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New, upscale hotel opens in Palo Alto but its new restaurant is what will have people talking

New, upscale hotel opens in Palo Alto but its new restaurant is what will have people talking
Photo Credit: Hotel Citrine
By Wesley Severson - Published on June 29, 2021.

Food lovers in the South Bay have a new menu to explore thanks to Hotel Citrine in Palo Alto, which just recently opened to overnight guests on San Antonio Road. The hotel, part of Marriott's Tribute Portfolio, features a new restaurant, Wild Onion Bistro & Bar, which also just started serving hotel guests and area diners.

The webpage for the restaurant does not provide much insight into the menu selections only simply stating “from plant-based pleasers to soul-satisfying comfort foods, Wild Onion is a tribute to the very essence of California cuisine.”

The restaurant will offer breakfast and brunch, along with pastries and coffee in the morning but will have menu items available late into the night. According to Silicon Valley Daily, expect to see some recognizable dishes with exotic twists like tacos with kimchi, smoked salmon BLTs with aioli, Buffalo cauliflower, mushroom eggplant Bolognese, steak frites, and American Wagyu beef.

According to the Mercury News, the chef of the farm-to-table restaurant is a well-known South Bay native who has cooked at a number of other popular establishments. Duy Tran is a classically trained chef from San Jose who also worked at Morimoto Napa, along with Oak + Violet and Porta Blue in Menlo Park.

The sleek, modern layout of Wild Onion Bistro also contains a bar and is sure to attract diners with an appetite for new tastes and surroundings. The restaurant also seems to be capitalizing on the post-pandemic reopening of indoor dining with people all over the bay area wanting to get out and try something new.


You can also expect the 150-rooms and suites at Hotel Citrine to start filling up as more people start their summer travel. The hotel sits next to Marriott’s AC Hotel.