Rancho Mirage bluEmber Rancho Las Palmas

Across the street from the shops and restaurants of Rancho Mirage lies the 240-acre luxury resort of the the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. The Resort offers an array of dining choices, a luxurious spa, 25 tennis courts (named as one of Tennis Magazine’s Top 50 US Tennis Resorts) and 27 holes of championship golf surrounded by tree-lined fairways and magnificent views of the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains. Guests and locals also delight in the recently redesigned Splashtopia water park that features a lazy, winding 425-foot river and two 100-foot waterslides, cliffside Jacuzzi and sandy beach.

bluEmber signal fresco fire pit

While poolside dining is available at the resort, our team of hungry real estate professional chose to take it inside this week and dined at the bluEmber Restaurant, a local favorite spot for delicious cuisine. The bluEmber restaurant offers both a luxuriously sophisticated dining room and stunning patio dining where you can enjoy the views of the resort and mountains with fire pits to warm to in the Winter and Spring seasons. Rancho Las Palmas’ signature restaurant, bluEmber features California New American cuisine and their summer lunch menu offers the perfect balance of fresh salads, sandwiches and shareable foods with a number of vegetarian and gluten free options.

Food selections

Though tempted to indulge in their enticing drink menu of custom cocktails and signature margaritas, we hydrate with water and iced tea and began our meal by sharing an order of Fried Brussel Sprouts served with a charred lemon, caper and raisin aioli. The portion of Brussel sprouts was generous and they were perfectly cooked with crisp outside leaves and tender hearts. The aioli offered a delicious contrast with warm ground mustard and lemon flavor, sweet raisins and crumbled cotija cheese. We also shared bites of the Tuna Wrap with side of chilled fresh fruit and an order of the Red Wheat Linguine with butternut squash, baby mushrooms, crumbled feta cheese and kale in a pomodoro sauce. Both the wrap and pasta selection were delicious and offered generous portions. The service was attentive and friendly without being intrusive as we worked over and past lunch.

From the gorgeous Mission style setting to the delightful food, our experience at bluEmber was definitely worth repeating – maybe next time in we’ll enjoy it al fresco!