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.
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.