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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.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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 - Saturday 2:00pm -5:00pm
The Garden Court Signature Tea Service
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
This wonderful room I have treasured for decades is sadly marred by the slow service.
Arrived at 12. Water immediately but waiter disappeared and and returned at 12.20.
Wine arrived 10 minutes later. Tried to signal adjacent waiter but he was adept at
refusing eye contact.
Sadly, all this meant we refused dessert and gulped coffee that came slowly because
of the need to dash for theatre at 2.
I went here for afternoon tea for my birthday. The atrium is beautiful and bright. The area is just a gorgeous space. The only person from the hotel who greeted us with a smile and some warmth was the doorman/valet person who held open the door for us. Otherwise, I would describe the service at the Garden Court to be professional and efficient but completely impersonal. The food was very good for the tea service. It does not serve traditional English crumpets, but I do like the food. We had the sparkling wine tea because it was my birthday. It was right before Easter, and they decorated one of the petit fours with a cute yellow duck. It was good to try, but I am not sure I would go back.
I was staying at the Palace Hotel. It is a popular place to have breakfast/brunch but we were just dropping in from our room. We did have a reservation. The brunch options were fine. My kids chose the continental breakfast that cut out a portion of the brunch options but still gave them plenty to eat. The quality of the food was fine.
My complaint was the service was not good. I sat down about 15 minutes before the rest of the family. It was a struggle to get a cup of coffee. The service improved a little bit as the meal went along but then I had to wait a long time for my check. During the whole meal I could not actually figure out who our server was.
Once I was able to place any type of order my request was met pretty quickly. I also appreciate we were not charged for one drink. My main issue is that I never felt like I had someone who was watching over our table. Many times I had to make an effort to flag someone down to be helped.
This was a birthday celebration for a little girl. The birthday girl and her sister a got welcome crown and lolilipop septre upon arrival which made them feel very special. The girls felt like they were princesses. Beautiful historic building that looks like a grand palace. Good for bridal shower and baby shower too. Great overall ambience and services. However, the tea sandwiches and petit fours were a disappointment. For the price of the basic signature tea set, it is really not worth the value. If you are there for a real afternoon tea experience, you may want to go elsewhere.
Ambiance was nice, service was slow. Way over priced, we went for the high tea and for two adults and a child our bill was over $250. Not that I mind the Splurge but it was pretty obscene to charge that much for what was essentially a couple of sandwiches chopped up, hot water, and a handful of pastries. We all left hungry!
Beautiful place to celebrate or just go for lunch or high tea. The food was delicious. The price was a little more then someone might want to spend for lunch but for a special occasion and if your wallet lets you to splurge a little more it's totally worth it. Great service. Very nice staff. You don't feel rushed to have to leave right after eating. Comfortable seating and enough space between tables to have a nice time out with a loved one.
We've been here a few times and the food has always been good. The dining staff is always friendly and helpful -- always there, but not intrusive. It has always been relatively quiet so you can have a nice conversation without having to yell across the table. I'm not sure what's changed, but I'd rate the food on this visit as just average. Not call to home good. Not I'll never go there again either. My wife had the chicken and I the fettuccine. The chicken portion was small and came with very few vegetables. The fettuccine was a nice sized meal, just no pizzazz. We had dessert -- which after seeing another guests we should have gone with the gelato. Will we go back -- of course.
Fabulous brunch, live piano in a historic setting reminiscent of the Crystal Palace in London UK. Beautiful glass ceilings, romanesque columns. The service was just OK, we had to ask for water 3 times and both servers kept forgetting. The maitre'd was superb. The live piano was a nice touch. The brunch menu was creative, delicious and worth the visit.
Even though the restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived, it was still fairly noisy. Worth going for the venue and food alone. Tables could be separated a bit more.
The Garden Court experience centers around the marvelously expansive interior space of marble pillars, chandeliers, with a towering glass ceiling. The jazz combo, "big city" menu and attentive service make this a must destination for locals and their out-of-town guests.
I love this venue so I booked a reservation for the Saturday Tea Service at noon (I was surprised they were offering tea so early), however when we arrived we were informed that Tea starts at 2pm and the only available option was lunch. At first I thought it was my mistake and I didn't do the reservation correctly but there were two other groups that were seated just after us that ALSO thought they were coming to Tea! Anyway, Garden Court is such a beautiful venue that we stayed and had a wonderful lunch. But I rated 3 stars because the reservation system did not clearly differentiate Tea from Lunch....
Terrible service!!! Server served my $7.00 cappuccino without a saucer and the cup had coffee spill stains around the cup's sides. When I complained, the server said, "oh!" and promptly went to get a saucer and plumped down the dirty cup on it. He thought he solved the problem by bringing me a saucer. When I complained again that the cappuccino looked like it spilled all over, and was served with his fingers on top of cup, he brought me another cappuccino. He then promptly billed me for 2 cups when the bill came! No apology. No understanding of what their service was about in a supposedly high priced restaurant. Never coming back again.
