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  4. Distance: 1.36mi

About La Quinta Cliffhouse

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.

78-250 Highway 111
La Quinta, CA 92253
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily 4:00pm - 9:00pm Sunday-Thursday and 4:00pm - 9:30pm Friday - Saturday

Sunset Dinner Special: Daily 4:00-5:00pm

Bar: Opens at 3:30pm

Happy Hour: Every night 3:30pm-6:30pm, and all night Sunday

Cross Street:
Washington Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 360-5991

Website:
http://www.laquintacliffhouse.com/

Parking Details:
Both self-parking and valet offered.

Executive Chef:
Jorge Martinez

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Celebrate Valentine's Day in style, and in good company! We will be offering an a la carte menu where every entree selection comes with a choice of Lobster bisque, Clam Chowder, Caesar or Baby Kale Salad. Choose from entrees like fresh seafood, Filet & lobster.

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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.

La Quinta Cliffhouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (107)
Good for Anniversaries (100)
Good for a Date (87)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (84)
Good for Birthdays (82)
Romantic (75)
Scenic View (73)
Happy Hour (68)
Neighborhood Gem (57)
Good for Groups (53)
Bar Seating (52)
Worth the Drive (49)
Casual (36)
Vibrant Bar Scene (35)
Cozy (33)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Business Meals (31)
Notable Wine List (31)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Comfort Food (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Fun (21)
Authentic (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
People Watching (17)
Seasonal (16)
Hot Spot (16)
Healthy (15)
Disabled Access (12)
Kid-friendly (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Lunch (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great Beer (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Sports (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Waterfront (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined a day ago

The sugar salmon is probably one of the best meals I have ever eaten. The lava chocolate cake was really rich and too large, wish I had just had a cup of tea. Awesome place, planning on going again. Sunset dinner was a money saver!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 2 days ago

We were at a professional meeting in La Quinta this week and wanted to try a local restaurant. We were seated promptly at our reservation time and the staff seemed quite efficient throughout the meal. One comment was that one server was talking into a walkie talkie just before serving us. That should wait until you’re not about to serve someone. The waitress and sommelier were very good. Our meals were good although the prawns and orzo were only warm and not hot. Serving on a hot plate would have been better. We shared a chowder but it was hard to see any chunks of seafood in the chowder. It was quite flavorful though. The toffee pudding we shared was somewhat nondescript. Very light where a dense one would have been more authentic. Overall an enjoyable meal where nothing went wrong and we would probably come again but the menu items we chose could use a little tweaking.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

Always good food. We were asked if we wanted to eat outside, but a little chilly so opted for in. Our feeling was that we were seated in a less than desirable location. Maybe because they wanted to fill an outdoor station or short of staff that night. Our waitress was a little “frazzled “, but could be due to her number of tables.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 3 days ago

Definitely a must! The food, atmosphere and staff are awesome

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

Cozy and friendly, special mention for service. And food is great.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was spectacular! So happy to have found this when searching top restaurants. Service was excellent, food delicious - even my two children were impressed by the unique atmosphere and food! We would highly recommend and most definitely return when vacationing in the area again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined 4 days ago

The service was fantastic, the food was great - I think we were expecting a better view to look out on, so kinda disappointed there was however nice water features on the dining patio. All and all a great dining experience

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 (Portland)·Dined 4 days ago

The sugar spiced salmon is a treat. Absolutely wonderful.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined 5 days ago

The table was in a bland room with a large group. Hostess was almost surely. Food was so so.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

awesome place! The bar had a great vibe. Even though the restaurant is huge it doesn't feel like a chain restaurant. Love setting built into a rock. The main dinning room is decorated in dim like and warm colors. The menu selection was excellent. We had the surf and turf which was a very good value. They brought me a huge piece of ice cream cake with hot fudge for my birthday.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Great restaurant with phenomenal food, the surf and turf was excellent and the view was incredible. I would highly recommend the Cliff House for any dining option.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

It started off slow, but greatly improved. It seems they are training the food delivery personnel, as food seemed to be delivered to wrong tables frequently.
it was Surf n Turf night, I asked for a substitution on the protein and got it.
All n all, another great night.

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·Dined 5 days ago

It was our frist time. We went for my wife birthday and it was awsome!...I can't wait to visit you guys again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was very good. We went early and had the sunset special with special pricing. Well worth getting there a little early. Service was very good. I think our waiter was Rafael. I would not go for the view as it sits low in the mountains and you cant really see a view. It is built right into the cliff but not very high. Would recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

Went with friends to celebrate their 44th anniversary. Service and ambiance (outside table) was excellently. Everyone really enjoyed their meal. I was the exception. The seafood chowder was truly excellent but my flat iron steak was undercooked (wanted medium) and was pretty tasteless with a cardboard texture. Overall, we were still pretty happy with the evening. We had a great time.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We go to the Cliffhouse usually for happy hour, but decided to try the fine dining. Raphael, our server, was excellent! There’s a January special of “surf and turf” - an 8 oz filet mignon & a 7 oz lobster tail with soup or salad, garlic mashed potatoes & vegetables. The filet needed more flavor, but the lobster was very good, as was everything else.

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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Wonderful romantic table for our anniversary request.. plus a complimentary yummy dessert !
Great ambiance and cool slice of desert culture to enjoy!

