Dinah's Poolside Restaurant

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Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant offers indoor and 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!
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LP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been there several times now, and they never disappoint! Truly a hidden gem in the Bay Area. I had made reservations, but they weren't busy when we arrived nearly an hour early and they sat us right away - right next to the pool, where I love to sit.

Our Omelettes were absolutely delicious! The fruit bowl had the sweetest and juiciest fruit; we enjoyed everything.

As always, the service was top notch!!! Thank you for another great experience!

MV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find! Food delicious, waiters so friendly - whole vibe is very throwback and unpretentious. Nighttime with lights very pretty!

NB
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxing - enjoying good food and company.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to eat. Attentive staff, lovely setting, and tasty food.

d
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Always enjoyable!

L
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun place with a unique environment. The place is an old school with the motel surroundings and pool. Food is prepared well and tasty, especially with their classic fried chicken . An item not to be missed.

MK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service is always so wonderful. The setting is just great, as is the food and the nice choices. And reasonably priced!

OT
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a lovely place. Every time I go there it’s very nice. Food, service, and setting it excellent.

R
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service in lovely setting. Perfect outdoor place when temperature is right.

L
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice relaxing setting and cheerful service. Pot of chocolate was very generous and delicious.!

KH
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After living in the area for over 30 years, I finally tried Dinah's Poolside Restaurant for weekend brunch. Wow! Now I understand how it has been able to survive all the changes in businesses over the year. This is a neighborhood gem!

They are known for fresh-squeezing their orange juice. The mimosa was one of the best I've ever had. Perfect balance and delicious. My omelet was perfectly prepared (I like the eggs cooked soft - French style) and my husband's fried chicken and gravy was yummy! Our wait person, Tony, was helpful and very professional. And sitting poolside on a sunny, summer day felt like being in Hawaii (or Las Vegas). Very retro. The gardens are lovely. Having been here for so many years, the vines are full of flowers, the palm trees are towering, and the mature hibiscus were exploding in blossom. We will be back...many times:)

B
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Was so looking forward to a venue where we could converse but had large party of Northwestern fans following the Stanford football game who were very loud (despite their loss) - nothing the restaurant could do given no other table available. Nonetheless, the food as had been our experience on two previous visits was outstanding.

b
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Another lovely meal here. Service a little off but the poolside setting is so lovely and relaxing .. we had a hard time caring!

PC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service here is friendly and very accommodating. The food is really good with a wide variety to choose from - I especially like their breakfast. The atmosphere by the poolside is so relaxing and beautiful plants everywhere. Love this place - a hidden gem!

SP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going to Dinah's for years. A great location for a pleasant brunch with friends. Good food and service beside a lovely pool. Highly recommended.

d
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot for early morning meeting!

PT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent traditional American fare served in a unique poolside setting which is unmatched when the weather is nice. The service can be spotty at times, though.

NB
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere - great food - love the choice of having a 1/2 order breakfast!

h
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and great service. Nice ambiance and friendly staff. Easy to have a conversation and talk to friends while enjoying a meal.

d
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy it! Thanks Dave

LJ
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We choose Dinah's because we wanted a nice outdoor ambience so we could enjoy a lower noise level, a kid friendly menu, and excellent food at reasonable prices. Dinah's was perfect. The vibe is casual with a touch of chic. The menu offers basics plus some classic offerings with an inventive twist if you're more adventurous. The hostess was friendly and we were seated immediately. The whole family could hear each other at the table without raising our voices. The prices were very reasonable. I cannot recommend Dinah's Poolside restaurant more highly.

NQ
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The fries were excellent and the summer bean salad was delicious!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

My starters and main came out at the same time which confused me. Other than that had a lovely evening and food was good.

B
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was good but not at the level I expected after viewing the restaurant’s website. I expected superb food, but it was just good. Nothing to write home about. And the tonic in the gin & tonics was flat. No fizz at all.

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun place! Groovy Judy was playing, night was beautiful, food was delicious and service was efficient and gracious.

GM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

service and food were both very good and the outdoor seating around the pool is very nice

AM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was our first time at this place. You choose your seating area so we went to outdoor seating. The chlorine smell and humidity was unbearable for me. We decided to be seated inside which was much better. The restaurant was pretty empty inside but full outdoors. We ordered a couple of cocktail drinks to start off but we are never brought us our bread with butter. When we were ready to order after 45 minutes we asked for our bread and she brought it with our meal. The cocktail drinks were all served halfway so I feel never got my money's-worth on our drinks. The food was very good, no complaints there.

LH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We loved the restaurant and kept going back but Last visit was a disappointment. Waited an hour for the food and quality was bad.

ES
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Five friends and I met there for lunch. The setting was perfect, our table was well shaded and cool. I was very pleased with the service, very timely but not rushed. The food was wonderful. Four of us tried the Waygu burger, an outstanding choice. It was one of best burgers I've had, cooked perfectly and the very tasty. Dinah's definitely is on the top of our list of places to return to.

JL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

good f ood, very attractive, pleasant service, great for children, I would recommend the restaurant to friends.

SH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This lady from the checking and on are very nice friendly that made me very comfortable who turned out introduced us as CEO yay! So lovely to meet you Julie and I will be back soon!! Glad to find you after a long time 😎🎶

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a 5pm reservation and so there was no noise level. Only a few of us there at 5. A wonderful place to eat in the summer - outdoors and lovely plantings around the pool.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

No one brought silverware until requested, tray of drinks spilled on my husband & mother - thought it was water until we left & their shoes & pants were stained with iced tea. Food took a very long time to come out & none of the dietary requests were accommodated - wrong dressing, missing chicken on salad, and eggs instead of egg whites in omelet. We love Dinah’s, but this was an especially poor experience.

R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Seated at 1:30pm. Took forever to actually place an order. Drinks we ordered were never brought to the table. After food was delivered, no one ever checked back. First time dining here and while the food was good, the service was really poor. And it wasn't even that busy.

NB
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love sitting outdoors by the pool!

RC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 5

Atmosphere good. Service adequate. Chicken pink in the middle of our Cobb salads was a big turn-off. Did not eat the chicken. It was an expensive salad considering the chicken issue.

RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I would recommend as a great vibe for breakfast, lunch or brunch over dinner.

CE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxing spot for lunch outside by the pool. Fun to watch the kids play and linger over yummy sandwiches and salad!

PR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for lunch. Peaceful outdoor setting. Great food. Wines by the glass were good. Service was OK.

k
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely sitting outdoors by the pool. The staff was very nice when one in our party forgot so cam much later than what our reservation was and let us stay for quite awhile. Luckily they were not totally booked so we were not taking a table away.

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