An intimate French/American BYO restaurant by Chef/Owner Nicholas Elmi.
Laurel only offers a 7 course tasting menu for $85/guest. An optional wine pairing is available at $60/guest. Please note any allergies or dietary restrictions in your reservation allowing us to accommodate.
*Sample Tasting Menu can be viewed on our website
*Menu is subject to change
Hours of Operation:
E. Passyunk & Tasker
$50 and over
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Valet is available Tuesday-Sunday on East Passyunk Square where the Singing Fountain is located (Passyunk Avenue & Tasker Street).
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Laurel Ratings and Reviews
Truely unique food, and exceptional serv ...
Truely unique food, and exceptional service. Small space with a lot to enjoy
Normally I'm not a "tasting menu person" ...
Normally I'm not a "tasting menu person". I can be picky, allergic to sea food and like to be in charge of what I eat. I didn't have to feel worried at all in Chef Nick's genius hands. I let them know ahead of time about my sea food problems and they were gracious about it. I don't even know what to say about our dinner because my mind is still blown 3 days later. The food was ridiculously amazing, I'm still mentally drooling over the snails especially since I do not get the opportunity to have these prepared properly in my home town very often. I really loved that Chef came out to every table to shave truffles for one dish and to speak with each guest. He came back to my table a second time when I mention to my server that I was about to start making ramen at home. We spoke about how to make a proper dashi and I am so grateful for the advice. I just can't say enough about the whole staff. Love you guys!
i was excited I finally got a reservatio ...
i was excited I finally got a reservation at laurel after months , but i realized this place is a complete fraud! Lackluster interior/ambiance. The web gives the "appearance" that there is a regular menu & a tasting menu. Well your only option is the extremely over-priced weird menu. The 7 course tasting menu, as they call it, is the most ridiculous meal i have EVER experienced. Most of the tiny dishes were approx 2 full bites. LOL One dish, was a crab in broth w/ nettles (greens) & if there was 1 lump of crab meat i'd be surprised & 2 Tbsp of broth. Lamb neck was nothing but fat, which was prob. the largest portion served. Clam app on sea foam?? WTF The most ludicrous menu, i have ever experienced in my life. Well we did get a slice of cheese at the end. Horrible meal. But if you want to spend $50 extra for some gnocchi, then add that to your bill! I called once, after reading that Laurel had opened a bar next door & asked if we could get liquor at the on the night we came. The man did not tell me that the bar was NOT open yet, nor did he tell me that all they offered was hugely over priced bottles of wine. Or glasses of wine averaging $17-25 /glass! I also didn't know they do seatings around 6:00 and 8:15. When we came in at 8:15pm, we had been trying to move up our reservation for an hour, they told us they would not be able to accommodate us any earlier, bc they were booked solid. But yet, when we showed up at 8:15, the restaurant was almost empty. So thats why i realized this place is such a hoax, they create the demand that they are so elite by serving things that no one would ever eat, and making it such a challenge of getting in there by controlling the reservations, that people think that they are getting something. Well if you want $20 worth of food, for $170 and ultimately leave there dropping $300 & still hungry, this is the place for you!I suggest eating at Townsend, couple of doors down. Way better food & a really lovely atmosphere & lovely staff.
It's a tasting menu, but it is the best ...
It's a tasting menu, but it is the best food in philadelphia! For the prof you pay, the quality and taste in the food beats other restaurants in Philly. We go once every 6 months in order to allow for the menu to change.
A true Chef tasting menu
The tasting menu items were great, then add in the gnocci and the Waygu Beef and you are are now eating an over the top amazing dinner. A must for anyone who is into great food. Plus you have the choice of BYOB or wine pairing!
Extremely creative cooking and taste pro ...
Extremely creative cooking and taste profiles. Great spot for dinner out with friends. Top notch ingredients.
I was disappointed in the food. I had on ...
I was disappointed in the food. I had only heard good things and was let down by almost all of the overpriced small seven tasting dishes. Even with a gift certificate and it being a byob the evening was over $80 a person. In addition we had to book three months in advance. Frankly, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about.
