41000 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Classically Modern, Innovative Cuisine
Inspired by the blue heart of the flame, bluEmber is the heart of Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa, and showcase for its recent $35 million renovation. The classically modern restaurant was designed for KSL by The Puccini Group, which created the notable Blue Fire Grill at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California.
Outdoors, both dining and lounge seating on the Plaza and Ember patios take advantage of gorgeous views, the signature blue flame of three fire pits, and live entertainment five nights a week. This added luxurious ambiance for outdoor dining is very popular with bluEmber patrons and is a high priority when making reservations.
bluEmber is excited to unveil several changes to the menu for the 2009 season, led by new Chef de Cuisine Shannon Olvera, previously the executive chef at Tommy Bahama’s Las Vegas. With the addition of Olvera, Rancho Las Palmas has the rare distinction of being led by two female chefs. Furthermore, both were born and raised in Hawaii, a region that each chef draws from for inspiration and creativity in the kitchen.
Olvera has put an innovative “geo-centric” stamp on the menu, merging flavors from around the world with fresh California Cuisine, using products purchased directly from local, organic ranchers and farmers. Her cuisine has been described as a melting pot of fresh California, Euro-Asian, and Central Mexican cuisines. Some of her signature dishes include Lobster Crab and Sweet Local Corn Cakes, Spicy Steak Tartare, Vine-Ripened Tomato and Mozzarella Martini, and her Slow-Braised Osso Buco Beef Short Ribs.
Rich mahogany, soft pewter, and copper with a touch of the tropics in rattan and leather seating, bluEmber’s clean modern lines create a compelling yet intimate atmosphere throughout the bar, dining rooms, and marble counter show kitchen.
Distinctive copper mesh chandeliers cast a soft glow. The massive mahogany and copper bar, set off by glazed pewter tiles, is accented with driftwood. A detailed collection of monochrome cactus photos lines the walls of the intimate 24-seat Wine Room.
A variety of private and semi-private dining options for up to 48 guests are available. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bar stays open until midnight on weekends.
Text by Pamela Bieri
Price Range: $$$
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