Fine dining, golf, casino reasons Pechanga Resort & Casino named top casino in U.S.

Temecula, night at the fountain, outside of Pechanga Resort & Casino, the number one casino in the U.S., according to recent Best 10 USA Today poll.
Temecula, night at the fountain, outside of Pechanga Resort & Casino, the number one casino in the U.S., according to recent Best 10 USA Today poll.

Pechanga Resort & Casino began with a dream 20 years ago, blossomed with the 2002 opening of their current facility, with a major renovation underway for 2016. Now, this Temecula gem has bloomed into the favorite United States casino, according to a recent national USA Today 10 Best poll.

“We are ecstatic about being voted number one,” Pechanga Vice President of Marketing Lee Torres, said. “We say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who cast their ballot for Pechanga. We all try every day to offer a distinguished standard of customer service. Being the nation’s favorite casino is an incredible honor, and it’s a testament to the perseverance of the Pechanga Tribe.”

The casino held the top spot winning after four weeks of voting, according to recent release. One of three California casinos mentioned in the poll, Pechanga edged out well-known resort/casinos including the Bellagio, Borgata and L’Auberge in established gaming destinations such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City and the South for the winning nod.

A local Southwest Riverside County favorite for stay-cation and getaways, the casino offers dining experiences from the expected casino buffet, to fine dining. With s new pastry chef, as well as restaurants currently under renovation, the casino continues to be a popular draw for local visitors through the doors.

With a food court available for “quick bites” diners can eat on the go while gambling. A visit to the casino wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Blends Coffee and Wine Bar. This Starbucks-style coffee, pastry, and quick lunch experience is open early and closes late. Wi-Fi for free, this chic coffee and wine bar offers comfortable seating, and wine by the glass or bottle. Blends is the perfect stop while waiting for friends to join you at the casino.

The Pechanga Buffet features a menu with 250 fresh items and action stations, including seafood, Asian selections, grilled and barbecue items, roasted and rotisserie foods, American comfort items, Mexican, Italian and Mediterranean foods, as well as a large salad and dessert bar.

Fine dining is available through Paisano’s Italian restaurant, which features an extensive wine list of Italian varietals, and “New World, Old World” generational Italian family cooking. Pastas are fresh, and guests can view the chef preparing dishes through the kitchen window. A private party room is available, by reservation, for larger groups.

Enjoy breakfast and lunch at Journey’s End at Pechanga. This meal with a view experience is located in the Clubhouse of the world-class golf course Journey at Pechanga Golf Course. Dine indoors or outdoors, or visit the bar for the 19th hole. Views of the golf course vistas season the meal.

Umi Sushi and Oyster Bar, maintains an interactive fine dining atmosphere with the chefs. Featuring sushi, sashimi, nigiri, rolls, oysters on the half shell, seafood platters, specialty cocktails and more.

Great Oak Steakhouse is the crown jewel of the casino’s dining. This steakhouse features over 900 selections on its wine list, fine dining ambiance, and bears the distinction of being lauded as an AAA Four Diamond Awarded restaurant. The steakhouse offers 100 percent Prime Black Angus beef, and has been recognized by the editors of Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines.

The casino offers one of the largest and most luxurious resort experiences anywhere in the U.S. Rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2002, the casino offers more than 3,000 slot machines, table games, world-class entertainment, 517 hotel rooms, 11 restaurants, spa, on-site golf course, concerts and nightclubs.

The casino’s original expansion in 2002 included the current 88,000-square foot casino floor, 517 hotel rooms, and a 1,200-seat theater. Privately operated business of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, the tribe reinvested into the property, expanding its gaming space in 2005 to include another 100,000 square feet, and later added an on-site championship golf course.

The resort currently employs more than 4,000 people. Pechanga tribal members say the resort will become even more of a desired destination spot for travelers after their planned $285 million resort expansion is completed.

“Twenty years ago, we opened with a very modest vision of simply creating jobs and opportunity for our tribe,” said Patrick Murphy, president of the Pechanga Development Corporation. “Today we’re humbled and honored to be recognized as the best casino in the United States. Our guests and our region have shown yet again how they feel about Pechanga through this poll and we are truly grateful.”

Wednesday, July 22, the casino will give away $100,000 during a slot tournament open to everyone 21 and older. The event will be a celebration to say, “thank you,” to all who voted for the resort/casino in USA Today’s poll. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. with prizes paid that night.

Follow the casino on Facebook and on Twitter @PechangaCasino. It’s open 24 hours and guests must be 21 or older to enter the casino. For more information, call toll free (877) 711-2946 or visit

The casino is located at 45000 Pechanga Pkwy. in Temecula.

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