Laurel
Laurel

Laurel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.restaurantlaurel.com/
  • Phone: 2152718299x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: CLOSED
    Monday: CLOSED
    Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30PM-10:00PM
    Friday-Saturday: 5:30PM-11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: Nicholas Elmi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E. Passyunk & Tasker
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet available Friday and Saturday on East Passyunk Square where the Singing Fountain is located.

    $8 with validation.
A word from Laurel
An intimate French/American restaurant by Chef/Owner Nicholas Elmi.

Laurel will only be offering a 7 course tasting menu for $75/guest on the weekends (Fridays & Saturdays). Please note any allergies or dietary restrictions in your reservation allowing us to accommodate.

*Sample Tasting Menu can be viewed on our website
*Menu is subject to change to do availability and seasonal produce

The a la carte menu is still available during the week.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Laurel reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (41)fit for foodies (40)romantic (34)neighborhood gem (22)hot spot (13)good for groups (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Unbelievable
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    This restaurant by the Top Chef winner is everything I expected it to be. Refined, delicate,delicious food. And to top it off a BYOB. Service was wonderful, and the servers knew the food perfectly. We went during the week and Nick doesn't offer his tasting menu but when we asked about it there wasn't even a hesitation from the server who informed us that Nick would be happy to offer it to us, and believe me it was a memorable meal. I would suggest this beautiful restaurant to everyone who has a adventurous palate. And yes the gnocchi were as wonderful as Tom Colleccio said.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Tasting Menu
    DJK1VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    A BYOB 7 course tasting menu with just 2 people can be tricky, but a full bottle of white (eg White Burgundy or Russian River Sauvignon Blanc) and a half bottle of Central CA or Willamette Pinot Noir will cover it we'll enough. Every course was unique with excellent flavor combinations. The chairs are very comfortable - great for a leisurely meal. Plan ahead because it books up months in advance.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection!
    scw19145
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The best dining experience I could have asked for. Great place to celebrate special occasions. There is nothing I would have changed about the food, except I would have done a better job pacing myself so I could have eaten more of the later courses (my companion is rather glad that I didn't pace myself, as he got to eat what I couldn't finish!).
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Thursday at Laurel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We were a party of two, my daughter and I. We loved the quiet, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere of the dining room. We had the shredded scallops in an absolutely delicious and refreshing dressing. The gnocci with pancetta was amazing. Incredibly soft and light in what tasted like a very light buttery cheese sauce with crispy pancetta. I chose the walu and, my daughter, the pork. Great flavors and we didn't leave a morsel! The service was attentive and friendly. Chef Elmi brought out our desserts, the white chocolate pudding. The pudding was creamy and delicious. Chef Elmi is very personable. We had a delicious meal and already have reservations for a return visit, in July.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Jennifer
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    This was without a doubt the best meal I have ever had in Philadelphia. The chef come out to speak to us twice during our meal and really made us feel welcome. I cannot recommend the foie gras terrine enough.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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  • Good food by a great chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    .the food met the (high) expectations. It was wonderfully spacious and they paid attention to noise levels (including ceiling dampers), so we could actually hear each other. The chef came out to mingle at the end, which I always think is awesome. The servers were knowledgeable and helpful. Of the dishes I would say the gnudi and the mackeral were off the hook. The cheeseplate at the end was unusally good as well. the only flaw was the service, which was slower than "relaxed pace." We had several long, dry, foodless waits, and a few times ended up pouring our own wine more to kill time than anything else. On the other hand, if thats what it takes to get high quality food by a high quality chef at a neighborhood style restaurant...I'm in.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • phillysteveVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    fabulous experience. food and service were great, appreciate that chef Elmi ventures out into the dining room to meet guests, BYOB aspect really increases the quality to cost ratio. my wife raved about the roasted shrimp broth. my favorite dish was the foie gras terrine.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oh-Em-Gee
    fillyfoodie
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I cannot even begin to explain how amazing our experience at Laurel was. The food, the service, the atmosphere. It was like falling in love all over again. Seriously though, the 7 course pre-fix menu flowed from good to food-gasm all in 90 minutes. Plus it's a BYO, how can you really go wrong? If you love seafood / amazing food, we highly recommend this gem spearheaded by Top Chef winner Nick.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Afc8873
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We enjoyed everything about our evening at Laurel. Every course was beautifully plated and equally delicious. Get the gnocchi, maybe get 2. The cheeses on the cheese plate dessert were well paired and I loved the citrus "curd" dessert. It was a very nice touch that Chef brought dessert to our table and asked how we enjoyed our meal. Our server was knowledgable, unobtrusive and incredible y polite and professional. I would eat there every week if I could get a reservation
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great across the board
    Lola
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I was very excited to taste what I've heard all about. I started with Foie Gras and Cocoa Terrine, Blood Orange, Candied Celery Root. For me it was a little too bitter with the cocoa, it overpowered the foie. But I ate it all. Wife had Albacore Tuna, Horseradish, Shallot, Asian Pear, Yogurt, AMAZING dish. wow,wow, wow. Next we both had Fresh Ricotta Gnocchi, Pancetta, Sourdough, Garlic. Fantastic dish. Entree, Berkshire Pork, White Asparagus, Hickory Nut Pesto, Citrus, Pumpernickel, another WOW!!. The other entree Niman Ranch Beef, Onions, Woodland Jewel Mushrooms, Merlot , WOW again. I only hope I can get a table for the tasting menu. The Service was great as well
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent...would definitely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Excellent...would definitely recommend and go again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BYOB in Philadelphia
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I treated myself to the best gift I have ever had. Each course was totally as sensational as the preceding course and I was in my glory. I started off with the Foie Gras and it was simply amazing. My 2nd course was the gnocchi and I swear it melted in my mouth even before it touched my lips - so light, so tasty, and so wonderful. And the sauce it was served with was just as sensational. The next dish I had was the beef entry and OMG was it good. I finished off my dining experience with the White Chocolate pudding and another OMG experience. . During my eating of this dish I was surprised to look up and see the Chef standing at my table. I found him both intense and humble. I should also mention that the service was impeccable.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gnocchi for Dessert
    booksandmastiffs
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The gnocchi was so delightful, my husband ordered one for dessert. I had the white chocolate pudding with puffed grains. Both were equally delicious. Light, decadent, perfect endings to a perfect meal. Some people like athletes, I like chefs, so when Chef Elmi came out, I was thrilled. You can tell he puts pride into everything he creates, and his dishes are creations. We almost didn't order the albacore with horseradish.... which would have been a mistake. It was one of our favorite dishes, and we ordered almost the entire menu. Go, enjoy, savor every bite.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Best food in the city right now, hands down. Too bad it's so hard to get a reservation
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Night
    StraightShooter1
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    My Wife and I were really looking forward to eating at Laurel, the expectations were high, and Laurel delivered in all aspects of the night!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laural was Fantastic!
    JoetVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    My wife and I had a fantastic meal with excellent friendly service. My tuna tartare was the best tuna dish I have ever tasted and my wife's pate' which I shared as good as it gets.The gnocchi the best I have ever had! My wife's pork was presented three ways- belly, loin, and pulled. I sampled all and found all delicious. My beef was perfectly cooked&presented. We sampled two deserts and a cheese plate. All terrific. The cheese plate was as good as can be expected -a nice US Brie and Gruyere. The orange curd was creamy smooth citrus and cream. A superb meal prepared by a gifted chef, served by a friendly and energetic staff, in a very pleasant space. Definitely the best BYOB in town, probably in Pa and maybe the best restaurant value. Bravo!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • By far the best food I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    By far the best food I have ever tasted! Nicholas Elmi has done something great with this small, intimate, yet welcoming environment.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gnocchi!
    Klanker10VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    The gnocchi lived up to its Top Chef billing, pillowy, soft and delicious!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful meal
    Amanda
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Laurel was great, as expected. The food was truly outstanding (for those who are unaware, Nicholas Elmi was this year's Top Chef winner), and the service was wonderful. It's definitely on the pricier side, so just be prepared - I'd make this a special occasion meal. But we felt it was well worth it.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flawless
    bradVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Our experience at Laurel was flawless. From the service right down to the food was simply amazing. We had the tasting menu and every dish that evening was exceptional, the attention to detail and the execution were perfect. I really loved the personal touch when the chef coming out at the end of the meal and thanking us for coming. The restaurant is a little far to be a regular spot for us, but we will be coming back for special occasions.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Laurel
    JZing
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Our party of 4 arrived early and were able to be seated immediately. We had the weekend tasting and we all had several proteins for the first time. The presentations were excellent and the food tasted great. Highlights, I think, were the poached albacore and foie gras but all the dishes were excellent. They served a dogfish, which was very different, more meaty than fishy, I think. We all liked it very much. Service was attentive but not intrusive.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laurel delivers!
    tmaterese
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Nick Elmi's Passyunk Ave. eatery is a delight, and worth the wait. It's comfortable and casual, and the staff make you feel right at home. Best part is having the tasting menu a "surprise" until a day or so before your reservation, and to be absolutely delighted with the inventiveness of the courses. Laurel delivers on the experience. If you want your palate to be totally entertained, visit Laurel, and visit often. A great place for date night. Book NOW.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best. Meal. Ever.
