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
Host almost ruined the experience by tak ...
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.
This was overall great lunch delicious, ...
This was overall great lunch delicious, with excellent service. My only gripe is that it was practically empty but the seated people right next to us so we had to compete with their conversation. There were plenty of other tables they could have used. I've read other reviews and although it is pricey we certainly knew that beforehand.
We went there when my good friend's mom ...
We went there when my good friend's mom was visiting from the East coast. A perfect place to showcase San Francisco. The food is fine but seriously you don't go there for the food!! The experience is in being there at the Garden Court!!
Our waiter was constantly in a rush, we ...
Our waiter was constantly in a rush, we could never order all at once because he would run away, paying very little attention to us. He was generally rude, especially when we asked about something that was wrong with one dish (due to food restrictions of people in our party, we wanted to know what was on top of the tomatoes - dark seeds in some vinaigrette - and so we asked "excuse me, could you tell us what's this?" - pointing at the sauce. He replied: "cherry tomatoes", and left. Seriously?
Love the Garden Court, such unique ambiance and decor, too bad the service is rude (this is not my first time here, but I never felt like their servers care even a little bit) as if they know you're just a tourist visiting and maybe never coming back (guess what, I live here).
The Garden Court was very disappointing. ...
The Garden Court was very disappointing. An old friend and I went for brunch to catch up. We were told by a server to do the buffet because the kitchen was way behind, so we did. When we got there they were out of scrambled eggs. Just an empty tray. There were two Eggs Benedict left, and we each took one. They were not even lukewarm. They were cold. Everything else was ordinary except the lox, which was delicious. But they had no bagels at first, so that had to wait.
But you go for the ambience you say? Well, even that has gone way downhill since we had last been there years ago. The room is still a grand room of course, but they have removed the plantings which made it elegant, turned half the room into the hotel lobby, and scrunched all the tables in the other half of the room close together. It was no longer a relaxing quiet, almost hushed room, but almost more resembled a cafeteria.
Save your money.
For my daughter's 30th birthday, I decid ...
For my daughter's 30th birthday, I decided to book lunch at the Garden Court for a happy trip down memory lane. The first time she accompanied me to an attorneys' seminar in San Francisco, we had brunch at the Garden Court beforehand; although she was just 4 years-old, she still recalls being awed by the stained-glass ceiling and delicious food.
Unfortunately, her memory was neither enhanced nor renewed by our most recent dining experience, which included steak so tough that the table shook as the meat was being cut. Had we not already waited for well over an hour to be served, I would have sent the steak back or asked for a saw.
Because my daughter is now an attorney herself in New York City, she has her choice of fine dining experiences - both there and wherever work takes her internationally. While the Garden Court remains a spectacular vision of historic opulence, its excellent dining experience has lost much of its luster.
I booked our reservtion months in advanc ...
I booked our reservtion months in advance as t was my 60th birthday and I wanted something very special. I was disappointed. I was expecting the outstanding buffet brunch that we had on our last visit. The brunch has been discontinued. They had a holiday brunch menu posted at the entrance, bur that wasn't offered. The food was fine, but nothing special. The plates were left on our table for far too long after all of us had finished eating. Our server was very friendly, but could have been more attentive. We won't be going back until thy resume the brunch buffet.
Met for lunch with family from out of to ...
Met for lunch with family from out of town. Everything was perfect! The food, the service, the ambiance. A very special experience made more so when the bell staff went out of their way to help my mom, who is in a wheelchair, get in and out of the hotel.
We were very surprised at the fixed pric ...
We were very surprised at the fixed price menu the beginning of December. $65 for a 2 course meal plus $20 more for dessert is over the top. I have always loved the room and it was decorated beautifully - but too much money for lunch.
NOTE: This review is limited to a single ...
NOTE: This review is limited to a single visit for our annual SF trip for 2016.
