Our Favorite Outdoor Dining Spots In La Quinta

By Vanessa Howard

If you’re looking for the best restaurants in La Quinta, California, you’ll be spoiled with choices. If you’re looking to dine al fresco from fireside cocktails to a romantic meal under the stars, these restaurants fit the bill. We’ve got your back with this list of our favorite outdoor dining spots to enjoy all of that amazing La Quinta sunshine. Regardless of the type of food you’re craving, there’s something to satiate every appetite in our charming town. Keep reading for the list of our favorite outdoor dining spots in La Quinta. 

Where To Stay

Casita Azul 

Enjoy resort-style amenities with the quiet privacy of home at Casita Azul. The 2 bed, 2 bath, newly renovated home in the gated community of Puerta Azul is the perfect place to relax.  With a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious floor plan, and private patio with bbq & ping pong table, Casita Azul is the ideal place to get away from it all.

The heated community pool and hot tub are just across the street from the house, and a short walk on the immaculately landscaped grounds brings you to the clubhouse where guests have exclusive access to the large pool/spa, tennis courts, gym, and more!

Check out Casita Azul today! 

Vista Santa Fe

Vista Santa Fe is one of the best places in La Quinta to catch a sunset! Relax in the private pool in the backyard oasis as you take in the stunning mountain views and gorgeous technicolor sunsets. With comfortable bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and an extra large sofa for the entire group to gather around the fireplace or watch a movie, you’ll feel right at home.

Vista Santa Fe is within walking distance of hiking and biking trails and 1.5 miles to Old Town La Quinta for top-rated dining, shopping, and more! You can find out more about things to do in La Quinta here

Check out Vista Sante Fe today! 

Vista Montana

Soak up the sunshine and beautiful views at Vista Montana. This 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home is in the picturesque Point Happy community of La Quinta, California. Thoughtfully designed for long-term stays, we welcome you to make yourself at home in the spacious living areas and cook your favorite meals in the chef’s kitchen.

Centrally located to top-rated dining, shopping centers, and all that the Coachella Valley has to offer! Take advantage of the nearly year-round sunshine in the expansive outdoor living space, with multiple areas to dine, lounge, and enjoy front-row views of the Santa Rosa mountains.

Book Vista Montana today

Staying A Little Longer?

Navarro Sol

Escape to the warmth and sunshine of Navarro Sol! This two-bedroom, two-bathroom, private home is in beautiful La Quinta, California. Guests can relax in the recently renovated living spaces which are stylish and comfortable and give a nod to the home’s midcentury roots.

Navarro Sol is located in the picturesque La Quinta Cove neighborhood, close to hiking trails, dining and shopping in Old Town La Quinta, golf, tennis, and much more! Available for stays of 30+ nights. We look forward to hosting you!

Book Navaro Sol today!

Let’s get into talking about our favorite outdoor dining spots! 

Our Favorite Outdoor Dining Spots In La Quinta

Lavender Bistro

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Photo Credit: @lavenderbistro

Lavender Bistro is one of our absolute favorite outdoor dining spaces. You can enjoy amazing cuisine and a romantic ambiance on Lavender Bistro’s award-winning patio. One of the valley’s most exquisite dining delights, Lavender’s breathtaking outdoor space is magical. 

Imagine a forest of trees and a festival of lights, this patio was actually voted one of the Top 100 by OpenTable. It’s a thoughtfully curated experience designed to accompany Lavender’s elevated culinary experience. Make sure to check out the fun bar menu from the lively Fireside Lounge.

Lavender Bistro| 78073 Cll Barcelona, La Quinta, CA 92253| (760) 564-5353

La Quinta Cliffhouse

Are the mountains calling? The La Quinta Cliffhouse is nestled into the side of a mountain, making it one of the most unique outdoor dining spots in the Coachella Valley. Keep an eye out, many patrons have snapped photos of curious Bighorn sheep while dining here.

The menu showcases classic American cuisine, with a great fresh seafood selection, and fantastically hearty steaks and chops. Top your dining experience off with their happy hour, or join them for Sunset Dining. This is a fixed 2-course menu from 3:30 to 5 pm for just $25.  

La Quinta Cliffhouse| 78250 CA-111, La Quinta, CA 92253| (760) 360-5991

Arnold Palmer’s

Few restaurants on our favorite lists match the acclaim of Arnold Palmer’s. The restaurant is known for epitomizing the hospitality, warmth, and dining pleasures that the golfing legend hoped to share. 

Set in beautiful La Quinta Cove (close to several Arrivls properties) and surrounded by mountains and palm trees. The patio is an exquisite desert evening oasis that you’ll fall in love with. A perfect blend of eloquent service with casual relaxation, the outdoor space provides the perfect ambiance after a day spent on the green. The dining patio opens to an outdoor lounge and intimate fire pit, we love it!

Arnold Palmer’s| 78164 52nd Ave, La Quinta, CA 92253| (760) 771-4653

Stuft Pizza

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Photo Credit: @stuftpizzabarandgrill

We love the family feel of Stuft Pizza, founded by husband-and-wife duo Jack and Pat Bertram, this is much more than a stereotypical pizza restaurant. For over 17 years Stuft has served a combination of American and Italian favorites, such as hearty salads, delectable starters, crispy flatbreads, yummy pasta, and more. 

You can snag a seat on the shaded patio and enjoy views of Old Town La Quinta. Marvel at the beautiful Santa Rosa Mountains while you indulge in dishes like their Caprese salad, lasagna, and a variety of wines by the glass or fun cocktails! 

Whether you are looking to grab lunch or take in a sunset dinner, Stuft’s expansive patio is the perfect spot. With the sunshine and the temperatures in La Quinta rising, there’s no better time to enjoy a meal al fresco at one of our favorite spots. 

Stuft Pizza| 78015 Main St #100, La Quinta, CA 92253| (760) 777-9989

La Quinta Baking Co – Lunch

We highly recommend you check out La Quinta Baking Co if you are looking for an amazing outdoor lunch. This authentic European-inspired bistro has been a cornerstone of the La Quinta community for many years.  

The La Quinta Baking Co serves breakfast, lunch, and fantastic fresh baked bread and pastries made by their in-house bakers. Try the Greek Salad or the French Dip for a delicious lunch on their outdoor patio. We also love their classic Croque Monsieur, but you can’t go wrong with lunch at the La Quinta Baking Co. 

La Quinta Baking Co|  78395 CA-111, La Quinta, CA 92253| (760) 777-1699

Adobe Grill

You’ll find the Adobe Grill Set amidst the beautiful gardens of the La Quinta Resort & Club. This restaurant offers arguably some of the best regionally inspired Mexican cuisine in the Coachella Valley. Bonus – they’ve got over 100 tequilas, and they’re famous for their amazing margaritas. 

We love the vibes here! The vintage adobe architecture offers an invitation for you to enjoy sumptuous Mexican cuisine and cocktails alongside live mariachi music and a towering double-sided fireplace. Grab some margaritas by the pitcher, and you’ll never want to leave. Thank us later! 

Adobe Grill| 49499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253| (760) 564-5700

While staying with us in La Quinta, you’ve got to try at least one of these amazing outdoor dining locations! Whether you head out for lunch, or a romantic sunset dinner you’ll find many amazing outdoor spaces. We can’t wait to host you! 

Looking for more to do in La Quinta? Check out…

Our La Quinta Hiking Guide

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Frequently Asked Questions: La Quinta

The Best Take Out In La Quinta

A Weekend Guide To La Quinta 

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