Acqua California Bistro

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

Acqua California Bistro

New American cuisine comes to life at Acqua California Bistro, a casual waterfront restaurant overlooking Mission Bay.  Award-winning Executive Chef, Hermann Schäfer, brings culinary drama to his inventive dishes and presents an evolving seasonal menu. Offering a creative mix of classic traditional dishes with a European twist, Acqua brings together innovative flavors combined with a complete social dining experience. Recipient of the prestigious Wine Spectator Award, Acqua’s extensive wine list boasts more than 3,000 bottles from world class wine makers of the old world and the new world. For the beer enthusiast, guests are treated to a selection of rotating award-winning craft beers.

From the elegant Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, to classic comfort foods like our Kobe beef sliders, Acqua California Bistro has something that everyone can enjoy.



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Hours: Open daily from 6:30am - 10:00pm

Reservations: 619.275.7922

Large Party Reservations:
Looking for the perfect spot to host your large party? Our elegant Private Dining Room is the ideal location for your party, accommodating from 7 to 28 guests.
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Executive Chef Schäfer

Chef Schäfer began his formal culinary training in his hometown of Vienna, Austria, serving a three year apprenticeship at the Grand Hotel Sauerhof in Baden, one of Austria’s finest five-star luxury hotels.

He now leads a team of seasoned culinary professionals at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa as Executive Chef, preparing an innovative fusion of New American cuisine.

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• Certificate of Excellence Award Winner 2015, 2016


• Diners' Choice Winner 2015, 2016

The World of Fine Wine

• World's Best Wine Lists 2015

Wine Spectator
• Best of Award of Excellence 2006-2016


• Award 2009-2015

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