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.

2 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Mon–Sat 6:30 am–10:30 am
Sun 7:00 am–10:30 am
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
Brunch
Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Tea Service
Sat 2:00 pm–4:30 pm

Cross Street:
Market St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 546-5089

Website:
http://www.sfpalace.com/dining

Executive Chef:
John Hart

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Garden Court Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.9

ambience

4.7

value

3.3

Noise

Quiet

71% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (39)
Afternoon Tea (38)
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Great for Brunch (30)
Sunday Lunch (25)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Romantic (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Great for Lunch (22)
Good for Groups (19)
Good for a Date (15)
Scenic View (12)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
Business Meals (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Seasonal (10)
Cozy (9)
Live Music (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Authentic (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Fun (5)
People Watching (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Casual (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Hot Spot (1)
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Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2011

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2011

The Palace Hotel is iconic San Francisco and the brunch is fantastic! Everyone needs to experience it at least once. Great for a holiday celebration or birthday.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2011

Fabulous food, beautiful setting, friendly staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2011

Wonderful and exquisite ambiance with the 36ft Christmas tree in all its grandeur of the Palace Hotel. Breakfast buffet had everything from pancakes, bagels & lox, to eggs benedict.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2011

The staff was very accommodating for squeezing us in for Christmas tea. The atmosphere is truly magical and the harpist was a lovely touch. The tea was wonderful!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2011

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2011

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!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2011

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2011

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2011

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2011

Fabulous for a holiday brunch. Food was incredible. The biggest gourmet buffet I have ever seen.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2011

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2011

A beautiful setting for a holiday gathering. San Francisco at its most elegant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2011

I like visiting the Garden Court for brunch. It is a nice experience. I object to them raising the price on holiday weekends and serving exactly the same thing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2011

The service was not very good for the price they charged.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2011

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

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2011

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2011

Lovely setting for a special occasion. Overall, the food was good, plentiful, and timely replenished, so it stayed fresh. However, make sure to get your favorites early on, as some foods were not replenished during the last hour of the brunch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2011

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2011

The $28.00 Signature crab salad was a big disappointment but the room was beautiful. Poor service. Server had to be reminded to bring drink. Prices way out of line, but not surprising.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2011

Amazing brunch buffet, one of the best I have ever experienced.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2011

The Garden Court is beautiful, the food is delicious and the service is great! The acoustics also great allow one to carry on a conversation without distractions from other patrons. What more can you ask for?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2011

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?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2011

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2011

Gorgeous setting, very quiet, Attentive and polite staff. Salads were creative, and the seasonal special was just that - very special pumpkin ravioli. I try to have lunch here whenever I am in San Francisco.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 23, 2011

Buffet has gone downhill. Fewer choices. All of the hot food was over sauced and the beef fatty and tough. This is the 6th time we have attended buffet.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2011

One of the most beautiful restaurants in the country, it is very welcoming for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2011

A classic room with pretty good food

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 16, 2011

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2011

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2011

Great as usual. Always a wonderful experience on your Sundau brunches!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2011

Food was beautifully presented, though not well seasoned. We asked for lemon juice for our crab salad -- a little mayo would have made it tastier. Waiter was obtrusive,he rushed us, and charged us for a more expensive wine than we ordered.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2011

Experience was very nice but the hosyess could be more attentive to the custoomer
instead the next customer in line with whom she seemed to have a personnel conection.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2011

The setting was lovely but I had sticker shock when I got the bill. It had been awhile since I had been there for brunch, and the price had gone up quite a bit since I was last there. It was a too pricey for me.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 2, 2011

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2011

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2011

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2011

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2011

The Garden Court is the prettiest spot for lunch in the world!! And, the food and service are excellent. Historic!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2011

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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