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78-250 Highway 111, La Quinta, CA 92253
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Ranked #2 of 98 Restaurants in La Quinta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $31
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Washington Street
Description: From the moment you approach the 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 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 historic ranch house ambiance complete with a massive fireplace, expansive windows and rustic beamed ceilings creates a warm welcoming environment from which to gaze at the magnificent mountains, share a meal and conversation and stay awhile. 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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78% Recommend
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English first
Calgary, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

One of the nicest restaurant in La Quinta, Ca. We went for dinner with three children age 4-12 it was great for us as well as the children. Their menu was not you usual meal they offer kids, a nice chicken breast, gourmet Mac Cheese. We had there short ribs and it did not disappoint. The staff are efficient and... More

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Los Angeles, California
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95 reviews 95 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Rated #2 in the area by tripadvisor was good enough for me and my friends to give it a try. We all agreed the location, the service, the choices and most importantly the food was #1. Pricey to be sure, but you get what you pay for and the Cliffhouse is worth ever penny. My green salad with nuts and... More

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Palm Desert, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

For our one year anniversary my girlfriend wanted me to choose a restaurant, so I picked Cliffhouse. As a local it has been one of my favorites for the occasional special places to eat since it opened. The place was relatively busy for a summer night, we had reservations and were seated quickly. We were seated at a table looking... More

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Oshkosh, WI
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

4-6:30 Saturday.... happy hr with specials on drinks and early dinner. Had the beef short ribs. Like beef pot roast with beets, carrots & mashed potatoes. Beef was soooo tender. Carrots a little hard for me but a great portion of meat. Be sure to ask for the bread basket if they don't bring it. Superb attentive staff. 3 people... More

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Palm Desert, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Cliffhouse has one of the most popular bars and happy hours in the desert. Arrive early and be prepared to wait for bar seating even on weekdays. Well worth the wait. The bar is a happening spot and the bartenders unrivaled. The drinks are excellent and the food is great quality at a moderate price. It can be an... More

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Palm Desert, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

We live just down the street. We always go in and sit at the bar or outside when we have company in town. The bar menu has a lot to offer from salmon to steak. The stuffed artichoke is the bomb! Great drinks and specials. It is a bit noisy when it is busy, mostly the happy hour times. The... More

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La Quinta, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

I live about 5 minutes from the Cliffhouse and frequent this restaurant when entertaining guests from out of town. The atmosphere is very nice and they have a lovely patio, which serves a wonderful happy hour menu. The restaurant serves above average fair and although I've had both questionable food and service at times they usually don't disappoint. Definitely worth... More

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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135 reviews 135 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I have been here twice on business. It is an excellent place to bring your business associates. Great atmosphere and high end food. They have expanded their seafood menu and it is excellent. Good wine selection also.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Cliff house is as it says an excellent place to look over the valley to the mountains either side of the valley and view a sunset sipping some very well made cocktails or a beer from their good selection. The starters make excellent tapas style to share snacks or their bar meals are tasty, especially their cactus penne or their... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Made last minute reservations for 5 colleagues and we were treated as regulars. The hostess was very professional and efficient in immediately seating us at a nice center table. The server, Rebecca, was very knowledgeable and had an excellent personality. The restaurant had a "sunrise special," that was very reasonably priced. We started with the calamari appetizer that fed 5... More

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