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About Laurel

An intimate French/American restaurant by Chef/Owner Nicholas Elmi.

Laurel only offers a 7 course tasting menu for $96/guest. An optional wine pairing is available at $65/guest. Please note any allergies or dietary restrictions in your reservation allowing us to accommodate.

*Sample Tasting Menu can be viewed on our website
*Menu is subject to change

1617 E Passyunk
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30PM-10:00PM
Friday-Saturday: 5:30PM-11:00PM

Cross Street:
E. Passyunk & Tasker

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 271-8299

Website:
http://www.restaurantlaurel.com/

Parking Details:
Valet is available Tuesday-Sunday on East Passyunk Square where the Singing Fountain is located (Passyunk Avenue & Tasker Street).

$12 with validation.

Executive Chef:
Nicholas Elmi

Additional:
BYO Liquor

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Laurel Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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Quiet

77% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
Tasting Menu (21)
Fit for Foodies (18)
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Good for Anniversaries (15)
Romantic (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Notable Wine List (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Authentic (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Seasonal (6)
Cozy (4)
Fun (4)
Business Meals (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Service was excellent and the ambiance was perfect for a date night or special occasion(we were celebrating an anniversary).

Unfortunately, the meal itself was disappointing. We had high hopes after hearing wonderful things, but most courses ranged from underwhelming in flavor to off-putting.

My partner and I are both very adventurous eaters and not put off by ingredients like sea urchin, salmon roe or fermented asparagus, but in four out of the six savory courses we tasted, we came to the same conclusions- that the combinations of the ingredients were creative but the flavors didn't complement one another. We did enjoy two of the savory courses and most of the small dessert bites, but overall we were disappointed with the meal.

I would have been willing to chalk it up to our pallets - you can't please everyone - but my friend and her boyfriend went the night before we did and said the exact same thing about their experience. For the price point and the reputation, I expected to be wow'd.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

best food i've ever eaten, hands down! definitely not cheap but well worth it for our anniversary

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We wanted to try Laurel for a long time and finally we were able to book a Friday evening reservation. Laurel was FANTASTIC and Nicholas Elmi (who visited our table) and his team at Laurel exceeded our expectations. The 7 course tasting menu was an absolute treat. The presentation of the tastings was unique and defintely a work of art, pleasant to look at and then eye popping delight on the tongue. We chose the gnocchi option to share among the 4 of us and we would have loved to have had a second one. It was absolutely the best gnocchi we had ever tasted. We also did the wine pairings which were very good and complemented the individual tastings. It would be hard to pick a favorite of the evening, beside the gnocchi of course, but the Lobster Crusted New Jersey Scallop, Chanterelle and Spring Onion Loster Butter seemed to get the continued 'eye popping OMG' at the table. Portions are small but that's what a tasting menu provides. We were satisfied with the whole experience and will return. In fact, we made our next reservation as we ended the evening. One additional plus for the evening, with a 5:30 reservation, we scored a free parking spot directly across the street from the restaurant. Sweet!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2017

So I am sure someone cancelled for me to get a last minute reservation here but I was so happy to snap it up and go. My friend cancelled dinner plans with her husband to join me, with his blessing--that is how good the food is here. The food is so inventive and interesting, but most importantly it is delicious. Every mouthful of it. The gnocchi with fresh shaved truffles was available and I could have had a full serving of that for myself and nothing else and been very happy. The dessert was a combination of items--from homemade gummy bears, to homemade toaster marshmallows and some little pot of something that tasted like heaven. We brought our own wine, no corkage fee, even though they now share the bar with their place next door. It's still very expensive but in my opinion, worth every cent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Amazing food and service. Everything was superb, from the first course to the last. Wine pairings were perfect. Great job by all.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on July 15, 2017

Like some of the recent reviews, my party was underwhelmed at Laurel. We were expecting too much perhaps. Townsend and Bibou offer more for your money. While the food was good, not fabulous, the most noteworthy issue was the portions. Even by foodie standards, they were ridiculously small. I understand small portions, but geez.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Absolutely amazing. Best restaurant in philly, no question.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Still a difficult to get reservation after 2 years but worth the wait. The seven course tasting menu is unique and refined. Starting with the amuse bouche until the final dessert course, it did not disappoint. An especially personal & delicious touch was when chef Nicholas Elmi delivered an extra course of a frozen foie gras tarte with hibiscus and elderberry vinaigrette. My only complaint (and it's a small one) is the lack of central air conditioning. Two room air conditioners & a few fans just couldn't keep the room cool on a 95 degree day.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Best culinary experience I've ever had. Amazing meal!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Excellent. A culinary adventure. The AC couldn't keep the dining room cold enough.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Absolutely spectacular!! Inventive food, expertly crafted and presented. Service was impeccable. Particularly enjoyed discussing the nuances of the wine pairings with the sommelier. Sea urchin with PA bamboo was a first for my taste buds!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Wife and I try to make 1-2 trips to Philly "prestige" restaurants each year and Laurel lived up to the hype. Outstanding food and quality service. Interesting, diverese ingredients. Expensive, but utilize the BYOB option to keep your bill more manageable. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Best dining experience in Philadelphia. Trust me: trust your chef.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The food and service were absolutely fantastic. The drinks were wonderful and the gnocchi addition is absolutely worth it! The front of house staff was absolutely top notch and they really made the dinner special.

