By Richard Irwin, Staff Writer
For more upscale dining, try Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood at The Mission Inn. The very elegant restaurant has received the AAA Four Diamond Award since 1996, as well as Wine Spectator’s award of excellence.
We loved the warm amber decor and marveled at the central masterpiece, “Charge Up San Juan Hill.” The 8-by-6-foot painting of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders is one of the largest paintings in The Mission Inn.
54 Degrees at Duane’s wine bar next door offers 28 wines by the glass and 285 wines by the bottle. The simpler Mission Inn Restaurant is famous for its champagne brunch on Sundays, with unique food stations and a mimosa bar.
Las Campanas Mexican Cantina in the front courtyard offers seating under shady umbrellas. We sampled the signature margaritas and Mexican cuisine for lunch.
Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro, located under an outside arcade on the pedestrian plaza, offers southern Italian cooking with pizzas baked in a brick oven, custom pasta dishes and pressed panini sandwiches.