March 1, 2022

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain Celebrates Buffet Reopening Thursday with New Executive Chef at Steakhouse and Messi Burger at Cafe

(Wheatland, Calif.) – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain is proud to announce several new updates regarding their award-winning Food & Beverage program coming in March: the introduction of new executive chef at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and the grand reopening of the Fresh Harvest Buffet which closed for renovation in March 2020. Additionally, Hard Rock Sacramento is proud to now add to its Café menu the Messi Burger, as part of an international partnership with global soccer legend Lionel Messi.

Executive Chef Matt Woods joins Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento with 14 years of executive and director level leadership at restaurants in Portland, OR and Kansas City, MO. Woods graduated from the University of Ohio with an English degree, deciding later to pursue a culinary education with the Arts Institutes International in Lenexa, Kansas. From there he spent three years traveling, overseeing, and studying culinary operations under Chef Aaron Sanchez. He also had the opportunity to work alongside other culinary greats such as Emeril Lagasse, Cat Cora, Mario Batali, John Besh, Jonathan Waxman, Michael Cressotti, and Alex Garcia. He has held multiple executive chef positions with leading restaurants and entertainment destinations and now brings his vision and culinary creativity to Hard Rock’s Council Oak Steaks & Seafood in Sacramento.

Hard Rock Casino Sacramento is also thrilled to announce the grand reopening of its Fresh Harvest Buffet, operating for the first time since March 2020. The Buffet will open Thursday, March 10 and operate Thursday through Monday each week from 5pm to 10pm. Special featured menus will be available daily including traditional buffet delicacies alongside surf and turf or carving stations. Gourmet Asian food recipes will also be featured daily. Menus are below:

Fresh Harvest 

Thursday – Monday, 5pm-10pm

Closed Tuesday & Wed 


Monday & Thursday, $ 28.99     


·       Flame Broiled T BONE and Shrimp 

·       Peel and eat Shrimp

·       Pho Soup Station

·       Rotisserie Ham with Orange Glaze

·       Shrimp Scampi Pizza

·       Variety of Crystal Creamery ice cream

·       Butter Pecan Bread Pudding

·       Thursday’s feature: upgrade with 1.5lb of crab legs for an additional $16

Friday & Sat, $35.99       


·       Prime Rib and Seafood

·       Clam Bake with Scallops, Clams & Shrimp

·       Shrimp w/ Ginger and Onion Sauce

·       Clams with Black Bean Sauce 

·       Seafood Lo Mein 

·       Shrimp Scampi 

·       Baked Scallop

·       Variety of freshly made desserts


Dim Sum Sunday, $ 28.99 


·       All You can Eat Dim Sum

·       Pho Soup Station

·       Flame Broiled T BONE and Shrimp 

·       Peel and eat Shrimp

·       Rotisserie Beef with Balsamic Glaze

·       Pizza Mac and Cheese

·       BBQ Chicken Pizza

·       Jalapeno Sausage w/Pasta Carbonara

·       Variety of freshly made desserts

Hard Rock Cafe also announced the global launch of its brand-new menu item – the Messi Burger – as the latest innovation in Hard Rock International’s “LIVE GREATNESS" campaign in partnership with global soccer legend Lionel Messi. Starting today, this culinary delight, crafted by Messi himself, is now available for fans to order at Hard Rock Cafe locations worldwide. 

As part of Hard Rock International’s ongoing partnership with Lionel Messi, Hard Rock Cafe is proud to introduce a namesake burger inspired by the soccer legend himself, paying tribute to Messi’s ideal burger components.

The Messi Burger includes ten flavorful ingredients for a game-changing take on Hard Rock’s Legendary Steak Burger. As Hard Rock and Messi fans bite into the burger, they will taste a juicy double stack of the finest ground beef patties, seasoned, and seared to perfection. Tastebuds score big with the burger’s winning combination of toppings: provolone cheese, sliced chorizo, caramelized red onion, and Hard Rock’s signature, spicy, smoky sauce served on a toasted brioche bun with shredded romaine lettuce and vine-ripened tomato. If you want to get really MESSI, try the burger topped with a fried egg for a small fee.

About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain features the latest in live music and entertainment, hospitality, world-class gaming, and exceptional cuisine. The property is Hard Rock’s first Vegas-style casino in California and offers a hotel with multiple suite options, a large gaming facility with 1,600 slot machines and 60 table games, along with an outdoor pool and deck area, large meeting space and five unparalleled restaurants. The property recently opened ROCKTANE GAS + SMOKE, a new Hard Rock branded state-of-the-art gas service station and drive through smoke shop, the first on the West Coast. The property includes signature brand amenities like the Sound of Your Stay® in-room music program, a Rock Shop® and a Body Rock® fitness center. Additionally, the project marks a historic partnership between two Native American Tribes – The Seminole Tribe of Florida, owners of Hard Rock International, and Enterprise Rancheria. Owners of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain property, the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria is a sovereign Native American Nation offering diverse tribal government services and programs that improve the quality of life for its some 1,000 tribal citizens and surrounding communities in Northern California. For more information on Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain visit casino.hardrock.com/sacramentoFor more information about Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain, visit hardrockhotelsacramento.com