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Morgan's in the Desert

49499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253-2722
760-564-7600
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Ranked #1 of 99 restaurants in La Quinta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
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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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Rockville
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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202 reviews 202 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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549 reviews 549 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
372 helpful votes 372 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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Essenbach
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 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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Calgary
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114 reviews 114 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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Cincinnati
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85 reviews 85 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Had a relatively nice experience at Morgans in the Desert. Service was impeccable from the start. Hosts were lovely and our server team made sure everything was perfect. Ambiance was lovely. Very traditional California rustic. Tables were spaced appropriately and no one was overly noisy. The food was a bit hit and miss. Steak was well-cooked but a bit heavy... More

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