La Quinta Cliffhouse

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$30 and under
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From the moment you approach the La Quinta 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 La Quinta 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 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. We DO NOT take reservations in the Bar area or for Happy Hour.
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Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my friend to dinner as an appreciation gift. And this place was excellent from the time we walked in, was seated and waited on hand and foot. The seafood and wine selection was amazing

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The patio is under remodel so that was a slight disappointment but we were fine sitting inside. The food is so good and the décor is nice. We love to visit when in town.

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OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fathers day

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l
New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment. I always make a point to eat here when I am in the area because it is so consistent.

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HO
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My daughter-in-law ordered the Ahi steak and it arrived gray, fully cooked. Had to return it, but replacement arrived fairly quickly and was cooked correctly. The beef short ribs were tender, but bland in taste. The service was very good.

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BC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Ordered filet mignon medium . It arrived well done. My dining partner ordered filet mignon medium rare. It arrived medium well. Will not be returning.

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SW
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunset dinners are a wonderful value. Service is always outstanding. Ambiance is on point

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Chicken undercooked
Took off my bill
Waitress was efficient but a robot

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RG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a celebration for my daughter's 39th birthday and the food was amazing the staff was so congenial and thoughtful and kind and I do not have one bad thing to say about the whole evening. Even my six year old grandson came and he had a great time and the kids menu was fantastic. I will definitely go there again. I am so glad that this was my daughter's choice because I have wanted to go there ever since I have moved out to the desert.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All three adults were very satisfied with the food taste and quality. Made an ordinary night extra special for my father-in-law visiting from out of town. Moreover, my picky 4-year-old diner almost finished a three-cheese personal pizza with two thumbs up. Made mommy extra happy- bravos and special thanks to the chef who made it

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MC
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

Food & Service is SO great ! However the noise level is so loud !!! Went there years ago & went back because we forgot this 😬 Seating is so close you can’t have a private conversation & the old couple next to us argued their whole meal 😡

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went in early for the sunset specials...good value. I liked sitting in the smaller room, rather than the main dining room. Must quieter! Always good service. Good tasting food and a not huge amount, which we love. The amount was very sufficient tho.

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CS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Early Birthday celebration

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S
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. One of favorite places to come when visiting La Quinta!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was SLOW. At one point when we were expecting dessert, the waiter returned and admitted he’d accidentally thrown away the paper where he wrote down our dessert order. I understand that things happen , but this was after an inordinately long wait between getting rinks and ordering food.

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KS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the ambience the service were all excellent. We had a lovely time and will definitely return.

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TA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience we had last Saturday night at the Cliffhouse! Since we live in Palm Springs, we rarely venture out of town for dinner, shame on us. It was a quick ride there and well worth the extra 15 minutes in the car. We came with our 8 year old grandson and were a bit hesitant at first, but the friendly staff made us all feel welcome and we relaxed as we were seated at a lovely "view " table. (No "putting Baby in the corner" at the Cliffhouse.) First order of business was cocktails for the adults and root beer for our grandson. Our martinis were generous and tasty, the perfect start to a perfect dinner. The menu for Restaurant Week was outstanding! Selections were varied, interesting and beautifully prepared. Our server, Matt, was knowledgable and very attentive, our water glasses were discreetly filled as we enjoyed our dinner. Over the delightful dessert, we decided that we will be back again, very soon. La Quinta isn't that far away!

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q
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have enjoyed happy hour at the Cliff House and wanted to try dinner. It was restaurant week so good chance to do that with a friend. Great value ($39 3 courses). Lovely setting, great service. My halibut was delicious with Lemon risotto. My friends chicken a bit tough, she did not complain but astute manager saw the partially uneaten part of the meal and came right over. He took it off the bill which we did not ask for. Very proactive. I think it was a one off and would definitely go back. Beautiful dramatic outside seating in the Cliff. If summer wait until 8 due heat for outside.

