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Hudson Valley Duck with foraged greens. - Laurel, Philadelphia, PA

Laurel

4.8
4.8
1160 Reviews
$50 and over
French
Chef Nicholas Elmi's flagship restaurant offers an innovative tasting menu in an intimate South Philly space. Inspired by French techniques, our 6-course tasting menu is offered for $142 per person. Luxury menu supplements, curated beverage pairings, a comprehensive wine list, and signature cocktails and mocktails encourage diners to customize and enhance their experience.

The tasting menu is the sole dining option whether you choose to dine indoors, outdoors (semi-enclosed and heated) or in our intimate bar/lounge, formerly In the Valley. Inquiries regarding the chef’s garden table, parties of 5 or more, or private events must be made via phone message. We kindly ask that you keep in mind our still limited seating capacity. With this in mind, we extend a 15 minute grace period from the time of reservation. We make every effort to accommodate, but cannot guarantee choice of dining space.

Whichever setting you choose, we look forward to seeing you soon!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 271-8299

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nicholas Elmi

  • Private party facilities

    Laurel is excited to offer our 22-seat dining room for private events. Enjoy a 6 course menu and beverage pairing as a base option with ability to customize your experience. We recommend inquiring 2 months in advance to ensure reservations are not already booked for your desired date. Email info@restaurantlaurel.com for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    East Passyunk Avenue

  • Cross street

    E. Passyunk & Tasker

  • Parking details

    Street and metered parking are available.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Experiences

  • July 4th Weekend Kickoff: Sweet Amalia X Ploughman

    $142.00 per person

    Jun 30, 2022 only
    Join us in welcoming Sweet Amalia and Ploughman Farm Cidery to kick off the Fourth of July weekend! Let us bring the shore to you, served on the half shell. We’re thrilled to have the team at Sweet Amalia (yeah, you’ve DEFINITELY heard about them) joining us with oysters aplenty, and Ploughman Farm Cidery will be pouring large format bottles and limited-release cans to compliment all that sweet and salty goodness. Tasting menu reservations will have the option of an additional oyster course and special pairings from the hottest local Cidery we know. The ITV bar is available for à la carte oyster and beverage service on a first-come-first-served basis!

What 1,160 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Fit for Foodies

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Notable Wine List

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    French

  • Philadelphia

    Best Service

  • Philadelphia

    Fit for Foodies

  • Philadelphia

    Healthy

  • Philadelphia

    Notable Wine List

  • Philadelphia

    Special Occasion

  • Philadelphia

    French

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  1. m

    michelle

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved every minute and mouthful. Staff and chef are all on pointe. Perfect time
  2. p

    phillydoc

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food with impeccable service.
  3. BL

    BillL

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    Delicious but too expensive for the setting and ambiance.
  4. DH

    DanielH

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine dining experience with a more friendly touch. Everyone was very willing to chat with us about food, experiences and anything we were talking about.
  5. TP

    TaraP

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and wine pairing was absolutely phenomenal! Laurel is an amazing experience for a special occasion. It is a beautiful atmosphere, with exquisite food that opens up layer by layer to your mouth's delight!
  6. OO

    OtherOut55

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great dinner and a super unique experience. The service was exceptional and the service team took time to explain each dish. Great experience.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Tasting menu with the wine pairings was amazing! 6 very entertaining courses with excellent pairings. They have the standard wine pairing and a more expensive one. We got one of each. Overall I think the pairings were better with the standard pairing. That said, after a $600 tab for 2 people I came home and went straight to the fridge to find something to eat. I'm 5'9" 155 pounds and I left hungry. It is a tasting menu with small portions but small enough that you should not plan on just being your full dinner.
  8. R

    Ruthie

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Experience was amazing. Service was great, food was so good. Unexpected combinations of flavors that worked well. Highly recommend the drink pairings
  9. S

    Southforkender

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was beyond wonderful! We enjoyed the warm welcome as we arrived and immediate seating at our reserved table, the close attention of the waiters, and the joy expressed by those who created the foods as they were brought to the table and described. The premium flight of wine matched to the meal is excellently paired and each half glass for each serving brought delight as enjoyed and as the marvel of different tastes all blending together were explored. The surprise anniversary dessert brought back memories of Le Bec Fin. We will anticipate and look forward to our next visit!
  10. e

    eatalot

    Los Angeles

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    They do a tasting menu the bass and skate were superb and the duck was perfect in every way son interesting and refreshing starters , we did the pairing and got lit so maybe a little tilted but was an excellent experience
  11. K

    Kris

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food is creative and delicious. Very small portions and very expensive. The courses were served a bit too fast, more time in between would've better allowed us to savor what we were eating. Have aways loved this place but this time I was somewhat disappointed.
  12. BP

    BillP

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow!!! Amazing ( if using one word ). Many restaurants try to present themselves to be at this level and some are very good. BUT. Laurel is the real deal. Every aspect. The food is a creation of art snd I guess science. The service ( Kate / Joey ) incredible. Don’t take it from me 😆 my wife and I took a former executive chef from le Bec Fin ( years before Nick) and he was very very impressed ( pointed out many things that my wife and I would not even noticed ). Thank you very much for a most memorable evening. We will be back. Soon. Steve
  14. LD

    LDR22

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal and inventive. Lovely meal with memorable bites.
  15. ME

