Exploring The Marketplace Restaurants at the New Graton Casino
It’s true – the spectacular 320,000 square foot, $825 million Graton Resort & Casino boasts so many notable restaurants that we had to divide information into two listings – one for full-service, and one for casual Marketplace.
For details about the full-service restaurants, read Dining Guide for top restaurants at Graton Casino in Rohnert Park.
And for the 500-seat, 24-hour Marketplace, think high-end food court, featuring eight top-notch restaurants that put typical hot dogs and sandwiches to shame.
Whether you’re craving gourmet pizza from a world class chef, or a simple, satisfying taco, you’re in for a treat. Many of the restaurants are local, as are their purveyors and staff.
Note that there is no generic buffet, or $5.99 prime rib dinner special. Yet there are plenty of bargains to be had, such as a big bowl of truffle crab noodle soup for $11.99 from Boathouse Asian Noodles, to a hearty Milaneza steak torta for $8.99 from La Fondita. The eateries tend to offer the same menu prices as at their out-of-casino locations, as well, so grabbing something to eat is quick, easy, and affordable.
The lavish property at Highway 101 and Wilfred Avenue/Golf Course Drive West in Rohnert Park is built around convenience, notes casino general manager Joe Hasson. The Marketplace has a private entry, for easy restaurant access even if you’re not gambling, and all food is available to-go.
As a bonus, you can click through to each Marketplace restaurant’s menu here, for call-ahead ordering.
Boathouse Asian Noodles — The original location is in Rohnert Park, but for an extra twist, owner Catherine Do has added Vietnamese favorites to the casino spot. Service is speedy, from a steamer table but with fresh ingredients and build-to-order preparation. The combination pho is steamy goodness brimming with steak, brisket and meatballs, while other noodle dishes bring classics like vermicelli bun bowls with chicken, pork, egg roll, mixed veggies and peanuts.
La Fondita — If you’ve stopped by the ever-busy restaurant and taco truck on Sebastopol Road at Dutton Avenue, you know this is some of the best Mexican food in town. The Super Burrito is a beautiful bomb of meat, rice, beans, salsa, cheese and sour cream, and you can get a huge platter of Enchiladas Michoacanas, sautéed in enchilada red sauce, topped with lettuce, cheese, sour cream, onion and salsa, then served with sautéed potatoes, carrots, and jalapeños, plus a choice of chicken or steak. Dining here is the real deal, too – protein choices include suadero (rosy brisket), lengua (beef tongue), and cabeza (roasted beef head meat).
Roadside Barbecue — The San Rafael-based smoke house has set up an actual wood-fired smoker for its new Sonoma County satellite. It’s fun to watch the cooks working the bright red beast for the hefty wood smoked baby back ribs, slow-cooked smoked chicken, stuffed potatoes, and salads. The spicy Texas cheesesteak is a full meal, but for an even larger indulgence, go for the platters including a corn muffin, side dish like sweet potato fries, and meats like Memphis pulled pork, Texas brisket and chicken sausage.
Slice House — Chef-owner Tony Gemignani is an 11-time World Championships of Pizza Makers winner, and this is a more casual option for his other full-service restaurant in the casino, called Tony’s of North Beach. The focus here is on New York pizza by the slice, with the pies made right in front of you, in a fire-breathing oven.
Sam’s For Play Express — A spin-off of the two popular Sam’s For Play Café locations in Santa Rosa, this is the work of Sam Anker and her son, Troy Anker. It follows the same philosophy Sam took when she opened her first eatery in 1985, focusing on American diner food served in huge portions at low prices. The menu covers all the belly-filling classics, like all-day breakfasts of chicken-fried steak, Belgian waffle, omelets, and biscuits smothered in gravy. Entrées range from spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread, to fish ‘n’ chips, a chili cheese dog, avocado BLT with coleslaw, and big, sweet cinnamon rolls.
Scoops/Three Twins Ice Cream — Organic ice cream made from local milk helped make this San Rafael-based shop famous, and it’s just as delicious here. Flavors change with the seasons, but some signatures include Sea Salted Caramel, Fair Trade Vanilla Bean Speck, Chocolate Orange Confetti and Lemon Cookie.
Habit Burger Grill and Starbucks are chain operations, which makes them familiar favorites.
At Habit, you can fill up on juicy, grilled-to-order charburgers starting at $3.45, a char-grilled pastrami sandwich on French roll, sourdough or wheat bun, or a barbecue chicken salad.
Details: Graton Resort & Casino, 288 Golf Course Drive W., Rohnert Park