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The Garden Court

4.3
1625 reviews
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$50 and over
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Californian
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  • Afternoon Tea
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, American
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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
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Phone number
(415) 546-5089
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
John Hart
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Cross street
Market St.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1625 People Are Saying
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4.1
service
4.8
ambience
3.6
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Lovely afternoon late celebration of Mothers Day, 1 week after the rest of the world celebrated it. The ambiance is of beautiful, understated elegance. The staff was very attentive and the food was quite tasty. 3 of us had the Crab Toast with eggs - quite filling and 1 had Ahi Poke and was also pleased. We all left declaring that we shouldn't wait another full year to return.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Cecillia was delightful.
As busy as she was, she stopped to give us her full attention.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The food was fantastic and the service was superb. We were given a free anniversary dessert. The Pasta and the Roast were very well prepared and tasted amazing. I would definitely recommend this place as a great spot to get a quick lunch in a beautiful building without breaking the bank.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

As always the food was stellar. However something was off with our service. We were mostly ignored by our waiter and I ended up calling the management and complaining about the service. It is a beautiful venue and I have had wonderful experiences in the past

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Best mother’s day experience ever!

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Something of a disaster. Open Table's website showed that at noon on Sunday lunch would be served so we visited the menu on-line and chose our food. When we got to the Garden Court it turned out they were serving brunch and the menu was totally different. I chose what I thought was a fruit plate and it turned out to be a heap of greens with a couple of thin slices of a strawberry and a few blueberries and candied pecans. My companions had better luck and were very impressed with the room--the Garden Court. But nothing about the food or service was outstanding and the waitress acted like we were idiots for not knowing it would be a brunch. Not going back.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Gorgeous venue! It’s a beautiful courtyard and nicely furnished tables for a relaxing stay. The staff are professional and courteous, just a little busy at times with so many guests to serve. My coffee cup was always full, though, so I was content!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I love the interior design, feel and experience of old San Francisco, but think an omelette station or Belgium waffle station would be an easy addition?

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

A grand, elegant, light filled, vaulted glass ceiling room - perfect for feeling like you're dining in a piece of historic San Francisco. We had breakfast after spending the night in the Palace Hotel. It was a perfect end to time in a lovely accommodation. The buffet was not inspired, but fresh, delicious and well prepared.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The ambiance is excellent - the stained glass ceilings and gilded interiors in photos do not do it justice. Add to that live harp music in the background as we sipped and nibbled away at our afternoon tea, and it made for a very special experience. The food was passable but not the most memorable - their tea selection is decent but uninspiring, I found their sandwich breads slightly on the dry side, and the scones were not warm when they arrived at the table. Service was good, and they did not hurry us even though we were the last ones to leave. Go there for the ambiance and experience, not necessarily for the food.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Delicious cakes. Perfect to catch up with girlfriends.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Celebrated 15 years of marriage. Selection of wine was great. The teas were excellent. Sweet appetizers were decadent. Ambiance was nice. Excellent service.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

I had an excellent experience at the Garden Court yesterday as I decided to treat my 2 young granddaughters (5 & 7) to a day in the city and lunch in a beautiful “Palace”. They dressed in pretty dresses and were very excited from the moment they walked in the door. Mayra, the Receptionist, was extremely pleasant, and seated us 15 mins. before our scheduled reservation. The wait staff was very efficient and attentive to our service. Our waiter, Robert, was also outstanding with his food suggestions and service. We were served water and our drinks, as well as a generous basket of very tasty biscuits/rolls as soon as we were seated.
I was VERY appreciative of the realistic Children’s Menu and it’s pricing; not often found in finer restaurants. My Caesar Salad topped with perfectly grilled shrimp was delicious and generously sized. My girls were disappointed that we had missed the Signature Tea (Saturday’s only), but Robert made up for it by bringing Peppermint Tea and a tray of cookies, as well as “jeweled Crowns” and candy royal scepters. They truly felt like little princesses. I told them we would be sure to make reservations for the Signature Tea on my next visit.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Slow service! Union mentality

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The food was delicious and generous, we came for breakfast (not the buffet). The Court was beautiful as it was illuminated by the sun. If you want a fancy breakfast while on vacation in an historic hotel restaurant, do this place!

