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Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge, Palm Desert, CA

Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge

4.4
4.4
1334 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


Booked 43 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 341-1788
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Eric Theiss
  • 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

What 1,334 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Kid-friendly

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Kid-friendly

1,334 Reviews
  1. StanM

    Exclusive

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful brunch at Rockwood Grill. Great place if you love brunch!

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  2. RobertR

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This could be pricey, but if you can afford it, it’s worth it. The flavors are incredible and the service is impeccable.

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  3. Jeffer

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you’re able to sit outside it is so nice. The views with all the birds in the water is beautiful. Food is excellent too

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  4. WilliamK

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting. Great service. Food was good but on pricy side.

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  5. JohnF

    Kansas City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great outdoor experience. Overhead heaters were perfectly set. Sat next to the lake and was entertained by the black swans. Food and service was good.

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  6. Wiley1967

    Denver

    225 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    225 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Able to comfortably seat a party of eight. Good service and varied menu. Most diners enjoyed their meal. Nice evening, but nothing of note. Shuttle svc from/to Marriott's Desert Spgs Villas very convenient.

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  7. Neal

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Not romantic for V day. Good for business travel.

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  8. JanetG

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Just an average venue that would be expected in a hotel. Unfortunately we were expecting more based on photos.

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  9. jwroc

    New York City

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Arrived just before opening at 5 pm. seated and served promptly…restaurant busy but still very pleasant by 6:pm….valet parking costs $12 for 2 hours…bah

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  10. FiveToe

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and attention to requests. Excellent view of the hotel lagoon, especially from the outside tables. The menu is brief, but the salads and entries were very good. The bar is attractive, and the entertainment was easy listening. We'll definitely give it another try.

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  11. SMFoodie

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, nice ambience, great service! Had the little gem Caesar salad and the sausage pasta followed by the chocolate sensation for dessert! All were terrific but the Dessert was a standout. We will definitely be back!

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  12. JaneT

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We booked via Open Table for 8.00pm. We arrived at about 7.45pm and used valet parking. We were at the restaurant slightly early but were seated promptly. Our server, Elina, greeted us warmly with iced water at the table. We both had starters, chicken noodle soup & herb foccacia bread with oil & balsamic dressing. We then had filet steak and the Colorado Lamb t-bone. The food was excellent and lived up to Elina's recommendation. The restaurant was busy and the noise level was, at times, quite intrusive and it made normal conversation challenging. We would return again.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My server was absolutely the best I could not have hoped for more. I had a completely wonderful experience.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Some guests were loud. Tables were high for the booth benches. Felt like a child as we sank into the seats and I'm 6 foot 2.

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  15. Fritzie0407

    Minneapolis

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely table right next to the water. It was a coolish night but the ceiling heaters and the warm blankets made us toasty and cozy. My salmon was delicious! Perfectly cooked and seasoned. Highly recommend it. Sunday night is apparently very quiet as our table was one of only 3 sitting outside.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant offers a quiet atmosphere and a beautiful view. The food is very good and the service is excellent. It is a nice place to dine.

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  17. KarinR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The setting right at the water is just beautiful. Friendly server Martha took excellent care of us. Food is standard lunch fare. Not bad, but not outstanding.

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  18. JenniferG

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    They advertised Sunday brunch but when we got there they told us they don’t do brunch anymore! The restaurant was not busy! The service was slow and the food was average! I won’t be going back.

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  19. Dennis

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent…! The food, service and ambience was everything we expected and more. 

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not many food options. Pork in the entirety menu.

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  21. DonaldG

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the steak and loaded bake potato and desert. I enjoyed my cocktail as well.

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  22. IowaCityfan

    Des Moines

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Really great food and service couldn’t have been better but the noise level was too much! They need to put large group tables in one area hopefully closed off and let those of us who would like to talk to ones we are across the table from have a pleasant experience. We will go back just because the food is so good!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service from our server, attentive and intuitive.

