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

Cork Tree Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Good for a Date (51)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
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Fit for Foodies (38)
Notable Wine List (37)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Romantic (33)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Worth the Drive (28)
Cozy (27)
Bar Seating (22)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Business Meals (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Fun (12)
Seasonal (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Live Music (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Casual (8)
Healthy (8)
Authentic (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Tapas (4)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 10 hours ago

Food service was slow, although staff very polite.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 2 days ago

This became our favourite Palm Desert restaurant a number of years ago. The service and food was great then and nothing has changed in 2018. Our server, Natalie, was excellent and made us feel totally relaxed and not rushed. She knew the wine and food menus perfectly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Organic, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Our dining experience at Cork Tree was absolutely fantastic. We were seated on time at a beautiful booth as requested. The service was perfect. The Server was experienced and well informed on the extensive wine list and dinner menu. The food presentation was as fantasric as the taste. Just a really great dining experience at a reasonable cost. We will be back for sure!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Great meal. And the chef comes out to meet you at the end of the night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Romantic, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

This is a place we look forward to dining in when in the desert. Food and service are generally excellent. This time we were disappointed in the Ceaser salad. Still will return another time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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·Dined 5 days ago

I highly recommend this place for a nice date night. Food was delicious & service was amazing! Drinks needed a little more liquor in it, tasted like nothing. Overall, I would go again!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

Host and staff were amazing!! Couldn’t have asked for anything more!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

great food and service. Best place to go for special occasions when everthing should be done right

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant was so delicious we went two nights in a row, and are planning a third during our two week stay in Palm Desert. The seared scallops with corn risotto is perfectly cooked. So too is the salmon w horseradish crust.

So too was the templeton rye old fashioned.

Everything about our dining experience was excellent.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 12, 2018

I went as an early valentine day dinner, the food & service was outstanding, friendly, welcoming staff. The food was serviced in away you didn't feel rushed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Healthy, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Previous visits have been exceptional but this visit, the service was not good. Long wait between seating and drink order, even longer wait to order dinner, with a significant wait between courses. We’ll probably try it again but not real soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great find in Palm Desert. Go back every year and never disappointed!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Love the atmosphere and personal service at Cork Tree. The escargot appetizer is always a crowd pleaser and always something to look forward to. Duck Breast was nicely done although risotto was disappointing - cold and rather bland. Bone-in Ribeye special was a tad chewy but close to medium rare as ordered. Great wine list at reasonable prices. We’ll be back!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our waiter was over the top fabulous!!! Name is Ross.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Such good food, served by knowledgeable, friendly staff. We are looking forward to our next visit.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Really enjoyed a wonderful evening, a truly delicious dinner with terrific service. We will be back

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

What made our experience “over-the-top” was our waiter, Ross. Absolutely superb in every regard!

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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Service experience excellent. ...good pour of priceywine value love ❤️ theplace

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The scallops were some of the best I’ve had. Our waiter, Ross, was great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

This restaurant was recommended to us by a resident as well as a regular visitor of Palm Desert. The food was excellent. The escargot appetizer was creatively prepared and delicious. The duck with risotto was also very good. Our waitress, Shannon, was fun and efficient. The atmosphere was very upscale and comfortable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Wonderful dinner on our last evening in Palm Desert. Don't let the location in a strip mall scare you off. Sat outside on a very nice patio with live music. Our waiter was excellent and helped us put together a great meal of shared plates. Had some good suggestions on wine to pair with our meal. Overall a great experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great food. Keep in mind entrees are very generous .

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Cannot imagine a finer evening than enjoying a meal at Cork Tree.

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·Dined on January 29, 2018

My girlfriend and I had a wonderful experience at The Cork Tree. The ambiance of the facility is great. The service was as good as I have experienced in the desert in many years. Our top notch waiter and support staff were very professional and friendly. The food was just great from top to bottom. The duck I ordered was as good as I've ever had and the side dishes were excellent. My girlfriend got the beef filet and really enjoyed it. I am going to be back to The Cork Tree soon for sure.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We had a lovely dinner. Sat in the patio area and listened to live music. Entrees are a bit pricey, but the food is worth it!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Absolutely the best all around restaurant in the valley Food 5 star. Try the pork shank. Get Natilee as your server.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Delicious! Super knowledgeable server. Highly recommend.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was acceptable but nothing to rush back to. We were four diners. Two of us split a meal which certainly did not impress for a $7.50 upcharge. One of the other meals arrived without vegetables which were not under the entree meat as advised. Eventually they arrived.

And most unusually, the chairs had fake leather cushions which caused all of us to have uncomfortably damp seats. We did stay for almost three hours as the room ambience suited conversation. Perhaps the cushions are not rated for this long a sit.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

love dining here. good food and wine and great presentation.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 25, 2018

One of our best meals in the desert. My wife had scallops and I had Salmon, both delicious. Great wine list, great service. A neighborhood gem!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Nothing special at the Cork Tree. Food is just
"OK", service was below par. We were waited upon
but we were not served. The room was very stuffy.
Fresh air was missing . Their version of a Caesar
Salad was both strange and unacceptable.

I will not eat at the Cork Tree again.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Have been several years ago when visiting the area and found it still enjoyable. Excellent food and service.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Fabulous!! Can't wait to go back!! From the service to the food we were thrilled!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Excellent food a must for us every time we are in Palm Desert. Love the pork shank.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Kelly, the night manager, handled our son and daughter-in-law's (in Vancouver)request for a martini and a bottle of wine to be sent to our table for his Dad's birthday. Jan, our server, handled this beautifully as well as sending over a cake with a candle. Great evening!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Arrived Saturday night. Very busy however the food is wonderful. My husband and I both ordered salmon. Cooked to perfection.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Menu not the same as on line. Wait staff seemed bored or irritated.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My friend and I both celebrate birthdays within 2 days of each other, and chose the Corktree to celebrate prior to going to the McCallum Theater. We had Tim as our server and he would not have done a better job. He was excellent about explaining the menu, additional items that were not on the menu and was attentive and anticipated our needs. Our dinner was delicious, my friend had the Salmon which was outstanding, I had the Scallops which were so large, moist and delicious as well. We each had a mini salad which was just perfect as our meals were large so it didn't send us over the top. All in all our experience was top notch!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Had dinner at Cork Tree the last night of vacation. Wonderful service and excellent dinner. I had scallops and my husband had steak. Both of us were more than pleased with our dinners. For dessert I had the feature of the day - chocolate mousse - so decadent. My husband had the apple tart with vanilla bean ice cream. Will definitely go back on our next vacation in Palm Desert.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Accommodated our open table request for a booth. Impressed with lit menus - easy to read. Attentive service. Mushroom soup disappointing and not hot. Miss black rice that used to accompany scallops. (Anybody can serve risotto.) Desserts were excellent. Appreciated complimentary dessert for birthday celebrant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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