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

Laurel

4.8
4.8
1230 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.

Arrive early or stay late and enjoy a cocktail at In The Valley, our sister restaurant just next door.

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

9:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

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

What 1,230 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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Innovative

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    French

  • Philadelphia

    Best Service

  • Philadelphia

    Innovative

  • Philadelphia

    Great for fine wines

  • Philadelphia

    Good for special occasions

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was outstanding and presentation was beautiful! Loved the wine and drinks too. This may be odd to say but tables are uncomfortable bc the height of the chairs is too short.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite menu, service, overall experience. Excellent choice for a special evening.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! The chefs tasting menu was kept a surprise until each dish was served which kept us pleasantly surprised with every bite. The staff was very engaging and knowledgeable about the food and wine. Definitely suggest wine pair. They did a great job. A definite must try.
  4. JW

    JWSeo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect spot for special occasions. Great food, staff, and atmosphere. Loved their cocktails.
  5. VI

    VINCENT

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Laurel was absolutely outstanding! Everything about our experience exceeded our expectations! Joey was beyond accommodating, informative, inviting, friendly and a true professional in his industry. We will be coming back often, thank you everyone for making this meal special beyond just taste!
  6. MP

    MelissaP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is incredible!! Amazing inventive food and friendly staff! Highly recommend!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was imaginative, beautifully presented, a lesson in textural complexity, and very very tasty. The wine pairings were spot-on for the food and drawn from outside of the usual-suspects pairing options. Every person we interacted with was as approachable and friendly as they were knowledgeable about the food and drink. Will definitely come here again next time I’m in town.
  8. MN

    MarkN

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    $600 dinner for two and hustled out of the restaurant because they wanted to close before 10? Additionally the tables were too close together for the image they are trying to create.
  9. CA

    CarlA

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in the U.S. The service, the knowledgeable staff and the just, "wow", kitchen. Truly outstanding. The flavor of each ingredient, in each dish shines through beautifully.
  10. CA

    CharlieA

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Laurel was easily one of the better meals we have ever had. My wife and I eat at quite a few Michelin restaurants and the like, and Laurel was right up there with the he
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful birthday celebration. What a treat. Would highly recommend to anyone that appreciates an elevated dining experience
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent presents and extremely friendly!
  13. MB

    MB80

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joey was fantastic and the service was impeccable. My wife and I opted in to the wine pairing which really elevated the experience. The staff was also exceptionally accommodating to my wife’s dairy sensitivity and it was fun to taste the dairy free against the normal option. The food was phenomenal, the ambiance was great, and we could not have asked for a better night.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nick is a true master. Laurel is a favorite! He orchestrated a six-course epic experience. So thankful.
  15. T

    Tonyman

    Philadelphia

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing tasting menu. Delicate and creative courses. Wonderful service by waitstaff. Kitchen staff graciously accommodated food allergies and preferences. We brought our wine. They have a $25 corkage fee which is very fair as they have a full bar available. They even provided an additional dessert for my birthday. Great experience. See menu and pics of some of the plates.
  16. KH

    KateH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A magical dining experience, and worth the price tag for my husband's 40th birthday. A sophisticated meal without being stuffy - the wine pairing was excellent.
  17. A

    Annoymous

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect engagement dinner. Chef Elmi came out and spoke with us after serving 3 dishes to us. Special s’mores dessert for us as well. Couldn’t possibly ask for a better night with better food. This is Michelin star grade!
  18. MC

    MaryC

    Coastal Georgia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and wine were both Fantastic!! Highly recommend it!! MC
  19. TM

    TaylorM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Every single thing was impeccable in taste & presentation. Wait staff was incredibly kind and knowledgeable of the food and beverage pairings.
  20. GS

    GeoffreyS

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Laurel is a VERY expensive restaurant but the food was truly brilliant! It is not an all-purpose celebration place--but rather a destination for those who really care about interesting food, exotic flavors, arresting presentations and a truly unique culinary dining experience. I'm a foodie--so that worked. But I can imagine some folks thinking it is an awfully expensive place for "weird' food. Actually, nothing was weird but it could seem that way to an unprepared palate. I did think the $25.00 corkage fee inappropriately high......I know they want to get us to pay the EXTRA $80/person for their wine pairings.....but that is more wine than we can drink. So we brought our own good bottle. Some of the dishes were beyond brilliant and delicious-- their version of quail was over the top good and the artichoke custard that created the base for our first course was truly splendid. But two $140 meals, $25.00 corkage and a 20% tip for the well-deserved service, brought the bill to over $400. That is a lot for dinner. Caveat emptor!! Worth it if you want that kind of meal and can afford it but a slightly obscene amount of money for dinner, when SO many are in want. You could eat at least 10 scrumptious dinners at the nearby Indonesian hole-in-the-wall eateries (with leftovers for the the next night!), for the price of one dinner at Laurel. And yet......we loved it!
  21. GS

