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San Diego-area casinos’ private dining rooms serve secluded elegance

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Looking for a place to hold a holiday dinner party? Casino steakhouses, like Hollywood Casino’s Final Cut, offer elegant private dining rooms.
Alejandro Tamayo / The San Diego Union-Tribune

Like many fine restaurants, casino steakhouses have private dining rooms.

These secluded gathering getaway spots are perfect for corporate events and specials occasions, like birthday parties. And with the holidays here, where better to join friends and family for an intimate meal — and not have to worry about the prepping, cooking or clean-up?

These private enclaves, decorated as stylishly or even better than the restaurant dining room, can generally accommodate eight to 16 people and don’t charge a rental fee.

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The not-too-sweet lemon tart is one of the delectable items on Barona Oak's revolving dessert menu.
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Barona: The private dining room at The Barona Oaks Steakhouse can seat 18 comfortably. No fee to book; minimum 10 guests. Guests can order off the regular menu or have a special one created.

Harrah’s: Fiore’s private dining room holds a maximum of 16 people. (Any groups larger constitute a banquet event.) No fee or per-person minimum required. Guests normally order from the regular steakhouse menu.

Hollywood: The glamorous venue here can accommodate a minimum of eight guests and a maximum of 16. Fixed-price menus are offered. A per-person minimum of $70 before tax and tip is required.

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Warm and inviting, the private dining room at Pala's steakhouse can come with a knock-out wine experience on the menu. The staff there will work with you to customize your party.
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Pala: There is no fee and no minimum to rent The Oak Room’s private venue. It can seat between eight and 16. A special menu can be tailored to the clients’ wishes or guests can order off the regular menu. Need a bigger space? The full Oak Room restaurant can be booked on the nights it’s closed, Monday and Tuesday, for up to 125 people.

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The private dining room at Pechanga's Great Oak Steakhouse is just one of five the resort offers.
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Pechanga: The Great Oak Steakhouse’s room is big enough for up to 24 people and there is no fee or minimum. A fixed-priced menu is served. And because Pechanga does nothing in a small way, the resort has several other private dining rooms. None charge a fee or require a minimum.

  • Journey’s End, up to 48 people; 16-24 guests are served a pre-selected menu; 25-48 guests served a buffet.
  • Paisano’s, up to 14 people; regular menu.
  • Bamboo, up to 10 people; regular menu.
  • Kelsey’s Private Dining Room, up to 15 people; menu varies

Valley View: Black&Blue’s private dining room can seat 16 people at one long table or 21 at five tables. There is no fee to reserve but a minimum 10 guests is required. Larger groups will be served a set, three-course menu; prices vary and start at $55 per person.

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Dinner is served: The Grove's private dining room at Viejas.
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Viejas: The Grove’s room accommodates from 15-22 comfortably. The fee and minimum charges vary.