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“Excellent!”

Cork Tree California Cuisine
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Ranked #6 of 272 Restaurants in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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.
Boston, Ma
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

The wine, the service, the overall presentation of the meal. Just excellent. To start, we arrived with no reservations ( two of us) and the staff immediately surveyed a table that was going to be ready shortly. We were seated within minutes. The resteraunt was extremely busy on a Friday night and the staff were all on their game. Butternut squash soup appetizer with a "mini" grilled cheese on rye for dipping was great. The soup was light and flavorful. "Chef Herve's 36 hour pork shank " paired with an Argentine Malbec was out of this world ! My wife ordered the scallops. They were large and prepared over pasta in a light sauce. Delicious! Desert was Banana Split "Cork Tree style" . This is not your average obnoxious Bananna split. It's prepared with a chocolate mousse cake and a piece of Carmelized Bananna. A small taste of vanilla ice cream and a light, sweet cherry sauce. WOW !
If you are in Palm Desert ; check this place out. You won't regret it. Chef Herve made it a point to stop by our table as he passed through the dining room and enjoyed the flattery I'm sure. Bravo Cork Tree ! Two thumbs up.

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Food, wine and atmosphere in harmony for an enjoyable meal.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

Followed our waiter's advice. Had the butternut squash soup with a grilled prawn on the side for appetizer. Soup had perfect blend of spices to accentuate the squash and still excite taste buds. Main course was lamb chops. Tender and juices. Mild lamb flavor perfectly prepared. Atmosphere was like a wine library. Great for intimacy and casual conversation.

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El Paso
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Dinner”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

Went for Fri night dinner. The food was ok I liked my flat iron steak my husband didn't care for his short rib, squash soup was good.

Visited October 2012
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Manhattan Beach, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“wow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

loved the food, the service, the atmosphere and the accommodating staff. we were in a hurry and they did everything they could to meet our schedule. we would love to go back and linger on another occasion. the best dish we had was the scallops.

Visited October 2012
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Montreal, Canada
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150 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Sublime!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

This sublime spot is nestled in the corner of an inconspicuous strip mall in the middle of the desert. Once inside you are in a world class restaurant . The menu and wine list are first class. The presentation of everything, even the bread, is a feast for the eyes and the palate. Try the little soup trio.i had the lamb shank and my colleagues all had equal success with their choices. Service was great but the food is the star! Don't hesitate to try the chefs specials, they are terrific.

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