About Morgan's in the Desert
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.
American, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly 5:30PM - 10:00 PM
Cocktails: Nightly 5:00PM - 11:00PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
For Catering information contact:
www.laquintaresort.com ● www.pgawest.com
Valet or Resort Self Parking
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Throughout the year we offer prix-fixe food festival menus, each highlighting a unique ingredient such as Meyer Lemon, Blue Mussels and Morel Mushrooms.
Join us for our monthly interactive wine and food dinners throughout the Spring of 2013.
Dining at La Quinta Resort and PGA WEST feeds the senses. The aromatic essences of freshly prepared, locally sourced ingredients emanate from richly colorful dishes that are a feast for the eyes. Whatever your taste in dining, La Quinta Resort and PGA WEST serves an unforgettable experience.
Morgan's in the Desert Ratings and Reviews
Top place, great food, atmosphere
Top place, great food, atmosphere
Morgan’s is still the best Restaurant in La Quinta and all of Coachella Valley! They are so lucky to have a wonderful, knowledgeable Sommelier in Lisa. She made the evening wonderful with her wine recommendations. Of course, the chef made it wonderful as usual too!
Mothers Day Dinner
Excellent food and outdoor patio option for fine dining. Short Ribs were incredible. No complaints!
We loved the feel of the restaurant when we entered. It was a cool and cloudy night, so there were very few people on the patio, and the doors were closed. It looked like an outside table would be fantastic (weather permitting). Service was excellent, and the food was very good . . . I had the sea scallops, and my wife had the shrimp dish. We had wine with our dinners, which was very good and fairly priced. The only slight negative is we thought the menu was somewhat limited. But, we would definitely dine at Morgan's again, and try other items on the menu.
Great food, great service.
Great food, great service.
morel mushroom festival
I was truly disappointed when I arrived specifically within the stated time frame of dates for their special Morel Mushroom Festival only to be told that it has ended 5 days earlier. I came home, looked at the dates on the email blast I had received, and I was well within the time frame. I called the restaurant manager and he indicated they had run out of morels. I understand that can happen, but then why not notify the people who have reservations, or send out an eblast they you have run out so those of us who are going specifically for that meal can decide if they still want to come. Very disappointing since this has happened to me previously on a Special dinner festival. Otherwise, we love the restaurant. It's our neighborhood favorite, but something needs to be done about their special dinners. I'm reluctant to book any more of them.
Gave It Another Try
We have been very disappointed in Morgan's over the past two years. The problem is that the hostesses go into panic mode during the Holiday season, as management allows the place to over book. This time we went on a quiet night and had a much better experience. The steaks and lamb chops were very good and our server was excellent. They have a nice, but over-priced wine list.
Excellent as always
Morgan's is an outstanding restaurant. The preparation is unique and FULL of flavors. You will not be disappointed. As Realtors, we have been asked many times where to go for CA cuisine similar to some of the restaurants we find in Napa Valley and the Bay Area. We always recommend Morgan's.
James Beard don't lie. Rather, the chef ...
James Beard don't lie. Rather, the chef takes out the argon oil and waxes that sucker to handlebar fantasticness. One small issue: why the 1970s IBM attire on the female waitstaff? Mandatory neck ties on boxy Brooks Brothers duds? Really?? They, I am sure, like it less than the diners.
Took a friend for his birthday dinner. What and incredible evening! Everything from the food, wine, cocktails and Ron Pass the piano player was just excellent. Highly recommended and certainly worth every penny! Thanks to Roland for being such a great waiter as well!!! Will certainly return!
My wife and I try to visit Morgan's on every trip to the desert. The restaurant never disappoints us. We have been there twice in the last month with friends that live in the area and each left saying can't wait to comeback. It's the old school where you can here the people your with talk.
Everything was excellent as usual, our s ...
Everything was excellent as usual, our server dropped the ball at the end of the meal schmoozing other tables and after 15 minutes we didn't even want desert, even though he offered it complimentary. I will not let this sever wait on us again
Top end restaurant in the desert
A great restaurant out in the desert . The menu and wine list are impressive. Food quality and service very good.
Everything was superb...menu, food, service, ambiance. This is our new favorite restaurant in the desert!
Hadn't been in a couple of years so 4 of ...
Hadn't been in a couple of years so 4 of us went last Thursday night we were able to sit outside and enjoy a beautiful setting our server Scott was outstanding The food was impeccable will definitely not allow a few years to pass before returning
Love this place!!
My husband and I visited Morgan's 3 times while we were staying at the La Quinta. Every night was fabulous! The food is delicious and they have a great wine list. The live music at the bar was lovely! After dinner each night my husband and I had after dinner drinks and dessert outdoors by the fire. The service was impeccable. We LOVED our waiters as they strived to make our evenings perfect! We will be back!!
The food was outstanding.
The food was outstanding.
We had a great dinner on the patio. There was an event going on on the lawn nearby and we could here their music. Lovely outside patio, but cozy and inviting inside. Our server was great and helpful. We enjoyed an after dinner drink by one of the fire pits out front after our meal. Would definitely eat here again.
Cauliflower soup was one of a kind! So d ...
Cauliflower soup was one of a kind! So delicious...could have eaten all night!
Food was slow coming out - took forever. ...
Food was slow coming out - took forever. Won't go back for awhile
Morgan's is a wonderful restaurant; the food is always good. Some of the waiters should ask less attention for themselves then they do, but others are very good. It is definitely a place to return to from time to time.
