Even on the June "gloomiest" of evenings, it's still beautiful to sit in Splashes and watch the waves crashing on the beach at the descriptively named Surf & Sand Resort. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows look out to the Pacific. On our chilly night, the interior is warmed by a fireplace surrounded by attractive, glass tile work. A dramatic modern light fixture of wavy glass sheets echoes the theme of the sea. Soft beige walls and wood elements provide a background for comfortable, contemporary indoor-outdoor wicker furniture. On a warmer evening, you can dine on the terraces, as did several guests, who we presume were visiting from Scandinavia.
The menu has changed completely since our last visit and is definitely more sophisticated, although the dress remains very casual. New chef Jeff Armstrong is putting out some interesting and tasty creations. On Mondays and Wednesdays, you can sample a number of different items on the menu by selecting the special Chef's Choice called "flights and bites" that features two small appetizers, three entrée samplings and a simple dessert, all for $45 or $60 with wine. This is a more affordable way to experience this rather expensive menu. The gorgeous view doesn't come cheap.