About 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.

41000 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian

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

Cross Street:
Rancho Las Palmas Drive

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 862-4581 ext. 2110

Website:
http://www.rancholaspalmas.com/bluember

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 |

Catering:
Ember Room for 50
Wine Room for 24
Priavte Dining Room for 10

Parking Details:
bluEmber is at Rancho Las Palmas which offers free valet parking or self parking.

Executive Chef:
Billy Deaver

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Ember Room seats up to 50 people. We have a special wine room that seats up to 24. The Atrium room is a semi-private room that seats 42. You may select a limited menu from our dinner menu.

bluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Casual (7)
Good for a Date (7)
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Live Music (6)
Scenic View (5)
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Quiet Conversation (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 11, 2015

We were hoping that since the Omni bought the hotel out that that the food would have changed too. But, unfortunately that was not the case. I wanted to stay on site instead of having to drive to dinner so we thought we would try again. The food lacked taste. There was nothing good to say about any of our meal at all. I would not eat there again for any reason. The service was OK also and we were the only ones in the restaurant when we ate since it was a 5 pm reservation.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 9, 2015

Dinner at the outdoor patio was fabulous. Great menu, superb service and a fun 3 piece band. Our group ranged in age from 2-61 and we all had a wonderful time! I have been here many times and bluEmber does not fail to please.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2015

Have been there many times before but this time was bad. The food was slow to cime out and when it did it was not hot. Had to be aent back. The bread basket used to be great and they completely changed it and not good. Service was mediocre even though it was almost empty. For a nice location and high prices not worth it.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 31, 2015

Haven't heard noise like this since my Chuckie Cheese days.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 4, 2015

Monty our server was very friendly and offered great service.
We just had their breakfast buffet twice.
The first time we went there despite our reservation we did have to wait longer than expected. I thought that we would be seated immediately, which was not the case.
The strawberry yoghurt was very fresh. The granola was very good.
There were the following dishes: bacon, potatoes, sausages, french toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs, cereal, oatmeal, granola, yoghurt(very fresh!), some fruit(peeled grapefruit, watermelon were the best), toast, bagels and omelettes.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 21, 2015

Blue Ember is known for its brunches; we booked for Father's Day for brunch and were extremely disappointed to find out when we got there, they were not having they're typical extravagant bruch. Instead it was minimal.

Poor communication, poor brunch, poor execution.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 5, 2015

We enjoyed the restaurant week menu, although the regular menu also looked good. The best salad was excellent. Great pork chop. Tasty fresh halibut. Fabulous panna cotta. Wines were very well priced with a large selection. Highly recommend this restaurant but definitely ask for outdoor seating.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2015

Jeremy was a delight to have as our server; he was friendly, cheerful, and knew the menu well. The watermelon, tomato, and kumquat salad was a real treat.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 3, 2015

"Blu Ember" is my usual choice to meet folks for lunch, either for business or pleasure. The Rancho Las Palmas Resort is beautiful any time of the year and the beautiful vistas from Blue Ember across the planted flower beds and golf course are an ideal place for a relaxing meal. The food is always delicious and the service is excellent. You can't go wrong with planning a meal at Blu Ember!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 1, 2015

Steak was rare not medium rare. Butter on steak had jalapeños which was not indicated on menu. Potato leek soup was good as was the dessert

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 29, 2015

bluEmber is located at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas resort, so if you local to the area, remember your stepping into a "on vacation" mindset from the other guests that you will be sat near. Food was spot on, the Prix Fixe menu offered a very good variety. Service was timely and polite. Both the halibut and Kubota pork chop entrees were prepared very well. I felt the cocktail prices were about $3.00 overpriced but prepared correctly. Not sure if they offer happy hour prices, but something to ask about. Based on the food, I would definitely return. Only con, they sat us near a party of 20 people - half were children under 7. A little too much chaos for a dinner meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 1, 2015

nice view on the golf and mountain, bandvplaying music from 8 to 10om, can be noisy for a romantic dinner. Foid is good but too expensive.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on April 21, 2015

Wonderful ambiance for outdoor lunch. Our server Malea was the best. We will be back. And our lunch exceeded our expectations.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 18, 2015

We live just a few mes from this beautiful spot. Having been there many times last year with great food and terrible service, we took a break from Blu Ember. But it was my wife's birthday and she wanted to go there.
Unfortunately $250. Plus later, we both agreed. The service waste ally improved, all parts of our meal was terribly over cooked and the lovely small bands have been replaced by a solo canned musician.
Sorry!! We were so looking forward to it .

