Top 10 restaurants in Pala, United States

April 14, 2018 Janette Largent

Pala is a small, mostly Native American, community located in the Pala Indian Reservation, located within San Diego County, California near Fallbrook. For centuries a traditional gathering place of native peoples, it was selected in the early 19th century by Spanish Franciscan missionaries as the site of a mission to serve the Native Americans.
Things to do in Pala

1. Choices Buffet

11154 Highway 76, Pala, CA 92059-2904 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch +1 760-510-2299
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Choices Buffet

Reviewed By knikkki - Vista, California

The crab was very good, and I'm not much of a shellfish person.

Everything else was really average. It's an 'OK' buffet. All the beef was overcooked. Great selection though, it's too bad the food wasn't better.

They don't serve alcohol - if you want a drink with dinner, you can pay cash to a server and they will go get it. If you don't have cash you have to get it from the bar.

Harrah's Funner has a far superior buffet.

2. Coffee Amore

11154 Highway 76, Pala, CA 92059-2904 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast +1 877-946-7252
Excellent
36%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Reviewed By 775junel

I was in the casino and in need of a cup of coffee before driving back to San Diego. I saw many customers getting ice cream but chose a piece of chocolate cheesecake. yum. My partner ordered a latte and it was perfect. I got an Americano and it was great. A nice stop before getting on the road.

3. Oak Room at Pala Casino

11154 Highway 76, Pala, CA 92059-2904 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Steakhouse Dinner +1 760-510-5100
Excellent
76%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Oak Room at Pala Casino

Reviewed By John D - Yucaipa, California

The Kobe beef is incredible! It's expensive, but it was worth it. I wish there was more for the price, but it was like butter! Everyone's meals were cooked to perfection and it is a beautiful restaurant with very comfortable seats. If you are at Pala casino, it is a must-try!

4. Rainbow Oaks Restaurant

4815 5th St, Old Hwy 395, Fallbrook, CA 92028-9791 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 760-723-2279
Excellent
56%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 143 reviews

Rainbow Oaks Restaurant

they are on yelp also.

Reviewed By melaniewp1882 - Fallbrook, California

This place qualifies as a Hole in the Wall but is a real standout with Great food and service. Looks like a funky place on the side of the road surrounded by other quaint funky markets and gas station...what a surprise we had the best steaks and our friends had the Prime Rib.
We will be back!

5. The Yellow Deli

32011 Lilac Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082-4316 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 760-742-2064
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

The Yellow Deli

Reviewed By PtLomafoodie

Stopped at the little roadside Yellow Deli after visiting the Keys Creek Lavender Farm. In fact, use the Yellow Deli on your GPS to locate the Lavender Farm! Otherwise, you'll never find the Lavender Farm.

The Yellow Deli has an interesting story. It's operated by a religious commune that lives and works together . The kitchen is a Food Truck parked next to a wood building with INDOOR seating and OUTDOOR seating . The building looks custom made & hand built, like a farm house. There are porta-potties on the premises.

Once you get your mind around the unusual eating establishment, the LUNCH menu is pretty typical: sandwiches, salads, 1 chili soup, chips, Pickles . There's even PB & J for kids. A BREAKFAST menu is also offered. The PRICES are inexpensive. I had a large ORGANIC salad with cashews, cubed Harvarti cheese, craisins, mixed greens & served with a thick slice of raisin bread for $8. The organic produce comes from the commune's FARM called MORNING STAR RANCH. My friend had a generous size Reuben sandwich with potato chips.

Good , inexpensive food in a pretty, rustic farm house setting . Give it a try!


6. The Goat and Vine

41911 5th St, Corner of 5th and Mercedes, Temecula, CA 92590-2799 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards American, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 9 - SGD 26 +1 951-695-5600
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 431 reviews

The Goat and Vine

We begin with excellent ingredients and a passion for preparing rustic and real food. All of our dishes are made from scratch here in The Goat & Vine stone hearth kitchen. Our desire to provide an exceptional experience extends into the comfortable and classy dining room, where we borrow from century old design and combine a bit of rural-whimsy to offer a playful and easing atmosphere for everyone.

