Philadelphia, PA 19148
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).
$12 with validation.
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Laurel Ratings and Reviews
A sublime dining experience, which is ceremonial and ritualistic with dedicated servers. The textures and flavors of each course are meticulously executed and served with each sense in mind. Of the eight course meal there was only one course that didn't wow us.
The food was very good. All that was advertised and more. My criticism lies in the fact that they are fanatics about turning the table over. I had a 6pm reservation and my check arrived with my coat at 8pm sharp. They couldn't get us out of there fast enough. Vetri it is not (although half the price). I overheard a waiter mention how they only have two seatings. If I had known that I would have taken the 530PM reservation to avoid the bums rush out the door. Hard to do 7 courses in 1:50!
Dishes were unique and exceptional. It was nice to experience such upscale dining in a casual atmosphere. Definitely a special occasion place. My only criticism was the drink pairing; for the price the quality was average and the pours were small. Go with the BYOB option!
Celebrated my husband's birthday recently at Laurel...a very interesting experience. The service was impeccable, without being intrusive. The 7 course tasting menu was heavy on seafood, which surprised me. The mackerel sushi course was not my favorite (and I do like fish) but this was a little hard to swallow. Each dish was beautifully plated, a work of art. We splurged on the additional course - gnocchi (and it is a splurge at $55) - but they were heavenly.
I would only recommend Laurel to foodies who truly eat everything. Other than that, the other courses were good, very different. Not sure I would return, but did enjoy the experience.
It was our first visit to Laurel. The food was delicious and unique. We shared a bottle of wine and that was quite nice as well.
However, the restaurant is very small and we were seated near the door which caused a tremendous chill through the entire meal.
I felt the food was delicious and unique and our server Nick was awesome. I felt the other servers were just mediocre and showed very little enthusiasm.
Im glad we went but don't think we'll go back.
Wonderful dining experience. Loved each of our 8 dishes-- portions were small which provided a perfect portion and ensured each 'taste' was wholly satisfying ( not a glut). Graciously accommodated couple who didn't want meat w a wonderful fish dish, and couple who nixed venison for delicious duck. Hard to get a reservation-- but persevere!
Every bite of food was delicious. Presentation and quality of food precise and imaginative. Intimate size of restaurant did not deter from ability to converse and enjoy the dining experience. This restaurant deserves its high rating. The meal was among the very best we have encountered as frequent diners in Philadelphia over the past several years. the dining experience was well worth the wait for this reservation. The chef deserves to be recognized with the same stature as others in the top restaurants in the area.
A difficult reservation to get so it was our first time at Laurel, and well worth the wait--outstanding food, tasting menu selections were interesting/unique/sophisticated, but not over the top--has quite a reputation so I assumed it would have a bit of a stuffy/pompous air, but that was not the case at all--staff were polished/professional but low key, and the atmosphere overall was very comfortable and understated. Highly recommend.
This was a terrible meal.The baby food sized portions and the underwhelmingly inconsequential food that was paired terribly with mediocre wine choices failed to impress.The service was less than adequate as well and the gnocchi with truffles was a total ripoff at $55.This was garbage.It actually came to $3 per gnocchi.
Had heard a lot about Laurel from critics and friends. Chose it for a special birthday celebration and am pleased to report that it exceeds its well deserved praise. The tasting menu was extraordinary. The wine was superb. The service was excellent- friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. Add in the overall welcoming atmosphere in a wonderful room and it amounts to a five star experience!
Very enjoyable meal - an event rather than just eating. The scallops were terrific! Would probably choose a bottle of wine from the interesting wine list rather than the wine pairing next time - liked some, others not so memorable. With the wine pairing and the additional optional dishes, it is quite expensive, so we will probably only go here for special occasions.
At first glance, the dining room is clean and on the smaller side, cozy some might say, (i love these types of rooms, i'm not there to be awed by your walls or your expensive paintings, im there to do damage). The service from jump was so warm and helpful, my dining partner and i had some old beautiful wine with us, our host made sure to take her time and to open it properly and helped us ease in to the madness to come. As the wine began to breathe and we settled in to look over the drink menu, we sat back in our extremely comfortable dining chairs (Biig time plus!) and readied ourselves for what was to come...
This is a pre fix menu and you are totally putting yourself in the chef's hands, and honestly i think it's the best way to dine, IF, the chef knows how to pace the meal and IF the chef knows how to not kill you with going overboard. This Chef is a total pros pro, you can see he is someone who truly cares about the customer experience and in every possible way. An amuse arrived first, and then the 8 dishes began to hit the table paced out beautifully, never feeling rushed, never having to wait too long for the next. There were many hit songs played, we had never heard them on the radio anywhere before! The cocoa cured foie, the scallop, the venison (possibly the greatest dish of my life) , gnocchi so small and beautiful with a generous snow shower of fresh black truffles shaved by the Chef himself, (gasp), the wagyu, honestly there were more and i should name them all but i won't. And they will undoubtedly change and wouldn't you want them to, this man and his team, they are artists, their medium is food.
I haven't seen or eaten food this exciting ever. Never in Philly, that's for sure. I'd been wanting to get in here and was not disapointed. Can't wait to go back, tremendous pacing of food, tremendous service i would give this place 6 out of 6 if it was possible, truly outstanding.
We enjoyed our dining experience. The chef, Nick Elmi is quite remarkable. It takes an extraordinary level of ability to create such unique and memorable courses. We regularly eat at some of the best restaurants in the world (at least according to Michelin) and Chef Elmi’s creations can hold their own and exceed those of other chef’s. I’m not kidding. Chef Elmi knows what he’s doing!
That being said, the dining room is a somewhat cramped. A different location with a bit more room would be nice. Additionally we were brought our coats (without asking) prior to receiving our check. My wife’s coat was placed on the back of her chair. Honestly, in all the years we have been dining out, this type of behavior never occurred. My wife and I were a bit taken back. At least I had a chance to get a refill on my coffee. This type of “feed em and street em” mentality kind of made us feel like we were being rushed out the door. An inexperienced wait staff can alienate customers this way. We weren’t exactly happy about it. Would you be?
The chef had only raised his game to another level, creating a Le Bec Fin level food experience in a more relaxed, but still refined, atmosphere. Huge kudos to the chef for his continued commitment to the City!. His restaurant is a gem of the dining scene.
I always considered myself a foodie, but after totally disliking the #1/#2 restaurant in Philly, I'm either not what I thought I was or this was the only off night in Laurel's history! What a disappointment. We were so excited to finally get a reservation; after all it has been ranked #1 or #2 in Philly Mag for a few years now, so we had to try it! 1st course, a freeze dried beet, it was almost inedible. 2nd course foie gras with granola and elderberry. It was better than the beet but not even close to "good". Next came a foam potato, it wasn't bad at all, I was so hungry at this point I almost asked for seconds. A few courses later, and one disappointment after the next, we finally got something that was good, venison. It was the size of my thumbnail (yes, I know that is how it's supposed to be), and the berry that was with it was so bitter it almost ruined the best course we got the whole night. And then came the dessert - dry chocolate cake (a cube, the size of a pencil eraser), whole grain rice crispy treat (the size of a pencil eraser), a marshmallow (yes, a marshmallow). There was a really good creme brulee pudding that was the best part about the meal. We were bummed...broke and bummed!
Laurel was amazing the tasting menu was creative and well thought out. I loved the foie gras ice and the paw paw marshmallows! The escargot was incredible! My one friend never had it before and was skeptical about eating snails but this dish showed him just how good they can be! Thanks again for an amazing night!
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.
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 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 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.
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