La Quinta Cliffhouse

4.6
3166 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily 4:30pm - 9:00pm Sunday-Thursday and 4:30pm - 9:30pm Friday - Saturday

Sunset Dinner Special: Daily 4:30-5:30pm

Bar: Opens at 4pm

Happy Hour: Every night 4pm-6:30pm, and all night Sunday
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Phone number
(760) 360-5991
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jorge Martinez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington Street
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Parking details
Both self-parking and valet offered.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

La Quinta Cliffhouse offers 4 distinct event venues to accommodate intimate dinners to large celebrations. So whether it is a rehearsal dinner, corporate event, private party or holiday celebration, La Quinta Cliffhouse’s striking ambiance and warm staff will make your event a memorable one.

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Daily 8:30PM - 11:30PM

What 3166 People Are Saying
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Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a special occasion extra special!

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TM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary! Thanks

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LL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunset Dinner is a great value at $29.95, you get soup or salad and an entree. Most of the menu items are available. You have to order by 5:30 PM to get the special. Great wine list. Outstanding service. Very nice atmosphere. We've been here multiple times and will return again.

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p
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

if you come in between 4:30 and 5:30 you get their amazing food with an appetizer for a considerably reduced price. wonderful and beautiful place with great service.

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SA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food. Try the sunset dinners

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R
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We went on a Friday night and ordered off the Sunset (early bird menu). Nobody in our party enjoyed any of the food, neither salads, soups, fish or pork chops. We've had excellent food there on other occasions when the restaurant was nearly empty. Friday night it was packed and perhaps that's why the food tasted mediocre. I wish we had enjoyed it more, but it'll be a long time before we go again. Sigh.

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JN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a special occasion for our family to honor my father, their grandfather who had passed away
at 96 years old. It was a favorite place for him to take his family. His favorite was the Early Bird
Special of Citrus salmon. The Cliff House even made it once for him when it was no longer on the menu.
We had his 2 year old grandson with us. The 2 year old did great by the way and had special treatment from Devon the server, who herself has a 2 year old.

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s
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great it was very dark where we were sitting so it was quite hard to see our food but outside of that it was a great experience

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M
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely dinner on the outdoor patio. A waterfall was very near our table which added to a very nice touch while dining. The staff was very attentive.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

it was great

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HH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband uses a walker...the valet and elevator access made it easy to get to the table. Great food, great service (attentive) and gorgeous view (catch the sunset!) made for a wonderful evening.
Our guests ordered salad and a couple small plates. We splibeetbeet salad and the scallops entree. All perfectly prepared. Dessert and coffee...we never felt rushed.

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RR
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, we sat outside very enjoyable. We would definitely recommend this place.

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DK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Food was delicious. Romantic ambiance.

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JL
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was average... had a ribeye was not that tasty...
Otherwise it was okay...

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f
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Unique and hospitable and homey! With all of the franchises out there it is nice to find a place that is colloquial friendly and genuinely welcoming! We had a great time!!

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D
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time. Very authentic - Sat outside near the rocks. Felt like we were out in the country somewhere but we were right off 111. Service, food and value were fantastic.

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l
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our server Matt was great. Food was delicious. Unfortunately there were a couple of disconnects that made our experience less than it could have been. After the sommelier opened our wine neither she nor Matt refilled our glasses. Also, I ordered a glass of port with our dessert that I never received and I asked for my water to be refilled and it never was. The worst thing was that we had a party of six adults and were seated in a beautiful quiet booth which I’d requested for our party which included a couple of people who are hard of hearing. Our section was virtually empty and the hostess seated a party of two adults and a young boy who was loud and disruptive with terrible manners right next to us. This group could have easily been seated further away from us. When you’re paying $44 for a filet you don’t want to see a six year old eating with his mouth open and standing up on his chair.

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OT
Palm Springs
55 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service are always great. The wines are very over priced but that wouldn't stop me from returning. The special was surf and turf. The filet was done perfectly and was outstanding.

