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
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Valet is available Tuesday-Sunday on East Passyunk Square where the Singing Fountain is located (Passyunk Avenue & Tasker Street).
$12 with validation.
Laurel Ratings and Reviews
Overpriced for portions and variety. Not ...
Overpriced for portions and variety. Not sure how they will remain open as I don't see paying $230 for two people without wine but once a year, if that. Portions small and special pasta for $60 overpriced. Nice place but way too expensive for portion sizes that leave you hungry.
Just fantastic. Service, food, ambiance ...
Just fantastic. Service, food, ambiance - everything really - top notch and enjoyable through the meal. The value for the tasting menu is there is you are into this style of fare. The BYOB optional aspect is extremely nice. I'll definitely be returning
We thoroughly enjoyed the pre fix menu t ...
We thoroughly enjoyed the pre fix menu that while heavy on seafood included some amazing dishes. Laurel is a foodies delight. The dishes are truly unique. We will definitely return if we are fortunate to get another reservation!
The ambiance was quiet and comfortable, ...
The ambiance was quiet and comfortable, and the wait-staff was courteous and extremely knowledgeable. Had those both been terrible, I would; however, STILL highly recommend Laurel as the food was absolutely incredible. Every dish was perfectly prepared, beautifully plated, and ripe with complimenting flavors and contrasting textures. Laurel is a foodie's dream.
Although there was confusion about our ...
Although there was confusion about our reservation ( it was inadvertently cancelled by the restaurant) the staff accommodated us in the adjoining space and was very apologetic. They were gracious enough to pepper our meal with extras to make up for the confusion and even the owner came out to apologize. Every course was a treat for the palate. One of the finest meals we've had in Philadelphia.
I had wanted to visit Laurel for a long ...
I had wanted to visit Laurel for a long time and it didn't disappoint. A tasting menu allowed us to experience food we may not normally order on our own. Each course was amazing and explained in great detail. My personal favorites were the foie gras, snails, and swordfish. I can't wait to go back.
My husband, son & I had dinner at Laurel ...
My husband, son & I had dinner at Laurel recently. We waited 2 months for a reservation & it was well worth the wait. We did the wine tasting with our meal & would highly recommend it. The wines were well thought out & it was fun tasting wines that we wouldn't normally pick. As for the food, every course was an adventure! Chef Elmi certainly knows what he is doing. Our server, Nicole, was also a pleasure. She was pleasant, had a sense of humor & was well educated in wines. To sum up this review, the three of us did not want to leave the restaurant. We look forward to going back at another time.
OMG I can understand why this restaurant ...
OMG I can understand why this restaurant is voted number one in Philly. We were lucky to get a reservation only a few weeks in advance. Usually, there is a long lead time to snag one. Tasting menu is outstanding. You won't regret it. The Chef Nick Elmi spot serves some of the courses and chats it up. Love that it is BYO although there is a new bar attached so you can enjoy cocktails too.
Food and service were excellent. I love ...
Food and service were excellent. I love a tasting menu as I'll try food I may otherwise not order plus the chef can be creative with what they present, which is definitely the case at Laurel. The restaurant is incredibly small and tight but they make it work. I highly recommend.
The meal was spectacular. We splurged an ...
The meal was spectacular. We splurged and got an additional pasta, which we probably didn't need (at a $50 surcharge) but which was wonderful. It is seven courses, but they move rather quickly - maybe a bit too quickly as I would have liked more time savoring a dish before we moved on. All of it was delicious. It is definitely pricey and not some place we would go often, but it was definitely a treat.
the temperature in the restaurant was 84 ...
the temperature in the restaurant was 84 degrees at 10pm. as this restaurant is always ranked very highly, we were eager to finally celebrate a special occasion there after placing a reservation over a month ago. unfortunately, halfway through the meal, the heat was so unbearable, we almost left.
i will never eat at laurel again or recommend the restaurant to anyone during the summer months.
waited quite some time for a reservation ...
waited quite some time for a reservation and was very much looking forward to the meal. although the talent of the chef is apparent, we were not happy with either the pacing or the flow of the meal. The dishes were coming so quickly that I had to ask them to slow it down. As soon as it appeared that we were taking a break, they were ready to take the dish and immediately bring the next. The staff, though polite and pleasant seemed rushed . The food was clearly innovative and very good, but, seemed unnecessarily confused and experimental with each dish standing on it's own as opposed to flowing as part of a complete I'll take Bibou any time. An experience like this should be enjoyed for 3 hours. Instead, it felt that they were doing their best to get to that next seating. Of course their were highlights, but, overall, disappointed.
Am I eating at the same restaurant? I ...
