Sky River Casino
We noticed an unusual flood of simultaneous restaurant openings in Sacramento on Aug. 12, 2022.
That led us to discover that all the restaurants were part of Sky River Casino, Sacramento County’s first tribal gaming casino.
Sky River was developed and built for the Wilton Rancheria Tribe. It is located fifteen miles south of downtown Sacramento in Elk Grove,
Cleverly referred to as “Sac Vegas,” Sky River required years of planning and a reported $500 million to build.
A third of its 300,000 square feet is dedicated to gaming, according to the casino. That includes 2,000 slot machines, eighty table games, and a 12-table poker room.
The property also has plans for seventeen new restaurants and bars and, eventually, a spa and a hotel.
Sky River holds a special significance to local residents. Not only have 2,000 been hired as employees, the casino was built over a formerly abandoned mall complex. The property has been a blight on the landscape for years.
Among the new restaurants are:
- SR Prime Steakhouse — A steaks and seafood joint that offers a top-tier wine collection, whiskies and local craft beer.
- 32 Brews Street — Television-heavy sports bar serving appetizers, entrees, cocktails, spirits, draft beer and California wine.
- Dragon Beaux — Sit-down dining and menu featuring dim sum, Cantonese roast meats and traditional Chinese cooking.
- The Market at Sky River — The casino’s food hall with twelve restaurants, offering everything from hamburgers and spicy chicken to rotisserie meats and sushi.