Dinah's Poolside Restaurant
Been to Dinah’s many times over the years for breakfast which has always been very good, with a great setting.
Had dinner a few weeks ago and had a really good meal. This time around however it was not nearly as good. A little disappointing especially since we brought friends this time.
Will give it another shot, however my expectations have definitely been lowered.
Superb “old El Camino Real motor hotel” vibe with updated food and beverage. Outstanding food - a hidden gem!
We love this understated restaurant. The two rooms are small but nicely decorated, the food is interesting and really well prepared and the wine list is interesting and a good value. And, it's sort of fun to know that this must have been a simple poolside snack bar in its original state. I would strongly recommend it to friends.
A hidden gem. Extremely friendly service, diverse menu, and tasty food. And on a nice day, it's beautiful to sit poolside or on the covered patio.
Excellent restaurant to relax, sit indoors or around the pool on a beautiful day and enjoy breakfast or lunch! Never rushed and service is excellent!
This is a gem. When you see the neon sign tucked behind trees and wonderful smelling flowers, and that great Garden Hotel sign... you know you're somewhere special.
Atmosphere is great - aside from the namesake pool, it's quiet (unless there's live music, but even then it's very chill), and the food is great. We've only gone twice, but everything we've tried has been good. That said, we'll probably never not get the burger. The beef is juicy, perfectly ground, and the bun looks to be housemade... but.
I don't know if they're fried in lard or what makes them so good, but they're the best fries I know I've ever had.
Cocktails are good, decent wine selection... beer list is small but that's fine by me - sorry tech bros!
Feels like this place has been around for a long time, and I hope it never goes away. One of these days we'll have to stay at the Garden Hotel for a staycation!
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!
What a great find! Food delicious, waiters so friendly - whole vibe is very throwback and unpretentious. Nighttime with lights very pretty!
Relaxing - enjoying good food and company.
Always a great place to eat. Attentive staff, lovely setting, and tasty food.
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.
Service is always so wonderful. The setting is just great, as is the food and the nice choices. And reasonably priced!
It’s a lovely place. Every time I go there it’s very nice. Food, service, and setting it excellent.
Good food and service in lovely setting. Perfect outdoor place when temperature is right.
Nice relaxing setting and cheerful service. Pot of chocolate was very generous and delicious.!
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:)
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.
Another lovely meal here. Service a little off but the poolside setting is so lovely and relaxing .. we had a hard time caring!
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!
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.
Great spot for early morning meeting!
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.
Nice atmosphere - great food - love the choice of having a 1/2 order breakfast!
Good food and great service. Nice ambiance and friendly staff. Easy to have a conversation and talk to friends while enjoying a meal.
Always enjoy it! Thanks Dave
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.
The fries were excellent and the summer bean salad was delicious!
My starters and main came out at the same time which confused me. Other than that had a lovely evening and food was good.
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.
What a fun place! Groovy Judy was playing, night was beautiful, food was delicious and service was efficient and gracious.
service and food were both very good and the outdoor seating around the pool is very nice
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.
We loved the restaurant and kept going back but Last visit was a disappointment. Waited an hour for the food and quality was bad.
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.
good f ood, very attractive, pleasant service, great for children, I would recommend the restaurant to friends.
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 😎🎶
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.
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.
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.