Dinah's Poolside Restaurant
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!
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
hearts of romaine - parmesan - lemon - garlic dressing
Fish N' Chips
Local Rock cod, Beer battered, house made tarter sauce, coleslaw, fries
natural domestic wagyu patty, onions, lettuce, tomato, jack cheese, sesame bun-served with fries, fruit, or mixed greens
Nice setting- a “throwback” to motel dining as it was in the heyday.
Always a delightful spot to dine especially with sunny CA winter weather. Everything is good and service is great!
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!!
Glad to bump into this place yesterday. Food, service, and location are great!
Caesar salad with calamari was crazy expensive and not very flavorful.
Our Bloody Mary was very poor. My Reuben looked good but had a funny taste.
Service was ok but intermittent.
Ambiance is fun.
My sister and I get together here once a month. We always find the waiters friendly, and the food delicious.
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.
Delightful as always. Good food, beautiful setting, attentive service.
Reserved through Opentable; showed up on time, was able to pick furthest table outside poolside, enjoyed family, food, drink and service.
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.
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.
Great place for brunch. COVID safe. Excellent omelette.
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.
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.
Helpful staff because our party arrived at two different times.
Really yummy food. Had the fish and chips this time, but ribs and chicken also yummy. Huge portions and good value. Love the chips!!!!
We enjoyed the setting - sitting next to the pool and eating good food for lunch!
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.
Hidden Gem. Atmosphere, food, service - all around 5 star experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful outdoor setting featuring delicious, fresh food and friendly, good service.
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...
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.
The menu is one page of awesomeness!
Will be back!
The restaurant offers a limited menu. However, the surroundings are restful and relaxing, a fine place to have dinner with a friend.
Excellent customer service. Everyone was so nice and helpful!!
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!!
Friendly, efficient, great food.
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.
A time honored place for me, and one of a few that still exist from my youth.
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.
As always, great service, relaxing ambiance and wonderful food. Just a pleasure to relax and have a nice meal with a friend.
Nice quiet place with good food and ambiance.
Short staffed (Who isn't?). Still staff was not experienced at all. Nice, but did not know what they were doing.
Efrain our server was awesome! VERY friendly and fast.
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.
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.