We had breakfast with friends visiting from Vermont. We wanted them to see The Palace and especially the Garden Court. Breakfast choices were wonderful, service was outstanding, chairs comfortable and the noise level was low so we could enjoying visiting together in a non-rushed atmosphere. Our friends also wanted to see Vermonter Maxfield Parish's mural in the bar. Very special.
Quality of food: 5 - Was there most recently for brunch. Mission Benedict was super tasty and filling, breakfast potatoes awesome.
Atmosphere: 5 - Absolutely gorgeous - like the inside of a giant Tiffany lamp - one of my favorite rooms anywhere.
Service: 4.5 - Server was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable about the food and bubbly list.
Value: 4 - This is not the place to go if you're sticking to a tight budget, but you definitely get what you pay for.
Bottom line: This is one of my favorite places to eat anywhere and I always go back whenever I'm in San Francisco.
This was my first time to Palace Hotel and to eat at the Garden Court. The service was excellent and the food was amazing. The ambiance was lovely and you can feel the rich history just by looking above. If I could, I would dine there everyday. What a wonderful experience, everyone, EVERYONE must go there and enjoy a bit of their lives.
We were expecting to have the breakfast buffet but, apparently, that ended at 10:30. We ended up eating from the Sunday brunch menu. Not very good. The food was barely warm, it took way too long to get our food considering the restaurant wasn't very busy. Too expensive for small omelet, a few cold potatoes and a few baby tomatoes on the plate!
The location is a pinch me moment place to be. The room is overwhelming and opulent to the eye. The brunch, however, is less than perfect. It's not the garden of old. Where you used to see many Sunday best and purple hat wearing elders out with grand kids in tow. The menu does seem to be eclectic with variations of taster's choice selections and in season accoutrements. I would have liked to see a classic spread for brunch with dessert trays and all the pomp and circumstance that meets the Palace hotel of old. But hey, times they are a changing and I guess so are the ice sculptures and waffle bars. We'll stay next time and try the daily breakfast.
5 of us went to GC for their Sunday brunch, we tried their seafood buffet a few years back and it was wonderful. Therefore, we were a bit disappointed to find out that the buffet is no longer offered.
Food - 3 stars:
We ended up ordering the "Sea for Two", which included 1 small boil lobster, 1 medium boil crab, 4 fresh oysters and 4 prawns. The seafood was fresh but nothing special, they gave a small little cocktail sauce that's not even enough for one. The oysters also didn't have any juice in them. We also tried the salmon tartar with bagel, it was underwhelming. The benedict with Kulua pork was decent. The Kobe beef burger $30+ came with fries, it was good but not sure if it's worth to pay that price.
Environment and Service - 3 stars
They carve out half of the place for hotel guest to sit down and wait for their pick up, so the place looks more casual than before. Although the waiters are friendly, but they all seem to lack energy and what you would expect from a high end hotel. Almost every time we had to raise our hand to get something, no one seems to be keeping an eye on the guests.
Overall: the environment is still beautiful, an ideal place to hangout to have tea and chat. However, to sum up the brunch experience, the food is mediocre, plus the lacking in service, together they can't justify the price and doesn't live up to the 5 star imagine. The question for Garden Court is that what is your value proposition??
This is my favorite restaurant for lunch in SF. It is an amazing room: huge with a glass ceiling that lets in wonderful light. It has great ambiance. The food is good but perhaps a little conservative. It is also rather expensive. However, it is worth it for the amazing dining experience.
Nothing beats the Garden Court for old world charm. The menu for Sugnature Tea was nice but the servings were parsimoniously given. The servers were not cordial and did not smile and felt the yoke of their employment on their shoulders as they conducted themselves.
The Garden Court is a elegant room which has fallen on hard times. The food was minimal and certainly not special or elegant. The service was atrocious and very noisy. I have gone to tea all over the world and this was one of the worst. The charge was $68 per person and for this they served 4 small sandwiches which were probably enough for a small child. The scones and desserts (also small) were passable with clotted cream and jam that had clearly been sitting out all day. Once they delivered your food the wait staff never returned to check on you. For this poor tea the Palace Garden Court charges $68 per person probably $40 more that it is worth. Find another afternoon Tea.
Host almost ruined the experience by taking forever to seat us. Hard to understand how they can have one person hosting and seating customers; we started to worry that we'd lose our reservation. Then he tried to seat us on a table far from the beauty of this place. Glad we could talk the staff into letting us seat in the middle where there *was* a table available. THEN any wife had to experience chew-gum on her show that someone dropped on the carpet. The waiter, Robert, cane to the rescue. He turned that bad start into a positive: amazing service, great food and outstanding champagne experience.
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