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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4.2

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 (37)
Good for Birthdays (33)
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Great for Brunch (29)
Sunday Lunch (25)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Romantic (23)
Great for Lunch (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Good for a Date (16)
Scenic View (12)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
Business Meals (10)
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)
Disabled Access (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Casual (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Groups
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined 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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had the High Tea in the Garden Court. Lovely atmosphere with a "harpist" playing during our stay

Tags: Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Went for tea. Had the signature tea. The atmosphere is what we went for and that did not disappoint. My sister and I both thought that for the idea of a fabulous tea there would have been a bit more care taken to check on the actual tea. We were hoping for a second teapot and no one ever asked how we were doing. Bummer.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Date with mother

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Very disappointed by my lunch experience here on a Sunday. The setting was beautiful and Parisian but the food and service mediocre. Did something happen to this hotel's management from years ago? I do not know if this the reason. I'm paying premium prices for a nice lunch but neither my food or my companion's food was tasty at all despite a gourmet menu. The only thing that was good was the $6 fresh squeezed orange that was only about half a glass. The fire alarm kept going off but no waiter came by to tell us not to be alarmed and we were supposed to just accept it as a fact of dining there. A server wouldn't give us water bc he wasn't our waiter and we had to ask multiple times. In the end, we packed a wafflette to go and asked for accompanying syrup so the waiter proceeded to drown the waffle directly with syrup instead of including it separately in a small plastic container. Quality of service and food was just simply poor and in sharp contrast to the elegant setting (not to mention the pricey price tag).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

It was my mom’s wish to celebrate her 85th Birthday for brunch at the Palace Hotel. My mom has so many fond memories of coming to the Palace as a child so this had special meaning for her. Besides the interior being très elegant, the service was excellent. The food presentation was superb. A nice plus was hearing the live jazz & standards music in the background.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Live Music, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Bad table. Bad chairs. Stuck in corner. Long initial wait for service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Beautiful restaurant, the Palace is always spectacular. Food was barely average. The ham in my omelette was terrible and the eggs overdone. The service, while friendly, was slow. May have been the result of kitchen issues.

I do love the Palace and have been going there since childhood.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Love this place! It is stunning and the ambiance is lovely. Perfect for any special occasion or just to spoil yourself for brunch. We will be back for sure!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The ambiance during the day, especially with the skylight, is terrific, and the food is very good. However, prices are sky-high, and a person -- at least this person -- gives thoughtful consideration prior to committing to a meal here. I don't scrimp on my meals, yet the Garden Court remains a rare treat. I've never had a bad experience in the GC.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

All and all our dining experience was good. When coming to the Palace we like to leave all our worries and political issue outside and step into a beautiful memory of by gone era. Having the waiters wear Union 2 buttons on their uniforms is a "political statement" and one I do not want thrown in my face while trying to have a nice lunch and leave the politics outside. I say this having been in a Union for years. I just don't understand why we who are patronizing the Garden Court have to see this while having lunch. What's next, "I am for Trump" buttons?
Thanks for listening. Holly C. Kully

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Front desk hostess was rude and unprofessional. The waiter was too slow, no service and didn’t know how to recommend the food menu and wine list. When I ask him to recommend some sprinkling wine for us, he said everything is on the list, he just read the name of the sprinkling wine names for us. I will never go back . Horrible service!

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Scones taste really good. Nice tea selections. A little bit on the pricey side because of location.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The Garden Court at the world famous Palace Hotel is a must when in San Francisco. The hotel itself is an institution and the Garden Court beneath the fabulous glass atrium is a work of art. The food and cocktails are first rate (kudos to our handsome, personable bartender, John!)
I highly recommend the Garden Court!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The breakfast buffet was great with lots of yummy food. The srvice needs improving. (Didn't fill up my coffee even once. ) A bit overpriced

Tags: Fun, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

A beautiful setting worthy of a Victorian Grand Dame hotel. The food is fine, if pricey. The setting makes the experience, however. Had the crab salad for lunch, which the waiter explained was a speciality. Generous amount of crab with greens and green goddess dressing on the side. Wonderful bread. I think I just have an east coast bias when it comes to crab. It seems tasteless, regardless of when or where I get it on this coast.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The food and ambiance was excellent. Great setting for a business breakfast. The waitstaff were ok, not great. I would definitely return!

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 (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.

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 (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
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We went here because my mother-in-law wanted us to experience this S.F. historical landmark. She believed that they had a weekly Sunday brunch. We were very dissapointed that they no longer did a brunch. Needless to say the room is stunning. A relic from another time. We were seated perfectly to enjoy the piano and singer.
As for the food, I got the bagels and smoked salmon. It was beautifully arranged and tasted good. The other people in the party got burgers which were good, but cold. My mother-in-law got an omelet with toast. Her toast was cold and when they brought new toast the omelet was cold. Service was not very good. It was also extremely pricey for what we ordered.
I would say definitely you should see the room, and experience the ambiance, but just go for drinks.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (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.

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 (Orange County)·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
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 (San Francisco)·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
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 (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
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 (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.

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 (San Francisco)·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

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·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
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 (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
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 (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.

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 (Los Angeles)·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.

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 (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
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 (San Francisco)·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
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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