You’d think a post that’s titled Lunch at Dinah’s should include info about the lunch. We were meeting good friends and to be honest I did plan to review the food but life doesn’t always work as planned. I don’t know who chose this restaurant but when we pulled into the parking lot, I was certain we were in the wrong spot.
Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant shares parking with several other businesses but is hard to miss. I was looking for a restaurant and surprised to find a lovely boutique hotel. It’s just 2 blocks from bustling downtown Palo Alto and resembles a tropical sanctuary.
A peek along the side of the building showed the Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant sign so I knew we were in the right place, but it was not what I expected.
“In the 1950’s Milla and Raymond Handley set out to create a unique oasis of serenity for every class of traveler. They engaged San Francisco’s Robert Royston, one of America’s foremost park landscape architects, to design tropical/Asian gardens that included lagoons, koi ponds, a Japanese style bridge and lush tropical landscaping.” -from their website
We snapped a few photos but none of the food because the moment we entered the hotel I was mesmerized. As it turns out the food was simply amazing and wish I had captured at least one shot before we
inhaled ate it. #goals
The poolside was bustling with activity and every table was jammed. My view was towards the rooms which are laid out like an old-fashioned motel… but it’s so much more. Dinah’s is filled with vibrant color, exotic plants and unusual works of art collected from the world travels of its owners. This place is a gem in the heart of bustling silicon valley and a must experience.
I wore black and white, surprise! It was close to 80 degrees so I pulled out my first linen of the season. This black linen cardigan is in constant rotation in my wardrobe for 3 seasons a year. The houndstooth pants are a step up from denim but not too dressed up. Most everyone
but me was very casually dressed. What part of poolside dining did I not understand from the invitation? All of it 🙂 I assumed it was just the name, not the actual location but I felt confident and never gave my appearance a second thought.
I wore some of my favorite French Kande and large sunglasses the entire time. It was great to catch up and exciting to find a terrific place we will revisit.
Does it bother you to be more dressed up than others?
Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!
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