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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, Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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.
Bangkok, Thailand
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225 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Worth a special trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Knowledgeable servers, courteous hostess, excellent food and a craft bar with great cocktails and a good wine selection. Our table of seven enjoyed good salads, delicious scallops, very good duck with mushroom risotto, tasty soups, fresh hand made wild mushroom ravioli, a great flat iron steak and some very tasty seared Ahi tuna. Our server not only knew the menu well but offered excellent suggestions after asking about our taste preferences... the sign of a great server. We'll certainly return.

Visited February 2013
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San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Good food but expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Food was good and they had live music. Good for the business crowd, couples and adult groups. Lots of locals rather than tourists. Not good for families.

Visited February 2013
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Ventura, California
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202 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Lives up to its high rating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We visited the Cork Tree on a Saturday night. The place was hopping and we had high expectations because of its #2 rating in Palm Desert. At first I was a little concern by the small adventurous menu. But when the food arrived were not disappointed.

The four of us split a Duck Tacos starter. Then sampled the Caesar, Winter, Beet and Kale Salads. Entrees for our table were the Short Ribs -3 huge melt in your mouth ribs; night's special Rack of Lamb - generous enough that hubby & I split and cooked to perfection; and the fourth friend raved about his butternut soup with salad.

When the chef appeared in the diningroom I couldn't wait to tell him how wonderful his food was and invited him to relocate to Ventura CA to jazz up our restaurant scene.

We finished our meal with the deconstructed Banana Split YUM. A great finish to the meal.

The only down was: my Grey Goose Cosmo was not great.

The four of us can't wait to return and try the other creative culinary choices.

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fresh and accomodating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We made last minute arrangements to dine at this restaurant, and they were most accomodating. While we ate on the patio, there were plenty of space heaters to make it comfortable, and in fact, we preferred to be outside. There was an excellent singer during dinner and the food was great.

  • Visited February 2013
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West Vancouver
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“It all comes together like a good restaurant should”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

We've eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. The staff are always friendly and polite but not intrusive. You can't make a bad choice on the menu and the selection of appetizers is imaginative and so tasty. I particularly liked the duck tacos. The scallops with Himalayan rice is also a favorite as are the short ribs. You need to reserve well in advance.
The bar menu is another way of experiencing the fare but get there early.

  • Visited February 2013
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