Morgan's in the Desert
Morgan's in the Desert

Morgan's in the Desert

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.morgansinthedesert.com/
  • Phone: (760) 564-4111
  • Hours of Operation:
    Summer Hours: (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)

    Dinner: Nightly 6:00PM - 10:00 PM

    Cocktails: Nightly 5:30PM - 11:00PM

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Jimmy Schmidt
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For Catering information contact:
    Michele Frechette
    direct: 760-777-5821
    fax: 760.777-5811
    email: mfrechette@laquintaresort.com
    www.laquintaresort.com ● www.pgawest.com

  • Special Events: Throughout the year we offer prix-fixe food festival menus, each highlighting a unique ingredient such as Meyer Lemon, Blue Mussels and Morel Mushrooms.

    Join us for our monthly interactive wine and food dinners throughout the Spring of 2013.

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet or Resort Self Parking
A word from Morgan's in the Desert
Morgan’s in the desert, by James Beard Award winning Chef Jimmy Schmidt, welcomes guests for dinner with Contemporary American Cuisine, boutique new world wines, crafted vintage cocktails, and live entertainment. Join us at the piano bar, in the hacienda dining room or on the fire-lit courtyard. Join us for a relaxed yet refined dining or cocktail experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Morgan's in the Desert reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (86)romantic (79)fit for foodies (75)notable wine list (47)great for outdoor dining (45)neighborhood gem (34)good for groups (33)vibrant bar scene (18)hot spot (16)scenic view (15)late-night find (6)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Mixed feelings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    The ambiance is really nice at Morgans, the tables are set far enough apart to have a quiet dinner, and the staff is very good. Our problem was that the food was heavy and every dish was way over salted. We all commented amongst ourselves about how salty each of our dishes was and even considered sending the dishes back but decided it wasnt worth the time, and since even the appetizers were salty, heavy and rich it was clearly the way the chef cooked. My personal feeling is that the chef isnt trusting the ingredients to stand on their own merit with freshnes and flavor, but must add lots of butter, cream and salt. We mentioned the salt issue to the waiter, simply to relay the info to the chef hoping it might make a difference for future people eating there. We were surprised and touched when they brought out free desserts for all four of us. It wasnt expected at all but very appreciated. Our waiter was exceptional, and the rooms were beautifully and tastefully decorated, for those reasons alone I might go back if it was a special occasion where the ambiance was important. But I would order carefully and ask for lighter less salty options.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never EVER disappoints
    TravelBugVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    This is our favourite fine dining place in the desert. The food is always delicious - the beet salad was superb but large (easily sharable) and the only thing I ever have here is the Braised Short Rib on Celery Root puree. Outstanding! My husband always has a steak with blue cheese crust and says it's the best he's had. The atmosphere is sophisticated yet relaxed and the service is always top notch. We always come here for at least one dinner when we visit. Reservations are a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still good fine dining.
    Food4fun
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    With so many restaurants in the valley going casual,(& noisy), Morgan's has kept it's atmosphere of fine dining & service. We are always pleased with our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    FinefoodiesVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We had heard good things about Morgan's and were expecting a fine dining experience, but alas, it was not to be. The best things we had to eat were the rolls and flatbreads before the meal. My husband and I had the "baby romaine salad", which turned out to be a soggy Caesar, with not even a crouton anywhere in sight. When we asked for anchovies, we were told they didn't have any. I ordered a steak, and asked for a baked potato, and again was told there were no baked potatoes. Seriously? The server then suggested a different steak with mushrooms and sauce, which turned out to be a good piece of meat smothered in a thick and sticky sauce all piled on top of something I couldn't identify. My husband had the lamb chops, which he graded a "C", and was perplexed by a type of bean that the chops sat upon. The service was friendly, but not especially professional. All in all we were disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely dinner at Morgan's
    Joanne
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Had a very enjoyable meal at Morgan's. All of our meals were excellent. I had the short-braised ribs and my friends had the oysters (he said that they were the best that he's ever had) and the ahi tartar. Then for desserts, we had the popcorn sundae and the Smore's Dessert to share. Ron Pass playing in the background capped off this amazing night. Will definitely be back next time I'm in the Desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    toyboy
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    My husband had one of the best steaks he has ever had! The music from the bar was great and so was the singer! It could be very romantic...outdoor fire pits and beautiful fireplaces inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Morgan's Always Delivers
    FadedEleganceVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We are nearby seasonal residents and regulars at Morgan's. Proximity is a plus for us, but the true draw is the outstanding food and wine. No other restaurant in the desert so consistently serves gorgeous food in a beautiful setting with five star service - especially the various "festivals" featuring seasonal specialties. The current one is pears and duck and is one of their best in recent memory. Very highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Perfect!
    Sus77VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    If you can only go to one restaurant in Palm Desert, Morgans should be it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above average night out, but
    oregon
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Food good, service very good. Waiter up-sold too much however. Made me feel like we worked on commission. Portions could have been more in line with prices. The meal could have been a tad less rushed, but I could have said something, too. Ambiance of restaurant comfortable. Ladies can get as dressed up as they want, men could get away with a golf shirt and slacks..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Client Dinner
    goodimpressions
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The ambiance was great, the staff was professional, and the food was spectacular. Thank you for a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't miss it
    NeilsenVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It was so good the first night that we cancelled reservations elsewhere and went back. Jason provided service both nights, the second at our request. One of the best servers we've experienced in years. One seriously can't go wrong here. Every metric is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, 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.
  • Amazing
    NeilsenVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Fabulous. Loved it. Firing on all cylinders. A 10 out of 10. We both agreed that this one of the best meals we've had together in a long time. The ambience, the food, and especially the service (thank you Jason-you're phenomenal) was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    Kitty64
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Unbelievable cauliflower purée soup!! Didn't see that one coming! Great meal and lovely service'
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Everything was perfect. A very enjoyable time. Thank you.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful place
    Azjulie
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Food was good, setting really nice. But was disappointed in the wine list. Did not have the year of wine we selected and tried to bring us another year.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This was our second vist to the desert from the East coast. We ate at Morgan's in the Desert last year and it was a fantastic find. The ambiance and food are a great combination. We were celebrating our anniversary and enjoy a lovely evening surrounded by this beautiful hotel and mountains. I had the rack of lamb and my husband had the filet mignon which were prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special occasion
    reball4
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The surrounding resort is stunningly beautiful, and approaching this restaurant feels very special. It did not disappoint. Service was so friendly, informative, and utterly professional, as good as I have experienced. I admire chef Jimmy Schmidt's philosophy (an early and continuing locavore) and the food used available ingredients inventively. I enjoyed my pre-meal cocktail - they serve a very solid martini! - but I was oddly unimpressed by the wine list; the selection of sauvignon blancs, for example, was small (3, I think) and ordinary. Our visit was off-season, when the restaurant is far from full, and the atmosphere was very relaxed..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    MumzyVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Great atmosphere, one of the most beautiful rooms in the desert. Having said that, we were delivered two filet mignon that were so incredibly salty, we couldn't eat them. Kitchen was gracious and took them back. We were informed that the head chef tried them and he agreed. Two more arrived about 15 minutes later, same again. We have eaten here so many times and never run into a problem like this. the blame was put on the new grill chef but seriously, how hard is it to cook a simple steak. Hoping that they get this ironed out before the winter season is under way.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    LQajmVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Server Michael was excellent. Food was prepared perfectly. Great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • time2dine
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Had a lovely dinner and experienced great service. There was a live musician which the whole restaurant seemed to enjoy. A great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect evening
    eatinginthedesert
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Welcomed right from the beginning by Alessandra and Leighann...Started in the bar with Brian and Cesar. Perfectly mixed cocktails and fun, friendly guys! Had dinner outside and perfect service from every person who came to our table!!! The food was amazing. We had a taste of halibut, new York strip and filet at our table and everyone loved their entree. The experience was everything you would expect! Great team John Healy!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find...
    MJRMT
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Morgan's is an incredible spot in LaQuinta; well worth the drive from Palm Springs. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, as always.
    Stephen
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Every time we go to Morgan's it's a very nice experience. Our most recent visit was no different. Food and service were both outstanding. I would heartily recommend Morgan's to anyone who asked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great food. Great service. Always a pleasure to eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top Shelf Dining
    ORdinnerVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    When my wife and I find a good place we go back over and over unless disappointed . In Indian Wells on vacation from NYC for the sixth straight year and have eaten in Morgan's each year It has a terrific ambience for fine dining. We first had a cocktail outside by the fire pit and then said hello to the GM John Healy who gave us a great table. We started with a Caesar salad which was crisp and fresh. My wife had the lamb chops which were delicious and I had scallops which were tender and cooked perfectly. For desert we shared the popcorn Ice Cream ( oh sooo good ). The wait staff were excellent and attentive always there but not hovering. It is a must when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    Gayle
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Several couples meter celebrating our combined birthdays. Everything was perfect. We sat outside on a round table. An evening we won't ever forget!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marsh
    savorydine62
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This was just going to be where we went to dinner, however, we experience an evening. The whole night was unexpected. It was a journey back in time, the service was outstanding the food prepared exceptional. Flavors, spices, proteins blended to perfection. Only enhanced by the Zinfindel of age. Loved it. Well worth it. Oh, did I mention the Chef has won 3 James Beard awards.... Not surprised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dgunn
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Never fails to excel, best restaurant in the desert. Menu is varied, wine is high end and wait staff obviously career professionals. The setting is charming, whether inside or outside.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    Kelly5150RN
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were on a church marriage retreat at the La Quinta resort and wanted a special night out for dinner. We were seated right away. Our table did not have a view per say and the chairs were a little narrow for us. Service was fine. Waiter split the soup for us which was nice. The best thing about the meal was the three course abalone tasting menu I ordered. Amazing! My husband had the short ribs and was very happy with his choice as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Awesome experience and terrific food Bar afterwards was great with live a piano player
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Festivals are fun
    tiogioVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Kudos to chef Jimmy for his innovative festival menus, and to the wine director for the spot on pairings. Great food in an amazing setting. Always a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best of Everything
    GibSVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    From the James Beard awarded Chef and his cuisine to the elegant atmosphere and the friendly and knowledgable wait staff, Morgan's in LaQuinta should not be passed up when anywhere near by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dining experience
    TravelfoodyVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Morgan's dining is excellent! Decor is warm & inviting with details from the original restaurant built in 1926. Servers friendly & accommodating offering recommendations from wine to dessert...and the food is amazing.....looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What Abalone??
    steverino
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My husband and I had the $55 abalone dinner (didn't include wine). In the first course, the abalone was cut up so tiny that you really couldn't taste anything but sauce. The abalone main course was also over-sauced and indistinguishable. Again small pieces. Never tasted the abalone. The saving grace was the garlic rolls! We had never been to Morgan's and am not sure we would ever go back. Lois & Steve Solot
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best in the Desert
    DiscriminatingDiner
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Morgan's is by far the best in the desert, comparable to the best anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is amazing
    DinnerwithBiz
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I have been to Morgans three times now and the food is always excellent. Highly recommend the Halibut and the Short Ribs, delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice
    Robert
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Warm classy atmosphere, great food and good service a winning combination. A definite do again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner again
    Volunteer4GolfVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Returned for another birthday dinner at Morgan's. Thank you for the great service and attention to detail. Food fantastic - as usual. Service super friendly - as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a treat!
    SoozieqzVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We always enjoy coming to Morgan's and this was no exception. The setting is lovely, from the drive onto the property, the grounds, the restaurant...all beautiful and romantic. All staff members are friendly and do a superb job of making their guests feel welcome. We started with the signature Bradshaw martini, delicious and a little dangerous ha The Caesar salad is great, hubs had the cauliflower soup which he loved. We shared the NY steak with a parmesan crust, which was really amazing. The flavor of the steak was just yummm and the parm made it over the top! The restaurant was a little noisy but it was a fun Friday night with lots of happy people :) Maggie was our server and she was fantastic! Be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • indiojrrVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very disappointing. Menu is small and uninspired; side dish choices limited; dessert boring. Returned here because of previous experience but won't be back for a long while - too many other good restaurants in this area.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate