La Quinta Cliffhouse

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$31 to $50
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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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Shawn
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a GREAT dinner on the patio. We went for our anniversary and weren’t disappointed. This is going to be our new go-to spot for sure.

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Anon
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Amazing ambiance. Food was decent, but for the amount I paid, I did not think it was amazing. Definitely a cool place for a special occasion.

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vipTheBaconista
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Overall, the food quality and value is excellent; our experience was marred by super slow service (2 hours for a meal for 4 with apps and mains only) and there was a very loud speaker over our table that made conversation impossible; after asking twice to have it corrected I finally walked to the hostess and she immediately corrected it, which means the staff I asked either did nothing with my feedback or didn’t know what to do to correct it.

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ShaleitaC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful environment and people even the customers were sweet

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vipMichaelS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Good entre (sea bass & salmon). Below average drinks. Average starters ($10 for chopped Romaine lettuce with bottled dressing?) Microwaved desert! Impersonal service. I’ll spend my $100 somewhere else next time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Food was just ok.

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vipJudith
Palm Springs
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Four of us dined at Cliffhouse to celebrate our friends' anniversary. The service (Marco was our server) was excellent, and we appreciated that the manager stopped by a few times to make sure we were enjoying our experience. We ordered from the sunset (early-bird) dinner menu which includes soup or salad (the mixed greens salad is terrific). Of the four entrees, three were exceptional. The rigatoni bolognese was too peppery, the seasoning seeming more Mexican inspired that Italian, so I wouldn't recommend it. But truly, everything else was wonderful.

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vipJamesE
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We make it a point to always dine at the Cliffhouse when we travel from Minnesota to Palm Desert. One of our favorite restaurants anywhere.

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SRLG2
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Braised short ribs were mouth waveringly delicious!
Caesar salad was great as was the Creme Brûlée!
Will definitely order again!

Our "waitperson", Marco, was wonderful!

Thank you!

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vipXxxx
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess was lovely and accommodating. Our server Rebecca was fantastic- very helpful w/ the menu and made a special birthday dinner for my mother an even more special evening.
Setting was perfect really beautiful and patio was very cool and comfortable even on a hot early evening.

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evaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I am disappointed to be honest. We had a reservation for my husband's bday and because we came with kids, I am sure we got seated in the worst corner of the restaurant, basically near the bathrooms so to speak. Service was really bad. We were constantly waiting on something. And never got checked in upon. Food was good tho. First and last time here.

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DININGWITHMIKE
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a pleasure to dine at The Cliff House. Our reservation was honored on time and the faciility was clean and compliant with the CDC rules and regulations for the Covid 19 protection of its' employees and customers. We were celebrating a milestone birthday and the waitress brought a candle and large slice of cake for the table at the appropriate time. This is one of the best restaurants in the Coachella Valley where the experience, food and service is always outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location and amazing food

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LuisS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was an excellent experience. Always enjoy eating there

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice..except twice we were given food that belonged to a different table. Not good during covid.

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SusanW
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always great food and atmosphere. Felt safe and distanced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

During Covid- eating inside here is a very institutional type experience. I’m sure it’s fine otherwise but, if you are thinking you’ll be eating outside (their primary draw) I’d call them to be sure. If I had to guess- the experience of someone dining outside vs dining inside? Entirely different.

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GaryG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and setting. Wonderful food...excellent service. Highly recommend.

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vipBarb92253
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had dinner with our good friends. Generally speaking, we like the Cliffhouse, but it was definitely an “off” night. My husband had the ribeye with sautéed mushrooms. His ribeye was exceptionally small and thin. And the mushrooms tasted old. I ordered the seared ahi tuna dinner. There was nothing wrong with it, but it was just okay. The tuna was cold (even seared tuna should still be warm), the rice was lukewarm, the carrots were good. I was disappointed that it wasn’t served with soy sauce or wasabi.
Our friends ordered the lobster tail, no one offered to remove the shell and a side of ribs, which they said were good.

