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Cliffhouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.laquintacliffhouse.com/
  • Phone: (760) 360-5991
  • 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: American, Steak, Seafood
  • 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 (760) 360-5991

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.Continued

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Needless to say, my whole family loves this place."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Again a very good experience. I had the salmon - excellent."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Salmon is my go to order. The Northwest has the best salmon and places to eat it. I've had salmon all over the country. This was the best salmon dish I've eaten. My plate was completely clean after eating."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "What was a really memorable evening unfortunately went down the drain quickly after ordering these warmed over, dried out ribs. Stay away!!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We always go the Cliffhouse and it always meets our high expectations. Great seafood selections and fun service people!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The food was decent, very small portions so don't come hungry but very expensive for the quality."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Our waiter forgot our appetizer and the manager came right over and couldn't have been better. A simple mistake was handled perfectly. If were back in the area we would definetly return"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Second time there - continued to be an excellent find. The food was great, the service very attentive. Great place. And what a view!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was great, and wonderful choices. Beautiful atmosphere, good service."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This is the second year in a row that my girlfriend and I have celebrated my birthday here. Last year I was raving that my meal (shrimp stuffed with crab over rice) was the best meal I have had in the desert. This year, I ordered the same thing. I don't eat butter so I order without the sauce. They delivered it with the sauce and I had to send it back. We had Merlot wine with the meal. This year they sent a huge slice of ice cream and chocolate as a desert for my birthday. It was wonderful! I love this place!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "My wife and I had the sunset dinner. We started with the wedge salad which was good. My wife had the flank steak and I had the salmon. Both dishes were very good and nice size portions. The service was attentive (Shirley). She took good care of us. Beware that the drink happy hour is only in the bar area."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Special evening with a meal expertly prepared in an environment rich in comfort. The manager was actively involved with all tables and making sure the diners were getting the meal they were expecting. Friendly staff, including the hostess, valets, server, bar tender and the gentleman that cleared our table, they all went out of their way to accommodate the guests. We certainly will return and look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Exquisite dining! We had a great time- a very memorable one. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The service was excellent and great food. Friendly helpful staff. Bar menu was priced very well."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We always look forward to a wonderful meal and choose to order from the early bird portion of the menu, available before 6 during the summer months. A birthday discount of $25 came in the mail after we joined the special points program offered by Cliffhouse and Pacifica. Thank You"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Reminded me of relaxed European dining where I had time to savor all the rich flavors and textures of the food and wine while sharing conversations with friends. The extensive wine list was presented on a tablet allowing me to see the vintner's labels, providing instant recognition. We only experienced dinner, not lunch nor the bar. It was in the middle of the summer, so elected not to sit outside (it was over 100 degrees F). But the ambience all around was delightful. The house is nestled in amongst the boulders of the cliff, providing a unique romantic setting."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Cliffhouse has done a nice turnaround and under new Pacifica ownership has elevated their quality, service and ambiance. We are enjoying it once again."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed your restaurant! As locals we will be back. Dunc"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I am thinking of making my third visit in the last ten days, with a guest this Sunday night. The special dinner priced at $19.95 from 5 to 6 is wonderful. I have had the salmon and the short ribs and both were excellent. I like the main dinning room, side rooms leave a little to be desired."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I was visiting the area on a conference and found this place using google maps. I had my niece with me and we had a wonderful dinner but I could totally see my husband and I having a wonderful romantic dinner here. The food was wonderful and reasonably priced during their sunset dinner option. If I am ever in the area I would definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Excellent special menu between 5 and 6. Special price."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The seafood was really tasty and the service was very good."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "With many restaurants closed throughout the summer in the Palm Springs area, definitely plan on dining at Cliffhouse La Quinta. The staff make patrons feel valued, summer menu offers many dining specials, and every evening the bar offers bargains on alcohol and bar menu. What we like most is that the Restaurant Managers are very visible and switched-on. They will ensure that your dining experience exceeds your expectation."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We have been dining here for many years and the quality of service and food has never been a disappointment."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My hubby Jordan and I were entertaining our friend Mike from New Hampshire, where fresh seafood abounds. Hubby and Mike each had the stuffed shrimp, and I had baked sea bass. All seafood was cooked perfectly, and the accompanying veggies were appropriate to the main protein. Platiing was equally careful, and the whole meal was both visually and gastronomically superb."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We love the early bird menu...salmon grilled and great salad! 5 to 6 pm"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Brought the family for the "early dinner" special. The kids (pre-teens) had lots to choose from on the kids menu and really liked the ice cream sundae at the end - even though they had to get "dressed up" for dinner. My wife and I both enjoyed the "signature salmon" entrée with our salads included in the "special". Nice atmosphere and a cool view. Wait staff was EXCELLENT which really added to the experience. We'll go again then next time we are in town."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Outstanding evening. The Japanese Chowder was excellent. But the true winner was the Sugar Spiced Salmon - outstanding! Add Rebecca, our waitress, who treated us with enthusiasm and a never-ending smile - and the evening was just superb!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Take advantage of the half priced special from their entire bottle wine list which is offered one day each week."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great Food and Great Service and Great Ambiance. Eat there almost once a week. Best bar in the desert next to Pacifica. View is Super Spectacular. Love it in the summer as there is less of a wait. If they improved the Misting and Fans outside patio would be a great place to sit on the not so super hot late afternoons."
    Dined on 7/9/2014