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, and the restaurant has a design that speaks to its closeness to the sea. The Mediterranean-influenced 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). 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.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• One of the big events each weekend is Navio’s Sunday brunch, which features just two seatings at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. that often sell out. The scenic restaurant is a popular destination for people living in the Peninsula and San Francisco, so advance reservations are recommended.

• When you arrive at the luxury resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it's easy to feel that you're in a retreat far away from the bustling big city. But the hotel is actually just about 45 minutes south of San Francisco or San Jose, depending on traffic.

• The farm to table movement California is known for is prominent at the restaurant. In fact, they take it one step further—the majority of the cuisine is ocean to table with only the freshest seafood and shellfish served.
Things to Know
• As the main restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, Navio is open daily serving breakfast and dinner, while weekends bring brunch.

• Navio is ideally located on the second floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay.  When you walk into the hotel, head straight back through the foyer and reception area and turn right. Walk through the light-filled Conservatory Lounge to reach Navio.

• The restaurant doesn’t really have a formal dress code. On a recent visit, guests were in golf attire, hiking clothes, jeans and casual dresses. The informal vibe extends to the dinner hour, when most guests would probably feel comfortable in business casual attire.
The Food
• At dinner, diners can choose chef Jason Pringle’s five-course tasting menu or select items a la carte, from a menu that is broken into three sections: appetizers, ocean, and land.

• Navio offers a special menu for vegetarians with items like spaghetti chitarra with fennel and saffron and seared marinated tofu with tomato and zucchini.

• Brunch is an open format prix-fix with everything from made-to-order eggs to specialty carving stations to a raw oyster bar to a buffet of fresh-pressed juice.
The Look
• 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 made by Heath Ceramics in nearby Sausalito.

• The scene at the Half Moon Bay restaurant is comfortable and elegant, which is a perfect vibe when you’re on vacation.
Getting There
1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, California 91019
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