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Jun 30, 2008 09:05 AM

Palm Desert/Rancho Mirage/La Quinta with view

We are going to be in the desert over the July 4 weekend and would like a restaurant with a view over the valley so that we can see fireworks while we eat. In this one instance, food comes second to view but good food would be a bonus!


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  1. There's a short show at the Palm Desert Civic Center. Maybe you could bring a picnic basket.

    I'm having a hard time thinking of somewhere that has a view toward that way, but maybe the patio at Pacifica or Tommy Bahamas.

    Or call Monterey Country Club, they often have something on the driving range, not sure if it's open to the public but chances are the food won't be good. Better to bring the picnic to the park.

    Tommy Bahamas Tropical Cafe
    73595 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260

    Monterey Country Club
    41500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert, CA

    1. I've been to one at the College of the Desert (I'm pretty sure...) - parking was a nightmare, but it was enjoyable. I know some rooms at the Hyatt saw it, but doesn't help with food... I honestly can't think of a thing, but perhaps Pacifica would have a view. One of the nicest views is up the Palms to Pines Highway & looking back - you could take a picnic, as mlgb suggested.

      1. Have you looked into the tram? I would think the view would be great.

        1. I originally thought, 'Well, the Cliff House' is the only restaurant above sea level there, but the view would be the wrong way...,' Then I thought, if there are tables & windows on what would be the front of the restaurant (I've only been to the bar :), wouldn't they have a view? Or not? And if you didn't get one of those tables, you'd be SOL. Just an idea... I could be guessing very very wrong.

          1. Thank you all for the excellent suggestions. We have a reservation at The Cliffhouse and I will try to make sure the table is on the correct side of the restaurant (I will miss the beautiful patio). Thanks again.

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            1. re: jslisko

              Did you ask them if there was any place that would work? I"m trying to picture it and I don't think so, but could be wrong.

              1. re: mlgb

                Yes, PLEASE check with them - I was only guessing that it MIGHT have a view from that one side. Let us know!

                1. re: torta basilica

                  I sure hope so, cuz it ain't worth it for the food. Although I do also like the bar.

                  A place that has an elevated situation (but again I think the wrong way), is the clubhouse at Desert Willow. A fair number of the clubhouse restaurants have elevated views, it's just that unless you've been there it's hard to say which way the view is facing.

                  If you're a frequent visitor to La Quinta, don't miss breakfast on the patio at SilverRock (it's the former Ahmanson ranch retreat). Of course do it when the temps are under 90. Last year we saw a big ram Bighorn on the adjacent ridgeline...and I didn't see a transmitter around his neck.