The Garden Court - Luxury Collection

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Afternoon Tea
Sunday Lunch
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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

The Garden Court & Grand Ballroom. Reservations from 10:30am - 4:30pm $155 Adults / $85++ Children (5 - 12). For reservations please call 415-546-5089. Menus available at sfpalace.com. Reservations must be secured with a CC. Cancellations less than 72 hours will be charged 50% of the price.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

The Garden Court & Grand Ballroom. Reservations from 10:30am - 4:30pm $155 Adults / $85++ Children (5 - 12). For reservations, Santa Tea, and menus please call 415-546-5089. Reservations must be secured with a CC. Cancellations less than 72 hours will be charged 50% of the price.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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JT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Awful experience, 5 small sandwich slices, 2 tiny scones, 1 white chocolate strawberry, 1 small cookie & 2 small tarts for a whacking great $68. Complete rip-off. They should visit the UK & see what afternoon tea is really like.

Our server cleared away the cake tray before we had even finished.

Will never be back & wouldn’t recommend to anyone.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We haven’t been to the Palace for afternoon tea in a few years and it’s evident from the quality of food/service that times have changed. The price for the regular tea service went up ($68) which we wouldn’t have minded if the food was worth it. The size of the scones are now the size of a small chocolate chip cookie. One of the tea sandwiches was an egg salad, another was a sandwich made with lunch meat. Didn’t expect that from the Palace. The strawberries used for the chocolate covered strawberries were not even ripe or sweet.

The server that delivered our tray for the sweets decided to reach over me rather walk around to the other side of the table where the empty seat was to place the tray down. Needless to say, her sleeve grazed on of my sandwiches which made the topping fall on to the table. She didn’t apologize but instead she just said, “it’s just the topping”. Wow, really? This is the same person that was setting the table next to us and instead of touching the tea cups by the handles she was gabbing them by the rim with her bare hands. Gross!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a leisurely long breakfast buffet.
Get together with friends.
Fantastic morning with friendly staff and great value for money.

HS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

There was a gross insect in my $39 salad. They gave me a new salad, but if they had any class they would have also removed the charge from my bill. I didn't ask them to, because I felt that I shouldn't have to ask. So, food with insect in it, no class. I won't go back or recommend it.

NC
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal location and ambiance. Excellent Sunday brunch. The bacon is crunchy and the berries are large and flavorful. The service is attentive. The crab/spinach eggs benedict was perfect. Yum.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Brunch, food excellent, amazing setting, service solid, high noise.

AM
Edinburgh
21 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being in the most beautiful room imaginable with the most fabulous food, waiters, flowers-it’s all from another era. I was so thankful to be able to enjoy it all. Keep it all up!

VD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We ordered the buffet Sunday breakfast and the scrambled eggs and eggs Benedict were ice cold (not even slightly warm). Perhaps your sternos were no longer working? The French toast was also cold and so dry I had difficulty cutting it with a knife...it was inedible. The desserts were very good though! Our waiter was kind, and he did give us a break on the bill which was nice.

J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience5

The opulent atmosphere is a pleasure, but the service was lackadaisical and the food was old. I am not sure how since they only do tea one time a week but they led with brown strawberries followed by stale sandwiches and lemon curd with a fine film formed over the top from sitting out too long. Just walk through to take in the view because at $69 per person it was a disappointment.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

good
the server was very kind

NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The ambiance and experience of high tea at The Garden Court is unmatched in San Francisco. The quality and selection of teas are outstanding and the assortment of savory sandwiches and pastries are well-proportioned and provide a variety of flavors. The kitchen was also able to accommodate vegetarian diet needs for the sandwiches. Perhaps it was an off day when I went, but there seemed to be little communication between the concierge and wait staff as our diet requests (which we made at the time of the reservation) and cocktail orders weren't communicated well between the two.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was mediocre. Sandwiches were a bit dried out. Scones and desserts were great. Beautiful setting.

TV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Overall it was a beautiful setting. We did have a glitch in our order, but I think that was because they restaurant with short on staffing.

JC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for helping me make my mom's 70th birthday surprise lunch a wonderful and fun experience. Our server, Robert, was awesome and handled our table brilliantly, especially has most were arriving from various areas around the Bay Area (not too mention flying in from Atlanta!). Thank you again, it was a fantastic day!

JW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly enjoyable atmosphere with great light and acoustics. 5 star service.
Would revisit in a heartbeat.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service very good

S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

We had a nice afternoon tea experience however my friend debit card was overcharged and after a week and a half and 3 telephone calls we are still calling and asking for a refund and WHY her debit card was overcharged more than double. very upsetting !

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Anniversary

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Service was amazing! Some of the best service I've experienced. Coffee and juice were never empty. I had the wagyu burger and my wife had the omelette. Both were not good at all. My burger was cold and dry. Fries were warm, though. Bloody Mary was one of the best I've had.

GS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, and the food was outstanding!!

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We had a lovely time once again. Our only complaint would be our waiter. He paid little attention to us, never coming back to see if we needed a coffee refill or anything else. He was a disappoint, but after 45 years of receiving wonderful service here one one poor waiter did not spoil our celebration.

N
San Francisco
126 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful experience, although certainly expensive. We always have the Sunday brunch at Christmas time, and it was a pleasure to have much less crowds. The scallops were among the best I have ever had.

D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It’s better to order breakfast from the breakfast bar versus ordering à la cart. It took too long to be served à la cart. I was hosting 10 people for breakfast. Half the table went with the breakfast bar and finished their meal 30 minutes before the other half got their À la cart meal

N
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tea time at the Palace in the beautiful Garden Court was wonderfully whimsical!