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NF
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We sat on the patio. It was interesting watching the iguana's and lizards roam on the rock.
We had the Halibut, just outstanding, cooked to perfection. The meal was one of the best we have had at the Cliffhouse.

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CF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!! This is one of my go to eating/drinking spots every time we come back home to the desert
Can not say enough about how yummy everything was and how beautiful and inviting the outside is!! Just wish the would do lunch and drinkers on the weekend! Brussels sprouts, burgers steaks. We are in heaven!

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R
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided to take Mom to a nice Friday night dinner. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and service at The Cliffhouse. Started out with an excellent cocktail and the warm sourdough bread is to die for. The confetti shrimp appetizer was incredible and the Steaks were perfectly prepared to our expectations. I would highly recommend the Cliffhouse!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Food was fantastic.

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ML
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant to go to when we are in the desert, this time we happen to go when it was restaurant week ( we didn’t know before going to the restaurant). This time our service was very slow and inattentive. I never was asked if I needed another beverage nor was my husband, food come out very slow. Tables sat after us received their food at the same time as us. Very long wait between courses and we had to ask for our dessert when a server, not ours asked if we wanted the check.

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Day on the patio for Happy Hour
The food was great and service was even better. Will return!!!

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SC
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great night. This was our first time to the restaurant. From out hostess to our server (Laura) to the food. All top notch.

Will definitely be returning to the Cliff House. Must sit is the sunset room. Best place to enjoy dinner.

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SA
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Same great food and service! Enjoyed our experience.

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PS
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Have heard about this wonderful restaurant for years and had an occasion to dine here recently with friends. Was so impressed I took another friend here a couple days ago for his birthday dinner. Luckily, it was during Restaurant Week. The special menu was perfect for both of us. Atmosphere is so great. Would come back more often, if only I could afford to. Great for a special occasion!

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GA
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is good but the flies inside was driving us crazy too bad!

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PB
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We felt that the quantity of food could have been better. I had the 6 oz filet which was plenty, but it came with parsley on the side and three little mini potatoes. Hardly made a bite full. There was no salad option within the first course.
We felt the restaurant was a little pricey for what you got.

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l
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place both inside and outside. Wish the outside for dining would have misters its a small area surround by boulders in the cliff. The outside bar is the same with some street and parking lot views depending were your sitting and they have misters. Inside very nice and had a great view of sunset at the mountains.
A bit pricey but definitely all worth it. Corkage fee 20.00 if you bring your wine..fyi.
Dress attire said business casual people were in shorts but at least they were dressier shorts both man and women with nice shirts/polo etc.

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FD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

While the “cliff” views are vastly over rated, the food and service were very good. Still an enjoyable dining experience.

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LB
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice dinner sitting on the patio. Service was very good.

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FD
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to celebrate her birthday and our honeymoon and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire night. Tara the hostess was amazing and made sure we were well taken care of. Then our server, Amy was also fantastic as she provided great service and was very helpful with our ordering since this was our first visit. The food was great but honestly the staff and service was exceptional thanks to the Tara and Amy and my wife and I will for sure be going back next time we are in town.

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DS
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat outside and throughly enjoyed our evening. Halibut was PERFECTLY cooked and so DELICIOUS!
Amy couldn’t have done a better job. She was awesome!
Doug even stopped by our table

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DP
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First time visit during Palm Springs restaurant week. The restaurant is nicely decorated, and in a picturesque location. Good selection on prix fixe menu, regular menu looks interesting. A good place to take guests when they visit.

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D
Miami
71 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous location, excellent food and service. Outstanding dining experience.

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ES
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant with friends. Very nice, wonderful food

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b
Palm Springs
120 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner! Great wine, food, service; beautiful dining room. We loved everything, especially the salmon, bolognese and lamb. Can't wait to go back!

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice vibe with attentive staff.

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F
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Over priced nothing even remotely special for taste.

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