The Garden Court - Luxury Collection

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Featuring innovative intercontinental cuisine, the famed Garden Court offers a superb dining experience in a glorious setting. This historic landmark serves breakfast and lunch daily and an enchanting brunch and afternoon tea on weekends. The Garden Court features a stained glass dome, Italian marble columns, Austrian crystal chandeliers and is noted on San Francisco’s Historic Register as Landmark #18. Our Executive Chef invites you to try our signature crab salad lightly dressed in our own Green Goddess Dressing, a true Palace original created in 1923.
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PO
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stayed at The Palace Hotel and enjoyed Sunday brunch at The Garden Court. Beautiful architecture and brunch was delicious. Love the variety and incorporation of the flavors of SF.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Disappointed to pay $35 for eggs Benedict that were not correctly cooked. I expected more.

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AL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was decent, but nothing amazing. Service was definitely below mediorce. Wouldn’t come back.

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EA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room to enjoy, they really need to go back to tableclothes! The tables are worn and not inviting. Food was surprisingly very good! Service was also good. Not necessarily an intimate place but Architecture is beautiful!

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P
Jacksonville
25 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL SETTING AND THE SERVICE IS OUTSTANDING. THE FOOD IS ALWAYS SATISFYING, I HAD THE PANCAKES TODAY AND THEY WERE JUST RIGHT! I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO GOING BACK WHEN I AM IN THE CITY.

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OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even if the food weren’t so good, the atmosphere would make this a wonderful place to meet with people you find important.

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PF
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for the charm of the old times and want to impress someone, this is the place to go. Unfortunately the brunch is A La Carte, no more buffet. Buffet is only for breakfast that ends at 10.
In any event, the place is very nice, beautiful room, very attentive service and the food is very nice.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Garden Court is a vivid reminder of San Francisco's elegance.
The food is excellent; the service is excellent; and the environment is exquisite.
Thank you.

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MA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Hadn’t been to Garden Court in 15 years - what a sorry excuse for a restaurant! My salad was old lettuce, soggy, and just plain awful. Waiter was totally inept. A couple was seated right next to our table when less than 20% of tables were occupied. The place was empty! This couple spoke in crude language using expletives throughout their “happy birthday “ lunch conversation. Way overpriced for the lousy food and service. Never ever will go back again.

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It would be a qualified yes. The food is quite simply over priced. And while the ambiance is very nice it does not make the cost any less excessive.

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B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time. The service was excellent. My only criticisms were that when I made the reservation online it asked if it was a special occasion. I indicated it was my friend's 70th birthday. I don't know why they asked, there was no mention made when we had lunch. They could use some sandwiches on the lunch menu. Other than that, it was very nice, the room itself is beautiful.

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G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Way overpriced. What you are really paying for is the room.

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EN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The setting is beautiful and the food is quite good, but we preferred the old Sunday brunch buffet

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A few years ago, I attended and had high tea in the Garden Court. When our women's group asked me to coordinate a high tea event, I immediately thought of The Garden Court. It surpassed my expectations again! The service, food, choice of teas, architecture, ambiance, etc., made it a marvelous experience. Added to that was the harpist. What an experience! Not only will I return and refer The Garden Court to all of my friends and colleagues, my women's group who attended felt the same way!

Thank you for making our annual women's group high tea and gift giving such a fabulous experience and setting!

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N
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food is ok. The dining room ceiling and the ambiance of the room is worth it. Otherwise, the tables are buckling, the chairs look a la 1950. There is a wierd wooden screen, and the place could use a facelift to its former glory. It looks kind of shabby. This is the finest dining room on the west coast and should reflect the heritage of the Palace Hotel.

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Such an elegant atmosphere. You feel special dining there.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The ambiance and pricing is a luxury one. But the food (steak was fatty and seemed of same quality as a diner steak) and service needs to be elevated

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RL
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Menu mostly Asian inspired for a brunch. Not much traditional brunch food, really. Food just ok but expensive for what it was. Waitress was indifferent, made us wait to ask a question. Gone downhill in recent years, not the same place.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

ver kind staff, nice food :)

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KA
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Disappointed that you don’t have your Sunday, buffet, brunch.

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great room, service and food.

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Reserved to go to Tea - was only informed once we'd arrived that they only serve tea on Saturdays. Super disappointed that this wasn't specified anywhere.

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PT
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

I have had several wonderful dining experiences at this fabulous location but New Year’s Day is not the day to go. I brought my sister-in-law, niece, and daughter here for a special lunch prior to attending a show in the city.

