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“Unique Building, Setting: Memorable Evening”

La Quinta Cliffhouse Grill and Bar
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Ranked #2 of 119 Restaurants in La Quinta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $31
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Colorado
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357 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Unique Building, Setting: Memorable Evening”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

The location of this restaurant is half the draw. And the entrance to the restaurant fills the bill for inspiring an, "Isn't this cool" comment before going in. The food is excellent as well. Since it's a bit pricey, a popular alternative is happy hour, with food at a steep discount and a wall of windows that looks out on the desert sunset. Four of us dined in the restaurant in mid-September, and all the meals were excellent. We started with a baked artichoke appetizer that wasn't the best, but one of our party said it usually is... so just an off night on that one, perhaps. Our meals ranged from ribs to pasta to sea bass, and all were gorgeous, delicious and generous. The wait staff was friendly and helpful but not overbearing. Consider it a special event place--or a great happy hour find.

  • Visited September 2012
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Hilo, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Elegant and delicious”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Wanting something more upscale, we tried the Cliffhouse with lovely results. Though we had reservations, we waited in the bar for about 25 minutes. Happy Hour had just ended and looks like it is a very popular scene for drinks and appetizers. We were seated inside the dining room with the large fireplace and were very happy with our table. There seemed to be a slight problem with who was serving our table, but once the food came it was quite good. We had the lobster and prime rib, which were both wonderful. There is a wide variety of seating options, indoor, outdoor, patio, bar...pick what suits your mood. Easy to find and the valet parking is a must.

  • Visited May 2012
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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Awesome View, Great food & Service”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

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

  • Visited September 2012
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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311 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Elegant food and worth a visit”
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
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Indio, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Welcome back”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

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

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