The Bay Area tends to have cooler winter temperatures, but locals always want more space to sit and drink with a vantage point, and rooftop bars seem to be proliferating. The newest entrant to the Graduate Palo Alto is President Terrace, which offers views of downtown Palo Alto from seven stories high.
The new spot, which is set to open in early January, is said to offer guests an “intimate setting.” Think outdoor fireplaces, sofas, and vibrant green plants that accompany food and drink. For drinks, the hotel commissioned Los Angeles bar consultants Bad Birdy to come up with a menu. Called the Nutty Professor, the Mai Tai incorporates pistachio ogeeto and pistachio foam. Meanwhile, Burning His Man’s Weekend combines tequila and pineapple her juice for an Elote His reduction. There are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks, and there are plenty of natural wines.
In terms of food, diners can expect a “seafood-forward” menu that includes items such as amberjack crudo with chimichurri. Roasted cauliflower with sumac-infused raita sauce and pomegranate molasses. Or mix Manre Sapan’s sourdough and marrow into a spreadable ‘butter’, infused with pickled fennel and confit garlic.
Manresa Bread supplies pastries to Lou & Herbert’s, an all-day café located on the hotel’s ground floor, as well as coffee from Saint Frank. Besides pastries, they also have breakfast and lunch menus. Power pancakes are whole wheat and quinoa folded into flapjacks and topped with blueberries and maple syrup. The lunch menu includes items such as cold soba salad. At night, the café becomes more of a bar, serving light bite options like oysters and tuna tartare, along with Bad Birdy’s more natural wines and cocktails (if you want a drink, go indoors). .
presidential terrace (488 University Avenue, Palo Alto) debuts in early January.