Garden Court
Garden Court
  • Address:
    2 New Montgomery St.
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    Neighborhood:
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Californian
    Price: $50 and over

Garden Court

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sfpalace.com/dining
  • Phone: 4155465089x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:
    Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 10:30am;
    Sunday Breakfast: 7:00am-10:00am

    Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1:30pm;

    Tea:
    Saturday 1:00pm -2:30pm MUST PHONE IN RESERVATION;

    Sunday Brunch:
    11:00am - 1:30pm $85 for adults, $45 for children 6-12 years of age
    (EXCLUDING SUNDAY, EASTER SUNDAY, MOTHER'S DAY, FATHER'S DAY, THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S DAY BRUNCH SERVICE)

    HOLIDAY BRUNCH:
    Sunday April 20, 2014- Easter Champagne Brunch
    Reservations from 10:30am-12:00pm or 2:00pm-3:30pm
    $125 per adult and $55 children 6-12 years of age
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Jesse Llapitan
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Harpist for Saturday Tea and Jazz Trio for Sunday Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market St.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Garden Court
Featuring innovative intercontinental cuisine, the famed Garden Court offers a superb dining experience in a glorious setting. This historic landmark serves breakfast and lunch daily and an enchanting brunch and afternoon tea on weekends. The Garden Court features a stained glass dome, Italian marble columns, Austrian crystal chandeliers and is noted on San Francisco’s Historic Register as Landmark #18. Our Executive Chef invites you to try our signature crab salad lightly dressed in our own Green Goddess Dressing, a true Palace original created in 1923.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Garden Court reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (40)special occasion (39)great for lunch (21)romantic (16)good for groups (10)fit for foodies (10)scenic view (9)neighborhood gem (9)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Nice to look at but not to eat at
    ETfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Garden Court is absolutely beautiful but the food is just mediocre. Wait staff tries to be nice and polite but they care less. Not accommodating at all. Food is boring and not tasty. Afternoon Tea not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING!!!
    EmilygmVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Outstanding service, awesome food and what an amazing room!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A place for a special occasion
    ethan
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The Garden Court room is quite large and beautifully decorated. A small jazz combo added just the right touch of elegance. The sun streaming through the immense glass ceiling added to the charm. Service was friendly and very attentive. The array of food choices on the Sunday buffet leaves you in a quandary about what to eat. While the variety is not as great or lavish as expensive buffets in Asia, for example, everything is pretty close to perfect. A bottomless champagne glass will make you want to take a nap after feasting. While I won't visit the venue often, whenever anyone says "buffet", the Garden Court will certainly pop into my mind!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb
    ok2buVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    One of the most beautiful dining rooms on the West Coast. Gorgeous. And the food is remarkably good. I gave the cuisine five stars because I'm in a good mood, but perhaps four is a better measure of the quality, because we should reserve five stars for those restaurants that literally send you to the moon with wonderful tastes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • palace hotel
    redhatqueen
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    What a lovely way to start the day in such a beautiful setting. Food and service was wonderful. The room was absolutely beautiful and you felt like you were taken back to the early 1900's. Wish we had more time to just sit and enjoy the ambiance, but alas we were leaving that day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once in a while
    eaharry
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The Garden Court puts on the best Sunday brunch in the city. Sure it is expensive, $85 per, but there's enough good food to cover for all three meals. We use it for very special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday lunch
    VegDiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I brought my best friend here for lunch for her birthday, and as it turned out there were two other groups celebrating birthdays right near our table, including one woman who had turned 100! Definitely a feeling of old San Francisco, very genteel and traditional. Our waiter, Bill, brought my friend a birthday dessert with a candle without me even asking, it was great! She loved her crab salad, and I enjoyed the ravioli, which was listed as having a dairy-free option, but that meant leaving off the sauce. Seems like it wouldn't have been too difficult to come up with a dairy-free sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • funinSF
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It was my friend's birthday and the waiter went all out in friendly service and even gave her a free dessert. We were attentively looked after without being hovered over. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • yummy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We always enjoy the Garden Court. The food is delicious and the service is top notch. It is a beautiful setting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The dining room is very beautiful and historic. Unfortunately, the Sunday breakfast buffet was surprisingly poor quality, and I am not one to complain. Also - quite expensive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Treated a special friend to a birthday luncheon and she absolutely loved it. So elegant, wonderful service, interesting food. Can't think of a better place in downtown SF.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic and Delicious lunch!
    cinemaniac91
