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About The 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:
The Garden Court Signature Tea Service:
Tea Time in the GC Lounge (NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)
Evenings in the GC Lounge (NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)
Weekends in the GC Lounge (NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)
$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
The Garden Court Ratings and Reviews
After spending a wonderful night at the Palace Hotel, we had a reservation (a must!) for breakfast at the Garden Court. Welcomed and seated immediately with coffee and OJ and headed to the buffet (altho' a la carte ordering was also available). Just about everything one could want for breakfast/brunch was available. The French toast with real maple syrup was scrumptious as were the mini biscuits!! Relaxing way to start the morning on a special weekend away from home!
The best thing about the afternoon tea was the setting. The finger sandwiches were dry and the service mediocre. The champagne and pastries were good, but the value for money we'll be low what one should expect for this hotel and the tea service. I wouldn't recommend to anyone.
This high tea was such a let down, we have experienced a couple now and by far this was the worst. For the price you pay, I would expect exceptional food and service. Both were a let down! The sandwiches were stale, had they not have been stale they would have been Devine. The service was very slow, and overall the experience was a let down, we were at a wobbly table also. I would not recommend nor be back any time soon!
The last time I ate at Garden Court was for brunch several years ago and couldn't wait for another chance to dine there again. Unfortunately the this time was very disappointing. Although the appetizer, melon soup, was quite flavorful, the entree delivered was not how it read on the menu. I ordered a chicken breast with couscous and greens served with a yougurt, mint sauce. When the plate arrived there was a large bone sticking out of the meat. I inquired of the waiter if the menu hadn't said "chicken breast"? He brought back the menu and yes I was correct but said the kitchen informed them this is what they were using. The flavor was bland and dry, the greens, bitter and the couscous salty, dry and lumpy. Not what I expected for $31.00 entree. Remiminisent of bad 80's wedding food.
The Signature Tea in the Garden Court is lovely. The price is...high. You are definitely paying for the ambiance so it is more of a one-time special occasion event. Signature Tea is about $78/person, you get 5 mini sandwiches (2 bites each) and 7 desserts. You also get a pot of bottomless tea. The food was good but we wished there had been more savory and less sweet, it was a bit too much sugar. Also it was a bit more modern in terms of the food, would have preferred a more classic approach given the location is historic. They signature tea black tea was delicious, though. This is too expensive for the amount and type of food you get, but the ambiance is great, the Garden Court is beautiful, impeccable service, and a live harpist were a nice touch.
You cannot beat the Palace Hotel for ambiance. The room is absolutely beautiful and the service was good. However both my friend and I left hungry after our afternoon of high tea. We would have loved a few more sandwiches especially considering the steep price tag.
Waaaaay overpriced! We were hoping to go for high tea at noon, but Open Table reservations did not make it clear that tea wasn't served until 2pm. So we settled for lunch... $36 for a lunch salad! Yes, the glass ceiling was spectacular, but not worth the price of the salad. At least we got out of there for $30 less than the High Tea would have cost
A wonderful setting for afternoon tea! Beautiful hotel, harpist, fresh flowers in the lobby. There were 5 sandwiches, each unique, and 7 sweets including two scones. A little pricey, but if you enjoy trying new locations for afternoon tea, the Palace hotel is a must. Parking is half price for those dining at the hotel.
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.
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