Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge

4.5
418 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
The Rockwood Grill is a sophisticated all-day dining venue featuring an upscale-casual menu of diverse American classics. Made from scratch daily from locally sourced ingredients, the dishes are expertly prepared and served in an atmosphere of warmth, comfort and sophistication.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Come and enjoy our Thanksgiving Holiday buffet here at the JW Marriott Desert Springs.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, our expererience was outstanding!! Our servers, Elena and Drenana, are always so welcoming and attentive. They did an amazing job - again - this night. We were there to have a small wedding and dinner - they were so excited and accommodated in any way they could.
The crab and shrimp, along with the other selections, were very good. The crab selection did run low and took some time to refill with fresh, cut tails.
Since my wife and I come for the seafood buffet very regularly, we are always promoting this to our friends and family. This night, we brought a few people who had not been to Rockwood before. I shared how delicious everything is consistently and was so disappointed (for the first time ) with the pasta. All four people who got it shared how bland it was. My wife and I confirmed this by tasting it ourselves.

Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was so welcoming. The restaurant atmosphere was so beautiful and warm. The view of the lake was perfect especially in the evening. Our waitress was very friendly and very efficient, making sure we had fresh silverware and water throughout the dinner. The food options for the all-you-can-eat were wonderful. The quality of the seafood and meats were very top notch. All in all I can say I look forward to coming back here on my next trip out to Palm Springs!!

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AA
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and very friendly hostesses, we were greeted and seated immediately as requested at the patio next to the lake. Excellent buffet or menus selection with high quality food. Will visit again. Highly recommend.

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SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We didn't have a very good time. The two of us were sat in the middle of the restaurant between two large party tables, which were soon filled...one with drunk adults and their babies and the other with a family of children. This was a 9:00pm reservation. I understand the restaurant cant control their clientelle but as a small 2some, we shouldve been seated along the edge, there were tables avaialable. The waitress was nice and attentive. We ended up going with the buffet but felt like the food was only okay and it was quite expensive. There were many things missing when we went to the buffet. And For $44 having hot dogs as one of the featured items seems tacky and cheap, especially when there's already a section for kids with items like that.
I also needed the services of the feminine product depending machine in the bathroom and it ate the quarters without providing anything. Overall we didn't have a very pleasant experience and felt underwhelmed and a little ripped off.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food selection is always perfect and service is even better- we make reservations everytime we are in the area and have never been disappointed... the buffet is highly recommended!

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AA
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and location. Excellent buffet choices and friendly staff. Definitely will go again.

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h
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing buffet for 4th of July

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JM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I went to the Rockwood and were not disappointed. We started off with some delicious craft cocktails. Their homemade bread/butter was very tasty and a nice way to ease into our meal. We ordered the Market Fish & Salmon dishes and they were delicious. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. Would recommend to anyone looking for a nice meal.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were wonderful and made us feel like EC we were the only guestsvin the restaurant. The food... Amazing!!

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J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!!

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JK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is very attentive. The buffet is high quality, delicious food. A favorite!

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BB
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was so-so. Not the greatest place for a special occasion.

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PA
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had two of the best servers that I have ever experienced. Two women were gracious, expedient, courteous, and had terrific table-side manners. The food was wonderful too!

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VJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect location- great food. Sit outside and enjoy the sunset!

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c
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were a bit disappointed with the menu. We ended up splitting the special and it was pretty good, but overall, we were not wowed. But I must say the dessert was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue, outdoors was perfect setting.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

The atmosphere was cool, but the service was horrible! We sat there for almost an hour before we even had drinks or bread or water!!!!

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D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Terrible dinner place for vegetarians. One option, very bland, lacked flavor. Having said that the staff and ambience are top notch.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere, in addition to food and drinks. One negative was waiting staff. They were all very nice and appropriate, but it felt like the restaurant needed about twice the waiting staff that it actually had to run smoother. This meant waiting times were much longer than expected (even waiting to sit for a table with a reservation). The staff looked way too spread thin and that was reflected in our dining experience.

