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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.9

ambience

4.7

value

3.3

Noise

Quiet

69% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (40)
Afternoon Tea (36)
Sunday Lunch (27)
See All
Good for Birthdays (27)
Great for Brunch (26)
Great for Lunch (23)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Romantic (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Good for a Date (11)
Scenic View (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Business Meals (10)
Seasonal (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Afternoon Coffee (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Cozy (7)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Fun (5)
Live Music (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Authentic (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Casual (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Sort by
S
1564 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

Beautiful & classic ambiance. Excellent service from over all staff. Our server, Amado was superb, friendly & efficient. Love this place! Have been dining here for years.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Comfortable ambience and the staff were all really nice. The sandwiches and desserts were so fine and delicate—very enjoyable and definitely visually appetizing. Only complaint was towards our waitress that kept forgetting about us and rushing off to help other guests. Luckily other staff were attentive and served us on multiple occasions, from the initial servings of tea & sandwiches, to refills and packing up. I have more complaints about her, but everything/everyone else made up for her. A must visit and experience!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Afternoon tea service is wonderful. Delicious sandwiches and delightful dessert bites accompy the many choices for tea. A harpist plays classic tunes in a beautiful glass domed room. It doesn’t get much better!

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·Dined 5 days ago

Host was extremely rude to us. Disappointing as I made a reservation and they were very rude when I asked a question.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service1
value5

 
·Dined 5 days ago

The lady placed my spoon very rudely on the table, and ran away when I needed it for my coffee, kinda like I don't want to even serve you. Also when she brought food to the table she just said watch out and placed the food in front of me without Informing me in a polite way. She seem like she was forced to work there vs being excited to work at a beauty hotel. The food was cold. It's not a place to eat at, just maybe for pictures and having a cup of coffee.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

They used to have a great Bruch at this place. Apparently they don’t do that anymore. That’s a pity. It was THE place to go. Not any more.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service3
value2

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 7, 2018

All was well with brunch except the indoor temperature of the Garden Court was very cold for my liking. This was January but I was dressed in a warm sweater and it was still chilly.

Tags: People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Not having been to the Garden Court in a number of years, I felt it lacked some of the old charm it once had. The food was very mediocre as was the service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service3
value1

 
·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful place for breakfast or lunch. Food is excellent, service is great, staff is friendly. Can’t ask for much more

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great atmosphere for high tea and for some holiday family bonding & QT! The teas were amazing, food (esp the desserts) was beautiful & delicious, and the service was great! Makes us want to come back & try the Sunday brunch!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Beautiful ambiance, food good to average. Menu could use a more eclectic modern approach in its offerings.

Tags: Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Music was nice and the room is great. But the "special" aspect is gone. Now just a hotel dining room.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service4
value2

 
·Dined on December 31, 2017

No longer Sunday buffet: now a la carte menu items only.

Menu limited

Service terrible, slow: waiter unpleasant, unfriendly despite wearing a “proud to be union” button

Saltiest omelette I’ve ever had. Cannot believe you can NOT substitute hash browns for breakfast potatoes: have to order/pay for a separate item.

$90 for 2 omelettes??? Worst ripoff in SF awarded

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience4
service1
value1

 
·Dined on December 31, 2017

The Garden Court is one of the most stunning locations I've ever seen. Brightly lit, lots of open space, and decor that screams luxury and elegance. That being said, the food was rather heavy and greasy. I was expecting more delicate dishes. I came for the setting however, and it definitely did not disappoint. I was blown away.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Massive disappointment. My family has often stayed at the Sheraton Palace during the Christmas season, and dined at the GC. They have renovated the hotel, removing the classic features and making it into just another "modern" without charm facility. We chose to stay at the Hyatt instead, but still dine at the GC. Imagine our amazement when we arrived to find that the Christmas tree had already been taken down, which of course greatly diminished the ambiance. However, they had no problem still pricing the menu at the "holiday menu" fixed price of $69 per person. Waiter was extremely helpful in trying to find cheaper alternatives for the children, but the total tab still was nearly $400. Also, trying to make the reservations through OT. kept getting "no tables available within 2 hours" notification, but the massive GC was almost empty when we arrived. Waiter said that many people, when they saw the fixed price $69, they just got up and left.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was just adequate but very expensive.

The waiter, although cordial, did not bring the bottle of wine we ordered to the table but arrived with already poured glasses. When we brought it to his attention, he said he had "already thrown away the bottle."

