Cava - Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa
Cava - Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

Cava - Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.renaissanceesmeralda.com/Restaurants-9.html
  • Phone: 7607734444
  • Hours of Operation:
    A La Carte Breakfast: 6:30am - 11:00 Daily
    Breakfast Buffet: Monday-Saturday 6:30am-11:00am; Sunday 6:30am-12:00pm
    Lunch: 11:00am-5:00pm Daily
    A La Carte Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm; Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Seafood Buffet: Friday 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Prime Rib Buffet:Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Eric Theiss
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hwy 111
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Self Parking, Valet available for $8
A word from Cava - Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa
Cava combines tropical elegance with innovative dining and an equally delicious view. The experience is superlative and the flavor is divine!



With a dynamic new wine list spanning each of the California regions, including an extensive selection by the glass. Cava is the perfect choice for a romantic dinner fro two, an evening with friends, or a private event for 10 to 50 of your luckiest guests. You will also enjoy the valley's best views while dining poolside on the outdoor terrace.
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Cava - Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (4)good for groups (4)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Dinner salad
    MWright
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    If you order a dinner salad before your entre, one is enough to feed 2-3 people. Both of the salads we ordered were very tasty, but $11. The waiter should have mentioned that 1 was enough. Wasted $11 and the restaurant wasted a lot of food.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • troodiethefoodie
    troodiethefoodie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Wait staff are young, inexperienced and not too attentive to guests. I don't like servers hovering over me but staff should see when a guest's glass is empty. They are missing the opportunity to sell more cocktails. The mushroom soup was the best I ever had. However, I ordered the Cava burger medium and it was quite well done and on the dry side. Not a totally bad experience but I won't be going back there anytime soon. There are too many great restaurants in the desert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • VEE4VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We sat out side and even though it was a very busy place as it was the three day weekend the service was very good
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 62 reviews are from the Cava - Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa reviews archive.
  • Decent for hotel food
    LaurelTree
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This isn't a fine dining restaurant as they try to make it appear on the web site. However, it is a reasonably good hotel restaurant. If you don't want to venture out from the hotel, the food is decent, though a bit overpriced (as with any hotel restaurant.) Sitting on the patio near the pool was nice in the evening. Service was excellent. The waitstaff was friendly and prompt. When my friend didn't like her drink they were very cordial about swapping it out for another one. We sat and talked for a long time after dinner and they were polite and didn't rush us, saying they were in no hurry themselves. They brought us free desert (probably to avoid end-of-night waste) and kept refilling our water. Good if you don't care to leave hotel.
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  • seafood buffet
    rozee
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    went to friday nite seafood buffet. the selection extensive, beautifully displayed and extremely good. everything was very fresh. service is warm and welcoming. one of our favorite restaurants in the desert since it's quiet, spacious with delicious food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stuck off our list
    Prince
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Patio fine dining on cheap patio furnitue that would be used at poolside, Really that disappointing. Servers who didn't know what Presco italian wine was in a fine dining , Really Late salads and main course served together. Visable large bight rooftop lights reflecting down to the dining areas.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre
    tdinwiddie
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Everything on the menu sounded delicious on paper. Food was underwhelming. I had the Kobe burger and my 9 year old son had the BBQ burger, My wife had the mushroom soup and turkey sandwich and lastly my daughter had the grill cheese from the children's menu. Most of the food was left uneaten after only a few bites. The french fry's were cold and soggy. The meat for the hamburgers was over cooked and dry, despite being order medium rare. Expecting better. Overall value for the lunch was not there. In contrast we ate at the Italian restaurant Sirocco the next evening. Service was attentive, and the food delicious. Despite being three times the cost of lunch, we would return to Sirocco.
