Last year, tribal casinos in Southern California reduced their Christmas dining options due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s offerings appear to be closer to the scale casino enthusiasts were used to before the pandemic.
There are also a few restaurants offering Christmas Eve dinners if you’d rather go out before the big day. Be sure to contact the casino you plan to visit for the latest information.
Note that Pechanga Resort Casino is the only regional casino to offer a take-out feast. If you’re planning on ordering, be aware of the December 17th deadline.
Agua Caliente Palm Springs Casino
401 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs. 888-999-1995, aguacalientecasinos.com.
The Steakhouse: The multi-course meal includes a choice of butternut squash soup or a salad to start; followed by a starter of braised beef ribs with cinnamon or baked salmon and crab with tarragon white butter. Dessert is a cobbler choice of apples, cranberries or pecans served with vanilla ice cream and caramel. 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. December 25. $ 95. Reservations are recommended and can be made through 888-999-1995 or aguacalientecasinos.com.
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage
32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. 888-999-1995, aguacalientecasinos.com.
The Steakhouse: The three-course meal includes a choice of a roasted chestnut bisque or a roasted beet salad. Starters include a choice of individual Beef Wellington or sausage-stuffed pork chops, followed by a dessert consisting of a Yule log, chocolate ganache and a shot of eggnog. 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. December 25. $ 100. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 888-999-1995 or via aguacalientecasinos.com.
Agua Caliente Casino City Cathedral
68960 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City. 888-999-1995, aguacalientecasinos.com
One Eleven Café: Fixed price three course menu with kale salad with lemon vinaigrette; filet mignon in a coffee bean crust coated in chocolate and lobster tail with herb butter and brandy, mashed potatoes with black truffle and green beans; pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. $ 60. Available Friday, December 24 after 5 p.m. and offered all day until Sunday, December 26. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 888-999-1995 or via aguacalientecasinos.com.
84-001 avenue 54, Coachella. 760-391-9500, augustinecasino.com.
Coffee 54: Three-course meal with a choice of butternut squash soup or garden salad to start; starter of lamb chops with rosemary, potato gratin, white and green asparagus poached in butter; and bread pudding dessert with caramel sauce. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. December 25. $ 29.
777 Pauma Reservation Road, Pauma Valley. 877-687-2862, casinopauma.com
Coffee: Choice of soup or salad to start; a choice of two 7-ounce lobster tails with corn on the cob, baked potato, asparagus, jalapeño cornbread for $ 39 or a 16-ounce prime rib with a mixture of roasted squash and glazed carrots with honey for $ 25. 4:00 p.m. to midnight on December 25.
52702, route 371, Anza. 951-763-1200, cahuillacasinohotel.com.
Ribbonwood Grill Christmas Eve: 10 ounces of roast pork served with patatas bravas and seasonal vegetables. 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on December 24. $ 28.
Ribbonwood Grill Christmas Day: Pork loin stuffed with caramelized fruits served with current sauce, patatas bravas and seasonal vegetables. 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., December 25. $ 26.
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
84-245 Indio Springs Drive, Indio. 760-345-2450, fantasyspringsresort.com.
Christmas Eve dinner buffet of fresh grills: Options include seafood, prime rib, maple-glazed turkey breast, New York “churrasco-style” steaks, Florentine sole filet and charcoal-grilled carne asada. drink. Dessert options include a chocolate fountain and a range of cakes, pastries, sugar-free selections, including some holiday-themed items. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 24. $ 34.99 adults; $ 24.99 children; children 3 and under are free.
Christmas dinner buffet of fresh grills: Options include seafood, prime rib, ham cooked with honey and Dijon, maple glazed turkey breast, stuffed pork tenderloin, Mediterranean seafood cioppino; Desserts include choices of foster bananas, Yule logs, pastries, Christmas cookies, and a chocolate fountain. 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. December 25. $ 39.99 adults; $ 29.99 children; children under 3 are free.
POM: Beef Wellington with 8-ounce filet mignon, spinach-mushroom duxelles, puff pastry, sautéed asparagus with port demi-glace. The regular menu is also available. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on December 25. $ 64.
The pub : Grilled seafood with marinated and grilled Maine lobster tail, scallops and jumbo shrimp served with mashed potatoes and broccoli-cheddar soufflé. The regular menu is also available. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. December 25. $ 65. Reservations are recommended and can be made through 760-342-5000 or www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Harrah’s Resort Southern California
777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center. 760-751-3100, harrahssocal.com.
Coffee: Turkey dinner with cut white turkey meat, candied sweet potatoes with pecan bacon, green beans and sauce. 7 am-midnight. December 25th. $ 22.
‘ritas Cantina: Chili relleno en nogada, with roasted poblano pepper, grated beef birria, dried apples, apricot plums and walnut cream. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. December 25. $ 18.99.
Fiore: A 24 oz Wagyu beef filet mignon with spinach cream, duck fat potatoes and Bernaise sauce. 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. December 25. $ 90.
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa
49500 Seminole promenade, Cabazon. 951-849-3080, morongocasinoresort.com
Cielo: Three-course meal with cauliflower soup; lobster stuffed with crab cake, potatoes with duck confit, agave glazed carrots and lobster cream; mint cheesecake for dessert. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on December 25. Reservations highly recommended through OpenTable or by calling 800-252-4499. $ 97.
Good times coffee: Beef tenderloin, potato gratin, broccoli, baby carrots and pepper sauce with spicy gingerbread chocolate cake for dessert. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on December 25. $ 36.99.
Dinner at the stand: Located next door to the Morongo Casino, the restaurant offers a three-course meal with a salad; short ribs served with mashed potatoes, cherry tomatoes, sautéed asparagus; and eggnog pie for dessert. 11 am-midnight. December 25th. $ 23.99.
Pechanga Resort Casino
45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula. 877-711-2946, pechanga.com.
Pechanga’s take-away holiday: For 6 to 8 people. Dinner, which is made fresh at Christmas, includes bone-in prime rib, mashed potatoes, roasted baby carrots, Brussels sprouts, gravy, creamy horseradish, apple or pecan pie, rolls and butter. $ 210. Orders can be placed until Friday, December 17 by calling 951-770-2307. Customers who have pre-ordered can pick up their feast at the curb in front of the Blends Coffee Bar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 25.
Soboba Casino Resort
22777 Soboba Road, San Jacinto. 951-665-1000, soboba.com.
Canyons Steakhouse: The three-course meal includes a butternut squash bisque; Grilled premium rib eye and giant chunk crab cake served with black garlic and horseradish mashed potatoes and roasted seasonal vegetables; dessert is a choice of double chocolate candy cane cake or eggnog butter cake. 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 25. $ 110. Reservations only and can be made by calling 866-476-2622.
Cafe of the course: The three-course meal begins with a choice of cornucopia salad or Southwestern corn chowder; followed by a starter of your choice of Cornish game stuffed sous vide with sautéed winter vegetables, a sausage and cranberry stuffing and a chicken soup with herbs, or a braised lamb shank in osso buco with mashed red potatoes with parsnip and sautéed spinach. Dessert is tiramisu. 11 am-10pm $ 40.
Yaamava ‘Resort & Casino
777 San Manuel Boulevard, Highland. 800-359-2464, yaamava.com
Serrano Vista Café: Portuguese bean soup with pesto crouton ($ 6); The special entree is prime rib with Alaskan king crab legs, fall vegetables, and Yukon Gold whipped potatoes ($ 85); dessert is S’mores pie ($ 10). 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on December 25. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made through yaamava.com.
The modern steakhouse of the pines: The special starter is a roast chick served with a chestnut stuffing, port glaze and vegetables ($ 42); dessert is chocolate macaroons ($ 15). 5 pm-10pm on December 25. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made through yaamava.com.
Valley View Casino and Hotel
16300 Col Nyemii, Center of the Valley. 760-291-5500, valleyviewcasino.com
Black and blue steakhouse: A three-course meal begins with a choice of Caesar salad, candied apple salad or leek and potato soup; followed by a choice of starter of lamb chops in a rosemary and pistachio crust, seafood scampis with Mexican white shrimp, scallops and homemade pappardelle pasta or filet mignon. Dessert is your choice of crème brûlée, baked Alaskan cake, or bourbon pecan frangipane cake with caramel pecan and maple chips. 5 pm-10pm on December 25. $ 59. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 760-291-2130.
Patties and Pints: A three-course meal with choice of lobster bisque or salad; a New York strip with wild mushroom risotto, roasted carrots and asparagus; and caramel and apple cheesecake for dessert. 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. $ 40. December 25th.