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1.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The steward and the chef just refused to listen ... I asked for a well done egg and they refused !

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Quiet and elegant space for a business lunch. Dishes were well-prepared and used fresh, unusual ingredients. A special treat to be in this historic hotel.

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Was seated in a most undesirable portion of the restaurant, although there were many open tables. Was seated without menus. Waiter acknowledged our presents a full 10 minutes after being seated. Wanted to take our order, but we told him we needed menus first. After we ordered beverages and waited another 10 minutes, he returned to tell us one of the drinks we ordered from the menu, was not available, so we re-ordered. We waited another 10 minutes for delivery of the beverages. One of the orders was completely wrong, and was sent back. This was a birthday celebration, which was put in the reservation, and was never mentioned by the hostess or the serving staff. Overall a very negative experience, and very expensive for poor service and mediocre food at best. Not recommended.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I was expecting the grand Sunday brunch buffet of my childhood, but apparently the Palace discontinued it in 2015. Oh well, I at least hoped for good food and quality service. Didn’t get that either. The servers forgot my latte, only asked my boyfriend questions and ignored me, and barely checked in on us. The buffet featured cold pancakes, stale biscuits, basic scrambled eggs, and a platter of cheese. What a disappointment.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The restaurant is beautiful, service is a little slow on bringing the food, food is delicious, price is a little high.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always amazing! We do this tea luncheon at the start of spring every year so far the last three years. We have a blast every time!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

It is tough to beat the Garden Court of the Palace Hotel for setting as well as the food and service. The waiter even brought a crown for my 98 year-old Mom. She was tickled.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Beautiful hotel, the garden court is magnificent
Wonderful lunch menu, cocktails and of course the high tea

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1.0Dined on March 20, 2018

I had misarable experience trying to have business meals/breakfast and lunch there back to back. The place is so beautiful and tables are not too close, perfect for business meals and I wanted to invite 3 business partnerts with different time slots, so I called them a day before and got a table for few hours. Upon my arrival, I explained my booking to 2 persons at the reception, but their first response was "We dont understand" period. I explained several times but their response was still "We dont understand what you want. We dont do that here". (I waited for a manager to come, and he let me get a table in the end.) Maybe it was not how they operate their business there, being worried if customers would really eat or not, but their face showingthat they were annoyed made me feel sad. My experience was followed by other sad experiences when wait staff didnt get us menu for 15 minues or didnt come take orders for lunch for another 10 mins, resulting my business partners getting worried what was going on. The staffs might not be happy at work? I dont know but hope it wont happen to other customers.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The venue is as beautiful as any restaurant in any city. Daytime is prettier because of the natural light coming through the glass ceiling. For a special occasion it is memorable. It is easy to talk and visit. They allow enough room between table to allow private conversation. I would be happy to go again

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Husband’s birthday

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Pleasant and pretty atmosphere. Lots of choices for delicious breakfast. Attentive service.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Lovely decor not to be missed!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

What started poorly, ended up delightful. We were seated at 12:05, not very busy yet, but our order was not taken until 12:30. At 1:05 we still not have any food nor any feedback from our server. The other tables around us were being served.
We were celebrating a special friend's 88th birthday and she was quite excited to be there enjoying the beautiful room. I went to speak to the manager, Antonio, who was on the day 3 of this new job. He went to check on our order and shortly after that our food was served. I asked the server, Elena what had happened and she replied, "the kitchen is backed up". No apologies at all.
We were enjoying our entrees, and Antonio returned to check on us and said he was inviting us to this luncheon. Wow! That was very generous of him and the Garden Court. Our friend was quite pleased with his attention to pleasing us. After we finished, we sat enjoying our time together. To our surprise, Elena and Antonio presented us with 3 delicious desserts. They were both very nice and hoped that we would return as happy patrons.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great staff. Seriously kind and attentive- and that's the major selling point here. That and the atmosphere. However, if you're considering value or "bang for your buck" I'd go elsewhere. Breakfast buffet is 40$ per person, so you're really looking at about $100 for a 2 person breakfast after tip. For that price, the food just wasn't up to snuff. Your selection is standard Western food- french toast/fruit/eggs... And the flavor/quality is nothing special- not bad or anything, just not worth the price tag.

