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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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3.4

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3.3

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3.9

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2.7

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Moderate

55% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Fun (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
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Happy Hour (2)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Very slow service but good food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Quiet, good drinks. Good wine list. Nice starters, but they can add up quickly.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The service was terrible. It took 20 minutes between sitting down and them taking our order (it wasn't crowded). Once tea was ordered we had to flag them down to order champagne (that came right away). We had each been through 3 pots of tea (at least an hour) before they brought the food. The sandwich bread was stale. And while the room is beautiful, it just didn't make up for the lackluster service and food. I won't be choosing the Laurel Court for my next special event.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

regretably I had higher expectations, ie, tablecloths on tables, fancier dineware, cozys on tea pots, and prettier furniture, the tables were like barn little tables, the savories were a bit dry, and we were not served the bean and the other salad advertized, i noticed when we got home,, and also just did not measure up,,, sorry, as the HOTE is still beauatiful and elegant,, the people in the TEA Room very nice, however, I imagine, been so large, they had to omit the pretty,,, oh well, will try to find a place, where HI TEA is served as ENglish like,,, chintz tablecloths, nice tea pots, and table ware, etc, soo, overall, it was just like having tea anywhere by the road, except the elegance of the building saves the day,,

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Beautiful place, great service, but food could be improved.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had afternoon tea there. Most everything was delightful, classy, and pleasant. You don't go for the food, but rather the experience. My only beef about the place was that it was unclear that the price would be $120/person fixed price - before taxes and tip. The website made it look like they had two tea options - the regular tea for $55/person and the holiday tea. It was unclear that the only option on Jan 1 was the holiday tea. The menu did not state the price anywhere. I don't think the price is worth it during that time. I can eat at Chez Panisse for less and much better. I would go back during the regular afternoon tea pricing though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

For a place like this and taken the price into consideration the food was very disappointing - simply not good and very overpriced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

When I booked this reservation online I told them that my wife and I were on our honeymoon. They gave us champagne and a beautifully crafted dessert to celebrate our marriage. Food and drinks were amazing. Service was a little bit slow (not too sure if thats because I am used to the NYC and SF is more laid back) but it allowed my wife and I to take a step back and enjoy the night at this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

A holiday celebration lunch for four at an iconic place. A must at Christmas just to see The Fairmont all gussied up. The restaurant is old school beautiful. Started with wine and cocktails..a nice selection and beautifully presented. We split 2 gruyere popovers. Delicious but a little pricey..and just 2 little smears of butter on the side. We all had salads..Nicoise, chopped, and one with grains. You can add a protein like salmon or chicken. All delicious. The menu is limited but everything on it was appealing. I recommend using the Park Whiz app to find parking. I paid 9.00 for across-the-street valet parking for 6 hours. I will definitely return next Christmas.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I made the reservation for high tea and was told after we got there that tea was finished. Very large group of very disappointed people. And we were staying in the hotel.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Horribly overpriced. We went for afternoon tea on Dec 26th (a Tuesday) and it was nice, but when the bill came, we were shocked that it came to $1,000 for five adults and two small children. That’s more expensive than the Ritz in London! They had cheekily charged the weekend rate even though it was a Tuesday and they included a massive service charge.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

The food and service was fabulous, but we were heartbroken when we received the bill. We heard online that tea time was $45 per person, but when our party of 3 got the bill it was $440. Our jaws dropped. We weren’t aware of the holiday prices when we booked, and we wish the price would have been listed somewhere on the menu or on the sign up front or we wouldn’t have eaten there. We’d never spent that much on food in our life! We went the day after Christmas, and had already spent a lot on gifts and just wanted to do something small and special. We didn’t expect to spending 1/3 a month of rent on tea and sandwiches. We still have a pit in our stomachs at how much it cost!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Seriously, this was a biggest ripoff ever. The food is mediocre at any price but at $119 a person?? The "gingerbread" aspect of this special holiday tea consisted of children being given a gingerbread cookie to decorate. The restaurant is fine but absolutely nothing special as far as hotel restaurants. Also the tea itself is completely low quality and was not even served with decent hot water. Save your money and go to a restaurant where you can get a great meal for $119!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

When I booked it wasn’t clear I was booking afternoon tea. Cost for 4 with automatic tip was $600...ridiculous amount for what you get, quality and quantity-wise. Would not recommend.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

This tea service was very nice, but underwhelming for the price paid ($119 per person). I understand it's San Francisco, but the same service would be max $50 in most other states. WHen I booked this reservation, I had no idea how much the tea service would cost since there are no prices anywhere on the website. They were quick to accommodate dietary needs for the tea sandwiches- I got a vegetarian plate for myself and my mom got a piscatarian one. Our waiter wasn't as attentive on bringing us extra tea/water as one would expect. We got two teapots each, but we would have taken more if we didn't have to flag someone down for every refill. Overall, it was a nice thing to do for my mom's Christmas visit but I wouldn't do it again.

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Tea
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We treated ourselves to afternoon tea on Christmas Eve. The reservation was booked in advance, before the Christmas tea menu was available on the website. Had I known about the significant price increase for Christmas Eve, I would have booked elsewhere. The ambiance was amazing, but the quality and service of the tea was not appropriate for the crazy high price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I had been to thre Christmas Fairmont Tea earlier in December. This was to be a reservation for Christmas Tea with my daughter and me at the Fairmont on 12-22-17. The only way to reserve was through Open Table and I believed a tea was booked. I tried phoning the Fairmont to confirm this was a tea and never had messages returned. When we arrived, we learned that the Christmas tea was only in the afternoon. We had a very mediocre lunch and was quite pricey.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Beautiful decorations. Food was very good and plentiful. Good bar drinks. Always a pleasure to dine at The Laurel Court.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We were a party of 12 with 6 of us being Gluten Free and Vegetarian and were pleased that they offer Gluten Free bread and several non-meat options. Service very friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

can't comment on the food, never got chance to try it. Booked in for afternoon tea via their website. They only had two late booking available 5pm or 5.15pm. Opted for 5pm. Got there, maitre d' took us to a dirty table and rushed off to get a waiter to clean it leaving us standing around like lemmings as other diners ate. We get seated and it took a while for a waiter to come to us. I asked to see the afternoon tea menu. 'it ends at 3pm' me: 'then why was I allowed to book a table for 5pm? if it ends at 3pm?' he fetches the manager. Standoffish, grumpy and a look of thunder about her. She says the same thing. I pull out my phone, on the website and the actual page where it say's 'book afternoon tea now' there's a link. She takes my phone and proceeds through about 3 pages to a times list. Me; that's not the point. If it's on the actual page to book the actual dinner I shouldn't then have to flick through pages to check the timetable. And if it says 'book afternoon tea now' then I shouldn't be able to book after 3pm. Opentable only operates under what you give them' as apparently opentable is not their best of friend. Awful service and never got to try the food. So no, I don't recommend this place at all.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

A Holiday tradition marred by the ghastly menu change and lack of proper staffing. Upon arrival, the lone hostess was engaged in a lengthy discussion with potential patrons while a line backed up of those of us with reservations. We were greeted with an assumption that we were there for tea. When I advised her that our reservation was for lunch, she commented that 1PM was "tea time". I advised her that "tea time" is 3PM. When we were . seated our table was set for tea. When a server arrived with champagne, I advised her that we were there for lunch and to please remove the tea settings. When we checked out the lunch menu, I was aghast at the change. Our waiter, advised that this was due to the new chef's concept. The salads were the only items that had any appeal. While nicely presented, but tasteless. The only semblance of confit in my faux duck confit salad was the olives. The wonderful assorted bread basket has been discontinued. The server suggested the menu popovers at 2 for $10. I told him NM's Rotunda restaurant provides as many as you can eat for FREE!. Also, there were only 2 waiters for the entire room. The change in ownership certainly does not bode well for the Fairmont.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great omelet from the buffet, beautiful pastries, fresh fruit and fresh squeezed orange juice. Pancakes from the menu were ok. Wait staff a little slow. Very festive Christmas decorations. Prices a little high.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Was not crowded, but service was very poor. Appetizers came out lukewarm and we left without ordering an entree.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Yearly Christmas family dinner

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Love the Fairmont Hotel, used to dine at Laurel Court all the time decades ago, holiday tea was the occasion this time but poor service ,poor quality food , extremely expensive given other options in San Francisco . Very disappointed and feel sorry for the Fairmont.

We have over 4000 other places to eat at in San Francisco.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great time with my friend for Christmas lunch. The hotel is so beautifully decorated.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Decor is lovely, especially when decorated for the holidays. Service pleasant once it occurred, but very slow initially. Food was mediocre in taste and prices high, though expected for its luxury locale. Nice selection of local draught brews.

Tags: Great Beer, People Watching, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We enjoyed our holiday tea but thought it odd that an automatic service charge of 15% was assessed at a table for two. It’s the holidays, what if we wanted to tip more?

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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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 (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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