Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar - Fairmont San Francisco

4.4
1216 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian

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Afternoon Tea
Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar showcases seasonal, California Coastal inspired menus that are authentically local, traditional and innovative. Our Executive Chef Oscar Gonzalez has partnered with local farmers for the freshest, organic produce and free range poultry and eggs, with ranchers for natural and dry-aged beef, and with Monterey’s Seafood Watch for purchasing from sustainable sources.

The Culinary Team produces much of our charcuterie in-house, using traditional cold curing techniques, and handcrafting small batches of items such as sausage, pancetta, and pastrami. Laurel Court features Farm Fresh Salads, Hand-Cut Organic, Dry-Aged Steaks, and Market-Driven Seafood.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1216 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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vipHarveyC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable and nice

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ThomasB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the laurel court and especially the piano player.

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markt
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Okay but not worth the money. Good was fair, service was fair. There for the historic setting only.

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Yama2134
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & Service was very good. We are not big eaters, so we were able to share the Mediterranean Salad & the Burger.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great venue, fourth time for dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a champagne brunch. Beautiful atmosphere and incredibly attentive service in an exquisite old hotel.

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PaOlWe
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great location with amazing ambience. The menu was a bit different and not as fabulous as in the past. But all and all, it is a great dining experience.

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sjlt
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The desserts weren’t anything to write home about but the sandwiches and scones were amazing!

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Kevin
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third or fourth time at high tea, lovely as always!

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AustinV
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We tried hard to like this restaurant, but the service and the food were lacking. We waited 55 minutes to be served food that was lackluster and unseasoned. Our server asked if everything was okay, but walked away while we were saying that it wasn't. The setting is charming in its old-school way, but the menu could use a real upgrade, as could the level of service.

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vipPhoenix
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I generally LOVE the Fairmont Hotels in all my travels however this restaurant does not come close to the standard that the Fairmont brand upholds.
Feedback for the senior management team on this restaurant:
-Outdated decor in restaurant despite it’s opulence. The decor just feels dreary and tired and does not feel pleasant to dine nor lounge in.
-the breakfast buffet was nothing special at all with little variety and creativity, lack of interesting culinary options, nothing gourmet nor modern at all, just really fell flat, there are many better choices out there for luxury dining experiences. This buffet overall was absolutely not great value for what we received and money is not an issue for me, but I also respect my money and don’t like wasting it.
- our server was extremely attentive and took very good care of our needs. That said, staff just generally didn’t seem to enjoy their jobs. Rarely did anyone ever crack a smile nor seem happy to be working and serving.
- the overall dining experience was just such a let down especially given that I know what the Fairmont brand name can and usually does deliver in most other cities age locations internationally.
I NEVER write reviews and I’m known to be I’m a VERY positive individual. I am sharing this with you because I love and care about the Fairmont brand and on the off-chance this feedback reaches the right motivated senior manager who equally admires the Fairmont, that it might make a difference in some way.
I hope you receive this feedback in the positive spirit with which it is intended.
Steven Cameron (Phoenix)
DD.

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HaraldF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We liked the layout of the restaurant, got a nice table, had a very friendly and attentive server, and liked the food.

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JudyRay
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter had perfect timing for taking order and pouring our wine.

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vipKatethegr8t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We enjoyed our afternoon tea, service was excellent. Only negative was it was cold in the restaurant. I had to keep my coat on during lunch .

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vipMark
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The breakfast buffet is wonderful. Everything is of the highest quality.
A good value considering the quality and plentiful selection.

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Yama2134
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Nice to be accommodated. We had a light meal.

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Shania
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I love a good high tea, and The Fairmont hosts one of my favorites in The City. A delicious selection of teas and treats served in a gorgeous room. It's reasonably priced compared to many of the other tea houses nearby. Highly recommend!

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Merrick
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Though some of our experiences could've been smoother had our host presented some guidance, I can't blame anybody as I forgot to tell the host that we'd be redeeming the voucher! Overall great experience :-D

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vipGeorgeL
Miami
51 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Have you noticed that when a restaurant is slow and eventhough there is an abundance of staff the service is slow? It was that last night. We just arrived from the east and had an early, 6pm, dinner. We flagged down a server.
The restaurant got busy and service appeared to be better. I didn't care for the corn flake crusted Branzino either.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Disappointing. Wouldn’t have dinner here again.

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NicoleP
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We loved the building, the ambience and the piano music (that was the reason why we picked this location) but the menu (variety) was disappointing! We expected a bit fancier food due to the fancy location!
It was my birthday dinner and I was looking forward to more than fried stuff, burger, etc and s’mores for dessert on the menu!
Well and a dress code would be nice too for some people... .. I’m not used to go in a sweater and sneakers to have dinner at a pretty location!
The service was great though!

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AmyG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We went to Laurel Court for Afternoon Tea on a Sunday. We had a reservation but they didn't seem to be full. The setting is spectacular. We thought the food was just OK for the price. Scones were our favorite. The service was OK, not great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

I wanted to love this place for Afternoon Tea, British style but the food was terrible and subpar. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by the “REAL” experience of British High Tea, by frequenting Lovejoys Tea room in the Noe Valley area, where the food is actually DELICIOUS and the finger tea sandwiches are authentic, and you can CHOOSE what you want from a variety of extraordinarily delicious sandwiches. Very disappointed in the dry, blah, pretty flavourless sandwiches served at Laurel Court. The scones were dry, served cold, and were miniature in size, which actually didn’t matter, because after the first bite, we didn’t want a second taste. The desserts were uninspired. Everything they served at Afternoon Tea was pretty gross, when you’re used how delicious it can and should be. The best thing I can say about this place is that the service was top notch and the ambience delightful, the place itself is gorgeous. But don’t go the food- their Afternoon Tea is disgusting.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful evening - perfect in every way! Excellent service, food and atmosphere - can be casual or semi-formal - you decide!

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JeannetteP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going for some high tea

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service and delicious, visually pleasing dishes.

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vipBeth
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We found the restaurant to be a little chilly. Which in turn made our food not as hot as it should have been. We were really looking forward to the crab scramble. When we ordered the server told us they were out of crab. This probably should have been mentioned when he approached our table. One in our party had the short rib hash which was on the cool side. We also had the chorizo hash which was a little heavy on the chorizo. We also had the car continental breakfast. Nice selection. Overall, it was nice to try once.

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functionalhuman
London
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Painfully slow service. Average food. Took ages to get waiter's attention. Took ages to get food. Pretty sure the wine we got wasn't what we ordered - spirit was broken by this point so couldn't be bothered to quibble.

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vipAnnieN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

1. I indicated on the OT booking this was an Anniversary. I called to let them know we were running late. Left a detailed VM with my no. No one called back so we assumed we were OK.
2. Hostess had cancelled our reservation but seated us anyway. She had not even checked her messages.
3. Informed the waiter we were attending a show. He was very pleasant but took ages to get two drinks tho' he came and apologized.
4. Dinner took even longer ~ 1/2 an hour for two starters for me and a burger for my husband! No mention of anniversary. Tuna tartare was decent but could have used more seasoning on top. Baby gem salad was not grilled as stated but dressing was pleasant. Burger was fine came really late.
5. Highpoint was the wonderful pianist who played many of our favorites.
6. Felt like we were in the food court of a shopping mall rather than the signature restaurant of a grand old hotel ... So disappointed for our City and ourselves...

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NoraP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were scheduled for a 7 PM reservation for seven people. Some of us didn’t arrive till 745. By the time we ordered and ate it was probably close to eight 8:45. Our server was amazingly patient and gracious making our evening extra special. Would highly recommend dining here!!

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BarbaraO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

This was very disappointing. The restaurant was not busy but we had to wait over half an hour for food to be delivered. Waiters were not attentive. Hamburgers were not as ordered and overpriced at $24.00.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The service was a bit slow and not totally attentive to the table. But overall it was good and would go again.

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vipWymeS
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Went for their breakfast buffet. Food was pretty good, especially their Pecan cinnamon roll. Our server was very attentive. But ambience was lacking and the price for the buffet and mimosa were too steep. For 5 people we spent $300 for breakfast. We thought the breakfast Buffet at the Palace was better, both in the variety of food they served and the ambiance. Not sure if we’ll be back for the buffet.

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vipamy41
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited several times in my three days staying at the Fairmont including for lunch and meetings. The tuna tartare is especially good as is their smores dessert!

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vipVBfolks
Richmond
53 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Very disappointed that the food would have been so average in a hotel of this reputation. Can't see a single reason to return.

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PatriciaP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The restaurant seemed to be down waiter staff this particular brunch. There were no spoons on the table and it did take a long time to get in a drinks order. My friend arrived late, coming from Marin COUNTY during the fire season, and I think the wait staff may have assumed I wanted to wait to put in a drinks order until he arrived. I am unsure why no spoons are part of the table setting and I had to ask staff closer to the buffet area for spoons.

I was assaulted on my way to the restaurant, crossing Powell and Sacramento. Inadvertent, but I needed an ice pack. Despite 3 staff asking for someone to bring me one, no ice pack ever appeared. The barman did eventually provide me with ice, but I had to go to the bar to obtain that.

However, the food and the ambiance at Laurel Court is wonderful. And, the buffet, particularly the made-to-order omelets are fantastic. We will come back some Sunday once the Ginger Bread goes up in December.

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vipTara
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spontaneous dinner opportunity after seeing Jane Goodall at the Masonic Center. Love hearing the piano player while dining. The Mediterranean Salad w Salmon added is a smashing combination.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food and cocktails just are not good. Never order the branzino

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vipToWi
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Afternoon Tea food was nothing special and overpriced. Teas were good. Service was generally good. Pianist advertised to be playing during Afternoon Tea but did not. Breakfasts foods were ordinary. For such a historic hotel, we would expect much higher quality in all areas.

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MarkD
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

This is a very pretty room, but the food is lousy. We went to beeakfast expecting a Brunch Buffet -- What we got instead was a very low quality breakfast with stale scrambled eggs.

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Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar - Fairmont San Francisco offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 772-5144.

Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar - Fairmont San Francisco is rated 4.4 stars by 1216 OpenTable diners.

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