La Quinta Cliffhouse

4.6
3130 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily 4:30pm - 9:00pm Sunday-Thursday and 4:30pm - 9:30pm Friday - Saturday

Sunset Dinner Special: Daily 4:30-5:30pm

Bar: Opens at 4pm

Happy Hour: Every night 4pm-6:30pm, and all night Sunday
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Phone number
(760) 360-5991
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jorge Martinez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington Street
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Parking details
Both self-parking and valet offered.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

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.

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Daily 8:30PM - 11:30PM

What 3130 People Are Saying
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HB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second visit to the Cliff house. It has met all of our expectations and is our favorite place in the valley for a special dinner with friends and family.

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BD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food and ambiance. They accommodate dietary needs without hesitation and they have a very pleasant staff. This is a must stop if you're in the desert!

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OT
Adelaide / SA
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. What’s not to like?

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

We've been to the Cliffhouse at La Quinta several times, and have been consistently impressed by the quality of the food and the exceptional service. The extraordinary setting, unusual architecture and grand views help to add to the world-class experience. We were able to easily place our Saturday reservations on Opentable. We arrived early, were seated very promptly and treated royally. We enjoyed cocktails, and ordered Short Ribs with Caesar Salad, Sugar-Spiced Salmon with wedge salad, and finished with Creme Brulee and Ice Cream pie. Everything was truly fabulous. Our waiter Carrie had a gift for being there for us just enough without being at all obtrusive or leaving us feeling neglected. Katrina, one of the managers, stopped by our table to ask about our satisfaction. We were happy to report our delight. Thank you, La Quinta Cliffhouse. We'll be back again.

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OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great.

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r
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely look forward to enjoying the Sunset dinner Menu-terrific,tasty menu and great atmosphere!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lisa T. our sommelier was very informative. She helped us select the perfect wine to pair with our meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to have dinner here. It was to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We had heard great things about the food, service, and view. Our experience was excellent - we will go back and recommend to others.

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NF
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice ambiance - food well prepared although entrees a bit pricey

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AB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cliffhouse is one of our favorites. We drove over an hour for our anniversary. Great food and drink, beautiful desert landscape built into the rock.

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Tucson
378 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the Cliffhouse. It is a beautiful place with great views, comfortable dining, and friendly capable staff. The reviews of this place are generally really good so I expected excellence in the food. My wife enjoyed the scallops entree very much, but my filet mignon was just ok, nothing special, and tasted unusually salty. Salads were fresh and delicious as was the ice cream cake.
Will have to give it another try.

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OT
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Thank you for hosting my wife's Birthday celebration, and the ice cream desert (yummy!).
She enjoyed her short rib meal and martini.

My rib eye was a bit more than medium rear, but palatable.

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PD
Mobile
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was just okay, the waiter was Great! very pricy and the steak went back twice and the asparagus was had so much vinegar we couldn't get the two orders we got.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was outstanding, as usual. Love the atmosphere and busy table service even in the heat and off season. The vibe and wine were good, but service was slow and server was not in tune with our table, maybe because we were only a table of two? Who knows...

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MM
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seven ladies from different states (GA, NE, and Iowa) but one family met in Palm Desert for the long weekend. From reviews, we decided to eat here and we're not disappointed. Had appetizers--dumplings, oysters and bruschetta--entrees of prime rib, steak, seafood, tuna, and a couple awesome desserts plus drinks, of course. Everyone was very pleased and we had plenty for the next day. very accommodating servers that did not rush us. And of course the setting is great.

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RN
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the service, love the Ambiance, and love the food! A great date night with my husband. Never disappointed.

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B
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Cliffhouse but the noise level is just too high.

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E
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Their early bird specials are a particularly good value for the money. Their salmon is top notch and their beef is also very good. Hot bread and butter and value priced wines by the glass . Comfortable place to dine.

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LG
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

enjoyed the restaurant very much. Restaurant was very busy during the hot summer month.

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VS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant evening. Sunset and view of mountains after was very nice. Our server Marco was great!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, excellent service, excellent food.

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CI
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ambiance is great. Absolutely loved the location. Server was good but not too warm especially when dripping off the birthday cake. She came, dropped it off and left. I wasn’t expecting a song and dance but something a little friendlier. Other than that, experience was great.

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M
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here when visiting Palm Springs worth the drive.

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ST
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed everything about the Cliff 𝓗𝓸𝓾𝓼𝓮. The ambiance, the awesome way it’s built up against the cliff is so different. The food and drinks were perfect!!! The salmon and catfish were so good, and we took advantage of the sunset menu. What s great deal. Can’t wait to come back!

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DW
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 26th anniversary. They treated us like royalty. Will definitely return

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FK
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunset dinner really a fair deal...friendly waitress and bar staff. Lively atmosphere and a good bet for the hot summer season. Great wine list and excellent food.

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AL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The area was really nice, it was a bit busy. I don’t know if it’s like this everyday; however, it was an overall good experience. Since it was busy they did take a while to take our order which I understand because as I mentioned it was pretty busy.

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DS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The place was lovely, very “old school” Palm Springs, but even though the facility is enormous, it was absolutely packed - and very noisy. Still, the service was very good, the food was excellent, and we (all 4 of us) really enjoyed our experience.

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r
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been here a few times on my visits to Indian Wells. Amazing standard these people maintain.

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DW
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like the set up of the restaurant. I like being on the enclosed patio when it isn't really hot. My wife and I like the wines by the glass and she really likes the sunset menu. I like when they have the chef special prix fixe surf and turf that they don't always have. We like Pacifica and Cliffhouse and kind of go 50/50 between the two.

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FE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great from start to finish. It was my first time and I loved it. It is very professional-Great cocktails, food was outstanding and service was some of the best I’ve had. We’re going back ASAP.

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S
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

last night, the waitress was officious, the quiet table we requested was anything but, and although they advertise entrees are under $30, 3 of our party of 4 last spent $31, $34 and $39 for entrees of average quality. this place has become a rip-off, especially for a neighborhood type restaurant. They purport to be affiliated with Pacifica, so that's where we will be going in the future. It is a far better place with better value.

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MB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure to dine at the Cliffhouse! Service and food always very good. Lovely views of the area since it is located on the side of a cliff.

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TW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, each one of us loved our meal. We had a good table with a beautiful view. My mom and I split the wedge (delish) and I got the short ribs (also delish). We were excited about their special on wine... Rombauer Chardonnay, all summer, all night, $12 a glass.. a great deal! An all around wonderful night in the desert!

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FR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday. The food was outstanding, view was fabulous. An overall great experience!!

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish and filet were seasoned and cooked to perfection. Wait staff were proficient and friendly.

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E
Stuttgart Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I am celiac, so finding a restaurant that I can trust is difficult. This meal was the BEST I had in the 3 weeks of traveling we did. Also excellent wines and overall ambiance. We will definitely return next year!!

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T
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food & service - most important. Decor a little dated - not as important. We really enjoyed this and will definitely return!!

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my birthday. The food and staff is amazing I will definitely go back again.

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SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant. They have a great happy hour and we go regularly.

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