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About Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar - Fairmont San Francisco

Laurel Court showcases seasonal menus that are authentically local, traditional and innovative.
Our Executive Chef has partnered with local farmers for the freshest, seasonal organic produce and free range poultry and eggs, with the finest of ranchers for natural and dry-aged beef, and with Monterey’s Seafood Watch in purchasing from sustainable sources.

Due to our restaurants’ overwhelming popularity during the holiday season, dining reservations will be required from November 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017. Book your restaurant reservations early to secure your preferred timeframe.

950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday:
Breakfast A la Carte and Buffet: 6:30-11am
Lunch: 11am-3pm
Evening: 3pm-10pm
Bar Bites: 3pm-Close

Saturday/Sunday:
Breakfast a la carte: 7am-11am
Buffet: 7am-1pm
Lunch: 11am-3pm
Afternoon Tea: 1:30-3:30pm
Evening: 3pm-10pm
Bar Bites: 3pm-Close

Cross Street:
California

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 772-5260

Website:
http://www.fairmont.com/san-francisco/dining/laurel-court-restaurant-and-bar/

Entertainment:
On Wednesday through Friday Evenings from 5:30pm to 9:30pm & Saturdays from 6:00pm to 11:00pm, enjoy live piano.

Parking Details:
We offer parking in the Fairmont Hotel Garage at the rate of $5.00 for 20 minutes. We also validate for patrons of The Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar for a maximum of 2 hours.

Public Transit:
MUNI bus #1 stops on Sacramento and Mason Streets when heading West, or on Clay and Mason Streets when heading East.
Cable cars meet atop Nob Hill. The California Line stops on California and Mason; The Powell Line stops on California and Powell.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Court

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

Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar - Fairmont San Francisco Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.6

service

3.4

ambience

3.9

value

3.1

Noise

Moderate

61% would recommend it to a friend

Afternoon Tea (8)
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Good for Birthdays (7)
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Great for Brunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Business Meals (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Casual (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
People Watching (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Fun (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Love this place before/after a show in the Venetian Room. But the last two times we dined there the service was way off. Slow on all fronts. Your cocktails always arrive with an apology. This time we had to skip the dessert on the 3-item prix fixe menu for fear of missing the show. It seems to be an issue of understaffing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Dinners was very good which we paired with the tomato salad and gruyere popovers. Popovers were extremely good. Seating was nice as well as ambiance. Service was terrible. Took forever for the server to show up. Server passed our table with our food not once but twice. Salad plates were never retrieved and we had to ask for water. For a restaurant and hotel that caters to high clientele along with the associated pricing, this was unacceptable. Would not recommend, unless you really had no other choices.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Loud and expensive

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Appalling - worst food/service and pricing ever experienced for afternoon tea.

I made a request three months prior that I was gluten/dairy free and to be told on the day all they could provide me with as alternatives was 2 plates worth of fruit was appalling. I would usually have a ready prepared one with dairy free scones and treats etc so they were clearly unable to cater for dietary requirements. Furthermore, the sandwiches were tiny and normally expect refills but to be told the tiny plates to be refilled would be a further 15 pounds each was shocking to us when this was already very expensive. Service poor, unfriendly and unapproachable.

Would never return again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I was not impressed at all!
It was basic! It was a continental breakfast buffet that any hotel offers its guests for free yet non guests pay $40!! It’s a pretty room.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was awful and the drinks are overpriced. Do not order the French Onion soup. It is so salty, you can't taste anything else. It tastes like a bullion cube was soaked in hot water. The leek soup was more salty cheese tasting then leek. The place is just noisy & service was slow. We felt more ignored then anything else. Choosing this place ruined a special evening for us!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Tea was a big disappointment! Savories, scones and sweets all served at same time. Everything was rather tasteless. Scones not warm---no butter. Jars (!) of jam on table. No tablecloth. Very noisy. No dedicated area of dining room for tea as stated on hotel website ("guests eating lunch after 1:30 will be seated in the bar area".) Tea not hot. Had to hail a server for hot water. Although the menu advertised price was $45/pp, the hotel (where we had spent the overnight) website indicated a price of $39 with a 15% gratuity "added for [our] convenience." Misleading.