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I went here to celebrate my four year anniversary with my boyfriend and everything was perfect! The ambiance was romantic and elegant, the food was delicious, and the dessert was perfect! I can't wait to come back again soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    Guteeltern
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    it was the 80th Birthday of my husband and a wonderful day for all of us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Palace Hotel - Garden Court
    woosmileyVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The seafood section is delicious especially the crab and prawn cocktails. There's a lot of room for improvement for the Asian food served for brunch. The live music and the ambience at the Garden Court compliment each other beautifully. The service was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Not As Good as Setting
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    What a beautiful setting. Absolutely spectacular. Unfortunately, the food was just okay. We had their specialty Crab and Shrimp Salad with the famous green goddess dressing. We did not like the dressing. We were definitely disappointed. Scoma's crab louie is so much better. The wine list here was limited, bias towards sparkling wines, and overpriced. The pinot gris that we had also tasted poor. The dessert we had was excellent. We had the dark chocolate cake with dark chocolate and orange ganache and Tahitian vanilla creme anglaise. This restaurant needs to update their menu, update their wine list and not live on their past glory.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sadly disappointing
    SPS1
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Although it's probably been at least 10 years since I've been there, I had such fond memories of superb service and excellent food, those memories were not rekindled. The ambiance, decor and total feeling of being someplace special still existed, however, I was quite disappointed in my Spicy Shrimp Salad. Due to digestive issues, I requested low spice. Our waiter assured me that it was only lightly spiced which turned out to be quite untrue. The prawns were large and succulent, but the salad, mostly chopped ice berg lettuce, and slightly wilted, was indeed spicy. This was corroborated by my dining companion who ordered the same thing and found it too spicy for her taste as well. Once the food appearaed we never saw the waiter again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Grand Brunch Experience
    DenMilo
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My last visit to the Garden Court for Sunday Brunch was nearly 20 years ago. My memories of the experience heightened my anticipation of returning for a special brunch with my fiancee. I have to say that the Garden Court is a magnificent brunch experience. The setting is very grand, the service is impeccable and the food is very good. The wait staff are extremely professional and friendly. There are ample varieties of food from fresh seafood to sushi and all of the breakfast items that you would expect. Be sure to allow yourself ample time to relax and enjoy the experience. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Such a disappointment
    Cyn95030
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The Garden Court at the Palace Hotel is beautiful, but this breakfast/brunch buffet was horrible. The service was almost non-existent for things like water, fresh utensils, and other incidentals. When the waiter did appear, his facial expression was as though we were bothering him. On top of that, it was quite expensive for breakfast fare. It wasn't even the Sunday Brunch that they are known for. I would definately go back for lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant setting
    Jst4phun
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We went for breakfast & enjoyed it. The beautiful setting is something special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great setting for a Sunday brunch.
    Dave
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Good food, live music and beautiful room. The Palace Hotel is a grand old building.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    EB123
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    While prices have increased, the more exotic offerings such as caviar have been eliminated, people were packed like sardines, and at one point there were virtually no deserts, the Garden Court continues to rank highly for special occasion brunches.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Garden Court is still gorgeous
    SFdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I lunched with a friend recently and we had a wonderful conversation, surprisingly tasty chicken sandwiches and attentive service. For many years the food was mediocre although the atmosphere was always wonderful. The past two times I have had lunch at the Garden Court, the food has been as good as the atmosphere. The portions are very generous, too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GARDEN COURT LUNCH
    TripleAce
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Service was very good and a beautiful room. However, the food was fair to poor, over priced and small portions.
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  • Perfection
    Traveler
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This is the number one brunch spot in San Francisco. The location is as grand as could possibly be with a large open room reminiscent of The Louvre - high arched glass and marble columns throughout. The food was wonderful both in variety and quality. I've been to restaurants all over the world, Paris, Rome, Moscow, London, Lyon, and many more. This one was one of the best. Bottom line, the friend I took, who is the most classy, most refined person I have ever met, had tears in her eyes because the experience was so wonderful. And it wasn't just her. I have to say I've never seen so many happy people in a restaurant. It was an experience. If you are looking that special place - this is it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    lulu22
