiny bit dry. The crab cakes were also tasty but non-traditional. They were made with a tomato coulis, not the traditional mayo, lemon, dill flavors. My dinner companions had lamb and pork entrees. They were very happy with their entrees. I also had a kale and veggie side dish with the chicken which was outstanding. The sourdough and cranberry breads were also excellent.

The service was excellent and the restaurant is beautiful. We will try the patio next time as well.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent food and atmosphere. Service was perfect too. Will be back when in Pam Desert again.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

lovely evening with friends. Good food, good time

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Best escargot ever!! As always, salads (especially Caesar with blackened shrimp) and entrees were excellent!!!

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Gary our Waiter gave outstanding service really made our dinner a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Go there every time we are in the Desert. Celebrated my wife’s 70th, great meal, excellent service, and a quiet booth to ourselves....Perfect!
Worth every penny.
One of the best aspects of this restaurant, besides the fabulous food, is you can have a normal conversation without having to shout.....Nice ambiance!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Just a wonderful evening with good friends and good food!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My friends and I loved the food and service at this restaurant. The menus are back-lit which is a cool feature to make them easy to read. Our only complaint was that we were surprised by the pricing on the menu. The pricing for the entrees posted on their website are significantly less than what the current entree pricing is. I made these reservations based on the yelp reviews and looking at the menu online to see the food and pricing to make sure it was in the budget of this group of 7 paying dutch.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I had been there a few weeks prior and every bite was delicious, I always order the scallops. Saturday, it was just so so...perhaps the kitchen was busy?

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

It was our first time for dinner there. The food was quite good. I had chicken and my wife had fish. We both liked our meals. The service was excellent.
We would definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Always an excellent meal and experience. Cork Tree is a diamond in the rough. Every time we come into town, it's always a must to go here. I would highly recommend anyone to come dine here for a lovely dinner either business, casual or special occasion. I highly recommend the scallops. Enjoy.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Really enjoyed this restaurant. Didn’t realize it was a little finer dining. Would have dressed nicer. Overall very good.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Fabulous food with good ambiance and low noise level. The service was impeccable and overall a very good experience. The restaurant however is very pricey.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Four of us ate dinner. Two of us had the chioppino which was fabulous. The beet salad was really good and none of the dishes were disappointing.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Everything was top notch. People in booth next to us were very loud which was annoying.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We enjoyed our meal and our knowledgeable waiter

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Wonderful menu and dinner ... fabulous service and such a friendly atmosphere! Thanks to the Cork Tree team !!!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Lovely place!! We’ll go back again and again.

Great service too.

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