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Cork Tree Restaurant, Palm Desert, CA

Cork Tree Restaurant

4.7
4.7
3287 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
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 glamour of the dining room. Beautiful Palm 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary French, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 779-0123

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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. For inquiries, please contact: hrod8@verizon.net

  • Private party contact

    Hank Rodriguez or Esmeralda Beltran: (760) 779-0123

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Cross street

    Cook Street

  • Parking details

    There is ample public parking for the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,287 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Californian

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Californian

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  1. HM

    HenryM

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here & the service was impeccable.
  2. c

    cew72

    Palm Springs

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a wonderful time at Cork Tree. Great menu, delicious wines, and quality service.
  3. JP

    JimP

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was delicious as always. This is one of our favorite restaurants.
  4. DB

    DonaldB

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food. Patio is great. A little bit pricy.
  5. BB

    BernardineB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so delighted with everything about the Cork Tree. We were treated as if truly special guests. Our waiter was so knowledgeable about preparation as well as ingredients in the dishes. The food was outstanding. The rest of the staff couldn't be better. Truly an enjoyable experience.
  6. PC

    PCL1963

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice place, should provide half plates for some meals ( last night pasta/ seafood special) and charge 65% to obtain profit margin.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wondeful ambience. Great service. Delicious food.
  8. JW

    JerryW

    Palm Springs

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit to the Cork Tree and it was fantastic. The food was incredible and the service as well. We will definitely be back!
  9. LE

    LynnE

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was very nice for our 34th anniversary dinner but too pricey for weekly dinners. The food was excellent, service good and a friendly staff. We usually have a dinner there when we vacation in the Palm Desert area. We'll definitely return.
  10. DD

    DanielD

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Service was excellent and the food was a total delight! We’ll be BACK!!!
  11. RD

    RDM1

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Entrees were superb and the service was excellent! Looking forward to returning and trying something new.
  12. CG

    CarolG

    Palm Springs

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my friend to Corktree for her birthday. We both had the beet salad and Chilean Seabass. Both were delicious. The food, service and ambiance were all very good.
  13. DM

    DelMarFoodies

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Food and Waiter Frank were wonderful!!! Only problem was the hostess who refused to give us a table that didn't face a wall, saying that there were SO many reservations that night after 6:30 PM, and a better table was not available. Actually, we observed that those so-called available tables were never filled by the time we left at 8:00 PM.
  14. KM

    KarenM

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my 3rd time visiting the Cork Tree. Every time has been great. The food is perfection. We had the Caeser salad, Filet Mignon and the mushroom risotto. All were SO good! I highly recommend and will be back again!
  15. RS

    RestaurantSophisticate14

    Palm Springs

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Scallops were large and delicious - we all had them. Everything was high quality and great service.
  16. AG

    AmeliaG

    Tampa

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Unfortunately, other than the service we received with Nick, I was very dissatisfied with the overall experience. Booked our reservation for 9 pm. Got a call from the hostess at 8 asking if we could come earlier as they were slow. That should have been my warning not to complete my reservation. We arrived at 9 pm, and she was not very welcoming. She called a gentleman and told them we were the party that was booked for 9 pm. She asked who to place us with. He gave her instructions and guided us to our table. Nick was our server, he was exceptional. If I was only rating him, the restaurant would receive 5 stars. He tended to our requests and helped us understand what each of our top picks consisted of. Nick checked on us several times throughout the evening. Very attentive! Thank you Nick! I do not recommend crab cakes, very bland and mostly panko. We only ate one of the two as it was a waste of calories. The Cesar salad was also not well prepared. Very bland. The pear salad was exceptional. That was highly recommended by Nick! The pork belly was another hit! For dinner, we selected the evening special of the pasta with 3 Prawns and one scallop. and the second was the Sea Bass. We decided to take our dinner and dessert to go since the staff was packing up for the evening. They all seemed quite rushed. Not the experience we wanted. We felt rushed by all with the exception of Nick. Before boxing up our meals Nick came to me and let me know that they ran out of rice for the sea bass meal I selected. He asked if I wanted a substitution. I appreciated the offer and went with double vegitable. I do find it odd that they ran out of rice. The sea bass was exceptional. The Pasta dish was also bland. Not a fan. My next visit to Palm Desert will not include Cork Tree.
  17. LM

    LisaM

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made a reservation for 6, based on a recommendation from a friend. We were not disappointed. Our waiter was Roy, and we felt like he truly curated a wonderful evening for us. Every dish was delicious, with unexpected touches that really put them over the top. The restaurant itself is a bit on the dark side, but they have these awesome lighted menus! I highly recommend The Cork Tree for beautiful, upscale dining!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best in the valley.
  19. BZ

    BelindaZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff,good service,nice atmosphere,excellent food.wonderful dining experience
  20. C

    Chas

    Palm Springs

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined with friends and celebrated two birthdays together. The service was great, the staff was attentive and friendly and very courteous, the evening was full of great food, conversation and laughs. We loved this restaurant.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was excellent except for the duck entree. Was extremely tough and fatty. Sea Bass and Scallops were excellent as was the Pear salad, Caesar and Wedge. Best crab cakes I’ve ever had..
  22. R

    Raymond

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant!! Moses was a tremendous server!!
  23. L

    Lori

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The room was very nice. The service was great and the food perfect. We enjoyed cocktails without being rushed. The meal was very original and unique. Dessert was awesome.
  24. LD

    LisaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Moses was a great server!!! My mother enjoyed her birthday celebration
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent overall experience. From reservation confirmation, reminders, welcoming, ordering - service was top notch. Quality and food preparation were excellent. Highly recommend Cork Tree. The patio provided a wonderful ambiance.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought our daughter for her 10th birthday. My husband and I and our two daughters loved our food. The service was impeccable, and the ambiance was delightful. We will be back!
  27. VM

    VMcG

    San Diego

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Chilean sea bass; excellent food, lovely presentation. Excellent service. Very nice ambiance. We will be back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Josh made the experience warm, experiential, kind, engaging, fun, etc. wonderful waiter!! The environment was fantastic and food delicious too.
  29. BA

    BrentA

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food. Great Value.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service and fabulous food
  31. SC

    SoCalGal

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always love dining at Corktree! It’s a treat!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were at the end of our vacation and wanted to end it big. We chose Cork Tree based on their website and reviews. It was OUTSTANDING! The ambiance, the service, the selections, the food and presentation were all first class. We ended our vacation well!! It was memorable.
  33. DS

    DianaS

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb! This restaurant never disappoints and I highly recommend it.
  34. d

    davidg

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were staying at the JW Marriott and looking for somewhere close and good to eat. We were thinking of either Morton’s or the Cork Tree and are pleased we chose the Cork Tree. Outdoor seating was great, our waiter (Moses) was outstanding and the food and drinks were excellent. Highly recommend and we will definitely be back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Service started out great…greeted us, took drink orders etc., then barely saw waiter. Escargot was mainly puffed pastry and gravy. Caesar salad no croutons and way too much dressing. Sat there for a long time with our empty cocktail glasses in front of us after the appetizer waiting for dinner. Flagged down waiter for dinner wine. Didn’t deliver ordered Brussel sprouts with dinner (forgot I guess)…delivered about 15 minutes in and they were terrible. Almost raw and no flavor. Like they had to throw them together. Filet was excellent and prawns good. Short ribs were very good also. Just mediocre overall and not worth the price in my mind…it was a birthday dinner and came with molten lava cake. That was good. I prefer Ruth’s Chris.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening, thank you CT
  37. BK

    BruceKi

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Cork Tree isn't just for special occasions, but it is a great place for special occasions. Some friends were passing through town and suggested dinner, so I booked a table for 4, and it was a great hit. We started with the tuna tartare and a double order of crab cakes, which everyone devoured happily. My wife and I had salads and each were delicious: the Caesar and the Roasted Beet, which came with oranges, frisee, blue cheese and other yummies. All the entrees were excellent as well: Scallops, Jidori Chicken, Salmon, and Sea Bass, and all came with excellent sides. Lastly we split a couple of desserts which were both delish: creme brulee and cheesecake. The place was quite lively but the noise level was never too distracting, especially in our booth. A Palm Desert gem!
  38. P

    Pelican

    San Antonio

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went Friday evening to celebrate our anniversary with another couple. I’m not sure quite what I was expected, but it far exceeded anything I was expecting. From our welcome when we arrived, to the outstanding service and the excellent food, we were all happy with the evening. This was our first visit, and it won’t be our last. We will be back. Thank you for a wonderful evening to celebrate our anniversary!
  39. PM

    PaulM

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took friends who recently moved to the area. They loved it
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fantastic overall, ambiance, service and food!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Cork Tree Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 779-0123.

Cork Tree Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 3287 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Cork Tree Restaurant

74950 Country Club Dr. Palm Desert, CA 92260

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cook Street

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary French, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There is ample public parking for the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 779-0123

  • 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. For inquiries, please contact: hrod8@verizon.net

  • Private party contact

    Hank Rodriguez or Esmeralda Beltran: (760) 779-0123

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