Sadly, we weren't aware the standard Christmas Brunch had been scaled down to near nothing. For the Garden Court, the food was good and service great! No piano either. Asked when we sat if we had a coupon? Sad really. Far, far, far different experience many of the last 15 years. We stayed at the Palace for the purpose of enjoying Christmas brunch. No more....
My friend and I go to the Garden Court f ...
My friend and I go to the Garden Court for lunch once each December to splurge and enjoy an elegant meal in a beautiful Christmasy setting. I look forward to it with great pleasure and am not disappointed. What a beautiful place! The service is excellent as well.
The setting was dreamy. Harp player wa ...
The setting was dreamy. Harp player was incredible! Food was presented well ( we had vegetarian option ) desert presentation was gorgeous! Tea was fabulous! We stayed just over 2 hours for our party of 3 people. Enjoyed every minute of it! Will definitely go again!
This is the most spectacular place to en ...
This is the most spectacular place to enjoy a meal in San Francisco, which puts it in the running for most spectacular world wide. We had "Sea for Two" which was outstanding. Live jazz music was great. Service was very friendly. Very hard to top this.
I made a reservation for Sunday brunch e ...
I made a reservation for Sunday brunch expecting that they still offered the incomparable full Sunday afternoon Champagne buffet brunch. Wrong! GC switched to a menu based brunch not long ago. The wait staff said that many people had come in and complained or left after finding the buffet was gone. The regular brunch was no where near as good or as delightful as the buffet brunch. I will pass until they bring it back!
The tea service at the Garden Court has ...
The tea service at the Garden Court has declined significantly over the past couple of years. We have been having tea the day after Thanksgiving here for years, and what was once a beautiful, elegant, tea service has become mediocre on a good day. Everything has declined from the quality of the sandwiches (they had clearly been sitting for some time - the bread was stale and the piped topping had developed a hard crust - we did not even finish them) to the service (small things that make a difference like dropping the teapot at your table and disappearing vs filling your cup). Even the serving trays that the tea sandwiches and desserts are served on, which used to be very nice have been replaced by cheap plastic. The beauty of the room itself cannot make up for the decline of just about every other aspect of this tea service. We will definitely be finding a new place to have tea going forward.
Very nice setting. The food was delicio ...
Very nice setting. The food was delicious. Particularly enjoyed the yogurt. Berries were wonderful too. Also the cheese selection. Dried figs were a nice touch to the visual presentation. Very nice. Happy to return to The Palace Hotel for a special birthday breakfast.
this is a gorgeous, historic setting but ...
this is a gorgeous, historic setting
but the service is poor ( waitstaff avoiding eyecontact, not available)
three times i was served lukewarm coffee even after i pointed out that the coffee was not hot
food was served cold that should have been ho
I stayed at the Palace Hotel around 15 y ...
I stayed at the Palace Hotel around 15 years ago and was keen to come back. It's really gone downhill unfortunately. We had Sunday brunch.
There is a general 'don't care' attitude. There were dirty plates on the table when we were seated, the wine glass was chipped, the waiter slopped coffee across the table and seemed to resent taking an order - all these things can happen, but at $120 for a single course brunch and drink ,it would be nice to feel valued. The food is adequate, the menu anodyne, and though the ceiling is really beautiful the refurb has lots its "garden"charm of wicker and palms, and replaced it with a bland hotel set of furniture. The live music was the best thing about it.
The restrooms are locked and you have to ask hotel staff to let you in which isn't very classy, especially when the staff are reluctant to work!
Garden Court is a fabulous place. The a ...
Garden Court is a fabulous place. The ambience is superb..not your typical restaurant setting. We always go to a weekend breakfast or brunch and we love both. The service is always 5-star. The value for the $ is very good..nice selection of food, all high quality.
I would recommend to anyone. We like it for special occasions especially.
We were four (4) ladies celebrating a bi ...
We were four (4) ladies celebrating a birthday and thought that The Palace Garden Court would be a lovely place to have brunch. Well, we were extremely disappointed in both the food and the service.
I am sorry to report that I would not recommend this venue to any of my friends!
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