Am I eating at the same restaurant? I was disappointed on all levels at Laurel. The front of staff was aloof and hurried. The tasting menu rather the flowing smoothly from one course to the next was an assault of flavors and textures that simply did not work. A few were just unpleasant. The only 2 note worthy courses were the crab/corn soup and the foie gras. We were also really offended to arrive and the first thing offered to us were two $50 upsells to the main menu. With so many other excellent restaurants in Philadelphia I suggest spending your money elsewhere!
2 of the 3 waitresses were not friendly. ...
2 of the 3 waitresses were not friendly. One of the waitresses talked so quietly as she explained what we were being served that we didn't know what we were eating. When I asked her to say it again because I couldn't hear her she was annoyed. We had to ask 2 times for our wine glasses to be refilled. When you are spending this much money service should be much better than this. The overall experience is ruined by unfriendly waitresses no matter how good the food is.
Laurel was pretty amazing - friends gave ...
Laurel was pretty amazing - friends gave us their gift certificate, and we were anxious to try it, having heard so much about Nick Elmi and his fabulous cooking. I have to say though, when we first sat down, I was a bit skeptical - the amuse bouche came, and it was tiny - almost like a joke from Portlandia - however, everything after that was really fabulous - interesting, amazing blends of flavors - caused me to eat things I would never order - razor clams, snails, but all delicious, and beautifully presented in wonderful china pieces that showed off the food to best advantage. They do have a good wine and cocktail list, but also don't charge a corking fee if you want to BYO - it's a real experience - and also quiet and comfortable with great service. go!
I have been to Laurel before and I prefe ...
I have been to Laurel before and I prefer the former tasting menu where you could choose your dishes. The food is beautiful and creative; however the razor clam dish was too salty. I also would not recommend spending an additional $50 for the gnocchi dish.
Thanks to Open Table, I had $70 Open Tab ...
Thanks to Open Table, I had $70 Open Table gift certificate to spend on a restaurant of my choice. I figured, I would make it worth it by checking out Laurel!
When we walked in, we were very surprised with the ambiance. The lighting was very bright, too bright for a romantic-ish spot. I would expect it to be on the dimmer side. The decor was pretty much non existent besides the cute tufted white chairs. Seemed sparse.
Food wise though... every dish was impeccable with the plating and the interesting flavor combinations. We added the additional $55 wagyu beef. I couldn't decide between the beef or the gnocchi since the gnocchi seemed to be a bit hit with reviewers but the BF chose the beef. What an excellent choice!!! It melts in your mouth. mmMmMMmm.
Each dish was very small but I was so full towards the end of the meal that I was giving my BF half my dishes. He was happy since he has a bigger appetite. He walked out being pleasantly full. It was a total of 10 courses - favorites included the coconut sorbet palette cleanser, wagyu beef, chocolate pudding, crab and corn, foie gras.. and whatever fish they used.
Our waitress was amazing. I wish I had gotten her name! I do agree with other reviewers about other staff members though. When they dropped off our dishes, they were distantly polite - it kind of made the process awkward. No smiles - just gave us our dishes and recited what it was. Some of them spoke very softly so we would just sit there, smile and say thanks with no idea as to what we were about to eat.
Overall, 4 stars because while the food and our waitress were amazing, for the price we paid for the meal, there is room for improvement.
Also, I booked the reservation a month prior for a Wednesday night 9PM spot! I'm glad I was able to try it out. The chef also came around to say hi and see how we were doing.
We dined at the restaurant to celebrate ...
We dined at the restaurant to celebrate my girlfriends birthday. Normally it is a 7 course tasting menu but due to it being her birthday the chef cooked an extra dish for us. Everything was fantastic. Although it was an add on, our favorite dish was the ricotta gnocci with the fresh shaved black truffle (which the head chef/owner personally shaves tableside) and we recommend that everyone try it when available.
Tasting menu was a pleasure, didn't have ...
Tasting menu was a pleasure, didn't have to think about ordering. Kitchen was very accommodating about our food allergies/preferences. Dining was leisurely. This restaurant is definitely for foodies or those interested in high quality preparation. Diners should be on the adventurous side and open to trying new things. Our table of three agreed that each of the tasting plates was a little gem, VERY DELICIOUS. Expensive /special occasion.
After an amazing first time at Laurel we ...
After an amazing first time at Laurel we couldn't wait to come back. Unfortunately, this time around it was a disappointment. The food was good but all the dishes that were supposedly "hot": the fish and the duck, were warm. Presentation was superb but it defeats the point if time is wasted in plating while the food itself is getting cold. The gnocchi were -as before- to die for but not enough to elevate the whole dining experience.
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