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About Acqua California Bistro

New American cuisine comes to life in this waterfront restaurant overlooking Mission Bay.

Join us for live music while you dine on the following evenings:

Wednesdays
5:00-9:00pm

Fridays
5:00-9:30pm

Saturdays
6:00-9:30pm

1775 E Mission Bay Dr
San Diego, CA 92109
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner: 6:30am - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 279-7922

Website:
http://www.sandiegohilton.com/acqua-restaurant.aspx

Executive Chef:
Hermann Schafer

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun - Mon 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Private Dining

Planning a special event? Enjoy an elevated private dining experience at Acqua California Bistro. Acqua's Private Dining Room accommodates from 7 to 35 guests. Diners will enjoy New American cuisine, an award-winning wine list and a short walk to the beautiful sands of Mission Bay.

Acqua California Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

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food

3.8

service

3.8

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (6)
Waterfront (6)
Scenic View (5)
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Good for a Date (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

Where do I start? We arrived on time and ate on the patio. Our waiter was a disaster. Service was miserable. He presented the check and then I told him it was a birthday,(I told the restaurant when I made the reservation. ) He said o.k., , and then we waited and waited, after that we just left and gave him a small tip for his poor service. Would not come back. We have celebrated a birthday in the past with no problems, and were looking forward to our lunch celebration.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We made so many last minute changes to our reservations. We increased from 5-10, wanted a long evening with a private dining room for business meeting .

It was a fantastic experience! The Executive Chef even came in to greet our guests and make recommendations. Our wonderful server Michelle was a jewel in every way. I will make this my go to spot in San Diego when entertaining.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The request for gluten-free food for one guest was readily accomodated, but the food was precious, the portions tiny, and the wine list prices awesome.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Service was slow. Took 30 min from time of order to app service (raw and soup) but Ok after the apps. Food Ok. We were asked if we would like bread but were not told that it would cost $5 for four pieces. First restaurant I have been to that has charged for bread.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner during restaurant week. After a delicious cocktail at the bar, we were seated at a beachside table with gorgeous view of the bay. We started with the Proscuitto with Quail Eggs (delicious!) and Tuna Tartar (pretty but a bit bland) and added the Clams (awesome!) as a third appetizer. For dinner we ordered the Quail and Steak with Proscuitto wrapped shrimp. Both were wonderful, and accompanied by a few great glasses of wine. We were so full that we opted to take our dessert course (lemon cheese and Hazelnut Crepes- both delicious!) to go. The entire meal, service and experience were exquisite!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The view is beautiful and our server was very nice and doing his best. It seemed the restaurant may have been understaffed. The food was average. The best part of my meal was the butternut squash soup and while the flavor was very good, the consistency was very thin. I have never had such thin butternut squash soup anywhere. My swordfish with risotto was average. The fish was cooked properly but the risotto had flavor problems. The lemon in the risotto was a bit overpowering. My dining partner stated the chicken was 'okay' . He really loved the apple tart saying that was the best part of his meal. Maybe it was just an off night- this was our first visit here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The wine list did live to his reputation. The food not at the same level. For this price category, you could expect more. Nine Ten is way, way better. We had a huge mishaps with our service. As the waitress opened the bottle, she unfortunately spilled the wine on the shirt of my husband. They tried to clean it but the wine spots didn't go away. They told us that we could send them the dry cleaning costs. We'll see how it works. We got a dessert free. One could have expected a bigger discount for this disagreement . My husband had to take off his shirt and to eat only with his jacket...

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Beautiful cozy and quiet, nice ambiance. We were a party of 10, I never was asked what I'd like to drink.
Serving portions very small.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Service was slow. Water came immediately. Orders taken promptly. Downhill from there! Initially charged for what should have been a complimentary dessert.

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·Dined on August 24, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal at Acqua and our waiter, William, was very kind and knowledgeable. His recommendations for appetizers, entrees, and desserts were on point. If we are ever in the San Diego area again, we will definitely return to Acqua California Bistro.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent place for family events, friends get together, and everyday dining. Highly recommend this place! Food is amazing

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 7, 2017

I stayed at the hotel and had lunch and dinner there. Lunch did not taste great the food was not flavorful. Dinner tasted better and the portions were good, although a bit pricey. The view was very nice. I was disappointed that they tack on an extra 4% fee for something? That the customer ends up paying for and when I asked to remove it they did not. Overall I would say if you are staying at the hotel and don't want to leave the restaurant it is good for dinner, but if you are not staying at the hotel, I would not go out of my way to eat there.

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·Dined on July 27, 2017

I made a reservation for outside on the patio for annual appreciation luncheon as I do every year. When I arrived, I had to wait 10 minutes for the hostess. I told her my name, and she just waved me over to an inside table saying "that's it over there." I was like, uhhh no. I asked for an outside table. She said there wasn't any available - and I then asked - what is the purpose of a reservation if you are not going to reserve the table. She started hitting the computer screen really hard and then led me outside and said "here are the tables." Well, all of them were for only 4 people and I had six in my party. I just gave up. She was rude and inhospitable. Food was good, and the rest of the service just fine. Fire that hostess.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 20, 2017

This restaurant has gone downhill. Especially for lunch. The food is not fresh, appetizing or presented well. The bacon in the Cobb salad seemed like it was cooked two days ago and the produce should have been served yesterday. The dressing was good, but get it on the side or they will saturate the salad. The service was ridiculous. The music was so loud on the patio that we could not hear each other speak. The waiter claimed that it could not be lowered because "corporate" maintained total control of the volume of the music. I insisted on speaking to the manager and miraculously corporate lowered it. I don't know how they stay in business.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Everything was delicious, great service, cute place.

Tags: Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Worst service and food. Would not recommend to anyone.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Great and enjoyable dining. Good for having conversation while you eat (not noisy or loud music). Entrées a little pricey but expected being a resort restaurant. Service was terrific and beautiful setting.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Came for brunch, bill came out to over 200$ with no drinks included. Definitely not worth it.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food was outstanding as were the decor and ambience. However, the service was horrible. There were only a few occupied tables and there seemed to be plenty of servers walking around, but mostly talking to each other- our table was literally ignored for the first 25 minutes after we were seated, in fact there was no hostess around when we entered. After receiving a wine menu, we ordered wine, 15-20 minutes later the wrong wine was delivered. We live in San Diego and enjoy dining out on special occasions - this was our first trip to the Hilton restaurant and we will never go there again. We will not recommend this restaurant and we will advise anyone who is thinking about going there, to think again. It's really too bad because the food was some of the best we have had in a restaurant. Tuna tartar, linguini with spicy clams - delicious. Too bad about the service.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Totally enjoyed dining here. The food was superb. It was an awesome surprise! Lovely sunset too!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 19, 2017

We sat outside and enjoyed the ambiance was lovely. We had a most enjoyable meal(try the swordfish or the scallop/shrimp entrée) and the service is exceptional.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Didn't care for the seating arrangement -- no ambiance. When I asked for a table in corner by the window, hostess said it was reserved . . . only the table sat empty for the next 45 minutes or so. It was a cold, windy day and the waiters were going in and out of dining room to patio area diners. Every time they opened the door, the cold wind blew in making the inside diners cold -and- then the door would make a loud noise as it closed. Wait staff seemed to busy to give appropriate attention. The food was excellent but very expensive. You have to pay for the bread. Dinner plus two drinks and a beer was $134 not including tip. Not a good experience for the expense. Food was very delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 7, 2017

They had heaters and also a fire pit so we were able to sit around the fire pit after our meal and have our last cocktail outside

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Excellent waitress and meal selection all around. Fusilli and short ribs, Hawaiian salmon, scallops and shrimp, and beat salad all highly recommended. The three flavors of Creme brûlée to end were each delicious.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Food was wonderful, service and kitchen very accommodating. Beautiful venue. Thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Nice menu, good food, very polite staff, and hard-working Manager with aim to please. the unfortunate downside is the "long wait" time for receiving a menu (b/c they do not have enough even though the dining room was less than 1/2 full), and also the kitchen was slow to prepare food. We enjoyed the view and the food was delicious. It appears they were ill-prepared for the evening although it was a slow night.
The Manager was more than accommodating and extremely polite with aim to please our requests-- which made our dining experience so delightful! We would come back and try this place again-- b/c the food was very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 9, 2017