Perhaps they were understaffed following New Year’s Eve. The table we sat at had not been wiped clean, there were no linens just nylon placemats.

I had not been advised when I made the reservation that the day offered only a pre-– fixed menu at $80 a pop for a two course meal regardless of what you chose. So soup and a dessert as the two items still cost $80.

The salads were just OK. Dessert was good. The service was just OK. No wiping away of crumbs. No attentiveness. No interest. Nothing special and certainly not worth $400 for four people by any means. The lovely setting failed to make up for the price and low quality food and service.

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AP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely tasty food for Sunday brunch celebration amid a spectacular setting - "old timey" and opulent at same time. Service and Ambiance were great. The crab toast was delicious as were the waffles and egg dishes ordered by the group. From bellinis to hot cocoa everyone's tastes were successfully met.

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A
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was very good. Food was good, but disappointed that there weren’t more to choose from. Nothing like the all you can eat lunches where there were so many items to choose. Some of the items on the menu seemed overpriced. Beautiful place & loved the bass/piano chamber music during brunch.

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ID
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was delicious! The room is historically beautiful. I wish all the food for our table arrived together. It was quite a wait between coffee refills, a basic expectation at Sunday brunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The breakfast buffet was very copious. The room was attractive

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Holiday brunch/lunch

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TQ
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Incredibly beautiful setting! Had buffet breakfast and very nice.

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MG
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were very disappointed with the service and the food. We have dined here many times and previously enjoyed wonderful food and service. On this day, the service was horrible. We waited for several minutes before anyone acknowledged us and another many minutes before taking our drink orders. We then had to get up from the table and find someone to take our food order. Three of us wanted the crab salad and asked for an egg and Louie dressing (very typical ingredients in a crab salad) and were told that the egg would be an extra $4.00 and that Louie dressing was not standard - Green Goddess was standard. Very disappointing. When we made the reservations, we were not informed that the lunch was prix fixe and were surprised by the price of a salad and a bowl of soup. Beautiful restaurant that needs to step up on service and food choices. May try it again sometime, but won't be back soon....

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Well, I was disappointed because the restaurant didn’t

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L
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Food is overpriced but the ambiance was fabulous. I had the holiday luncheon prix fix with wine pairings. Cost $100. Presentations were very good. Had their signature crab salad with green goddess dressing and carrot bisque soup.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Current management seems to be destroying the superb ambience of the great
Garden Court room. Now half-lounge, half restaurant. Tables have been crowded together.
"Period" tables and chairs have been modernized blandly. The person greeting diners and assigning tables
is not user-friendly. Waiter was excellent. Menu was VERY limited for
lunch. No Ala Carte menu to relieve the limitations of the "set" meals. Mediocre desserts.
("So, management, why are you running this place down?")

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L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our tea sandwiches were the best we have ever enjoyed at The Palace. Our server was attentive and kind.

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p
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The atmosphere can’t be beat but the food had a lot to be desired. We had the crab salad entree which was simply plain crab and a mound of plain greens. Nothing spectacular. Theo our was over cooked. And the service was fair. Not the friendliest waiters. Worth seeing the location but would skip on the meal.

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SA
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was better than average. But service was a bit lacking. We never received our toast and constantly had empty drinks. We felt we were being rushed. When it came to paying, for some reason it took 15 minutes to get our cash change back. The room is gorgeous and worth seeing.

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S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a leisurely lunch in celebration of the holidays. The restaurant was offering a two or three course pre-fix menu with or without wine pairings. The Palace Hotel is elegant any time of year, but the beautiful Christmas decorations, the delicious food, attentive service and harp music, made the experience even more memorable.

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j
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was good, but a little slow. Waiter didn't start with a drink order so we just had water...

Would have been nice for live music or holiday festive music.

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HL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I always enjoyed ato eat in this very impressive beautiful dining room. This time I tried the crab salad and short ribs for the main course, very tasty. However the soup is a little bit salty and the desserts are little too sweet.

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SF
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Four of us had lunch at The Garden Court this week. Instead of the a la carte menu listed on the Web site, it only offered two-course ($70/person) or three-course menus plus wine parings. We were told by the server that the change happened after Thanksgiving until the end of the year. I could not find any reference about the change on the Web site.
FOOD: The carrot soup was fine. The Crab Louie salad was fine but not great. For the price it is charging I feel the food was a little bland and put together like a formula.
The room is beautiful as always and it is quiet. The service is good.

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