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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.

Waldorf Astoria Laquinta Resort & Spa
49-499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta, CA 92253
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Dining Style:
Elegant Dining

Cuisines:
Farm-to-table, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5:30 pm- 10:00 pm
Cocktails: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 564-7600

Website:
http://www.morgansinthedesert.com/

Catering:
For Catering information contact:
Meagan Davis
Ph: (760) 777 5821
Fx: (760) 564 7656
meagan.davis@waldorfastoria.com

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet and Self Parking.

Executive Chef:
Executive Chef Jae Ho Bang

Additional:
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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Private Dining

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

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

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Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (31)
Good for a Date (26)
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Good for Anniversaries (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Cozy (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Business Meals (9)
Live Music (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Fun (7)
People Watching (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Scenic View (5)
Seasonal (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Authentic (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Casual (2)
Healthy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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Hot Spot (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined a day ago

Fabulous ;)

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

We ate here a year ago and remembered it fondly as a fine dining experience with an excellent server, good menu selection and fine food. This year, the food was fair on a substantially different menu. The service was acceptable, though the final total on the check was $70 more than the true fare (most likely an honest error). In any event, there was not much to delineate that would cause us to return in the near future.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

Waited 1/2 hour for our reservation . Were there almost 2 hours eating . No wonder they were so behind in reservations ... way too slow!! The manager said she would buy a round of drinks.. never saw the drinks . With so many good restaurants in the area I would try others ...unless you like 2. 1/2 hour dinners . Not what I would expect from a Waldorf . Been coming for 5 years and I think this is our last time here.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Melissa was outstanding with her knowledge of the menu, and personable demeanor. Ambiance is wonderful.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Classy, country club vibe. Cocktails and wine were devine. Food was fine and more traditional in approach. Management is top notch but our waiter was not. After dropping a tray of dirty dishes when clearing the table (accidents can happen) he needed to be reminded to remove the soiled table cloth and then again to replace it. It was a funny but not fun experience.

Tags: People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Service was good but the food could be better.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent service by the staff,manager provided extra attention when we commented to our waitress of a New Years foil up. Our waitress was attentive to our needs and made great recommendations including having the young sommelier make an amazing recommendation for our meal. He is amazing a GEM, don’t loose him! We hope to see him on our next visit in March

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The chef is obviously very talented but it would not appeal to most people’s taste. With a good bottle of wine (about $120), the bill was still approaching $400. No desire to go back.

Service was very slow with a lot of confusion as to who our waiter was.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

This was our second time visiting Morgans and I have to say I was extremely disappointed. We were looking forward to the dinner as we remembered enjoying it thoroughly a couple of years earlier.

The issue wasn't that the food was bad, it wasn't. It was just OK and for the prices you are paying there, just OK isn't good enough. The only two people out of 8 who actually thought the meal was outstanding had the Pork Chops and the Short Ribs. I guess the rest of us should have followed suit. Three folks had the fish special which they said was good, but again not great.

The service was exceptional as well and we never felt rushed or ignored and I believe we may have been the latest reservation that night (at 7:45 mind you) since the restaurant had cleared out by the time we finished.

I don't know that we would return to Morgan's any time soon.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Nice ambience, limited menu, poor value. I would have expected more, meals sub par.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Absolutely loved it!!!! After calling to let them know, I arrived a bit late for my dinner reservation and the dining room was ten minutes away from closing. I was told by the hostess that I had to be served at a bar table, and there I sat for a moment... Wasn't feeling it. So, the hostess having left for the night, I shared with my server, Zeinab, that I was in the mood for the more serene, formal setting, and BOOM! She did not hesitate to relocate me to the dining room table of my choice -- table cloths, lovely lighting, view of their beautiful, roaring fireplace -- much more elegant ambiance overall. It had become a "private" dining room by that time, but it was perfect! After that initial hiccup, it was pure magic and brilliance all the way. Best beet salad ever!! (Beets; beet puree; whipped herbed goat cheese; fresh, delectable greens; and a light, simple vinaigrette) Main course was PERFECTLY cooked salmon served with eggplant medallions, and truffle cauliflower puree, etc. Heaven on a plate!!! Dessert was excellent too. Sort of a "deconstructed" lemon meringue pie. I appreciated the creative presentation and thoroughly enjoyed all the elements except the lemon sorbet, which was seriously citrusy -- a bit on the aggressive side for me but others might like it. All in all it was a superb dining experience, with the cuisine matched by (or possibly even topped by) the fabulous service. Many hands were on deck even at that late hour. The shining star among them was Zeinab, but all were very gracious and personable, and seemed absolutely committed to making sure I was a happy diner -- and I was!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a table for 6 for my wife’s birthday. Food was good, service was lousy.. what a shame!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Anthony was a great server

