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The Garden Court - Luxury Collection

4.4
4.4
1991 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
Featuring innovative intercontinental cuisine, the famed Garden Court offers a superb dining experience in a glorious setting. This historic landmark serves Breakfast daily, 2 Course Prix Fixe Lunch Monday-Thursday and an enchanting Afternoon Tea on Friday and Saturday. 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 30 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 6:30 am–10:30 am Sun 7:00 am–11:30 am Afternoon Tea Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 546-5089

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Hart

  • Neighborhood

    SOMA

  • Cross street

    Market St.

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    BART stop New MontgomeryF-Line Market, New Montgomery

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Sweet July Signature Tea

    $90.00 per person

    Jul 9 - Aug 27, 2022
    The setting for Ayesha Curry’s Sweet July Tea . Afternoon Tea at the Palace embodies the true spirit of Sweet July. Since 1910, generations of locals and visitors have gathered in The Garden Court to celebrate special moments and enjoy this beloved tradition. The menu offers a delicious blend of The Garden Court favorites infused with recipes hand selected by Ayesha herself from the pages of Sweet July magazine. Featured recipes will include Mini Crab Cake Sandwiches with Avocado Sauce, “Savory S’mores” and Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bites. Also on the menu will be the dessert Sweet July is most known for, their signature bread pudding, a beloved staple served at their Oakland café.
  • Prix Fixe- 2 Course Lunch

    $38.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Whether you are dining at leisure or having that executive meeting, join us for our Prix Fixe 2 Course Lunch. , Bask under the glass dome, with columns soaring above marble floors towards luminous stained glass, gold leaf sconces and mirrored doors. Dining in the Garden Court today is indeed a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the romance of a bygone era. Such turn-of-the-century grandeur is the signature of the Palace. San Francisco's first grand hotel.

What 1,991 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. EB

    ElizabethB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I always enjoy our time at the beautiful Garden Court.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a breakfast meeting, plenty of tables away from the crowd and great service as always!
  3. MS

    MelissaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The iconic atrium is not to be missed as an experience in San Francisco. The food is very good, and the atmosphere overall is absolutely lovely.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The service was amazing
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Service was not as expected for location and price. Our server walked away very quickly leaving only a split second to request our tea pot to be refilled. She did not hear us at least twice. When she did refill the pot it wasn’t enough for a full cup, almost as of water was being rationed. I would not recommend the tea service again for the price we paid and less than stellar service.
  6. T

    Terry

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Edgardo was great as was the rest of the staff. Would definitely do the Tea Again. Lovely experience.
  7. L

    Lara

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent for business meal. Bright airy and not too noisy.
  8. G

    Gerry

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The Garden Court could use a renovation! Looking shabby! And not chic shabby! Everything looks tired. Furniture couldn’t be sold at a junk shop. Just needs work!
  9. KM

    KrMK

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely stunning venue. Everything tastes better in such beauty. The food is excellent. Is it a tad expensive? Yes, but a very nice value. The service is also excellent. These days, that is not taken for granted. Looking forward to returning.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    I went to the Sweet July Tea at the Garden Court restaurant at the Palace Hotel. Ayesha Curry’s tea sandwiches and desserts were delicious, and in generous portions. The hotel and staff really let her down as a place to showcase her creations however. They admitted they overbooked the event, so we waited at least 15 minutes past our reservation time to be seated despite there being numerous open tables. We asked for water three separate times (twice to what appeared to be the floor manager) before getting any. There were no table cloths used (not a proper tea) for the event and the table felt sticky. The wait staff was a bit abrupt in their lack of skill and frumpily dresses, just as they have been the last two times I’ve dined there (2012& 2015)). I had just had afternoon tea at The Plaza, NYC in May. The Garden Court SF was nowhere close in service and overall experience, being saved only by Ayesha’s food and the opulence of the building.
  11. CO

    CathyO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We did not receive service unt we chased down a waitress. They didn’t acknowledge my mothers birthday even though I noted it. Was not worth the money and I will not be back.
  12. SR

