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

3.9

service

3.6

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Casual (8)
Good for a Date (7)
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Live Music (6)
Romantic (5)
Scenic View (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Saturday night dinner. Although 30% of the tables were available, service was sloppy. Food was really good and the ambiance just ‘ok’ -they need to put candles or something on the table to give more light.... you could barely see your food!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I wish I could write a positive review of this place but I just can't. We went there for a New Year's day celebration with friends. We thought we'd get there early and have a drink since we were off and it was a beautiful day....NOPE, they turn the bar into a buffet breakfast situation??? (They remove the bar stools and set Fruit Loops out on the bar...and btw, no one was partaking in that event) I'd love to know whose bright idea that was. We decided to sit down outside and order a drink but after 25 minutes, NO ONE came over. The folks next to us said it took 35 minutes before they received service. So, our friends arrived and we sat down. Again, it took at least 10 minutes to even have a server to appear? We ordered and I wish that the food was good...it was both. We had the fish tacos, the fish was great, but that all you pretty much get with some dry slaw....maybe some flavor/ a little sauce would help??? We ordered the hummus platter. The pitas, celery, carrots, all good BUT it came with a tiny (2'' x 2'') plate of hummus. Not enough for even 4 little pitas??? They did a great Brussels sprouts dish, I have to give them credit for that. Anyway, this place could be good, even really good but it seems like it's a top up problem. They had about a quarter of the staff needed and really need to tweak the menu to make it work. We never saw a server after things were served (we were missing place settings. It's a beautiful setting, I hope they can get it together.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

It was delightful

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was great, even services. Waiter and front desk were greeting us with smiles as well. Our family had wonderful dinner. We had a little issue with hotel but by ember solved all well. Thank you again with wonderful treat. :)

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We were very disappointed with the hostess who claimed the restaurant was "booked" at 4h30pm, while some tables were still available on Open Table. One of the hostess was pretty aggressive and did not want to make any effort to accommodate us. The other hostess (taller with longer hair) was more accommodating. Food was good. Service was ok.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our Christmas Eve dinner at the Blue Ember, with a group of family and friends, was superb!! Amanda at the bar crafted delicious cocktails and was so delightful.. as she always is. Our dinner server, Ben, is always so efficient and personable. His smile is the best and his customer service skills are exemplary. Kudos to the chef as well! All 9 of us thoroughly enjoyed a variety of delicious meals!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We took our family from back East to bluEmber for Christmas Eve dinner. We’d been before and dined outside in a more casual environment, but this time opted for the more formal dining experience of an indoor seating. In sum, our experience was a disappointment. 1. The food was mediocre, though the roasted chicken entree got the most positive reviews (two diners ordered it). 2. The atmosphere was not conducive to a family gathering (too much ambient noice prevented cross-table conversation). 3. The service was the best part (attentive without being intrusive). Of course, bluEmber is part of a resort hotel, so perhaps to exepect “finer” dining is a bit of a stretch. And for a casual dinner by one of the many fire pits that dot the patio, it is “fine.” But there are other options in the desert that better suit those looking for an upscale experience for families on special occasions.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I checked in when I arrived and told the hostess I had a 6:30 reservation via Open Table. They said my son and his wife were in the lounge. We stayed there for a few minutes then came back to the hostess to be seated. It was a different person that sat us. We had a nice dinner. We lived in Rancho Las Palmas for many years and dined at the hotel often. I’m disappointed that the decor is so barren these days but I guess that’s what the younger generation likes. To me it looks like there was a very low budget for decor. Later when I checked my points it said we didn’t show up. I’m happy that it has been corrected but unhappy that I had to call the hotel and send emails to Open Table.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The atmosphere (patio) was delightful, the food delicious and well presented. Unfortunately, the service was short of what I expected. It took a very long time fro them to bring our beverages (non-alcoholic) and to take our orders. The food then came in a timely manner, but afterwards it was hard to find a waiter for further needs, and after we finished, we waited an overly long time for our bills to come. Too bad for such nice food and atmosphere!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Absolutely love this place. Sitting outside, having lunch, is just the best. Best location in the desert. The food was great. Service was great . We were celebrating a birthday so they brought a n incredible birthday dessert. It was such a nice surprise.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Good Lunch. Limited menu but enough choices. Good Quality Food.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Went there twice in a row - food and service were outstanding!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

It was thanksgiving so. One. Would think the place. Would be busy......it wasn't . So, you would
Think they would have plenty of time to wait on their guests..... They didn't . we were there two and a half hours for our lunch! The wait staff seemed under trained and the whole experience was one I would not like to repeat.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We loved it - such a beautiful spot! Great setting and decent food. We will return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Fabulous atmosphere, good but not exceptional food, server was polite but didn’t have the first clue about wine, yet pretended he did. If you don’t have a clue, just find someone who does. Don’t tell me that the rose is both dry and sweet. When I request a pairing recommendation for the crab cake don’t tell me “probably a red.” Crab cake itself was great but the spicy aioli was more sweet than spicy. Same too sweet mayo overwhelmed my tuna poke - just too much of it. Frisée mushroom salad had fresh ingredients but again dressing too sweet. I dunno. It wasn’t bad food, I just expected a lot more based on reviews. Fabulous setting though.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food and service. Very attentive to servicing customers. Limited main course options but all portions were properly sized and satisfying.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The Blu Ember is fantastic! Food, service and ambiance were all fabulous. Beautiful patio with georgous views. The chocolate cake was a perfect ending to delicious dinner. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Went when it first opened wasn’t impressed, now it’s wonderful!!

