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78-250 Highway 111, La Quinta, CA 92253
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Ranked #2 of 99 restaurants in La Quinta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $31
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
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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Bonita Springs, Florida
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132 reviews 132 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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North Richland Hills, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We came here tonight after we discovered that the restaurant we planned to go to was closed for the summer. What a great dinner! They have changed their menu and it was great. We highly recommend the Salmon salad and fish tacos! The service was great! Laurie was excellent!

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So Cal
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64 reviews 64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a very good, upscale restaurant in the La Quinta area. The valet service is complimentary, so parking won't be a problem. The place is built right into a rocky hillside. You walk up to the restaurant level, or you can ride a elevator for the short trip up. We had really good food, from steaks, to seafood, appetizers... More

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dallas, texas
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99 reviews 99 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We went to Cliffhouse after someone told us about it an recommended the HH. It is built on the side of a cliff and it is really pretty. Parking is limited so I recommend Valet. They do have a elevator if you can't walk the stairs but if you can walk the stairs do it. The scenery withe the water... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Noisy, Pricy, and we had the extra added attraction of having the valet scrape the passenger side door of our rental car. not pretty. not really worth the hassle.

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San Francisco, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We went with a group during a recent conference. As we walked in the staff was expecting us with wine and cocktails. A number of us ordered the short ribs, they were boneless and you could cut them with a fork. They were very tender. Perhaps the best short ribs I have ever had. The restaurant in on a cliff... More

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Chicago IL
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We came to enjoy the view at the Cliffhouse, but the food and service was even more amazing than the California sunset. I was very impressed with the use of tablets at the table that included all the wine the restaurant had, including descriptions and reviews. Very nice touch! My husband and I shared the pork and just loved the... More

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Los Angeles
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92 reviews 92 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We had an amazing experience at this restaurant from the moment that we arrived and they offer free valet; employees are so polite and then going up to the restaurant with that fantastic décor I was expecting a good meal but it was actually one of the best dinners we ever had. We were lucky enough to be there for... More

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