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Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge

4.4
4.4
914 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 914 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
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. l

    longhorn1

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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 .
  2. CB

    CrystalB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    Stephen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an amazing server! Provided great memories.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. J

    Jorgejr

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jessica our waitress was amazing. She went above and beyond!
  7. 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.
  8. j

    jorge

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 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.
  9. SZ

    ScottZ

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The reception and host stand needs some training.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. RK

    RobertK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The patio at Rockwood is GREAT at breakfast when the temps are manageable and you can sit next to the water's edge. Very attentive service!
  16. J

    Janet

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated a birthday. It was lovely!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staying at the hotel for a birthday weekend and made reservations for Saturday breakfast. We had the buffet and it was delicious. Lots of options and my favorite was the biscuits and gravy.
  18. EN

    EliN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I wasn't expecting or wanting a buffet environment.
  19. DK

    DeniseK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a lovely dinner beside the lagoon by sunset! Our waitress, Elena, was excellent as was the food.
  20. DS

    DianeS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really lovely! Setting, service and food!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing. We opted to sit outside knowing it would be warm. If they were to add fans in the outdoor seating area, it would have been perfect
  22. TW

    TianiW

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Took a really long time to get food..Food was just ok!! Service was good our server took her time explaining everything..drinks werevalso good..i prefer going for breakfast
  23. RH

    RyanH

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place and excellent buffet. Family friendly
  24. RH

    RyanH

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Buffet was awesome, very easy for the kids and the prime rib was very good.
  25. SO

    SpecialOccasion

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Sub par service and not so great food. Not many choices on the wine list and it was quite pricey..
  26. SA

    SusanA

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    My mother and I ordered a Club Sandwich and a Wedge salad with salmon. (After I was told there was no fish for the fish tacos, which I originally planned to order). After asking a server 45 minutes later if our food was coming soon, it finally arrived 15 minutes later-without the salmon. Our waiter told me he’ll be right back with the salmon and I got it 15 minutes later. Of course I was nearly finished my salad, which I had planned on eating with my piece of salmon on top. Was told they don’t know what happened and that it was busy in kitchen. I counted 5 tables indoors and 8 tables outside. Disappointing.
  27. HS

    HansS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very pleased with our experience. The food was delicious. The best part of our evening was our waitress, Elena! She is simply the best. She is so friendly and very attentive. Ask for Elena when you eat at Rockwood Grill.
  28. CW

    CharlesW

    St. Louis

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and fantastic recommendations from the wait staff. They made this a memorable evening.
  29. CC

    CCcolo

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time and the food was amazing and what a wonderful variety. Dzanany was the best. Thank you
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Good food and a nice view were ruined by loud thumping music at the pool. Ridiculous level of bass playing which overshadowed what would’ve been an otherwise lovely meal. Several other diners commented the same thing.
  31. JS

    JudyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the food was well prepared and delicious! Service was superb as well!
  32. b

    booper48

    Orange County

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pepperoni pizzas for the kids were excellent. Caesar & Caprese salads are distinctively tasty. The shrimp/pasta, chicken and scallop entrees were outstanding. All entrees came out piping out...service was 5 star..staff is very attentive.
  33. TS

    TamaraS

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I visited for Sunday brunch by the water. It was very good. The omelette stand was not open though. That was disappointing. But the buffet food was good.
  34. LM

    LuMurph

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    This was not the restaurant I thought it was. There used to be an amazing Italian grill here, but apparently was replaced with this place. The food was nothing special and if I had known it wasn’t the original restaurant- I never would have eaten here. Not coming here again And would not recommend.
  35. MH

    MarkH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service team was very polite and attentive. This was a very pleasant experience. Ronnie was awesome.
  36. c

    carlosm

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day brunch was extremely well done! We were seated quickly and comfortably. The food was delicious . Thank for a wonderful brunch’
  37. CS

    CharlesS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    For the price this food was substantially lower that advertised. If I’m going to pay 110.00 the food better reflect the price. It missed the mark. Won’t be back. Very disappointed.
  38. DT

    DennisT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The staff has been great. Especially our servers!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service! The staff made me feel special.
  40. MT

    MountainTed

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Elena was our hostess and she was incredible!! Quietly enthusiastic. Well versed in every aspect of the restaurant. Always on-time for the next step in our service. She made our evening out, and btw, the food was great. My scallops were cooked perfectly - not dried out - melt in your mouth goodness. I highly recommend this 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 4.4 stars by 914 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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