The History of Casino M8trix San Jose’s Historic Garden City Casino

Silicon Valley’s premiere 24/7 entertainment destination has a long and interesting history.

Garden City was started in 1946 when three brothers bought a billiard hall and expanded the business by acquiring a city cardroom license. The club was once called Garden City Hofbrau and remained downtown at Market and Post streets for thirty years. In 1976, the casino relocated to South Saratoga Avenue in San Jose. The cardroom had a reputation for offering some of the best food in the area and had an especially popular prime rib. A fun, engaging “speakeasy vibe” was brought to San Jose with the piano playing nightly in the background of the restaurant.

The Fascinating History of this Bay Area Casino

This long-standing casino continued to engage the community and create an exhilarating environment throughout the years. In 2007, Pete and Jeanine Lunardi purchased the Garden City, helping bring the casino into the twenty-first century and allowing it to flourish.

The owners made a strategic decision to rebrand the cardroom and move it to its current location. Garden City officially became a part of San Jose’s history and Casino M8trix was born. The casino rebrand was a representation of the modern tech atmosphere of the illustrious Silicon Valley. The Lunardis have successfully owned this family business for over 10 years! They recently welcomed new owners Patrick and Jamie Tierney on board.

A Modern Casino in Silicon Valley

Casino M8trix has become the premiere 24/7 entertainment destination in San Jose and Silicon Valley. At Casino M8trix, you will find excellent gaming options, a variety of popular restaurants with diverse cuisine, and luxurious entertainment lounges perfect for events and parties.

Exciting Gaming

Games at Casino M8trix include Baccarat, Blackjack, Three-Card Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em, Let it Ride and more! We offer non-stop action in a luxurious and comfortable setting.

Those interested in playing poker will enjoy the guest-friendly poker room that allows players to sign up for new games by calling daily from 4pm-12am, an hour before the game is scheduled. Another convenience for guests is the non-stop food and beverage service on the casino floor. This service is available 24/7 to ensure a quality experience.

World-Class Restaurants

The casino still has the reputation of offering some of the best dining options in the area. Zone 8 Sports Bar & Grill features an impressively diverse menu of American and Asian fare as well as your favorite beers, wines, and spirits. You can catch the biggest sporting events on dozens of TVs or either of our two huge 17 foot HD screens with friends. Or take your meal outside to enjoy some lovely Bay Area weather on our full-service patio.

The Michi Sushi Japanese-inspired restaurant serves fresh fish from around the globe. Here you can find anything from bento-boxes to traditional sushi. You can get this fine cuisine across the entire casino floor, at the sushi bar, or inside the main dining room.

The Lotus Café is open 24/7 and offers signature one-of-a-kind gourmet sandwiches, including Vietnamese influenced bánh mì, fresh-baked pastries, or freshly brewed fine coffees and teas.

Open every day from 1:00 pm-3:00 am, the Parallel Lounge offers tasting flights of beer and wine alongside of Casino M8trix’s tasty cuisine. The Epic Bar located in the center of the casino creates the ideal setting for gathering and socializing. The bar is open daily from 6:00am-1:30am and offers finely crafted cocktails, draft beers, wines, appetizers, and a full dining menu.

Reserve your table, view menus, or see happy hour specials here! Join us for the best cuisine in a luxurious and exciting environment in the heart of San Jose.

Luxurious Event Spaces

Casino M8trix now also offers a variety of lounges and spaces for events. Our state-of-the-art private VIP entertainment lounges are situated high atop the Casino M8trix tower. We offer two floors of meeting or banquet spaces that are perfect for hosting your next wedding reception, birthday party, or corporate event.

These well-appointed spaces offer picturesque views of Silicon Valley. They also feature elegant upholstery, stylish design, and exceptional catering. Check out our inclusive event packages for options on food and drink that will meet your event needs.

M8trix Brand Ambassadors

Our M8trix brand ambassadors attend sporting events and other local activities. They also serve the community through various charitable efforts including helping to feed the homeless, visiting local animal rescue organizations, and working to keep the Bay Area parks clean to give back to the community! View our bio page to learn more about these incredible women.

Visit this Historic Casino Today

The casino has a rich and long history of serving the San Jose area with exceptional entertainment. Contact us today to plan your next big event, make a reservation at one of our popular restaurants, or learn more about the exciting games we offer. See the variety of events held in our eight-story tower, and plan your next trip to Casino M8trix soon!

Please drink and gamble responsibly (aged 21+ only). The problem gambling hotline number is 1-800-Gambler.

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