    MEphilly

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want to treat yourself to a truly exceptional meal, then enjoy lovely Laurel. It's such fun to experience such creativity and talent. And the service is lovely and low-key while being quite professional.
  16. A

    Aimee

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely top notch. Everything was excellent. Very expensive
  17. JB

    JohnB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thoroughly enjoyed. We ate outside, and it was a pleasant evening. I can’t comment on inside. There is a cool record store next door that was playing 80’s hair band for our ambiance — which was actually awesome. Food was excellently thought out and perfectly prepared and seasoned. The service was friendly and appropriately attentive. The cocktails were interesting and tasty. Solid A I would definitely recommend and would return again.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best food experience in Philadelphia from Chef Elmi!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Staff was wonderful but menu was confusing. Food was okay but not really cohesive. Paid a similar price at a two Michelin star restaurant the night prior and while the experience was similar the food was not.
  20. MB

    MichaelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience overall. Food extremely innovative and perfectly prepared. Service outstanding .
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was so accommodating, personable and knowledgeable of the venue and items on the menu. Staff was great!
  22. KG

    KarenG

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food in Philly. Super amazing flavors. Fabulous job to the kitchen and wait staff
  23. M

    Melvin

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an incredible menu. We came for our 21st wedding anniversary and Laurel did not disappoint. We got the 6-course tasting menu with the premium wine pairings and Kate, the Beverage Director took us on an incredible journey that I’m still thinking about the morning after. Her pairings and recommendations were so creative, yet spot on. We will be back!
  24. TD

    TravelerD

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was ok the best thing was the duck and sea bass … was hoping for a better experience based on reviews
  25. GM

    GiovanieMatos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the service was polite and nice.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each course was amazing. My partner and I have been raving about it since.
  27. DE

    DebraE

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Innovative and unique! Always a delicious meal. Supplement dish not as flavorful as I would have hoped though for price.
  28. BJ

    BensalemJoe

    Philadelphia

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We returned to Laurel this past Friday after having to cancel in January due to snow. That was disappointing as we always look forward to dining here. Again, we were not disappointed on Friday. Each course was excellent and set the stage for the next. I decided to splurge on the Premium Wine Flight to accompany my meal and it could not have been better. Outstanding selections from the US, Italy, and France, made the food jump. Just outanding. Kudos to the wait staff and the kitchen. The evening could not have been better.
  29. CS

    ClaudiaS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was good. Some interesting dishes. Negatives were waiting rather long for first dish. Should be an immediate amuse bouche as French and fine restaurants do. Also tablecloth’s would be a welcome addition. As an elegant and hip place needs the elegance. Music too inconsistent. Should pick a theme and stick with it. Love funk. But not while dining.
  30. n

    nikkij

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a wonderful time with my husband. The food and service was outstanding.
  31. AG

    AubreeG

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place! Can’t wait for next season’s menu.
  32. P

    dPa2468

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed everything they offered. We can’t wait to go back
  33. MK

    MarkK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I had watched Top Chef and had placed Laurel on my bucket list. The only course that came close was the duck with th truffle based sauce, but the duck texture we found disappointing, and even a bit chewy. There wasn't much difference between the two fish courses. Everything seemed too subtle, and nothing really had succing flavor. The dessert was refreshing and ok. The white wines were also ok, but the red was very acidic, and had a slightly bitter taste. The best was the dessert wine. The service was very good, but after we responded "OK" to the first course when asked, we were not asked again. And the outside lean-to, was a bit cramped with a very small table and seat. Expectations were defeated, but we understood we took a chance, and, at least don't regret going. Wouldn't recommend at this point. Regretfully, Mark Kleinwichs and guest.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience. Every course was thoughtful and exceptional. The beverage pairing was a great addition.
  35. L

    Linda

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Memorable dining experience. The service, presentation and attention to detail is excellent.
  36. F

    Finewine3

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For a special occasion this quaint spot is a must. Service and each bite were impeccable!
  37. D

    Debraandrea

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at the bar. Great experience
  38. B

    Billupbinbin

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Laurel's city-wide adulation and national reputation are well-deserved. An intimate, quiet atmosphere allows for quiet conversation, and the attentive and excellently-trained service guides you through a "mystery" tasting menu that is exquisite, leisurely, and inventive in the extreme. You never know what you are going to get (aside from the signature "egg l'Arpege"), but our meal consisted of a silky-smooth salmon with fingernail-thin sunchokes and apples, a rich and satisfying house-made pheasant sausage with winter squash custard, cherries and rye berries, and a succulent lamb two ways. As an add-on we had the wagu beef, which, if you have never tried it, is worth every penny. At every turn, you will marvel at the flavors and, if you cook, at the techniques that go into the blending of flavors and textures that this wonderful restaurant brings to your table.
  39. GF

    GloriaF

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect meal
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent date with my wife!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine outdoors

FAQs

Laurel is rated 4.8 stars by 1160 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 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Laurel

1617 E Passyunk Philadelphia, PA 19148

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E. Passyunk & Tasker

  • Neighborhood

    East Passyunk Avenue

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street and metered parking are available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nicholas Elmi

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 271-8299

  • Private party facilities

    Laurel is excited to offer our 22-seat dining room for private events. Enjoy a 6 course menu and beverage pairing as a base option with ability to customize your experience. We recommend inquiring 2 months in advance to ensure reservations are not already booked for your desired date. Email info@restaurantlaurel.com for more information.

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