Mission Bay in San Diego is a hub of outdoor activities, especially in the spring and summer months.
But maybe you're out and about on the bay and looking to rest your feet with a nice glass of wine or some New American cuisine?
Then try Acqua California Bistro, the signature restaurant at Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa.
Tuna tartare at Acqua — Photo courtesy of Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
You could pop in for a hearty breakfast buffet before a big kayaking session or lunch after biking in sunshine. Or end the day with a leisurely dinner here.
A branch of Action Sports – offering public rentals of surrey bikes, aqua cycles and more – is located directly across from the restaurant, as is a lovely stretch of white-sand beach.
The restaurant's Executive Chef Hermann Schäfer is known for putting European twists on classic dishes. Particularly delicious is the yellowfin tuna tartare with avocado, cucumber and chili vinaigrette.
Rave reviews also go to the five-spice roasted butternut squash soup with lobster and cream, while a tantalizing main course option includes the Seared Diver Scallops with pancetta, chanterelle mushroom, pearl onions and truffle essence.
The above mouthwatering dishes are among the most popular.
Seared diver scallops — Photo courtesy of Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
The beautiful presentation of each dish may lead you to believe the restaurant is more formal than it is. Rest assured that it's perfectly acceptable to bring the kids, as the vibe is decidedly casual and fitting for a family-friendly resort.
Young diners enjoy coloring menus and generous portion sizes from a menu catered specifically to them.
Wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs will enjoy pairing delicious fare with selections from the Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. A variety of bottles and wines by the glass are also conveniently on offer.
Major and boutique winemakers from regions across the globe make up the impressive 3,000-bottle cellar. In addition, craft cocktails and popular local beers round out the adult beverage offerings.
Acqua boasts spectacular water views of the bay from a wrap-around outdoor patio, as well as a number of tables inside. Seats near firepits provide extra warmth to the already cozy environment.
The bottom line is that hotel restaurants aren't just for guests in residence, as they can be fantastic for locals and passers-by.
Stopping into Acqua is much easier (and perhaps more delicious) than packing a picnic for your day at Mission Bay. Plus, a glass of wine on the patio during sunset is a fantastic way to end your day.
Interior of Acqua restaurant — Photo courtesy of Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa