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Cork Tree California Cuisine

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74950 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260-1948 (Cook Street)
760-779-0123
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 349
    Excellent
  • 121
    Very good
  • 50
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
What a hidden gem!

Girls weekend in Palm Desert and we started our first Evening here. The food is fabulous and the service Was amazing. So excited to have found this place. Nice cocktails too...

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Marlnc
via mobile
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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539 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Girls weekend in Palm Desert and we started our first Evening here. The food is fabulous and the service Was amazing. So excited to have found this place. Nice cocktails too...

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Orange County, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

From the minute you walk in it is clear this is a fine dining establishment. The bar is packed with what look like regulars/locals. So the vibe is upbeat and fun. I ordered the special - which included steak and requested medium rare - now being a regular visitor of some of the best steak restaurants, i'm well versed on... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This will be on our list every time we get to the desert! Our server Greg Nugent was outstanding! So much so that we requested him the next visit when we came back with another couple we were traveling with--we just had to share this experience! Yes...it is in my all-time top-five dining experiences (both nights). We were actually headed... More 

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Glen Ridge, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Recommended by the concierge, this place was a surprise! Located in a shopping center, we were not expecting such an upscale experience...but it is! Food was innovative, very fresh, and excellent all around. From the escargot appetizer puffs to the seafood and creme brulee trio, everything was delicious. Service was very good too.

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california
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The atmosphere is serene, relaxing and comfortable. The food is fabulous. You cannot go wrong with anything you order from this menu. We never felt rushed. The wait staff is very professional. We have gone back a few times.

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Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We visited this restaurant on a Wednesday night. This place looks very casual from the outside but is actually a white table cloth establishment. I've no problem with white table cloth service but this restaurant seems to be caught in some sort of time warp. The service was stuffy (food was brought out on silver trolleys) and the food itself... More 

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Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Reservation made for 6 "on the patio." Then on day of - confirmed "on the patio." But when we arrived our table was in the INTERIOR, in the bar, in the passageway so the carts of food constantly whizzed by on their way to the patio. The hubby was crazy mad because he was very clear he want to be... More 

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toronto
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We were back for another month and everything, the food, wine and service were again consistently good. Only complaint, they shrank the smoked salmon appetizer much to my wife's disappointment. We'll be back next year !

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Fairfield, Connecticut
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This place is fantastic. To start the service was great. Delicious inventive martinis. There was a special Southwestern corn chowder that was the best I've ever had. Lived the beet salad and salmon too.

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Rancho Mirage, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My wife and I ate at Cork Tree several years ago. The experience was poor and we did not return till this past week. We chose to give the restaurant a second chance as we were meeting a couple of friends who live down the street. The restaurant was busy for a Thursday night. Wait staff were pleasant and engaging.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 74950 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260-1948
    (Cook Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Desert
  • Phone Number: 760-779-0123

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?