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  3. Distance: 0.96mi
  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

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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

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (78)
Good for Anniversaries (66)
Good for Birthdays (57)
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Scenic View (56)
Happy Hour (54)
Good for a Date (54)
Great for Outdoor Dining (51)
Romantic (42)
Bar Seating (40)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Casual (32)
Good for Groups (31)
Worth the Drive (29)
Vibrant Bar Scene (27)
Cozy (26)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Business Meals (23)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Notable Wine List (23)
Comfort Food (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Fun (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Authentic (12)
People Watching (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Disabled Access (8)
Seasonal (8)
Healthy (7)
Great Beer (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Live Sports (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
Live Music (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food and service and the setting is even better. I truly love this place.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Very enjoyable evening with friends.

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 (Calgary)·Dined 4 days ago

Beautiful restaurant with amazing sunset views and character! We had the sunset dinner menu which had a great selection of tasteful dishes enjoyed with a nice bottle of wine. The service was incredible, fast and friendly. This was our second visit to the Cliff house and our second trip to Palm Desert. We will definitely return on our next visit!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Omaha)·Dined 6 days ago

One of our favorites in the valley. Reliability good food, service, and beautiful place.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was delicious and a good value. Service very good. Will go there again and again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 7 days ago

Very good steak and lobster taste wise and price wise. Exceptional attentive staff very friendly and polite. We will be back very soon to try their happy hour too.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 7 days ago

We are never disappointed with food and service. We plan most of our special evenings out at the Cliffhouse. Service is best in the Valley.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Superb caring service.
Wonderful good.
Inventive menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Sports, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great place for romantic dinners or birthday celebrations. Food and Service always excellent.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Our favorite date night restaurant for sure. I know most people come for their bar menu but we love the main dining room. The food and service are always great.

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

The free entree for veterans and active duty military was a great jesture by The Cliffhouse. Will definitely be back to experience the amazing bar.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

We arrived for a 6:00 reservation and the restaurant was so busy we had a bit of a wait. However, the staff was so attentive, brought us a round of free cocktails, and kept us up to date on the progress of our seating. Very classy. All five of us had an excellent meal and free birthday dessert. I highly recommend The Cliffhouse!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We all had excellent meals .. my brother had the filet mignon (and it was free because they were buying the meal of all veterans), my husband had the pork tenderloin and I had the roasted chicken. The pork was rare and my husband asked that it be cooked to medium and they were happy to do that. We shared an ice cream sundae for desert and had a wonderful time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

We had a great time, outstanding dinner and the best service by Tony. This is why we come here often, both for the dinners and happy hour. My wife and I, both veterans enjoy the dinner and appreciate the thought. Thank you.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

The chairs were terribly uncomfortable.

_we both still have back aches.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Disabled Access, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Wonderful evening, recommend outside also

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Built into a cliff, so it is unique to sit outdoors. They also had heaters, however, they could have used a few more. Also, the floor isn't level, so your table and chairs sit at a slant, which is very uncomfortable.
This night there was a large party sitting close by and they were so loud that the four of us at our table could hardly hear each other. It would have been nice if a manager could have asked them to please quiet down as they were disturbing the other customers.

Tags: Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were in town for the weekend and we celebrated my wife's birthday there with friends. The ambience was great, and the food was amazing.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The Cliff House is in a great location in La Quinta—the right table will afford you a lovely view of the lights of the valley while you dine. The atmosphere is swanky, busy, crowded, yet elegant. Most of our food was delicious. The ahi poke was fresh and tasty, the shrimp pasta dish was hearty and good. I ordered the baked oysters, which were a disappointment: drowning in a mayonnaise-based sauce that was much too rich for my taste. I could barely find the oysters in all the sauce. Everything else was great. Service was impeccable and friendly. Get reservations, there’s a long wait otherwise!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, People Watching
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always excellent experience

