According to Emily Post, napkins may only be used to cover laps, clean up spills, or signal the waiter via semaphore that your table has hit an iceberg. Master restaurant etiquette over a gourmet prix fixe meal with today's Groupon: for $33, you get two prix fixe dinners at The Pines at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland (a $65.90 value.
Striking a balance between all-out opulence and casual coolness, The Pines satisfies A-list appetites with a three-course prix fixe menu served within a sizzling SoCal nightspot. Couples settle at a cozy table in one of the restaurant’s intimate, semi-private dining spaces, where they start on a first course of french onion soup or The Pines house salad. As a hip DJ spins tracks like a dizzy wolverine, patrons rap along with their orders for such epicure-worthy entrees as petite filet mignon with shrimp scampi, pan-seared Chilean sea bass, or blackened salmon filet. A candied chorus of desserts seals the feast, in which refreshing slices of mango cheesecake reach tangy heights, and a velvety raspberry and chocolate tart dips to deep registers of decadence.
If you’re looking for a groove with more hip-swaying potential than the postmeal choir, you can bust a move on the dance floor or back it up to the interactive bar. Lucksmiths can test fortune’s favor at the adjacent San Manuel Casino, which features live poker and Vegas-style blackjack.
The aroma of sizzling steaks wafts from the kitchen, curling around plush red booths to greet visitors within The Pines’ posh, modern dining room. After nestling next to a crackling fire or bellying up to the glowing yellow bar beneath a sculptural chandelier, guests peruse the menu's six steak options, decadent seafood dishes, and rich racks of lamb. Further entertaining the senses, The Pines hosts a packed dance floor lorded over by DJs who spin thumping latin beats and tunes from the hottest barbershop quartets.
777 San Manuel Blvd.
Highland, California 92346