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La Quinta Cliffhouse Bar and Lounge

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78-250 Highway 111, La Quinta, CA 92253 (Washington Street)
+1 760-360-5991
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3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: From the moment you approach the Cliffhouse you are surrounded by the...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 187
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  • 148
    Very good
  • 46
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Last night in the desert...what a way to end our trip! Fantastic

This was our last night of our vacation, with 6 adults and 3 children and no reservation on a Friday night...boy did we pick the right place to go! Free Valet parking, restaurant was very busy, but they were able to find us a table in a very short time. Food and service outstanding...will... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Dave3279
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Windom, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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407 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Windom, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This was our last night of our vacation, with 6 adults and 3 children and no reservation on a Friday night...boy did we pick the right place to go! Free Valet parking, restaurant was very busy, but they were able to find us a table in a very short time. Food and service outstanding...will definitely return to the cliffhouse on... More 

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Long Island, NY
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233 reviews 233 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Biz dinner at Cliffhouse a bit later in the evening during work trip with colleague. We were a twosome and walked in around 8 on a Sunday night. Sat right away, but we were surprised how busy it was! Unique lay out and nice bar area for those that like that kind of stuff. :) Service was VERY GOOD and... More 

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North Vancouver, BC
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233 reviews 233 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Group of had dinner, drinks and lots of conversation. If you want finer dining be sure to make reservations, especially in the prime months. Otherwise first come, first served on the patio and in the bar. We waited 45 minutes and the hostess was accurate in her timeline. Servings were tasty, filling and the cost realistic. Would definitely return. Missed... More 

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Westlock, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Great atmosphere for a large or small group. The table service was very pleasant and accommodating for our large group. The setting up against the mountains is a must see. Ask to sit outside if weather permits.

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Decided to do Sunday (all day) happy hour. Got there about 6:45 pm. Place was packed. We opted for the bar area as they had a few seat available, but not at the bar. Service was immediate and excellent throughout our meal. Service was gracious and on the ball. I really only wanted a Caesar Salad and my husband got... More 

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Syracuse
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Recommended by our hotel concierge as family friendly. They did have a kid's menu which is rare for a more upscale restaurant. The view of the cliff while dining is a neat experience. We did the sunset special and had the flank steak and short ribs and both were very good. Has the mushroom appetizer which was excellent.

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La Quinta, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Live in the area and have been to Happy Hour, special occasions (Birthdays, anniversaries, etc) and its always good. Service is 5 star and ambiance is nice. Sometimes a large group will be loud but that's a rarity.

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Dallas, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We had driven by this restaurant for several years and finally tried it after reading good reviews on Tripadviser. Very busy, but the service was very good. We were seated in a room viewing West and over the Parking Lot. Atmosphere was not special in this room, but as we were leaving we realized there was seating in the back... More 

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had a beautiful dinner here to celebrate our 30th anniversary. It happened to be on a Wednesday, so all wine was half off. A pleasant surprise. We also were early enough for the sunset dinner special, which was an incredible value. My husband ordered the salmon with sugar and spice glaze. He also ordered a wedge salad. The salad... More 

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La Quinta, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Bar scene lively with pretty good bar food. Since Pacifica took over, food and ambience much better. Dining room still a bit old fashioned looking.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 78-250 Highway 111, La Quinta, CA 92253
    (Washington Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  La Quinta
  • Phone Number: +1 760-360-5991

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 31
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
3:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?