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Morgan's in the Desert

49499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253-2722
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Ranked #1 of 98 Restaurants in La Quinta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Mon - Tue 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Sun 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Morgan’s in the desert, by James Beard Award winning Chef Jimmy Schmidt, 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 or cocktail experience.
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English first
La Quinta, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Had a wonderful dining experience at Morgan's of the Desert tonight. The entire experience was everything that a fine dining restaurant should provide, but rarely does. Atmosphere is wonderful and romantic, the food is divine, and the service perfection! Add to the the wonderful surrounding of the La Quinta Resort and you have the makings for a glorious evening. Bon... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I have been to the Desert 6 or 7 times for week long trips with my wife and friends. We go out each night. Have never been to Morgan's before and I am not sure why. It is easily one of the best five restaurants in the entire area.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great wine list. Went for the artichoke apps and wine, but were told that the apps were out of season. Really bummed! Great service!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I came in to enjoy an anniversary dinner. The restaurant was beautiful. Our server was really friendly. We ordered drinks, and I was still in awe of the ambience as it was very vintage 1920's. Then I noticed a moth on the wall behind my husbands head. No big deal, but as it got my attention I... More

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Miami Beach, Florida
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212 reviews 212 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Good solid food offerings served in a romantic setting. Typical California cuisine offerings prepared well. Service is attentive and professional, drinks are mixed well.

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Toronto, Canada
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644 reviews 644 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
430 helpful votes 430 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Morgan's in the Desert is the signature restaurant of the historic La Quinta Resort. The dining room is gorgeous - understated elegance with many private nooks and crannies where one can enjoy a relaxing dinner. The menu is not extensive but has just enough choices to satisfy most tastes with a heavy emphasis on fish & seafood and meat (there... More

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Vail, Colorado
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133 reviews 133 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Our annual visit to Morgan's was as great as ever. The food was amazing with subtle blends of herbs and spices to create innovative dishes. Our surprise was a fresh mixture of mushrooms that were prepared with an unusually earthy wine that just set them off perfectly. The carpaccio as a starter was not the usual with just some oil... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Following the tripadvisor results we booked a dinner table at Morgan's expecting a first class evening. We had a nice table inside the restaurant, Our starters (salads) were very good. The main course (steak) was unfortunately far away from being satisfactory. Both steaks were pretty black outside. The excuse (chargrilled) was not acceptable. The vegetable (green asparagus) was pretty much... More

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121 reviews 121 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Revisited this restaurant and enjoyed our meal and service. Discovered a new wine--and that is a good thing! Glad we returned.

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Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Service was very attentive without being instrusive. Dishes ordered were absoutely delicious, especially the scallop entrees. There were a few service missteps, like incorrect appetizers and not receiving the tuna seasoned as ordered, but those were the only complaints, and they were quickly corrected. Brought in a bottle of wine from our own cellar to celebrate an occasion and was... More

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