We sat outside on the patio over looking the water, sat next to the heater so were nice and toasty. Had the clams to start, broth was delicious, then the seafood special; jumbo shrimp, scallops ontop of lobster mash potato.....absolutely yummy, and finished off with creme brûlée, again delicious. Our server, Mike, was friendly and checked on us often. The manager came by for a chat which is always nice. We were impressed with this restaurant and highly recommend it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Food ok except my cocktail which tasted funky. What ruined the whole experience was the exceedingly, painfully slow service. Every interaction was another half hour wait. What should've been an hour turned into three. When you have to wait 30 minutes to get a drink, then your first course, then your main course, then your bill it's no Bueno.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 12, 2017

We meet friends in the dining room several times a year for lunch. Views are spectacular and food very good!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2017

This place is so scenic and romantic. The chef is Austrian but the food also has a Californian flair. Everything we ate was expertly prepared and very tasty, but my favorite dish was the venison with the best spaetzle in the city. The service was super personal and the staff made us feel like VIPs. Its my favorite spot for special occasions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2017

The food is very overpriced and the service was slow.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 16, 2017

We loved the ambiance at the restaurant; even if it were just for a drink we would come back to use their beautiful patio. The service was impecable and the staff went above and beyond since the moment we walked through the door. The food was very good, we liked everything we had except the flourless chocolate terrine. Otherwise, everyone in the group agreed it was all delicious. We look forward to going back!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2017

The food was phenomenal - creative and delicious. Our waiter was amazing, spot on wine pairings, friendly and went above and beyond (he bought me a toothbrush so I didn't have to worry about red wine teeth)! This was a restaurant week pick and I was surprised when we arrived that it was in a hotel. The restaurant was definitely lacking character or charm but we didn't leave disappointed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Overprized food for average dishes
My scallops and prawns were too salty and a bit over cooked

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We had booked for New Year's Eve serveral weeks in advance as we are a group travelling all the way from Sweden to celebrate New Year's Eve together. We came in time but our table had been already been given away!(???)
Due to this we had to sit in another separate room, which meant we were missing the show, the live music and the whole New Year's experience we were hoping to get.
We did however get some discount, but we are still dissapointed.
We have never experienced anything like this, - if you have made a reservation for such a special night as this, mistakes like these are not acceptable.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2016

It was the first time I came here or even have been in the direct area. I live super close by and checked it out from the photos and reviews I read on Open Table. I am so glad I selected this place to eat. Amazing ambiance and gorgeous view. Great menu selection and great food! I highly recommend it and will definitely be back very soon.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 19, 2016

The weather was stupendous for mid-December and we were able to enjoy view of the water on the sunny terrasse. I always have the same seared ahi salad. It is very fresh and tasty. I recommend it on sunny days. Our waiter was pleasant. All in all a very good experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2016

My husband and I booked a table for Thanksgiving. They had a set menu with several choices in each course. Our server was fabulous, the food amazing and the outdoor table with the view of Bay fantastic! Everything was perfect including the serve ware! Totally recommend and will be returning!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Great dinner atmosphere. Can't beat heaters outside while overlooking Mission Bay. Our waiter Josh was very kind and attentive. He provided great recommendations and treated my guest and I very well on his birthday. We tried their delicious handcrafted cocktails. The Dill was unique and definitely Dill-icious! We also enjoyed the tartar and bread appetizers. We tried different Austrian dishes for dinner. Will come back for date night. Thank you!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2016

Place was done completely remodeled with dew everything including dishes and HIGH prices. Jumbo shrimp are @6.00 Each. Yep everything was expensive. Service was bad and no birthday dessert. Will return when I have more money and no appetite.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Casual, Cozy
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