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Morgan's in the Desert

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49499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253-2722
+1 760-564-7600
18:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Tue 18:00 - 22:00
Wed - Sun 18:00 - 23:00
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La Quinta, California
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254 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My sister and her husband were in town and wanted to go to a fine restaurant with me and my wife. We chose Morgan's as we had heard good things about the restaurant and loved the La Quinta Resort grounds (since 1927). Because it was a tad cool in the 50s that night, we opted for inside. The restaurant is... More 

Thank Chris R
Redwood City, California
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went for dinner with another couple. Lovely atmosphere and great server but menu was fairly unimaginative and fish entree was below average (overcooked and served at a low temperature).

Thank sftraveler20172017
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful restaurant with great ambience, impeccable attentive service and delicious food. Our server, Anthony, was amazing and dedicated to making sure we had a special evening. I ordered lamb chops, which were fabulous, cooked to perfection, parmesan fries and the zepole dessert. Probably one of the best most creative desserts I've had. The piano music playing all evening set the... More 

2 Thank Rosalie H
La Quinta, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I admittedly am biased because we live nearby in Santa Rosa Cove...a five minute walk away. Wonderful mix of food, atmosphere and a great piano bar!

1 Thank CraigMarrs1952
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We couldn't get in for Valentines Day so we made a preemptive assault. A nice surprise. We also heard it had new management. Well, what ever. It certainly worked. Not an extensive menu but one of most things people look for. My wife had the salmon and I selected the short rib offering. Both came with a little garden and... More 

1 Thank 350marvin
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located within the La Quinta Hotel and Resort, the ambiance and atmosphere are like eye candy. The menu is fairly sophisticated and diverse, featuring a lot of fish items, as well as meat offerings for the carnivores. Nice selection of appetizers and side dishes. However, being within a resort setting, the prices are a little above comparable area venues.

Thank Steve A
La Quinta CA
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Morgan's used to be our favorite restaurant in the area, however, Jimmy Schmidt has left and the hotel has taken over the restaurant. Our first meal under the hotel control was very innovative and cooked perfectly. We hope the restaurant will not turn into "hotel food" in the future.

1 Thank KFGolferGal
Houston, Texas
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great experience. They had piano/singing entertainment in the bar area. The restaurant is lovely, the service was impeccable, and the food was wonderful. This was truly a great experience.

1 Thank Julie c
Cincinnati, Ohio
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

staying at the resort and had a business dinner at the restaurant. Overall, not impressive at all - very generic food offerings at high prices and, though service was good, food was very lacking. How do u serve oysters and bring the sauce when the oysters are long eaten, have "rare" meat order that is not pink at all, and... More 

Thank Charles S
Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got in late to the La Quinta Resort and we were hungry! My sister and I split a 16 ounce New York steak and it was one of the best. You can order all different sides so we picked the ones each of us liked the best. Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Bacon was a hit. Nice bottle of Malbec... More 

Thank Paula H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253-2722
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  La Quinta
  • Phone Number: +1 760-564-7600
Morgan’s in the desert, by James Beard Award winning Chef Jimmy Schmidt, welcomes guests for dinner with Contemporary American Cuisine, boutique new world wines, crafted vintage cocktails, and live entertainment. Join us at the piano bar, in the hacienda dining room or on the fire-lit courtyard. Join us for a relaxed yet refined dining or cocktail experience.

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