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The Garden Court - The Garden Court - Luxury Collection, San Francisco, CA

The Garden Court - Luxury Collection

4.2
4.2
2124 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 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–12:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Afternoon Tea Fri 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Sat 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

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    John Hart

  • Neighborhood

    SOMA

  • Cross street

    Market Street and New Montgomery

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    BART stop New MontgomeryF-Line Market, New Montgomery

  • Additional

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

Experiences

  • Signature Tea

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy naturally filtered sunlight under Austrian chandeliers and alongside boasting Italian marble pillars. A Palace tradition with a fresh, new attitude. The Palace Hotel beloved Signature Tea celebrates the exquisite ritual while showcasing an elegant menu that is perfectly paired with every pour. A classic Palace experience. The Garden Court Signature Tea starts at $90, Our Prince and Princess Tea available for children up to 12 years of age and under is priced at $55
  • Valentine Signature Tea

    $110.00 per person

    Feb 10 - Feb 11, 2023
    Be swept away by the magical setting, tempting treats and enchanting ambiance of filtered sunlight under Austrian chandeliers and alongside boasting Italian marble pillars. The Palace Hotel Valentine Signature Tea celebrates the exquisite ritual while showcasing an elegant menu that is perfectly paired with every pour. Toast with your Valentine or Galentine for an unforgettable memory. Our Prince and Princess Tea available for children up to 12 years of age and under is priced at $55
  • 2 or 3 Course Prix Fixe Lunch

    Multiple dates available
    Whether you are dining at leisure or having that executive meeting, join us for our $55 Prix Fixe 2 Course Lunch or $80 Prix Fixe 3 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 2,124 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 3.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    We made a 10:30 reservation through open table. When we arrived we noticed the last brunch seating was at 10:00 AM. Most of the buffet was picked over and they were not refreshing food offerings even though I paid the same amount of money as earlier customers had.
  2. j

    jinnyk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    5 star service, 5 star ambience, 3 star food: 4 star salad, 4 star desserts, 2 star short rib( way too salty, very tough, almost unbeatable, mushroom tasty, collar green good), sea bass very dry and tough to swallow.
  3. NS

    NicoleS

    Anchorage

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Dina, the hostess, really makes an effort to accommodate guests at the restaurant. She is amazing.
  4. c

    carolm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a delightful and special experience for our family. the feel was European and unique. We all loved it and had a great time.
  5. J

    Janesblonde

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The Garden Court is a very beautiful restaurant. It's quiet and has excellent service. The pricing for a continental breakfast, however, is quite high and not necessarily worth the amount of money for the amount of food one can eat.
  6. DD

    DariaD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Oh wow. The tea is so overpriced. $90 per person so our bill for our family of 4 was over $400 when all was said and done. The food was good, but it wasn’t a lot. We weren’t full. Should have been about 1/2 the price.
  7. AG

    AndreG

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was very good. Beautiful surroundings & fixtures.
  8. R

    Rosedr

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We expected a bit more hospitality and smile from the waiter who took care of our table. We ordered pastry basket where the items (croissant, pan au chocolate, cake) were not fresh, it was very difficult to eat even with the spreads.
  9. JC

    JCAL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Poor service and sub-standard on signature tea service- dry bread for sandwiches, tea bags in pot instead of loose leaf tea, dense scones, gel-like fruit preserves. Definitely NOT worth $90pp Only positive - beautiful glass ceiling and architecture of room
  10. MF

    MichaelF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Then Garden Court is a spectacular space in an historic hotel. Enrico Caruso stayed there, Warren G Harding died there. Opened in 1874 it's been though fires and earthquakes. The venue is worthy of 5 stars but the food doesn't measure up to the room with the exception of the pastries. And it's very expensive. As for the rest, I make better at home. But to be fair, at home I have to wash the dishes.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great location and service. Was a little expensive for the food quality. Would recommend though for a fancy breakfast.
  12. J

    Jess

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Beautiful dining court and decorations. However, the service was seriously lacking for “luxury” hotel.
  13. JC

    JennyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience but a overpriced. You go for environment and pay for it despite other tea places being more reasonably priced.
  14. LE

    LETJULY

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The High Tea was wonderful and to have it in the Garden Court surrounded with beautiful holiday decorations, was even more special. I would highly recommend it!!
  15. e

    elizabethb

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My frieinds and I love to have high tea at the Palace Hotel Garden Court. It's a lovely, elegant location and the food and tea are excellent. We always have a good time.
  16. GG

    GraceG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I had a lovely time there. Our dining experience is superb from the friendly staff to the great food. We love the festive Christmas decor and the feeling of being in Europe. The noise level is muffled where one can have a good conversation without being irritated. I will definitely recommend this place to my family and friends. We will be back soon.
  17. G

    Grace

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    An absolutely gorgeous space to dine. Staff and service was amazing. Definitely pricey for what you get, but I think that's just to be expected from a hotel restaurant.
  18. R

    Rohlon

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Went for the holiday price-fixed menu. Beautiful setting and service was good. Food however was mediocre and felt overpriced.
  19. MY

    MelY

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The moment you step into the restaurant you're transported to another world, a world of opulence and grandeur. The room is soaked in natural light with an extremely high ceiling. It's definitely a sight to behold. My one advice is to set the right expectations before coming in terms of the dining experience itself. The food is good but not worth the prix fixe cost. The service was enough that I didn't feel neglected. Overall, I would still recommend to pay a visit at least once despite the points mentioned above.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Iconic and gorgeous and must go to place
  21. TO

