La Quinta Cliffhouse

4.5
5306 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.
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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
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OpenTableDIner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here on vacation from the East Coast. Was looking for a nice place to celebrate a birthday. Very nice restaurant. Service and food was excellent. Glad we came here.

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DavidM
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are visiting from Florida, and this was a wonderful place to eat in the valley. Great service and first class food.

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CherylT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We were seated in an overflow room, not the dining room. No ambiance for so much money. Also, having to deal with the woman at the entrance to take the elevator was not efficient. She seemed to enjoy the control but forget we were there. Some other employees invited us to hop in with them.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
59 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

All four of us had Sunset dinners. We're seniors and those two courses are more than enough. If fact 3 out of 4 took boxes home. There are limited choices but they are all good and full sized.

Everyone enjoyed their dinners. My salmon on a salad was excellent. My partner's 1/2 rack of ribs was good albeit with too much BBQ sauce (it can be scraped off).
Wine by the glass is reasonably priced by local standards.

One negative, we were in a side room and it was rather cold, I'd say not more than 70 or 71. That may be an issue with AC balancing.

They are trying to be Covid safe. There is ample free parking, no valet.

We'll definitely return.

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oliver
Portland
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steady stream arriving for opening 3:30 seating that gets you "Happy Hour" menu and pricing. We patio dined, being covid conscious, with misters and fans 101 was bearable. We chose $25 two course meal, (till 5:30) service, choices and presentaion were exceptional. Full size portions to our surprise. Highly recommend this early seating if budget conscious to experience excellent cuisine, attentive service and tastey cocktails. FYI if you decide to dine later or inside dining room book your reservations early, this hidden gem fills up fast!

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EllenF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our service was ok, the server never checked on us to see how we liked our meal. The manager did. My friends filet mignon was really tough. She ordered it cooked medium, but it was very hard to cut. They ended up taking it off the bill. My other friend loved her seafood stew? And the Chilean Sea bass was great. Drinks were delicious too. love the ambiance there, a little overpriced.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 of us friends came for the sunset dinner, and it was the first time there for all of us. The restaurant itself is pleasing to look at, and we thought that the portions for the price were a very good value. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this restaurant, and cannot wait to return.

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AaronB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We had gone to the cliffs in the past before and werent impressed. We heard it had gotten better so we decided to try it a again. Food was bland and needed seasoning. We ordered the special, which was prime rib and it was bland. I also ordered a Mozzarella caprese which was 17 dollars and it came with regular tomatoes and a couple small pieces of cheese. Nothing to write home about. Will not be going back.

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KevinMc
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

If you sit outside be prepared for the heat. Sit inside if it gets to you. Nice restaurant. Service was good at first but a big party came and they seemed ill prepared. After that everything took forever. Food was excellent. Just wish they had separate staff for large parties.

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ShirleyY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere got seated right away. Beautiful food presentation not to mention the food was fantastic. They make the best lemon drop martinis as well. Our server was pleasant and curious.

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nadiah
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Made a reservation, was given a table in the middle of a walk way in a super crowded dining room. Front desk person told us curtly there were no other tables for 4 available, then offered to move us to a dark subdued lounge area. The person looking after us was new and did the best job she possibly could. Food was super slow coming out, 2 appetizers came out and our other two guests had to wait 15 mins for theirs. We visit LaQuinta twice a year and The Cliff House has been a favorite dining spot for us for the last 10+ years. Dining at the Cliff House is not a cheap and cheerful dining experience yet we were treated as an “inconvenience”. We are not complainers or one to make a scene especially during a pandemic, but to say we were disappointed with the dining experience last nite is an understatement . Next time we visit we will be taking our business else where.

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DanielleG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love ambiance, Cliffhouse is a MUST!! You’ll be amazed just by walking in how beautiful it is. The service is amazing and everyone is attentive. Decided to celebrate my anniversary here and I can’t count the number of staffers that gave us their sentiments. The food was amazing as usual and will always having us driving from LA just to have the experience. You won’t be disappointed by coming here.

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MyrnaS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a great waitress. Zucchini sticks were fabulous.

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FrankB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a special birthday for my wife and Cliffhouse came highly recommended. Our dinner did not disappoint. My wife LOVED her twin lobster tails. Chef outdid himself by helping to remove from shell without shell landing next table over!!! Drinks were also very good and we sampled several. Super nice wait staff and our waitress Leigh-Ann went out of her way to make sure we had everything we wanted. We shall return next trip to Palm Springs area!!!

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Janice
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Waitress was fabulous.

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RogerE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful to eat here. I'm happy to be moving even closer.

