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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.
San Francisco, CA 94108
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast A la Carte and Buffet: 6:30-11am
Bar Bites: 3pm-Close
Breakfast a la carte: 7am-11am
Afternoon Tea: 1:30-3:30pm
Bar Bites: 3pm-Close
$31 to $50
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On Wednesday through Friday Evenings from 5:30pm to 9:30pm & Saturdays from 6:00pm to 11:00pm, enjoy live piano.
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.
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.
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
So strange! Booked afternoon tea through Fairmont’s website only to find out that tea service ends at 3:30pm. The hostess double checked that I was aware that tea was $99/person which I thought was rude and embarassing. The waiters were helpful and wine selection was fine.
The Fairmont Hotel is lovely at Christmas so worth the trip to Nob Hill, but not for the food!
The $26 Eggs Benedict and hash browns arrived lukewarm, soggy and the stingy, thin sauce was not well prepared. My ten year old could do better.
The coffee and tea were good though.
Went on a Wednesday afternoon. Place was empty. Slowest service I’ve ever had. Had to get our water myself. Had to ask busser to clear used plates. Waiter (adam) never inquired about dessert menu (was there for mom’s Bday, included this in OpenTable notes & told maitre d upon arrival). Also, no baby diaper changing tables in bathrooms. Used a couch in vacant (Venetian) ballroom. Food took forever to come out. Bone dry upon arrival.
Ironically , had better experience and service last year on a crazy busy Saturday night (also) during Xmas season
The best thing about a buffet is that you can mix and match as you please. For me this year, it was the blue cheese bowl for salads. I had it on the side with the stuffing, turkey and gravy. It was also the whipped cream for the pumpkin pie which I added to my Americano, which was already exceptional. I suppose it may have been the other way round, some Americano with each spoonful of whipped cream. Like the Affogato with Expresso and Vanilla Ice Cream, I am christening this the "Amerigato." Eh ... not everything is a winner, but you are welcome to try it.
It got rave reviews at my table.
This year, unlike last year, there was Beef Bourguignon and San Francisco Cioppino. I was pretty full, but I had some of the onion and enoki mushroom side cooked with the Beef Bourguinon. First Class. As for the Cioppino, I just had some of the broth, a piece of just cooked salmon, and a couple of mussels. Again, First Class.
Other places have cracked stone crab. Here, there was prawn with superb cocktail sauce. I don't eat shrimp, so I missed something, but the cocktail sauce was unbelievably good. I miss having stone crab claws. I hope they show up next year.
I have to add one more comment. The grilled vegetables, including artichoke, bell peppers in various colors, and cipollini onions were perfect ( especially with some blue cheese ).
At $123. per person, I think the hosts were trying to say it was as easy as 1-2-3, which it was for a thoroughly enjoyable Thanksgiving meal.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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