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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cliffhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
212 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (119)scenic view (117)neighborhood gem (91)romantic (87)great for outdoor dining (73)fit for foodies (71)notable wine list (71)vibrant bar scene (67)good for groups (51)hot spot (35)late-night find (17)great for lunch (13)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (9)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been here on many occasions for dinner and have always been very pleased with everything?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quite a deal!
    PickyDiner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great atmosphere, casual and elegantly noisy. Great service, with a smile. And quite a deal if you get the Sunset Dinner (need to be seated by 6pm). The salmon is fabulous. And the Japanese chowder is so tasty!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very satisfied
    opie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A friend recommended the Cliff House if we wanted a nice happy hour selection and setting. it was great. I would recommend to others and will certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KeithandWen
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our first time here. Not disappointed at all. Very nice and not too pricey
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Nice!jones
    Diner44
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Everything was better expected. Great food, service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Later is better!
    BOS2SANVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We made an 8pm reservation through Open Table and found it to be the perfect time as the restaurant was much quieter than during our past visits. It also made for a more enjoyable birthday dinner. Mai Tais were excellent. Started with the baked artichoke but a bit disappointed with very little flesh on the leaves. Decided to have the filet this time rather than the crab stuffed shrimp. Although I chose not to have the sauce, I felt it wasn't really needed as the meat was seasoned and so tender it melted in my mouth. My husband had the sugar-coated salmon (first time) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Dinner was finished off with a complimentary slice of their signature Cliffhouse ice cream pie. Yummy!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Gem in the Desert
    beareVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Tucked against the foothills at Point Happy, The Cliffhouse was designed into and up a small mountain outcropping. It's very quaint. Being up on a hill, you can choose between the main dining room, which offers a splendid view of the valley and sunset, or on the outside patio, tucked against the mountain itself. Outside, there is a small waterfall to add to the beauty and setting. The food is fantastic. This trip, I chose the Sea Bass with a sweet glaze over a coconut milk sauce, bok choy and rice. For an appetizer, I had to do their signature stuffed artichoke - YUM, and a delicious wedge salad loaded with blue cheese and sprinkled with tomato bits - scrumptious. To end the meal, a huge "mud pie" that was absolutely heavenly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Steak Ever
    Bollig1
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Rib Eye Steak w/mushrooms & Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce was the best steak I have ever eaten. It was prepared to perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An unexpected yet enjoyable find.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Beautiful atmosphere. Great service. Delicious food. If we lived here we would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Meal!
    adgal13
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    What a great restaurant. Beautiful inside and out. The service was unbelievable, very attentive. The Wine List is on an iPad, which is a bit shocking, because it does come in a leather embossed menu (bright light when you open!). I had the wedge salad and the crab stuffed shrimp and it was delicious. The touch of curry flavoring on the shrimp made it interesting, and there was some kind of kick in the blue cheese dressing on the salad. It was my birthday, and the brought out a HUGE slice of ice cream cake covered in hot fudge and whipped cream. Overall, an amazing night, and its definitely on my MUST return to list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The artichoke
    rich
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Try the artichoke, you'll never find a better one.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Girls' Night Dinner
    Ckdiners
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was a great place for a girls night out dinner. There was a group of six of us and we were seated inside at a big, round table. Loved the ambiance inside and we were all able to talk and hear each other at the round table. The outdoor patio looked lovely, but it was a little too warm on the night we were there. The food was delicious. We were all happy with our meals and the portions were decent. Someone with a big appetite may want to order an appetizer and/or salad with the meal. The service was very good. Everyone was friendly and knowledgable. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    Merlotlover51VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have heard people talk about the Cliffhouse since we first came out to the Desert. We have driven past it a thousand time always with the same comment"we should try the Cliffhouse". Well we finally did try it and I'm so upset about all the wonderful meals we've missed by waiting so long! We sat outside on the patio for dinner so my rating is based on that experience. I'm sure if you were inside on a weekend evening it could be noisier. They are also known for their Happy Hour and bar so we'll be heading back to check that out for ourselves next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • edna0109VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We like Cliff house a lot. we tell friend and and dine a lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Darcy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My extended family (5 of us) went to dinner at 7:15 on a Friday night, most tables were full which made for a noisy main dining room. The bar area was full as well so it too was noisy. The food was very good and services was friendly. Have been to this restaurant before and will return, next time for happy hour in the bar area probably because of the price. Will save the main dining room for special occasions. The complimentary valet and birthday dessert were great touches.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • couple
    luvourpups
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We really enjoyed the evening at your restaurant and will put is on our list of places to dine!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect spot for my wife's birthday
    Sammamish4
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I took my wife here for her birthday and it was perfect. Everything was great from the service to the meal itself. They surprised my wife with a dessert as well. Would definitely come back the next time we are down there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2eatgoodfood
    2eatgoodfood
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Meals are reasonably priced. Service was outstanding, server really knew the menu. Very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great place for our anniversary
    eating101
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We live in San Diego and went to Palm Springs for a getaway. Heard about Cliff house and decided to try it. We were not disappointed. Great service, ambiance and food. Highly recommend it. I had the Chilean Sea Bass - it was so good! My husband had the ribeye. There was a sauce on it that he felt wasn't necessary, but ate it all. Thanks Cliff house!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scenic view
    BevH
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went to the Cliff House on our last night in Palm Desert. Delicious dinner, great service, wonderful scenery!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • edna0109VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Last time we had dinner at Cliff House, open table gave me 1000 points, This time I got 100 points. Cliff House is listed in open table 1000 points rest. What happen this time? I always invite people to Cliff House because this is one of our favorite place. Please advice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner
    generatesomebuzz
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything was lovely. Next time I will request to sit outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    HarvVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Arrived in time for happy hour in the bar, very rea$onable. Moved on into dining room in time for early bird "sunset" $20 dinner. Seated at requested booth where we could take in the entire room and sunset view. Half rack baby backs and catfish were amazing! Refills on cocktails, wine, water and warm bread basket! Laurie made sure that I got plenty of bacon on my wedge salad. Stuffed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ALWAYS A PLEASURE
    Essenguru
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We introduced friends to te Cliffhouse and they loved it. We went to the all night Happy Hour and enjoyed the "everything on Happy Hour prices". No gimmick or exclusions. The Fish Tacos was one of the best I tried. The Pasta dish was amazing and apparently better the next day (portions are large). My husband had the Skirt steak tacos and found it seasoned perfectly and yummy. This place never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was a very nice place to go to for our 31st Anniversary. It was quite noisy at first but became better when the crowd thinned out. Food and service were great! They even provided a very nice complimentary ice cream desert for our Anniversary!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent seafood!
    Desertdweller
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Wetwo
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.