Acqua
Acqua

Acqua

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sandiegohilton.com/acqua-restaurant.aspx
  • Phone: 619-279-7922
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner: 6:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Hermann Schafer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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  • Parking: No
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New American cuisine comes to life in this newly renovated restaurant overlooking Mission Bay.
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Acqua reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.6
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (20)great for outdoor dining (19)romantic (10)special occasion (7)fit for foodies (7)good for groups (3)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Hostess
    Irateyou
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food and service was fine, but there was no hostess at the front for a while to greet us. Bartenders see us standing there but nothing. A hostess taking a break sees us but again we had to ask someone to help us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were staying at the hotel and had a business dinner at Acqua the night before. For various reasons we decided we weren't up to going "off campus" so went to Acqua. Very nice seating outside. Repeated the squash and lobster soup we had the night before, which was excellent. My flatiron steak had excellent flavor and was properly cooked. My husband's stroganoff tasted great, was full of meat and jyst the right texture. Good leftovers, too. Service was friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Bad Happy Hour
    funkyVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We needed a place central to get together with friends, without going into the crazy traffic snarl of Pacific Beach. The view was nice, but the staff was rude! We asked for a Happy Hour Menu 4 times and finally went to the bar to get it ourselves. When we finally had a waitress serve us, she brought the wrong food. Not worth the time or money, go somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food and service was excellent! Sat outside and the view of the bay was beautiful!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food is very good, the service was as well. The menu is inventive and not your usual run of the mill hotel food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely evening
    AC33VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I usually don't expect much from hotel restaurants; especially since the breakfast at this same hotel was pretty sub-standard. But Acqua for dinner was really nice. Our waiter was efficient and knowledgable, service was really good, and the food was delicious. Sitting on the outside terrace around sunset was beautiful. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Ellie29VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The best thing about Acqua is the view. Breakfast and lunch are very good. I would go some place else for dinner. The food was just ok, nothing great. We ordered the seafood special (Shrimp and scallops) and the steak. The service was very slow and we had to track her down to pay. One table who had children were running all over the restaurant. (Not the restaurant's fault but took away from relaxation) The rest room was dirty with sand on the floor and all trash cans were running over with trash.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekend getaway
    lavernoVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Service was good, Ambience was good, food was average. I had the sea bass......average. My boyfriend had the tuna and it was very overcooked. The wine list was impressive.....that was a plus for us. It is a nice place for an evening cocktail but disappointed and won't be back. I will say it would be a great place for a corporate function, a party, or just getting together with a group of friends. A romantic evening with a great meal.....not so much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place to have a late dinner
    KhoaNguyen
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    After a long day at the beach, we came for a late night dinner. The service is good but not outstanding. we ordered the squash soup with lobster bits and filet mignon for the main course. We were quite happy with the food and as good as any restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 49 reviews are from the Acqua reviews archive.
  • Great work-travel find!
    Acqua
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I was at the Hilton resort in San Diego for a conference for work and I always try to seek out new places to eat. The resort is a bit isolated, so I decided to eat the at the on-site restaurant, Acqua. I'm glad I did! I ate early in the evening, so it wasn't too loud or crowded and I was able to eat outside with a gorgeous view of the Mission Bay. I had a glass of the Hess Cabernet, the beet and goat cheese salad followed by the scallop appetizer as my main meal. The scallops were pan seared with mushroomm, shallots and truffle essence and I savored each one. I was convinved by my friendly waiter to try the 3 mini-creme brulee sampler dessert. The dark chocolate was to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BiancaJ
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Continental cuisine is delicious with very good presentation. Service was very attentive, when we had had it. Wait time between courses was a bit too extended. Staff to guest ratio should be evaluated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food fabulous / Service lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I've eaten at this restaurant for lunch many times. Food is always top notch. Outdoor dining is very comfortable and scenic. Service is usually pretty good but never outstanding. This time the service was less than usual. Bread plates but no bread served, and the waitstaff appeared completely disinterested in their job and was not very friendly. I think they could care less if we ate at this restaurant or not. I hope that this is not a sign of things to come.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother"s Day
    Irishcowboy
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    First experience at Aqua and it was excellent I would recommend dinning there to anyone. I will definitely be coming back again with my family
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't bother
    Discriminating1
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Terrible service. Lackluster and over priced food. Typical for hotel restaurant which we weren't aware if when we booked. Marriott hotel restaurant. Physical property very nice
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  • Very enjoyable!
    AeginaVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We had a really pleasant meal here -- the service was great, and the location is pretty. The food was generally good. But the butternut squash soup!!!!! Out of this world. I want the recipe!!!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected gourmet find
    Aruba99VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    The food is very good and prepared with some notable twists. The salads were bountiful served with nuts, fruit and cheese on top of fresh lettuces of various kinds. The entrees included swordfish on top of risotto served with vegetables and braised beef served with root vegetables. Both were excellent! The wine list is exceptional with many price points to satisfy most budgets. Desert had some twists on old favorites like Austrian cheesecake. Service was paced so enjoy the evening.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor breakfast and indoor dinner
    AlDeepCreek
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Breakfast outdoors looking at Mission Bay was delightful especially with Luis serving. Dinner indoors on Sunday night was well served with special attention from the Executive Chef to help with a wine suggestion. Delightful meals!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Experience
    MRota
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Girlfriend and I went to Acqua for our 3 year anniversary dinner and had an amazing time. Great view right on the bay at sunset, great service, and exceptional food. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave great recommendations. I will definitely be dining at Acqua again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One Menu One Price
    MrPachecoJr
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Long story short, if you never been here, don't go on Valentines Day. The food was good but the price put a bad taste in my mouth. Good thing about it is that they let you know ahead of time what the "menu" is and how much you'll end up paying, roughly. Thanks anyway OpenTable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was average. Portions
    eledarose
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Dinner was average. Portions were very small for the price. Service was a bit slow.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed this restaurant!
    Bon47
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We decided to go to Acqua for their 3 course special New Year's Eve Dinner. We were staying at the Hilton Hotel where this restaurant is located. Since it was very loud inside because of the band, we decided to eat out on the patio, where there were plenty of heat lamps. We enjoyed our dinner very much, and the special dessert was wonderful. We had a very good, friendly waiter, in fact all the wait staff were very friendly and helpful. Definitely enjoyed our New Year's Eve, and we'd do this again. Also, would like to come back to Acqua sometime when it's warm, and stays light later, so we could really appreciate the patio's ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holiday Dinner at Acqua
    Judith
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We enjoyed a prix fixe meal at Acqua for Christmas dinner this year. My friends had the filet with scallops appetizer and I had the swordfish and delicious salad starter. I thought the portions were perfect though my husband would have liked more food. Dessert was a flourless chocolate terrine and just heaven! Overall, we had a very nice experience. The food was delicious, wait staff very attentive, and everyone was happy and in the spirit of the season. The sunset was gorgeous too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not A Pleasant Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Upon arriving our reservation was not acknowledged. When shown to a table preferred we were asked back being told it was reserved by another party. It took quite a while for wait staff. When she arrived she looked unkempt. We decided on the holiday menu - what brought us to this restaurant. We thought this was our only option but noticed others ordering off the menu. After getting our food we wished we had done the same. The appetizer was good; the entree not at all. The meat was dry and there was a lack of gravy. The stuffing was like two round pieces of cardboard. The dessert fair. The wait staff returned only once but seen diligently waiting on others. Difficult getting anyone's attention. We left Acqua vowing never to return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    The food was good but it took a long time to get it then when I asked for a box it took a really long time. It seemed as though my being there was unimportant to the waiters/waitress. It is also very expensive.
