bluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
bluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

bluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rancholaspalmas.com/bluember
  • Phone: 7608624581x2110
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am -11:00am
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Happy Hour : Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Billy Deaver
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Ember Room for 50
    Wine Room for 24
    Priavte Dining Room for 10
  • Entertainment: Wednesday | Dreams with Nikki and Willie |

    Thursday | Strings with John Stanley King Band |

    Friday | Caribbean Rhythms with the Stanley Butler Trio |

    Saturday | Jazz Music with Steve Madeo |

    Sunday | Jazz Music with Steve Madeo |

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rancho Las Palmas Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: bluEmber is at Rancho Las Palmas which offers free valet parking or self parking.
A word from bluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Experience bluEmber, the resort’s signature restaurant for an inventive spin on California New American cuisine. Enjoy the sophisticated dining room, or sit back and enjoy food and wine pairings on the award winning patio. Cozy up with a cocktail by the fire pit and admire the majestic mountains and lush fairways. Whatever you choose, bluEmber embodies the Rancho Las Palmas experience at every turn with an exquisite menu, variety of fine wines, and unmatched hospitality. Plus, enjoy live music select evenings every week. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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bluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (21)kid-friendly (16)fit for foodies (11)romantic (9)good for groups (7)special occasion (7)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (5)scenic view (5)neighborhood gem (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Outstanding everything; food
    PokeVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Outstanding everything; food music, outdoor scenery, etc. Delicious mussels, grilled artichoke, cold carrot soup, and wonderful tuna. Had our eleven year old granddaughter with us and we all loved the music and dancing. great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional Setting
    AnArtistEatsVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    We've always loved blu ember for its incredible ambiance. After many meals there we felt the food has (finally) improved to the level of the atmosphere and the prices. So if you'd given up on it because of mediocre food, give it another shot. The grilled artichoke was perfect. The wedge salad the best looking wedge ever. Our party enjoyed scallops, lamb loin, and ahi, all to rave reviews. One problem still is that of the 6 appetizers, 4 are shellfish, not to great for someone with a shellfish allergy. Our server was professional and attentive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not this time! A dud experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    We normally love bluEmber but this was a very, very poor experience. We choose the location because we were entertaining an old friend. We asked for shaded spot on the patio or a quiet spot inside. We sat inside and that was fine. Initial flourish to look after our initial needs was great. But then all we could hear was staff setting tables or carts with rattling dishes which made it difficult for conversation. We got the sense we had arrived before they were ready for guests (it was noon). 'Our' wait staff tried very hard to overcome this distraction with extra attention. Food was just good and we are used to a higher standard from bluEmber. Sorry, but this was at best a C- experience from a normally A standard place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We wanted to eat outside,
    PokeVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    We wanted to eat outside, but it was too noisy, as a band was playing. So, we went inside and had our own room with our own waiter who was very attentive. Carrot/ginger cold soup outstanding, as were the scallops. Tuna was highest of quality, but not seared on the outside enough. Flavor delicious. We had a wonderful time visiting with friends we don't often see.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BluEmber was perfection..
    RosamondVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    BluEmber was perfection.. Exquisite wine list/ menu/service/MUSIC!!! The only down side was too many pre schoolers/families w/ crying babies. The ambience then was like a day care center vs an elegant dining experience. Perhaps put all the families/ kids at the back of the outdoor dining, away from the music. Thank you!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been meaning to go
    DesertDwellerVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    I have been meaning to go to BluEmber, since I have been coming to the desert for several years. Online there were mixed reviews. But, I have to say everyone's meal was very good; and sitting outside was delightful. It's pretty pricey, however, so simply be prepared!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went there for our anniversary.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Went there for our anniversary. We were disappointed in the quality of our main course choices; sea scallops and a steak dish. For the cost of the entrees the quality should have been better. My sea scallops did not have a fresh consistancy-I felt they were lacking in the quality I was expecting. My husbands steak was done as he requested but was tough.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a wonderful lunch for
    ThefoodieinmeVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    Had a wonderful lunch for a special bday! Thanks for the great service and beautiful restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The atmosphere and ambience
    chicinchicago
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    The atmosphere and ambience are wonderful. Great outdoor patio with heaters and live music. Wonderful outdoor seating areas in the bar for cocktails. However, the food was expensive and poor quality and the service was extremely slow.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our first time at bluEmber.
    metarooVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    Our first time at bluEmber. The outdoor setting is beautiful, but it was a bit chilly so we decided to sit inside. The indoor ambiance was not very inviting. The restaurant appears to be very large, and customers were all seated far away from each other, so it seemed pretty empty and possibly was part of the reason the service wasn't very good, because there appeared to be only one waitress to serve everyone inside. She had to go hunting for a wine bucket because they were apparently all being used for some function for a larger party in another part of the hotel. The food however, was excellent for three of us (Arctic char and white fish) although one of us ad the Chilean sea bass, which was dry. Good enough to try it again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Atmosphere is great both inside
    dh650
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    Atmosphere is great both inside and outside. Plenty of heaters and firepits to keep you warm if you are eating outside. The dinner menu has a decent amount of variety of seafood, beef, chicken, etc. I did anticipate a little better quality of food considering the prices for the entrees. All in all we had a good experience and would go back again during future visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • STAY AWAY (period)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    STAY AWAY. You will be terribly disappointed. Food & Service: Terrible When selecting appetizers, the tone is set immediately. Ask the waitress what type of oysters they serve, she will say "raw and on the half shell"... Their version of Filet is so dry and tastes like cardboard. The Rib eye is so bad, even the chef is forced to put a sauce on it. The waitress (Kelly) stops by "Is everything ok?" You open your mouth to answer and she DISAPPEARS. Literally, she vanished. She only reappears when it’s time for the check.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner took over two hours
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Dinner took over two hours to be completed. From appetizer to salad to entree to desert took from 6:00 until 8:00. While we are used to European dining timetables, clearly something was amiss.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love bluEmber for outdoor
    BevRogerVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    We love bluEmber for outdoor dining! Live music is a nice touch and the food is fun and different. Well worth a stop, even if you aren't into resort dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another wonderful evening
    queeney
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Another wonderful evening outdoors at BluEmber! We have enjoyed this spot for many years and, only once did they disappoint.. This dinner for 7 was a complete success for our out of town guests, lovely weather, just right live band in the background to set the stage for everyone's meal. We had a full range of characters ages 12 to 92, and they pleased all of us.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Real decline with this venue--Outsi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    Real decline with this venue--Outside dining area was DARK, and noisey with a MOVIE running adjacent to the patio---Service was VERY slow, and sporadic===Food was average to bad--Lamb @ $37.00,was lacking in any flavor [more like a poor lamb stew.]==Fish was dry, and Quinoa salad was flavorless.Bread was hard as rocks.--Hardly anyone in the restaurant, so maybe the word is out!!-----Save your $$,until the hotel can improve the dining experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second time having dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    Second time having dinner there, really great! Food was awesome! Also had lunch, great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The patio at the Blu Ember
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    The patio at the Blu Ember is lovely. Lunch menu is okay. Server was personable, but not very efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't waste your time and money...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    1st & last time here. Ambiance, food & service all lacking. Both on Opentable reservation AND called to tell of celebrating birthday-nothing-not even a candle on a napkin......For a $200 bill for 4 people-don't think it was remotely worth it.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place to go. Had a drink
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Nice place to go. Had a drink in the lounge first and then went there again after dinner. Food was great and extremely fresh tasting and creative in line with the new menu. Great live music coming outta of the lounge was very entertaining. Service was fantastic. We will definitely return with friends next time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had the short ribs dish,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    We had the short ribs dish, and it was extremely good. The Blue Ember has always been good, so we return each time we are in the desert.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Due to the extremely poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    Due to the extremely poor judgement by two families that brought very loud screaming toddlers to dinner, we had to move to another area of the dining room. The staff could not have been more gracious in accommodating us and making sure we enjoyed our experience. The food was both unique and exquisitely prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dont bother.
    PSWeekenderVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2012
    Went for my birthday. The menu looked promising. Unfortunately the execution did not match the promise. The salad course were good. But the main courses did not live up to expectation. The scallops were a touch overcooked; but the pork belly underneath was excellent. The rib eye steak, while cook perfectly, was tough and clearly not prime and may not have even been choice. The server did not know the menu and spaced out on my personal requests in the preparation. I will say the rest of the staff was chipper, pleasant and accomodating. The greatest cultural advantage of the restaurant is the 50% discount on Sundays if you are a member of Rancho Las Palmas Country Club.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • this restaurant has recently
    DrBCaliforniaVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    this restaurant has recently rejuvenated its menu with more flavorful appetizers and entrees. The staff is very attentive and courteous now. I enjoy now going there not juST for the view but for the food and service. good job
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu and food were quite good.
    lskesq95VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    Menu and food were quite good. Service was lacking in terms of professionalism for this level of dining -- service would have been totally acceptable if this was casual (inexpensive) dining, but didn't hold up to this level of dining. This level of dining needs a professional wait staff.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As always, Blu Ember has fabulous
    AnArtistEatsVIP
    Dined on 12/9/2012
    As always, Blu Ember has fabulous ambiance. We hadn't been for more than half a year since the last few times the food had not lived up to the atmosphere. Pleasantly surprised by a drastic change there, everyone in our party of six impressed with the meal. Looking forward to our next meal at Blu Ember!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quintessential California
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Quintessential California resort dining with firepits and water features. Food was terrific and service was unobtrusive and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would not recommend this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    I would not recommend this resturant. Everyone in the dining group was very disappointed with the quality of the food and dessert. Both the fish and steak dishes lacked any flavor. Dessert was also just so-so. I will not go back!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We enjoyed a cocktail before
    Vicki
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    We enjoyed a cocktail before dinner, outside at a fire table which was a wonderful way to start the evening. Then we went inside for dinner which was fine, because it was chilly. Our food was tasteful and presented well, and our wait staff was friendly and eager to please, both inside and outside. All in all, a very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful surroundings at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/5/2012
    Wonderful surroundings at Rancho Las Palmas resort. Great evening out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved the feel of the place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/28/2012
    We loved the feel of the place - music was great and nice outdoor dining. Service was good. Food, not so much and it is way too dark to even see what you are eating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love being outside at the
    live4food
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    We love being outside at the Blu Ember! Such a relaxing yet eloquent setting with the plush cushioned chairs and rockers, firepit, torches, palm trees and a mountain view! And when you add music, well, you don't want to leave. The slow service on the outside terrace is therefore tolerable; but the dinner service is not so forgivable. We had to ask for basics - salt and pepper, light the candle, sugar with coffee, a replacement fork and knife. Thankfully the food was very good and nicely presented, but we expect better service for spending $150.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very boring food at high end
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    very boring food at high end prices. But, the service was good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They should have a special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    They should have a special area for parties without kids. My wife and I were celebrating special day - We were surrounded by families with young children enjoying themselves. We are grandparents and certainly appreciated seeing families together but it still would be nice to have an area where couples without children could peacefully enjoy the great food and service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We were celebrating out anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    We were celebrating out anniversary and it would have been a lovely evening except for the kids eat free night. We were in a booth outside the wine room and there was a party of 30 in the wine room and 15 of them were children from strollers up. The noise and running in and out of the wine room by the children was intolerable. the waitstaff did their best to try to keep them under control but to no avail. We will never come back when kids eat free and would hope that the restaurant would have told us that when we made out reservation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food was unremarkable, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Food was unremarkable, service was sporadic, wait person went missing for a long period. The restaurant was empty, yet they bunched all diners up in one area. We were next to a party of nine........including five rambuctious kids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    The food was good,not great,, however the service was absolutely awful. Our waitress only had 2 other tables and was extremely in attentive to our needs. She could not recommend any cocktails to us and was unsure of many of our questions. For the price, I would not recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently terrific. Wonderful
    MaroisronVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Consistently terrific. Wonderful good choices and everything is prepared and presented beautifully. Great service tops off a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Frankly, the inside restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    Frankly, the inside restaurant decor and atmosphere is dull and drab. Not a single picture on the bare white walls or a plant to be seen. The exterior patio seating and view are exceptional, but the lighting for the tables is minimal, making the meal experience dark as well. For a resort restaurant, not what I would expect.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too many kids running around,
    Valentines2014
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    Too many kids running around, we took friend there for a relaxing evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate