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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
    Neighborhood:
    La Quinta
  • Cuisine:
    American
    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: 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: 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

  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I dined at Morgan's for our anniversary, and it was a very pleasant experience. The food was very good, and everyone from the hostess to our server to the bussers were extremely courteous, attentive, and friendly. Even our service dog was greeted with a bowl of fresh water as soon as we were seated. The restaurant is attractively furnished in a rustic Spanish motif, with dining inside and out, and the ambiance is suitable for a romantic evening, special occasion, or entertaining important business clients. Be sure to try the Baby Beat Salad. It is amazing, and I would return for this alone!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Great food and wine selections. Lobster corn festival was great! Also very accommodating to our young child with the option of buttered pasta with parmesan, which she enjoyed. Popcorn ice cream was really delicious. Would definitely come back for our anniversary dinner again!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "For some reason when I checked out the restaurant on-line, a negative review popped up. Whoever wrote that was nuts. Morgan's was up there with the best dinners we've had. Really liked the J Winery pinot noir and the duck. Couldn't have asked for more. We will definitely dine there again."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at Morgan's on Friday, Aug 8. We both loved the wine/lobster/corn dinner. Excellent food (especially the soup). And very fairly priced. We'd definitely recommend this meal and restaurant to friends."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My husband and I picked this restaurant to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary dinner. We has a grest waitress, the food was spectacular and they even surprised us with an anniversary dessert, which was delicious and beautiful. We stay at La Quinta every year and will definitely be dining at Morgans for every visit. Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Every now and then there comes along a place that without question stands out from the rest. It has nothing to do with any financial angle, fashion statement, who's who aggregate, geographical location, or any other such non-relevant factors when considering quality, finesse, authenticity, and sensibility. It just speaks for itself in EVERY aspect of what it is all about and HOW it is all about that, without a word being spoken. When such a restaurant exists it almost should be a well-kept secret yet it deserves to be known and unobtrusively applauded to the hilt. Morgan's In The Desert is one of the rarities which evokes the above words and has done so in the absence of presentation. It is present and worth being placed as Number One."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Very nice for an evening meal. Service is excellent. Filets were a bit overcooked this time though."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Had dinner at Morgan's for my wife's birthday. You could not have asked for a better dining experience!! The food and service were Excellent!!! The staff was professional, helpful and friendly. Will look forward to dining with them again."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We were there to celebrate my wife's birthday. This was our first visit to Morgan's in the Desert despite that we have lived here in La Quinta for a number of years. The Resort is one of our favorite places to take our guests, either to dine or just simply enjoy the impeccably landscaped setting, perfect for photo opportunities. Morgan's as was expected, is an outstanding choice for great food and exceptional service. The Chef Jimmy Schmidt, indeed lived up to his reputation as a three-time James Beard Award winner, providing an expertly prepared scrumptious, flavorful main course dinner. Our dining at Morgan's of the Desert was an experience par excellence. We shall make this experience a more frequent occurrence."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The lamb was superb, as was the duck. The ambiance and service was among the best dining in the valley. Prices are relative to what is served so I would say the right combination of value/product trade off."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • " I used to live at the Resort and have eaten there many times. This was absolutely the best !! The service was great, the talble was in a quite area that I requested and the food was FABULOUS !! We both had the Cherry SPECIAL dinner and I have never had tri tips that were even close to what I received that night !! What more can I say except I was glad that you haven't run out of Rombauer Chardonnay like many of the others have !!!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My girlfriend went out of the way to let the server know it was my bday and that there was a custom cake in back for me. He started by taking everyone's drink order except mine and walking away and then ended the dinner by forgetting it was my bday and that there was a cake and then asking everyone what they wanted for desert. We also opened a Peter Michael 2007 and a Dominus 2010 and he did not refill one single person's wine glass. Some of the food was good but my filet was NOT medium rare. All around a pretty poor showing and at well over $100 a person I would NOT be in a rush to come back anytime soon!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Outstanding menu selections and wine list. Attentive service. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Large extremely noisy groups make dining unpleasant. Too bad as food is great, service is great. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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
  • "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