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Cunard's Sandbar

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78120 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253-2900
+1 760-564-3660
16:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 16:00 - 21:00
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Edmonton, Canada
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I found this place while walking back to our hotel. We looked inside and it was like a charming steak house from the "70's. It was too warm in there so we decided to sit outside where there is one huge wood table. Best decision ever! The service was amazing with 3 waitresses contantly looking after us.... More 

Thank 0Katmac
Kelowna, Canada
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Our party of four dined here based on the recommendation of a family friend. The restaurant is relatively small and cozy. There was live music that was a wonderful addition to the ambiance of the venue. It was very busy, so reservations are very much recommended. There was not an obvious dress code, as some were dressed for fine dining... More 

Thank Leslie P
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 February 2017

We've been coming to the Sandbar since the '70s and watched it grow and keep pace with the times. Originally more of a "locals" spot, it now also attracts visitors to the valley. The menu is varied and offers something for everyone...with decent quality. The table to take is one in the bar area where a lively crowd enjoys the... More 

Thank Steve A
San Francisco, CA
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

A group of six of us had dinner here on January 6th. It is very expensive and the food was basically uneatable. The salads that came with the entries had very little lettuce, was covered with mounds of red onions and was drowned with a gray colored tasteless dressing. Four of us did not eat the salad. One in our... More 

Thank KimSanFrancisco
Denver, Colorado
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158 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

A group of 4 of us came in for dinner this week and had the best time! The restaurant is classy yet cozy and they were playing live music which made it really fun. We had requested to be seated in the bar area but it was a little too noisy for our group, 2 in their 80s and the... More 

Thank zoe6282
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 November 2016

A small restaurant with great food and service. Bill Baker on piano and locals get up to sing with him. Last night there was a trumpet player as well. I had the Osso bucco, it was wonderful and plentiful. My husband had the pork chop. It was delicious, he took half of it home.

Thank Maureen O
Huntington Beach, California
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

We always enjoy the Sandbar. It is like stepping back in time. We make a point of sitting in the bar area...great bartender, excellent service and the entertainer, Bill Baker, draws everyone in and engages the entire room. The owner is generally there to welcome you, and then there's Harpo the clown...what can I say?! Good food & a good... More 

Thank Izopop
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Had drinks and appetizers with my girlfriends on the Patio. It was a great spot for people watching. The table outside is a large "share" table that seats 12 or so. Service was great and the food really hit the spot. Food and drinks are plentiful. Owner there greeting and chatting with everyone. Live music inside but we could hear... More 

Thank Mickele C
San Diego, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

My wife and I have been guests at the Sandbar for over 20 years. Bob Cunard owns and operates the Sandbar and is on the premises each and every night it is open. The food is excellent, the wait staff professional and the bartender knows how to mix cocktails. The clientele is a mix of locals and visitors. Bob makes... More 

Thank PeterJ3330
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Service was excellent, food was not. Wife had chicken marsala that was overcooked and tough. I ordered "calamari steak prepared abalone style" - NOT. All abalone I have had has been lightly breaded and sauteed in butter. The calamari "Steak" was about one and a half times as big as a silver dollar with about 1/3" of breading and overcooked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Soups
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 78120 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253-2900
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  La Quinta
  • Phone Number: +1 760-564-3660

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?