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La Quinta Cliffhouse, La Quinta, CA

La Quinta Cliffhouse

4.5
4.5
6096 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 58 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Sunset Dinner Special Tue–Sun 3:30 pm–5:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 360-5991

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luis Zamora

  • Private party contact

    Brittany McCoy: (760) 360-5991

  • Neighborhood

    La Quinta

  • Cross street

    Washington Street

  • Parking details

    Self Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,096 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

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  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

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  1. GC

    GeorgeC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Quite good experience, actually. Main course prices a bit high, but they offer a very nice deal with their 'early bird' specials. Don't go for the view ('zilcho') but reception and wait-staff very pleasant indeed.
  2. C

    Cindy

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    Our dinners were inedible. The waiter was exceptional, and the manager offered to replace our dinners with another item, or free dessert, but we declined as we had lost our appetites.
  3. G

    Grace

    Palm Springs

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    I find myself surprised to only give 3 stars for the food. I generally have excellent food at Cliffhouse but not last night. Will not stop going as that was unusual to be disappointed with the food. One of my favorite spots.
  4. SM

    StephanieM

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have to have dinner when we come into town. Always delicious food, phenomenal service and overall best experience.
  5. 5

    5945

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was awesome- menu was a bit weaker than past visits.
  6. SC

    SuzanneC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner experience was terrific! The food was great and the ambiance was very nice. Our server Julian, was wonderful! He was friendly, professional and made the evening very enjoyable.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town for an event. Cliffhouse was amazing!!!! Great food, great service, and great ambiance.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fabulous. Our waitress, I think her name was Kaylor was exceptional. Thanks for a great night. 👍
  9. WE

    WELLDONE

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every visit to the Cliff House confirms why we LOVE this restaurant. From the Hostess’ greeting until our final good nights and good byes EVERYONE on the team made us feel extra special. Would HIGHLY recommend you enjoy your next experience at the Cliff House.
  10. CL

    ChristineL

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the time we entered we were acknowledged and treated well. The wait service was outstanding and the quality of food excellent. We definitely will be returning and referring others to dine at the Cliffhouse.
  11. EF

    EricF

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mike was great at the bar. Drinks were great, ambiance excellent and food was awesome. Great experience from beginning to end. Definitely will return every time we’re in town.
  12. KH

    KarenH

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience
  13. JC

    JamesC

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice menu, ambiance was great. Our server, Susie, was fantastic. Nice place for a dinner date.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating our wedding anniversary! The entire staff was professional, friendly accommodating and made us feel special. The dinners were perfectly prepared and presented as well as delicious. Our server “Tracy” was very attentive. We even received a gift card in honor of our anniversary to use upon our next visit! What class!!
  15. KK

    KymanK

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and very kind and courteous waiters
  16. B

    Bill

    Palm Springs

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Best service we have received in the Coachella Valley in five years! Server was attentive and personable. Food was tasty as well.
  17. M

    Morewineplease

    Los Angeles

    180 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A crowded night. We had dined before but our friends had not. We had great food and a great experience. My wife had the flat iron steak and I had the pork chop. We shared a salad. Great service. Thanks.
  18. DD

    DinerDelight

    Palm Springs

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I took guests who had never been there and they were very impressed with everything.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Are first time dining there . Everything was great start to finish. Definitely would go back.
  20. T

    Teddy

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Waitress was rude. They brought main course while still eating salads. Of course when they brought the course out again, one of them was cold. Complained and 3 different people came over at different times asking what the problem was so there was no communication. Brought new plate of food which by that time my husband was finished with his. Tried to make it up to us by giving free dessert and not charging for one meal but by that time the dinner was ruined. Place is like a circus. Not somewhere to go for quiet evening out. Would not recommend!
  21. S

    Seattle

    Palm Springs

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Great but want to be back outside with the happy hour menu again.
  22. M

    Marg

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    One thing that would have made the experience nicer would be if there was some type of music. It’s possible that there was some music but it was so low that you couldn’t really hear it the main thing you could hear was just people talking I always think it is nice when you’re at a restaurant and they have some sort of background music playing
  23. LM

