The Ritz-Carlton's all-purpose dining room transforms from a bustling breakfast buffet into an elegant eatery come evening. Tall potted palms, soaring ceilings, black and beige color scheme, twin wine walls bracketing a trendy family-style table, and the tiered pool just outside are lighted to strategically stylish effect. Sinatra and Ella keep the sultry beat while the kitchen jazzes standard meat-and-potatoes dishes with inventive seasonings and eye-catching presentations.
Splendid aged Niman Ranch steaks come with five sauces and rubs, from five-peppercorn to béarnaise. Even such sides as truffled mac-and-cheese redefine divine decadence. The calorie- and cholesterol-conscious can savor melt-in-your-mouth ahi tuna poke or impeccably cooked Dover sole with hazelnut brown butter. Then just surrender to such confections as chocolate & sea salt caramel candy bar.