Morgan's in the Desert

4.5
1772 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Morgan’s in the Desert welcomes guests for dinner with Contemporary American Farm to Table Cuisine, Char-Grilled Prime Steaks, boutique new world wines, crafted vintage cocktails, and live entertainment. Join us at the piano bar, in the hacienda dining room or on the fire-lit courtyard. Join us for a relaxed yet refined dining and cocktail experience.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1772 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for mom

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vipPamelaE
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food has declined due to the need to pre prep the foods!

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BobL
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The menu was mediocre. And for a steak house to not have a ribeye on the menu is scandalous.
The food was good but way overpriced. Guess resort prices. The side of vegetables was $12 and
Probably cost .50 in the store. Ridiculous. Everything ala cart

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

There are better places to get a steak.

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PaulW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the duck and steak where excellently cooked ! Perfect

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ElizabethW
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant at the exquisite historic La Quinta Hotel. Staff was welcoming and attentive. Covid precautions were in place. However, our steaks and duck came cooked to the consistency of shoe leather. I think a chef who is preparing a $60 steak should know when it is over done. We ordered “medium” to “medium rare.” We brought it to the attention of staff and they were appropriately sorry and offered to take care of dessert or after dinner drinks. They made a big scene and the whole evening became about our shoe leather food. I hate to have to send back food or have chef, waiter and manager crowded around table giving apologies. I just wanted an elegant and extravagant dinner for the rare Covid night out. I expected better. Especially for the location and price.

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Greg
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, ambience outstanding and Kim made it happen. Go see for yourself.

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MichaelT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had our Valantine's Dinner and it was a memorable experience. Starter of warm brie cheese with a beet salad, delicious. Mrs. had the New York steak prepared to perfection with a fine reduction sauce that made it very special. I had the Sea Bass that was tender and cooked to perfection on top of a warm salad vinaigrette that was such a surprise that I can't describe it other than suggest that it must be experienced. The Chef's preparations were very special. We brought our own nice bottle of Cab and the only minor neg. that I can comment on was the price of the corkage at $30 which I would consider somewhat steep, certainly didn't take anything away from the meal or the service that was 5 star. Enjoyed the experience and we will be back!

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AustinV
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot and service was amazing. Will definitely be back.

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vipChristineA
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My husband enjoyed his pork chop very much. The menu is limited, which is fine. But if you have a limited menu, you should offer items the majority of people will like. They only had one salad on the menu. It had candied walnuts, which my husband is allergic to. We could have asked for no walnuts, but the salad was not appetizing even on the menu. Just my opinion. At least have a classic caesar or wedge.

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NicoleVB
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely perfect! We had a table by the fire pit and the staff made the most delicious recommendations. We felt completely taken care of and everything was delicious!

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AndreaC
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing job they have done re-opening. The patio is set up perfectly with tons of heaters and they didn't lose a beat in service.

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vipLorie
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Morgans is one of our go-to restaurants when in town and staying at LQR property. Service was outstanding. Dessert was the highlight. Keep the pastry chef!!!

However, we were NOT Thrilled with the new and reduced menu that just started this week. Steaks were just ok, we thought the quality of the meat was subpar and lacking flavor. Oysters need to be back on the menu and a real salad. more creativity on the dishes are needed too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The Morgan’s special onion soup was spectacular. Will go again just to repeat that experience.

Birthday celebration was noted on the reservation. However server either did not know or ignored occasion. In addition, side of pasta was not delivered with the order. Server did comp two glasses of wine.

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MRJT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Ordered “rack of lamb” - received two lamb chops - for $65 entree charge this was really misrepresented on the menu. Will not be going back anytime soon
Our waitress was great and attentive but could not rescue this

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vipmairas
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Love the hotel, love the setting outside. Food is sub-par (the ahi tuna chef special was beyond bland and the ahi tuna tartar was “interesting”). They forgot about our drinks until 15 mins in, although the server was nice enough not to charge us. We didn’t order dessert. We keep trying because we love the setting, but have yet to enjoy a great meal.

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vipTheBiggs
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and setting were outstanding!

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HeatherW
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Menu was minimal due to COVID-19 I guess, disappointing...steak was ordered medium and was bloody rare even after sending back for a “quick fix”

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KarenM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A family getaway to La Quinta Resort. A private dinner for 2 for our anniversary

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BiancaM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a safe socially distanced environment. Heaters worked wonderful!

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vipmangreen
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very fine service and pleasant atmosphere, food and wine both good. Complimentary dessert for our anniversary was a nice touch.