It's our second time to come here and th ...
It's our second time to come here and this time its for our anniversary. Everything was perfect the way we remember it.... From reception, to the waiter especially, service and food were excellent. It was a busy night for some reason, must be a convention. Everything was just perfect. Thank you so much for a wonderful night.☺️ 5 stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Fabulous! Our friends going away dinner ...
Fabulous! Our friends going away dinner in the desert. Everything was perfect! Thanks Morgan's !
This was our 2nd visit in a year and happened to get the same waiter. What a treat! He was so knowledgable, thoughtful and excellent at service. Thank you for another incredible meal and experience.
Award winning chef...
While this is not always a guarantee of a great meal..in this case it was. My wife and I were staying at the La Quinta resort so Morgan's was convenient for dinner on the day we flew in. We shared a cocktail in the bar before being seated and listened to a bit of live music that was very good. Not so loud that it interrupted our dinner conversation. The wine list was adequate we both had a salad before our entrees. I had the scallop dinner which was delicious...the scallops were cooked perfectly. My wife has some early season halibut and I can also say it was delicious..;). Overall it was a nice way to end a long travel day and I would readily recommend Morgan's for a fine dining option in the Palm Springs area.
The tuna steak was overcook to point it ...
The tuna steak was overcook to point it was not edible and I told the waiter. He took it back it was supposed to be blackened. However, they ignored the blacken on the 2nd tuna steak. They just served it the way they wanted, grilled because they could not figure it out. Also we were asked if we wanted Brussel sprouts. We laughed when they did not come out with the other sides and the waiter stated "we don't have them we ran out". I cancelled my next reservation for Monday night. PS: My wife finished her dinner by the time my tuna arrived. We did not even eat our meals together.
Great desserts! Our party of six enjoyed ...
Great desserts! Our party of six enjoyed the evening
Another great experience
Service is exceptional and the staff are all extremely knowledgeable about the food and wines. The chef is extraordinary. The menu changes often and has always exceeded my expectations. The dining room was a little more loud than usual, as it was Easter Sunday dinner. I will always dine at Morgan's whenever I am in the desert.
Surprisingly delicious and crafted dishe ...
Surprisingly delicious and crafted dishes. Top eating experience.
Very limited menu
We found it odd that the only steak on the menu was a 12 oz New York, it was a bit grizzly, so a disappointment. When we asked the waiter why there was no tenderloin, his response was "our chef is amazing and he makes the call. The cauliflower soup was outstanding, one of the best soups I have ever had!
Everything about Morgan's is terrific
This is our second time dining at Morgan's in 2 weeks. The first time was outstanding. This time they outdid themselves! We had the same waiter both times - and this time he even remembered us! That was unexpected and just more evidence why this restaurant is a "five star" experience. As for the food, Chef Jimmy Schmidt lived up to his reputation. The food was prepared with unique flavors and presentation worthy of note. (We even had the "paprika fries" fried with Wagyu beef oils(?) - whatever they did, it was a truly unique side order - replete with a uniquely flavored paprika ketchup. the pork chop I had was unlike anything we've had before - I can't describe it adequately, but would recommend it to everyone! This was a truly outstanding dinner that is not to be missed by anyone venturing to La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert or Palm Springs, CA.
The hostess was young but very helpful. Inside noise level was way too loud due to the piano singer having his microphone much too high.
Beautiful historic location in La Quinta ...
Beautiful historic location in La Quinta California.
Great For Spcial Evenings Out
We went there for the chefs interpretation of a St Paddy's Day meal. It was a little different than expected but very good. We had salads and the Wygu corned beef brisket. The corned beef, we thought, was a little flat tasting and could have used more seasoning although it was melt in your mouth tender. The kale and pomegranate salad appeared to be more of a baby green and grapefruit salad which was delicious but unless California kale looks different than DE kale was definitely not Kale. My husband and I both had cocktails and I had a glass of wine. The bill was around $190 for dinner for two with no dessert. We're not complaining but we would probably only go back for a very special occasion. The service was excellent and the restaurant itself is beautiful.
Delicious food, beautiful patio, great service. Only complaint is the piano player ruined our night after reprimanding us after barely touching a piano key. Get a sense of humor and don't take yourself so seriously!
Outstanding restaurant, dined many times with you and it's a real treat. This particular night we had to wait almost an hour for dinner, first time I have experienced that. Would highly recommend putting Filet back on the menu. As always a real pleasure to spend time at Morgan's.
Had the braised short rib with Mac and cheese and Brussels sprouts as sides. Every bite of every dish was wonderful. My server, Steve, was attentive but not intrusive and very knowledgable about the wines, the food and how the food was sourced. It's pricey (thus 4 stars instead of 5 for value) but at least you do feel like it was well worth splurging.
Good for a hotel restaurant. When asked ...
Good for a hotel restaurant. When asked for the heater to be turned on, waiter said stuff doesn't work there often including heaters. Service was attentive but kitchen very slow.
Great ambience, Not too noisy
very sophisticated but casual ambience. Well presented food plates with very fresh ingrediants
Bar Room Bantering among Servers
Well The reservation was well receiving a great booth. Soon after being seated and receiving our wine, a bartender came over to our server and made a off the wall comment about her being on parole. Really? Caesar Salad was bland, no anchovy? A key element to Caesar Salad. Pork and lamb dishes were cooked to order and great. Wine list is bland, server went the extra mile after our dinner experience was interrupted by the bar tender.
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