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“Casino with a view of Lake Henshaw”

Santa Ysabel Casino
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

Casino Santa Ysabel was an unexpected stop on our way back from Julian, CA. We thought we could check out the Casino and get a bite to eat. This Casino is a very small one, but very clean and modern. This Casino has a beautiful view of Lake Henshaw. We signed up for the player cards before playing the slots. By signing up, we received a free dinner what they call surf and turf. The dinner was pretty good except the steak was a bit tough for me but the waiter was very happy to get me another one that wasn’t cook too much. The service was excellent! I tried the Black and Blue Cider and loved it! We played the slots & took home $75. So, free dinner and walk away with $75.00 not too shabby!!!

1  Thank Darcy S
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Reviewed 2 November 2012

We have a second home in Borrego Springs and like to stop here to play occasionally our our way home.

The cafe food very good and they have specials all the time. Great prices.

The only reason we didn't give it a better rating is alot of the slots seem dated and not a huge variety. We understand it's called gambling, but we have not had great luck the last few trips. I'm sure that will turn around soon.

Can't say enough about the staff, they are very patient as a great deal of there patronsl are retirees and are not always the most pleasant or patient group.

We haven't been for several months but will give it a try again soon.

1  Thank Auctionone
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

I'd driven past the road that leads up to the casino severals times. On this day, I decided to drop by. The first thing I noticed was that the parking lot was 90% empty. I could tell by the layout that there was a great view overlooking the east, so I walked to the far side of the parking lot and saw a beautiful view of the valley below. I pulled out my camera and was about to snap a photo when some off-duty yahoo whistled at me like I was a dog. I looked over and he was pointing over to the parking lot from where I came. Apparently you're not allowed to enjoy the view. I proceeded to ignore him and took my photo anyway. Afterword, I decided to go inside the casino to grab a bite to eat at The Orchard. I ordered the Carne Asada plate. While there was a lot of meat on the plate, most of it was unchewable. You know those pieces of stringy tendons you sometimes get in steak? That's what it was mostly.

First vist. Last visit.

Thank onewhowaits
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

There is nothing like being a local, and being a part of the back woods community I am always very excited to see a local business pop-up, especially when it's a business which can help out my good friends on the rez. However, for some reason every time my neighbors and I make the trip to the Santa Ysabel Casino the staff always seems to have a negative attitude, and are more concerned with throwing around the stink eye and gossiping than providing customer service. Call me silly but if I'm losing money to a computer game I really only ask for a smile from the ladies behind the counters. Additionally the vibe from the security guards always seems to create a prisonesk atmosphere, and they seem to take pleasure out of harassing you after cashing out your winnings. On top of it, getting carded when buying a drink was made incredibly uncomfortable with the tatted up rent-a-cop breathing down my gf's neck. Sadly while I love to see local businesses succeed, unless things change I fear my friends and I will just have to make the drive to Barona.
P.S. Second chances are endless in my book, and I will be back soon hoping for the best.

Thank Willis S
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Not worth the price of gas from Ramona, round trip. A rip-off in every sense. Either stay home or go to Barona.

Thank J Scott M
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