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The initial wait for 20 minutes with a reservation was surprising, then when we walked out to the Patio there were about 8 empty tables - that makes no sense. The 1st table we were seated at the heaters did not work, so we moved to another table, then it took 15 minutes for the wait staff to get those going....for a resort of your stature this should never have happened. The GM of the restaurant came over with a bottle of champagne which was lovely.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tulsa)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Our visit to Morgan's in the Desert was exquisite. A quiet, moonlit night with great food and outstanding service. It is easy to see why Morgan's has developed such a reputation over the years. We look forward to going back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Always the place to go if you want
a special dinner that is truly different
and unexpected. Yummy.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great evening with friends. Good food, service was timely, wine list was extensive. Consistent.y

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The restaurant is fine and they try hard but there is zero value here. I had the $40 scallops. 4 of them but nothing else on the plate. The “8oz” filet was 4-5oz at best. It tasted good just Uber overpriced!!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Without question the best restaurant in La Quinta !

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We had a lovely time celebrating my husbands birthday at Morgan's. The oysters are fantastic and the service superb. Can't wait to go again. YUMMMM

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I am visiting my mother, who is a local resident, and we were celebrating her birthday. I wanted a special evening, and found Morgan’s online — the resort looked beautiful. Our server, Magdalena, was so kind, attentive, and professional. The ambience was beautiful and calming, the music was gorgeous and at an appropriate level, the light level and quality was perfect (SO important in a restaurant!), and our food was seasoned impeccably. The assistant manager, Ashley, came over and told us a very interesting story about the tile work behind our table. She was charming and wonderful. Thank you for a lovely meal and a very special evening. We’ll definitely visit again!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great Caesar salad and oysters

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Pricey but excellent food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had a fantastic meal there one week and a miserable meal the following week. First visit: beautiful table in core dining room, wonderful personal service, amazing truffle agnolotti. Second visit: very dark table too close to outside door (cold wind gusts repeatedly blew out candle); server provided too much un-requested info about chef and menu; music from wedding in adjacent room killed any remaining ambiance. Very disappointed.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Incredible, as always!!! The recipes were unique and full of flavors. The wait staff never disappoints with their knowledge of the entrees and cocktail/wine selections.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Late-night Find, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We have dined at Morgan’s many times, and we’ve made a tradition of taking the whole family there for Grandma’s birthday. But for the first time they offered only a prix fixe menu allowing us very few choices and at an exorbitant price. We would much prefer to order what we want from an a la carte menu. This limited menu was offered the night we were there and the night before, and many of the dishes tasted like they were not fresh or were poorly prepared.

Note, too, that we were never advised that there would be such limited and tasteless options that evening.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner at Morgan’s was magical! The food was incredible! It was our first time dining here… It definitely won’t be our last!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a horrid experience at Morgan’s on Christmas Eve. Booked our reservation 2+ months ahead. When we arrived, they said they were overbooked - at 6:15! They stuck us in an empty outside building that was freezing, with nothing in it but temporary tables. Atmosphere was bad, but nothing prepared us for the terrible food. Filet was WAY over cooked and tough, potatoes were made way ahead, tasted old and were cold in some places. The salad was supposed to have puréed cauliflower on it, but they forgot to put it on the plate. Desserts were mediocre. Waiter brought us the wrong food on every course. We ordered one bottle of wine. Tab for 4 people was $690. Will never return, and would suggest everyone avoid it.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Wonderful food as always at Morgan’s and such a pretty place to visit over the holidays. A very special night out!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My daughter and I went to have a holiday dinner together since we were visiting friends in the desert. I looked at the menu on line and really liked it. We are absolutely delighted. The menu was great . The fish was great, the appetizer and salads as well. The ambiance and decor is beautiful, and our waiter was great. I must say that I heard other wait staff and clearly they have great employees working in the restaurant. I would eat there regularly if we lived there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Parker is the best server. Food is excellent.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent service, excellent food, good people watching and very nice ambiance!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The atmosphere and the people were wonderful. We enjoyed the staff and they were very attentive.
The food was delicious. We will definitely be back!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Corn came out cold and undercooked . Menu Is a bit booring . Steak was very good and cooked as requested . Service was prompt and with a smile . Ambiance is excellent . Food and drinks are a bit Pricey for what you get .

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful food. Good ambience.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This was a wonderful dining experience! We both had the seasonal truffle special that was indescribably great.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food here was really good and the service was even better. Since I’m not a wine drinker, I would’ve loved an expansive beer least, but that’s just a personal thing.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We celebrated a birthday with another couple. Our server (Kim) was amazing. Our food
choices were wonderful. Thank you! We will return many times.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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