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For 2
Sat, 2/24
7:00 PM
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Cava - Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

106 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Scenic View
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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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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Cross street
Hwy 111
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Parking details
Free Self Parking, Valet available for $8
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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What 106 People Are Saying
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3.9  based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSallyg (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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

Barney (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined 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

vipTeeTimeMike (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

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

CJAC (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

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

vipSchooldude (Las Vegas)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

Great food especially for a hotel restaurant. Kind server.

vipAndyDH (San Francisco)
1.0  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)

BobK (Palm Springs)
3.0  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.

JJay (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on March 4, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
2.0  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.

1Fallbrookfoodie (Central Coast)
2.0  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.

24summerheat (Palm Springs)
4.0  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.

MichaelO (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

Gloria (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

Friday evening they have a seafood buffet that is excellent.