Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge
Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge

Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rockwoodgrill.com/
  • Phone: 7603411788
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Bryson Crittenden
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cook and Country Club
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet is available for a fee. Self parking is complementary for restaurant guest.
A word from Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge
The Rockwood Grill is a sophisticated all-day dining venue featuring an upscale-casual menu of diverse American classics. Made from scratch daily from locally sourced ingredients, the dishes are expertly prepared and served in an atmosphere of warmth, comfort and sophistication.
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Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (4)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (4)fit for foodies (3)special occasion (3)romantic (3)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)neighborhood gem (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • If you are a hotel guest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    If you are a hotel guest, this is a great place for breakfast. The buffet is the way to go. Freshly made omlettes, pancakes, a plethora of baked goods, lox and bagels. Toast and cereal, too. You can also order from the menu. Eggs Benedict was delicious. Fresh squeezed orange juice, and good coffee. Wait staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant review
    RosamondVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This restaurant used to be the elegant, well appointed Tuscano. What a disappointment now. Booming '? tribal/ music, overpowering the room. Salad of beet and 'greens' arrived without the citrus vinaigrette. Requested the same, and 2 ramekins of watery red wine dressing brought. The 'greens' were bruised and OLD with black spots. Shameful. . The leaves hanging over the bowl. Nothing refined. One could buy 'baby greens' at Vons! Luke warm water sat in a smudged bottle on the table. No ice offered. Overly intrusive, loud waitress, with heavy accent. We were not able to understand the specials that she recited. Perhaps put them on a written card on the table. Bill brought to table for $160, not itemized at end of meal.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great hotel restaurant
    ReginaVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I was recommended to this place while staying at Marriott. I can't say enough good things about them. The service was wonderful and the food is to die for. The menu at first glance seems pricey since everything is a la carte but the side dishes are large and can easily be shared. The bread is very good and they give you a small loaf which is ample. I would easily go back here
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 48 reviews are from the Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge reviews archive.
  • not a popular place for lunch??
    ConvenientAndGoodVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    There was barely anybody there at 1:30pm. Our salads were good, the dessert was fine, and the view of the man-made lake is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply Amazing!
    Melaniethefairest
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Ordered the buffet for $38 and was extremely pleased! The food was delicious and fresh! The pasta bar was to die for and the chef was very nice. So many desserts to choose from, I recommend the creme brûlée! It was amazing! I would return again!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Holiday Happenings
    Sailboat
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We love their brunch here for the holidays. Food is great and the service is friendly.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor Repast
    tim520
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    The menu had the perfect choices for lunch, especially the salads. The wines by the glass choices were extensive and we had no trouble selecting. The environment was great -- shaded, out of the wind and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great buffet
    tennisfanVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    King crab legs are rare in a buffet and a nice feature. The prime rib was better than Lawry's. Dessert bites are a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Buffet and dessert bar
    TasteBud
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The best Alaska king crab and superb prime rib. Have been going for over 25 years and the dessert bar keeps getting better
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    Review4u
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    limited menu, great mini desserts all you can eat for $15 :) great outdoor for smores, drinks, dinner at their fire pits.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best meals we have
    Greg
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    One of the best meals we have had in a long time. We were there for valentines day and had the price fixe menu. It was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your typical hotel food
    Candi935VIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised to see the interior changes at the JW MARRIOTT dining areas. I was a little worried when we sat down but once the salad and then our entrees arrived...it was great. The pork shank was wonderful served with polenta. The salmon was done just right, not dry. I would definitely eat here again and take friends. I just wish they had an apple desert. Not fond of chocolate but love a fruit desert. Coffee was OK but weak. They did bring a shot of espresso to us to make it better. Very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rockwood Grill
    Carson
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    We had a very nice experience at the Rockwood Grill located in the Desert Springs Marriott in Palm Desert. Our lunch was excellent and we both had hamburgers. The heirloom and avocado salad was fabulous and it was served as an included side dish. We also ate their on New Years Eve and the dinner was very good as well. I am happy to recommend the Rockwood Grill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for Christmas
    MJRIVVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Not sure the Christmas Buffet is a good judge of this outstanding restaurant. Food excellent. Excellent selection of meats, with prime rib, lamb, ham, chicken, and pork. Excellent seafood. Excellent sushi bar. i thought it was a bit pricey at $69 per person. I would return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Brunch
    chefaVIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Food and service were terrific on a busy holiday weekend. Front desk was a bit chaotic but then again the place was packed. The outdoor patio is so beautiful it's one of the best views in the desert. Resort prices are expensive but not out of the question. Just a great place to enjoy a brunch with family or friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Thanksgiving feast!
    RichfromCincinnati
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    I made the reservsation so we would have a guranteed place to eat while on vacation for Thanksgiving. All of our expectations were exceeded - the quality and variety of the food on the buffet and the service and restaurant furnishings were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food; very pricey for value
    CalfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Food was good but prices were outrageous with pizza being the exception. Meat portions were tiny and sides were extra. Wine selection was poor and unbelievably pricey. $11 per glass for wine we see everywhere for 8.99 a bottle. Cheapest bottle $48. Service very slow. And this is their every meal casual restaurant !!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Dpendola
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    My gf and I went here for her birthday. She got the PorkChop which was to die for..I got the Lamb Chops which I think we're touched by god. Overall everything was incredible, also the in house beer is excellent if you are a beer connoisseur. The wine list is also very extensive. Ooh and just a word of advice..try the Calamari.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    queenj
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Went twice during our stay. First time had Elena. Best server ever. She's a gem. Second time Was for the seafood prime rib buffet. The food was great. The desserts tremendous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best of the best Prime
    2berijon
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    The best of the best Prime Rib / Sea Food Buffet. Excellet service in general.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Brunch here is the best in the area...excellent cook to order omelettes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Clientele Loud
    MemberVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    The food here is unusual and very good. The eggplant side, pizza and date torte are excellent. The salmon also very good. However, on a Friday night, the crowd was quite loud and unruly. A large party with kids and very obnoxious adults occupied the back room, making the other three tables ask to be reseated in the middle of their meals. Not the restaurant's fault, but maybe they should have been given a private room for the 15+ people and allowed the other guests to enjoy their dinners. We went for Restaurant Week, and the $38 prix fixe was well worth the price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rockwood Grill Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    Great food, outstanding service...a highlight of our trip to the desert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dining in Palm Desert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    The Rockwood Grill at the J. W. Marriott Desert Springs did not disappoint on any of our appetizer or entree selections (market salad, wedge salad, halibut, seafood with pasta and chicken paillard and an eggplant side dish). The grilled entrees come with a choice of side sauces (the halibut and the chicken are grilled). We chose the lemon caper butter which was OK but perhaps a bit plain or unimaginative. The dessert (apple tart with cinnamon ice cream) was absolutely stellar! If their other desserts are similarly gourmet, then I would come here for the desserts alone. Service was outstanding as was the contemporary, open atmosphere. I will definitely return on our next visit to Palm Desert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for outdoor dining.
    sguerreroVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Nice place for outdoor dining. Their dinner buffet is a great value and make sure you leave room for the deserts they are something to behold!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful lake views inside
    TerrilmVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    Wonderful lake views inside and out. Love the service and the food! The Burrata Cheese app is great...We had the white fish and 2 had the filet. All good. I like that they offer so many sauces for each item. Had two diners in the party that are very specific with exactly what sauces etc.. could be on the dish or on the side. Server got it all perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food & Service were excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Food & Service were excellent. Birds flying through the outdoor seats and under tables is annoying and takes away from the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rockwood Grill
    cheeseorchocolate
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    The designs very good. The food was fresh and also very good. The placement of this restaurant was not great in that you must walk through a giant hotel lobby to get there. The open floor plan denies the space an intimate feeling, but that being said we were all happy with our dinners and the pricing was very fair.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Request outdoor table!
    lagunatic345VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    Be sure to request an outdoor table. We didn't and wish we had. The service was superb, as was the food. I also expected the prices to be higher for the quality. During our vacation in Palm Desert, this restaurant was by far our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome prime rib and king
    tennisfanVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Awesome prime rib and king crab legs. Not a huge selection at the. Buffet, but those two items is worth the price of admission alone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorite stops
    HBfoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    One of our favorite stops in the desert. Beautiful sunset views over the mountains through the palm trees. The Blue Star Lounge was our first stop. Although there was a large private party in the patio and several conventioneers in the Lounge the service and cocktails were excellent. Our next stop was the Grill where the food was fresh and flavorful with a variety of local favorites including hand tossed pizzas. Our server Elena was exceptional. She went out of her way to insure our dining experience was unique. This is why we return again and again to the Grill and Lounge.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buffet was extensive but other
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Buffet was extensive but other than the beef not terrific. Should have ordered off the menu. It was just my husband and me but despite lots of room in the restaurant we were seated very close to to families with rambunctious children.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Sunday brunch is superb.
    dterrisVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    The Sunday brunch is superb. The variety and quality of foods is outstanding. The $45 price is more than fair for this quality brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good not great
    Cologurl
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Good food. Wouldn't call it great, it was ok for a hotel spot. Because of reviews I had read, knew to expect a loud vibrant place. As promised! Bar was alive and well. The buffet for Fri and Sat sounded like a good value at $35. Crab legs, etc. we had the pasta seafood dish, and cat h of he day. They were both good, nothing to jump up and down about. Would go back again another trip, just not this time. Discount card not good on weekends, if you have one. Am sure there are better restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buffet Friday and Saturday
    AllanDVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Buffet Friday and Saturday nights is outstanding value.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine hotel restaurant
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    This was formerly the Lakeview Restaurant at the JW Marriott Desert Spring. It's been nicely updated and modernized but lacks the warmth of the old restaurant. The service was very attentive. The menu, which contains basic hotel restaurant fare with a few twists, was a bit limited for my taste. However, what I did order (a cheeseburger and soup) was good. All in all, this is fine for a hotel restaurant but it's not worth making a special trip if you're not staying at the hotel.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service.
    mab19VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Excellent food and service. We did the Christmas Dinner buffet as well as several breakfasts and couldn't have been more pleased. Thanks Rockwood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I booked this restaurant for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    I booked this restaurant for the Thanksgiving dinner with my family. The impression I got from the website is that there will be a fixed menu for dinner. Instead, the only option upon arrival was a buffet. The food was good, but the overall ambiance lacked intimacy and attention to detail. The wine list was short and overall the experience felt cheap, very hotel like. Not what I was expecting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2012
    The food was excellent but overpriced. There is a better dinner option at this hotel, the Mikado. I was specially incensed that the waiter refused to accept our $50 OpenTable Check as partial payment on the bill. They put it on our room tab and said to straighten it out at the front desk when we checked out. Trouble is - the check is made out to 'Open Table Restaurant Memeber" - not to the hotel. I told her for the last four years the Mikado, at the same hotel, has accepted the Open Table checks and she said "Oh no I don't think so - they're not supposed to." So we are going back to the Mikado, probably tomorrow night, and I'll bet we get to use the check there. If not, we will stop going to restaurants at the Desert Springs JW Marriott.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salads were very good but
    FrankJudyVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2012
    Salads were very good but we were disappointed in the entrees, as portions were small and not up to the standards of the prices charged.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet