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Morgan's in the Desert
Morgan's in the Desert
  • Address:
    Waldorf Astoria Laquinta Resort & Spa
    49-499 Eisenhower Drive
    La Quinta, CA 92253
    La Quinta
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $31 to $50

Morgan's in the Desert Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.morgansinthedesert.com/
  • Phone: (760) 564-4111
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Nightly 6:00PM - 10:00PM

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

    Live Entertainment: Wednesday-Sunday evenings
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steak, Seafood
  • 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

  • Entertainment: Paul Douglas
    A multi-talented vocalist, pianist, guitarist and harmonica player, covering a wide range of musical styles – from rock, blues, and jazz to country, folk, R&B and dance/pop.
    Playing: Wednesday-Sunday 7:00PM - 11:00pm.
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Super! Jimmy Schmidt has presents fabulous food. Waiter, I believe his name was Eric, slight english accent, he was OVER the Top with superior service and a funny personality. The Cherry Festival Special was Crazy Good! Simply one of the Top 3 Restaurants if not the Best in the Entire Desert. La Quinta Resort ambiance just enhances the experience at Morgans"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We mostly go to Morgan's when Jimmy Schmidt (owner/exec chief) is cooking, which is primarily for group wine dinners. This last experience was exceptional. The restaurant is probably an overall 4, but the food was so good, we rated it a 5. Typically the wine dinners cost ~$95, which includes tax and wine. The wines are usually very good to excellent and well paired to the food. Jimmy specializes in "healthy" cooking, i.e. low fat. He does most of his sauces with vegetable/fruit reductions and they are excellent. He also uses a lot of "modernism" techniques in his cooking, e.g. sous vida, oil poaching, unique food produce substitutions, etc. It all adds up to an exceptional dining experience. Check it out"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Love this place more than life itself. The food is amazing and the service is fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can not say enough good things."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The menu was designed around great ingredients and everyone in our group really liked their food. Strip steak wasn't good but I might not try another steak at Morgans unless a rib eye is available."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My friend and I couldn't get all the amazing food we were able to experience... flavor, presentation, ambience OUTSTANDING... I live in the neighborhood and have been to all the other restaurants at the Resort... certainly hope I'll be dinning here more."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was our third time at Morgans. I had the wagyu steak, which was ok. I've had great steaks and for the price, this was mediocre. My wife had the bacon festival special. She loved everything until the desert. A couple of us took bites. The first bite had you questioning whether you liked it. Definitely a bold creation, but the peppery aftertaste proved not to be pleasant. This was the first time at Morgans that service was truly lacking. It was not a busy night, yet we felt very neglected. They forgot my wife's wine pairing with the main course, then forgot to serve her desert. After desert menus were brought to us, it took 15 minutes for the waiter to ask if we wanted to order. I've had way better service at Denny's."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We enjoyed everything about our dinner at Morgan's, located at the beautiful La Quinta Resort. The service was excellent without being over bearing. The food was tastefully displayed and delicious. Most of all we enjoyed the quiet enjoyment of dinner with soothing music in the background."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Very lovely evening - enjoy service and food. Menu was small wished there were a few more starters."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Morgan's has earned its reputation, giving careful consideration to the overall experience of diners from the moment they enter the door. Our server was friendly and attentive, but gave us the space we wanted to enjoy ourselves. He was also very knowledgeable about the menu and food in general."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Off season visit, June. They didn't seem to be understaffed, but our Waiter was indifferent, distracted?? Assistant performed most off the service, he was excellent. American Lamb prepared as ordered was a plus."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary here and it was great. A very quiet intimate place, not rowdy like most restaurants. The servers were very attentive. The food was good. We even received a complimentary dessert. I would recommend this place if you want a quiet/romantic dinner"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Four of us went for dinner and from first to last everything was wonderful. Fairly pricey and the wine list even more so, but it was worth it. Service was very good as well. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Can't wait to go back! The resort has done outstanding job of combining the historic beauty and the needs of today's diners. Food was great, service excellent, absolutely nothing bad to say. Portions are modest but that leaves room for fabulous deserts. Yes, it's a bit of a splurge price wise, but quality of food and overall experience makes it well worth it."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was a step above the other steaks we have eaten in the desert. The flavor in the side dish just kept on going. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Excellent Dinner. Beautiful Ambience. Great Service. Good value. We were even able to bring our well behaved dog. We sat on the patio and met a lot of nice people. The tuna and the duck were both very well prepared and very delicious. We will definitely dine there again when we visit La Quinta!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had a family get together in La Quinta and reserved Morgan's after reading many reviews. Our waiter was outstanding. His helpers who also tended to us were on top of every need. I don't think we had better service anywhere. One of my sons, whose birthday we were celebrating did not want us to go there. He thought it was too expensive and wanted to eat at an upscale Mexican place. My husband whose birthday we also celebrated insisted that since I had done the research about restaurants that we should eat at Morgan's. After my son tasted his short ribs he thought we had made the right decision. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Outstanding menu selections and wine list. Attentive service. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I selected this restaurant partly due to the reviews on Open Table and partly because it is nearby our home. Nothing disappointed us. The food was great. Mr. Parker, our waiter was terrific. (I find it funny that he was introduced to us as Mr. Parker.) He took a lot of time explaining each of the specially prepared menu items and answered all of our questions. My husband does not drink alcohol and I only have a glass of wine with dinner, yet there was no attitude about that and no 'upselling' of more food. I really dislike that practice at so many restaurants these days. My husband ordered the soup of the day, roasted cauliflower, which was fantastic. The main courses were skillfully prepared, served hot and were absolutely wonderful"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food is A+, and the service and friendly. We loved the live piano music, and especially loved the gorgeous ambiance. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I was quite impressed with the food quality and service, everything was spot on. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Morgan's is one of the best restaurants here in the desert. Chef Brian is amazing, and his food is incredible. We loved the outdoor seating - and the server and busser (Sal and Eric) were truly the finest I have experienced. I am a restaurant owner, and I know how important service is. It was a birthday celebration and they made the evening very, very special. I highly recommend Morgan's to the most discerning diners, and I will definitely be back for another special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We go to La Quinta Resort at least twice a year and make it a point to dine at Morgan’s at least one night. They just have an excellent menu and the food has never been anything but what I would expect for the price point. The head chef does a lot of special selections based on wine, herbs or proteins that he and the staff make devote several courses too. I made it to the last night of the Morel Mushroom based salad and short ribs. One of the best meals I have had; what flavor. You cannot go wrong here but plan on taking your time and enjoying the experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Morgan's is the flagship restaurant at La Quinta Resort and as such delivers on the service and quality that you expect from such a resort. Although the corkage was a bit high ($30/bottle), the staff decanted and handled without question. Most everyone had the filet that was cooked to perfection and those that did not were equally happy with their choice. My only complaint would be that given the length of our dinning experience, the chairs could be more comfortable. After a long day of golf, we want a long-term comfortable seat to enjoy dinner. This is insignificant, but worth mentioning. Will we be back.....yes definitely."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We dined at Morgans twice in the last two weeks. We were so pleased after the first visit we were anxious to return. The food entree's were innovative and so flavorful. The service was excellent, very professional but comfortable. We appreciate Morgans and what they provide."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Great Dog-friendly Restaurant! Service was excellent. The server brought my pup a bowl of water with ice tableside. Although very hot outside, the breeze made for a pleasant evening."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Morgan's is elegant and at the same time warm and friendly. Our servers were wonderful and the food excellent, particularly the halibut and the duck breast. The crème brulee was also special. We will definitely recommend this restaurant to people visiting the area."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Travis did an incredible job as our server. A large group was seated near our table and they were quite noisy. He suggested we enjoy our dessert on the patio. A great idea on a beautiful evening. Was an excellent waiter as well."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Large extremely noisy groups make dining unpleasant. Too bad as food is great, service is great. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We took an out of town guest to Morgan's on Monday evening. The food was wonderful and the service excellent. The Cappuccino's are also fantastic."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and time at Morgans - the food was very good and a great ambience. The menu offered something for everyone. I would definitely recommend and will plan on eating here again!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This is now my favorite restaurant. I went to Morgan's for my birthday with my son and his girlfriend. Everything was lovely and felt very special. The waiters and other employees were very welcome and accommodating. When we walked in my son said "this is the birthday girl" and the waiter and others wished me a happy day. This is the second time I was there and being a high maintenance eater, everything was easy and delicious. we asked for a slow pace which was respected and I believe we all asked for something to be altered with our food. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We ate at Morgan's on the last night of our vacation and it couldn't have been any better. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Went for the Vidalia onion festival and paired wines. Jimmy Schmidt scores again, with top notch service from our favorite waiter, Steve."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "This restaurant does everything right. Menus are regularly updated and food/service is superb. If you go once, you will return. The resort ambience and history are outstanding."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We were there during Easter vacation so it was a little bit of a zoo with all the kids zooming by on skate boards and bikes but this means it was a kid friendly place @ certain times if that's what your looking for. (we weren't) Food was good, I had the beef short ribs which you could cut with the fork with excellent sauce but was not fond of the surrounding vegetable puree would rather have had potatoes which I will request next time. My husband has the steak filet which was good but not great. The service was excellent and loved the piano music during dinner. They also have valet parking. They had music outside with nice drinking area to listen to the music. We would go back @ a less crowded time or with grandkids @ holidays."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Morgan's never disappoints. We went for the Vidalia Onion Fest and it was fabulous. Great food, service and ambiance. Definitely a don't miss!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Hello--we loved Morgan's --the food and service were impeccable! We enjoyed every minute of it:) "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We went for (another) birthday and were pleased as always - there are 6 or 7 go-to entrees and we love the vibe. We actually had dinner in a semi-private room the eve of my birthday and then returned the following night and had dinner outside so the kids could run around on the adjoining lawn. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Fantastic Food and Service. Our date spot when we visit the dessert. I understand that they are building a wine cellar and adding to the wine list which I would say is the restaurant's only shortcoming. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Food was great, service impeccable, ambiance fantastic. I'm never disappointed with this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/15/2014