Valley Center’s Harrah’s Rincon transitioned into Harrah’s Resort Southern California in March. It wasn’t just the name that changed at the San Diego adjacent property; the resort and casino underwent a $160 million renovation.
The revamped resort houses 1,065 rooms and luxury suites, including the new 21-story 403-room hotel tower. Guests can enjoy extra large rooms housing 42-inch plasma televisions, glass enclosed showers, huge balconies, roomy tubs, and comfortable mattresses.
The first phase of the expansion was unveiled in July 2013 and included the opening of ‘ritas Cantina and Dive, housing three pools with a swim-up bar, lazy river, nine hot tubs, cabanas, and day beds. Dive also hosts the Dive Dayclub, an adult swim Saturday party running from May through September. The second phase of the expansion included a new events center seating up to 2,200 guests for concerts and events, a Starbucks, and Corked, a wine and craft beer bar. A brand new food court recently opened with two new casual dining spots – Earl of Sandwiches and Pink’s Hot Dogs.
The nine dining options at Harrah’s Resort Southern California include the upscale Fiore Steakhouse with menu items including a variety of steaks, house made bacon, Elysian Fields lamb and Skuna Bay salmon. ‘ritas Cantina offers Mexican cuisine in an outdoor and indoor beach setting. Favorites include fish, chicken, shrimp, and carnitas tacos and a large variety of tequila and margaritas. The Oyster Bar serves cold and hot seafood including fresh oysters, clams, lobster, sushi bouillabaisse and gumbo. Fortunes cooks up Asian inspired cuisine with Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean dishes. The resort also offers an extensive buffet including American, Asian, Mexican and Italian dishes. Executive Chef Jon Palsson heads the culinary team and creates seasonal menus.
On the more casual side, the new Earl of Sandwiches offers upscale sandwiches while Pink’s Hot Dogs provides diners with a variety of gourmet hot dogs and toppings. The Café is the resort’s casual coffee shop offering classic California comfort food around the clock. The new Starbucks serves a variety of hot and cold coffees, teas and smoothies.
The chic, upscale Spiked lounge features vintage cocktails including sidecars and Manhattans. Harrah's Resort Southern California is located 40 minutes from San Diego and two hours from Los Angeles.