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  • Fantastic family outing for
    foodnfun
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Fantastic family outing for something different over the holidays. Delicious palate pleasing options. Loved the atmosphere, friendly staff and scenic view. My only issues were that the fixed menu price was a little steep for what you get. I had the swordfish over rice. The serving size was incredibly small compared to some of the other options (filet mignon and traditional turkey options were more generous in size). I don't typically eat much (usually split meals) but this was an excessively tiny dish...or maybe they ran out on me?? Not sure what happened, but food was absolutely delicious!!Hoping this was just a glitch and not a regular occurrence because I would love to come back again sometime! YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Ambience
    Anchi123VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    I loved the outdoor seating at this place and it was next to the water's edge. You can cozy up to their fire pits while sitting in there many choices of modern rattan furniture. They have a kid menu which made it easy for picking out food for the kids. (Pricy though).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice restaurant, casual decor
    RickVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Nice restaurant, casual decor and atmosphere, outdoor water view. Here for lunch today, good menu choices from appetizers to entrees. Food was well prepared, tasty, plenty to eat. Server knew menu well, friendly, there when needed. Great spot for a easy going casual meal in excellent outdoor setting . Will return next time in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service is terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    if you want quick service - avoid. Had no cutlery for 10mins after main course arrived, 40mins for dessert, and attentive servers Acqua does not have. Teamwork horrid! It was almost as if the servers dissappeared.. this was thanksgiving - they should be thankful for more customers if service does not improve.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acqua - nice
    Boots
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    The lay out, architecture, ambience, presentation of food and exemplary customer service speaks for itself. A well designed and managed restaurant. We will return!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Hotel Restaurant...Great Food
    BeachLoverVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Stayed at San Diego Hilton Resort. Ate lunch at Acqua and had really fresh tasting salads. Decided to do dinner later that evening. Ordered several appetizers and they were delicious. This was one of the top three meals I've had at a hotel restaurant. More importantly, it really was great tasting food along with the view of Mission Bay. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been better
    SDlocal
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    I would have rated the restaurant a 5 but although the food and ambience was great, the service lacked a little on the day we dined and after our dinner. The food and ambience were very good. The fresh baked warm bread was a treat and the outdoor heaters and fire pits kept us warm on a cool night. The service started out good but we had to ask for more water and wine. We got there at 5:30 and it was not very busy so service should have been better. After dinner I forgot my credit card and after calling 4 times a couple of days later asking about it, I finally was able to talk to security who returned my card to me. It shouldn't have been this hard to connect with someone. Customer service is not their strength.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience.
    tdb13
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    All categories of our experience were amazing. The restaurant manager and the staff all did a great job of our party of 8 people. The food was all fabulous. They were very efficient, friendly, and created a beautiful evening for us. I am sure that all of us in the group will come back again for more dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snobby Service
    Jamie
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    The food here was outstanding, the view was incredible, but the waiter was rude. Yes my fiancee and I are in our early twenties and might appear to be younger with little income, but comments like "This wine is probably more in your price range" and "Oh that is actually pronounced . . . [insert french accent here] " were not necessary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top of the line
    thuggin
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    The service was excellent, the ambience and view were magnificent, the food was delicious. Thank you so much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live Music Played
    anniebananie
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Loved the live music and the extra touches they added during Restaurant week, like a yummy amuse bouche and champaign.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but small portions.
    Mike2Maria
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Eat outside, the place is beautiful! Great service & delicious food, but i would double the portions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would recommend with reservations
    frekwentdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    I would recommend with reservations, and here is why: the service was horrible and even rude. The food was absolutely outstanding and creative and plentiful. Rolls were delicious, salads wonderful, entrees absolutely wonderful and creative and large! Even dessert was outstanding. For staying at the hotel, this is an easy choice! However, we did not see our waiter for 20 minutes once we got seated. If it weren't for Alex the busser, we would not have known anyone even knew we were there. Our waiter never told us the specials. (I learned them AFTER we had ordered by over hearing another waiter tell her table.) I don't think all the service is bad, but consider yourself warned. Do eat here, but be on top of the service issue.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a special lunch
    KATSD
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    I had the five spice butternut squash soup with lobster and cream. It was a small bowl and I could have eaten a gallon of it! The chocolate mousse dessert was divine and a sight to behold! A little more expensive than the average lunch, but being right on the bay was worth it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was horrible. Waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    Service was horrible. Waiter seemed annoyed that he had to serve us.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Above Average Hotel Fair
    LGfromLQ
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Beautiful atmosphere, above average food, below average service. This restaurant is filled with kids and pool bound guests. Did not feel like fine dining until the bill came.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic