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About The 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.
Please note we are currently full and NOT accepting any reservations for Saturday Signature Tea from November 4th through December 30th. We have availability for Holiday Tea still on these dates below: November 25, 30, December 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24. with Thursdays and Christmas Eve featuring the Holiday Santa Tea.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Sat 6:30 am–10:30 am
Sun 7:00 am–10:30 am
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Sat 2:00 pm–4:30 pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Garden Court Ratings and Reviews
I was very disappointed with the service during tea service given the price point of this place. We were not informed caviar was not available but still served the champagne that went with caviar tea service. They should have confirmed if we would still want that since caviar was not available. We would have left and went elsewhere for caviar. The tea service itself was pretty good but not as good as the Ritz but more expensive. Overall, disappointing experience for a place that requires 2 months in advance reservation for tea service.
we went for the formal tea. the area in th palace hotel is a grand old room with lots of colums, chandeliers and other decorative thingsof a bygone era. thisis definetly a place to go for a very special occasion. service was excellent, the surroundings are wonderful and the prices reflect both of those things. we only had a cole of appetizers and a drink and tea. good bucket list place
The Palace Hotel is worth seeing. The menu on the web site was NOT what was offered so it was very misleading with regard to Sunday Brunch Buffet. Little flies or nats were flying around. We considered leaving, but stayed. We will not return and left disappointed 😔. They should update their web site.
Majority wins for the reviews on yelp! I was fairly warned, but the glass ceiling though! First off, let me start by saying that the location is absolutely gorgeous beautiful breathtaking. The tea service that we had was unfortunately over rated and over priced. $68 per person for tea and sandwiches. Everyone receives the same five sandwiches. The sandwiches we received were extremely dry, as if they had been premade and we're sitting out ready to be served for at least a few hours. (Stale bread)
If anyone is reading this looking for a pleasurable tea service, I would highly recommend Lovejoy's tea room off of Church in San Francisco.
My husband and I went to tea at the Garden Court for our anniversary. The space is beautiful and the food was delicious (a little heavy on the sweet and lighter on the savory - but that's a matter of taste). We were disappointed with the service. We waited 20 minutes after being seated, and had to wave someone down to place our order. The food came quickly, first the savory plate, then an assortment of sweets. No one took away the dirty plates between courses or checked on us, so we had to wave down a busser to get more hot water. I do appreciate that we had a lovely tea in a beautiful setting, but I was expecting a more pampered, elegant-feeling experience.
I remember seeing an Insta blogger post photos of this location and simply wanted an excuse to visit the hotel to experience the architecture and interior. So on our trip to SF, I found a way to fit this spot into our schedule, and it made for a perfect Monday lunch. The service was, of course, impeccable. The food was also great - we had the chilled melon soup, tuna tartare, pappardelle pasta, and truffle burger. Portions were actually quite filling, and justifies the price point at such a historical establishment.
My favourite part though, was definitely the atmosphere and being able to enjoy a peaceful time there. The architecture was honestly just breathtaking and I couldn't stop taking photos (to post on my own IG, of course, hah!).. I loved how I kept discovering little details every time I looked up. The daylight pours into the Garden Court wonderfully through the glass ceiling. If you're an appreciator of design and food, this would be a good combo for you.
Overall we had a lovely experience. However I was so disappointed to discover they no longer offered their fabulous buffet brunch! We took the ferry specifically to celebrate a 60th birthday and I had set the expectation for their amazing and delicious buffet brunch!
The food was delicious off the menu but I won't ever go back. I can get better for less closer to home.
Outstanding. Words do not do this place justice. From start to finish it was a perfect experience. We came here for breakfast on Sunday morning, and the food was to die for (especially the lemon poppyseed waffles and egg white omelet). Not to mention the most beautiful room one can dine in! It was a dream, cannot wait to return one day. Anyone who has the opportunity to visit this restaurant should make it a priority to do so. You will be so grateful you did!
After spending a wonderful night at the Palace Hotel, we had a reservation (a must!) for breakfast at the Garden Court. Welcomed and seated immediately with coffee and OJ and headed to the buffet (altho' a la carte ordering was also available). Just about everything one could want for breakfast/brunch was available. The French toast with real maple syrup was scrumptious as were the mini biscuits!! Relaxing way to start the morning on a special weekend away from home!
The best thing about the afternoon tea was the setting. The finger sandwiches were dry and the service mediocre. The champagne and pastries were good, but the value for money we'll be low what one should expect for this hotel and the tea service. I wouldn't recommend to anyone.
This high tea was such a let down, we have experienced a couple now and by far this was the worst. For the price you pay, I would expect exceptional food and service. Both were a let down! The sandwiches were stale, had they not have been stale they would have been Devine. The service was very slow, and overall the experience was a let down, we were at a wobbly table also. I would not recommend nor be back any time soon!
The last time I ate at Garden Court was for brunch several years ago and couldn't wait for another chance to dine there again. Unfortunately the this time was very disappointing. Although the appetizer, melon soup, was quite flavorful, the entree delivered was not how it read on the menu. I ordered a chicken breast with couscous and greens served with a yougurt, mint sauce. When the plate arrived there was a large bone sticking out of the meat. I inquired of the waiter if the menu hadn't said "chicken breast"? He brought back the menu and yes I was correct but said the kitchen informed them this is what they were using. The flavor was bland and dry, the greens, bitter and the couscous salty, dry and lumpy. Not what I expected for $31.00 entree. Remiminisent of bad 80's wedding food.
The Signature Tea in the Garden Court is lovely. The price is...high. You are definitely paying for the ambiance so it is more of a one-time special occasion event. Signature Tea is about $78/person, you get 5 mini sandwiches (2 bites each) and 7 desserts. You also get a pot of bottomless tea. The food was good but we wished there had been more savory and less sweet, it was a bit too much sugar. Also it was a bit more modern in terms of the food, would have preferred a more classic approach given the location is historic. They signature tea black tea was delicious, though. This is too expensive for the amount and type of food you get, but the ambiance is great, the Garden Court is beautiful, impeccable service, and a live harpist were a nice touch.
You cannot beat the Palace Hotel for ambiance. The room is absolutely beautiful and the service was good. However both my friend and I left hungry after our afternoon of high tea. We would have loved a few more sandwiches especially considering the steep price tag.
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