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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.
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, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Garden Court Ratings and Reviews
Our overall experience was very good. It's a beautiful dining room, the service was good, & the luncheon salads & grilled salmon means were tasty. It was also easy to make a reservation on-line. I 'd recommend it to my friends, & I'd like to dine there again.
During the holidays, this is one place to go either for lunch or dinner. The restaurant is open, airy and beautiful to look at all around. Service is excellent. The food has always been splendid. For lunch the Garden's Crab salad as well as their Tuna was excellent. The mood was festive with the tall Christmas tree in the middle of the court! And we enjoyed the holiday live choir. Highly recommended year round and especially for those special occasions.
We had a wonderful experience here during the holidays! We came just to have lunch while shopping and chanced upon a memorable Christmas experience. Just as we were seated, a chorus marched in led by hand-bell ringers and serenaded us all during lunch with beautiful holiday music! The Garden Court was beautifully decorated for the holidays. The lunch was expensive but well worth the price! We both had a salad with a giant stack of fresh crab meat. Well done, Palace Hotel!!
The Garden Court was an excellent experience, especially during Christmas time. Food, Service and entertainment (they had some carolers and bell ringers) were outstanding. I would highly recommend this treat during the holidays. P.S. Check out the Gingerbread Houses in the Hotel. Lots of fun.
The Garden Court has been one of my favorite places for lunch and brunch since 1968. I choose the Garden Court for a special gathering of friends and colleagues. We so enjoyed the food, service and the Holiday ambiance and the chorale singing just added a special touch!
We go there for the holidays..and have been going there for the past 4 or 5 years. This year my steak lunch was delicious! Better than last year. Service very good..only thing I would comment on..is that the server interupted our conversation! Should wait until we are finished talking...if that is possible! I love the Garden Ct.
Being from out of town it was a bit difficult to find (we actually circled the block two or three times before getting it right). However, it was easy enough to ask for directions - people were very friendly. The staff at the Palace Hotel are amazing - SO kind and thoughtful. If you value service, this place will not let you down. However, if you value food you may be a little let down. We came for high tea and, while the presentation was nice, the tea sandwiches were paper and lacked flavor. Three of the six or seven pasties were delightful! I'd recommend the tea here for some fun but if you are looking for the top of the line there are better places. I've had better high tea, but not better service! They are wonderful!
The food was quality, however, the plates were cold due to lack of heating in the Garden Court area. The food was inadequately heated, therefore, by the time one returned to one's table the food was cold. Not desirable for food which needs to be, at least, warm! The plates need to be under heat lamps, the food needs to be heated slightly more, and the temperature of the over-all space needs to be increased. For the name of the facility, for the expense of the brunch, and for the elegance of the garden court area...all of the aforementioned need to be addressed for a continued success of the dining experience. William
We went for high tea. Go to enjoy this historic and architecutral marvel, but be ready for high prices, disappointing tea sandwiches (though the sweets were decent) and a tea service that lacks real old-style elegance and attention to detail that would be in line with the surroundings.
A little disappointed. I love the atmosphere at Garden Court, and the food is nice though overpriced. We waited a very long time for our lunches. We had a reservation, and the restaurant was not even 1/3 full when we arrived. We ordered right away, and must have waited 30 minutes for our food. It was a business lunch so our time was limited and we had to rush and eat by the time our lunches arrived. We might have had dessert, but since we were out of time we had to leave without. Can't quite understand the slow service.
The room is magnificent. The service: so-so. When seated by the maitre d', I asked for black napkins. She said to ask me server. I told her I was asking her.
Really, in this age of service, a restaurant employee has the nerve to tell you to ask someone else?
Fabulous food, you have only yourself to blame if you don't find something you like when there for Sunday brunch. We always go there for Sunday brunch. Very reliable in every way. Yes, it's expensive, but I don't actually care. If you want scrambled eggs, bacon and ear splitting noise, go to Denny's.
The only place I recommend for an unforgettable brunch is this one. I try and make it in every Sunday and every holiday where your spread is even larger (which I didn’t think possible). Thank you to all your staff for making me anticipate Sunday mornings like Christmas Day.
While I really like Garden Court for its ambience and service, the food is rather lacking.
Things that should be hot are not and those that should be cold are not.
The fruit table was always almost empty. As I am a vegetarian, I depend on good veggies and fruits. There was a big assortment of items and the omlette maker was probably the best thing. I understand from my guests that, the desserts were delicious and they served a nice champagne.
It is a great Sunday brunch. The service is good, the live music is welcoming, and the food is outstanding. It is served from a number of stations spread around one of the most beautiful rooms in the city. The meal is pricey, but more than worth it for special occasions.
As a lively group of six going to the Palace Garden Court for a special occasion brunch I had high expectations and all of themm were met. Wonderful food, great service and fantastic people watching. The room decor is breath taking - mirrors , crystal chandeliers and hand-carved marble columns. The food for the brunch menu was great. There's normal breakfast fare which we passed by and went on to the crepe station, salad, custom omeletes, sushi, etc. The service was constant but not annoying. Champagne, juice, water, coffee and tea flowed easily around the table. I would recommend it to family and friends.
Wonderful setting with the lovely skylight & ornate columns gives it an airy feeling. The service was excellent without being overbearing. The food was tasty. Our group of 5 had the tomato crab soup which was flavorful with a generous pieces of crab in the soup. My pork chop entrees was prepared well and the mashed potatoes were flavorful. They had caramelized onions & chives in them. Great place for a birthday lunch. Would go back for the high tea.
The Hostess had a terrible attitude. We asked for a more private table and she made the most horrid face. Not welcoming at all. The food ok. The waitress was very attentive. The place is beautiful. The lemon drop I asked was the worst I ever had. $200 for 2 people, including tip. Not worth it. Would I go back? Probably not.
This is a beautiful room. But you can see it from the hotel lobby without eating in it. I suggest that you do this.
Our inept server attempted to take our drink order before we were even in our chairs. His ineptitude, knowing no bounds, continued when he tried to open the half bottle of Champagne we eventually ordered. He had to go to the bar to seek assistance. Imagaine the sight of two grown men trying to open a bottle of Veuve Cliquot. It was almost worth the high price of diner-like quality of the food to watch the spectacle.
But beware of the food. My tuna tartare tasted stale, with a bizarre chemical flavor. A shrimp dish I ordered was a gooey and soggy mess, containing shrimp that was quite long in the tooth.
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