This hotel/resort nestled in the hills above Rancho Santa Fe has been refurbished by the founders of Qualcomm. They have done an amazing job of making it (returning it) into a hacienda style hotel.
The Decor was tasteful, playful and very nice. We sat in a comfortable booth with many pillows to put behind your back. The place was empty when we arrived and there was a mixup in when we could make a reservation but it all worked out. After about an hour the room filled to a comfortable level giving it the right ambiance.
The waitstaff were attentive without being obnoxious. They were all very knowledgable about the menu, room and hotel. Including occupancy rates, etc. This was refreshing that the trained the busboy to the hostess on the details of the hotel. It was excellent service.
The food was amazing. We recently ate at Godron Rasmay's restaurant in London and this beat both the presentation and taste in every way. Portions were large enough to fill you up. My Yellowtail was actually quite big. They served amuse-bouche which was a nice tough and amazingly good. The approach appears to be mixed between focusing on taste and gastro-chemistry like Ferran Adria's El Bulli. There were basil tasting foams, and a deconstructed lobster salad as well as an octopus carpaccio that was assembled like game tiles perfectly placed on the plate. The desserts were excellent as well.
Overall I highly recommend this restaurant. It was a dining experience right in San Diego. This place will start to win accolades and awards so get there quickly before you are shutout of a reservation or they raise the prices.