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Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar
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Ranked #926 of 5,642 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Cross street: California
Transit: MUNI bus #1 stops on Sacramento and Mason Streets when heading West, or on Clay and Mason Streets when heading East. Cable cars meet atop Nob Hill. The California Line stops on California and Mason; The Powell Line stops on California and Powell.
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76 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

Expensive for what it was. Good service. Mediocre food. Can do much better elsewhere. Amazingly comfy chairs!

Visited July 2013
Thank hpp63
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Bay Area
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842 reviews
650 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
“Exquisite Ambience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Fairmont Hotel
This restaurant is serving a quasi prix-fixe dinner through Travelzoo
Share an appetizer, soup or salad, entrée, no dessert
Host was very friendly and Mark, the food server, was very friendly
Brought black napkins, rather than white, since we were wearing black slacks
Negative: the food server assistants need a little more training: did not come around with house bread as often as could be expected; did not supply the proper silverware for the dished three times!
House bread is good; choice of grissini or sourdough
Spicy clams were very good and piquant
Pea bisque was bland
Chicken soup was superb; needed only a matzo ball
Steak was okay
Nice cioppino w/sherry and fennel
Liked the wine flights (sparkling rosé, chenin blanc, malbec)
Minus: banana split was good, but not worth $18
Plus: parking is validated for two hours w/Travelzoo (that is worth $30); otherwise, parking is $5 for every twenty minutes
Suggest: using cable car to get here; otherwise, it is a hassle.
Exquisite ambience
Great piano player

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Rosquete
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Silicon Valley
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156 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Ok food - expected more for the price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

This restaurant is in the Fairmont hotel, which is a beautiful historic property with turn of the (20th) century style. The hotel is worth checking out - the lobby is pretty. My husband purchased a coupon online for this restaurant that included an appetizer, two soups/salads, entrées, and a flight of wine for each person for a reduced price. We also had another diner with us so we ordered an entrée a la cart.

There were limitations on when we could make a reservation using the coupon - I can understand that, it's fairly common. We were required to make a late reservation on a weeknight for 8:30. We happened to be in the area and got to the restaurant early - we asked if we could have our reservation moved up since there were a number of open tables. Answer was no - best they could do was 8. Ok I guess, but not sure why it mattered if there were many open tables and no one there to eat. I would have been more understanding had the restaurant been full.

Our food itself was somewhat lackluster. The crab cake appetizer was very good, but the soups were just ok (pea soup and a French onion - the French onion wasn't seasoned enough in the broth and I also thought the pea soup was a little bland although beautifully presented). For entrees, my husband liked his cioppino, but thought there wasn't enough broth. One of our party's salmon was very dry and poorly cooked. I had a 10? oz filet mignon (not on the coupon menu, this was our a la carte menu order) which was nice and tender, but a very small cut for the price, although the roasted garlic accompanying it was lovely. The wine flights were just ok and I'm not quite sure how well they "paired" with our courses - but you get the same wines no matter what you order so I guess they're not really paired in that sense. The wines were a rose sparking wine, a chenin blanc, and a malbec. We also ordered some truffle fries but felt there wasn't quite enough truffle flavor, although they were decent fries.

All in all, I wouldn't go back with or without a coupon given the pricing compared to the flavors and value of what we received. They also automatically added an 18% gratuity on the whole bill amount for a party of 3. Not that the service was bad by any means, just a little surprising. I think there are much better options in San Francisco for the price. I still feel like it was too expensive for what we got even with a coupon.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank LoveTheSunshine82
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san jose ca
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Travel Zoo Meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

We had the living social meal here and it was well worth the price.
The flight of wines was nice, we are not big wine drinkers so not too many details on the 3 glasses other than there was a blush, wine and red.
The sourdough bread was amazing of course, that was no surprise. Tomato & Basil Bruschetta, fresh and made you want more.
We had the ceasar salad which was so fresh and a nice portion size.
Entree's: Classic San Francisco Cioppino with dungeness crab, prawns, mussels, clams . It was very tasty.

NY steak with grilled asparagus and garlic. The steak had a great char on the outside and cooked medium as ordered. The roasted garlic was the only thing that was a miss, it was dried out and seemed old.

We have not been here before, so I am not sure if the portion sizes were the same as their regular menu. They did give us a specific menu that had TravelZoo at the top. With that said, the portions were on the small side, although the steak was fine a few more asparagus would have been nice or a few potatoes. The Cioppino was a medium size bowl with a decent amount of fresh tasting seafood, but no sides dish. The Bruschetta was great, but again, just 2 pieces.

Our wait staff was outstanding. They were very attentive without being over bearing. The night we were here, there was a convention in the hotel and it looked (by the flight wine glasses) that about half of the tables were the special menu and everyone appeared to be getting the same great service.

We skipped dessert.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank grd24girl
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Ocean City, New Jersey
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87 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great Breakfast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

We had the breakfast buffet. It offered a lot of healthy choices including fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, and fruit smoothies. It also offered an omelet station. The service was very attentive.

The bar area is a nice quiet place to have a cocktail or coffee at the end of the day. There was a piano player playing soft music to help you wind down after a busy day of sightseeing.

Visited July 2013
Thank nptp84
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