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.

74950 Country Club Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Monday- 4-9pm
Tuesday- 4-9pm
Wednesday-4-9pm
Thursday-4pm-9pm
Friday-4pm-10pm
Saturday-4pm-10pm
Sunday- 4-9pm

Cross Street:
Cook Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 779-0123

Website:
http://www.thecorktree.com/

Parking Details:
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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Special three course Valentines Day menu
4-5:30 $59.00 per person
After 5:30 $99.00 per person

Cork Tree Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4
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2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (52)
Good for a Date (44)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
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Notable Wine List (31)
Romantic (31)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Cozy (26)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Worth the Drive (24)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Business Meals (13)
Bar Seating (10)
Live Music (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Seasonal (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Casual (8)
Fun (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Authentic (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

Our server was great but it took over an hour to get our meal served. Food was great, just slow.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

We have been to the Cork Tree before, and loved it! We were very disappointed this last time. The food was delicious, but our service was terrible. It took almost 10 minutes for someone to refill a water glass.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Great service, terrific food. our favorite restaurant in Palm Desert. Matthew, our server, was courteous, professional and extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wines. Cork Tree is a definite "do again"

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Naples)·Dined 5 days ago

Creative food with local ingredients. Great wine list and friendly service. Will go back on our next visit to the area.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined 6 days ago

Lamb was incredible! Soups and salads are delicious. Thank you for a fab evening!

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Springfield)·Dined 6 days ago

Recommended by a local on the plane headed to Palm Desert. What a great suggestion.

The awesome food was only exceeded by the service & the quality of the wine list.

I would recommend this 5⭐️ to everyone visiting Palm Desert, especially if staying at the J. W.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food, great attentive service, we will return. The polenta entre was outstanding.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great experience as we had driven out from LA to dine with friends visiting from Portland.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Dined on a Thurs night at 6:15. Greeted and seated promptly as was only about 1/3 full although filled up quickly. Servers were all attentive and no lapses in attention. The wine list was adequate, a bit short on French whites, but nobody was left out. Wine price reasonable. Menu was better that average with each dish seeming quite promising. Appetizers were good and we enjoyed ahi and a delicious kale/date salad available in two sizes. We had a horseradish crab encrusted salmon and cioppino. Both were excellent. We had no room for desert, a few of which seemed intriguing. We will be back with friends.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Spicy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Our latest meal at Cork Tree did not disappoint. Had not been there for a while, and was gratified to see again how well they serve and how well they treat the diners. The menu is not large, but the choices were interesting. The wine list contains many excellent selections, but is a little pricey. We recommend Cork Tree for anyone who enjoys excellent food in sophisticated surroundings.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We were very pleasantly surprised when dining at the Cork Tree for the first time. When we walked in, we both were delighted at the ambiance, lighting, live music and immediate attention. Our server, Ross, was spectacular! He was delightful to talk to as well as informative and an experienced, outstanding waiter! The menu was difficult to choose from due to the many delectable sounding selections. Everything was superb, from the first chilled martini sip to the last bite of the entree. We will return and will bring friends next visit.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Live Music, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great food and service. Bartender ver accomodating to mix a burnt martini. Waiter Ross was a great character, attentive and knowledgeable in food and wine service

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Kulinarisch ein absoluter Hit! Der Service ist super freundlich und man fühlt sich rundum willkommen. Sehr empfehlenswert!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food, great service, relaxed atmosphere! A real gem in our community!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We have gone to Cork Tree many times and we love it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Bar menu is great, main menu very good.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful food, great service, and warm atmosphere

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Authentic, Healthy, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

It was our 25th Wedding Anniversary and we chose to go to Cork Tree. Had been there a couple times, but our last dinner was exception and our waiter, Rudy, made the evening even better.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 1, 2018

$99 per person for three courses that included a half salad, an entree and a piece of cheesecake. The entrees were not good to ok. The half salad and desert were good but should have been amazing for $33 each. The $99 per person did not include drinks or tip. I was extremely disappointed as were my guests.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and service. Great choices something for everyone

