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“Always Enjoy this Fine Restaurant”

Morgan's in the Desert
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Ranked #6 of 119 Restaurants in La Quinta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Drinks, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: 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.
Vail, Colorado
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202 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Always Enjoy this Fine Restaurant”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Our annual visit to Morgan's was as great as ever. The food was amazing with subtle blends of herbs and spices to create innovative dishes. Our surprise was a fresh mixture of mushrooms that were prepared with an unusually earthy wine that just set them off perfectly. The carpaccio as a starter was not the usual with just some oil and a few cheese shavings, but a lovely blend of salad and veg with wonderful flavor. Superb service from Mark and Michael and all the staff very friendly. I still feel their desserts are a nice variety but weak. The two ice cream specialties are tasty but a bit too much.

  • Visited May 2014
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Essenbach
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“For us not number one in the area”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Following the tripadvisor results we booked a dinner table at Morgan's expecting a first class evening.
We had a nice table inside the restaurant,
Our starters (salads) were very good.
The main course (steak) was unfortunately far away from being satisfactory. Both steaks were pretty black outside. The excuse (chargrilled) was not acceptable. The vegetable (green asparagus) was pretty much the same, it was really burned.
The dessert was average and could not compensate the negative points we have as regards the main course.

  • Visited May 2014
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Calgary
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178 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Enjoyed our visit”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Revisited this restaurant and enjoyed our meal and service. Discovered a new wine--and that is a good thing! Glad we returned.

  • Visited May 2014
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Cincinnati
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228 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Classic atmosphere, Delicious Food”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Service was very attentive without being instrusive. Dishes ordered were absoutely delicious, especially the scallop entrees. There were a few service missteps, like incorrect appetizers and not receiving the tuna seasoned as ordered, but those were the only complaints, and they were quickly corrected. Brought in a bottle of wine from our own cellar to celebrate an occasion and was charged a $30 corkage fee, pretty standard.

  • Visited May 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great Service and Ambiance, Food Could Have Been Better ”
Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

Had a relatively nice experience at Morgans in the Desert. Service was impeccable from the start. Hosts were lovely and our server team made sure everything was perfect. Ambiance was lovely. Very traditional California rustic. Tables were spaced appropriately and no one was overly noisy. The food was a bit hit and miss. Steak was well-cooked but a bit heavy on the accompanying sauce which overpowered the steak. Short ribs were fork tender (excellent) by a tad but under-seasoned.

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