Laurel

4.9
766 reviews
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An intimate French/American restaurant by Chef/Owner Nicholas Elmi.

Laurel offers two tasting menu options:
-6 course Seasonal Tasting Menu for $85/guest
-9 course Chef's Tasting Menu for $125/guest

Laurel offers a full wine list, cocktails and beer as well as optional wine pairings for $65/guest - $100/guest.

Please note any allergies or dietary restrictions in your reservation allowing us to accommodate.

*Sample Tasting Menus can be viewed on our website
*Menus are subject to change based on seasonality
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f
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Laurel was a phenomenal experience. The restaurant is small, maybe 10 tables. The tasting menu is under the chef’s control which made me a bit nervous. BUT, every course was absolutely delicious with perfectly blended taste and textures that I have never experienced. I recommend highly for a special evening.

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F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An absolutely remarkable dining experience. My husband and I have been to several 2 Michelin Star restaurants in the USA and abroad. Laurel stands up to any one of them. We opted for the six course tasting with an optional add on of a Waygu Beef course. Servers were accomplished and knowledgeable, giving us a detailed description of each course that was placed in front of us. Presentation, taste, balance, creativity, textures everything was beyond outstanding. Even the check was brought over with two teeny, miniature, covered belly pots (each with it’s own mini spoon) which contained a couple of spoons of butterscotch pudding with fruit jam on top. What a welcome deviation from the usual mini cookies, pastries and petit fours! Kudos to Chef/Owner Nicholas Elmi, his sous chef Eddie Konrad and the rest of the superior crew of chefs (Joe L., Pete, Joe H., Thalita and Alex) and servers Jane, Melissa, Nick B., Sarah, David and Souha for providing us with a memorable and exquisite culinary experience in Philadelphia. We are planning to make the trip down from NY in the fall for one overnight just to dine here once again. Chef Nick and company: you should all be so proud! Bravi tutti!

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious innovative food and outstanding service. Each course is beautiful and tastes exceptional. It was so unique and wonderful
We loved it

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was perfect. Food was superb and creative. The ambience and decor — elegantly simple. We even loved the background music that was fun (Queen, Bowie, Prince) that added a festive non-snobby vibe. Loved the choice of bringing your own wine, which made the meal more affordable. Nick came to our table to see if we enjoyed our meal and we were both a bit star struck.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Wonderful dining experience. Only small complaint was the music, which bothered my dining partner because it was a little bit sporadic in terms of genre. Food was AMAZING though!!

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KB
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally the best meal I've ever had. It was adventurous and different without being too over the top. The service was excellent. Not once did either of the women running the front make you feel stupid for not knowing things. They answered all questions and seemed to enjoy explaining what the food was or where it came from and how it was made. They gave us a keepsake menu at the end that was beautifully printed. We had gotten an extra share course and when we asked for it to be written down on a scrap paper so we could remember what was in it, the one woman took the time to type up the menu again with the wagu course in its spot in the progression and re-printed the whole thing for us.

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MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far the best food I’ve ever had! I can’t wait to go back!

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ZS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So, so good. The wagyu beef upgrade is out of this world.

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CJ
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't know how it's done, exactly, but return visits to Laurel just get better ad better. How they improve upon excellence, I'm sure, has to start at the top, and then fuels and feeds everyone who works there. The food is over the top, out of this food. Love to know the thought processes behind each dish from its point off creation. Ingredients are placed in the hands of such talented folks in the kitchen and then the responsibility falls to the staff our front, who cannot do enough for you. On top of that, it's not even an effort for them to do so. Attentive to any need with keen radar, before that need is manifested. Friendly folks with outstanding knowledge of the food and wine that is served, should you decide NOT to bring your own wine. We started with cocktails, during Happy Hour, next door at Laurel's sister bar/restaurant, ITV. Friendly folks there behind the bar as well. That was the start of an exquisite evening. I won't go into food details as you can pull up their menu online. There might be changes to it, by night, or availability of certain ingredients, but there are also supplements to the menu as well for adding on. Your choice here of 6 or 9 courses. We have always opted for the 9 course offering. Thank you to our wait staff, Jane, Melissa, Sarah, and Nick. They will make your visit as pleasant as ours. Love this place and we will be back.

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TC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

I found the people who worked at Laurel were very nice and helpful. However, I think that the food was just okay. I think value wise, $125 per person, was reasonable for nine courses, but again I was not impressed with the taste. They were easily able to accommodate the fact that we were both gluten free, although it would have been nice if they had gluten free bread. Additionally, as hard as it is to believe... a very large spider came down from a web in the middle of our table as we were dining. That pretty much ruined the entire experience for us. The servers did what they could to help us (switched our table to the next one that was an inch away). We then saw the spider was still alive crawling on our old table... right next to us.

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MC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick Elmi and company continue a phenomenal menu. The nine-course tasting menu was perfectly balanced and well-timed.