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Good food and great service but overpriced. Best for special occasions.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 29, 2017

All four of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. I had the Seabass and it was delicious ! It wasn’t noisy so it was ideal for conversation It’s always appreciated to have white tablecloths. We will definitely come back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The service was stellar! Server and assistants were outstanding! From water, to bread, to bottle of wine, to coffee, to meal, desserts. Could not have chosen a more perfect spot to dine with my brother and his family. Perfect presentation, friendly atmosphere and I can't say enough about our serving staff. I think the service team impressed me more than anything. They were so accomodating, so patient and so knowledgeable. Loved it and will dine again!

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very nice time. Chef came out to back dining room to inquire how meal was. Great attentive wait staff!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was our second time at Cork Tree and it once again proved to be a great decision. The sea bass is outstanding. LOVED the Caesar salad.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our first time here and what a great experience! Food was outstanding and so was the service. Can't wait to return during our next trip to Palm Desert.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We love it here! Always the best service and fabulous food!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Always excellent!! I have food allergies and am able to eat here as the chef is willing to adjust plates.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We each had a different entree and they were all as good as we expected. The sea bass, scallops and salmon were all cooked wonderfully with appropriate sides to make for delicious meals. The pork, lamb and steak were so tender and also had delicious side accompaniments. It’s a bit on the high side for cost, but well worth it for the fresh ingredients. The service was attentive without being intrusive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Service was great. They went out of their way to accommodate. Our food turned out very good, as well.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We had been at the restaurant a couple of years ago and had a very pleasant dining experience. We were here for a few days of much needed vacation and were meeting our cousins who were coincidentally vacationing the same time, so I selected Cork Tree as our dinner destination. When we first reviewed the menu, we were very surprised at how much the prices had increased but remembered how good the food was so decided to dine there. We had a combination of poor service in terms of the wait for our food courses, but the most disturbing aspect was that our Cousin has a specific allergic reaction if her shell fish is not cooked well done and she was very specific in telling our server this when she ordered the scallop dish. When her scallops were served they were grossly undercooked, and after one bite she got a reaction. Our cousin is a senior so of course we were concerned, and fortunately the reaction subsided somewhat, although our cousin is not one to complaint. Although all the staff was apologetic and very attentive at that point, we had to wait so long for the meal to begin with, and we were told it was because our order was behind a very large group. Ultimately, our dining experience was overall very disappointing. The rest of our entrees, while cooked to our preference were not flavorful and certainly not worth the prices. When entrees start at $34.00, they should be exceptional. Our meal missed the mark. Unfortunately we do not plan on dining there again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Excellent menu choices, a great wine selection and quality service all wrapped in a wonderful Holiday package.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The scallops are the best we have ever tasted. The salads and entrees are well appointed and are mouth watering good. the cork tree is a must for sea food lovers. they do it right. Terry A

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 19, 2017

One of the best restaurants in the Coachella Valley! Greg and Rudy are outstanding servers as well!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Outstanding food and service everytime! The salmon and sea bass were prepared perfectly. Tried the escargot - delicious!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent service, nice environment and a good wine list. The meal was a let down. I had sea bass that was tasteless, with uninspiring potatoes and veg. My colleague had salmon dumped on a pile of lettuce. Appetizers were better, but uninspiring. The beetroot salad was just confused - pesto with beets and goat cheese, curious. The best bit was the sorbet and gelato, they were very decent.

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Second visit to this restaurant. Wonderful, creative menu. Excellent preparation. First class service and nice ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The sea bass is amazing as is Greg who we always ask for. We always go here when we want to impress.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our experience was great, as always. The food was exceptional and the service was attentive. We’ll be back again as this is one of our favourite restaurants in the valley.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Really a gem, the food was exceptional. I definitely recommend the ravioli appetizer, and the 26 hour pork. And when I asked for a wine recommendation, they actually recommended the cheaper ones, which are excellent!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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