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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
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Hours of Operation:
E. Passyunk & Tasker
$50 and over
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Valet is available Tuesday-Sunday on East Passyunk Square where the Singing Fountain is located (Passyunk Avenue & Tasker Street).
$12 with validation.
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Laurel Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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