This fine-dining enclave has the setting—Spanish-colonial architecture, with pillars and archways overlooking a courtyard—but with the classically grounded French chef, Dominique David, serving remarkably innovative cuisine, it has really grown into a destination restaurant. An amuse-bouche arrives before your meal, and there is an excellent bread service. Available for lunch and dinner, the three-course daily Menu de Chef is about $26, including tax. It could feature brochettes of spit-roasted duck, chicken au poivre, or vegetable risotto. Veer from this menu, and prices go higher, but they remain fair. A luscious foie gras parfait with a port wine velouté and house-made brioche will start you on your way; segue to grilled scallop skewers with a strong passion-fruit jus and spinach tagliatelle. For a finale, we suggest the strawberry soup with basil and mint infusion. A guitarist romantically serenades diners Friday through Sunday nights and during Saturday and Sunday brunch.