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CharlesD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went here for my wife's birthday. Was pleasant enough and food was good, service excellent. Whenever you go to restaurant in a high end resort like this you know you are going to pay, so the prices were higher than I am used to paying and the portions were on the smaller size but still filling. The one main criticism was that we chose this location based off of their menu posted online only to find out that several of the items were not listed on the printed menu we were given like charbroiled king salmon and grilled octopus. When I pointed this out the servers were apologetic and expressed disbelief that the menu on the website had not been updated. So my advice would be to call ahead to confirm the menu items for that evening. Oh and several reviews on Yelp mentioned the view, but we were in a courtyard and the only view I had was of my gorgeous wife (good enough for me!) and the waiters table with the register and glassware stacked up. lol

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vipDebraP
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy a night out at Morgan's. We celebrated the beginning of the holiday season with our son and his family enjoying the delicious cuisine while viewing the beautiful Christmas tree. The resort and Morgan's is the perfect place for any occassion.

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Bonnie
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first dinner at Morgan’s is likely the first of many. The experience was excellent from start to finish. It was not inexpensive, but worth it for a special treat. Food was excellent, fabulous lamb, scallops and sea bass. Our server was very attentive.

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ronaldl
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great food and great service and beautiful atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipVancouver
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing restaurant- the food was sublime- not our first time- but was even better than I remembered. Great wine list with some of our favourite Grgich wines.
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Service was excellent. Chef was able to make a delicious alternative no garlic or onion duck dish that had an amazing sauceA. No problem. Such a treat for me.
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We sat out on the patio and they had plenty of heaters to keep us warm on a cool night.
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Celebrating something- you should go here!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Great pace for dinner. A little pricey, but worth it.

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vipBradW
Minneapolis
148 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Excellent steak, fresh oysters and chocolate bomb dessert. Service was disappointing. Hostess seemed irritated we asked to change tables. Waitress was slow, did not manage the timing of food with the kitchen, brought a completely different wine than ordered. Definitely not Waldorf Astoria experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was definitely disappointed, starting with having to pay $6 for some bread service. Salmon was not wild caught, but was farm raised in Montana? Jimmy Schmidt would not allow this, but since he is no longer involved with the restaurant, I guess anything goes. My wife’s steak was decent, but we can get decent just about anywhere, and for a lot less than $53! There was one bright spot, and it was the mushroom and dark truffle risotto, but again, the price; $39? With tip our bill came to over $300, and only ordered a $60 bottle of wine. Not good when the most memorable part of the dining experience was the check!

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NicholasK
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the finest restaurants in the desert where everything is perfect,

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vipBobfoodie
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place! I will be back. Solid A just can’t give it an Aplus but no specific problems or issues. Great place! I did the tasting menu w the wine pairing. Excellent! Had an excellent drink at the bar before dinner! Go!

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AdamM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

My wife and her parents have eaten here several times. Typically, the food is good. The service is very good, and the ambience is exceptional. On our most recent visit, our entrées were delivered before appetizers twice and there seem to be some confusion amongst the service staff. I really love the architecture and ambience of the La Quinta resort, which makes coming here special for us. The food is fairly priced, but the drinks are overpriced. It has never been a five-star experience, but it does feel like a special night out.

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vipMjcpcpd
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and quality of dining experience best in the desert. Highly recommend!

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vipDonna
London
16 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Always love dining at Morgan’s. Great room, food is good. However, not a great experience with our server this time. Rushing us through the menu, rude to us. Didn’t offer any pepper or refill wine glasses. It wasn’t that busy in our section so not really understanding what was going on with him. Maybe a bad day at home

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EdwardL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect dinner in a party of 8 with clients and friends. Great food and flawless service.

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vipArniesArmy
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had to wait over 15 minutes before anyone came to our table. After that... the service improved greatly

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TeriF
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We have gone to Morgan’s twice before and weren’t too impressed. It was our anniversary so decided to give it another chance. For a fine dining establishment the food is mediocre at best. Will not be returning. We have enjoyed much better food recently for a much better price.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Corkage fee is WAY too high!! Needs to be changed or I will choose another restaurant.

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vipOUgpat
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

I don’t believe I ever given a rating this low. Every part of the experience at Morgan’s was a fail. To start the evening we were blocked from valet “due to a VIP event” and directed to “park on the street or wherever we can”. Because we couldn’t find a place to park we were running late and tried to call the restaurant, but there was no answer. We finally were able to find parking a 10 minute walk to the restaurant. Once we arrived there were no apologies even though we had to explain why were late for our reservation. While the food was very good, the service was rushed and our wait staff missed two parts of our order. She clearly was not listening. Very disappointing.

FAQs

Morgan's in the Desert offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 564-5700.

Morgan's in the Desert is rated 4.5 stars by 1772 OpenTable diners.

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.