The Great Oak Steakhouse

Temecula, California


9,164 SF

The Great Oak Steakhouse, inside Pechanga Resort Casino, involved reimagining the dining area, bar, and kitchen. The commercial kitchen was converted into an exposition kitchen, creating The Great Oak Steakhouse Chef’s Table where guests enjoy a culinary experience featuring delicious food, fine wine, and craft cocktails. Refrigerated wine displays surround guests as they enjoy the best view of the exhibition kitchen.

The Vintage Room and a secluded Acorn Room, with refrigerated wine displays and private dining illuminated screens, provide additional elevated guest experiences.

Delawie designed a new Great Oak Steakhouse bar providing guests a respite from the bustling gaming floor in a space separated from the main dining room by large, sculptural brass screens emulating the Greak Oak Tree wood grain.

The Great Oak, known as Wi’áaşal, by the Pechanga people, embodies their identity and character: strength, wisdom, longevity and determination. The Great Oak, or Wi’áaşal, is recognized as the largest, naturally grown indigenous coast live oak in the Western United States. It stands over 100 feet tall and continues to produce acorns despite its age. Its indescribable significance to the Pechanga people made its representation integral to its namesake restaurant.

Delawie worked closely with the Pechanga Cultural Center to design the stained-glass window to abstract the essence of The Great Oak tree. The varying color and opacity of the glass provides privacy for diners and is a captivating piece of art from the casino floor and inside The Great Oak Steakhouse, one of Southern California’s premier destination dining establishments.