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About 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.

44400 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells, CA 92210
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Comfort Food

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

Cross Street:
Hwy 111

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 773-4444

Website:
http://www.renaissanceesmeralda.com/Restaurants-9.html

Parking Details:
Free Self Parking, Valet available for $8

Executive Chef:
Eric Theiss

Additional:
Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

CAVA offers private dining options for parties from 10 to 50 people in a semi-private dining room as well as a Chef's private dining option for up to 10 people.

Cava - Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

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food

3.8

service

3.9

ambience

3.7

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (106)
Kid-friendly (80)
Good for Groups (71)
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Scenic View (54)
Great for Brunch (53)
Great for Lunch (50)
Special Occasion (35)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Romantic (11)
Casual (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Notable Wine List (5)
Comfort Food (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Fun (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Authentic (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great place to have lunch poolside. The soup salad and sandwich combos were great.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great classic eggs benedict! They also have endless mimosa's on Saturdays and Sundays (may be seasonal)

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Not much of a buffet selection on Saturday night, unless all you like is prime rib and pasta. Friday nights are great with seafood buffet.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great food especially for a hotel restaurant. Kind server.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Service was attentive and fast
Food was dreadful
Burgers arrived minutes after ordering and clearly precooked and kept under a warmer
Seafood buffet looked unattractive and neglected
Bar unable to make a dry martini!
Don't eat here unless you arrive late and ate too tired to go out (our reason)

Tags: Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Cava is very convenient after the Desert Town Hall speaker series. The service is very good and the wine list is respectable.
I do not like the shrunken menu and liked it much better when there were more choices such as on the luncheon menu.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 4, 2017

First time there.. really enjoyed the buffet. More flavors than expected..Thanks so much.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 15, 2017

It's a beautiful setting but the best thing I can say about our experience at this restaurant was the convenience. We were staying at the resort and decided to have dinner here and our server was very nice and attentive but the food was extremely disappointing. We had eaten breakfast here a few days earlier and enjoyed breakfast but we would not be able to recommend for dinner.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2016

My family and I have enjoyed the Christmas buffet for the past 4 years at CAVA. The food has always been very good and we've looked forward to the many delicious food choices offered. This year however, the food quality definitely went down. The cheeses were tasteless as was the crab and the turkey was not the same flavor as in years past. The smoked fish was rubbery and the desserts looked pretty, but we honestly didn't find any that were tasty. We can't comment on any other meals served at CAVA, but after this year, we are sad to say that we'll need to find another place to enjoy our Christmas meals in the future.

Tags: Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Great Christmas buffet. Reasonably priced, nice pool side setting. Server was attentive and pleasant. Would go again on any occasion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Tried the Friday seafood buffet at 7:30. Place was a ghost town. Some dishes good, some not so much. Attendant very friendly. There is a seafood pasta station, 3 hot seafood (fish) items, cold pasta, California rolls (very good), cheeses, vegetables, desserts. Nicely laid out. I was satisfied. This is the hotel's main restaurant with inside and outside seating.

Tags: Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Friday evening they have a seafood buffet that is excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 8, 2016

Food was very well prepared, service was very good. I would definitely return again. Because it was not in season, the hotel was very quiet and there were few diners. I will return during the busy season to see if the quality is still really good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Love love loved it!! The buffet was out of this world...dinner. chocolate fountain. King crab...oh my goodness will definitely be back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 8, 2016

Filet minon was amazing and the service was exceptional.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 16, 2016

The service was not great at all. The hosts seemed to be shocked when we told them there were 7 of us. They served coffee and our waiter left for a long time and I had to flag down other workers to get them to bring us water. There were plenty of workers around that didn't seem to be doing anything when there were barely any customers in the restaurant. I was disappointed because it is a pretty expensive restaurant. My friends and I are young adults and we did not receive the best service compared to families and older people who came in AFTER us. I hope we weren't treated differently because of our age.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 10, 2016

Cava is consistently wonderful. Great food, ambiance, and service. It perfectly rounds the spa experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 10, 2016

