La Quinta Cliffhouse

4.6
3368 reviews
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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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Daily 8:30PM - 11:30PM

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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great ambiance

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MF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for the early bird dinner before 5.00pm - I usually am a late diner - but very happy I had this wonderful experience. The staff were friendly, professional and just delightful. The food was exquisite and the wine I chose, a California Chardonnay was excellent. I will definitely be back. Thank you!

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JS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the sunset dinner. Great value- 2 courses for $23, but only between 4-5pm

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CL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

30th wedding anniversary was great
Service excellent and staff had genuine interest in us

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TY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was overpriced, atmosphere like a cafeteria. We were very disappointed.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, but especially the food. I had walnut ravioli and it was fantastic. My friend had the pork chop and couldn’t stop praising it. The place was full, but yet we could hear each other talk. Great acoustics.

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JM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love every visit to the Cliffhouse, last night had the early dinner special it was great. We love the bar unfortunately because it’s so popular it’s hard to get seated.
Not many months before we will be able to get those seats 👌

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Steaks were very good as were the appetizers.
Did have one overdone steak but was resolved quickly, another steak didn’t come with advertised sauce until after we were done. Desert was not as discribed.
Even with these issues we still had fun and enjoyed our dinner.

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RF
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was expensive and the quality mediocre. overcooked poor quality vegetables, Tough, $54 steak. very mediocre; poor value.

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LR
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We went for the sunset meal very good value for $22. Great selections.
I would recommend this dining restaurant

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TS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunset dinners are a very good value. Wedge salad is the best ever.

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LW
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful setting and good food. Special time for the 3 couples. The only negative thing was that the shrimp appetizer had 5 pieces and we needed 6, so the gal ordering it asked if one more shrimp could be added. When the appetizer came, it had 6 pieces which was great but another couple in the group that didn’t order that appetizer was charged $3. Very tacky of the waiter!!!

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O
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food great waiter but very noisy

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AV
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding dinner. Food was excellent. They were able to adjust our original reservation to an earlier time. Much appreciated. We will be back for sure.

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P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the sunset dinner with two courses for less than $25- amazing! And a great sunset view

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f
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We had a very rude waiter who had no desire to please us. The food was just O.K but the ambiance is very nice

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l
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Everything was terrific!

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WR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steak, half price wine on Wednesday was great!

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S
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was fairly good, but does not match other restaurants we have tried in the area, and it was the most expensive. Given that I would return to the others, and skip this one.
The sourdough bread and butter were excellent. The conception of the special was not well thought-out as the Asian theme with soy drowned out the flavor of the shrimp, rather than complementing the seafood. Our other choice, a seafood linguine, had a marvelous brandied white sauce, but the seafood was a bit overcooked - easy to do with seafood, but it does render the delicacy below par. Then to leave mussels in the shells, without providing finger bowls was a deficiency.
Portions were decently-sized.
The waiter was teamed, so everything ran smoothly, but the ease of doing the work efficiently; yet, giving sole attention to the diners at the table and the warmth that top-notch professionals have was missing.

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IR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We were in the area and the restaurant was recommended. It was ok to average. The waitress we had was very nice. The food was very average. We had the wedge it appear that too much water was left on/in the lettuce. I had the salmon was cooked as I requested and tasty.

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JS
New England
196 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Early Bird prix fixe. Everything was delicious. And the view from the main dining room was stunning. The only suggestion is to have more self-parking spaces. The Caesar salad was one of the best I've ever eaten, and the sugar-spiced salmon main course was amazing. Bravo!

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DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our first visit and we were very pleased with the quality of food and the atmosphere (we ate inside by the fireplace). Our server was a little slow and distracted by possibly too many tables but not so slow that we would not eat here again.

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c
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. The best restaurant in the Coachella Valley hands down. Impeccable service, food that’s out of this world and sexy ambiance. The Cliffhouse is a must try if you are visiting or living in the area.

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AG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with the family and Amy our server was AWESOME!!!!

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OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our expectations!!! Food was delicious, service was excellent, and wonderful ambiance!! Looking forward to our next visit!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything about it and will come back every time I am in town. My server was awesome as was the food and ambiance !!

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SD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was ok, a bit overpriced. I was expecting it to be much better. There were families there with crying baby and such, I just thought it would be more upscale.

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SJ
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. The people are welcoming and super attentive.

The restaurant manager does not fly a desk. He is walking around and making sure it's all going according to plan. Sommelier is fantastic and knows how to pull corks from older bottles.

Steak was cooked perfectly to my request of Med Rare Plus.

Thank you for a great night out with the family!

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S
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was just ok! Presentation was plain. Staff ok
Not a great experience as the bill was high

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KD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was very accommodating with daughters family, a 4 yr old, 2 yr old and infant. We were set away from the crowd which we appreciated. The food was delicious and came out in a timely manner. Just love this place and try to visit whenever I'm in the area.

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l
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place in the Valley for the past 15 years. Always accommodating with my seating requests and service is second to none. We had the pleasure of Devon waiting on us and she was lovely. We didn’t safe room for the famous Cliffhouse ice cream pie (which is a first) so we’ll be going back soon!

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W
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kids in town

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OT
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was good. Not the best steak but good. The service was good. The temperature in the building was stupid hot.

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AC
Naples
39 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A group of 8 of us met for dinner following one of the days of the Inland Empire dog show at the Polo grounds. Service was good as was the food. I had a great Caesar salad and the Cioppino was very good although a little spicy. If you like the dish but don't want the spice I would ask not to put any red peppers in it. Three of our party had steaks that they said were delicious. My husband had a pasta and seafood dish that he really liked. the restaurant is really pretty and if it is warm, ask to sit outside at one of their very romantic tables nestled in and around the rocks of the hillside.

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S
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here previously and love the Cliff House. Unique atmosphere, a fireplace when it's cool. Great patio for warmer weather. I had the seared tuna with asian slaw and a marinated mushroom cap. Superb. Also we shared the gorgonzola and walnut ravioli. Very unique, and rich. The staff are friendly and very attentive

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SL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant. Food and service excellent. Large menu. They aim to please. Laurie is a very pleasant and efficient server.

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Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food good service. Would come back. Would be better if we weren’t seated next to the cliff but gave a different perspective on the sunset.

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MG
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came with friends from Ohio. Laura S, our server very personable and efficient. Dave Garvey, MGR, hospitable and outstanding as usual. Guests claimed best sea bass and salmon ever had.

Wonderful experience as usual.

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C
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Sunset dinner is a huge part of why we love the Cliffhouse. The food is excellent and the sunset pricing makes this a superb value. The service is very good and the restaurant ambiance is really nice.

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