Barona Casino

Coordinates: 32°56′23″N 116°52′26″W / 32.9398°N 116.873857°W / 32.9398; -116.873857
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Barona Resort and Casino
Barona Resort and Casino
Address 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road
Lakeside, California 92040-1546
Opening dateDecember 31, 2002
No. of rooms400 [1]
Total gaming space300,000 sq ft (28,000 m2)
Signature attractionsBarona Creek Golf Course
Notable restaurantsBarona Oaks Steakhouse
Italian Cucina
Sage Café
Seasons Fresh Buffet
Plaza Grill
El Rancho Grande
Three Amigos World Famous Street Tacos
Feisty Kate’s Burgers and Malts
The Pizza Place
HoWan Noodle Shop
Casino typeLand
OwnerBarona Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians

Barona Resort and Casino is an Indian casino on the Barona Indian Reservation located in Lakeside, in San Diego County in California. It is owned and operated by the Barona Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians.[2]


Barona offers guests over 75 table games including blackjack, poker, Pai gow poker, Mississippi Stud, California-style craps (using playing cards to determine the outcome of a roll rather than only dice, as dice-only games are not allowed in California tribal casinos), roulette and over 2,500 slot and video poker machines. Barona is located between Lakeside and Ramona, 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.

The minimum gambling age at Barona Casino is 18.[3] While the legal age for gambling in California is also 18, many tribal casinos in California set an age limit of 21 in order to comply with their alcohol license.[4]

Unlike most casinos, Barona does not offer alcoholic beverages on the casino floor. It does offer alcoholic beverages in the Barona Oaks Steakhouse, Italian Cucina and the plaza restaurant. According to the leaders of Barona Casino, the winding and hilly nature of Wildcat Canyon Road, which serves as the main access route into Barona Indian Reservation, is a primary factor that led to this decision.[5]

As of 2024, Barona is San Diego’s only non-smoking casino.[6] By law, Tribal Casinos are exempt from state and local laws that regulate smoking. Public health advocates are reaching out to tribal leaders and casino executives to educate them about the value of implementing voluntary smoke-free workplace policies to protect employees and guests from the toxins found in secondhand smoke.[7]


  1. ^ "Barona Resort Information". Archived from the original on 2017-09-14. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  2. ^ "Barona Casino." 500 Nations. (retrieved 6 June 2010)
  3. ^ "Unauthorized Request Blocked".
  4. ^ "California Casinos".
  5. ^ Stutz, Howard. "CALIFORNIA GAMING: TRIBES FLY HIGH: San Diego leads the charge that makes California hotbed for U.S. tribal gaming", "Las Vegas Review-Journal", 2006-04-23. Retrieved on 2009-07-18.
  6. ^ "San Diego's Only Non-Smoking Casino". Barona Casino. 6 March 2023. Retrieved 28 January 2024.
  7. ^ "Smoke-Free San Diego > Voluntary Policies > Casinos". Smoke Free San Diego. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2024.

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