Cava - Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

3.6
123 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • People Watching
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Comfort Food
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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

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Phone number
(760) 773-4444
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eric Theiss
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hwy 111
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Parking details
Free Self Parking, Valet available for $8
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.

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food
4.2
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3.6
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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We went for the prime rib buffet and we were not disappointed. Some of the best prime rib I've had in some time--and reasonably priced. Service was great and our waiter was outstanding. All had a good time.

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1.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Restaurant for some reason was only serving a buffet and limited lunch style menu at dinner. Management and stuff completely uncommunicative as to why.

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We were at a conference here, and because prepaid food was offered that we chose not to get because of your emails advertising the 3 restaurants prior to our arrival, we were extremely disappointed to learn the restaurants had limited menu choices and buffets for almost the cost of the prepaid meals. Had I known this up front, I would have purchased the prepaid meals. It was disappointing to find this out once there and be locked into dining here or eat a soggy boxed sandwich. The greeter at Cava was dismissive and unfriendly - perhaps because we made reservations each night (as recommended by your staff), but when we attempted to let them know we had a reservation, she put her hand up in my friend’s face. She never smiled or said hello. The wait staff were run ragged but did a good job and were somewhat friendly. We ate there three nights in a row because we basically had no other choice and didn’t want to spend the time leaving the hotel when there was a fairly tight schedule of seminars. Very disappointing food experience.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Nice buffet, enjoyable hot food for lunch, poolside dining, great view,

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a wonderful Mothers Day Brunch The staff were all so friendly and welcoming. We'll be back.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went for Mother's Day breakfast. French toast~no cinnamon

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Mushroom soup was excellent! The amber lemon drop martini also good as was the mojito. But the rest... super subpar. Granted we ate there at their last seating due to the long haul drive in traffic, but would expect that a restaurant that offers late seating would still be up to the task of cooking great food for their guests. The salmon was overcooked and dry, and the ribs were a mouthful of salt. Came here for a birthday dinner and while we received a happy birthday call out upon being seated per the reservation... that was it. Always nice to get even a scoop of ice cream to celebrate. Or the offer of one. Waiters were absolutely checked out and ready to go home. But when spending close to $150 would expect good service and quality food.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

When we arrived at CAVA, I was afraid I’d made a big mistake. We chose outdoor dining and there was just a large group of tables sitting around with very little decor, no ambience, etc. However, given that we were tired from our drive, we decided to give it a try, and we’re glad we did. The food was excellent. I had salmon which was excellently prepared, while my husband had a burger which was an 8 oz burger and he said was also excellently prepared. Overall a great meal, especially for weary travelers who didn’t want to go out searching for a restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Food was very good, best hamburger I've had. Bass was cooked to perfection!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great breakfast food. The buffet is definitely worth it if you pay for it with the room option, otherwise a little expensive. The service is outstanding. Oscar is the best!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We had steaks and they were very good. Our son had a kids cheeseburger that was outstanding. The meat was very flavorful and the bun had a buttery flavor to it. The interior lacks any kind of decor. It is obviously set up for feeding the mass buffet at breakfast, but we did enjoy dinner there.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had an amazing Easter brunch! There service was wonderful and for $50 a person the price was right. The oatmeal and pistachio creme brûlée were so delicious. I also loved the $10 bottomless mimosa. This was one of the nicest Easter brunches I have ever been too.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch and it was awesome!!

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1.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Terrible food

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great dinner on a gorgeous evening. Love the ahi appetizer and the mushroom soup was superb!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great seafood buffet! Shrimp and crab legs plus great clam chowder. Terrific.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The Friday night seafood buffet is very good and very reasonable. Call ahead for reservations and to make sure that they are serving the buffet. The outside patio is very nice, weather permitting.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Very accommodating and great staff. I wanted salmon without any fat and it was cooked to perfection.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The New Year’s Eve buffet was great- enjoyed the carving station and chilled seafood options as well as the sushi. Of course, the dessert options were plentiful and everyone I tried was perfect.

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2.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Took my family for Christmas Day dinner buffet at first seating 4:00 pm. Most of the food was not set out yet. What was out did not have serving utensils. Food was cold. On a more positive note servers were very attentive. We will not come again. We will return to the Hyatt buffet instead

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2017

Great food especially for a hotel restaurant. Kind server.

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1.0Dined 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)

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Friday evening they have a seafood buffet that is excellent.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2016

Filet minon was amazing and the service was exceptional.

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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