We live in Marin and have patronized the Fairmont over the past 50 years. I was sincerely embarrassed to have entertained guests there. Also, no dress code. To be dressed for Sunday tea and seated next to diners in sweat pants, flip-flops and baseball caps should just not be allowed!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Third time having Pre Fix Meal with Cabaret. Entree would be nicer with vegetables. Next time I am going to ask about ordering off the menu. Service is not as good on the Bar Side of the Restaurant. Did not get served another roll. Service can be much improved!. Miss the buffet.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

They were very accommodating...offering vegan options for the afternoon tea service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We arrived 5 mins prior to our reservation and were seated immediately. Took about 30 minutes for us to receive our afternoon tea food. Very delicious but definitely more on the sweet side then savory. Felt a little hungry after leaving but everything was delicious!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Disappointing tea service, but then, my expectations may have been too high. This really wasn't "high tea." More like "low tea" you can find at any hotel. The waitperson didn't appear to be knowledgeable about the listed teas other than the information that was on the menu. Even when I drink tea when I'm traveling, I never re-use a tea bag (or re-use loose tea leaves at home - gross). Here, it seemed perfectly acceptable to pour additional hot water into a tea pot using the same previously used tea bag. Who does that?! Especially at these prices? The tea sandwiches were fine; the chicken salad was especially good, but we passed on the salmon. (Never understood why salmon is often included - no one ever seems to eat it.) The scones were fair in taste and awful in texture; and the supporting creams were served in small plastic bowls. Really? The dessert items were not memorable and honestly, after two days, I can't even remember what they were! Be advised that the venue isn't particularly comfortable or cozy. It's a large, open room (was this the restaurant?) and we were seated near a bar where some tables were also experiencing the tea service; some tables had people just sipping drinks; and still other tables were populated with people watching the football game on the large flat screen. My companion and I enjoyed each other's company, but we were very disappointed with the tea and service. My advice: try a different venue for tea.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I thought I had a reservation for high tea, only to find out they didn’t serve that during the week. Appetizers were over priced and over cooked. It was a bit of a let down.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This tea has fallen from grace. It used to be much more traditional. Now it’s dumbed down, selections have been slashed, completely clueless afternoon tea waitstaff. Had to wave down waitstaff for the simplest of request that should’ve been aticipated at that price point-like a tea cup! And they had the cheek to help themselves to a sizable tip for just a 2 person party. I would’ve tipped but just presumptuous considering service was lacking and novice.
Only salvation is their pastry chefs. The food was delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Afternoon Tea
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Terrible Cisco food beneath the quality of this historic hotel.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Lovely atmosphere, delicious afternoon tea and good service.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We always eat here before or after the Cabaret. this time it was a Pre-Fix Meal. Prefer the Buffet. Service was a little slow. Salad portion was small. Would have liked to have a vegetable along side the potatoes. Potato was slightly undercooked.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food and service were wonderful but the ambiance leaves a lot to be desired. We wanted a plush, elegant environment for our afternoon tea and the TV in the bar is a terrible addition and distraction. Honestly the interior of the once sumptuous Fairmont left a lot to be desired.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We started going during Christmas for the Gingerbread House display. We decided to go again for a special birthday and we were not disappointed. Thank you for helping making a happy event even more special!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Stayed at the hotel as a guest. Was very excited to be here. The last night we decided to eat on the restaurant on the premises. Big mistake. Considering allt the good reviews we did not dive in it too much, just assuming it would be in class with the rest. However, we might just hit a night with bad luck.

15 min wait just to get seated, nobody was there to greet ut. Then it 40 mins more for just getting to order. 1hr more wait for the food itself. Which was not more then okay.
Our waiter at least tried to made it as good as possible, not hes fault. We atleast wore comped a bit

There where tables all over the place with food/dishes left there dor over 30 mins before got cleaned upp. Inefficient staff with only working on 50% efficiency.