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was really good

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was slow, but friendly. Food was excellent.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Well, it was our first time there and we were all a bit disappointed with the whole experience. We were celebrating my birthday and brought friends from out of town with us. The food was definitely not worth the price, our drinks were just ok, and the waiter was distracted and always in too much of a hurry to care about what we needed. I would not recommend it and will not be going back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The sunset hours had changed, but wasn’t listed correctly on one of the websites. Even though we were beyond the correct serving time for the new hours, they honored it regardless. Very nice.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great place to dine. Fantastic food and spot on service. Short ribs and seafood stew were outstanding. Prices were quite high but worth it. The views are awesome.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had a great table, easy for everyone to visit.
Our food was very good and our server was wonderful.
Happy to reccomend to our friends.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Small wait despite reservation. Seating outside was nice although they sat 3 of us at a very large table. Service was hit or miss by main waiter. Took awhile to retrieve our wine, but noticed he was approaching table and turned around with wrong bottle. It was just a series of small things service-wise that detracted from the experience. Just expected a little bit smoother and/or polished service. Food was very good. Half off wine Wednesday’s provides a great value. However, our initial bill did not discount the $90 Pinot we ordered. The error was corrected but just another small hitch. Would consider coming back, but this desert visit was filled with better restaurant experiences.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food was a bit of a disappointment for me. I had the organic mixed greens salad that sounded really good, but it had no flavour at all and all I could taste was the greens, and only the greens. The presentation of it was terrible as well. It looked like a heap of greens on a plate. I could not even finish it. Very boring. My husband had the paprika rubbed pork tenderloin, he said it was just ok.
I really expected a much better meal. Not sure if we'll be back.
We also watched as one of the female waitresses explained to tables that the much older gentlemen who was with her was her "trainee". We thought that sounded pretty rude and disrespectful to him. Felt bad for the guy... she could have just said he was helping her out tonight or something.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We used Open Table for our reservation and were put at a table right in the walkway in and out, so it wasn't a great one. The waitress served our wine and then didn't come back for over 30 mins. The food, as usual, was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We had a great waitress. Very nice. The filet with the mushroom sauce was really good as was my braised beef short ribs. The sticky toffee cake was phenomenal.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great meal in a beautiful setting with very good service!! Great price for early dining experience. I think that had we been paying full price I would have knocked off 1/2-1 star because the value definitely influenced my overall rating. Would return and would again opt for early dining at a discount.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Lovely for a birthday celebration with out of town frends.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great bar area and tapas. Reasonable prices. Cliff seating area spectacular.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Beautiful setting, especially enjoyed outdoors near the rock wall and waterfall. Food was excellent, servers were right there when we needed them and did not hover. Wine by the glass menu was a little short, but the wine was good. Would definitely return.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We have eaten at the Cliffhouse many times since we moved to the desert and always enjoyed the ambiance and the food. It was our go to restaurant for Birthday celebrations, but the last two times we celebrated a birthday there have been a real disappointment. Although we were disappointed by a previous birthday, we thought we would give the restaurant another try but were sadly disappointed. We had the BBQ ribs that were mediocre and the corn bread was two little cold muffins that were not even warm. The cole slaw was rather bitter tasting, so in all it was a disappointing experience. This is one restaurant we will cross off the list.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 6, 2017

View was awesome abd so was tge food. Best prime rib!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fantastic food and service I highly recommend Cliff House.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Live Sports
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

One of our party was served a tough cut of meat and they were excellent in bringing a replacement meal right away that had a very tender piece of meat and also brought complimentary desserts to the table. They handled an unfortunate situation exceptionally well. We were very impressed at their customer service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had a lovely table in the main dining room which is the nicest. Started with a baby kale salad that was really tasty with apple, pomegranate, & goat cheese. I followed with the seafood soup, sort of ciopino like and very well made with half a lobster tail, large shrimp and lots of scallops and fish in a tomato based broth.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Made a reservation that evening. Arrived early to sit in the bar for cocktails and appetizers. Fabulous service. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere even better. A perfect place to start off a family wedding weekend. We will be back.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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