About Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge

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.

74855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Californian, Organic

Hours of Operation:
6:30 am - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Cook and Country Club

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 341-1788

Website:
http://www.rockwoodgrill.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Thomas Horner

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (9)
Waterfront (8)
Great for Lunch (5)
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Good for Birthdays (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Healthy (3)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Great Beer (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Cozy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 2 days ago

We used to really enjoy this restaurant, but it just didn't seem to meet the bill this time. Friday night should have been at least moderately busy. Wasn't busy at all. Had our choice of any table.
I specified a special occasion (Anniversary), no mention of it by our waitress. Restaurant reported a "no show" to Open Table. Had our name wrong on the reservation at the restaurant. How can you do that when it is on the open table reservation? Food was good, but not spectacular as it has been in the past. Not sure we'll be back

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Rockwood was a fine dining experience. Nice setting overlooking the water and you can get a boat transport from hotel lobby to get there. Food was great although the menu was quite limited and a few were quite pricey.
Some items like steaks, were priced without any accompanying starch or vegetables. Service was fine but slow at times. Still all in all a nice place to dine.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

JW Marriott is a beautiful hotel. Rockwood Grill is a nice place for lunch but wouldn't go out of my way to go there.

Tags: Business Meals, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great spot for a beautiful outdoor meal and the best brunch in the desert. Crab, fresh sushi, prime rib and anything else you'd expect. Servers are a little hard to wave down, as most people are serving themselves.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Beautiful outdoors. Great food exceptional service

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Brunch was extensive, pretty flavorful and had a lot of staff attending to it. We waited for outside seating and had a banquet that had cushions falling off and at least 3-5 inches lower than the chair side of the table. Very uncomfortable to get in and out if. If the cushions were the right height, vinyl and secured it would have been much more enjoyable. I wish we sat inside even though it was a beautiful desert day. The scenery was beautiful, service was fine and there were almost too many food choices.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Incredible Sunday brunch. Our server, Cayla was wonderful. Can't wait to come back.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food, ambiance and gorgeous view always brings us back. The crepes were to live for and wait for. We got there when they opened and it took awhile to heat the hot plates for the crepes. The wait staff is very attentive and we didn't have any down time waiting for refills on coffee or champagne. A relaxing enjoyable brunch before we watched an exciting Charger game in the lounge bar area.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great buffet in the resort. Good for a family. Lots options during dinner, brunch has even more options.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Were staying at the JW Marriott for a gymnastics competition and needed someplace close to feed the girls (and ourselves) before they were to compete so we chose the onsite restaurant Rockwood Grill. All of the girls (ages 9-12) had the buffet, a few parents had the buffet and the rest ordered from the menu. For the buffet it was great for the kids, but for the price ($40) for the adults, it was pretty skimpy - though the prime rib was decent. The major issue was the terrible service we had. At one point we had to ask a manager to help us track down our waiter just to order (our waiter didn’t seem to care). Though there was almost nobody in the restaurant (our reservation was for 4:45pm!), he never seemed to be around, never came to replenish our drinks and took about 20 minutes just to get our bill (though we had explained to him we were in a hurry due to the competition). I would only recommend this place if you have no issues with very slow service.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Staff made sure we had a great time. Our birthday girl was treated like royalty

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had Sunday brunch on the beautiful outside patio. It was very pleasant, the food was good and although barely noticeable, I really appreciated having someone there to keep the birds away. The brunch offered a reasonable variety of breakfast foods and the omelets were made to order.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Healthy, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Beautiful venue and lots of ducks and swans to talk with

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food is fantastic... especially for a buffet. Breakfast was especially great. The pastry chef is phenomenal!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The waiter was very persistent in taking our order and we wanted to relax and enjoy eachothers company. He was very annoying constantly hanging around our table. After we did finish, no one cleaned up our empty dishes, poured fresh water. Place was empty and no reason to rush us or bus the dirty dishes off our table. "Very disappointed in the service and would not recommend to others.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Friendly service, nice ambiance, good food. Not being rushed

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (Boise)·Dined on August 23, 2017

View outside was gorgeous. Our reservation was at 645pm so perfect time to watch the sun go down. It was really hot outside still so plan on the heat. Service and hospitality was great, small mishap on the side dish and was immediately corrected. I did get the wrong temperature on my meat and the staff changed my bill and did the right thing, the food was very good and love the simplicity in the dishes. Ambiance was excellent and it was our 2 year anniversary so they surprised us with a delicious cut off dessert. The cocktails were really good, and the calamari was our favorite part out the dinner. The water was refreshing and crisp. I would have given 5 stars if my pork was cooked right and would have given 2 stars if my bill wasn't handled correctly due to the mistake. Staff, service and feeling of comfort and importance was top notch. Enjoy the pics, the scenery is what made this choice and it didn't disappoint.

