Morgan's in the Desert

4.5
1606 reviews
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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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Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Great setting

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Loved sitting outside, and had amazing service from our server. The food was just 'ok' - we ordered 3 medium rare steaks and received 3 medium-well / well steaks which was greatly disappointing. We felt bad to ask to turn back all 3 steaks so we just ate them. The free bread, however, was fresh and tasted great. I would still recommend this place - not for the steak, but for the ambiance.

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OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Steve, made the experience wonderful with his wine pairings!! We have been going for 12 years and the restaurant is always on our list when we come to La Quinta! Highly recommend!

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d
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and excellent service! Kim went above and beyond!

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J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have ever had in the Palm Springs area. This was the June special cherry festival meal and it was stunning;y good.

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MH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

$50 Corkage fee is outrageous for that restaurant. Will go to other competitors moving forward where I can bring good wine at a much cheaper corkage fee.

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JO
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve dined at Morgan’s many times through the years..... the dinner last Thursday has to be in my top five in the past years anywhere. Outstanding.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick is a phenomenal server who really knows his stuff.

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SM
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant dining experience. First, you walk thru the beautiful grounds of the La Quinta Resort. Then you enter a very cozy dining room with a warm atmosphere. Then you have amazing and friendly staff to enhance the experience (special shout out to our server, Anita). Then, you get delicious food served at a relaxed pace. Complimentary mini french rolls were served with an excellent salted butter. Char grilled Scallops were especially exceptional. We've been here many times and it never disappoints.

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary!

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EC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice restaurant with good food and goos service. Only complaint is the $50 corckage fee on a bottle brought in which is just outrageous and way above what restaurants typically charge. The menu is expensive enough. This feels like they're taking advantage of customers.

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J
Los Angeles
111 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding menu selections. Superb cocktails and wine list. Gracious but attentive service.

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SB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Solid spot but not quite up to the standard we were expecting. The indoor area is pretty nice, outdoor area is pretty bland and prone to random kids and others infiltrating the fire pit. Food was good but not spectacular—very expected. Drinks, service, general vibe and other aspects of the establishment were all good but again, not spectacular/outstanding. Maybe that is because we had a high bar coming in or maybe it is just a reflection of the establishment.

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J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

The service was good but not excellent.
Food quality and presentation was as expected.
The lobster was undercooked.

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YW
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anita saved the evening! When we arrived, we were told that new management had begun a new policy of $50 corkage fee! Completely ridiculous!!!!! We had this special evening planned for a long time and didn’t want your dinner spoiled, so we agreed. Anita was so above and beyond, providing excellent service, wonderful suggestions and overall just made the evening exactly what we anticipated. Thank you Anita❤️

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PE
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good! Nothing negative to say!
We loved it!
Go check it out!!

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DW
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food and environment! Server was more than accommodating to us!! We will definitely be back!

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r
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been staying at The Resort in La Quinta for over 40 years. And, we consistently have eaten at Morgan's. It was our Wedding Anniversary and I brought a special bottle of wine....$50.00 corkage, that's outrageous! It doesn't cost that much at Nobu or Mastro's which at far superior in service and food.

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Was entertaining out of town guests. Everyone's dish came out cold and wrong. Manager was not helpful at all. Will never return to this restaurant. $50 corkage fee, ridiculous.

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G
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Morgan’s now charges $50 per wine bottle for corkage fee!! More than any other restaurant in town. Not sure we love the place that much. More principle than anything.

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J
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was very average and it was overly expensive. I don’t mind spending money at a nice restaurant but the meal was very average

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S
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at Morgan’s. Service, food and ambience is one of a kind! One of our favorite places in the desert :)

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great service.

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Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Roasted cauliflower was amazing. The rest of the meal was just okay. I had the duck which was very under seasoned and the skin was not even close to crispy. Very disappointing after the reviews I read when deciding where to dine.

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S
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything was great, unitl I became ill. I shared my food allergies, however something must have gone wrong. Very disappointing.

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JL
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, fantastic service and fantastic drinks! We love this place.

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NG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!!!

