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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
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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
Eh. Located inside a former South Philly row home, the tables are REALLY close together. No surprise as to what the next course entailed because the staff just told you all about it when the table next to you got their's served. Food was OK. Some dishes feel like they tried too hard. The Duck Compote and the Venison were our favorites. BYOB which was nice, but you can choose a wine pairing if you wish. Glad I went, wouldn't go back.
We arrived early and had a drink at the bar. When our table was ready the hostess came and let us know. The dining space is lovely. The room was not full because we had an early reservation, but as it filled sound was under control. We got the wine pairings. Excellent. Seats were comfortable. Amuse buche was fantastic. Each course was beautiful and spectacular. I like that they keep it a surprise, but the table seated next to us insisted on knowing what was coming so we lost a little of that.
Service and pacing were great. A ridiculously expensive dining experience which I hope to enjoy again.
This is a 7 course tasting menu with relatively generous portions. Compared to others, the price represents value. At this high level of cooking expectations are tempered by the uneven execution of each dish. The striped bass cold dish did not taste like fish. Overall, each dish had a lot of ingredients that did not seem to enhance the main ingredient (muddled flavors). The dessert had 6 little separate items and was an unfocused mess. Lots of room for improvement.
I stumbled upon a reservation on Open Table one week out from a Saturday night and was happy to snag it. Service and food were both very good- all dishes on the tasting menu were above average. The sauces and leafy greens were particularly tasty . Highly recommend adding the Wagyu dish if you have the option. Excellent cocktails!
My only complaint was that the dining room was a bit cold- definitely bring a sweater.
This truly is a dining experience for all types of foodies. I took my girlfriend there for a special occasion and we absolutely loved this place very much. It truly is one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. The creative masterpieces that Chef Elmi and Co. crank out of their gastro-kitchen lair is anything short of incredible. I suggest to anyone that loves a dining experience to save your pennies and take a special someone there. Cheers.
My expectation was really high coming to eat here as it's rated as the best restaurant in Philadelphia. While it was a good experience, I was not blown away as I thought I would be. The presentation on the food was wonderful and they have great service. It's an intimate experience as the restaurant is small but to me, the food was somewhat forgettable. We had a hard time picking a dish that really stood out. I would go back to try it again but I think there are other places that I would like to visit first.
Was looking forward to reservation for a long time and maybe that was the problem. The food was good, but I wasn't wowed. Everything was enjoyable, but there wasn't anything I would want to have again if it were an a la carte menu. Also we showed up 20mins early and the dinning room was empty, except for one 4-top. We were told we could get a drink at the bar next door while our table was being set, but they all looked set to me. Anyway when we said, no thank you, we'll go down the street to "another location" and come back at the time of our reservation, we were immediately seated. I know it is byo and their sister bar is next door, but you don't really need to drum up more business by pushing folks next door with the hopes that you spend more. I have no doubt that after we bought a drink at the bar we would have been seated..
Laurel was a huge disappointment to my husband and me. It is really overrated in our opinion. The service is excellent & the ambience is nice; however, it can't make up for the "below average" tasting food disguised as French gourmet cuisine. By the way, this was our second time eating at this establishment. The first time, after an unmemorable meal, we decided it must be us - after all, the reviews were fabulous, right? So, doubting ourselves, we decided to give it another chance. Our mistake, and an expensive one at that. For $400.00, including tip, you would expect to love something, right? Not here! Except for the wine, which was quite good. Not really sure why this place is rated so highly, but we won't be putting it to the taste test again. Save your money! Try another French restaurant, you might actually get a taste of France there.
Every single bite of our dinner was delicious - from the amuse bouche to the special chocolate-honey ganache (covered in edible gold foil!) that they brought out for my birthday. We added on the ricotta gnocchi with shaved black truffles, and I think I could eat that every day for the rest of my life and never grow tired of it. Just an absolutely wonderful meal from start to finish.
Laurel was an amazing experience. I took my girlfriend there for her birthday and we were wowed by every course. The service was perfect and the atmosphere was quiet. Perfect place for a special occassion or intimate night. The chef and owner Nick Elmi, rightful winner of Top Chef New Orleans, was there. We got to talk to him and he showed us the kitchen. What a great experience. We plan on coming back soon.
Great food, great ambiance. For such a high-end place, though, the service could be more thoughtful. The waitstaff were taking plates away prematurely, interrupting during toasts, announcing everyone's allergies to everyone (even though I called and let them know the restrictions in advance - why let everyone at the table know upfront?!), and generally rushing the occasion. I had to pull the server aside and let him know that I was concerned about their service, that it was my GF's birthday and I felt like we were being rushed needlessly. He was considerate about it, but I would expect more tact upfront out of a high-end place with a price tag like that...
Don't get me wrong, though, Laurel's cuisine and ambiance are top-notch. I'd still recommend it to anyone looking for a high-end yet intimate experience for that special occasion. I would only suggest that they train their waitstaff in matters of tact.
My wife and I have been eating in Philly restaurants for over 40 years. Our tasting menu meal at Laurel this week was one of the best either of us could recollect. Every one of the seven courses was delicious. Our dinner was a special birthday for my wife. Our meal made it extra-special.
We've been saving a 14 year old Adelsheim Reserve PN for a special occasion. Even though Laurel now has a liquor license, the host opened our bottle without a corkage fee. So we were able to enjoy a wonderful BYOB with our meal.
I made our reservation in January. I guess I should start thinking about a reservation for July.
Food and service were good. Portions were small as others have stated in their reviews. The dining room is tiny and you don't want to sit by the door for sure. Reservation process for some reason required two follow up phone calls by the restaurant to doubly confirm we were going to show up. When you choose to book online, this felt overly complicated and unnecessarily time consuming. Townsend, right next door, was a much better overall dining experience.
Laurel offered a unique and exceptional semi set menu food experience in S Phila. Service was exceptional and friendly. Love that we set the pace. The phone call to me in advance to confirm food likes and dislikes was most useful and appreciated. BYO and a full list offering and a pairing option- wow- it just does not get any better. Oh- and bring a credit card with lots of room. Have ramen noodles the next night to average down- but go and enjoy
Excellent dinner, fixed menu forces you to try things you otherwise would not and all the dishes were quite good. Service was very good and since it is a really small place it has an intimate feel to it. They have a full bar but it is also BYOB so you can't lose.
Food quality, service, ambiance were all expectedly great (save for 2 occasions of hair in food). You obviously know you're getting high quality food at Laurel. The main knock is value - of course fine dining comes at its cost, but I've certainly had comparable to better food in a tasting menu setting at a cheaper price. The quality of the food seemed high, but on our particular night, I did not love most of the dishes. I expected more flavors, and/or to feel more satisfied after 7 courses, but it simply did not live up to my expectations, which is not to say anything was remotely bad or average. I can't knock Laurel too much for my only visit, as the tasting menu regularly changes.
Went to Laurel on Saturday to celebrate my birthday and I'm so glad I made that choice. Hearing nothing but amazing things, I had to check it out for myself. This was hands down one of the best meals I have ever had. Each course was executed perfectly and the timing was impeccable. We opted to add on both additions that evening and was so glad that we did. The gnocchi with the truffles shaved table side was outstanding and the Wagyu melted in your mouth. I can not wait to come back!
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