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 30, 2015

We were celbrating a special birthday and while we found the food to be excellent we found the ambience distracting by all the little kids running to and fro with food plates etc. Parents who didn't and the noise level extreme so we couldn't hear the music. It was very disappointing. Iv'e been there before and had a great time so it was my recommedation for this dinner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 30, 2015

Good ambiance with fair food suitable for poolside but not for restaurant. Service somewhat disorganized. Overall experience below expectations and rating.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 29, 2015

The food and service is just ok but the setting is fabulous and live music makes it special for dinner with a few friends not a large group....set in a family friendly convention hotel looking over a golf course, small lake , and uplit pool with torches, flowers and fire pits , our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable but getting our first drink order was unusually slow so maybe not enough staff?
Best to reserve through Open Table not calling the restaurant directly as they can misplace your reservation but with open table it is in the computer and you get a reminder the day before!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 22, 2015

We booked a brunch several days ahead thru open table for 6. When we got there, the hostess denied receiving the booking even though we had electronic confirmation. After a short wait, we were seated Ina lovely outdoor area. We choose to order off the menu instead of the buffet. Apparently your party can only order all breakfasts or all lunch entres which disappointed us as some wanted breakfast and some wanted lunch. We chose to order breakfast. Our server took our order and the food came in a timely manner. We enjoyed our selections and the food was good. The service was not up to par. One of our orders came without the toast and we had to ask 3 times for it. We also had a simple request for ketchup. We again had to ask 3 times and by the time it came, we were almost done our meal. Refreshments refills were also a problem. As we were eating outdoors, tables around us were not being cleared and birds were eating off the empty tables.
Maybe this was just a bad day for service. I would return as the meal was great. Perhaps the service will be better next time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 15, 2015

Too bad Sunday evening dinner service took so long for both courses...drinks were readily available??
The sea bass was over cooked and dried out ....some enjoyed the scallops ..but the seasoning on the scallop dish was not To my taste. Ambience lovely if you get to face out . The live music enjoyable.

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 (Portland)·Dined on March 14, 2015

Really too bad: Wanted to eat outside but there was singer on the patio that would have been fine if her volume was down 50%. Colliding with that was a wedding very close by with their own music. We ate inside and it was still a little loud. I would definitely call ahead and find out if there were events planned and or the same singer was performing before completing a reservation. Food and the service was excellent.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 14, 2015

Service needs some tweaking at times. You can not beat the ambiance outside and the food is great. The music was a little loud on our last visit but upon our suggestion that it be toned down, it was perfect. We highly recommend it..

Norman

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 8, 2015

Patio seating is lovely. Service was friendly. Wine list nicely organized from dry to fruity/sweet. Bread was somewhat dry and not very tempting to nibble on. For the price of the main entrees one would expect a few vegetables on the plate....no, one has to order them separately. Steak was only mediocre with hardly any sauce which made it quite dry to eat. Scallops entre was only ok, nothing special to rave about. The triple chocolate cake tasted like it was a few days old, a complete disappointment for a chocolate connesseur. Would go back for drinks and maybe a salad/snack, definitely not paying prime dollars for an entre. Too many great restaurants in Palm Desert to choose from.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 21, 2015

Too many other good places to go in the area. My wife and I were not very happy with what we found.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 13, 2015

Celebrated my husband's birthday here, after a spa at the adjoining hotel, and the dinner was delicious. Lovely evening setting outside, if weather permits and it usually does. Excellent food, moderately expensive, but not overly so.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 12, 2015

Fish tacos were delicious

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2015

Great food, beautiful outdoor sitting and great service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2015

I remember reading an interview with Bruce Springsteen years ago in which he said that even if he was playing in a club with only a few people in it, he always performed as if it was Madison Square Gardens. That's what this meal was like.

I was not excited to be eating at a hotel restaurant, but it was recommended by a friend. It was January 1st. The place was dead. The kitchen should have had its B team on. Or even C team, if there is such a thing.