    SRim

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    We made reservations for the Garden Court special for $90 but was given champagne when we sat down and charged $110 per person on our bill. We did not ask for the champagne or told that it was extra by staff. We asked the staff how we order or what each special entailed and they didn’t explain it very well besides taking our order for the tea. I told her we made reservations online for the Sweet July Signature Tea for $90 but we’re ignored. We were not the only ones who were also confused at the bill when seeing the additional charge for champagne. The only response staff gave was “you were charged for the champagne because you drank it.” The garden court is beautiful and the experience would have been perfect had we not had this unexpected charge.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came to partake In Ayesha Curry’s Sweet July at The SF Palace Hotel. We had so much fun! The food was amazing, the Teas were spot on and the atmosphere was awesome!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    Beautiful place, I loved the vibe! Our server was not very friendly. We asked her about the Sweet July menu and she didn’t know much about it. My best friend is pregnant and so she could not eat certain items, so we asked for the menu again to look at the ingredients, but our server never brought it. We would ask her questions and she would seem annoyed. Overall, I was not very pleased with our experience.. but the food was decent. I probably would not go back.
  15. FB

    FrankB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend the Sweet July Tea. Incredible food and service in a magnificent hotel.
  16. JK

    JohnK

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting with wonderful service and high quality food.
  17. P

    Patrick

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Open Table is such a MASSIVE disappointment as an app. For what I have now had 3rd mess-up when using the app for reservations. Drove an hour to SF for Ayesha Curry’s Sweet July Garden Court Tea Time event. When booking this on Open Table for AC Sweet July I was directed to the Breakfast times. Upon arrival and trying to change to the Sweet July, they are totally booked for the day. Disappointed, we left with only having to show for it a $30 parking cost. So all dressed up, we drove an hour each way, crossed 2 bridges paid tolls all for nothing. This 3rd Open Table mess, will be the last time I use this app only to be disappointed (the other 2 instances the restaurants were actually closed). For all the planning and people coordinated for these outings of as much as parties of as much as 4, words just can’t describe HOW BAD YOUR PRODUCT ACTUALLY DOES NOT WORK.
  18. d

    dinnerphorus

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved the garden court! Such a beautiful room to have a friendly lunch in. And my burger was perfect.
  19. M

    Mocha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ambience and service! The food was good too.
  20. FL

    FoodLover

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    The breakfast was ok. They had very few options. Also, made to order eggs was not advertised or marketed. Its not worth 38$ per person. It would be worth it if they had more options like - Egg Burritos, Bagels, Grilled cheese, Burgers, hash-browns, milk shakes etc. Improve and enhance the breakfast menu and break the status quo. I am sure more people would come and enjoy the breakfast !! Thank you !!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great way to spend an afternoon! The service was great, but they weren’t on top of you. Lovely, live music in the background. And they even gave us goodies to take home with us - definitely worth treating yourself!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Menu not clear. Picking the wrong item and the lady didn’t explain well the menu. We end up order two same salads and thinking there is main dishes coming after.. and it was dessert ..
  23. AN

    AbsornN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Sad looking receptionist , dirty cutleries , scones were too soft( no texture ).
  24. BN

    BruceN

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Ambience is very special, awesome and beautiful room. Service was very good and food was about one would expect. Thanks for the lovely breakfast.
  25. N

    Nila

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    Not a friendly staff at all. The girl who checked us in did not even acknowledge the notes I had in the booking. That was our first stop for my husband's Birthday. Nobody wished him Happy Birthday even though I asked for it in the notes and called also. Then I had to call our hostess towards the end of our lunch and was talking to her quietly that its his birthday if you guys do anything special while my husband was on call. I wanted it to be a surprise but she said it so loud and infront of him that "oh we don't do anything special, we just bring out dessert, would you like that?" That was so awkward and not ok. My husband felt embarrassed and was telling me to not make them do anything special. It just felt like we were asking too much for it. Again I don't understand why they did not pay attention to the notes and requests. The hostess walked from our table to another waitress talking and laughing about us because they kept looking at our table since I asked for the special request. It felt so weird to be there. I really did not want to leave a tip but I still did because I did not want them to talk more about us. The only thing that kept out mood a bit good was the beautiful place and the sitting experience there. Also when I booked the pre-fix and called they told me we only go by bookings. When we got there, the front check in girl who did not once had smile on her face, told us oh table for two? I told her no we have booking they hold my card for it too can you read the notes please. She looked at me and was like oh ok its same thing. I was so confused if they taking walk-ins then why on the phone they mentioned its only by booking a table online. I wish I had a better experience as I loved the interior and inside of the building.
  26. CC

    nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnCC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Everything so cool , we were early but they accommodated us right away :) I hope they will adding more selection for breakfast buffet :) Will come back soon :)
  27. AJ

    AJay

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful setting and delicious brunch -- just a bit pricey
  28. MB

    ManuelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time. We enjoyed ourselves very much. Thank you for the memories.
  29. SC

    StanleyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The ambiance is fantastic, the food is just ok. Still a great value in SF high-end hotel breakfast buffet.
  30. RJ

    RobJ

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    We ate here twice (signature tea for lunch and breakfast the next day) and had the same inattentive and forgetful waiter both times. Service is hit or miss (we witnessed others getting good service); food is just OK. Would not recommend unless you are staying overnight and want an easy breakfast.
  31. DH

    DoyleH

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Tea was everything we expected and more. Service staff was very warm and friendly. The beautiful Garden Court gave it a special setting.
  32. PL

    PeterL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent ambiance in a historic setting. Food was fair, limited menu and somewhat expensive, but the unique setting made up for it. Quiet space despite the time on a weekday. Enjoyed it, family friendly too.
  33. GP

    GopherPress

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Simple breakfast and beautiful location. Really enjoyed the natural light and ability to communicate with business guests was nice. Servers were helpful, and in the background.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    It was fine… but with a $100 bill for buffet breakfast for 2, the pastries were lacking and the options were slim. I would have liked to see something more than a fancy continental breakfast
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    French toast lacked flavor, the batter needs some sugar, spice, vanilla etc. it was just bread with fruit on top to try and mask the unflavored French toast. Potatoes for the Benedict too dry, Hollandaise said is amazing
  36. JM

    JeffM

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    It was clearly a busy Sunday, but the service was generally uneven and disappointing. One server was exceptionally friendly; however, she wasn’t responsible for our table. The food was adequate for a Sunday brunch although there were no standout dishes. This was a special occasion and the restaurant provided a beautiful birthday dessert with a lit candle as a complimentary treat. I honestly wish the overall experience was better because the setting is magnificent and it feels like there is so much potential. I hope we just were there on an off day.
  37. FM

    FromMililani12

    Hawaii

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The Garden Court in The Palace San Francisco is beautiful and very well known. We enjoyed being there for afternoon tea. Our friends who live near the City were invited to join us. It was their first time having tea in The Garden Court and they loved everything The Garden Court offered. When we return to The Palace San Francisco, we will enjoy tea and a meal at The Garden Court.
  38. AF

    AmyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great afternoon tea experience. The room where it is held is beautiful and the food is filling.
  39. LH

    LorettaH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was a guest at the Palace Hotel for five days. I am glad that I made the reservation beforehand because when we arrived Friday morning the restaurant was full and there were a number of people waiting to get in. We were taken immediately to our table.
  40. K

    Kristie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    2 course Fixed price only menu for lunch. Rather than soup/salad + main, they offer a main and dessert which seems strange for lunch. I asked about the salad, which the server could not describe. Instead went with Petrale sole that was bland. Chocolate cake for dessert was also flavorless. I have had business breakfasts and lunches at the Garden court for over 15 years and this is the first time I was disappointed.

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Garden Court - Luxury Collection is rated 4.4 stars by 1991 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 30 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Garden Court - Luxury Collection

2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94105

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Market St.

  • Neighborhood

    SOMA

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 6:30 am–10:30 am Sun 7:00 am–11:30 am Afternoon Tea Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    BART stop New MontgomeryF-Line Market, New Montgomery

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Hart

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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