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  24. MaryR

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Monique and Martha provided excellent service; they were attentive, thoughtful and helpful. Food: although the qaulity was fine, the overall value was poor! The soup portion was ample (and tasty!) but 4 shrimp for $14.00 is outrageous. The Farmer's Salad was primarily greens (dates were good, but the bacon was micro-sized). That entree was disappointing.

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  25. Sunshine57

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dzenana was our server and we got all her recommendations for an exceptional meal. She was so outstanding and kind to us. We can’t wait to return for another meal.

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  26. tdmhome

    Columbus

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Experience was what was expected for a highly touted and highly pricey restaurant. The experience was comfortable but it didn’t t wow! It was a good experience and at the level that was expected.

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  27. TLee

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Would have like the grilled cauliflower back on menu as husband is vegan

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  28. Milo

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was very mediocre. And, there were several items that were not available. The ambience was poor - it felt like we were eating in a diner. But, the service was probably the worst part of the evening. The server disappeared for long stretches of time (even though the restaurant was not very crowded). And, when someone in our party asked the server for a recommendation for a glass of wine, the server recommended a $32 glass of wine - without letting the person know beforehand. I believe that when a server recommends anything that expensive - the server should relay the cost beforehand. Overall, I would not recommend this restaurant. We will not be going back.

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  29. Kathie

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Sever rushed us through the meal.. when made reservation didn’t know was fixed menu , over priced for quality and quantity of food. Ran out of lobster risotto.. probably worst part of staying at resort. Should have walked to Morton’s

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  30. Enjoy

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were the first couples to enter the restaurant on New Years Eve. The station crews almost ready. The crab was ready but the clarified butter was not. The non-meat eaters commented on the salmon that was tasteless and dry. Some of the stew pots needed Serving Spoons and not Buffet Tongs. A station would appear when viewed the problem. The Pasta bar had choice of ravioli and penne like. Sauces were choice of 3. We brought excellent wine that for taste and added pleasure. The $30.00 corkage was higher than other restaurants we dined at. I would recommend Rockwood Grill to diner but ???? on New Years Eve. The Dessert Room was Excellent with many choices for everyone

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  31. JulietB

    Central Coast

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food but not a lot of choices. Service was great! Great interiors and design.

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  32. Brian

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner and service. We will be going back.

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  33. CathyZ

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We all had the buffet, which was great! However, the noise level was much too high.

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  34. EvanF

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great. We had 9 persons, including three young children from 17 months to almost 5 years old. The staff was truly fantastic. They were extremely accommodating. Allowing the under 3 year olds to eat from the kids buffet was a plus.

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  35. PamS

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had dinner at the restaurant on Christmas Day. The buffet was outstanding. My daughter, who lived in Las Vegas said this was every bit as good, if not better as a Vegas buffet. Our server Ariel could not have been sweeter. She was attentive without being intrusive. She really expressed a desire for us to have a wonderful holiday while giving up her own. We will ever be grateful for the wonderful food and the outstanding service by Ariel.

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  36. YaromL

    Palm Springs

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    DEF ONE OF THE BEST BUFFETS ANYWHERE, AND GREAT SERVICE AND FUN TIMES

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  37. Jzjz

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Holiday Buffet was loud and food was subpar. Seafood was not fresh and other items were overcooked. Expected more for the price tag. Servers were kind. Room was very loud. Wrong credit card amount charged to room.

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  38. JosephM

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated Christmas here at the hotel! we enjoyed the food and the live music.

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  39. SandraB

    Edmonton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our Christmas buffet experience was super. Food was amazing and the service was 5 star for sure.

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  40. CarolynV

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Christmas Day buffet was among the best I’ve ever had, including luxury cruises.

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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 4.4 stars by 1334 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


Booked 43 times today
Google Map for Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge

74855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Cook and Country Club
  • Neighborhood
    Palm Desert
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Eric Theiss
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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