The main attraction here is the room itself but I would not repeat the experience. Even the room is not as attractive as it was pre-remodel.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service2
value1

 
·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were given the bill when we had our second bites. It was really rude. The food was also very overpriced and very bad.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The setting is remarkable, creating a wonderful ambiance. The tables are set far enough apart that the noise level was low (it is a large high ceiling room). Unfortunately, the hostess did not know whether there was a coat check available (a 4 star hotel) and referred us to the server. He was excellent and told us that no coat check was available but arranged to bring a nearby chair upon which to place our coats!

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
·Dined on December 27, 2017

Garden Court Cafe is a beautiful spot. I owed a friend a nice lunch and knew she could never afford this place on her own. And I certainly can't afford to do it more than once a year. But I wanted her to feel special, and she did. She was overwhelmed by the room and the food.

Maybe you should try some menu options that are not so expensive. It probably didn't help that I lost my reading glasses and misread the price. I think I ended up paying much more than I should have. I couldn't exactly ask my friend to read it for me, because I was treating her. And I'm sure she would have fainted when she saw how much I paid.

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great Christmas Brunch menu of Oyster Mushroom Bisque, Crab Salad, Russian River Chardonnay. Excellent wait staff!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The restaurant was not busy yet it took nearly 30 min for our waiter to bring us a menu. We had to ask at least 4x for bread. It arrived cold. We ordered the wine pairing and were nearly thru w our main course and the wine hadn't arrived. We got up and went to the bar to request it and they refused us. Finally the waiter brought it. The food was good but very overpriced esp in light of the very poor service. Our waiter must have noticed our dissatisfaction and brought us a "free" glass of champagne at the end of our meal. Too late to save a disappointing experience.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service1
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Beautiful dining room, excellent food but service leaves a lot to be desired: slow and inattentive with a somewhat sloppy attitude. The dining room was not full and at $75 for a limited two course meal the service should be much better.

Tags: Business Meals, Afternoon Tea
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service3
value4

 
 (Acapulco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The buffet is awful. Fruit? Don't think about it! Mainly fried food. What a shame!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service1

 
·Dined on December 24, 2017

Awesome. Really enjoyable

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The room is amazing, and the food is fine. The main issue was that they don't really keep this place clean as you would expect. The leather chairs were very worn and looked like they hadn't been cleaned in ages. Foods very expensive, but it's not much better than what I could make in my own kitchen. A good experience to do once, but I don't think I'd go back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service3
value2

 
·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back for the breakfast buffet.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Service was wonderful and of course the ambience was fabulous!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (London)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very beautiful setting, a little pricey though.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value2

 
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Beautiful space. Service was good. Food leaves a little to be desired.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Will only go for cocktails. Food was awful; the salmon made one of our party violently I’ll shortly after our holiday lunch.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience5
service3
value1

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Christmas tea

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I started off my birthday by having breakfast here at the Garden Court! And boy, I sure am happy I started my day here. It totally set the tone for a beautiful day. The staff was amazing, the ambiance couldn't be better and the food was delicious. It's difficult to find nice breakfast buffets offered during the week but the Garden Court offers a nice variety on any given day. It's beautifully set up. And their steel oats are the best in town! Oh, and should I mention, they have a nice cheese place selection as well! A major plus for that!

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 20, 2017

Once again, Sheraton Palace presented an outstanding choice of marvelous items to fall in love with. The Mushroom Bisque was outstanding. Try it, Comforting and aa real pleasure to start the meal off with. The Braised Short Ribs melted in my mouth. the flavours were hearty. The Bouche de Noel will never be forgotten.
what was NOT wonderful is planning on an Afternoon Tea and instead presented with a three course lunch. Someone messed up big time in reservations. This was disturbing and really quite unacceptable. This should NEVER happen to a guest, NEVER!!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Annual holiday lunch

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

 
·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great buffet selection. Everything was very yummy. The wait staff could be more attentive, as we had to signal for service several times before anyone responded. Also, four of the six place settings at our table were incomplete and two of us were sitting on a very low sofa.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Tapas
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was great, but we made the reservation for tea and was told tea service wasn't available until later in the afternoon, therefore we were stuck with a set menu at $65.00per person.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Staff was very personable.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Signature Christmas Tea at The Garden Court is beautiful and delicious. As our family tradition each year, it does not disappoint. Service is fantastic. Food is beautiful and delicious. Ambiance is elegant and festive. Princess crowns for any little princess you have dining with you. Fantastic experience!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Live Music, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Service was slow and food was mediocre.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service3
value2

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

My husband and I had a holiday lunch to start the season. The special menu gave us great choices and the service, as always impeccable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.