The only complaint I could possibly have was that the two tables next to us were constantly on their phones and were being quite loud, but this is obviously not the fault of the staff or the restaurant in any way.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Every detail of our meal at Laurel was perfect. Fantastic food and service. I would highly recommend for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on June 29, 2017

An incredibly inspired menu executed perfectly! Would return in a heartbeat!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Always a great experience at Laurel. Nick Elmi does an awesome job. The tasting menu and style is rather interesting but the portions are quite small. I feel there should be a larger portion of the main course(s). I would go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 27, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious; I surprised myself by eating dishes I never thought I would. The ambience is wonderful - not loud so you can talk with the others at the table. I recommend this restaurant highly

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on June 23, 2017

This truly was one of the most exciting dining experiences ever. The different techniques used to compliment the flavors of the food were all selected perfectly. You can tell that each ingredient is carefully chosen. Very beautiful food and wonderful flavors. I will definitely go back next time I'm in Philly.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Waited for a long time to get in and very disappointed. We will not be back. No value for money. Very underwhelming.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 22, 2017

The waitstaff calls dining at Laurel an experience, and so it is--an excellent experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 21, 2017

A truly fabulous meal. Everything was excellent, tasty and the cuisine is truly imaginative.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Wonderful night!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

It was a perfect evening. We had tried to get a reservation for months and finally succeeded. The meal actually exceeded my expectations. Every course was unique and delicious. The portions are small but surprisingly, you leave full. We ordered an extra entree, the gnocchi with truffles. Expensive but so worth it. Our server was friendly, warm and helpful. The drinks and wine selection are impressive. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

One of the best meals ever and I have eaten at some of the top 10. Ranks right up there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 16, 2017

It was our 2nd visit & it is still excellent food but it's gotten more expensive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Amazing food and service! Every course was unique and exquisitely prepared and presented.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

This is by all means excellent and extremely creative food. At $96 the 7 course tasting menu is a very fair deal. The restaurant is most accommodating of allergies and other preferences, and service is swift and professional. Gourmants can order an additional pasta dish to fill their tummies. To be totally honest, though, there were just 2-3 dishes where I would have loved to get a second helping - the fennel foam in particular was a stand - out. The remaining dishes were like a piece of art in the museum: you admire it but then move on to the next one without wanting to camp out for the rest of the day in front of it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 13, 2017

No comparison to any other restaurant. Pricey as all get out, but of you want to experience true food genius you need to try it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Disappointing
Food was not nearly as good as our visit a year ago

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Second visit and even better than the first (which was amazing.) Everything about this restaurant just shines. Keep up the amazing work, Nick!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

amazing food, very creative and well executed Presentation and plating were exceptional Each course was delicious and the serving staff went out of their way to satisfy our 1 very picky eater. I will leave her home next time. I was glad to meet Chef Nick and hope he continues to make such wonderful food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Phenomenal food and impeccable service

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Inventive, exciting compositions that do not veer into the precious. The amuse bouche was superb and really set the stage. Really delicious food that would stand out in any city! Attentive but not intrusive service. Finally, I dined alone, and the staff took great care of me.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Great food. Amazing service. Small portions but you get many courses.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 31, 2017

The experience at Laurel was delightful from beginning to end. The environment is lovely, the staff especially Scott, are articulate, knowledgeable, and considerate. The tasting menu was incredible and there was flexibility for special diets. A perfect place for our 25th anniversary.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 30, 2017

For our 35th wedding anniversary, we were able to experience the culinary wizardry of Chef Elmi on a sublime Tuesday night last week. My wife is now hooked on tasting menu concept, and the food, elegant, yet simply presented, to the combination of flavors in each dish, made the evening all that more memorable. Chef Elmi was an absolute delight to chat with, and all of his staff was top notch in every way. Reservations already made for a return appearance in November, another special occasion (birthday). Bravo Laurel!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Simply amazing! Best restaurant experience ever! Laurel is a gem.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 26, 2017

wonderful place for our 5th anniversary. my wife loved hearing the descriptions of the wines and courses!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Great restaurant and excellent service. Food was spectacular, every bite interesting. I enjoyed the high level food combined with a more relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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