Morgan's In The Desert
Photography courtesy La Quinta Resort & Club
Morgan’s is older than La Quinta Resort & Club itself — if you go by its name, that is.
The elegant finedining establishment was the property’s first, opening in the late 1920s when the resort was still La Quinta Hotel. That was around the time Bay Area businessman Walter H. Morgan bought the land from the Cahuilla Indians and created a desert retreat for his Hollywood friends. In those days, a rustic communal table sat amid luxury casitas, attracting the likes of Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and company.
Morgan’s remains on the A-list for modernday celebrities, but the guest list extends far beyond the jet and Hollywood sets. Many are drawn to the restaurant’s historic charm coupled with cutting-edge cuisine and mixology. You’ll still find comforts from the past, like the fireplace, piano music, and cowboy mural that’s been here since 1926, while the epicurean experience has evolved to include seasonal ingredients, with special attention paid to local flavors.
The menu is ever diversifying, but with offerings deeply rooted in California cuisine, you can always enjoy fresh market salads, savory small plates, prime steaks, and chargrilled seafood, plus an extensive list of wine varietals to perfectly complement every meal.
Outside, a walkway trellised by hot-pink bougainvillea plumes spills into the homey yet upscale dining salon and lounge, with live entertainment many nights. The front patio is ideal for watching the sun give way to a smoldering sky, while the outdoor firepit is as cozy in the night as the Cinnamon-Smoked Old Fashioned — one of many signature cocktails at Morgan’s.