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 WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Cliffhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
213 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (141)special occasion (117)romantic (92)great for outdoor dining (78)neighborhood gem (77)vibrant bar scene (75)fit for foodies (66)notable wine list (61)good for groups (43)hot spot (33)great for lunch (15)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (12)late-night find (11)Show More
  • Cliffs and waterfalls
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    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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  • 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
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great appetizers, excellent seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
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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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  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On of my favorite diniing places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
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    • 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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    • 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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    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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  • 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
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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
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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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
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  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best salmon ever
    LPtheartist
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Watch out for the ribs
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    What was a really memorable evening unfortunately went down the drain quickly after ordering these warmed over, dried out ribs. Stay away!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Illinois
    IllinoisVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We always go the Cliffhouse and it always meets our high expectations. Great seafood selections and fun service people!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food, expensive, don't be hungry
    PKdiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was decent, very small portions so don't come hungry but very expensive for the quality.
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  • Great management
    diverjpVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bonnie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was great, and wonderful choices. Beautiful atmosphere, good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ML - Palm Desert
    theBirthdayboy
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Good meal, fair price
    LovelydinnefVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Job well done
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cliffhouse
    tmmusic
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Exquisite dining! We had a great time- a very memorable one. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    fredinlb
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The service was excellent and great food. Friendly helpful staff. Bar menu was priced very well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss the Early Bird Menu
    clayful1VIP
    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
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb dining experience
    gastronique
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ElizaVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed your restaurant! As locals we will be back. Dunc
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    hot spot
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  • Like it more all the time!
    oldschoolVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Great for an out-of-towner
    OutofTowner
    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!
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    romantic
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  • Excellent menu
    oldschoolVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent special menu between 5 and 6. Special price.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Done
    DinerguyVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The seafood was really tasty and the service was very good.
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    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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