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TP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We did the dinner buffet with a group of 7. 2 people at our table got sick from the seafood while we were there.

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Palm Springs
42 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Food was excellent and so was the service. The atmosphere is over the top! Great place to bring out of town friends/family. Very good value.

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HC
Dallas
428 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and ambience were all fantastic. The services provided by the professional management and staff are the main reasons that we keep coming back. The old world elegance is a rare thing, and we value their focus to make sure that everything about the dining experience is excellent. I highly recomend this restaurant.

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HC
Dallas
428 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and ambience were all fantastic. The services provided by the professional management and staff are the main reasons that we keep coming back. The old world elegance is a rare thing, and we value their focus to make sure that everything about the dining experience is excellent. I highly recomend this restaurant. Great omelettes during breakfast.

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G
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice place, fantastic outdoor dining. Service was great. Food was ok. Overall we liked it, it is a great place to have a nice dinner

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OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Marriott use to be our go to place for special occasions. Not any more. McDonald's would have been better. Very crowded, very noisy!!!, Very expensive 👎 $75 each. Sat between two families with kids under 5 and from hell screaming most all the time. Food looked picked over. No one said it was a brunch when I made reservations for did anyone tell us what was where when we sat. Missed most of the good stuff due to the crowd of people. Never again will we choose this place to celebrate a special occasion.

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AC
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have went to other Restaurants for Mother’s Day in the past and no one compares to JW Marriott Rockwood Grill. Every year it just gets better and we all enjoy it there. Thank you to the staff at Rockwood and all their hard work to make Mother’s Day Special.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was surprised that the restaurant had a buffet, which was superb, and the desserts were out of this world. The service was as expected for a high quality restaurant. While it could be considered pricey for the average diner, I think the food and dining experience was well worth the price.

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KC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our three course meal couldn’t have been better. Starting with the cozy table for two the ambience and service were incredible. Our meal consisted of the grilled artichoke,, ice berg salad, french onion soup, filet mignon and ending with creme brûlée the food incredible. Looking forward to our next visit.

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LP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

The menu was quite limited so one person in our party just had a wedge salad for dinner. The rest of us had the buffet . Although it sounded amazing, the lamb and chicken were dried out and tough, the prime rib was too rare and the salmon was just okay. Mashed potatoes were very good, the roasted vegetables had been sitting too long. Nobody was manning the pasta station so we didn't notice it until we went back for desert. Desert buffet was extensive.

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N
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious buffet...we dined outdoors, next to the lagoon. Very nice!

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LP
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous Buffet

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TA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friday Buffet!

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Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive staff, excellent service, attending to detail our server Dzenana noticed our table was wonky (we didn’t 😂) and rectified it immediately. Thanked us personally and shook our hands for our gratuity, that’s a first and very nice of her to do so 😊 she made excellent recommendations .... and the Chocolate Sensation was sensational 😋

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G
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious, and we really enjoyed Ben and Ed ( the Harris hawk ) but the service was very slow. It was busy and we wanted to be outdoors, but we had small children and faster service would have been nice. Overall, it was a great experience.

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Palm Springs
71 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Due to wind had to eat inside...Was loud and not as fun as by the lake outside. Food good. Order starters.

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Palm Springs
71 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the outside by the lake!!! Food great. Ordered the apps and great drinks...

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went there for brunch. Bottomless mimosas sounded fun and even though they kept pouring the sparkling wine their overall food options were limited. Highlights were the king crab legs, waffle station and the shrimp with cocktail sauce. Poor sushi, eggs, cheese and bread offers. Nice selection of jams and marmalades. Bartender (Nacho) was extremely rude to us and even to our hotel hostess, maybe he’s used to an older, straight crowd (gay and young may not be to his liking). Wouldn’t recommend or go back.

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SE
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we loved rockwood grill and will for sure be back next year !!

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MR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was better at dinner than it was at lunch. Our server was attentive and kind. The overall evening staff were accommodating. Thank you.

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Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Server was one of the best.

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