CG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

for $68 a person, the food was not worth more then $5

d
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

I have chosen the tea service to celebrate a special occasion many times and have always been thrilled with the experience. This time however, I was a little disappointed in the service. This was the first time I ever brought my mother in law and wanted to treat her to something special because she has been going through severe health problems. While the food was good the service was very rushed. Plates and drinks were whisked our table with no pacing whatsoever. Our waiter did not check on us and I had to ask a bus person to ask for more champagne. I had called ahead to indicate I needed a gluten free menu and the waiter brought the GF tea sandwiches but not the scones etc. when I asked for that as well he hurriedly brought me an alternative scone plate but that’s it. I had to ask about the other desserts to know what I needed to avoid and he didn’t really have an answer for me. I paid full price but really was only able to eat half of the selections even though I called ahead. This has never been a problem before and I think it was because everyone was rushing our meal. There was no reason to rush so much, it was not packed. Our waiter was nice, just not as attentive as all my previous experiences. I had also indicated this was a special occasion and no one , except the host, mentioned anything about it. Also something that has never happened before. I was disappointed because I wanted to show mom a really lovely time and make this a recurring visit. I will be back but I hope I’m not rushed and not checked on again.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, ambience and food was fantastic. What a beautiful setting. Server Robert was exceptional, with fantastic manners. Will come back for Tea Service next time.

P
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Thanks!

LO
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The Garden Court is a special place for a special occasion. And you go for the room. Not the food. They tried really hard, had many attending servers, but it fell short on food and service. The setting is unparalleled for a true old San Francisco experience. Thats why I would go back for Tea. And if I went again for lunch, I would alter my expectations.

We had a party of five, ordered two salads, that were very good. They were out of the Crab salad. Pea soup was good, bread was warm. Two of us ordered the Artichoke with cauliflower and a bbq type sauce with other vegetables. It came without the artichoke, veggies were al dente, undercooked, warm not hot and it really seemed like the bbq sauce was off the shelf. Big miss. And I never got an answer on the missing artichoke that was in the title of the dish!

I sent mine back and got the Monte Christo. Not as bad as the missing artichoke, but could have been so much better. The egg bread was moist, with slices of ham, however no other flavors. Mustard, chutney, cheese. A pickle! Could have balanced the weight of the ham sandwich. In all fairness the waiter tried talking me out of the Monte Christo, and suggested the burger. But I didn't want something so heavy, so maybe I would have been better off.

On table snooping other diners, the Crab salad looked excellent. The fried Calamari looked great, and the burger look good. So there you have it. Stick with the basics and enjoy the room.

GS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Just don’t come here. Horrible service and a bland mediocre menu. They just want to get you in and out. I thought for the price you would get more but I’ve gotten better service at a chain restaurant on the side of a highway.

SF
San Francisco
166 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The Garden of Good & Bad - (1) the appetizer was large enough for two people. The calamari batter was almost perfect - not many restaurants can produce a good batter (2) the main course was very large scallops with bacon bits, & that is where I had a problem with the food. The bacon was so smoky that it overwhelmed the delicate flavor of the scallops. It was so strong I could not eat all of the entre. I felt like I was in a forest fire with smoke. ( 3) The squash blossoms were the best I have ever had & the largest, nicely battered.

The Monte Cristo sandwich was on the menu. I inquired about it. Be aware that It is NOT the version that is completely battered & deep fried or pan fried. It is rare to find that version on a menu.

For the price charged there should not have been any problem with any of the food

We were presented with the wrong bill which was significantly more than what we had ordered. The waiter realized the error & returned to the table with the correct one. Always check the bill. This was the 3rd time this year that has happened in a restaurant in San Francisco.

R
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is outstanding with very thoughtful staff. We went for 2 breakfasts. A great way to start the day. For our anniversary they brought out a special presentation of cheesecake.

IF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gorgeous ambiance, good food, excellent service. You can't go wrong for a special occasion.

PL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting is absolutely beautiful and the food was delicious--very fresh.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Large portions for triple the price. Omlet was 3x larger than need be and about 3x as expensive as it should be

K
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food3service2ambience5

The Garden Court at the Palace Hotel is absolutely stunning. The only problem was the very lackluster service. Our waiter forgot spoons for our coffee, water for the table, butter for my toast, etc. It’s little things but they all added up to a less than enjoyable experience. I would say go for the atmosphere. The food
was very average. Did not try the buffet. It looked pretty good. I hear brunch is very special.

c
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place for lunch. Excellent crab salad and oysters.
fabulous ambiance and wonderful experience
expensive but worth it for a nice quiet lunch

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Beautiful hotel! It was talk walking back in time.

First off, multiple parties were seated before us that came in as walk-ins.

The food was over priced. Only 2 vegetarian options and one vegan (if you consider hash browns an option).

The bus boys ever very attentive and polite. The rest of the wait staff was the opposite. We had to flag down the waitress to get absolutely any kind of service. We were able to see our food when it was ready to be served but it took the waitress so long to bring it to us, my friend’s French toast was cold and so were my hash browns.

GF
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This visit was to celebrate my husband's 75th birthday. The venue was stunning and the reason for the choice. The food was good and beautifully presented. We to wait a long time for a wait person to come take our order and then he was rushed and got our order wrong. He was a really nice guy and knew it was Dave's birthday and brought a beautiful dessert for the occasion. The Garden Court was so beautiful that we would love to enjoy Tea next time.

ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

It’s an experience!
Over priced, slow service. Nice brunch buffet and a la crate menu