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our server "Oscar" was great...did not hover, but was there when we needed him. Beautiful outdoor seating.

Tags: Happy Hour, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Service was a little lackluster, food was good but not spectacular.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great staff and food

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·Dined on July 28, 2017

I requested gluten free options and was told what I ordered was gluten free (per the chef) but I still got extremely sick from the meal.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Menu is too small, worst service ever! We have come here for 9 years on the Fourth of July and sadly not much has changed. No salad option with protein. Server had no personality, was not cordial, did not even introduce himself. I wanted to leave but kids were hungry. The menu has very little options, salmon was not cooked so ate around edges that were done. Overpriced for both size, flavor, options, and service. No wonder it was so empty. Save ourselves next time and dine across the street.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 26, 2017

I asked to change tables as there was a screaming toddler close by. Our server was Manny who was wonderful. I will definitely request him the next time I'm there.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We went for Fathers Day brunch. The food was mediocre and much to expensive for what we got. The scrambled eggs were rubbery.
The bacon was excellent. I don't eat sausage, buy my husband, who loves sausage, only ate a portion. He said the sausage wasn't good.
Extremely disappointed, and we'll never go back.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 16, 2017

The service was wonderful and the food was excellent.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Initial service was a little slow. We didn't seem to be noticed by wait staff for what seemed like too long. But after our first contact with our waiter, we received much better attention. The kids buffet was very nice. The kids could eat at their leisure. Overall the food was good, and the outdoor seating was nice. It was a handy option since we were staying at the resort.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Food was pretty good, but we went on a weekend and the love music in the beautiful patio area was deafening - sat indoors which was fine, but certainly not as nice as outside.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Food was decent -- once it arrived. First entree arrived alone without explanation (delivered by kitchen runner) other entree arrived more than 10 minutes later.

By our own choice we sat outdoors but had to be moved after 20 minutes of fighting off the flies. We counted 10 on the table at one point. Server explained that it was because it's "hot outside." I didn't bother explaining that we eat alfresco all the time at other restaurants without experiencing such a problem.

Indoors was slightly better --fewer flies -- but poor acoustics made it almost impossible to carry on a conversation.

As previously stated the food was good but the overall experience was greatly disappointing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Nice area, great weather. food was mediocre.
They had a kids buffet which I tried a bite from my sons food and I don't know how he was able to eat it. I guess kids are a little bit more understanding when it comes to food

Tags: Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Overall experience was nice. It was quiet and relaxing and didn't feel rushed. The brunch option was fair....nothing special and I wouldn't order brunch again there for the price. I would order off main menu and get a sandwich.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Disappointed in food, pub food quality, box to fryer type. Old pomegranate seeds on many items.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We have loved going to this restaurant for dinners periodically throughout the last 20 years. We reserved a table for 2 for brunch on Easter Sunday this year and were very disappointed. The food was wonderful and the restaurant is beautiful but the service was almost non existent. We were served a drink and then after 15 minutes or so we flagged down a waiter to find out if there was a menu or if we should just go ahead and find where the food was and serve ourselves. The food was excellent. We were never asked if we wanted another drink and then when we asked for the bill, an 18% gratuity was figured into the amount charged. We won't be recommending the bluEmber to anyone for brunch.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Had an enjoyable lunch and we had a reservation at noon and my mother in law needed a breakfast item and Harmony our waitress was able to accommodate that by taking the time to talk to the chef s. Must say she was more then impressed ! Will be back !

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Poor service. Great ambiance. Come to Palm Springs often. This is the 2nd time in a row we have been so disappointed with the service. Took 20 minutes to get a server, and they weren't very busy. Poor management! So if you like waiting 20 minutes for a server, then another 10 to get your drink - this is your place!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Love the setting. Wine was great. I liked the 9 oz vs the 6 oz option. My husband ordered NY strip cooked medium. It was overlooked and dry. I had the shrimp cocktail and salad and they were very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Best Restaurant in Palm Springs area. We ate three meals a day here and everyone was outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 26, 2017

The evening was quite pleasant except for the overpowering lounge singer act that commenced about 9 pm and literally overpowered the pleasant experience of chatting with friends after our meal.
Service was excellent and food was quite acceptable.
The guitarist featured on the patio at start of evening was quite pleasant but lounge act was not. Multiple parties exited the restaurant patio once lounge act commenced due to overloud vocals and piano.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Beautiful outdoor dining space. Very romantic. Good live music.

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 10, 2017

I planned the dinner to celebrate a birthday for a friend. When the 3 of us arrived at the hostess station we were greeted by the hostess, she told me to wait one minute and walked away. Not a good start to the evening. She was clearing a table that was located directly next to the band. I went over and asked if it was possible to be seated further away from the band, explaining that we wanted to be able to talk. The hostess seemed annoyed by my request and reluctantly, but without acknowledging my request move to clear another table.

While the table was being cleaned by the hostess I was going to walk to the edge of the patio to look out at the grounds and was told that our table was almost ready! As if it would take hours to find us and there were crowds of people, we were the only people waiting and it was not more than 10 feet from the table. Strange and not very inviting a greeting.

The food server was unfriendly and rushed, visited the table infrequently, water and cocktails not checked. The Salmon dish was not fresh, the risotto was under cooked, when the server brought the dish to the table he announced, here are your mash potatoes. Not good.... The birthday girl requested a side of cream to add to her pasta dish when she placed here order and that came halfway through our meal. There were a few of the sides that we really enjoyed. I wound not go back or recommend for dinner, maybe for drinks and a snack.

Tags: Scenic View, Live Music
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