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VG
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration.

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c
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

menu seems limited a few more selections would be appreciative

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OT
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent ambiance and great food! Everything was hot and beautiful presentation...I don’t usually eat bread but it was so good and fresh baked we asked for seconds.

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DL
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately, everyone was disappointed. We’ve been there in years past, but never had a bad meal. Each of us were unhappy with our meal; everyone’s food was cold mine was cold and dry. The flavors were pretty good but hard to know as meat and fish served cold is not very exciting. The prices are rather high, although they wouldn’t be if the meals had been as expected.

With so many great restaurants in the area, it’s unlikely that we will go back.

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k
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and location
Loved the tasting menu
Great place in the desert

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MB
Palm Springs
80 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Morgan's in the Desert is our "long-time" favorite restaurant in La Quinta which we dine at two to three times each season for special occasions. Service is generally outstanding. The menu items are quite "pricey" however appetizers, salads and entrees are delicious ... and consistent. We enjoy having dinner near the fireplace in the inside dining room area.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food is delicious, but it also took forever to show up. Our waiter forgot our bread and didn’t know we were missing anything when our order finally came. We went on a Thursday when they weren’t busy yet it took 45 mins for anyone to even notice we didn’t have bread and then it came out with dinner, which took over an hour. It was my husband birthday and once they finally came over to clear our plates and ask if we would like a box, another 20 mins went by before they brought desert then another 20 for the check. What could’ve been an hour and a half dinner took almost three hours. Thank god the food was good.

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q
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Ordered oysters. The first one was wonderful. I then got a "bad" one which spoiled the oyster experience for me. I had another good one and a bad one. I meant to mention it at the restaurant but forgot. CHECK OUT THOSE OYSTERS!

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BD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere and service but need to improve the food. Was told the chef was correcting the previous mistakes and meat still didn’t come out the right temperature. At that price point there shouldn’t be multiple errors. Lots of better places to eat in the desert.

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v
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It’s an Ok Restaurant. The hotel is very beautiful. The food was good but nothing special. The service was pretty bad. The waitress was no where to be found, my hot water was never re-filled unless I asked for it. All and all pretty average.

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YW
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We wanted to enjoy a evening out with our son and his fiancée when they came to visit and so I booked a table for Saturday evening. We booked for a table outside for 7:30. It was a beautiful warm calm evening. We were initially shown to a table inside. The patio was not fully occupied. When we told them we had reserved a patio table they took us to a table next to the inside wall which had a glass metal top and iron chairs. The table was wobbly. The diners at the table near us inside the restaurant were loud and and rude. There were other nicer tables near the fire table that were not occupied. We told our server about the wobbly table. When she came back to fix it she told us she was going to move us to a better table. We moved to a much nicer table and then enjoyed the ambience much more. It was just annoying that when we had reserved in advance by more a few days that they seemed to want to shove us in a corner at a table that was not very nice when there were better tables available. The patio was clearly not fully booked for other reservations. Our server was excellent. The food was good. I ordered the three course chef’s menu which was very good but but in general I felt that the food was overpriced.

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OT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We always eat here on our last night at the resort. We had an early reservation due to an early flight the next morning. The restaurant was not busy, yet the hostess was obviously inexperienced or just bad at her job. She took several phone calls while we were waiting and got flustered when the couple in front of us wanted to change their seating request. As my husband said, “I wonder what it is like when they are busy. Our waitress was overly attentive. It seemed as thought she was stopping by every three minutes to see how our first bite was etc. seems like some training in the dining area would be in order. The food was good, but not great. The whole resort seemed less spiffy and less well organized compared to the 12+ years we have been going there.

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S
Palm Springs
47 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coachella Fest is here

The hotel was full but the restaurant wasn’t as Coachella Fest was in town. We had Ahi from the chargrill seared rare with Indio sweet corn and Davis Bynum Pinot noir- perfection. Kimberly was our server and she was personal and professional. We had Bitter Italian after dinner drinks for desert- espresso, amaretto and vanilla ice cream made by Brian in the bar. Perfect April weather- It’s to live for.

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