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 10, 2018

As always had a lovely dinner and wonderful service

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Fabulous meal, was only in palm desert for 6 days and went back TWICE! Highly recommend everything about this restaurant and can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Had what I think is the most delicious Surf and Turf ever. The steak was cooked perfectly with a nice flavourful sear and the Lobster was tender and cooked to perfection. Good seasonal side vegetable items and just the right amount of garlic mashed potatoes. Service was professional.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We had friends from out of town celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary so we wanted to treat them to a special dinner. The Cliffhouse January menu is featuring a wonderful lobster and filet dinner so we had to try it. We ordered the special and were not disappointed! The food was prepared perfectly and it was delicious! The Cliffhouse ice cream pie was presented for the anniversary couple - it was huge! We four could hardly finish it.... but we did! Outstanding meal and experience. We will not wait for a special occasion to return. Don't miss this gem of a restaurant. We love their sister restaurant, Pacifica on El Paseo, also.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

We had the January special of Surf and Turf. I am so glad I signed up for notifications and saw this. The portions were great and I think it was the best steak and lobster combo I’ve ever had. I prefer my filet medium well and it was so juicy. The wait staff was excellent and I think the evening manager came around to see how everything was. I felt bad for her because the table next to us was giving them a hard time about early bird not being offered after 5pm. She was so polite with them but some are set in their ways and can’t be appeased.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Cozy, Seasonal, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

We have been to the Cliffhouse many times but this was the second time for the sunset dinner. The food was great at a very good price. The service is always excellent. That’s why we keep going back.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The restaurant management is "right on" with their service, organization, décor, lighting and staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our Sunset Dinners in your main dining room with fireplace. The food was excellent and great value. The table we were shown to seat for the two of us felt too small and we asked for a table for four. We were accommodated without question, as we arrived at 4:30 and the dining room was not crowded. The new table was much better with "elbow room" to move around. Also the restrooms were beautifully appointed and, spotless with nice lighting. The outdoor areas looked romantic and we will plan to dine there soon. The bar Happy Hour area was lively with excellent small plates and we have enjoyed that area as well on other occasions. Would definitely recommend to our friends and family.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

It was okay, we thought I’d be better the outside is way cool but inside the restaurant no real view. We had surf and turf the lobster was super delicious but the steak had zero seasoning. It was bad just wasn’t amazing.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This is our second meal at Cliffhouse and we are always very impressed with the food, the service and the atmosphere. It’s great to come to a place where you can carry on a conversation and not find the tables too close together. Our server was attentive and helpful with questions about the area, shopping and sights.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Fun
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Unbelievable January surf & turf special with large portions

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Lobster and Filet mignon...yummy! They have it at special price for the month of January. Their happy hour is one of my favorite place to go.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

A very good dinner , seated side-by-side, at a table for 4. Had a short wait in the bar, but worth the wait. Very good food, varied menu (something for everyone) and service attentive and helpful. This is a very pretty restaurant and very friendly and efficient wait staff. Great bar. It a go-to place for the locals and we visit each time we visit the Desert 5-8 times a year. You should be pleased you made the venue your selection for an evening meal

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Fantastic restaurant with super ambiance. Food was great, creative and so fresh. Service was marvelous. Server had good recommendation and referred us to the sommelier for the appropriate wine for our meal. Setting was also marvelous!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great meal

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was good but somewhat predictable. Service was excellent - attentive but not bothersome. We were celebrating an anniversary and they were very generous in providing a complimentary dessert. We were there on New Year's Eve and was hoping for a bit more of a party atmosphere - perhaps some live music - nada. That was the only significant disappointment; although we had a 9:00 p.m. reservation, we didn't even want to stay until midnight.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve. Perfect night

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

WE are always thrilled to dine at Cliffhouse.
OPEN TABLE sent me a bonus offer to dine elsewhere after, and although I tried to book Arnold Palmer restaurant through OPEN TABLE, your app would not let me do so. Accordingly, I called the restaurant myself, and we dined there last evening!!!

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Vegan, Good for Birthdays
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a group of 14 for an early dinner on New Year's Eve. This is our second year of dining at the Cliffhouse for New Year's Eve. I can't say enough great things about how efficient and hospitable the La Quinta Cliffhouse staff has been to us. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We will be back next New Year's Eve and any other special occasion we may have with our large group.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Hostess was trying to rush us off table even after we arrived 30 mins early

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

In spite of making an Opentable reservation with notes requesting seating for 6 including seniors, the restaurant held a table in a back room with virtually no lighting - so please, beware and bring either a flashlight or your cell to read the menu. Thank Goodness, their wine list was on a backlit Ipad. Too bad, however, that the first bottle of an overpriced a $48 rose wine arrived bad. The second, a different one around $60/bt was mediocre at best. The staff was overwhelmed and relatively aloof. The meals were overpriced as well. I guess bigger is more expensive, not better. However, the sea food Bouillabaisse-look alike was apparently quite good, if not a bit too rich in cream or butter. The steak with wild mushroom (not clear what made it "wild" other than price) was the best thing on the menu. Ribs were mediocre. Overall, OK place but sometimes it is better to stick to a place that is smaller and less of a crowded pressure cooker.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Celebrated 2 birthdays here. Our server was great, really enjoyed dinner and the service. Seafood stew was excellent. Would return and recommend..... First dining room table to the left outside of the bar on Fri Dec 19.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fun place for dinner. Place was packed and food was good.
We sat outside pretty much into the mountain. It was pretty cool.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have enjoyed the Cliffhouse for our anniversary and birthdays. It hasn't disappointed us!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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