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La Quinta Cliffhouse, La Quinta, CA

La Quinta Cliffhouse

4.5
4.5
6197 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Sunset Dinner Special Tue–Sun 3:30 pm–5:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 360-5991

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luis Zamora

  • Private party contact

    Brittany McCoy: (760) 360-5991

  • Neighborhood

    La Quinta

  • Cross street

    Washington Street

  • Parking details

    Self Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,197 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Most Booked

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

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  1. RV

    RVRV

    Hawaii

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Past it’s prime. Overpriced, mediocre quality of food, spotty, nonchalant service, large dining room with too many tables. Bar area is nice. Disappointing though, too many other good choices in LQ.
  2. MA

    MAnn

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We did the Sunset Dinner, two courses for $25. The leafy green salad with blue cheese was delicious and generous. The short rib entree melted in my mouth. My husband enjoyed the salmon. All four of us raved about the meal.
  3. S

    Seafoodjunkee

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good meal overall. Had the Rib-eye steak, which was pretty good. Visiting from Texas, however, the flavor wasn’t fantastic for the price point. Instead of a grilling rub or sear with seasoned butter, the steaks that I had at Cliffhouse and other La Quinta area restaurants, were covered in sauces. That’s okay, but the underlying meat seemed a but bland.
  4. MS

    MckenzieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous evening! Great food, excellent service and wonderful ambiance.
  5. A

    Anna

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food really wowed us here. I ordered the cioppino and it was delicious with lots of seafood. Our drinks were also strong and tasty. If you don't ask to be seated outside in the "cliff" when you make reservations then you'll be in the main dining room without the cliff. But the views out the dining room windows were still pretty.
  6. JB

    JosephB

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    To start, we really like this restaurant and come here every time we’re in the area. We arrived early and the manager told us to wait in the bar. Ordered drinks which were poured in front of us. Ordered another drink and another bartender went to the other end of the bar and the drink tasted funny. I asked if it was the vodka I requested and she said it was but finally got me a new one. By this time we were 15 minutes past our reservation time and no one had approached us about our table. We were actually going to leave and go to another restaurant but as we were leaving we were told that our table had been ready. (BTW there were lots of empty tables when we first arrived). Anyway we were finally seated and ordered. My wife ordered the $58.00 NY steak medium well. When the food arrived it was rare, at best medium rare. Plus the steak was fatty with gristle. I have always talked about how great the steaks were here but this proved me wrong. I do want to say that our server, Denise was excellent and she arranged to get my wife’s steak off the bill, and gave us a free dessert, but this was a special occasion that went bad. Wished we had left and went somewhere else as LG was right down the road.
  7. u

    unfashionable

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was well prepared…..good not great….beautiful waterfall entrance….excellent cocktails…overall good experience.
  8. G

    Glory

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Hubby’s Birthday. When first seated we had a wait before anyone came to our table. Finally the manager came by and asked if anyone had taken a drink order from us. We said no. She immediately turned in the drink order. About 5 minutes later a server named Taylor came to our table to take our food order. She was friendly and accurate. However it seemed no one there was savvy to us celebrating a birthday. This was strange as I had stated the reason we were dining was for my hubby’s birthday and even provided his name. After I told Taylor, she was quite attentive to it. Once order taken, we had our food in 10 minutes. All food was really good. Comfort Manhattan drink was great. Black Russian was not smooth. Strong!! When ready to leave, the manager hunted me down to apologize for our wait when we first came in. She comp’d the drinks which was extremely nice of her. We will return here again due to the care shown regarding customer service/satisfaction.
  9. T

    Tony

    Palm Springs

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We always enjoy the Cliffhouse! The service was excellent and the food was good!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great first experience! Amazing waiter and amazing food!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time to the cliff house, the restaurant was very nice, wait staff were prompt and very helpful. Food was terrific, my husband had the steak and the flavours were fabulous. I had a dish with fish, sea food and rice in an exquisite sauce (can’t remember the name) it was amazing!! A wonderful experience for our 15 year anniversary dinner.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location was beautiful, the staff was nice. The food was delicious and the overall experience was amazing.
  13. WP

    WendyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a beautiful restaurant. We are from Canada and we celebrated a birthday there. My guests we extremely happy
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here for our 10 yr wedding anniversary. The food was ammmmmmmazing. Our server was awesome, the atmosphere is romantic and we will 10000% come back.
  15. r

    rogerf

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Our Anniversary, asked for a table by the waterfall. Didn’t get any special table nor one mention of Happy Anniversary. Waitress was so slow!
  16. C

    Ceil

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    A lot to be desired with the food. Nothing spectacular and quite expensive. The interior is pretty cramped and does not have great ambience. Our waiter was very good however.
  17. MM

    MaryM

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the Cliffhouse. Have been going there for many years and it never disappoints. Food, service and atmosphere are fantastic! How can you beat a restaurant carved into a rock mountain. A must when you are in the Palm Desert area.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary, fabulous Cioppino and delicious short ribs!
  19. TA

