Superb! From start to finish, every dish was heavenly. The wine pairing is a must 🍷
Truly, one of the best, if not THE best dining experiences of my life. Every dish was absolutely sublime, service was knowledgeable and attentive, and the ambiance understated elegance
One of the best meals I've ever had and I literally ate 3 and 1 Michelin Star Restaurants in San Sebastian, not 6 mos ago. I had eaten here (albeit on Valentine's Day) ~ 2 years prior and didn't find it as memorable. I received a gift card so we decided to come back just spur of the moment and my wife hasn't stopped talking about it for 2 days.
We had a lovely dinner Saturday night. It was worth the wait for the reservation. Tasting prix fixe menu. We were full after the 7 courses!
We were late and staff were very accommodating
Food was great
Wines paired well
The food started off delicious and innovative. Then halfway through the chef paired fish with chicken stock (!) which completely over powered the entire experience. Then came the gnocchi, as an add on. That was over cooked, as any Italian would know. The lamb was delicious. I was quite excited to dine here because of the hype but definitely not worth the price.
We had a nice meal, but unfortunately came down ill shortly after leaving. We aren't sure which course, but both my wife and I were violently ill. After calling to mention the experience and suggesting they check the food, the person I spoke said "thanks" and just hung up. Frankly, very disappointed in that response, it is unacceptable for an establishment that holds themselves in such high regard.
We have been wanting to dine at Laurel for a few years. We know of Nicholas Elmi from Top Chef and a food festival we attended a few years ago. I must say the meal was definitely worth the wait. We took my in laws from Colorado to Laurel as a belated Christmas present. We all had an amazing experience. The sophisticated flavors and nuances to each tasting course impressed all of us. The small and simple ambiance was very comfortable and the service was impeccable. Laurel certainly is at a fairly high price point but it is well worth the indulgence.
Hands down the best meal I’ve eaten in Philly, probably better than any meal I’ve had in New York. It rates up there with a dinner I ate in Paris when I went there. Absolutely divine.
Laurel provides a 7 course tasting menu that is delicious and inventive, however if one is anticipating having a satisfying meal, Laurel is not the place to go. The tasting menu is just that--it provides a taste of the various offerings and nothing more. Afterwards we had to stop elsewhere to feel like we'd had enough to eat. With so many wonderful and affordable restaurants in Philly it makes sense to skip this one. Not much for the money!
The best as usual
We went for a belated birthday. We have done numerous tasting menus in the last several years and this one ranks in the top 3, possibly ranks as the best. Not just one dessert but 4, diverse and tasty dishes, excellent staff, worth the $
Each course was delicious and unusual. So fabulous every time!
We celebrated our 1 year anniversary. I wanted to take him someplace he’s never been. Laurel always exceeds my expectations. Can’t wait to go back again.
Great fine dining experience in Philly; refined but not pretentious.
The is a finely prepared, elegant meal. The courses are well-presented, made from first rate ingredients, and creatively assembled. It was a memorable dining experience.
My husband and I were visiting Philly to celebrate our wedding anniversary and reserved a table at Laurel for the occasion. We'd dined there on a previous visit so we knew we'd have a special meal, and we were right. The tasting menu comes with some optional add-ons, and being that it was a special occasion, we ordered both of them, gnocchi and wagyu beef. It was a lot of food, however, we're still glad that we went for both since they were fabulous! The beef was expertly seared, rich, flavorful and melt-in-your-mouth tender, and the gnocchi were light and savory. Everything else was also delicious with some surprising touches. The wine pairing was very good as well. The atmosphere is casual for such a fine dining destination and service was attentive and personable. If we lived in town we wouldn't wait for a special occasion to return. While not inexpensive it's a great value for the quality and well worth the cost.
Just a fantastic dining experience. I like the BYOB option, but don't forget the cocktails either--try the Dark Star--wow! Each course was a delight. Beautifully presented with unique flavors. The Marlin, sea urchin, duck and lamb were highlights but I have to say every dish was special. Desserts were really creative and tasty. Great service--very knowledgeble and approachable servers. A bit of a tight space but well worth the visit.
This is a venue every foodie needs to experience. The seven courses and wine pairings were nothing short of amazing.
Beautifully prepared delicious dishes paced perfectly! This is a must try when in Philadelphia.
Dinner was incredible, as it always is. We had fabulous service. Get the wine pairing, you will not regret it!
Our second time at Laurel and, overall, we preferred the earlier option of a carte dining. The duck and the lamb courses seemed out of balance - it may be because of the surfeit of flavors in an 8 course meal since we opted for the additional gnocchi with black truffles.
