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Cork Tree California Cuisine
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Ranked #6 of 286 Restaurants in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Cook Street
Description: Updated Al La Carte menu & wine list located @ www.thecorktree.com Live music Sunday- Thursday Sunday- Michael Keethe Monday- John Stanley King Tuesday- Michael Keethe Wednesday- Jack Ruvio Thursday- Michael Keethe
Reviewed December 2, 2012

I have seen this restaurant several times but have never eaten in it until last week!! I was missing an excellent restaurant with a unique and changing menu. We went there on a Tuesday evening, to find it very busy, so we decided to sit in the lounge, which was quite busy as well. The menu has a bit of everything, although not over-bearing. The server was prompt, taking our drink order and/or asking if we we had any questions. The wine list is very extensive, and had most, if not all, by the glass. I was most impressed with the varied salads that were available, from a different twist on the "house" salad, to a wonderful beet and cherry tomato salad with goat cheese and dates, it was excellent. I also had the lamb shank with a reduction dressing it, not heavy at all, which came on top of a "bed" of polenta. My friend had the "house" salad, which had a selection of fresh lettuce(s) and the "bar-size" short ribs with fried fingerling potatoes (there is a bar menu, which essentially has smaller servings of the main menu and some typical bar fare . It was an adequate size with the salad being quite large, so the correct amount of food if you are not overly hungry. It is a locally owned joint, the staff well trained, professional and friendly. I will certainly return.

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Thank Brian50Edmonton
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

We headed here on our return to Palm Desert and again found the Cork Tree to be an outstanding restaurant. Three of us each had a different entree, all delicious. Service, wine and food are terrific. Since we were staying at the Marriott Desert Springs Villas II, we were able to take our ledtovers home and enjoyed them the next day.

Thank lizcraven
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

We wanted a quiet booth, and got it. We wanted a very cold martini, and got it(huge). We loved the special appetizer, and the 6 hour pork shank. The menu is gourmet, healthy, and creative. The service was perfect. Very nice experience.

Thank tjbeaches
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Reviewed November 20, 2012 via mobile

We were traveling through Palm Desert and looking for local type restaurant. The Cork Tree was recommended on several sites so we called for a reservation. Luckily we had to sit outdoors! Inside seating is fine but more formal than our tastes.
The beet salad with local dates was pretty and delicious! A trio of huge scallops over a black rice shrimp dish was presented beautifully and tasted great. The wild mushroom ravioli was similarly terrific. Wine by the glass was also a good value. And our waiter was friendly and attentive.
We also enjoyed the guitar and bass musicians who played background music easy to talk over or simply enjoy.
Fun find in a city of chain restaurants!

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Thank Karen C
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

This restaurant is a gem. You cannot tell from the outside how nice this place is. The presentation of the food was excellent, the service very good. Go here.

Thank GregoryOrangeCounty
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