About Garden Court
Featuring innovative intercontinental cuisine, the famed Garden Court offers a superb dining experience in a glorious setting. This historic landmark serves breakfast and lunch daily and an enchanting brunch and afternoon tea on weekends. The Garden Court features a stained glass dome, Italian marble columns, Austrian crystal chandeliers and is noted on San Francisco’s Historic Register as Landmark #18. Our Executive Chef invites you to try our signature crab salad lightly dressed in our own Green Goddess Dressing, a true Palace original created in 1923.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am;
Saturday 6:30am - 11:00am;
Sunday - 7:00am-10:30am
Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1:30pm;
Tea Time in the GC Lounge (NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)
Monday - Sunday 2:00pm -5:00pm
The Garden Court Signature Tea Service
Garden Court City Brunch:
Sunday 11:30am - 2:30pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Garden Court Ratings and Reviews
Loved the elegance and beautiful court e ...
Loved the elegance and beautiful court especially the high skylight ceiling. Noise level zero and so easy to conv verse and enjoying the experience of dinning in such a natural lighted environment. Food was fine. The french toast with the fruits were delicious.
We had kind, attentive service throughou ...
We had kind, attentive service throughout our afternoon tea. We enjoyed a lovely birthday celebration with beautiful harp music amidst the stunning atmosphere of the Garden Court. Our teapots were replenished often and the tea foods were delicious. I would have preferred more savory foods and fewer sweets, but that is simply my preference. The foods presented were delicious.
This the most expensive afternoon tea in ...
This the most expensive afternoon tea in all of San Francisco and it was terrible. The pre-made tea sandwiches, chocolate chip scones (why would you serve that with lemon curd and apricot jam? Yuck), and petite sweets were all extremely lackluster. Although the high ceilings are lovely, the table we sat at was so dirty I had wipe tons of crumbs off the seat from whoever ate there last. The only good thing I can say is the tea was nice and they are quick the hot water. However, the servers generally ignored us unless to serve the food and hot water as quickly and possible and then scamper away without saying anything. Just awful all around. I would never have tea here again or recommend it to anyone I know.
For the occasion of a 50th birthday anni ...
For the occasion of a 50th birthday anniversary we decided to have a family signature tea for four (2 adults, 2 kids).
Unfortunately our both kids were stomach sick and were taking peniciline which didn't allow them to take any of the offered meals.
We explained the situation first to the waitress and then we had to repeat it again to the head waiter. His reaction was quite rude as he had difficulties to accept the situation and was obviously thinking whether it is acceptable for the Garden Court or not to relinquish two meals to be sold.
After a while he accepted the situation and we ordered two meals for the adults and two drinks for the kids (Coca Cola). All over sudden he refused to bring the two Cokes because Coke would be not good for any stomach problem (which is completely stupid). Instead he offered pure water. In order to calm down the situation we finally agreed. But the water was never served and the kids took some of our tea.
Compared to the price we had to pay at the end the service and attitude of the mentioned staff was not acceptable.
I have been coming here for YEARS to hav ...
I have been coming here for YEARS to have lunch with my daughters and welcome updating of the decor (looks terrific). The updated menu however was definitely NOT an improvement. I paid $30 for a burger! I selected a burger as none of the other few items on the lunch menu were appealing to me. I find this to be price gouging and the reduced menu is VERY limiting with high price tags. Whatever happened to a nice lunch sized salad? Unfortunately, I will not be returning there for lunch anytime soon
I got routed to OpenTable directly from ...
I got routed to OpenTable directly from the Garden Court's website. More specifically, I clicked on making a reservation for their tea service. When I arrived, I was informed that I did not schedule within the hours of tea, and therefore could only have lunch. The hostess was actually quite rude about it, and I was upset because nowhere on the OpenTable website did it specify the hours of tea. We ended up having a lunch, the items were tasty but I felt over-priced. But maybe it was because I could not get the sour taste of the hostess out of my mouth.
However, I will say that the ambiance of the Garden Court is wonderful. The decor is elegant and gorgeous. Our server was even very kind, as were the other hotel staff including valet.
I cannot write a review BAD enough to ex ...
I cannot write a review BAD enough to express my experience and disappointment and total disgust. Since 1950, my favorite most place in the WORLD for lunch was the Garden Court of the Palace Hotel. Perfection! No longer true, however. The experience was plain AWFUL!!!!
Not only will I never ever go back to the Garden Court or the Palace Hotel, I will take delight in telling everyone I know of my lousy experience. Also, I won't be going to any other Luxury Collection restaurant or hotel any time soon. Here are the key points of my experience:
* We arrived 5 minutes early for a Saturday 1130 am reservation; my granddaughter had flown in from Scottsdale to have lunch with me; we were told they would not open for 15 minute
* After being seated, while we had menus, I was given no wine list; no service person showed up for 30 minutes; in fact my granddaughter had to leave the table to find a manager to get his help
*When a waitress arrived, she saw fit to make excuses for the nonexistent waiter; she did bring a wine list
*By the way, since we had plenty of time to look around, the starched white table clothes have disappeared and instead of placemats at minimum, the table setting was on the bare chipped wood
*I ordered a bottle (split) of St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc; the wine waiter came back and said they were out of that wine, and out of my second choice; we settled for a glass of Prosecco
*We both ordered the classic crab salad, after the were assured it was fresh because it came from Canada and not affected by the end of SF crab season; it wasn't. It was frozen, watery ant tasteless; the so-called genuine GG dressing was also ersatz.
They picked the wrong customer to dump on. I am an author of four best selling business books. I am in the middle of another book and needed a great real-life example of a once proud company ruined by a merger or acquisition. I got my example. Thanks Luxury Collection!
If you want a Sunday brunch that is over ...
