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Ranked #48 of 286 Restaurants in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $80
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Cook Street
Transit: Country Club Drive
Reviewed April 24, 2012

Sometitmes, it helps in writing a review to have not frequented a place for awhile, as the absence makes changes more evident. Such was the case yesterday at Morton's, in Palm Desert, California.

We've been wintering in the desert for fifteen years, or more, and have been to Morton's on every visit. On this trip, we had cocktails at the bar, which, thankfully, finally stocks a good rye whiskey (ri)1. The bar men, Wally, David and Mike are welcoming and, at happy hour, the place is a lot of fun. Oysters on the half shell (Blue Points) at the bar were excellent, cold, nice size and fresh. Our dining experience, however, was where the impact of a change of ownership really showed.

Salads (Morton's and Ceasar) were cold and crisp, but no longer exceptional. The veal chop (done medium) was good, though not hot when served. My New York Strip was ordered medium rare, and it was served tepid and medium well. Billed as a 17-ounce steak on the menu, the portion simply was not what Morton's used to serve...a full 18-ounce sizzler AFTER it came out of the oven. The spour cream mashed potatoes were good, and hot. The prices were what you would expect, but $57 for a steak of that quality simply wasn't appropriate.

So, the formula for the new owners was not difficult to grasp. Charge more, deliver less quality and hope to live off of the old Morton's reputation for as long as possible. We'll be back, but only for happy hour.

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Thank Charlie R
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

The bill was $280 for 2 (we had a decent bottle of wine), but shared a big steak between us. I have eaten at Morton's on numerous occasions, but this felt like an assembly line and they certainly seemed anxious to turn the table as quickly as possible. My caesar salad tasted like it had been pre-made and just taken out of the fridge. The steak was good, as were the sides, but for that money I expect to dine, not feel like I am eating in a deluxe cafeteria.

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Reviewed April 4, 2012

I love ALL Mortons, but this one is great. It is always packed, which I like because that says how great it is. They remember you by name and make you feel welcome. The new bar is beautiful and I almost didn't want to sit at a table last time I was there because the bar is so fun. Highly recommend.

Thank maggieboo12345
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

Warm personal welcome, already by the valet Julien. The hostess from Sri Lanka was most pleasant.I am glad they do not do the food presentation anymore. Crab cakes excellent, chunky moist crab meat well presented. New York Strip perfectly done as ordered. Nice selection of wine by the class with interesting samples like the Duckhorn "Paraduxx". Great service by Cindy and the waiters. a Greta evening.

Thank Jean Pierre F
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

My husband and I visited Mortons as a special night out during a Palm Springs vacation. From start to finish, our experience was nothing less than perfect. When seating us in a comfortable bench-style booth, the hostess pulled the table away fron the bench, allowing us to seat ourselves without "scrunching in". As my husband suffers from arthritis this seamingly, small gesture, had large ramifications and was most appreciated.
As a steak house, Morton's food is not particularly innovative. That being said, our entree's were perfectly prepared - California fresh and of the highest quality. We shared a meal which included: shrimp cocktail made with 4 collosal-sized, very fresh, shrimp, This was followed by a chopped salad - lots of ingredients in a light vinagrette - delicious. Our main entree was a New York strip steak, cooked to perfection as ordered (medium rare). We choose to accompany our meal with grilled asparagus, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, lyonaise potatoes - (A tasty mixture of fried potatoes and onion), and button mushrooms - firm and of uniform size. Everything had been split in the kitchen and evenly divided between two plates. There was no "split plate" charge.
Service at Mortons was impeccable. Our server, Sabrina, suggested some of the tasty offerings and made sure that our wine and water glasses were never empty. A host and assistant manager touched base with us throughout the meal, welcoming us to Mortons and making sure that all was to our liking.
Mortons is expensive - no doubt about that - our bill came to about $200., which included a good bottle of wine and a dessert of fresh berries and cream. That being said, there was plenty of food, even though the main entree and sides were shared. We had enough leftover to take home with us for a light meal tonight.

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Thank Jane H
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