The most amazing delicious food I've eve ...
The most amazing delicious food I've ever had and the smallest portions I've ever had. When they say a tasting menu they really mean it - you get only a taste. The 7 courses together did not make a meal. Do not go there hungry.
A Long time coming
I got reservations back in February for June 1st. I think that was a bit on the far side, most people say two months is the most you need to plan for. I knew it was worth literally saving up for, and all the people who told me it was ended up being right. The "Value" rating is a bit misleading; dinner for two, one optional extra course (huge, they recommend one to split, so we did), two espressos to cap it off, and a decent (20% ish) tip came out to every bit of 300$. I don't regret a dime, though. The service was amazing, each course presented and gently, thoroughly explained. Wine (BYOB, though there is apparently an optional wine tasting menu) was presented, my glass was ever empty (though, I suppose I was drinking slow). If you're planning something special, this is the place. If you wanna have the best, most creative meal in philly, this is the place. Looking forward to an excuse to go back (hopefully celebrating a raise!!)
Absolutely a wonderful experience in din ...
Absolutely a wonderful experience in dining.
Wonderful Dining Experience
Delicious, expertly prepared, creative menu. Service was remarkable and added to the dining experience.
The food and the service went beyond my ...
The food and the service went beyond my expectations. Looking forward to a return visit.
Air conditioners was broken or not funct ...
Air conditioners was broken or not functioning well. Our table and the table around us both complained and were sweating throughout the meal. At an establishment like this, they should have called their customers and canceled the service or brought in a portable air conditioner (which was brought out when we got dessert).
Unique and Flavorful
Wow. My meal at Laurel was one of a kind. Chef Elmi's use of gastronomy was not oppressive and in every instance served to further the dish. He utilized local, seasonal fresh ingredients and maximized flavor. I have never been to a restaurant with NO MENU but this was not concerning to me. They asked if there were any allergies and then the flavorful and inventive dishes flowed from the kitchen. This is a MUST for anyone within driving distance. Look out for tweets for day-of cancellations.
From the moment we found a parking space ...
From the moment we found a parking space as soon as we turned onto E Passyunk, this boded well for the rest of the evening. I cannot praise this restaurant too highly. Every serving person was wonderful. Each course brought an amazing surprise. It wasn't just the melange of ingredients in each dish that was so wonderfully creative, but the visual, the texture, the different sensations in one's mouth were all total perfection. Even the plates and bowls in which the food was served, of all shapes and sizes, added to the whole dining experience. A wonderful birthday dinner and hopefully an experience to repeat next year.
Astonishing food bursting with interesti ...
Astonishing food bursting with interesting fresh flavors; attentive, impeccable service; a wine pairing that enhances each already incredible course; a must try for every adventurous diner.
Horrible. The food was unedible! Very disappointed
I was served granola. I could not even eat most of the courses they were that bad. I was extremely disappointed.
It was hard to read all the reviews and ...
It was hard to read all the reviews and not get hyped up. Laurel really delivered from the moment we walked in to the moment we floated out. The menu was a variety of fantastic journeys. If you are a wine drinker , I would recommend taking a bottle of red and white to accommodate. A definite new favorite and so close to home to boot.
Excellent experience and friendly service.
We enjoyed the flow of dinner and the cozy environment. All staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and creative. Having Chef Nick bringing some of the entrees was fantastic and totally unexpected surprise!
The restaurant is beautiful but the food ...
The restaurant is beautiful but the food was a bit disappointing. Also, for the price, we expected more food.
Amazing dining experience
Amazing dining experience
Amazing, well prepared, delicious food ...
Amazing, well prepared, delicious food was complimented by outstanding service in a warm environment. It took some time to obtain a dinner reservation at Laurel and the wait was worthwhile. Our high expectations were exceeded.
Great experience, just couple of disappo ...
Great experience, just couple of disappointments: Have been to so many restaurants and their tasting menus are usually a lot and very filling but this one was not. Food was very good though, every dish tasted great. Wine pairing was okay
Life changing. This meal was soul enrich ...
Life changing. This meal was soul enriching. I cannot recommend Laurel enough.
