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

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4.6

service

4.6

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4.5

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4.2

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Special Occasion (25)
Notable Wine List (19)
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Romantic (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Cozy (15)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Worth the Drive (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Business Meals (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Live Music (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Casual (4)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

We loved this restaurant - the food, the ambiance, the live music and the service. The only disappoint was the very nondescript Caesar salad. I expected better from this restaurant.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was great, food very good as well. Best part was the menus were backlit, very easy to read when you get older!

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent restaurant, fantastic dining experience. Awesome food. Highly recommend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.
Overall, great.
Ross was our waiter and he was hospitable and attentive. Such a nice guy!
Thank you!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

My wife’s steak was undercooked and returned twice. Still it was not prepared properly. Very disappointing for a generally good restaurant

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had friends in from around the country for my husband's 60th. Cork Tree placed in a semi-private room so it made conversation much easier. The food and service was excellent. Many thanks for a great evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food is outstanding, the patio is lovely. If the wine is too expensive, you can order by the glass.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Unfortunately we did not enjoy the sea bass, the chicken was over cooked and dry and they forgot to bring the cesar salad
Not a great meal to celebrate iur anniversary

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Cork Tree is one of our favourites. And it’s nice to have live music too.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

You must order the escargot. Fabulous. Good service although a couple of the servers and the hostess seemed to be having a domestic.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great ambience, excellent service and delicious food, well prepared and presented.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We always have at least one dinner here during our stay. The food is fantastic and overall service outstanding. We all enjoyed our appetizers and mains. The waiter was very knowledgeable and personable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Delicious food and great service! We had the 32 hour pork shank that fell off the bone and the cioppino, both were outstanding. The fun thing about this restaurant was the menu, when you opened it up it was lit up so you could see! Great Birthday Dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 24, 2017

BLOWN AWAY!
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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Come here if you’re not terribly hungry. Teeny tiny portions, except for the pork shank entree, which was substantial and quite delicious. Way overpriced wine list, although nice selection by the glass.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was extremely good and service could not of been better.Special occasion being wife's birthday and the waitress and chef made it a very special occasion !! Heather was excellent as our server !!! Very enjoyable evening and would highly recommend !!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fabulous food and service. Can't believe everything we ordered (and we ordered a number of diverse dishes) was amazing.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Service was exceptional and the food was delicious. Very nice place

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 19, 2017

All wonderful...again! With good friends...quiet booth...friendly greeting, great food and good service...who could wish for more? We went often when we lived in Palm Desert and always return from Palm Springs when it is closer for friends there...NEVER disappointed...LOVE IT (wish it were closer to Palm Springs!)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food, great service and fantastic ambiance. Definately a new regular spot.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We liked it so much were going back again. The servers are top quality— not overbearing. The food was good start to finish the trio of demitasse soups was a delight. My friend got scallops that got raves. I had ahi tuna which was perfect with a wasabi sauce and greens. You can’t go wrong at this place.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We love this restaurant and are happy to see that it has lasted. so many are out of business when we return to the desert in October. We will be back for more fine food. Had a hard time making a reservation through open table so were worried that they were not still open.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We have gone to Cork Tree since it opened. The staff if really special. This occasion, they must have changed the chief. I usually have rack of lamb. This time the chief put some sauce (?) on my lamb and with some kind of rice which was terrible. I never complain about my food but had to send it back. Next time, I will read the menu very carefully and tell the chief how I wanted my lamb served. We will go again because the entire staff was superb.
thank you

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 6, 2017

It was a wonderful place to celebrate our 40TH anniversary and Michelle was a great waitress!!!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellent restaurant but a little pricey. Ambience, service and food is great. Wish they would have reasonable pre-fix menu like a lot of restaurants so that we could eat here more often.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Waiters were attentive without hovering or interrupting. Food simply delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We were celebrating our 58th anniversary.
Wait staff was very good, particularly food servers.
Caeser salad was unusual but good. Except for the romaine, the ingredients were not "classic".
The beet salad was edible but not fresh tasting.
One of our dinners went mostly untouched. The other was satisfactory.
The objectionable main course was a duck breast with roasted brussels sprouts, mushroom risotto and an indistinguishable sauce. Though the duck was cooked to order, it was very fatty and difficult to cut on the skinny rectangular plates. The risotto tasted "leftover," no creaminess, and it tasted "moldy."
The waitress inquired about how I liked the risotto and I told her I didn't. To her credit, she offered to bring me some vegetables, but I just wasn't hungry anymore.
The waitress did bring us a complimentary desert to split which was commendable.
This is supposedly an upscale restaurant with prices that are above average.
We probably will not return.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We've been coming out to PD for a long time, but have always stuck with our usual restaurants. We tried this for the first time, and we can now add another "usual" to the list. What great quality food, in a great atmosphere with great service. They have a soup taster that is amazing, and then a 3 flavored Crème Brulee, to die for. We will definitely make this a regular visit when in the area.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 30, 2017

One of my favorites! Great cocktails, service, food, ambiance. I love the new backlit menus!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We have tried to go here several times and have never been successful in getting in - so we were very happy to do so this time. The service is bar none some of the best we have ever had. The food was great and very tasty. We went with my mother in law who also was impressed.

My husband and mother in law both had the filet mignon which was perfectly prepared. I had the Sea Bass which I always try to have when I can. I have to say - it is not easy to prepare this fish and it can be royally screwed up but this was cooked to perfection. Thank you for the experience.

Recommend this to anyone looking for a nice meal with great atmosphere (live entertainment was on in the back ground). I could see they could accommodate larger groupings (3 couples sat across from us and there was plenty of room for them without crowding) as well as couples.

I would not recommend this restaurant for children - only because the atmosphere is more adult oriented. That is not to say well behaved children couldn’t come I just don’t think they would enjoy it.

Lastly just a nice little surprise - their menus are back lit. This is a complain of mine all the time in darker ambience restaurants - I am constantly straining to see the menu - but not this time. The men’s are back lit on each page for ease of reading.

Again thank you for just a great meal.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food. Great service. Reasonable prices. I stop here for dinner every time I am in Palm Desert.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food and exceptional service! I personally can't afford this restaurant routinely but the service for our special occasion was worth the pricey night. But for others who can afford this I totally recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Years have gone by and the Cork Tree is still on our go-to list while in the Coachella Valley, and for good reason. Smoked onion rings were delish to start and we've rarely had better duck and steak dishes ever. Our waitress was equally high quality in her mood and professionalism. We'll return on our next trip and keep Cork Tree on the list of recommended restaurants when friends travel to the Palm Springs area.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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