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The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse at Dinah’s Garden Hotel

Palo Alto Wedding Venue
4261 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94306

Contact: Catering and Sales Department
Phone: 650/493-2844
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For Sunday-Friday events, Dinah’s Garden will waive food and beverage minimums and reduce corkage fees to just $10/bottle.

Why We Like This Place

For decades, Dinah’s Garden Hotel has been treating guests to their unique brand of hospitality—imaginative accommodations, eclectic art and statuary from around the world, and five luxuriantly landscaped acres. Lured by sparkling waterfalls and serene grottos, sweethearts would head to this Peninsula oasis for a romantic getaway.

Dinah’s has now teamed up with The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse, a new venture from the Michelin-rated restaurant group. So in addition to the delectable setting, you also get delectable dining. Although seafood is their specialty, you’ll be able to choose from among a wide range of dishes, and the culinary team will also be happy to customize your menu.

Receptions unfold in The Sea’s ballroom, a sophisticated space dressed with wood trim and Brazilian cherrywood floors polished to a high gleam. Chandeliers suspended from a soaring cathedral ceiling and multipaned clerestory windows lend a luminous grandeur. Paintings of South Pacific scenes accent corners, while banks of French doors open to a spacious L-shaped terrace. Begin with an intimate ceremony on the tiled section beneath the shade of an awning, set off by Chinese lanterns or floral embellishments strung on the rafters. Then toast the momentous occasion in the adjoining open-air section, where ferns, palms and straw umbrellas create a festive atmosphere.

The hotel itself displays the same superior standards and attention to detail as the restaurant. A stroll through Dinah’s takes you past gardens brimming with waterfalls, and ponds teeming with giant multicolored koi. Footbridges and Oriental gazebos invite stolen kisses, and statues of Buddha inspire quiet contemplation.

To further enhance your stay, each of Dinah’s 129 guest rooms is uniquely decorated with world-class art and priceless collectibles. Lagoon rooms embrace lush greenery and the sound of flowing water. The opulently arrayed Signature Suites take luxury to a new level. With themes like “Bali,” “Asian Sunset,” and “The Railroad Baron,” their deluxe amenities—such as a steam room, antiques, private lagoon decks, and a working model train—pamper, relax and amuse. The morning after, enjoy brunch at Dinah’s retro-chic Poolside Grill.



  • Max. Seated Indoors:
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 60

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 80
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 300
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 150


  • Max. Seated: 200

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The facility can accommodate up to 60 seated guests outdoors on the terrace.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, the facility holds 150 seated with a dance floor, 300 standing; outdoors, 80 seated or 150 standing.

MEETING CAPACITY: Event spaces accommodate 200 seated guests.

Fees & Deposits

A deposit is not required to reserve your date and the event total is due on the day of the event. Rental fees range $1,200–35,000 depending on the day and time of the event, the guest count and the space rented. Meals range $85–115/person. Tax, alcohol and a 20% service charge are additional.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners
On-Site Accommodations


Catering: provided
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
Meeting Equipment: provided
Parking: large lots
Accommodations: 129 guest rooms
Telephone: house phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: garden, pool area, waterfall, pond
Other: event coordination; A/V equipment

Site Views

Fountain/Water Feature
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds
Pool Area

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility


Alcohol: provided, or BYO with corkage fee
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required

Some Essential Info
Price $ • $$



BYO w/ Corkage Fee

Amplified Music

w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year-round, daily.

Alternate Info: Dina's Garden Dinahs Hotel