As i said. Might have bin a bad day. But stil. Worst treatment ao far

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

This lunch was just what the doctor ordered! My friend, who has difficulty hearing, recently had back surgery and wasn't healing as quickly as he wanted. He was feeling depressed and sorry for himself and down in the dumps. At The Laurel Court, we were able to have a conversation and he was able to participate because the noise level was low. The food was outstanding! The best hamburger we've ever had and the popovers were out of this world! A martini in the middle of the day was decadent and certainly contributed to making his spirits and outlook on life improve. We reminded ourselves, as we left this stunning setting, how lucky we are to live in beautiful San Francisco and how important it is that we take time to be nice to ourselves and those we care about! This was the perfect place to achieve all these goals! Thank you!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Food was very ho hum...typical tired hotel food. Place was very nice but almost empty. Good place to grab a bite if you're staying at the hotel and just want a quick dinner. Ordered steaks medium rare and they arrived well done. They re-fired new steaks but of course our dining companies either had to wait and let their food get cold, or watch us eat later. Server was great, cocktails good...salmon skin was burnt on one side ..apps good. Not worth the price!

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We went there for afternoon tea. The dining room was large and was available for hotel guests just eating lunch. This made the area full of families having burgers as well as young adults drinking beer and watching football. It made the tea experience a little less elegant. There should be a separate room just for the afternoon tea crowd.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Enjoyed the afternoon tea, especially all the great gourmet teas...

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

N.Y. Steak was almost rancid and tough;"softened" potatoes rubbery. According to the waiter the chef has decided not to serve bread and butter; we were not offered coffee. Should have gotten a clue when we entered, as it was almost empty. Extremely disappointed. It was our 60th Wedding Anniversary and I had visions that the Fairmont Hotel was still the place to go. Wrong!
It is under new ownership, and instead of improving it they have cut out amenities.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We had a 730pm reservation. When the waitress finally greeted us at 745pm we told her we were tired of waiting and were headed elsewhere.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Flies television and mediocre food at extortionate prices.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Lovely setting, attentive service, delicious small tea bites, nice selection of tea, all beautifully presented. Excellent vegetarian options and a nice surprise if they know it's your birthday. Next time we just have to figure out how to get the chocolate covered strawberries as part of our dessert selection!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The service was outstanding. The scones and sticky buns were wonderful and the fruit was ripe and yummy. The chef who was making the omelets wasn't as good as the previous one. The items that went into the omelet were not sauteed first.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Server was the best, afternoon tea was great, very flexible on selections of food and tea

Tags: People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Very slow service. Other tables who were seated after us received their food before we did. Took 50 minutes before our food arrived. Food was okay.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Laurel Court used to serve the most delicious bread. The menu has changed, bread is gone and so are the fabulous fish tacos. Bring back both please!

Tags: Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Together for a family reunion in San Francisco. The Fairmont Hotel and the Laurel Court Restaurant, just off the fabulous lobby, was a great place to get our family together for a final meal and send off following a terrific weekend. It is a special place for a special occasion. The staff were friendly and helpful, and our breakfast was delicious.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

The afternoon tea service was superb; delicious variety of food, treats, and tea. Service was impeccable; staff was so friendly, gracious, and accommodating.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We stopped in here for breakfast during our trip to San Francisco. The little buffet was wonderful and full of everything you'd want. On top of that, the food on the buffet was top quality. The service was great, but the thing I will always remember is watching one of the staff meticulously turning each little ketchup bottle so that the labels all faced the same way. It was the kind of care that really shows that a restaurant wants every customer to have a fantastic experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 6, 2017

For Sunday afternoon tea, it was a bit discongruent to have the baseball game on over the restaurant bar, and pop music playing over the sound system (instead of someone on the restaurant's grand piano or a more casual jazz or classical music choice). The service seemed very slow but the food and tea were really excellent. If you're looking to relax and not in a hurry, it's a nice tea.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The worst tea service I've been to. For The Fairmont, this was a total disappointment. No explanation by server about the tea, not enough tea, desserts left a lot to be desired. Doesn't compare to The FLoridian, The Peninsula or Four Seasons.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great restaurant for brunch!

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

The food was great; but big portions. Great atmosphere. The piano player is fantastic!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Beautiful restaurant and excellent service. We always enjoyed dining here

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Live Music
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Remi was great. He was attentive and took good care of us always making sure our tea was hot and filled.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea
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