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Morgan's in the Desert

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49499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253-2722
760-564-7600
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6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Tue 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Sun 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Reservations
Description: Morgan’s in the desert, by James Beard Award winning Chef Jimmy Schmidt...
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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  • 132
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  • 53
    Very good
  • 19
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  • 8
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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AMAZING food, we had the heirloom tomato sampling menu and the ahi tuna, all the dishes were first class. Our 2 year old polished off a plate of 5 cheese noodles and broccolini and the server brought him a scoop of ice cream for dessert. The kid was in heaven and my wife and I loved our meals

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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La Jolla, California
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64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

AMAZING food, we had the heirloom tomato sampling menu and the ahi tuna, all the dishes were first class. Our 2 year old polished off a plate of 5 cheese noodles and broccolini and the server brought him a scoop of ice cream for dessert. The kid was in heaven and my wife and I loved our meals

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

From Start to Finish - probably one of the best meals we have ever had. Hats off and well done to the entire staff.

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Reston, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I go to this area at least every year for a week and spend every night in this place with a large group from work. The staff are attentive and nothing you want is too much trouble. They have a tremendous range of high end drinks and the atmosphere is very comfortable. The pianist provides entertainment a few times a... More 

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Merced, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I had the prime rib end cut & my wife had the salmon both were remarkable. We were told that the chef was the only person to win 2 golden awards

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Santa Clarita, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Make sure you make reservations early, they book up fast. We had a reservation for 9:00 PM and still had a short wait. That was fine since we found a little table in the lounge and were served drinks while we waited. The was a pianist playing songs low enough to be able to talk over, so it was very... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

As it is not peak season in the desert, we were able to make last minute reservations for four. Our waiters provided excellent, friendly and knowledgeable advice. The food was truly excellent, from the delicious homemade appetizer rolls to the perfect creme brûlée served for dessert. There was a "verbal" children's menu for our 9 year old, who was treated... More 

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Encino
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Morgan's restaurant is located in the La Quinta Resort and is a very high end specialty restaurant. I would call it more a "special occasion" restaurant as it is not inexpensive. There are so many great restaurant in the valley, but my wife and I found this one to be somewhat unique. The ambiance was splendid and the service was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

The food we ordered was delicious especially the crusted steak. The desserts were fabulous and the service was great. I would defiantly go back.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

Nice location, good food, enthusiastic service. One glaring deficiency is a restaurant of this "caliber" should require some level of decorum from guests. In particular, Saturday night dinner should not allow families to stroll in from the pool in dirty tshirts and swimwear. Part of a restaurant experience is the ambience, and this was unfortunately lacking. Otherwise could have given... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Morgan's has a sophistocated California feel. The dining room is lovely, the service professional and the food wonderful! The menu is farm fresh and varies with the seasons to present the freshist of ingredients. The steaks and seafood are excellent. The bread basket has a variety to choose from and very fresh. Be sure to splurge on the popcorn icecream...fabulous!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 49499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253-2722
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  La Quinta
  • Phone Number: 760-564-7600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50

Restaurant Characteristics

  • 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.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?