Another excellent dinner experience following Desert Town Hall. Food was very good as was the service overall.
Our server, Franklin, deserves special note. He was prompt, witty while being very polite and accomodating . . . an excellent server.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 5, 2016

The place was nearly empty, the prime rib which in the past was very good was very very rare.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 5, 2016

My daughter and I were very pleased with the restaurant. We sat outdoors, pool view and had the prime rib buffet which included all side dishes and dessert. It was an unexpected surprise because we had been prepared to order ala carte which I really don't like.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 16, 2016

You simply have to try the corn beef hash for breakfast but make sure you get the sauce on the side. It's a little too heavy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2016

My guest and I had a wonderful time at this restaurant. Diners should be ware that the restaurant is located within a hotel and its a large restaurant. When we went to the restaurant we were the only diners.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2016

Very disappointing experience. From the pictures it looked nice for fine dining but upon arriving it was obvious it's more like a breakfast spot. At 7:30pm, there was not a single person in the restaurant. Bright lights, menus which were laminated, no table cloths, off odor. We actually had a drink and then got up and left.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 16, 2016

We had the prime rib buffet and ordered off the menu. It was all exceptional! Excellent selection of food. All very well prepared. Service was outstanding!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2015

outstanding food: a pleasure to look at and to eat; vibrant yet tasteful scene; looking to return

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 25, 2015

Went to Cava for Christmas buffet. $52/ person. For the Esmeralda, this restaurant is a disappointment. One expects something more elegant from them than a casual cafe atmosphere. Tablecloths, at least. The food was pretty good but overpriced for the setting.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 6, 2015

The seafood buffet was underwhelming. The crab was fishy and half frozen. The salmon was not good either. The apple pie was frozen. The mousse and creme brûlée were ok. I am a resident and I brought an out of town guest and was frankly embarrassed. It was expensive too.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 7, 2015

We were celebrating a birthday. Without informing the waiter of the occasion he picked up on it and brought a birthday dessert for the birthday person. This was great service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 23, 2015

the salad was terrible didn't eat much of it because it was so bad. Didn't take a chance on waste of calories of dessert.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 5, 2015

The Easter brunch buffet was excellent in terms of selection, quality, presentation and attentive service. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2015

If you are looking for ambiance, this is not the place. If you are looking for good, solid food, this restaurant is it. The limited selection of items is well prepared and tasty.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 11, 2015

We took a friend here for her birthday and all three of us were very happy with our dining experience. Much to our surprise we were in time for their price-fixe early dinner which has to be the best deal in town. Our waiter was exceptional; very attentive, professional without being obtrusive. We'll be returning soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 19, 2015

When I made the reservation for Cava, I had previewed the menu online. Fully expecting to order from the dinner menu, I was disappointed to find that we were required to choose from lunch selections
Admittedly our reservations were before 5 p.m., but we were attended a lecture series beginning at six and wanted to be timely. In all honesty, I chose Cava because they offered a discount for lecture attendees.
While the menu leaned heavily into burgers, I chose an ahi salad. I often order rare shi, and this salad had a distinctly fishy flavor that is uncommon for top grade ahi. However, the wine list was top notch.
While the server could have been more attentive, he wasn't bad.
I would rate the restaurant average -- which isn't uncommon for hotel restaurants.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 18, 2014

The resort is nice but not what we were looking for. I am a Hilton Honkrs member and wanted to try the Marriott resorts for a change. Our typical stay in the area is at the Waldorf in La Quinta. My wife and I like to get away once in a while for a calm relaxing day or two to compress. This resort was more child friendly and not relaxing. It is a great place if you want to take your entire family but not what were were hoping for.
The food is not overly great either. We ate at Cava for dinner and again for breakfast. Other than the beautiful poolside deck(which is beautiful at night for a dinner) the food was not fantastic and the service was a little slow. The dinner Buffett was not worth the $39 price tag. The stay was fair

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on August 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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 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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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 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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