JC
JakeC
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner as always from these guys , service was perfect and we had a great table

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SteveA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved this location and the food. Would come back to sit outdoors.

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vipjmwdo
Oklahoma City
74 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is always good, ambiance is nice. Our waiter, Dylan was very nice and working super hard. Bar was backed up so our wine arrived when entrees were almost consumed but he gave us a complimentary dessert. Will go nacky

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vipMiniB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was great and very good food! Overall a very nice experience.

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vipBobbo
Las Vegas
49 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and Excellent Service. Love the wooden table.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The dining room where we were seated was small and noisy. The other dinners were rather loud in their conversations. Service was better on previous trips to this restaurant but was still good. Despite the “less than raving” review, this is a very good place to dine and we will return.

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Jlee34
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous, from the friendly and attentive staff to the quick service and scrumptious food and mixed drinks! The sea bass and short ribs were both something we will be back for again and again. Well Done, Cliffhouse, we will be back with our friends soon!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday with close friends

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vipDebbie
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The salmon salad lacked seasoning, and the organic greens was not dressed. Salmon was under cooked, and I am a sushi eater. The crab chowder was outstanding, but did not male up for the salmon salad. Waitress was professional, but not friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Birthday, waiter said he would give us a thank you card since we were celebrating two birthdays. We ordered one dessert to share and waiter said it was on them. Before leaving I reminded him of the thank you card snd he said oh no there isn’t one because we gave you the dessert instead. Ok didn’t give us the option to chose. Food was ok nothing out of this world. Cocktails were not the best.

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SamanthaC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at The Cliffhouse. We were running 15 minutes behind and we called and they were polite and it was not a problem at all. We celebrated my birthday and they gave me a $10 gift card to use on my next visit. The food was absolutely delicious and the wait staff were kind and friendly. It was a overall great experience! I’m glad I celebrated my birthday there!!

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Hayley420
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great restaurant, excellent service. Food was ok, have had better for that price.

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coleenbrew
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! One of my favorite places to eat!

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vipBelindaW
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Normally the food is very good. Three of us had chicken and all three were overcooked while the vegetables were undercooked. Very disappointed. My husband had another dish and it was very good.

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laurae
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location is like a ride a Disneyland. Fun Happy Hour. Great service for dinner, great food, really good wine list and reasonable courage fee. I always make it a point to stop here when visiting the desert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly surprised and impressed to find such excellent service (Taylor was great and knowledgeable) and food in these COVID recovery times. Loved how many entrees offered half portions as it allowed us to try more items. The halibut special and seared ahi were standouts for us. So we’re the thank you card and complimentary dessert for my friend’s birthday that evening. Would come back any time when we are in town.

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vipFourfoodies
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely setting nestled on a cliffside in La Quinta. Parking is currently self park, parking lot is quite large. There is a nice outdoor patio for those who wish to eat outdoor during this pandemic. The restaurant has provided air cooling units throughout the patio. There are wonderful "happy hour"/ Sunset meals & appetizers available throughout the week starting at 4:30pm. Also $2 off wine. We enjoyed our meals of Salmon, however, the service was a bit hurried. We contributed that to how busy the restaurant was and possibly the limited number of staff due to Covid conditions.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely dinner. The food was amazing, the servers were so attentive, friendly, and helpful, even with a busy night. The ambiance was great. Absolutely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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JeffreyC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Discounts were offered. Restaurant was busy but not loud inside. Server Ryan was excellent. Entrees were offered in half or full portions so not to much food. Variety of entree options.

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JackK
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We used to be regulars but had some bad experiences a few years back and stop coming. We took a leap of faith and were not disappointed. We will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Our 3rd time at the Cliffhouse. Great late afternoon spot for cocktails, followed by dinner. Great atmosphere and staff. Will be a regular there once a week. Really nice place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service on Wednesday was very good.

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DougG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

It was like a step back in time. The ambience and service were great but the food was mixed. Bread tasted stale and bok choy so tough you couldn't cut it. Asparagus was soggy overcooked. We will try it again but next time we will ask to have items replaced.

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DarleneK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The restaurant is beautiful and a great location and view. The service felt rushed, as if it was a race to get us in and out. There was a fruit fly swimming in my drink. Food was okay but nothing spectacular. Every table was given bread but us. To celebrate our anniversary they brought us ice cream on the house and then charged us $2 for it.

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La Quinta Cliffhouse is rated 4.5 stars by 5306 OpenTable diners.

La Quinta Cliffhouse does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.laquintacliffhouse.com/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.