Tags: Scenic View, Late-night Find, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Service was very sub par. Never asked if we wanted second drink. Pork was good, though bland by the bone. The rest was tough and tasteless. Very few customers so no good excuses for having to call for waitress.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Nice boat ride out. Wonderful service. Delectable vittles. Most enjoyable meal of the trip!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2017

While on vacation in Palm Springs we are here several times. Always great food and great service. Our server Rebecca is the best!!!! Samuel the bus man and Leslie who was working ice cream bar rocked too! Can't wait to go back!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Our food was excellent. Our beers were excellent. Our server was the best we encountered during our entire time in the valley, including the expensive place we went on our 30th wedding anniversary day. This meal saved our trip for us. Outstanding service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 16, 2017

This restaurant is located in the Desert Springs Marriott, so my husband and I met another couple we were vacationing with here for dinner. We ordered cocktails, wine, and appetizer, all were very good. The service was rushed, our salad was out before we were done with appetizer and our entrees were out before we were even half done with our salads. The food was just ok.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Food was good and served well, service was very excellent - bread delicious.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We had dinner here two nights in a row, once with a group for my girlfriend's birthday, and once just the two of us for a date. Both times we were impressed by the service as well as the food. I had a massive and tender lamb shank the first night, and a delicious ribeye the second. We tried all the appetizers, which were lovely, and a chocolate dessert with a shell that crumbled pleasingly once hot chocolate sauce was poured over it. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Service from the staff is fantastic. The food was really good and in general I liked visiting the hotel property overall (we were not staying there but a friend recommended the cafe for lunch). One note to the hotel -- it's really time to clean or replace the soft goods (cushions and chairs). The bench I sat on had several stains and I noticed the same on the chairs in the bar/lounge area -- really, this is noticeable and needs to be fixed.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Love your brunch!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I really enjoy the brunch, plenty to choose from their buffet and includes bottomless mimosas.
The service is great, very personable and always had our champagne glasses filled. I will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We go each year for Father"s Day Brunch and several times throughout the year because of the ambiance, cheese blintzes, crepes, prime rib and their array of desserts; too much delicious food to list. The room is packed with a holiday vibe yet the service is fast, friendly and professional. We enjoy the scenic view of the mountains across the lake, swimming pools and golf course. A relaxing morning!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Amazing time here with my wife on our anniversary

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We used to come here for Sunday brunch on special occasions a few years ago and always enjoyed it. We were sadly disappointed by this experience. There seemed to be some question about our reservation at first even though the restaurant was half full. Then when we finally got seated no one came to serve us for a while. When we finally caught someone's attention they were surprised that we had not been served yet and got our waiter. The food in the buffet was fairly good but the atmosphere in the restaurant was noisy and disorganized. They seemed to have a lot of staff who did not quite know what to do. Dishes were not picked up and you had to try to catch some ones attention to get a drink refill. We don't think we would do Sunday brunch here again,

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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Brunch Buffet was good, the view was amazing and every staff member was above and beyond friendly! Love this place. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Waterfront, People Watching, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mothers day brunch, amazing food, sushi bar, pasta bar, pancake waffle bar, bagel bar, eggs bar, omelette station, salmon station, beef station, large desert room with every desert known to man, bottomless champagne, salads, crab legs, bloody mary bar.....and on and on! Love it we go every year for mothers day! Great staff, superior service.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great restaurant

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Great service but the food sucked mostly. We had the seafood pasta, as recommended by the server, and the sauce had no flavor. The ahi appetizer was okay. My only recommendation would be to order a steak and cocktails. Other than that, go elsewhere. Oh, Service was excellent.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Food was very good, we have been there 4 times in past 3 months...this time service was not very good, it had been wonderful on our prior visits...seemed disorganized, polite but quite frankly it was D-

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Service was excellent and food was great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 19, 2017

We were in town for business and staying at the JW. The Rockwood was a decent place to eat despite not having too many choices outside the hotel.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter Brunch

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 16, 2017

A truly exceptional Easter Brunch experience! We were taken care of by Heather who was top notch and professional. Chris, the Director of F&B greeted every table at a very busy event. The staff, the food, the ambiance was incredible. Highly recommend!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday brunch with friends--what a fantastic experience that was! So impressed with the Bloody Mary Bar, the oysters in a half shell, the sushi, the crab legs, the carving area, the huge dessert room with that amazing array of donuts on a peg board--I can just go on and on!!! We have just one word--WOW!!!

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