Dinah's Poolside Restaurant

4.5
462 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant offers indoor and heated outdoor dining in a relaxing environment overlooking the pool. Private dining is also available in our Fireside Room or private Lanai patio.

This casual restaurant is renowned by locals for a hearty breakfast and lunch-time favorites. In the evening, Chef Gerardo Naranjo elevates the experience with steak and seafood classics.

Fresh, seasonal and local. We offer the highest quality cage free eggs, sustainable produce and free range meats sourced locally whenever possible.

For over 55 years we have been serving the Palo Alto area with great service, consistent food, and hand squeezed orange juice!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 462 people are saying
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vipMarcK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice setting- a “throwback” to motel dining as it was in the heyday.

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RobinB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delightful spot to dine especially with sunny CA winter weather. Everything is good and service is great!

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vipMarshie
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love to come here with girlfriends for early breakfast (indoors) and lunch outdoors around the pool. Their salads are quite good and their Ruben sandwich with fries is my favorite!!

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WinnieS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to bump into this place yesterday. Food, service, and location are great!

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vipLLBB
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Caesar salad with calamari was crazy expensive and not very flavorful.

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JanS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Our Bloody Mary was very poor. My Reuben looked good but had a funny taste.
Service was ok but intermittent.
Ambiance is fun.

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BarbaraS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My sister and I get together here once a month. We always find the waiters friendly, and the food delicious.

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SueLosAltos
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, a very pleasant experience for lunch with good friends. Good food, attentive service in a pleasant atmosphere. Nice to have protection available while eating outside in cool even rainy weather. A local treasure.

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vipPaloAltofoodie
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful as always. Good food, beautiful setting, attentive service.

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CherR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserved through Opentable; showed up on time, was able to pick furthest table outside poolside, enjoyed family, food, drink and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Three of us had an early dinner. Fish n chips, meatloaf dinner, beet salad with prawns. All delicious, all delivered with great style. Love the ambiance of the pool nearby.

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NancyB
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining with friends (their first time). Our servers were great - very attentive). It was a bit chilly but wanted to sit outside our server turned on the heat lamp :-). Our favorite go to place.

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Traveler
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch. COVID safe. Excellent omelette.

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vipfrequentDiner
San Francisco
160 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and server were excellent (Saturday lunch). The only reason for the deduction of a star was our having to wait 20 minutes for a table to be set up even though we had a reservation. The weather was perfect, so we got to eat by the pool.

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vipDBdb
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Dina's Poolside Restaurant is a restaurant right next to the pool at a small, quaint, well maintained, old-style, hotel in Palo Alto. Many of the patrons are in the bathing suits, most are wearing shirts, but not all. The landscaping is nice, and if the weather is agreeable its relaxing.

The food is pretty good for a casual, shirts optional, pool side restaurant. The beer battered fish and chips was excellent (the shoe string fries are really good!) and the Wagyu burger was well cooked and prepared. The cocktails were average. The chips, guacamole and salsa were just boringly generic. Please note that the menu is reduced in the mid afternoon.

Overall, though, its a nice place to stop for a casual lunch especially if you're out bike riding.

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BenjaminM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Helpful staff because our party arrived at two different times.

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NinaW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really yummy food. Had the fish and chips this time, but ribs and chicken also yummy. Huge portions and good value. Love the chips!!!!

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vipAnnie
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed the setting - sitting next to the pool and eating good food for lunch!

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vipPumpkin
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We waited a long time to get service once we were seated. Our drinks were so so. I ordered a salad with salmon, but received a salad with chicken. If I had sent it back it would have taken that much longer so I ate the chicken. All 4 of us liked the food including the chicken. My son gave me a bite of his salmon which was very good. The atmosphere could be better since they are situated by the pool, but the tables are pretty industrial looking. They could improve the look.

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vipRussellM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden Gem. Atmosphere, food, service - all around 5 star experience.

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Babsala
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting at Dinah’s Garden Hotel. The poolside restaurant has extended outdoor seating during the pandemic. Staff is very friendly and brought our food quickly.

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vipMonaK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Poolside makes you feel like you’re on vacation! Great ambiance!
Good food and service, but waiter should have told us about lunch special- only found out about it when we saw it on board in lobby on our way out.

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2NCalifornians
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, good food & great service. This is old school Palo Alto. It is a great place for brunch and lunch. Perfect for meeting friends and family.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, people, food, and the setting is peaceful and beautiful when the weather is good. They do have inside seating, but it’s outdoor setting that makes this place a great place to eat. I haven’t stayed at their hotel but it looks nice too.

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RobinB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor setting featuring delicious, fresh food and friendly, good service.

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alan
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

we arrived and were seat promptly at our reserved time, we sat down, and noticed (heard) the woman seated next to us berating her companion non-stop with the filthiest words, every other word was a foul word, and loud enough to be heard by many, it was unsettling , to say the least... luckily, finally, he got up and left for a while, he came back and it started up again, albeit a bit more calm...
no one said anything to her, none of the staff or management, my daughter was about to get up and approach her, and i told her to relax, and see how bad it progresses...other than that, overall, the evening and food was good...
the ribs were over cooked and hard...but overall, good... i would come back again...

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AnnetteT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Perfect for my small meeting. Some activity at the pool but not a disturbance at all. Staff was timed perfectly as it started to get chilly. They were proactive in getting the heat lamps lit and placed perfectly to provide a bit of warmth. A very relaxing experience and the drinks were tasty as well.

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JanV
San Joaquin
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is one page of awesomeness!
Will be back!

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BarbaraS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The restaurant offers a limited menu. However, the surroundings are restful and relaxing, a fine place to have dinner with a friend.

Barbara Stark

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vipKimB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent customer service. Everyone was so nice and helpful!!

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Cyn95030
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I still love this place after decades. I'd love to see them bring back some of the favorites that were on the menu pre-pandemic like the Market Salad and Tuna Melt. Don't pass up the Trader Vic Mai Tai's!!

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vipItiswhatitis
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, efficient, great food.

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Lynn
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Menu keeps getting smaller and eliminating really good dishes. What's left is very good and the quiet outside poolside setting is one of the best I know.

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EricW
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A time honored place for me, and one of a few that still exist from my youth.

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LauraC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxed atmosphere and using the outdoor table makes us also feel safe regarding COVID-19 situation. Food is also excellent. Servers are professional, very friendly and attentive.

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vipLLFOOD
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great service, relaxing ambiance and wonderful food. Just a pleasure to relax and have a nice meal with a friend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice quiet place with good food and ambiance.

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Trojanknight
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Short staffed (Who isn't?). Still staff was not experienced at all. Nice, but did not know what they were doing.

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PatE
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Efrain our server was awesome! VERY friendly and fast.

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ChrisW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, the staff attentive but not intrusive; and watching parents, grandparents and kids playing in the pool was entertaining. No running or shrieking, just laughter and splashing sounds on a warm September day.

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You can order delivery directly from Dinah's Poolside Restaurant using the Order Online button. Dinah's Poolside Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 798-1314.

Dinah's Poolside Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 462 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.