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“Easy to See Why It's Number One” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cork Tree California Cuisine

Cork Tree California Cuisine
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Ranked #5 of 272 Restaurants in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Cook Street
Description: Updated Al La Carte menu located on the Cork Tree website.
San Diego, CA
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172 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Easy to See Why It's Number One”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2011

From the outside architecture, to the entry, to the main dining room, someone with a lot of intelligent thought laid out this restaurant. It has a glamorous and lovely visual feel. Our waitress nicely offerred us small samples of the Merlots we were considering. Their signature dish, the pork shank, was magnificent. The chilean sea bass was delicious. The desert sampler was just the right size for the four of us. For celebrations or special occasions this would be the perfect restaurant. They also have a cute but more casual outside patio. The Cork Tree is easily the equal of any top restaurant in San Diego.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Oregon
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90 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Very Nice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2011

We had dinner here with some friends & we all enjoyed it immensely. The atmosphere is very soothing although busy. The service was excellent, very attentive but not overbearing. The food was terrific! The starter of duck confit tacos was yummy. Slow cooked pork shank fell off the bone & had a deep rich flavor. Mussells had a great tomatoe saffron broth. We will be back for more-cheers!

Visited March 2011
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Boston
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great evening in Palm Desert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2011

Thank you, Tripadvisor reviews, for pointing us to Cork Tree. We saved it for our final evening and had excellent service and wonderful food in a very energetic restaurant. My wife started with the squash soup which she said was excellent. Our wiater introduced us to a very nice California (of course) cabernet which we were not familiar with. For her entree, my wife had the jadori chicken. She described it as moist and very flavorful. I had the evening special, halibut with shrimp in a creme sauce with peas and carrots over something like tagliatelle. Perfect portion and richly flavored.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank David M
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Calgary
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181 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Best tomato and beet salad”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2011

I don' know what the dressing was that they used on the tomato and beet salad but it was absolutely delicious! My friend and I asked for extra bread so that we didn't have to embarrass ourselves by licking the plate. Thank you for such a memorable meal.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank snowbirdwannabe_11
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boston
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“FOOD POISONING”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2011

Cork tree is a lovely resturant atmospherically. Service is very good and attentive. THe food is presented very nicely. BUT..i got food poisoning from eating there last night.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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