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We recently enjoyed the breakfast buffet at the Garden Court. The food was delicious - nice varieties of pastries, cold dishes, fruit, and the hot selections, although fairly standard, were prepared and presented beautifully. The cheese blintz's were wonderful!! The ambiance is outstanding, and if one knows the history of the Garden Court it adds another dimension to the setting. The server we had, EDGARDO, was delightful. Very attentive, always ready with coffee refills, but not hovering. Another important aspect for us, is that although the room is very large and seats a lot of people, the noise level was low. It is a most relaxing dining experience, perfect for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 971 reviews are from the Garden Court reviews archive.
  • Lunch at The Palace
    GOrmand
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The Garden Court is a huge, high-ceiling room seating dozens, but the ambiance is such that you feel that all of that goes on is for you and those in your party. The escalator at the west end of Montgomery Station takes you right to the hotel doorway.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For History Buffs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We ate here because of the history associated with the hotel. The food and service are nothing special, which is a shame because it could easily be bumped up a couple of notches to give a stellar experience - the way the Palace was once famous for!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful building, amazing light.
    Kiwitravelling
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Very special place for brunch in San Francisco. Food was nice, service understated. Nice for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic SF Venue for a great lunch
    DiningDave
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Recently invited several out-of-town guests for a lunch at the Garden Court. The ambiance is terrific, the food is wonderful, and the service is superb. Not the trendiest place in town, but a real classic that deserves not to be overlooked.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    SFfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    As a local San Franciscan, I've dined at the Ritz, Four Seasons, Fairmont, Campton Place for brunch. My sister and I decided to try it out before making reservations for Xmas Brunch, which our parents are anticipating. We will not be coming back here. We were so hungry and excited for the meal, but that soon dissipated as we waited 15 minutes for someone to offer us drinks (sparkling wine) and provide silverware. The food was subpar, a disappointment considering the cost. The seafood "chef", who looked disheveled, came out to "check" on the food. I lost my appetite and thought I'd get sick from eating the raw seafood. Dessert looked like something from safeway. I was only paying to sit below the stained glass ceiling and bottomless wine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It used to sparkle...
    RestaurantholicVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I've been there several times over the years for their Sunday brunch. I went back and found many things have downgraded. There used to be a three-piece band; now it's a pianist. The scrambled eggs were hard and I so looking forward to soft-scrambled eggs. It's what I enjoyed most. The sea bass was overcooked sitting in the chafing dish; so was the cooked salmon. I used to be thrilled about the food but not anymore. I used to tell friends how delicious and abundant the food was; but not anymore. I wish I could give it a five-star rating but not anymore. I really do.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it
    PeggyH
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Love everything about this place! The building is beautiful, the service is great and the food is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Beautiful setting, elegant, quiet and able to hear our conversation.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Allie
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Great ambiance. You're indoors, but you'll feel like you're outdoors.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovetobrunch14
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    This brunch never disappoints me in all my 59 years. From service to ambiance to the best variety of food. But the best in taste is the winner.It is pricey so I do treat it as a special occasion brunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You can't beat it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    There's no other place like the Palace Sheraton for Sunday brunch. I only come here for special occasions since it costs more than dinner at a fancy restaurant. However, you cannot beat the ambience, food selection, and overall experience of the Palace.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Garden Court for lunch
    tecolata
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I started to write a full review but went over allowed characters, so I'll be brief. I give this a 2 1/2 out of 4. The food ranged from OK to excellent. But my entree was not really hot. We asked for dessert menu when entree was cleared, waited 20 minutes to have order taken, explained we were in a hurry since we were going to ballet, waiter said it was all ready. 10 minutes later we cancelled dessert order since we had to go. I'd rate higher if this was half the price but when I pay $150 for lunch I want more than acceptable, I want excellent. We didn't get it. Attractive place, food variable, service questionable - not understaffed and I can't explain why we could not get anyone to take our dessert order. Will write full review on yelp.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All Ambience
    AnnK
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Beautiful if not spectacularly so, but that's about it. Food is lackluster in taste and presentation. Service is slow. Go here once for the experience but be prepared to pay lots for just the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We came here for brunch and
    BruinVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    We came here for brunch and it was incredible. The food was top notch the the ceiling was incredible. Would highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Garden Court Experience
    Diner1
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I enjoy taking out of town guests to the Garden Court. The entire experience sets the tone for wonderful San Francisco visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.