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  • Family Gathering
    love2eat
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Loved the outdoor seating. It has a lovely view of the pool and mountains. We were a large group (13 people) and they took wonderful care of us. The food and service was excellent. I would recommend the Cava for a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Done
    Highclass
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Restaurant served our needs admirably. Service was especially good, and the feel and look of the resort were first-rate.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 active and happy 4-year olds
    Olson
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    The waitress was awesome! She was very patient and attentive to the adults AND the kids. She dived under the table to get dropped crayons and ran to the back to replace dropped utensils. My son felt very special and grown up by the way the waitress treated him. He and his friend really enjoyed themselves--- therefore, the adults enjoyed themselves too. The prime rib was a bit tough, but everything else was perfect. The restaurant reflects the kid friendly atmosphere of the resort.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem
    joyousVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    Great brunch and buffet before 11am Healthy and creative food items
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    I was so looking forward to there Sunday Brunch on Mother's Day. The atmosphere was that of a cheap cafeteria - not that of a $50 brunch. The food was not very good and we were never told that Champagne was not included like most brunches have included that are this expensive. So you can imagine our surprise when we got our bill from a meal that was not so good, with an atmosphere that was really terrible, with no music at all and ugly decor (green carpets and white walls). They only thing we enjoyed was the Mimosas and that doubled our bill. We will NEVER go back! JW Marriott is less money, better atmosphere, better food and includes Champagne like it should be on a Sunday Brunch. Don't waste your money folks!
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  • Saturday buffet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    The juice bar and omelet station were th highlights! We will be coming back for Sunday brunch in hopes of trying some desserts!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place. Food is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Love this place. Food is absolutely fantastic, great views, and completely accomodating. Cava truly values family and makes you feel welcomed! We keep vcoming back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, great room service.
    KphjrVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    This is a restaurant which offers good food and great room service, but is not a destination restaurant. It is for the hotel guests. I wouldn't go out of my way to come to it. The seafood buffet... perhaps we are spoiled, was not, in my opinion, anything of great accolade. Like omelettes in the morning, it is risotto in the evening and offers shrimp. Otherwise, some salmon and mahi mani, both somewhat dry, and on the cold buffet, peel 'n eat shrimp and king crab. Again Cava is a convenience for hotel guests not wanting to venture out for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • we went on friday nite to
    rozee
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    we went on friday nite to try the seafood buffet. on the way to our table, our waiter, cory, showed us the buffet and what being served that evening. everything from the salads to the cerviche to the plank salmon to the calamari were beautifully presented. they exceeded our expectations in flavor & freshness. my only regret is that i waited until after dinner to try the desserts. they looked fantastic and tasted better than they looked. the little apple pie's were really good but the chocolate mousse cake was so light it was like eating a cloud and the chocolate fountain with huge, sweet strawberries could be a meal all on it's own. despite past ups & downs right now cava is at it's best and should be tried.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • lovely setting. food very
    rozee
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    lovely setting. food very good. limited menu but covered all price ranges. service excellent and attentive. can actually talk & hear unlike most restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tried the buffet, It was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Tried the buffet, It was good but limited. Good for groups as there was plenty of room and it offered a choice of a menu or the buffet
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent resort restaurant.
    Appreciatesgoodfood
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Excellent resort restaurant. Dinner was excellent and had a seafood buffet in the evening. The morning breakfast buffet is amazing and I would highly recommend not leaving the resort for breakfast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious...Superb...Outstanding!
    SandyB
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    After having been crushed into another restaurant the previous evening, our experience at Cava was a pleasant change. The service was excellent, the food outstanding and despite the fact that the restaurant was anticipating a large number of people following a lecture presentation, the meal was paced exactly right. Starting with the bread (absolutely delicious!), the appetizer, the entree - we were never rushed through our meal. Everything arrived as ordered, piping hot and greatly exceeded our expectation of "hotel dining". Our food was wonderfully delicious and presented very, very well. I would definitely make the effort to visit again on our next trip to Palm Springs! Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's a 3- meal- a -day restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    It's a 3- meal- a -day restaurant in a resort, so you get a bit of everybody and everything. breakfast is quite good--lots of choices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had the Christmas Buffet.
    Jasino
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    We had the Christmas Buffet. Food was very good. We loved the cold seafood selection. Only issue was the King Crab legs which were small in size and looked more like regular crab legs. All the other seafood selections made up for it. The pasta station could of had a white and red sauce choice. The ccarving station was excellent. We would return next Christmas.
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice atmosphere. Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Very nice atmosphere. Excellent service. Good food, nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • A definite no.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    Unless you are eating there because you booked a room including breakfast, don't. Obnoxiously expensive, and the service was mediocre. And the stench that permeates from the overly chlorined pool next door, is overwhelming.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Food at Cava is ALWAYS good!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Food at Cava is ALWAYS good!!!! The service was exceptional this time around too. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    The food was excellent, the service outstanding! The waitress was very friendly and very attentive, especially since there were children in our group. The experience was so wonderful, we returned the following morning for brunch. A+.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was just the poolside
    klmxmVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2012
    This was just the poolside restaurant at the esmerelda. Very disappointed and would not recommend unless I was in my bathing suit at the hotel and wanted nachos
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a real find! First,
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2012
    This is a real find! First, it is in the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort by the pool area, and it has a beautiful view. Second, the food is wonderful! It is cooked to perfection. I had a 6oz Filet Mignon and it was great. Third, the price can't be beat! For that prme meal, I paid 19.95. With that, comes a salad, coffee and desert. All with good, friendly service! Try it You will like it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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  • Went here for Easter Sunday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    Went here for Easter Sunday with kids. $42/person was an expcetional deal and compared to Lakeview at the JW, this is a far better price and better experieince. The only donwside was the 18% gratuity that is included in the final bill. I felt this was very high for the level of service we received. Not that the service was bad, in fact, it was very good, but for 18% (full service) charge, I think this is a downside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well Done Buffet
    Buckeyedinners
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    The Easter Brunch was great. Usually buffet's are run of the mill, but the selections and taste was high end. The service was out standing, plates cleared, drinks refilled,friendly servers ! Sitting outside and watching everyone enjoying the pool, this is what Palm Springs / Indian Wells is all about.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful buffet and the ambiance
    Fussy1
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    Wonderful buffet and the ambiance and food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special. Food was
    sandydlcVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2012
    Nothing special. Food was average hotel fare. Sea bass was dry and overcooked. Took forever to get our bill.
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  • Paradise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    The location was gorgeous! The staff was friendly and very personable. Two thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed with the push-back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/25/2011
    Not impressed with the push-back we had for seating at a booth or the quality of the food.
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  • Christmas buffet was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/25/2011
    Christmas buffet was excellent with options to satisfy all in our group.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't make me wait to pay.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/23/2011
    Our waiter was very friendly and he took our order and brought our food and drinks pretty quickly. The problem came at the end when we waited 20 minutes to hail him down to brings us our check, waited to then get the check, and then waited again for him to bring back the credit card. It is one thing to wait for food if there is a busy kitchen, it is most frustrating when you have to wait to give the restaurant your money. One of my biggest pet peeves at a restaurant is to be made to wait to pay. It is what I remember about the place since it is the last thing to do before leaving. The quietness of the restaurant was a pleasant surprise. We had a big group and we could all talk to each other and hear. Very nice. Food was ok.
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  • Stellar Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/3/2011
    Celebrated a friends 40th birthday here, before heading to the hotels nightclub. This is a great place to have a pre-dinner drink (vibrant bar scene), good dinner, and go dancing after - it's all in one! Restaurant itself was VERY quiet, there were only a few other tables besides ours. The staff was very attentive, they had a buffet special that night and all the food was so delicious. They even helped us avoid the nighclub line and gave us extra fress passes. Thanx Cava, for helping to make our night great! :)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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  • Cava overlooks the beautiful
    FoodyoneVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2011
    Cava overlooks the beautiful pool and mountains from the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort. We had a window table with the best view in the house. It was too hot to sit outside, otherwise we would have chosen an out door table. The food was good American comfort food. We asked for special modified preparations of sea bass and salmon, which were graciously accommodated. The service was very friendly and excellent. There are attractive price fixed dinner options that are quite reasonable, although we ordered other choices that were priced on the high side. We had a terrific breakfast buffet there the next morning and sat out doors!
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Cava had a wonderful seafood
    SansReview
    Dined on 9/16/2011
    Cava had a wonderful seafood buffet that we had for dinner. The staff was very friendly and prompt.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Much better than we thought
    JoeTVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2011
    Much better than we thought a Hotel restaurant would be! We really did enjoy our meals there both breakfast and dinners. Wines were a bit on the pricy side.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate