Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, 1 Park Boulevard at Harbor Drive, 619-564-3333, hiltonsandiegobayfront.com.
HOURS: Breakfast 6:30–11:00 a.m.; lunch 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.; dinner 5:30–10:30 p.m.
PRICES: Starters, $12–$16; entrées, $18–$36; desserts, $6. Four-course “Epicurean Explorations” international meal first week of each month, $36 ($50 with wines).
CUISINE AND BEVERAGES: “Farm to fork” cuisine of mainly local, organic ingredients enriched by luxury imports. Imaginative international wine list, many by the glass, including affordable “flights.” Full bar, creative cocktails.
PICK HITS: Entire “exploration” prix-fixe menu, plus Meyer filet carpaccio; Baja white prawn escabèche; peach salad; Kurobuta pork chop; chocolate espresso; coconut puff.
NEED TO KNOW: Most direct route to Vela website is via Google (enter “Vela San Diego”). Validated valet parking $20. For free valet and self-parking and other discounts, sign up for Vela Society; however, website version (under “VIP card”) didn’t work when I tried to sign up. Panoramic bay view. Business-casual and resort-casual dress. No direct access via Park Boulevard; approach from west via Harbor Drive. A few lacto-vegetarian dishes.