Cliffhouse
Cliffhouse

Cliffhouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.laquintacliffhouse.com/
  • Phone: 7603605991x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily 5pm - 9:00pm Sunday-Thursday and 5pm - 9:30pm Friday - Saturday

    Sunset Dinner Special: Daily 5-6pm

    Bar: Daily 4pm-9:30pm

    Happy Hour: 4pm-6:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: David Calvan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private banquet space at the Cliffhouse offers the perfect venue for your next celebration and the flexibility to work within your budget. The Point Happy room boasts large windows overlooking the valley to the mountains beyond. Other spaces within the restaurant may be available to large parties as well, depending on your needs. The banquet menus offer a broad selection of items including the fresh fish and premium steaks for which the Cliffhouse is known. Banquet packages are available and menus can be customized for your special day whether it is a wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, corporate event, private party or holiday celebration.
  • Private Party Contact: Debbie LaRoach 7603605991x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Both self-parking and valet offered.
A word from Cliffhouse
From the moment you approach the Cliffhouse you are surrounded by the dramatic sights and sounds of this desert destination. Jutting from a massive rock outcropping above the desert floor the Cliffhouse is renowned for its spectacular views across the valley and providing a lively, casual destination to enjoy a menu of American classics with innovative preparations focused on premium steaks and seafood at great prices.

The historic ranch house ambiance complete with a massive fireplace, expansive windows and rustic beamed ceilings creates a warm welcoming environment from which to gaze at the magnificent mountains, share a meal and conversation and stay awhile. The menu highlights vibrant flavors from the valley along with a generous selection of fresh fish and seafood. The wine list has been thoughtfully chosen to complement the food and provide reasonably priced selections including rare and limited bottles.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cliffhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
206 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (129)special occasion (113)romantic (90)neighborhood gem (81)vibrant bar scene (69)fit for foodies (67)great for outdoor dining (64)notable wine list (63)good for groups (43)hot spot (35)late-night find (16)great for lunch (15)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (12)Show More
  • Excellent seafood!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The calamari appetizer was great! Very large portion and good dipping sauces. I had the seared ahi which was also wonderful. Hubby had the filet which he said was good but nothing exceptional. Kids each had the rib plate off the kids menu. Nice kids menu for this kind of restaurant. Everything was fairly priced (good value). We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    BOS2SANVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Brought out of town guests to our special restaurant. We requested an upstairs table with window, however one not available at the time so we took another one and were seated right away. Still had a view and just missed the sunset! My standby, crab stuffed shrimp was great. They were very gracious in substituting the starch. My husband had the braised ribs, which he said were fabulous, my sister had the rack of ribs that were huge. My brother in law had the lamb which he said was excellent. Only downer was the wait time to place the order (25 minutes) and then receive the food (30 mins). It was Saturday night however. Otherwise, everything was great. Will definitely be returning with our next visiting guests.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carieb
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Love it. Always great food, great ambience, great everything
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place.
    Newbee
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had a wonderful anniversary dinner here on Saturday. Prime rib special and the salmon were excellent! Eric our server was perfect, the right balance of attention and service. We have decided to make Cliffhouse our new go to place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was excellent, wait staf attentive and efficient and the view was outstnding. We could not have asked for more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service
    MaryFredVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Management is on duty and omnipresent at Cliffhouse and it shows in the attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Nice atmosphere and great food. However, the experience was a bit noisy for the price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Dining Experience!
    WineWithDinnner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We've been to this restaurant several years ago and were surprised that the concierge recommended it. The whole experience turned out to be excellent! The waitress (2nd day on job) was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, wine pairings and had a great attitude. The salad was fresh as ever, had a great dressing, and was served chilled as it should be. I had a NY steak with blue cheese butter, and my wife had the crab stuffed shrimp. Everything was served on time, had excellent flavors and made for a great dinner. The atmosphere was clean, pleasant and calming. The dining room is relatively open and tables by the window are best. New owners have been in place for a few years and have added quality to a building with lots of charm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful experience
    Martha
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food is great, dining room is attractive, beautiful outdoor surroundings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another excellent meal
    goodtimeVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We enjoyed another excellent meal at Cliffhouse. It was pretty noisy however Going again next week
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine food
    MikeTVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The Cliffhouse always has great food choices. The calamri was perfect and our enrees were too. The crab stuffed shrimp were very nicely prepared. We were there on a Wednesday night and the wine was half price. We had the 08 Silver Oak and it was also perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    PickyDiner
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Third time there, and we were treated like we were long-term regulars! Friendly reception and service, great food, fantastic view - what else should we want? Ah yes, the bar on the way in where they have a hopping happy hour, and everyone is having a good time. Great place, great evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Night to Remember!
    Gma17
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 56th wedding anniversary at The Cliff House in La Quinta and it was wonderful. We came from the Santa Clarita Valley, 150 miles away, because we enjoy this place so much and wanted a special night to remember. We were treated like royalty, were not rushed as the servers gave us plenty of time to enjoy our cocktails. When we were ready we ordered our salad and also had time to enjoy it. Some restaurants want to hurry and rush you out, but not here. We were told to take our time. Our entrees were cooked to perfection and then we were treated to a dessert of our choice. We don't get to the desert much anymore but when we do we will go back to the Cliff House. Such an enjoyable experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for a date night
    CAfoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a very pleasant experience with the staff, service and food. From another table or even outside, the view would have been nice too. Definitely recommend. The only portion of the meal I did not enjoy was the creme brulee. If you can believe it, the top was too caramelized - almost burned.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent menu for early birds!
    oldschoolVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The two course special menu served between 5 & 6 is excellent, price wise and with a fine choice of entree's. The only unpleasant experience was their not holding a table in the area I had requested with my reservation. Had a table next to the bar where noise carries.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Annie720
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Ambiance unforgettable! Perfect spot for a romantic evening out or just out with the girls for fun! Great food selections!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Second Review
    TomMVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Cliff House, as part of the Pacifica family of restaurants, continues to be a favorite (multiple visit). There are two comfortable newly decorated dinning rooms; we prefer the main room as it is quieter. The menu continues to evolve - getting better each time we visit. We recommend the Catfish and the Crab Stuffed Shrimp. Prices are moderate, for the desert and the higher quality level of the restaurant. The service is excellent - servers are friendly and efficient, and they keep track of your orders and they are knowledgeable about the menu. Wines tend to be a bit pricy, but there corkage policy of $15/btl is reasonable. Try it; I think you will like it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    richardVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    One word FANTASTIC . Everything was perfect. The food, the service, and less not forget the ambiance. All went into a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great off season!
    PuckPal
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I have been here before, at the peak of the busy season, and though it was all good, I did not return. I did finally give it another try, off season. It was great! It was less hectic, the staff was more attentive, not rushed, never had to look for our server etc.... very nice off season treat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cliffs and waterfalls
    OverkaleVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    A very unique setting among the cliffs and rocks, and the views from the main dining room were very lovely and worth the trip. The sunset dinner (glamorous name for early bird special?) is a good draw, and the first course salads were very fresh and good. Husband very pleased with skirt steak and the blackened catfish was good, too. A traditional dining room with a nifty iPad wine list at the table (fun!). Wine options were good at all price points. A little more formal atmosphere for birthday and celebration dinners. Menu is pretty traditional with no surprises.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    MarioVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was excellent and service amazing, great ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Evening Enjoyment
    Firsttimedinnerdiners
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The restaurant was hustling and bustling with lots of people in the dining room and bar. Seating was quick, servers were attentive and the food was outstanding. We enjoyed the sole, salmon, prime rib and steak. We also indulged on several of the desserts which were scrumptious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    MarioVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had the prime rib and braised ribs and both were delicious our waitress Randi could not have been nicer. Highly recommend eating here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great appetizers, excellent seafood
    cliff
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Oysters, martinis and seafood pasta. Great choice for groups or couples.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food, service, view
    DesertSpinDoc
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food, service, view -- what's not to like? This was our first visit and we are nicely impressed. Our server was superb -- obviously a professional: personable without being obsequious, energetic without being frenetic, and highly knowledgeable of everything on the menu. The manager did a routine stop by -- but made it seem like it wasn't "routine" at all. The food was excellent but not pretentious: prime rib ("amazing!") for one at our table, scallops ("perfect") for the other. The view is one of the best in the valley -- which may explain why the place was packed from the moment we walked in until the moment we left, hours later. This is desert dining at its finest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice location ok food
    crs1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I had dinner last Friday. our reservation was for 7:00. They wanted to sit us in the back dining room with no view, we said no. Then they found us a table in the main dinning room with a view. The restaurant was packed, it turns out they run a dinner special from 5 to 7. My recommendation would be to make your dinner reservation later to miss the crowd. My wife's scallops were terrible, my sea bass was good. The calamari appetizer was good, one of the dipping sauces was so salty we could not eat it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tradition
    luvopntbl2VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We return to the Cliffhouse yearly for a celebratory dinner with my Mom. We like to treat her to a special dinner at a special restaurant and the Cliffhouse is our restaurant of choice and has been for the last 10 years. It never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On of my favorite diniing places
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have been eating at the Cliffhouse for years. Always a pleasurable experience. Their early dinners are delicious and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Needless to say, my whole family loves this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Comfortable Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We were seated right away at a great table. The view was beautiful in both directions. Our service was excellent checking in with us but no pressure to order. My salmon was yummy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hopefully Better Next Time
    desertjewel
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We won't give up on the Cliffhouse, but our Sunset Dinner on Sunday was disappointing. Despite request to not overcook salmon, it was still over-grilled. We love fresh 'el dente' veggies, but the green beans were worse than eating fresh beans from the garden. I will count this as just an off-night but will expect more next time...
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ConnieVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Again a very good experience. I had the salmon - excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    HarvVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We always look forward to returning to this gem carved into the rock. They begin with the best warm sourdough bread basket and the drinks and food are brought out with impeccable timing. The early bird special is truly one of the best meals still available. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good dining experience
    Boza2211
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The restaurant is under the auspices of Pacifica, so the menu is very similar and having dined here before last year whilst on vacation we tried again. The setting is great, the ambience good and the food and wine list whilst a little limited has something for everyone and the portions are BIG, so foodies will love it. We would recommend this place to anyone who loves good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect setting ...
    ArizonaSunny
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    ... for our anniversary dinner! We were visiting from neighboring Arizona and decided on Cliff House, partly because so many other restaurants are closed during August, and partly based on recommendations of other travelers. We were not disappointed! Beautiful setting, great service, delicious food - and a huge complimentary piece of ice cream pie we split four ways for our anniversary dessert. Our friends paid for my glass of wine; otherwise our check was $55 for two. Not bad for the entire package. Cliff House is a very special place, and we'd highly recommend it - but reservations are absolutely mandatory!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A perfect evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My husband I went here to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. Every staff member took the time to welcome us and congratulate us on our special day. The food was amazing and the service was perfect. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • clg588
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It was a perfect evening at the Cliffhouse; The view is spectacular and a choice of two restaurants gives you the opportunity to pick casual dining with great food or more elegant dining with beautifully prepared food. We had excellent cocktails and wines . Our food was fresh, delicious tasting and lovely presentation. Our waiter did not hover, but was there as soon as we needed him and gave us good advice in response to our questions. We had no trouble parking, but if you are concerned, they have valet parking for their guests.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Javier
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife had the steak, I had the blackened Catfish. Both were exquisitely prepared and presented. They have a large wine list. We ordered a $30 bottle of Merlot and it was pretty good. If you want a really good bottle; you'll probably have to stick to the $50 and up range (of which they have plenty). The ambiance was great; we got a window table facing the cliff which had a small waterfall running down it - very nice, and quite enough to have good conversation without straining to hear. Our server was friendly and attentive; we never felt like we were waiting on anything. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AaronM
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We decided to give them a second chance after new owners took over. It has not improved. Attractive setting, though a bit noisy for conversation. Presentation is lovely but that's where it ended. Food was not very good. I had the Crab stuffed Shrimp. Shrimp was obviously pre-cooked and then browned a bit leaving it tough. Stuffing was dry. Vegetables were undercooked to the point that they were not eatable. I can't tell about the rice as there was not enough of it to taste. We are diners who do know the difference and The Cliff House is over rate. We will not return even though it is nearby.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Anniversary
    Dmtss
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The Cliff House has a unique setting which is great for a special evening and the sunsets are great. Rebecca was our server and did an outstanding job to ensure a perfect night. The food was excellent and finished off with an ice cream pie that was unbelievable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.