Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar - Fairmont San Francisco
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.
Disappointing. Wouldn’t have dinner here again.
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!
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.
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.
This was a wonderful evening - perfect in every way! Excellent service, food and atmosphere - can be casual or semi-formal - you decide!
Love going for some high tea
Attentive service and delicious, visually pleasing dishes.
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.
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.
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...
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!!
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.
The service was a bit slow and not totally attentive to the table. But overall it was good and would go again.
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.
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!
Very disappointed that the food would have been so average in a hotel of this reputation. Can't see a single reason to return.
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.
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.
The food and cocktails just are not good. Never order the branzino
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.
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.
I made a reservation online for afternoon tea at 4pm. The reservation was accepted. I rang them to see if there was a dress code. I was informed quite rudely by a woman there that there was no afternoon tea on weekdays. Her tone of voice was unbelievably impolite. I thought this hotel was a reputable organization - shame that they hire rude people.
We visited for afternoon tea and were so incredibly pleased with the service, food, and ambiance. Fairmont and Laurel Court exceeded my expectations in every way. Special shout out to Daniel who was such a gentleman, and our server Danielle, as well as all the waitstaff who truly made our visit a special one. Can’t wait to return.
Beautiful breakfast beautiful hotel and service highly recommend to get away from downtown
Worse service, difficult to find our waitress, had to flag other servers just to get more hot water for our teapots. Later realized that since we were a group of 5 the service charge was automatically applied therefore she seemed to know she didn’t need to really wait on us.
I would never return for their afternoon tea.
Service was fantastic. I loved that they had a children’s menu for High Tea.
Had high hopes for tea at Laurel Court. Unfortunately the space is dated and needing an update. The tea service was just ok. For $49 per person I would expect to be served on proper china. Several items in the tea device were served in plastic which made the experience feel cheap. Fairmont really needs to step up its game!
A great birthday celebration 🎂🎂🎁🎉 amazing time with the family
The venue and service by our waiter was really wonderful. We enjoyed high tea with all its accoutrements, which has been a family tradition for years though never at the Fairmont. My one suggestion would be to cover the wood tables with white table cloths. That would have perfected the atmosphere of the room. But overall, A+!
Was disappointed in the tea service - scones were cold, sandwiches were tasteless - service was very slow
We went for “afternoon tea” which I’ve done before at the Fairmont, however this time around the food, table set up, china ambiance were all just not up to expectations. They used cheap metal tea serving pot instead of porcelain like they did in the past. There was no white table linens like in the past. The little sandwiches tasted stale. The creams for the scones were in plastic containers. The ambiance just didn’t feel special like you would expect from the Fairmont. It just felt like a cheap afternoon tea service. I was very disappointed, especially because I know how they used to be. I would instead recommend afternoon tea at The Palace if anyone is looking for a more luxurious and special afternoon tea.
My daughter and I experienced our first Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont in San Francisco. The ambiance was perfect, the waiter was attentive but not obtrusive and the food was excellent. I especially appreciated the care and consideration of my nut allergy.
My reservation was at 12:45 and we were seated at 1:15. The place was empty so I’m not too sure what took so long. The tea brunch option was way too over priced ($70)for it to be Trollz themed instead of an elegant set up. Should have an option for adults rather than making it kid themesd. Service was extremely slow. Had to raise my hand a couple times to get someone’s attention. Lunch menu was good.
The tea service at Laurel Court is amazing; HOWEVER, be aware that the bill will include a 15% "service charge" regardless of party size. Obviously, you can tip more if you wish, but the fact they don't tell you inadvance that's it's included is kind of sly. I'm very sure the majority of people don't even notice it when they total out their bill. So if you tip 20% (which was my plan) on top of the 15% they already added to your bill, the waiter will be receiving a 38% tip. Our service was good but it wasn't 38% tip good.
Terrible service. Overpriced and over cooked bronzino and pasta.
I had dinner with my 12 year old daughter for a special night in the city before going to the Orpheum and we both loved the food! My daughter is not one for kids' menu offerings, so she ordered the chicken over lentils from the regular menu. She ate everything while raving about how good it was. I had the Mediterranean salad with pomegranate seeds and ricotta salata that was also delicious! We come from a restaurant business, so we notice a lot and like good food. What we both enjoyed was that the dishes were a little different - like spices that surprised us and made the meal more interesting.
The ambiance was also just right, the room was beautiful, and the service was right on! Overall a terrific and memorable experience!
Rami was terrific, professional friendly and timely service
Will be back again
He made our nice experience that much more pleasant
Fadi Chahin MD
At first we we’re not admitted by the maitre d because he said it was fully book and there is no way we could get in. We waited and take photos as it was our first time to enter in that hotel killing time while waiting for my friends flight to Seattle and Hong Kong. Then I thought I try Open Table and I was able to make a reservation at 3:30pm. That was an excellent move. The maitre d was surprised and if it was’nt for Open Table we were not able to take that afternoon tea party. It was expensive really as my friend paid $300+ for 5 persons! With such a lousy maitre d - it was not worth having a tea party.
I love this place for Afternoon Tea. A quiet elegant place for catching up with old friends while being served a delicious selection of Afternoon Tea sandwiches and pastries. Truly a respite from the everyday to mark treasured occasions.