Where to Eat Easter Brunch and Dinner at Southern California Casinos
Easter is Sunday, April 16, and if you’re not in the mood to make a culinary masterpiece and deal with the dreaded post-meal clean-up, have no fear. Several Southern California casinos have you covered with Easter brunch and dinner options, with some offering special meals all day.
From seafood to carving stations and of course a bounty of sweets, there is something for just about everyone.
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. 888-999-1995. hotwatercasino.com.
The Steakhouse: Enjoy a roasted stuffed pork tenderloin dinner. 5 – 10 p.m. $37.
Waters Café: Three-course pre-fixe Easter special. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. $26.
Grand Palms Buffet: All -you-can-eat buffet, which includes bottomless champagne. 11. a.m – 3 p.m. $34.99.
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio. 760-342-5000, fantasyspringsresort.com.
Fresh Grill Buffet: Egg dishes will be featured, including eggs Benedict and made-to-order omelets. Other options include salads, prime rib, honey-glazed ham, roast leg of lamb, cioppino and New York strip steaks. There will also be a chocolate fountain for those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth and international food stations. Brunch is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and dinner is 3 – 9 p.m. $33.99 for adults and $16.99 for children.
The Bistro: Looking for a fancier affair? Dine on a pairing of Madeira-glazed filet mignon and lobster thermidor-stuffed prawns and sides. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. $36.
Harrah’s Resort Southern California
777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center. 760-751-3100, harrahssocal.com.
The Buffet: Dining options include selections such as mini-bagels, eggs Benedict and roasted lavender-rubbed pork loin with fig sauce. An abundance of desserts will be offered as well. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $36..
The Café: Dine on New York steak and a salmon dish with sides. A strawberry shortcake is what’s for dessert. Open 24 hours. $29.99.
Fiore Steakhouse: Diners can please their palates with signature dishes including seared lamb medallions with pearl onions, baby vegetables and duck fat crisped potato. 5:30 – 11 p.m. $70.
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa
49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon. 800-252-4499, morongocasinoresort.com.
Cafe Serrano: Enjoy a carved ham dinner with a pineapple rum glaze, seasonal vegetables and mashed sweet potatoes. Top off the meal with a helping of coconut layer cake.11 a.m. – 11 p.m. $18.95.
Portero Canyon Buffet: Lamb, ham and duck await diners, in additional to traditional buffet favorites . 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. $30.95 with Morongo rewards card.
Cielo: A four-course prix fixe meal includes crispy pork belly, spring greens, Porcini mushroom lasagna, stuffed pork loin and vanilla gelato with chocolate ganache and berries for dessert. 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. $70.
Pala Casino Spa & Resort
11154 Highway 76, Pala. 760-510-5100, palacasino.com.
Choices: In addition to the normal buffet bounty, diners can nosh on Canadian chilled crab and steamed Alaska king crab, as well as other seafood choices, including Mako shark with grilled pineapple sauce. There will also be a carving station. Be sure to save room for dessert, as there will be more than 80 choices. 9 a.m. – 9 .p.m with limited brunch items available 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $46. Discounts for Pala privileges card holders.
Pechanga Resort & Casino
45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula. 888-732-4264, pechanga.com.
Pechanga Café: Dine on citrus-glazed ham with scalloped potatoes, asparagus and baby carrots. A personal size lemon bundt cake is for dessert. Open 24 hours. $15.95. $5 for dessert.
Paisano’s: Feast on a three-course Italian meal featuring sea scallops, braised lamb shank with white cheddar grits and sauteed vegetables. Follow-up dinner with lemon ricotta cake with raspberry sauce. Paisano’s regular dinner menu will also be available. 5 – 10 p.m. $45.
Journey’s End: Come hungry to the buffet featuring made-to-order omelet and pancake stations, assorted Danishes, salad and carving stations with honey-bourbon ham and prime rib, roasted salmon and dessert. 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. $39; $21 for children under 12.
Great Oak Steakhouse: Dine on a three-course prix fixe menu that starts with chilled avocado soup with jumbo lump crab or a spring mix salad. The main course follows with a pistachio-crusted rack of lamb, baby rainbow carrots, sweet potato au gratin in a cabernet sauvignon reduction. A carrot cake bar with mango-pineapple sauce is on tap for dessert. The restaurant’s regular dinner menu will also be available. 5 – 10 p.m. $58.
Kelsey’s: A la carte selections include a spinach and artichoke stuffed portobello mushroom ($7.50), smoked and braised bison short ribs with port wine demi-glace with sides ($28), and, for dessert, strawberry lemon Charlotte ($5.00). Kelsey’s regular menu will also be available. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar: Dine on a four-course affair featuring sea urchin, scallops with watermelon and cold feta cream with roasted pistachios and apricot sauce. Stuffed chicken roulade served with sides is the main event followed by white chocolate ganache with lemon gel for dessert. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. $55.
Pechanga Buffet: Breakfast and brunch items include made-to-order omelet station, eggs Benedict and chilaquiles. Fresh seafood options include prawns, mussels, oysters on the half shell and jumbo crab legs. Diners can also choose pizza, pasta and Mexican and Asian cuisine, along with carving stations. Be sure to save room for the array of desserts. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. brunch; 2 – 10 p.m. dinner. $32.99 adults; $14.99 children under 12; kids under 3 are free.
San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino
777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland. 800-359-2464, sanmanuel.com.
Serrano Buffet: Brunch features a variety of breakfast and brunch favorites. An Easter dinner buffet will also be offered. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. $22.99 for brunch; 4 – 10 p.m. $29.99 for dinner.
The Pines: Live music will accompany Easter brunch. Bottomless mimosas are included. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. $39.99.
Spa Resort Casino
401 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs. 888-999-1995, sparesortcasino.com.
Oasis Buffet: Enjoy as much as you can eat during the daylong Easter buffet. Bottomless mimosas are included. 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. $34.99.
The Steakhouse: A three-course Easter feast awaits diners at this swanky restaurant. Bottomless mimosas are included. 5 – 10 p.m. $79.
Spotlight 29 Casino
46-200 Harrison Pace, Coachella. 760-775-5566. spotlight29.com
Café Capitata: A traditional Easter buffet features sliced ham, prime rib and leg of lamb in addition to plenty of seafood and shellfish. International options include Mexican and Asian choices. Complete the meal with a decadent dessert spread. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. $22.95.
Jem Steakhouse: Easter specials include Australian rack of lamb, bone-in rib eye and filet mignon with sides. Seafood, pasta and chicken dishes will also be available. Crème brulee and cakes will round out the meal. 4 p.m. Easter prices are 10 percent off all menu items, excluding alcohol.