Go to the top of the Cove area and hike up the trail. Beautiful vistas - and for seasoned hikers, a full-day of hiking can lead you to the back side of the mountain and a quaint restaurant. Ask any local for directions!
45-200 Washington Street, La Quinta, Ca, 92253
Good for: Business
50-777 Santa Rosa Plaza, La Quinta, California, 92253, United States
Good for: Couples
We visited La Quinta Resort & Spa in early April 2009 on a Business Conference. The grounds are...more
For guests staying at the La Quinta Resort, Twenty 6 is extremely convenient. Located near the lobby, it's a short walk from almost anywhere on the grounds. The food is decent, and there is rarely a wait for a table.
Sadly, the fact that it's one of few choices for food at the resort is a fact that the restaurant happily exploits. Everything offered is grossly overpriced, seemingly meant only for the wealthy guests who don't think about how much money they're spending and/or don't want to bother leaving the grounds to find food.
My wife and I have eaten here several times through the benefit of vouchers given by the hotel. Though we've never had a bad meal, we simply could not justify ever coming here on our own tab. However if you do find yourself here for breakfast or lunch, you should expect pretty good food and very friendly (if sometimes a bit slow) service. You can't go wrong with the french toast for breakfast or the parmesan chicken sandwich for lunch.
Our large (20+) party made a reservation for 8:30pm. I arrived expecting a new experience and a fun time. Unfortunately it didn't turn out as we had hoped.
We were seated about 40 minutes late, putting us at our table well after 9pm. After that, our experience consisted largely of us sitting and waiting patiently for something - anything - to happen. It was about a half hour before someone took our drink orders. Once those were in, another half hour or so went by until, after some members of our party complained, someone finally decided to take our food orders. Still more time dragged on as we waited for the 'Samurai Chefs' to make their appearance and actually start cooking.
The long and short of the issue was that some breakdown in the system resulted in us sitting without food for well over an hour and a half, while chefs and waiters made excuses about grills not being ready and chefs not being available. We finally left - hungry, angry and without paying for our drinks. We simply did not feel it acceptable to have to tolerate horrible service for a $50/person meal. A discussion with the manager yielded an apology and a 'I don't know what happened' attitude, leaving us even more dumbfounded at the experience.
I'd like to give this place another try sometime, but I'm a bit gun shy and not entirely sure I wish to give them my business. I know this restaurant has a good reputation, but it is definitely tarnished for me and many who shared this experience with me.
This is a very nice restaurant. When we came there, we thought it was close because the restaurant looked very dark and quiet. It turned out that we were looking at the side of the restaurant.
The main door of the restaurant is to the side of it. You'll see a big door there. Once you get in, you'll feel that the athmosphere is very hip, very high class. The main color theme of the restaurant are red & black. Lounge music is playing on the background, but it's not distracting at all.
Hiroko, the waiter was very friendly and very knowledgeable about the food. The chef even came out to ask if the food was ok while we were eating. I ordered their Omakase, containing of 6 dishes:
- grilled cod
- sushi & miso
- tempura ice cream
Everything was very delicious, except maybe that the sushi/sashimi was not too fresh.
Tip: when one in your group orders an Omakase, the rest should order that too, otherwise the others would have to wait for the one who orders the Omakase to finish the food.
Favorite Dish: Crabcake & Steak
Luggage and bags:
There's lots of outdoor activities in La Quinta and the surrounding area. It gets very hot in the summer and well into Sept. Sunscreen is a must as well as plenty of water if you want to stay comfortable. Just remember you're in the desert :)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothing is your best bet. Think desert attire - light fabric, brighter colors, and comfortable shoes never hurt.