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HE
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding meal with good service. The special of the night was delicious!

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GS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique setting, amazing atmosphere, impeccable service.

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BR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was just okay. The filet was nowhere near as flavorful as some of the other high-end places (Ruth's Chris; LG's, Sullivan's, etc). The service was fine and the views were pretty, but if I'm going to spend that much money, I'll go somewhere I enjoy the food more.

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DG
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good bar menu food and drinks; nice ambience, interesting and tasty menu, great value for happy hour if you are there early; we had excellent service at the reception desk, (although the bar and restaurant service was not up to the same standard the night we were there which was a busy night), but definitely worth a visit.

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j
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was ok. A large group of bozos in their mid twenties to mid thirties who we're extremely drunk and rowdy and attempted to start a fight with another table of seniors. Kind of embarrassing for all tables in the area especially since we were having a date night. The restaurant comped us an appetizer and a gave us a free dessert. The decor was also a little 1970's.

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M
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Update: Went as a group of 6, hostess and servers were fine. We only had an issue regarding the particular person clearing our plates- he would come by and quickly take our plates as we were still eating. He took away my friends plate that she was holding with her bread on it and then for our entrees, I didn't finish and was hoping to get a box but before our server came to ask, the person clearing, stacked someone else's plate on top of my food. I brought the issue up to the manager and they were generous in their efforts to make things right. Can not blame the restaurant for one person.

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BT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice sister dinner. Food was good and service excellent

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m
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a nice night out! We did the sunset dinner...Great value!

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WW
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this affordable beautiful setting. Whenever we are here, we make a reso.

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten attheCliff house many times, bar and restaurant, food never disappoints, service is always good, nice to have Valet available! Bar is noisy not so good foe conversation but fun!

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JB
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our daughter's birthday and when she visits from LA always requests we go to The Cliff House. The food was delicious and the attentive staff a delight. I made the reservation through Open Table and wrote a note we were celebrating a birthday. I never mentioned it again at the restaurant and
after we finished our meal a delicious slice of ice cream pie with a candle was presented. We all shared in the sweet treat and left us with a very positive impression of this restaurant. No detail was overlooked and we will be back very soon.

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JP
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The service was nice. Just issues with Mont clearing plates. It was odd... Lovely server and food.

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TF
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved the Sunset Dinner value, choices and food! Very nice birthday celebration (especially with the mud pie)!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing, the food was good, although we have had better seafood- but we would come back. 👍🏼 nice place to celebrate a special occasion.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I got engaged here and the waiters and waitresses made me feel so special!!

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GV
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always enjoy this spot while in Palms Spring area. Great place, food and staff

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b
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date and celebration restaurant.

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JA
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Were part of a much larger group (50 in private room) but as we were "overflow" (table of 10), Cliff House graciously seated us nearby. Worked great! Our 10 and the other 50 migrated back & forth. Cliff House staff/organization aims to please ... and they did!

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HB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second visit to the Cliff house. It has met all of our expectations and is our favorite place in the valley for a special dinner with friends and family.

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BD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food and ambiance. They accommodate dietary needs without hesitation and they have a very pleasant staff. This is a must stop if you're in the desert!

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OT
Adelaide / SA
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. What’s not to like?

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JF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to the Cliffhouse at La Quinta several times, and have been consistently impressed by the quality of the food and the exceptional service. The extraordinary setting, unusual architecture and grand views help to add to the world-class experience. We were able to easily place our Saturday reservations on Opentable. We arrived early, were seated very promptly and treated royally. We enjoyed cocktails, and ordered Short Ribs with Caesar Salad, Sugar-Spiced Salmon with wedge salad, and finished with Creme Brulee and Ice Cream pie. Everything was truly fabulous. Our waiter Carrie had a gift for being there for us just enough without being at all obtrusive or leaving us feeling neglected. Katrina, one of the managers, stopped by our table to ask about our satisfaction. We were happy to report our delight. Thank you, La Quinta Cliffhouse. We'll be back again.

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