we locally source the most incredible ingredients
to create an experience you can enjoy every day.

About Us

Morgan’s in the desert is La Quinta’s signature dining venue showcasing contemporary American cuisine inspired by the bounty of the Coachella Valley. The restaurant’s local focus includes sourcing the top of the region’s products, crafted with traditional cooking methods to offer deliciously simple and healthful dishes. Join us at the piano bar, in the dining room or on the fire-lit courtyard. Gather round.



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Upcoming Events

Peak Harvest Festival: Watermelon August 1-31, 2019

“When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat.” -Mark Twain
There’s no clearer harbinger of summer than biting into the first juicy piece of watermelon. A staple of summer barbecues and festivals, watermelons come from a vine-like plant that originated from West Africa and are part of the Cucurbitaceae plant family. Different varieties include the cucamelon, which is the size of a grape and tastes like a cucumber with a slight tinge of sour, and the seedless variety, which is actually a hybrid varietal and is responsible for 85% of watermelon sales. It is said the cucamelon was a domesticated crop even before Western colonization of the Americas. Watermelons also now come in different shapes – farmers in Japan grow cubic watermelon, which makes them easier to stack and fits perfectly into the refrigerator. Watermelon, as its name might suggest, is 92% water with no fat and 45 calories per cup, and is also known to relieve muscle tension. They must be grown in temperatures higher than 77˚F, which makes the Southern California desert the ideal location for watermelon growth, and of course, consumption. Please join Chef Camiel Henning for specially crafted fare dedicated to this sweet, summer harvest.


Sugar Baby Watermelon & Scallop

Red and Yellow Watermelon, Mint-Fresco Pepper Gel, Cucamelon, Sauternes Gelee, Pan Seared Scallop, Vinaigrette of Lemon
Twomey by Silver Oak Sauvignon Blanc, CA


USDA Certified Angus Filet Mignon

Grilled Local Pepper-Infused Watermelon, King Oyster Mushroom, Celery Root, Coriander Demi-Glaze
Felino, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina


Watermelon Gazpacho

Lemon Sorbet, Raspberry, Cantaloupe Melon, Pickled Rind, Mint Essence
Saint Hilare Blanc de Blanc, Limoux, France


Three Course Meal | $79* per person
Wine Pairing | $39* per person

Individual Course Pricing Available
Starter $23* | Main $48* | Dessert $15*

* Prices do not include tax or gratuity

To make a reservation, please contact Morgan’s in the desert at 760.564.5700 or book on Opentable.



  • “Morgan’s Restaurant is a top class restaurant in the LaQuinta Resort complex. They do things right with exquisite service, attention to detail and serve great dishes.”

    David B L
  • “This is a very thoughtful menu. You will find something that appeals to your culinary senses. In fact there were so many I let the server surprise me. I was absolutely not dissapointed. Top notch service.”

    Lynn S