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About Morgan's in the Desert
Morgan’s in the desert welcomes guests for dinner with Contemporary American Cuisine, 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.
49-499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta, CA 92253
Farm-to-table, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5:30 pm- 10:00 pm
Cocktails: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
For Catering information contact:
Ph: (760) 777 5821
Fx: (760) 564 7656
Complimentary Valet and Self Parking.
Executive Chef Jae Ho Bang
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Dining at La Quinta Resort and PGA WEST feeds the senses. The aromatic essences of freshly prepared, locally sourced ingredients emanate from richly colorful dishes that are a feast for the eyes. Whatever your taste in dining, La Quinta Resort and PGA WEST serves an unforgettable experience.
Morgan's in the Desert Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I were staying at the La Quinta Resort and this place is on site so it's a short walk from our suite. It is right in the middle of the resort - and it was beautiful. The ambiance was great. But pretty much everything about the meal wasn't to our liking. One thing that annoyed us is that our waitress seemed to skip over us and serve the other diners around us and go by their tables more than us, and we really don't know why. We are definitely younger (mid 30's) than most of the other diners (>50's), but it's not like we were dressed casually or skimped on our meals or anything. We had reservations, showed up 5 minutes early, ordered drinks, but they didn't even take our food order for over half an hour. By the time they took our order, another table that sat down at the same time as us (and had the same waitress) was already eating their appetizers.
As for the meal - we both ordered the soup, which was a cauliflower soup and was really good. My wife ordered the short ribs, and while the meat was tender and tasted good, it was served with vegetables and mashed carrots that were all covered in curry powder. That flavor overpowered the dish and it wasn't even mentioned on the menu. For my entree I got the scallops. They were cooked well - and WOULD have been delicious if there wasn't sand in -literally every bite-. They were the sandiest scallops I've ever eaten. And it wasn't like they just missed cleaning one of them, the meal was 4 or 5 scallops and all of them were sandy. It was just terrible. It was served with a layered potato and bacon gratin that was pretty good. We shared a side of "ginger scented" sweet corn. Before ordering we asked the waitress how much ginger was in it, and she said that it had a little grated ginger on the top, but that it wasn't mixed throughout. What it actually tasted like was eating straight up ginger, and my wife (who loves ginger) could only eat one bite.
We spent $170 on bad food and bad service.
The ambiance, food and service was excellent. The menu was diverse enough that there was something for everyone. Thought there could be some vegetables as side dish options for those who didn’t want the calories. We were celebrating a birthday. Great place to do that.
The decorations for the holiday season made it all the more special.
We will be back!
Morgan's is a lovely dining experience, especially during the holidays when the resort property is decorated for Christmas. We love the outdoor back patio. There's a big fire pit nearby and space heaters to keep you warm. Once the days get longer again, it's fun to go for sunset.
I have eaten here many times over the years and it is probably my favorite restaurant in the Coachella Valley. This last meal was great but there was a major convention going on and the service was overloaded but management went out of its way to make it up to us and I really appreciated it. This is not normal for this restaurant and I give this restaurant a 5 star rating even with a minor problem once in a while.
We were hoping for a special birthday celebration for my husband. However, it was hard to find anything appealing on the menu. Every item had an unique (but not appealing) twist to it; the special price-fixed menu was everything pumpkin (instead of just one or two items with pumpkin), and the basic Caesar Salad wasn't even good. We each ordered a pasta dish as an entree, and they were not to our tastes. On the other hand, the setting was absolutely beautiful on the outdoor patio.
With so many fine restaurants in the LaQuinta area, I would recommend others that offer great food PLUS ambiance over Morgan's in the Desert.
Service was fine, very pleasant group of servers. Ordered a Caesar salad and didn't know it came with tomatoes and anchovies draped over the top. They were kind enough to take it back. The ahi dinner entree sounded delicious and I ordered it medium rare and it came out well done. Not much taste. Very disappointed, but my husband ordered the scallops and they were delicious. For the price, the food is not worth it. I wouldn't go back.
We have used Morgan's for special occasions for five years and this time we were disappointed. Perhaps it was an off night. The wait staff while giving it the "college try" seemed less than as professional compared to other high end restaurants in the area. The waiters at those establishments are seasoned and very smooth.
The corn soup was superb. The scallops I had were excellent. My wife's fish was under cooked and the accompniments were not as tasty as hoped for. For Morgan's, this was not the normal five star experience.
The food was fantastic. The presentation wonderful. Although the servers had very pleasant demeanor, their "team" effort was off. Our drinks were brought to the wrong table 3 times, our drinks, salads and entrees were not placed in front of the individual who ordered. The team service skipped a beat, and their seemed to be confusion amongst the staff. I had to ask for my bill. With that being said, this would not prevent me from going back and we still very much enjoyed our dinner.
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