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We went on a Friday night and had the tasting menu. This was, hands down, the best meal we have ever had. The service was impeccable. Our waitress was able to describe each dish with enough detail to make our mouths water without giving away too much or telling us the dish's life story. Our water glasses were never empty and she poured the wine to pace us throughout the meal so as to have some with each course. Very polite, welcoming, and professional. The food was unbelievable but a description will not do it justice so I won't try. Everything we were given was the best version we have ever experienced and will be back as soon as we are able to. Nick Elmi (chef/owner) brought out and described our dessert which was a nice finishing touch.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to the hype!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Chef Elmi has created an amazing dining experience. From the food, to the staff, to the atmosphere, and the food again :) No detail is overlooked in each meal presentation. He manages to create the fine dining experience while making you feel like you're in his home kitchen. Highlights are the gnocchi and foie, and the pork was fantastic. Add the fact that this is a BYOB, this is a must visit if you are in Philadelphia, or worth the trip if you're not!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • A perfect birthday celebration!
    foodieforeverVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Was it worth the 95-mile drive from Baltimore? Yes! Was it worthy of a birthday celebration and the start of a new decade? Without a doubt! To Chef Elmi and the staff at Laurel (which, coincidentally, happens to be the name of our only granddaughter), I join with my husband in expressing our deep gratitude and appreciation of a sublime dining experience. Between us, we ordered 8 different dishes, and each was not only a beautiful and creative presentation, but a delightful revelation of flavors and textures. This is exactly what cooking (and dining) should be about--an experience that goes so far beyond "just tasting good." I feel deeply privileged to have had this experience. What a wonderful birthday gift!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fanatastic Overall
    rpm56
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    This is a great little (22 seats) BYOB restaurant. The highlights of the meal that I shared with my wife were the foie gras and cocoa terrine (a mini meal in itself), the Spanish mackerel with jalapeno (the best mackerel dish I've ever had), the otherworldly gnocchi with crispy pancetta (prying from my sweeties hands was a challenge ;-) and the Niman Ranch beef (tender, barely medium rare goodness.) I'll be returning soon for my birthday, to have the other half of the menu, and can not wait. This place is a gem.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Chef
    Kellyjay
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Food was creative and beautifully presented. The lightly cooked mackerel in a pungent mustard sauce was sublime. I never had mackerel quite like that -- made it a little less fishy. The meat was beautiful (a little potato with it would have been nice) - I think it was cooked for 24 hours at 140 degrees -- melted in ones mouth. My wife's pork dish looked succulent -- it was too good to share, and the cheese course was very nice. Two artisan cheeses from Vermont. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heaven on Earth
    DontliketoberushedVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    The food was out of this world. I have no words to express how beautiful the four courses were to taste and experience along with a bottle of merlot my friend brought. I went with two foodie friends of mine. We split every dish so we could taste everything. Although I must admit we only got one dessert b/c we all were full by the 4th course; the dessert was heavenly. Nicholas Elmi personally serving dessert to every table was the best touch I've ever seen during my dining tenure. He took the time out to ask us about our experience, how we liked the food, what food we didn't like (only one dish, but it was termed by my friend as "healthy" tasting hence why we didn't like it as much; we like rich flavors). A must for all foodies out there!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal Ever
    FirstTimer
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Laurel lived up to and far exceeded the lofty expectations my girlfriend and I had. The menu only had 11 choices between 4 courses, yet we somehow had a very difficult time making just two choices (to share). We went with the Foie Gras and the Scallops for a first course. Both dishes were unique and fantastic. We chose the Gnocchi as a second course, which did not disappoint. The 3rd course was the toughest decision, but we chose the Beef and the Walu. I'd never had Walu, but I highly recommend it. Overall, this was probably the best meal I've ever had. In addition, Nick came out to greet us at our table, along with the others. The server was very knowledgeable and made great recs. We immediately made their next available reservation.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Meghan
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We were looking forward to our dining experience at laurel, and it was worth the wait. The fish was cooked impeccably. It was handcrafted with other complimentary flavors. We did not like the deserts. There is room for improvement.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Absolutely sensational! The
    Dave
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Absolutely sensational! The albacore is tremendous and the pancetta gnocchi will leave you wanting more. I especially suggest going on Friday or Saturday for the tasting menu. Chef Elmi made sure to visit each table during our meal. Not only do I highly recommend it, I can't wait to go back!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the Wait (and then some)
    elfink
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We didn't have to wait three months for our table, but it would have been worth it. The tuna, foie gras, gnocchi and striped bass were outstanding. Make sure to bring a wine to go with both the foie gras and the wonderful lemon curd dessert!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laurel BYOB was Luscious!
    MuffinVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    What a wonderful BYOB Gem ! From the moment we walked in & greeted.. we knew we were about to experience a fabulous experience! The wait staff presented the menu and served the food very professionally. Every item on the diverse menu was spectacular~ Scallops, Foie gras terrine,tuna, gnocchi were all stand outs! Everything was delicious and beautifully presented! Cannot wait to return !!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Philadelphia's Shining Star!
    MicroGreenQueenVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Words can barely describe the level of excellence that was reached in all manners at Laurel Restaurant. Chef Nick Elmi and his team have perfected numerous dishes that make you crave another one of their meals before you have even left the building. Seeing Chef Nick's transformation over the years in the kitchen has made this journey all the more special for he has grown into one of the most innovative and precisely well-executed chefs in our area. Highly recommend the spanish mackerel, gnocchi, and...well who am I kidding I recommend everything on the menu! His heart and dedication to detail is seen through each of his dishes.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laurel Exceeds Expectations
    MollyD
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Having enjoyed his turn at Rittenhouse Tavern, I was delighted to celebrate Nick Elmi's Top Chef win and my birthday with 3 friends on Tuesday night. The wait staff recommends three courses plus dessert -- which seemed like too much food to me -- but hey, when in South Philly… Albacore Tuna followed by Charred Spanish Mackerel (which I liked as much as my friend's Ricotta Gnocchi), and Roasted Walu. Devine! Of course we made room for dessert (shared) and what a treat! Caramelized White Chocolate Pudding, Red Wine Currant, and Cocoa Nib served on the side (due to my chocolate allergy). I would go back for the dessert alone. This lovely dining experience was everything I could have hoped for and more -- long may Laurel wave!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Everything about my Laurel experience was right on point. Inventive, delicious food, friendly and attentive staff, and a personal appearance from the chef. I'm incredibly thankful I went with my instincts and booked a reservation before the finale of Top Chef, and will definitely be back when reservations are once again available! It was worth every penny spent and then some. Do, do, DO check out this restaurant, folks!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Small gem
    Phillydine
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Laurel is a must for all foodies. Beautiful small plates, elegantly done with with great care. Especially loved the tuna appetizer and fois gras, actually more a pate. The gnocchi is delicious, although almost too light. Shrimp broth with mushrooms, very good. As for main entrees, we had the walu and poulet. My dining companion said it was the best piece of fish he ever had. My only complaint, it felt a little rushed. Dishes come out fast, which I understand. It's very small, and quick turnovers are needed. Also, fairly noisy. But, if you're in Philly, and can score a reservation, GO!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious food & wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    delicious food & wonderful presentation; personable staff...wish the size of the restaurant was a bit larger to accomodate additional guests...otherwise delightful experience
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to the hype
    Phrodo
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    So this is the first review I've written on OpenTable. The reason is that Laurel is superb... waited a few months after making reservations, and was not disappointed. Was with two other people, and our overall impression was that not one dish disappointed--they all excelled in taste and presentation. Since we had four courses each (all different) that is really unusual. And while many fine restaurants don't excel in desserts, the white chocolate pudding at Laurel was amazing. What a great dinner--wish there weren't a three month wait until the next one!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Exceeded already high expectations
    rm85
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My wife and I ate at Laurel last night (3/1/14) and had been anticipating this meal since hearing about Laurel a few months ago. We are both avid Top Chef fans and were cheering Chef Nicholas on along the way. We both had a 7-course chef's tasting menu that was a true culinary experience from start to finish. Highlights of the menu were the tuna and scallop appetizers, the gnocchi that melted in our mouths and the walu with black garlic and escargots. The desserts were outstanding as well, different than any we had ever experienced before. Overall, this was far and away the most incredible meal that either of us has ever had, and we have both dined at some of Philly's finest restaurants. Hats off to Laurel--will be back in the future!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.