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l
Philadelphia
138 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laurel lived up to its reviews. I managed to snag a Sat. dinner reservation and knowing how difficult parking is in the area, we parked at the 30th St Train Station and took a taxi. It worked out fine. The staff was very pleasant and professional. They accommodated our food aversions, mostly mine to some fish and sweetbreads. We did the 9 course menu and added the beef addition. The food was sublime and despite some reviews to the contrary, very filling. Everything was beautifully prepared. We also did the wine pairing. They substituted some different wines for both of us as well. The wines were really exceptional.
The restaurant is very small, but we had no issue with our table near a door.
It was expensive though we saw many people getting the 6 course meal and bringing their own wine, thus making the price more affordable. But we were celebrating, so we splurged.
I highly recommend.

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KS
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say? It was remarkable. The service was friendly and the food was delicious. Perfect night!

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KS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of the best tables in town, if you can snag a seat. Service is casual but knowledgeable and the food was unbelievable, especially that Uni dish. We caught glimpses of Chef Eddie and Chef Nick Elmi which was fun too.

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AA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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KC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was concerned that expectation would be too high, and couldn’t possibly be met... I was wrong. Every course was inventive and perfectly executed. It was more experimental than I expected, which was pleasantly surprising!
It is a meal you talk about for days!

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LU
New York Area
189 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best dinners of the year. Each and every course was so intricate, layered and delicious!

Service was friendly and approachable. Great that you can bring your own wine.

We were thrilled with our dinner at Laurel and can't wait to return!

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DA
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Unique and delicious. A new favorite of mine.

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TH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, wonderful staff, and a perfect ambiance. Couldn't ask for a better meal!

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CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I do not do many "fine dining" experiences. This may have actually been my first. And to be transparent, I was attending because I knew that Eddie Konrad, from Top Chef: Kentucky, was on the staff (I'd podcasted about the TV series and wanted to say hello).

And Laurel was spectacular. A friend and I had reservations at 8:45pm, but the restaurant phoned to let us know we could arrive earlier if that accommodated our schedule better (which we took advantage of). Luckily, we perused the menu online beforehand, so we were aware that it was a tasting menu (your choice of six or nine courses)...and we came prepared to go the full nine. I'm also not a big wine fan (I know little about wines), so we also invested in the wine pairing (six wines and a cider) for the nine courses. We also had the option to add two additional plates (gnocchi and wagyu beef).

In short...I've never had an experience like this, let alone a three-hour meal...and the time just breezed by as course after course was brought out and explained. Is it pricier than your average meal? Yes. But it was one hell of an experience that I'm glad I undertook.

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BF
Philadelphia
165 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just awesome. A must for foodies — all sorts of ingredients and tastes, wonderful service.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were impeccable. VERY pricey! But money aside a great dining experience

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday celebration at my sppuse’s favorite restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing, in all areas. We will definitely go back as soon as we can.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finer things club

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v
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very mediocre! Actually, disappointing. Everything was average. The food, service and atmosphere. Nothing stood out to make the experience special, especially at these prices.

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T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an unbelievable experience. The food and drinks really couldn't have been better. The 6-course left us very satisfied, and each dish was brilliant. Our server was equally brilliant, as were all the runners. The flow of the evening was perfect. You really just can't say enough good things about the Laurel experience. We are very lucky to have it in our hometown. Thank you!!!

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JM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was outstanding! We would definitely return for the food. Service however was very fast. A new dish was being presented just as the previous one was taken away. With wine pairings, it made it feel as if we had to gulp down our wine. The wait staff was also rather unfriendly. Maybe we were just there on an off night for service. Overall highly recommended!

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing , food was great loved meeting Eddie , wanted to meet chef Nick but everything was great.

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d
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was simply superb - nothing better!!

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M
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found out about Laurel thanks to Eddie's appearance on Top Chef. Since we were going to be in Philly for a convention, I decided to look it up. I'm glad I did.
We selected the 6 course menu. Delightful little meal. The highlight was the first course of lobster, beet and horseradish.
The meal was very well timed. If you are a big eater, I would recommend the 9 course or one of the add-ons (this evening it was gnocci and kobe beef), but the portion was just right for me.
Bonus: BYOB without corkage fee. It was a great opportunity to open some of our "special occasion" bottles of wine. Other bonus: lots of other great little bars and shops along Passyunk Ave.

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R
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing meal I have ever had!!!! The 9 course menu has everything from venison to caviar.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktail. Absolutely delicious food. Excellent pacing.

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L
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tasting menu. Very pricy but great for a special occasion.

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T
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a beautiful place with excellent food. The tasting menus are really fun. When we were there most people didn't take advantage of their no corkage fee byob. The pairings they have, though, look fantastic. Super interesting experience all around. Great service.

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HG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tip top
Once per season is the trick

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TF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff and chefs. Food was delicious and beautiful!

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AG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we've had in Philadelphia. Friendly, accommodating staff, great drinks, fantastic flavors and presentation.

Will definitely return!

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GS
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu and experience exceeded our expectations.

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BR
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Laurel continues with very good and creative food. A good cocktail program. Wine selection is not very deep and is very young but reasonably priced. No corkage encourages aged wines from home.

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