If you want to dine against a gorgeous backdrop, head to Navio, the fine-dining restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. The luxury hotel is perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean just about 45 minutes south of San Francisco, and the restaurant has a design that speaks to its closeness to the sea. The Mediterranean-influence seafood eatery offers views of the blue waters as well as the verdant 18th hole of The Old Course (be sure to request a window-side table). Pale white and gray floors and Italian Carrara marble counters mix with expanses of honey-toned paneling accented by unique sconces with nautical rope detail. Tables are decorated simply with understated pottery in shades of taupe, cream and pale aqua blue made by Heath Ceramics in nearby Sausalito.

As the main restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, Navio is open daily serving breakfast and dinner, while weekends bring Saturday lunch and a popular Sunday brunch. The sea cuisine — such as oven-roasted loup de mer (European seabass) with wild rice, Swiss chard and Meyer lemon, or the local black cod and Berkshire pork belly with grilled Monterey calamari and chorizo — is inviting and familiar, featuring seasonal ingredients and beautiful presentations. Navio makes a scenic and comfortable place to dine with an ocean view.

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