But the food was great. I had a variation of the classic wedge salad using little heads of little gem, and it came together beautifully. Top notch cheese on that one. My companion's lobster brodo was a revelation. The richness and depth of flavor of a bisque, but in a broth. Poured table side, by the way. I had a pork shank that was as good as any I have ever had, and I love me some pig.

Our server was a sweetheart. My cocktail (a Martinez) was a better rendition than I make at home.

Go!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2014

Excellent food. Very attractive presentation. Very pleasant waitress.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2014

Wonderful gourmet food with fabulous presentation. The server was excellent in every way--friendly, experienced, charming, accommodating, with an expert knowledge of the menu items and an assurance that all dietary regimens would be honored.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 7, 2014

bluEmber set within the beautifully landscaped and immaculate grounds of the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort is an idyllic spot to enjoy a brunch in the sun! We all ordered their own unique interpretation of "Chilequiles" and they were fantastic! Service was exceptional and the ambiance couldn't have been better!! This was the recent of many visits to this special slice of "Paradise" and we look forward to returning again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 30, 2014

have a drink outside on the patio by a fire pit. There was a live singer/ performer. Lots going on around the retarant and bar.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 30, 2014

We live this spot! As locals we seek out special restaurants that truly show off the desert culture. Live music most evenings in season makes a wonderful place to dine and then relax outdoors for a special time.
But the best thing is that the food and the service is worth the trip as well. For lunch they offer great light fresh food in a resort environment. Dinner is a super and varied menu with something for everyone. And Valet parking too!!
One of our favorites.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 12, 2014

This place had great food, beautiful romantic outdoor setting but service was lacking. Hostess and waitress were not first class for such a nice restaurant. Waitress was annoyed when asked to be seated elsewhere as we did not want to be seated near very large birthday group even though there were plenty of empty tables. Service slow and difficulty seeing food as only had a very dim candle but all in all had a pleasant experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 11, 2014

Our receptionist did not exhibit the proper appearance for an upscale restaurant. Waitress ignored out table, not refilling glasses or bringing us bread until asked. The entertainment was outstanding. We remained for at least an hour after out meal ws completed in the firepit area.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 9, 2014

Overall good dining experience. Food was good except for grit in wedge salad. Loved the live music but it was competing with the recorded music across the pond. Our waiter Justin? Did a great job!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 30, 2014

We were disappointed in general. The chairs in dining room were so wiggly and the cushions need to be redone they were sinking in the middle. The straw blinds were tattered on the ends. Looks like they need a renovation the bar area was quite nice though we didn't sit there and wished we had. Our waiter Oscar was very informed on the food selections and made suggestions. Unfortunately I had a tummy ache after our lunch.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 23, 2014

My husband and I had a rare night out and a friend sent us here for a nice romantic dinner! It was the perfect evening! There was a decent wine list with a variety of price points. Plenty of different appetizers to choose from (we had the shrimp/lobster cakes and the tuna tartar - the tuna was a fav!). I had the ribeye. Cooked to perfection and oh so delicious! My husband had the filet and he ate everything on his plate!

If I had written my review after dinner, I would have remembered our servers name...I'm so disappointed I didn't, because he was wonderful. Knowledgeable, friendly and made our evening perfect!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 20, 2014

Kids eat free!!!! Loved the 3 course menu for 29.99. Food was tasty, and service was great. Mixed drinks were pretty expensive though, but tasty as well

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 13, 2014

We ordered the three course special meal. It was horrible Even at reduced
Price. The only time we have been that we did not love the good.
Next time we will not order the reduced price meal. As usual, you get what you pay for

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 7, 2014

Excellent food, professional service -- but so much noise from a "private party" (in the same room in which we were seated) that we couldn't hear each other across the table. The private party included a sound system, speeches and plenty of applause -- not exactly the ambiance we were looking for. When we (and the table next to us) complained to the manager, we received apologies and the promise of our bottle of wine "on the house." We said that wasn't why we were complaining, but that we appreciated the gesture. We were charged full price for the wine. We liked the food so much and our server was excellent -- but we wouldn't go back unless we knew for sure that the dining room was reserved for private dining. A huge disappointment.

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