    TonyO

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Holiday price fixe lunch at the stunningly beautiful, elegant Garden Court was truly a festive, classy experience! Only slight suggestion would be to improve the server’s response time. But, over all - WOW! 🎄
  22. RE

    RonnieE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Server forgot the bread/butter. Sea bass was dry, and needed seasoning for taste. Ordered cappuccino and all that I got was whipped cream. Only a small sip of coffee in it. Deserts were ok, but was expecting a little better. Overall, not worth $80.00 per person.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food so expensive, bland, salad drowning with dressing, fish and beef so dry, not worth the money will not go back anymore
  24. PS

    PattyS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    The food was terrible and very poor service
  25. CS

    CherylS

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food3service1ambience4
    This is a beautiful location but very overrated and overpriced. I don’t recommend coming here for lunch. Try the tea not the lunch. Service was awful. Took the servers over 25 min just to give us water. Some people left.
  26. TC

    TerriC

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very beautiful and delicious food.
  27. N

    Nori

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    While the room at the Palace is overwhelming beautiful, the food and service were at best like a coffee shop and not a good one.For a $90 charge per person it was institutional cooking at best and the server slammed down the 2nd course while we were still eating the 1st. The menu sounded wonderful but the fish was dry; no sauce on the fish of any kind; limp salad with almost zero dressing and we had to request rolls that we were not offered by the waitperson. We had hoped, since we live in the area, to return yearly and make this tradition. Next year will be elsewhere. So expensive for a very unsatisfactory meal.
  28. M

    Mayar

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Came here, it was extremely expensive with 80$/person for lunch. I’m happy to pay that much for a good meal and a good experience but after 20 minutes I could tell it wouldn’t be worth it so I left. When we arrived at our designated reservation time, they were still cleaning up after the previous buffet and so it smelled like chemicals that the servers were spraying everywhere. We were seated in lounge chairs which were comfy but not really meant for eating at a table. Nobody came to our table for 15 minutes so we decided to leave, never even tried the food and I’m so happy to have avoided overpaying. It’s a pretty building to take pictures in, but you can do that for free as they seat you in the lounge. Legitimately it felt like I was getting lunch at a cheap hotel but for premium prices. If you really want to enjoy the environment, I suggest dressing up, getting bagels and coffee at the cafe across the street, and then eating them in the lounge section which is open to the public. Saves a ton of money and you still get a nice picture.
  29. B

    Bake

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Way over priced for what was provided. The buffet was empty, no tomatoes for lox and bagels and when I returned to sit at my table, my chair & set up was gone to fulfill another larger party’s table. For a 35.00 breakfast very dissatisfied & disappointed. The hot chocolate was good!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an overnight getaway to enjoy the ambiance and comfort of the Palace. We love that the hotel has Toto bidets. We love the comfortable beds. We love the breakfast buffets, holiday brunches, atrium and 30 foot tree.
  31. CY

    CarolY

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    We came to SF for the hliday and visited the famous Palace hotel and its Garden court restaurant for lunch with my daughter on Dec 26th. The service was very slow I think it was probably under staffed and too busy during lunch hours. We ordered from the prefix lunch menu and the food was average in quality. The hotel has the most beautiful Christmas tree and holiday decorations which we enjoyed very much! In my opinion folks who dine at their restaurant mainly are to admire the atmosphere. The lounge was also a great area to relax.
  32. M

    Moofjo

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a lovely hall to celebrate Boxing Day, or the day after Christmas! The prix fixe was all wonderful and such an ample portion was a welcome surprise. I loved the fish entree and the sides. The butternut soup was outstanding. Our waiter was a bit distracted, but made up for it after the rush of all the timed entrees coming out at on e. It was a scene, but a delightful and happy one! I hope to do this again next year!
  33. KS

    KathyS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    We’ve been coming for brunch/breakfast for over 25 years at the Garden Court. We always reserve a table weeks ahead for a large family group. It’s been getting less grand each year. The food is ok, but nothing special like it used to be. And it’s sad that the gingerbread houses are no longer a thing. This year we discussed changing are long family tradition for somewhere more special…. like the Palace hotel & Garden Court used to be
  34. T

    Tomy

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After Christmas Day breakfast. We had a wonderful time. Great and reasonable about quality.
  35. D

    Diggy

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We went here for the Sunday Brunch and it was just so delightful! The variety of food was good and each thing was delightful! The staff were outstanding and attentive. We couldn't have had a better time. It's always a delight to dine here!
  36. MF

    MichaelF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, and ambiance . Expensive but worth every penny
  37. BB

    BambooBrodie

    Austin

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a great Christmas Buffett. Santa was great and the service was on point.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Service was excellent but I was not impressed with the food. Not a great value for the expensive “Santa Tea.” $130 price tag for one pot of tea, a few sandwiches and some mini pastries. When we got to our table there were crumbs on our seats. There was some very nice live music and the Santa was charming and friendly. The decorations, glass dome and chandeliers are gorgeous but I wouldn’t go again, just not great value for the money.
  39. J

    Jhersky221

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Holiday brunch
  40. R

    Reac

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Ambiance is great. Food and service is nothing ordinary. Price is high because it’s “ Palace Hotel” but overall… it’s ok. Nothing to be too excited about.

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  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Garden Court - Luxury Collection is rated 4.2 stars by 2124 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 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 Street and New Montgomery

  • Neighborhood

    SOMA

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 6:30 am–10:30 am Sun 7:00 am–12:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Afternoon Tea Fri 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Sat 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

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    John Hart

  • Additional

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

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