And we especially don’t like sitting in the open dining area next to the front entrance and bar. It seems to ruin the ambiance.

Maybe next time we’ll have better luck.

Our server was good and very pleasant. Unfortunately, I did not get his name.

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DaveM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always have had a wonderful meal and dining experience at the Cliffhouse.
Many Thanks

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vipBobD
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place. In my opinion they are still working out how to serve at their top level in this Era of social distancing...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful ambiance. You feel as if you are on vacation. Everything we had was delicious and the service was impeccable.

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vipAmyR
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from out of town, we always enjoy going to the Cliffhouse for dinner. Such a unique setting and the food is consistently good! I have to say that our server was exceptional this time as well.

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Mike
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy the Cliffhouse, we make sure to get in for happy hour/dinner frequently during our visits.

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AnaC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great variety of food. We loved everything. Nice wine selection.

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vipJosephW
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to celebrate a birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on the patio. Had their Crab Louies which were delicious and fresh. Service was excellent.

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vipMarty
San Francisco
171 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a lovely dinner outside with social distancing. we all enjoyed the meal.

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JudyS
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

My poki appetizer was wonderful!! However, the others' meals were poor to average. One of our group ordered a Caesar salad, which was very small & came with one anchovy, and lettuce, maybe a few croutons. We found the restaurant very dark, & the prices very high for the quality of the food & the service. We all agreed that we would not go there again.

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jamesb
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Had my anniversary dinner with my wife and was noted in the reservation. We had to wait to be sat after our reservation time and we got sat directly next to a server station. This table was very noisy with workers conversing and heard silverware and dish noise all throughout the dinner. Our waiter wasn’t personable at all and the first thing she said was what would you like. I don’t have very high expectations but coming from the restaurant industry I know what to expect. We got a anniversary dessert but was to late to enjoy after the dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was very attentive and took great pictures of us.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and value.
Always recommend the Cliffhouse

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PamS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With COVID it is a little scary going out to eat. We were seated inside and had a great deal of space between us and any other diners. Our service was especially good the food delicious. And made our first time inside a restaurant since March feel so much safer. Thank you Cliffhouse!

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DanielC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my third visit. They have yet to disappoint. We came here for our anniversary dinner. My wife had the Filet with a beautiful au gratin, all cooked to perfection. I had the Prime Rib with veggies and mash. We both started with the traditional Cesar Salad (with real white anchovies, so delicate and yummy!) Kaitlyn, our server, was extremely friendly and attentive. The restaurant treated us to a lovely ice cream pie. We both left happy and full! Bonus: the bathrooms were immaculate.

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PaulL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the restaurant was beautiful. This has become our favorite place to eat in Palm Springs.

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CAgalfoodie
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time seated on the rear patio and we love it! Even socially-distanced, this is a very comfortable locale. We had the hamburger, ceviche, stuffed dates, calamari and fish tacos from the Happy Hour menu. All were excellent. The server (masked) was attentive and friendly. This is our go-to place since the restrictions were put in place.

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Isabella
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I tried to reserve an outside patio table for 3 of us celebrating a friend's birthday for 5 pm. I was told they couldn't reserve an outside table and it was up to us to get there earlier because they fill up. We were fortunate to get an outside table but it wasn't a nice spot. We all had the Sunset dinner served until 5:30 which was a great deal. We all had the salmon, cooked to perfection, and we each chose a different side (rice, mashed potatos and fingerling potatoes.) Comes with soup or salad which we all enjoyed and they served a gratis mud pie with a candle. Overall a great dinner and value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was busy at first, but then it slowed down and the service was very very slow. We had to wait about a half hour for our bill and always had to asked to have our drinks refilled etc. we were in the patio area

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MPed
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our experience at the Cliff House. Would highly recommend!

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RozW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat and to take guests. Love the back patio. Less noise and very comfortable. Food presented very nicely.

FAQs

La Quinta Cliffhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 360-5991.

La Quinta Cliffhouse is rated 4.6 stars by 4589 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.