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San Diego County Casino Guide

A look at the gaming, entertainment, and dining at the county's top casinos


Pool deck at Sycuan Casino and Resort, coming 2019!

When it comes to summer fun, the San Diego County casino scene hits the jackpot every time. If you're looking for close-to-home summer excitement, the odds are ever in your favor! San Diego County is home to a plethora of world-class gaming, A-list entertainment, and eclectic dining options for fun-filled date nights, lively girls' weekends, and memorable getaways.


Game On

Located only 30 minutes east of downtown San Diego, Viejas Casino & Resort offers all the thrills of Vegas-style gaming, plus award-winning gourmet dining and luxurious hotel accommodations. The elegantly appointed casino and resort is the latest Forbes Travel Guide four-star resort—one of only three in San Diego—making it a world-class destination just a short drive from home.

This lavish, local getaway lets you soak in all the excitement of “The Strip” with the newest and most sought after slot machines anywhere (Vegas included), adrenaline-inducing table games, incredible promotions where visitors can win cars and cash prizes, and an outstanding entertainment lineup.

Not to be outdone by all the fun on the casino floor, The Buffet at Viejas serves up an international selection of flavors inspired by Italy, China, Mexico, France, and the Mediterranean. And, with five separate bars situated throughout the property, there’s always a watering hole when and where you want one, featuring master mixologists who stand ready and waiting to pour your choice of craft beer or creative cocktail.


Dining Deals

Foodies will enjoy getting a taste of Valley View Casino & Hotel’s many dining options. The Maine Lobster Buffet at Valley View Casino & Hotel has put them on the map, and they’ve upped the ante with incredible deals at their award-winning restaurants.

At The Buffet, you’ll find over 200 made-from-scratch options every day, including 100 feet of desserts. Even better, you won’t break the bank when you want to indulge: All qualified Players Club members and first-time guests can enjoy the Steak & Seafood Lunch Buffet for only $10 Monday–Friday, and the Maine Lobster Dinner Buffet for only $20 Monday–Thursday.

For a more upscale dining experience, consider Black & Blue Steakhouse, voted San Diego’s best. Be sure to check out the special nightly menu, where you can choose a gourmet three-course dinner for only $40.

Finally, for a classic dining experience, stop by BLD’s Café to enjoy their huge, all-new menu featuring classic comfort foods plus several new and creative dishes. BLD’s just unveiled multicourse dining deals, with a variety of $10 lunch and $20 dinner options available Monday–Thursday.


Fun and Sun

Sycuan Casino and Resort is undergoing a major expansion that will include a dramatic 12-story hotel tower featuring 300 guest rooms, including 50 luxury suites. When it debuts in 2019, guests will enjoy getting pampered at an 8,000-square-foot spa and fitness area before strolling out for some serious sunbathing at the newly redesigned pool deck, where comfortable cabanas and a lazy river beckon.

But don’t wait until 2019 to visit this close-to-home hot spot—stop by this weekend and enjoy world-class gaming that includes 2,000 video or reel slots, table games, bingo, poker, Asian table games, roulette, and craps, plus a newly expanded nonsmoking casino wing.


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Summer Events Calendar

July 1:

Win your share of over $100,000 in cash and prizes during the Great Big Summer Giveaway at Valley View Casino & Hotel.

July 3:

Award-winning country music artist Martina McBride performs at Viejas Casino & Resort Concerts in the Park. Enjoy this superstar singer at San Diego’s newest and most intimate concert setting at Viejas Casino & Resort.

Martina McBride at Viejas Casino & Resort

July 21:

Looking for a new love? Check out ’80s pop diva Jody Watley performing all of her greatest hits at Sycuan in mid-July.

July 23:

Pair local brews with tasty bites at The Beer Run 2017—a craft beer festival with over 20 of San Diego’s most popular breweries along with music from SoCal natives Reel Big Fish and special guest Zebrahead at Viejas Casino & Resort.

July 27-28:

Catch the 2017 British invasion at Sycuan when The Psychedelic Furs bring their unique rock sounds to town.

August 3-4:

Get down tonight as KC and The Sunshine Band bring their boogie shoes to Sycuan.

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