    TARAB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best service from Leilani! Food was fantastic and the drinks were great! We will always go back!
  20. O

    theOracle

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely ambiance, a wonderful menu. Some items can be ordered in half-portions.
  21. KH

    KenH

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Seated right away when we arrived for our reservation. Julian was our server and he did an outstanding job. Sea bass was very good. Great place for a special occasion.
  22. MM

    MichelleM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    We were hoping for a better seat. We let them know it was our 40th. Got put into a back room.
  23. E

    Elay

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Was disappointed with the busing service at the table. It was clear that our table was needed. We were still chewing when the bussing staff asked if they could take our plates!
  24. JD

    JeanneD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cliff House has always and will continue to be our favorite place to dine out and take friends. Thank you to Denise for making our anniversary special. Everything was great!
  25. DP

    DarylP

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was a little too salty. But it could have been a bad night. We have been eating there for years so we will try again
  26. DM

    DaniM

    Palm Springs

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    It was a birthday, the server took a while to get to us. We weren’t given a wine list and the air conditioner was blowing full force at us. The steak was ordered medium and given medium rare. They seemed a bit flustered that night and we’ve given it 3 tries but the steak is just not up to par with other restaurants.
  27. JM

    JMW22

    Denver

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The Cliffhouse is gorgeous. Fabulous setting and good views. We were seated promptly and the hostess was lovely. But it took 10-15 mins before our server greeted us. Drinks took a while and were just ok. Nothing special on the cocktail menu. The entrees were beautiful and clearly high quality in preparation, plating and flavor. We were dining with our toddler and were never offered a Childrens menu. We ordered her buttered noodles which came with garlic so unfortunately she would not eat them. Overall the food was very good but service was spotty
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We always celebrate birthdays or anniversaries there it’s so nice. The wait staff was excellent However it seems the food not so much. My ribs were fatty and my husband said his salmon was not cooked.
  29. JA

    JohnA

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Beautiful setting. However, note patio area does not cool off even after sun down. Food was amazing. I had their signature Sea Bass Curry and it was everything you wanted. Fresh, juicy and flavorful piece of fish. On top of silky, curry flavored rice. That coconut curry is the star. I had their “Cliffhanger” drink, their frozen Mai Tai version. it was a little strong but still full of flavor. The wife had the signature Cippinno and it had muscles, shrimp, salmon, clams, and a half lobster. It was in a delicious broth and finished with a hint of spice. Again the patio was beautiful, but stayed hot after sun down. Choose indoors if you want to stay cool. Music on the patio was odd, and did not enhance the atmosphere (rapp music and top 40 was out of place). Suggest an instrumental play list, at a lower volume. Minor critics that can be easily fixed. Good to great service as we were constantly checked on, until waiting for our credit card.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service but it’s pricey as a fine dining experience
  31. O

    Oldgoat

    Naples

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go to the Cliffhouse every time we visit Palm Desert. Sometimes the Bar Patio, sometimes the main dining area. This time the main dining room, but we got there in time for the early bird 2 course (before 5:00). Smaller, perfect, portion and same excellent food and service. The Miso Clam Chowder is unique and excellent. Almost had that for dessert, but opted for the home made ice cream sandwich.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service. Sunset dinner special was great.
  33. JJ

    JimmyJ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food, attentive staff. Would like to see a few additional steak choices on the menu. As a late lunch/early dinner option I would recommend $25 happy hour meal specials from 330pm-5pm.
  34. J

    Jeannie

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last week we had such a wonderful dinner for my birthday we went back again for our anniversary. Our waiter, Joey, was awesome and very helpful so I got exactly what I wanted...the prawn cocktail and the tempura shrimp. Each one just delicious and different!!! My husband ordered the flat iron steak for 2nd time and again ate every bite and used the delicious sour dough bread to mop up every late bite!!! We plan to be back again next year!! It's a wonderful location with great views and a super bar and outside area. We love it!!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The service was great. The food was average.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. Pre di n ner cocktails and bar service were exceptional. The meal ( sea bass) was incredible. Service & ambiance top.notch
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Service was outstanding!
  38. PK

    PoloKat

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So nice & pleasant being able to sit outside enjoying cocktails & food, attentive service by all the staff. Starters: Fried Burrata, Fried Zucchini Salad: Cliffhouse Caesar Entrees: Airline Chicken Breast & Cioppino. Will definitely be back.
  39. CC

    CharlesC

    Northampton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Or server was amazing. Yea he hostess was a lil rude and really had no customer service.
  40. K

    Klilly

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Denise, was incredible! One of the best we’ve ever encountered and definitely contributed a great deal to our overall experience. I always get the Chilean sea bass because it’s simply awesome here, but everyone was pleased with their meal as well. Great evening and thank you!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

La Quinta Cliffhouse is rated 4.5 stars by 6197 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today
Google Map for La Quinta Cliffhouse

78-250 Highway 111, La Quinta, CA 92253

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Washington Street

  • Neighborhood

    La Quinta

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Sunset Dinner Special Tue–Sun 3:30 pm–5:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Self Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luis Zamora

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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