One of the best dinners I have ever had ...
One of the best dinners I have ever had in my life. Every course was a masterpiece of art and flavor. The waitress was lovely, everything about the experience was incredible. So many combinations I had never tasted before, and special touches like shaved iced buttermilk on a gazpacho type cold soup sprinkled with foraged greens, looked like a miniature gnome could live in this small terrarium, so beautiful and delicious!! I also really appreciated the special detail to cutlery and dishes, for the fish an antique bent knife, for the lamb's neck an orange/white resin knife, the potato foam soup in a grey/white hand thrown artisan bowl, really just everything was so well thought out. Nick the chef/owner even came out and visited the tables, we really appreciated that, it showed his dedication and pride. Highly recommend, this was a lovely evening!
Perhaps like many first timers to Laurel ...
Perhaps like many first timers to Laurel, we had found out about it when watching "King George's": the movie about Le Bec Fin. We were really excited to see what Nick Elmi had done on his own, and we were not disappointed. It was simply one of best meals we've had in over 15 years' of weekly date-nights. Each course was a pleasant culinary surprise and it was so much fun to experience great food presented in innovative ways. It was nice to have the chance to chat briefly with Chef on one of his several visits to the dining area during our time there. We will definitely be back - when an opening comes up!
Very unique and very good. An example of ...
Very unique and very good. An example of excellence.
The atmosphere and food was good. Given ...
The atmosphere and food was good. Given the price, I was not very impressed with the flavors and tastes of the food. In my opinion Laurel is more like an American/French restaurant and not French/American. I will pay few dollars more to enjoy excellent French food at Bibou.
Incredible dining experience. Every bite ...
Incredible dining experience. Every bite was delicious and perfectly prepared.
We have been dining at Laurel since opening night with Chef Nick Elmi and it is always an outstanding dining experience. His creativity never ceases to amaze.... the new menu is a chef's tasting of 7 courses - and each one was more amazing . As well, the service is impeccable....attentive without being obtrusive, friendly and genuine. It's difficult to get in as the restaurant is small, but get a reservation even if it's a 2 month wait.... because it will be well worth it.
Phenomenal Birthday Celebration
We had been looking forward to dining at Laurel, and the experience exceeded our expectations. The food was fabulous and the staff was the most knowledgeable and helpful I have experienced. We did the seven course tasting menu along with the wine paring. Our trip to Philly centered around being able to celebrate my birthday at Laurel. We are already looking for another special occasion in order to make a return visit.
Completely deserving of all of the hype. ...
Completely deserving of all of the hype. Every dish was thoughtful and amazingly prepared. The staff was knowledgable and friendly, and everyone genuinely seemed as if they wanted to be sure we had the best meal ever - right down to the chef coming out to greet every table. Just simply incredible.
Amazing presentation, taste, ambiance. C ...
Amazing presentation, taste, ambiance. Cannot wait to go back! Byob !!!!!
Absolutely phenomenal. I've had the tast ...
Absolutely phenomenal. I've had the tasting menus at Lacroix, Le Bec Fin, Vetri, Amada and several others in the city. This was hands down my favorite. Absolutely loved every course. The service was outstanding. My friend is expecting, and they were very accommodating to meet her dietary restrictions. The food was plated beautifully. The dishes were so unique, yet not overly complicated. The flavors were just amazing . There is a reason this is such a hard reservation to get! Can't wait to return.
Food was delicious. Service impeccable. ...
Food was delicious. Service impeccable. It is a small place so the tables are close together. Worth the long wait to get a reservation!
Special event experience.
Special event experience.
The food was delicious and service was g ...
The food was delicious and service was great.
This was our second visit, with way too ...
This was our second visit, with way too much time I between. It was as great as we remembered it. Days later we are recalling the incredible layers of Flavors and the many textures.
Great for foodies
This is the kind of restaurant you go to when you want to try new and innovative cuisine. Not your everyday chef's menu. Even if you think you don't like something, the way this chef prepares it will change your mind!
Worthy of three Michelin stars.
If Laurel was transported to NYC or even Paris, it would be a standout.
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