Overall- Great staff, but overpriced average breakfast.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

It seemed like the people who work in Palace hotel are very stressful. I got no smile when I step in the hotel, and walk at the lobby. Same thing at the receptionist of the Garden court. The waitress who serve us only provided so so service, I even recognized we miss a welcome fruit dishes that every table got one but not us. How could he miss it, that must be put on each table before the customer place their order. The most important thing is when I check the other waitress, they are doing quite well. Always smile and keep asking how things go to their service table. The food is ok, but not great. The environment is great for any occasion. I might go again if I feel I have better luck in that moment.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The Garden Court is always gorgeous and has a great staff. We had somewhat of a rough start, and the manager Andre, and the next staff to take care of us, Walter, went above and beyond to turn the experience around and exceed any sort of expectations. The restaurant was already a favorite, their care really says something to create customer loyalty. For anyone who has not been there it’s good for bringing friends and family, and also brunch and high tea. Easily one of the most beautiful rooms to dine in, in the city.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

I have had lunch at this restaurants at least 10 times and I always enjoy ambience. It is the most beautiful on SF but it is very pricy!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We loved the room. However, we ordered the calamari and it arrived very cold. Our salad was also bland and lacked seasoning, perhaps just a miss in the kitchen. The amazing room seems to force the food to require “keeping up with it”... so when the food arrived cold, it seemed to be an amplified missing.
I can imagine the cooks have their work cut out for them trying to keep the food as amazing as the room.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The Beautiful Garden court is so elegant, and service is perfect. The food is very good, pricy for lunch.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The Garden Court in the Palace Hotel is that wonderful experience you expect from such a special venue. The room's beauty is unsurpassed, service is top notch and the food is as ample as it is delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

I was disappointed that the Sunday Brunch Buffet was discontinued some time ago. The website says it still exists. However, the room is so beautiful, the staff so friendly (but not overly so) and the ambiance so relaxing that we didn't really mind. The food was good, but not very exciting, the portions on the European side, small by American standards, but sufficient. I remarked to my companions that we would have a lovely meal and leave feeling overly fed and that is exactly what happened. The live music, piano and bass, was good and the musicians very cordial. Overall a lovely experience.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Pure elegance. The food was perfect, the setting was nothing short of stunning, and the service was ideal. Attentive, yet not bothersome. We visit The Palace once a year and this has become a tradition.

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Beautiful palace ,love the chandeliers . I was looking forward to a grate breakfast. My Waiter was not very enthusiastic serving our table, he spoke very few words buffet or a la carte. I had to get up and ask for more coffee. After 15 minutes they send someone else to service our table, he was much more attantive and professional. We didn't finish our breakfast not a very good experience for $100.00 2 coffees 2 orenge juices and some bread. I was expecting more like WELCOME TO THE COURT YARD, MAY I OFFERE COFFEE, ORENGE JUICE, ICE WATER. PLEASE POOR SERVICE DOESN'T DO JUSTICE TO THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The location is gorgeous, but the food is just so-so and the service is also just ok. Given the price tag ($76/person for afternoon tea + glass of sparkling wine), I would have expected more.

- Food: the mini black sesame cream puff was excellent. Aside from that, nothing to write home about. We got a chocolate covered strawberry, an egg tart, a chocolate dipped almond cookie, and some kind of a chocolate shell thingy filled with cream. Nothing special about the savories either (chicken salad, smoked salmon, etc.)...basically lacking originality whatsoever.
- Service: inattentive. I made a reservation through OpenTable. Even though they did have my reservation, I did not receive dining points. After contacting OpenTable I found out that the restaurant had erroneously canceled my reservation! I had also mentioned in the comment section that we were celebrating Valentine's Day - however, we received a complimentary piece of cheesecake with a "Happy Birthday" message.
- Ambiance: the live harp performance was nice. However, combined with the proximity to the adjacent table (and the size of the table - my husband and I were sitting across from each other), it made our conversation quite cumbersome, requiring us to scream at each other.

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