If you want a Sunday brunch that is over the top in every aspect, the Garden Court at the Palace is absolutely #1. I have taken out-of-town and out-of-state there recently and nothing but 5-star comments received. Wait staff outstanding. Food outstanding. Atmosphere out of this world. Can't wait until the next time.
As always, The Palace provided an incred ...
As always, The Palace provided an incredible experience for celebrations. Sadly, the waiter we had seemed to be more interested in escaping our eye contact to catch his attention, than helping us celebrate our special occasion.
The Garden Court offers a beautiful sett ...
The Garden Court offers a beautiful setting for breakfast or brunch. While the food was good, and a limited brunch was offered as one menu option during breakfast service on Sunday, I miss the grand buffet that Garden Court used to offer. I would encourage the management to bring it back. It was a true San Francisco tradition, something that I looked forward to when I visited San Francisco.
Love the ambiance of tea at the beautifu ...
Love the ambiance of tea at the beautiful Garden Court at the Sheraton Palace. However, they have reduced the portion sizes and not the prices. High tea was heavy on desserts and short on protein. Scones have gone from full size to mini size as well. Hope the old totally filling high tea returns some time soon. For now I would opt for th Fairmont High. Tea instead.
I expect that food in a fancy hotel will ...
I expect that food in a fancy hotel will be over priced but the quality was lacking. $7.00 for a cup of coffee and $14.00 for a mimosa is unreasonable. Two in our party had an omelet with mushrooms, spinach and Brie. There were a few mushrooms and almost no Brie. The loaded hash browns for $7.00 was a very small portion of frozen potatoes and a few pieces of crumbled bacon and some shredded cheddar. The service was mediocre. We watched as an employee asked the four older people at the table next to us to stand so that she could sweep under the table. I have never seen anything like that. Really? At a five star hotel? The room is beautiful. Take a look at the room and go find a better breakfast.
They changed the decor since my last vis ...
They changed the decor since my last visit in 2013. The new decor screams hotel and does not for with the beautiful 1930s style room and conservatory ceiling. Such a shame. Also, our waiter made repeated significant mistakes. This type of thing does not usually bother me, but for the price I was not willing to pay for what I did not order.
Though this is probably not a foodie's d ...
Though this is probably not a foodie's delight, I would recommend a 'try-once' of their Sunday high tea. The decor is splendid and we had great service. We were there for brunch this time, celebrating my wife's birthday. To be honest, our favorite food on their menu is their birthday cake! We got their french toast and their omelette. We might go again for their high tea. We give it a strong 3 pushing towards 3.5.
The Garden Court is a beautiful room and ...
The Garden Court is a beautiful room and it's well worth seeing, but the food was so expensive and boring. The service was amateurish, trying to take away a plate before both diners were finished. Much better to go there for a drink and eat someplace that has both good food and good service for a much more reasonable price
The crab salad presentation was lovely; ...
The crab salad presentation was lovely; creative...The chicken with asparagus presentation was boring...a chicken breast placed on 4 asparagus with no garnish..not up to the standard I expect from this restaurant..The dessert of cheesecake was beautiful...and it was nice that the restaurant noted my request for a 90th birthday dessert.
We had the signature tea service with wi ...
We had the signature tea service with wild strawberry and jasmine teas. The room is spectacular and service was spot on. The scones were tasty. I had the apricot preserves. The service was so attentive. The treats were almost too beautiful to eat. There was a harp player at the time which added another level of elegance.
The room is very special, and they use t ...
The room is very special, and they use to serve OK food. The food was not good, seemed like my crab salad was either canned crab or freezen crab with no flavor. The salad dressing has no flavor. The other order was a hamburger where half the plate was french fries. The price was unbelievable hight. Saver your money and have a drink in the front of the room.
We celebrated my parent's 50th anniversa ...
We celebrated my parent's 50th anniversary at the restaurant. The reason we picked this place was because it is a San Francisco landmark and should be suitable for such a remarkable event. While we had a great celebration, we were more than surprised with the quality of service. I had to ask for water three times; when the water was brought to the table, the waiter dropped one of the glasses on the table - luckily, no one was hurt.
My daughter is vegan - no choices for vegan/gluten free at all. Had to make a few substitutions and ordered a salad and a plate of steamed veggies; was charged $30 for the steamed veggies (very modest portion) - ouch!
In general, very slow and of a lower than desired quality. The food was delicious, though.
The Garden Court is one of the glories o ...
The Garden Court is one of the glories of San Francisco (and, in fact, the entire Bay Area). It is a place for a special lunch. It is not cheap, but the food is good, carefully prepared, imaginative, and beautifully presented. A memorable meal is your reward. Take friends to "wow" them; go yourself to be reminded of place that has stood the test of time.
I hosted my best friend's birthday lunch ...
I hosted my best friend's birthday lunch here, which I noted when making my reservation. Thus, in addition to spectacular lunch fare, we enjoyed two slices of delicious chocolate mousse cake with a creme fraiche lady bug, fresh raspberries, a 'Happy Birthday" chocolate banner and a single lit candle. Thank you!
Our server was great and very respectabl ...
Our server was great and very respectable. Food options were decent, nothing special that you can just cook at home. Expectation on food was high especially for the price range. However that's not the reason I came here. I've been to this establishment for brunch on Saturdays and especially on Sunday's. I enjoy the ambiance of this facility and location.
We had a reservation and were not seated ...
We had a reservation and were not seated for about 20 minutes and there were empty tables for 2(our party size). Our waiter was surly, despite the charm offensive we mounted. The web site said brunch went til 2 or so(don't recall exactly), and they started taking away the food at 11:30(we had a 10:30 reservation. Next time I'll just people the beautiful room and skip the food.
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