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“Awesome View, Great food & Service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cliffhouse

Cliffhouse
78-250 Highway 111, La Quinta, CA 92253
760-360-5991
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Ranked #2 of 102 Restaurants in La Quinta
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.
San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Awesome View, Great food & Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Just thouroughly enjoyed our food, the view at sunset was amazing, and our waiter Eric was AWESOME!!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 69 cities Reviews in 69 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Elegant food and worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Took a chance an were welcomed to a great place to eat. Big helpings so beware but size doesn't mean poor quality. Crispy Calamari with a Vietnamese dip were really good and a flavour that was really different. A succulent piece of salmon was washed down with a half price bottle of Kim Crawford, check what night the offer is on as it is a real bargain.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Indio, California
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“Welcome back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012 via mobile

We have been going to this great property for years. New owners bought the business , never thought they could, or , would be as good.
Surprise, not only is the food great, but they remodeled the interior, done tastefully.
Go early for happy hour

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Murrieta, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Not the great restaurant it used to be”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

After 10 years of eating fine meals at this great restaurant our dinner last night was disappointing and definitely not worth the $100 plus we paid. After a change in ownership the baked artichoke we used to love was tough and just ok. They no longer have prime rib or the macadamia nit crusted fish we loved or the hula pie. The portions were skimpy and didn't have the gourmet pizazz. The wine at $35 a bottle was dusk so so. We won't eat here again when we visit the desert.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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greeneyes67
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66 reviews 66 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Too bad the food doesn't match the views...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Went here w/ my husband for our anniversary. The views are great and our server was VERY nice. BUT, the food... Oy!
We started with the baked artichoke & duck confit crepes. The two small crepes were paired w/ a "sauce" that looked & tasted suspiciously like Heinz turkey gravy. The artichoke was stuffed with croutons, yes croutons, and what seemed like cream of mushroom soup.
The Seared Ahi was a good quality fish, but the vegetables served w/ it had an odd taste... The wedge salad was your standard wedge w/ blue cheese, tomato, etc. The iceberg was crisp & the blue cheese good. The best thing about the meal other than the view? The fries! Hot, crispy and according to our server, house-made.
I suggest a seat at the bar with a glass of wine and those fries while you enjoy the view...

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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