We may have been better off with a 5 course meal and no additional charge for the gnocchi with truffles! The dessert offerings with marshmallows, candy, despite a tasty small portion of chocolate mouse, were a definite low point.
Laurel was one of the best restaurants I’ve been to. Each of the seven courses was artistically presented and delicious! Amazingly creative combinations of ingredients! The staff was also excellent!
The meal was very nicely paced. When we left, we were surprised to realize we were there for 3hrs. They catered well to my husband who is a bit picky, substituting seafood for vegetarian options. It was fun getting to eat both mine and his versions. Professional staff. Very creative menu. Few ingredients in couple dishes, didn’t go well together for my taste, but overall a very enjoyable meal.
Visited Laurel for the second time- first time was 3.5 years ago and we weren't overly thrilled with the meal. This time however, I can say it's been my favorite meal I have had in Philly in years! Everything was absolutely delicious and presented in a fun/creative way. HIGHLY recommend for foodies!
Laurel is a special restaurant that deserves the acclaim it receives for its food, service and ambiance. My girlfriend and I enjoyed a tremendous dining experience to celebrate her birthday on Saturday night. Laurel features a 7-course tasting menu with some optional add-ons. We opted to add the handmade gnocchi as well as the optional wine pairing. It is not inexpensive - but is worth a splurge for a special occasion.
Food was good. Vibe was cold and sleepy. Service was solid.
Everything but dessert was perfect and amazing. Dessert was a little boring and disappointing.
Nothing memorable. Disappointed. Wonderful staff. Great service. Just nothing in the 8 courses that really stayed with me. I'd rate it as fair.
Overrated and underwhelmed. Chef is trying to do way too much with these dishes.
Very interesting meal. I enjoyed the experience. Felt a bit rushed by waitstaff.
Simply the best
This was our second visit. The excellence of first visit was not a fluke. The staff amazing, addressed our food issues and the kitchen made special adjustments we needed. The presentations, the aroma as each plate is set in front of you, the tastes, the gastro surprises. The multiple desserts are amazing, and so darn cute, upon arrival we clapped!! For a larger group, try the outdoor space. If you dine in Philly a lot or save your pennies for a special and delicious experience, Laurel is the place to go!
We went for a special occasion. It is a foodie event with new food experiences. Expect to be wowed by different food textures and experiences and tastes you won't forget. The price is not for the faint of heart-be prepared.
A pleasure to attend, but pricey for sure.
Laurel is such an amazing restaurant. The innovative food and atmosphere are a foodies dream❤️
Such an amazing experience. Polished service and well presented amazing dishes. Only negative was the wine pairings. Not well thought out nor a good value. Would BYO next time
Amazing experience, as always!
Flavors just didn’t work for us. Plus when we left something on our plates our server called attention to it, seeking an explanation.
This was one of a number of visits to Laurel and the place just gets better and better. The food is so amazingly creative that there are now very few restaurants in the area that even come close. Visually, each dish is a work of art, and taste-wise contains an incredibly imaginative and delicious combination of flavors and textures. The menu is a tasting experience, no a la carte, but the staff is very careful to inquire about food intolerances and accommodations are made. The pace of the dinner is perfect and the service was wonderfully attentive without being the slightest bit overbearing. It remains a BYO with no corkage even though there is a liquor license in the attached restaurant next door, owned by Nick Elmi also, so you can get very creative cocktails and delicious wines if you like. There is a wine pairing suggested for each course at an extra cost. Dinner at Laurel is a genuine full dining experience and highly recommended.
Massive disappointment. I feel like people are giving this place good reviews because it's ridulously expensive and has a really long wait list to get reservations. Don't waste your money!!! There are so many other amazing restaurants that serve creative food in a better environment that won't leave you broke and unsatisfied.
Here's the thing.. as a foodie, I can appreciate the work that went into the dishes.. tons of components and beautiful plating. But nothing tasted great! Half the courses were one or two bites that would leave you dumbfounded as to why anyone would want to eat that. And the service.. yes, it was professional. But that's it. The staff was not at all engaging, and came across as very cold. I've been in more expensive restaurants than this, and great service is not stuffy/cold.
The whole experience was incredibly pretentious, and I can't help but feel like people are being duped out of their money just because it appears 'fancy'. Seriously.. please save yourself the disappointment and book Abe Fisher, WM mulherins, Zahav, Vedge, Vetri, Heritage, Parc, Helm.. just anywhere but Laurel.