    LanceM

    Denver

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    WARNING: Not the same corporate owners as it used to be (when owned by Duke’s)! Complete disappointment. I’m updating my review (still 2-stars) based upon a call from a lady who stated she’s the owner’s wife. Because she took the time to call, I’ve removed some of my comments. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt (maybe I caught them on a bad night). None of us liked our food. Period. They also no longer serve the beloved Hula Pie! They now have the "Cliffhouse" Ice Cream Pie which is NOT what you remember as Hula Pie if you’ve been here years ago. She told me it was part of the contract when buying the restaurant they could no longer serve the Hula Pie. I would have bumped up my review to a 3-star as a good gesture for her calling me (i.e., management showing concern for a dissatisfied customer is important and appreciated); however, she insulted me by stating during our conversation that my leaving them a poor review was how I get my “15 minutes of fame”. That was uncalled for and rude. My review is my honest opinion! I think the restaurant has an amazing location and the laurels of a great reputation (under the previous owners). I wish them good luck in their endeavors, but I’m never coming back. Why? Because everything but the service was mediocre to me and my family.
  24. b

    boots23

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Cliff House many, many times over the years and have never been disappointed. The sunset dinners are delicious and a wonderful value. The staff are extremely friendly. Service is excellent. Love going there for either dinner of happy hour.
  25. j

    jhillfoto

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend visiting
  26. BS

    BobbyS

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    Service was very poor for such a highly rated restaurant. Maybe an off night for them?
  27. ST

    SteveTipsBig

    Palm Springs

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    A real surprise - first visit to this spot - almost as if it were carved into the rocks it surrounds. Great views out the windows. Food was terrific - one of the best steaks I have had in the Valley. The service was very attentive. Prices are high , so this is a special occasion restaurant, but we’ll worth it if you are looking for a great meal in scenic spot? The only complaint was the room was very cold. It is hot outside, but this was like eating in a freezer. We ordered the corn soup to keep warm, also excellent, but a more moderate temperature inside would be appropriate.
  28. SD

    StephenD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My wife and I brought our nine year-old son for an early Saturday evening dinner. We ordered from the sunset (discounted) menu, enjoying the brown sugar salmon with scrumptious salads. My wife also enjoyed the corn cilantro soup, which she really enjoyed. Our son ordered from the children's menu getting chicken fingers and fries. Every so often we return here for an enjoyable dining experience!
  29. S

    Stevo

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Would highly recommend.
  30. e

    eleenag

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, consistently good food, very friendly service!
  31. J

    Jody

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    I'm really puzzled by the amazing reviews of this restaurant. The staff, from the host the server and bussers were fantastic! The restaurants is beautiful. Unfortunately, the food and drinks were really terrible and even great service doesn't make up for that. The prickly pear margarita was the worst, most artificial-tasting cocktail I've ever had. Their special old-fashioned was no better. The bucatini was inedible. The lobster tails were tiny and overcooked. Like so many restaurants in the desert, you pay way too much for below mediocre food you wouldn't tolerate anywhere else. Even the ice cream pie and creme brulee weren't good. The creme brulee left this horirble aftertaste and coating in my mouth I couldn't get rid of. I'm not sure I've ever left a bite of dessert on my plate in my life before, but we barely touched the dessert here. Very disappointed. Do not recommend and would not return. Maybe this used to be a great place, but literally everything we ordered from drinks to appetizers to entrees to dessert was awful. Terrible.
  32. RK

    RickK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure. Good menu selections and a quality wine list.
  33. SS

    SueS

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always! Thank you
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful environment with fantastic service. Have not been in awhile, but will be going more often.
  35. EV

    EricaV

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Did not prefer the Ceasar salad- too heavy on the anchovy taste. And don’t want to see a whole anchovy on my plate. Fried zucchini is amazing as is the braised short rib. Server was great. But did not enjoy sitting so close to other diners that I could hear their conversation which was an argument and thus that kind of made me anxious.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delight every time I visit the desert.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Property needs to be remodeled. Carpet always looks old and unclean.
  38. SR

    StevenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening spent with family!! Everything was perfect and all are still talking of the evening. We’ll be coming back!!!
  39. IH

    IHoran

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my husband’s 60th birthday at La Quinta Cliffhouse and it was just perfect. Great table with view of sunset, delicious food plus a kids menu and the service was wonderful. We highly recommend this neighborhood gem!
  40. SC

    SandyC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food & service was amazing but the fact that there was no AC in 110+ weather, and the need to sit people super close to each other, left me unimpressed. If no AC, they should notify via email, text or phone call, let alone, they shouldn’t sit everyone right next to each other - no privacy!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

La Quinta Cliffhouse is rated 4.5 stars by 6096 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 58 times today
Google Map for La Quinta Cliffhouse

78-250 Highway 111, La Quinta, CA 92253

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Washington Street

  • Neighborhood

    La Quinta

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Sunset Dinner Special Tue–Sun 3:30 pm–5:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Self Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luis Zamora

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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