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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

Seasonal Inspirations: Medjool Dates November 1-14

“From little date seeds, great things are born.”  – Ancient proverb


The fruit of the date palm tree, dates are an age-old staple and delicacy, wholesome in their caramel-like taste and are enjoyed eaten out of hand in their simplest form and as a tantalizing ingredient in dishes both sweet and savory.

The date is botanically identified as a “drupe” (single-pitted) fruit from the Phoenix dactylifera tree of the palm family.  Evidence suggests its cultivation as far back as 7000 BCE, near the banks of the Nile and Euphrates rivers of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, where dates have remained a staple food – and part of cultural traditions — ever since. The date palm offered its earliest cultivators “three-hundred-and sixty” uses, including needles, thread, lumber, mattresses, rope, and baskets as well as food and beverage.  Through the centuries, traders spread dates throughout South West Asia, northern Africa, and Spain, whose settlers introduced them into Mexico and California in 1765.  Today, dates — especially Medjool and Deglet Noor — are cultivated extensively in Mexico’s states of Sonora and Baja California, and in the United States in Arizona, southern Florida and in California’s Coachella Valley – the agriculturally bountiful home of Morgan’s in the desert — where they thrive with their “feet in the water and heads in the sun.

Rich with flavor, dates are also nutritionally rich in dietary fiber, iron, potassium; in minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium; and with phytonutrients and polyphenols, all of which are key contributors to growth, development, and general well-being.  Dates are free of saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, and cholesterol.

We invite you to join Chef Jae Ho Bang for a very special seasonal menu celebrating the date with exciting, original flavors, textures and platings that are sure to be an unforgettable autumn dining experience.

Artisan Cheese Selection
Date Bread, Date Chutney

Lamb Date Tagine

Medjool Dates, Sunchoke, Garlic Saffron & Turmeric 

Deconstructed Date Shake Plated Tableside

Coupe-Date Biscotti, Date Leather, Sweet Cream & Date Syrup

Wine Pairings Available By Request
Starter $18 | Main $47 | Dessert $18*

*Prices are per person and do not include tax and gratuity

Arietta Winemaker Dinner


Morgan’s in the desert invites you to join us for our monthly Winemaker Dinner on Thursday, November  2, featuring renowned, specialty Napa Valley winery Arietta.

Arietta’s ultra-premium label features exclusive Bordeaux-style blends, with a portfolio selectively limited to four celebrated red wines—H Block Hudson, Variation One, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Quartet—and the signature white wine, On The White Keys.

Born of the passion for fine food and music, the name Arietta — from the Italian aria, meaning a short musical composition with an expressive melody – represents the winemakers’ belief that all great wines must sing with the qualities of balance, vibrancy, depth, overtones, and complexity for a sense of exaltation.

A special prix fixe dinner menu created and prepared for the occasion by Executive Chef Jae Ho Bang will be served with the evening’s wine selections – paired in perfect harmony, of course.

We look forward to sharing with you a memorable dining experience of fine wine and exceptional cuisine as we “take flight” on this very special evening.

Chef Selected Hors-d’oeuvre
Sparkling Wine

Hamachi Carpaccio
Fennel bavaroise, Scallion, Garlic Oil
Arietta On the White Keys

Pan Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras
Grilled Plum, Cherry and Green Peppercorn Jus, Spiced Brioche
Arietta Quartet

Roasted Venison Loin
Beer Vinegar and Hazelnut Tapenade, Apple Cider-Braised Red Cabbage
Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon

Assorted Chocolates
Arietta Merlot

*$150 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

To make a reservation, please contact Morgan’s in the desert at 760.564.7600

Seasonal Inspirations: Quail November 15-30

Quail Eggs
Porcini Pecorino Coat, Panko Crust, Black Truffle Remoulade

Quail Confit
Mache, Comte, Honeyed Wheat Crisp, Fig Emulsion

Stuffed Quail 

Creamy Polenta, Black Trumpet Mushroom, Squab Jus 

Wine Pairings Available By Request
Starter $23 | Salad $17 | Main $43*

*Prices are per person and do not include tax and gratuity



  • “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
  • “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