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Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge

4.5
4.5
940 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The elegant dinning experience at the Rockwood Grill in the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa is a fantastic representation of American cuisine. Come enjoy our menu full of local ingredients and flavorful fare.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 341-2211

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Peter Smith

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Cross street

    Cook and Country Club

  • Parking details

    Valet is available for a fee. Self parking is complementary for restaurant guest.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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What 940 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Kid Friendly

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Scenic View

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Kid Friendly

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Scenic View

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  1. LH

    LauraH

    Vancouver

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the buffet dinner with prime rib, shrimp, crab, poke, as well as many vegetables, pizza, pasta and an amazing array of desserts
  2. DM

    DanielM

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    This is the steakhouse in the JW Marriott on the ground floor. First off, the staff are extremely well trained and professional. Rarely have I seen such a consistently professional host/hostess/server and even bus service. A+. Really outstanding and hats off to the GM for this attention that so many other “top” restaurants don’t get so well. Our server was great. The wine list was good and I asked about a Cabernet which our server recommended and it was very good. We had the NY Strip/port wine & shallots sauce, a side of some outstanding Mushrooms, and my companion had the Shrimp Capellini. Both were very well prepared and had a better than expected range of flavors. Minor point, the butter was too sweet for the bread and we requested different butter, which I admit is nit picky and seems odd, but it kept the savory in line with the excellent bread. I’m a bread guy what can i say? Food was an A- (notwithstanding the butter thing which would have been awesome on French toast). Nothing wrong the mains at all, and it was good, just not over the top. Mushrooms were amazing A+++ 😁 It had average ambiance as it’s probably suited for families and business folks who aren’t looking for a romantic spot, but overall I found it a B+ on ambiance aside from the small kid bouncing in the booth behind me. A little scooch of my seat and it was all good. I had low expectations and had to remember it wasn’t Del Fresco’s, but I’d return.
  3. MA

    MariaA

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Good food.
  4. LH

    LauraH

    Vancouver

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the full breakfast buffet and it did not disappoint. Enjoyed the egg white with greens and goat cheese omelette- very tasty. A good selection of fruit, pastries and meat to add to your plate. Especially enjoyed the cinnamon twists!
  5. RG

    RichG

    St. Louis

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and our server, Jessica, was outstanding. We plan on dining there again during our trip to Palm Desert.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my boyfriend had dinner here for our 5 year anniversary and it was perfect. The food was amazing and our waiter was amazing too. We will definitely be coming back!
  7. EA

    EileenA

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Elena, our server is THE BEST! Always treats us like family
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was TRULY AMAZING! Our Server Ronnie made my mother’s birthday definitely one to remember! His recommendations and explanation for the food and drinks were spot on and extremely delicious. He was super attentive alongside his helpful server assistants. His spiel for a formal dinner service was immaculate! He definitely made a phenomenal first impression on day/night 1! Thank you Ronnie!
  9. JR

    JenRon

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I like the service and the food so good. We will definitely recommend Rockwood Grill and Blue Lounge to all..😀👍
  10. CP

    ChrisP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time at the Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge. Our server was amazing and very professional, i wish I could remember his name but service was awesome and food was delicious. Would love to visit again.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Birthday celebration dinner
  12. AB

    AnnissaB

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The server was very attentive and timely to our party of 4. We really took our time and she still knew just when to serve the next course so the food was still hot. The noise level was okay. Music not too loud, the dining room was full but we barely noticed. The food was very well prepared, everyone tried something different and nothing was a let down. The cocktails and wine were perfect! All in all we were very happy with our experience.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was amazing, wish I would have gotten her name. Super friendly, humble and very attentive. Food was amazing!
  14. TM

    ToniM

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We sat by the kitchen so it was a little noisy. The NY steak was chewy, filets were better. Baked potato was not hot. Salmon dinner was very good, Overall we were satisfied with our meal, but now ‘Wowed”. Our reservation was late in the evening, will try one more time for earlier reservation.
  15. D

    Doug

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place would go again. First time here and not disappointed. I recommend reservations during the busy season.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here and it was outstanding! My girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service as well as the view! We have the filet mignon which melted in right now. Everything about this place is fantastic! I look forward to visiting this place again!
  17. p

    perfectbiteseeker

    Orange County

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious especially the mushroom soup. Our server, Jessica was attentive and sweet, she made our dining experience extra special.
  18. NN

    NikkiN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Buffet was horrible and expensive. Food was cold and no flavor. My friend ordered off the menu and her steak was awful too.
  19. JA

    JodiA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Ronnie was outstanding!!this was our second time here and both times the service was just amazing. Food was delicious.
  20. KC

    KathyC

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Buffet food was really good, lots of choices, fresh, and able to go back as many times as you would like. The Prime rib and Shrimp were excellent. We enjoyed our server Nick as well. He was very friendly and was very attentive. Beautiful location. No waiting when arrived with our reservation.
  21. MP

    MickyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had their buffet, it was delicious and a great value
  22. AV

    AureaV

    Edmonton

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was done to perfection and they truly accommodated our food allergies. Our dining experience was elevated by the waitress Elena, who brought her amazing knowledge of food and wine, years of experience , personality and exuberance, providing a completely wonderful experience. Five stars!!!
  23. LF

    LeinorinaF

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lisa & Martha were the best! Celebrating my boyfriends 26th & this being our first time here at the resort they made the vibe & environment so welcoming & fun!! Lisa gave him a full red carpet experience & had everyone saying happy birthday! Martha is just overall amazing! Lisa is also an awesome photographer!! Thank you both for making our experience the best!!!
  24. IR

    IrmaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I felt very attended to, food was absolutely incredible. Watermelon Disguise was incredible as well.
  25. C

    Carnicmom

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice views. Good service. Food is good although it would be nice if there were more entrees on the menu.
  26. RM

    RobertM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Friday / Saturday buffet is an excellent dinner night. We actually drive out to the resort from San Juan Capistrano just to enjoy the buffet dinner at Rockwood Grill. The service has always been excellent and the food is delicious. We recently had prime rib at a local restaurant in Laguna Beach and can honestly say we enjoy the Rockwood Grill prime rib so much more. Also, the dessert bar is outstanding. My only request is to bring back the Cold Stone Ice Cream station. Our server Kim was excellent and highly attentive, as well as friendly. We look forward to either our next stay at the hotel or a fun trip out just for dinner.
  27. l

    longhorn1

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Ok to go for holiday buffets but the weekend buffets have declined greatly over the last 7 years! Little choices , not like it used to be .
  28. CB

    CrystalB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful time and great dinner with awesome service!
  29. S

    Stephen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an amazing server! Provided great memories.
  30. CS

    CarolynS

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oh my gosh!! The shrimp pasta was the best I have ever had! Oh and the Burrata Salad - so good!
  31. b

    blondie

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our waitress Lucy was outstanding! Attentive and very nice. We shared a Caesar salad and margarita pizza. Both were really good. We sat indoors because of the heat but there is patio seating by the lake. Great view. The only critique I have is that the restaurant decor is a bit dated. We moved tables because the table tilted but otherwise overall good.
  32. J

    Jorgejr

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jessica our waitress was amazing. She went above and beyond!
  33. JB

    JulieB

    Yosemite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Our server, Elena, made our night! One of the most pleasant dining experiences in years.
  34. j

    jorge

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Service great! Lakeside table amazing! Food was disappointing, first steak was overly cooked, had to send it back second steak was better…scallops were lacking taste, the risotto was bland.
  35. SZ

    ScottZ

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The reception and host stand needs some training.
  36. JS

    JennaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! View was amazing! Wonderful place to spend Fathers Day
  37. EB

    ErikaB

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This has being the best buffet food I have ever had, everything was great, took husband there for father's day and I was happily surprised but the great quality of all the food. Will definitely go back.
  38. s

    steph

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff in this restaurant was beyond the nicest, friendliest and on top of everything. I can't express how fantastic our meal was.
  39. VU

    VictoriaU

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We ordered steak medium, and it came out well done. They fixed it but still came out medium well for sure. Personally don’t feel prices justify quality, but service was great and our waitress was very kind.
  40. D

    Denise

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambience. Great food. The table service was wonderful. The front desk hostesses were a disaster. Which is a shame, because they set the mood for the entire dining experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 940 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge

74855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cook and Country Club

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet is available for a fee. Self parking is complementary for restaurant guest.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Peter Smith

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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