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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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.7

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4.6

value

4.2

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94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (35)
Special Occasion (33)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
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Notable Wine List (23)
Romantic (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Cozy (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Worth the Drive (16)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Live Music (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Fun (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Authentic (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Casual (4)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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·Dined 7 days ago

I thought the food was pretty average. Probably the worse Caesar salad ever- basically lettuce with nondescript dressing Portions were average size. Service was quite attentive

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 7 days ago

Always a great meal best service in Palm Desert. Highly recommend as a place you can not go wrong with anything on menu.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Absolutely amazing service. One of our friends had a toddler and young child along and even though this is more of an upscale restaurant the staff made a fantastic effort to make everybody feel welcome. The food was outstanding Although a bit overpriced

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food was wonderful. Customer service was awesome. Great atmosphere.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was great and the service was great thanks to Greg makes our experience special every time we go there.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent service, but clearly catering to senior tastes and palates. In car me word, under-seasoned .

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Once we were seated in the small room it was perfect - away from the hubbub, away from the traffic, at a table (not a booth) and the service was excellent.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 1, 2017

A very good food & wine selection but it is a pricey place to dine.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

As stated above , there is no more to say. What more is there to say?

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

We have come to cork tree on several occaisons. This was our 43rd anniversary. Greg made us feel very special. Everything was excellent, food wine music and above all the service. Thank u Greg

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Fun, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great venue for friends with different eating options. Seafood, beef, vegan etc.

Delicious and everyone had a wonderful time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in the Valley. We go often and loved it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We have nothing but praise for the fantastic service and great meals.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Over the top service that made the evening feel like a private party
Fantastic food from crab/shrimp cakes to meat
Large comfy booths
Extensive menu and willingness to customize for your tastes

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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