    GeoffS

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal, with creative and beautifully executed dishes, along with friendly, professional service.
  22. n

    notsoeasilyimpressed

    Chicago

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had been wanting to get here for the longest time and only regret i had not come sooner. The place had a simple elegance eith a nice bar off in another room. Service was top notch from door to exit. Each dish built to the next and had a quiet elegance in every bite without being pretentious. And the neighborhood is adorable
  23. LG

    LoveGoodFood

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal and service. The tasting menu was full of surprises and amazing flavors. They did a great job accommodating dietary restrictions. We loved all the unique flavor combinations. Megan was our server and did an outstanding job. We will definitely be back.
  24. d

    deebee

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A culinary out of body experience… each tasting artistically crafted with unusual ingredients and flavor… the wait staff accommodating and attentive The place to go particularly for a special occasion… pricey but worth every penny as well as the wine pairing.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal. We’ll be back!
  26. H

    Hzod

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Tasting menu was very interesting and in a few cases brilliant. Beautifully displayed and creative. Pricey, once is worth it.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Service was good, very attentive without being overbearing. Food was excellent. Really enjoyed the quail and the add on A5 wagyu. This was spectacular and a generous portion. I’d highly recommend if you can swing the add on cost. Not too loud. Could easily talk without having to shout. Cocktails I had were ok but I didn’t love them. There was a wine pairing that in hindsight I would definitely get. I will definitely dine here again when I’m in town.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even better than our last visit, congratulations on 9 amazing years
  29. RW

    RolandW

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The amuse was amazing (Foie Mousse with Strawberry!) Each dish of the $142 prix-fixe was deftly prepared. I misunderstood the menu online, not realizing that it was a sample menu that didn't pertain to what they were serving, so I had my mouth watering for Tuna and Duck that weren't offered. Our server was wonderful. Their practice is a bit out of my ken. I asked for a menu and full description of what was actually going to be served (for that amount of money) and was told that they describe the meal and give you a menu when the meal is done! (No. Not acceptable.) I requested and received a menu up-front as well as a description.) Cocktails were great. Wine by the glass was so-so. I turned down one red and made peace with a second that brought me little joy ...but I didn't want to turn down two glasses of wine in succession. This is very creative cuisine, all of it tasty and some of it marvelous. You'll enjoy it immensely if you consciously love Asian-French fusion nouvelle cuisine with an emphasis on the Asian. I sometimes find more confusion in fusion than I'd like, but this was masterfully and insightfully handled. I just had something else in mind, like the Tuna and the Duck.
  30. T

    Tess

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, friendly and knowledgeable servers, and a perfect night! Nothing to complain about.
  31. m

    mjp3

    Washington DC

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a double celebration (birthday and anniversary) and are delighted at how it unfolded at Laurel. We felt welcome from the moment we arrived. We appreciated each unique dish and all the work that went into the preparation. Fresh, flavorful and new! We were a group of four and could easily carry on a conversation (a benefit of a small dining space). The wine pairing was excellent too!
  32. S

    Scott

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. The wine was amazing and perfectly paired! Our server, who I regrettably can not remember her name, was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. The night was exactly what we were looking for. The chef and staff were on point!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Laurel is fabulous. Each course was delicious with interesting flavors and textures. The staff were gracious, knowledgeable and informative. A great meal and great experience
  34. CG

    CityGirl

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely incredible experience from the drinks to the food to the service. Highly recommend!!
  35. MM

    MatM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    6 course tasting menu with the first 4 all being cold. To be clear they were meant to be cold but come on cook something in that kitchen of yours. There are other tasting menus in the city where the food is worth the price. This place is clearly rolling along because of the chiefs name not because of the foods flavor. Hard pass.

    LaurelResponded on October 29, 2022Thank you for your feedback. Typically we suggest that our guests stay for more than the first two courses and an amuse bouche to get a better idea of our menu. Which is what you had, a bite and two courses. Not the four you claim above. Had you not left after 30 minutes, you would have experienced the rest of the menu and seen that we do, indeed, use that kitchen of ours. We appreciate you leaving and not wasting any more of our or your time.

  36. H

    Hayleigh

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner! We went for my husband’s birthday and the staff went above and beyond to recognize his special day. The meal was out of this world. Highly recommend!
  37. F

    Food

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    The distance between the tables is too close and the aisle is narrow, so waiter touches me all the time. It was so uncomfortable. I think the quality of the food is not good compared to the price.
  38. AR

    AladdinR

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tasting menu was amazing, from the plating to the quality of ingredients, to the combination of flavors to the taste. Ambiance was nice and the service was great. Definitely happy we celebrated a special occasion at Laurel.
  39. l

    lisah

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I have been 2 times before, both times were awesome. This time the first course oysters with cantelope was fishy. Not good. 2 and 3 rd tasting were good. Duck was not good. Wagyu is always good but it was sort of cold. Dessert was good. Overall it was just ok but Laurel has been better . Service was outstanding as usual. We told them we had a concert to attend and they made sure we made it out on time. Either way we were both full at the end. Nice evening, it was 530pm we were out by 7:15.
  40. AC

    AlsacienCrustacean

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly spectacular dining experience. The incredibly creative menu is presented by a passionate and knowledgeable staff.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Laurel is rated 4.8 stars by 1230 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
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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