Reviewed By Kenneth727 - Houston, Texas

The pizza was very good. Their sauce is great but hard to get into. This is a very popular place. Any of the pizzas are good

7. CAVE at Pala Casino Spa & Resort

11154 Highway 76, Pala Casino, Pala, CA 92059-2904 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Italian, Wine Bar Dinner +1 760-510-4541
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

CAVE at Pala Casino Spa & Resort

Reviewed By 22club58 - San Diego, California

The Cave has so many different personalities: a downstairs wine bR open on weekends, a forty, or so, seater square bar with an attaches lounge area, and a dining restaurant with seating from four-top to twelve-top tables and booths. The liquor and wine selections are extensive and reasonably priced, while the food (available at the bar and the restaurant) is inventive, so well presented, and affordable. The Cave restaurant is one of the few local mid to high end dining opportunities open early in the week. The menu has something for all palettes: from escargot to pasta(served in many different forms and presentations) to classic pizza. The two of us grazed on a selection of appetizers and thoroughly enjoyed all dishes, especially the octopus. The restaurant was quiet on a Monday but must be packed at weekends. Located in a non-smoking area of the Casino, it is a great mid price option between the buffet and the white tablecloth and more formality of the Oak Room (late in the week). Service was friendly, attentive and attuned to different styles and value sets of customers. A great place for a semi-formal dining experience at an affordable price. Given the sixpence of the parking areas and valet availability, packing is no issue.

8. Nessy Burgers

4760 Highway 76, Fallbrook, CA 92028-9006 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 760-712-1497
Excellent
48%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 151 reviews

Nessy Burgers

Reviewed By Brackstead - Carlsbad CA

Local Institution with huge local following that has been a family favorite for years and years. We have been going for well over 10 years.

Named after famous and elusive famous Scottish Loch Ness monster it serves half pound burgers from a "food shack" with outside seating. Small with at most 20 seats outside.

Its a good large burger and a good meal for $7.95. They serve breakfast too.
The burger is big and cooked right. Debates who has "best burger" are academic Thats good but you go there for the fun of it .Its cool, filling and demonstration of creative low budget enterprise at its best.

Don't ask for anything that is not on menu. Kitchen is tiny and they usually are working flat out as its busy.No alcohol but cans of soda.

Its to west of I15 freeway on 76 Fallbrook Intersection and slightly north on west side of old road 395 just a few hundred yards up from the road junction. Its back from road just on side of the Pala Market after the country club cabins. Go slow - its easily missed. Just like Nessy herself.

They are popular but service is quick. Ask if you want pickles or jalapeno peppers. You line up order at right window and pick up from left when number called.

If any in your party have "special diet needs" you better advise them or leave them at home. This really is for the meat, cheese, full fat, caffeinated majority of eaters.The market is next door if you want any groceries.

Its "eat and go" not a place to linger and very casual eating.

Seating is outside and in summer it can get pretty hot in sun and its country so you know what to expect. Its also a ways out of town (Fallbrook and any local town).

Next door (north) is a plant nursery and then a hotel and nextdoor to south a market making it a good stop off point for visitors to San Diego and Coast if you are coming in on I15. Freeway is 2 mins away.

You can park outside easily except when it is way busy and then you can park on road easily.

Go to website for further information. Enjoy!!

9. Mis Cuates Taco Shop

1777 Pala Mission Rd, Pala, CA 92059-2410 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 760-742-1302
Excellent
63%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Mis Cuates Taco Shop

Reviewed By Ines S - Pala, California

Had lunch with my family at mis cuates service was super fast .Had an adovada plate with rice and beans and flower tortillas.my sister had carne carne carne asada tj style tacos and a bowl of menudo with homemade corn tortillas the best I have ever had.just like home

10. Poolside Cafe & Bar

35008 Pala Temecula Rd, Pala, CA 92059-2419 Seating, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Pub Breakfast, Lunch +1 760-510-5100
Excellent
41%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Poolside Cafe & Bar

Reviewed By steelbender - Olympia, Washington

The poolside cafe and bar is outside, near the pool. The Pala Cafe is inside the hotel building with the other eateries - the farthest one - near the door. We ate there several times - breakfasts and dinner. Each meal was good food, the servers were polite and cheerful. The meal was brought out in what I thought was reasonable time This is one of ten different eating areas within the casino area. When my son lived in Reno, NV, he told me that the best food in town is always at the casinos. This one is no different.

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