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Executive Chef Jimmy Schmidt talks about Morgan's in the desert's most recent Food Festival Menu, infusing Meyer Lemons. Watch to learn more about the incredible dishes featured in this menu, and click here to read his bio.

Morgan's in the desert incorporates the freshest ingredients found on the planet. Morgan’s uses Ultra Prime Angus beef from Nebraska, grazed on micronutrient-rich grasses and dry-aged for four weeks. This tenderly delivers incredibly rich beef flavor.

 Morgan's in the desert


Walter H. Morgan understood that the heart of hacienda-style hospitality is the opportunity to gather for an exceptional, freshly prepared meal. That’s why he took special care to create an ambiance of comfort in his original dining room. That same spirit has been captured at Morgan’s in the desert.

Three-time James Beard award-winning chef and pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, Jimmy Schmidt draws inspiration from the bounty of the Coachella Valley to produce contemporary American cuisine. Using traditional cooking methods, Chef Schmidt has created a menu of bold-flavored, straightforward dishes, highlighting the finest local ingredients, grown and raised responsibly. Morgan's in the desert incorporates the freshest ingredients from the rich bounty of the Coachella and surrounding valleys. (Click here to read Chef Jimmy Schmidt's full bio.)

Morgan's in the desert is open for dinner seven days a week from 5:30 – 10 p.m. The bar is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 – 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Enjoy live music at Morgan's with pianist and singer Ron Pass every Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7 to 11 p.m.; and Friday & Saturday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

2014 Winemaker's Dinner Series

Swanson Vineyard, with Chris Phelps
Friday, May 2
6 - 10 p.m.

Our final Winemaker’s Dinner of the season highlights a selection of wines from Swanson Vineyards, which owns 100 acres along the Oakville Cross Road in Oakville. This special land, right next to Opus One and Silver Oak Cellars in the Napa Valley, is where Swanson produces wine of great elegance and finesse. More information and full menu»

RSVP to (760) 564-7600 or online.


Special Festival Menus


Vidalia Onion Festival
April 14 to 27

The arrival of the Kingly Morel Mushroom announces that finally Spring has pushed back the snow from the wet forest floor.  Morels are quite distinct in their un-mushroom-like conical shape with honeycombed wrinkly cap that takes up the entire fruit. We've infused the Morel spirit into a gratin under and "creme" over, while a delicate short rib is live smoked at your table. Dessert reflects the deep dark forest terrior where these elusive mushrooms hide. Full menu and details»

Upcoming Festivals:
Morel Mushroom Festival April 28 to May 10
Artichoke and Soft Shell Crab Festival May 12 to 23

Special Events at Morgan's in the desert

To host your group or special occasion, please contact Michele Frechette at (760) 777-5821 or

Best Al Fresco Dining, FSR Magazine

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

Best Restaurant with Private Dining, Readers’ Choice Award, Southern California Meetings + Events