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Hudson Valley Duck with foraged greens. - Laurel, Philadelphia, PA

Laurel

4.8
4.8
1193 Reviews
$50 and over
French
Chef Nicholas Elmi's flagship restaurant offers an innovative tasting menu in an intimate South Philly space. Inspired by French techniques, our 6-course tasting menu is offered for $142 per person. Luxury menu supplements, curated beverage pairings, a comprehensive wine list, and signature cocktails and mocktails encourage diners to customize and enhance their experience.

The tasting menu is the sole dining option whether you choose to dine indoors, outdoors (semi-enclosed and heated) or in our intimate bar/lounge, formerly In the Valley. Inquiries regarding the chef’s garden table, parties of 5 or more, or private events must be made via phone message. We kindly ask that you keep in mind our still limited seating capacity. With this in mind, we extend a 15 minute grace period from the time of reservation. We make every effort to accommodate, but cannot guarantee choice of dining space.

Whichever setting you choose, we look forward to seeing you soon!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 271-8299

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nicholas Elmi

  • Private party facilities

    Laurel is excited to offer our 22-seat dining room for private events. Enjoy a 6 course menu and beverage pairing as a base option with ability to customize your experience. We recommend inquiring 2 months in advance to ensure reservations are not already booked for your desired date. Email info@restaurantlaurel.com for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    East Passyunk Avenue

  • Cross street

    E. Passyunk & Tasker

  • Parking details

    Street and metered parking are available.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 1,193 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Notable Wine List

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    French

  • Philadelphia

    Best Service

  • Philadelphia

    Notable Wine List

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  1. H

    Hayleigh

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner! We went for my husband’s birthday and the staff went above and beyond to recognize his special day. The meal was out of this world. Highly recommend!
  2. F

    Food

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    The distance between the tables is too close and the aisle is narrow, so waiter touches me all the time. It was so uncomfortable. I think the quality of the food is not good compared to the price.
  3. AR

    AladdinR

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tasting menu was amazing, from the plating to the quality of ingredients, to the combination of flavors to the taste. Ambiance was nice and the service was great. Definitely happy we celebrated a special occasion at Laurel.
  4. l

    lisah

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I have been 2 times before, both times were awesome. This time the first course oysters with cantelope was fishy. Not good. 2 and 3 rd tasting were good. Duck was not good. Wagyu is always good but it was sort of cold. Dessert was good. Overall it was just ok but Laurel has been better . Service was outstanding as usual. We told them we had a concert to attend and they made sure we made it out on time. Either way we were both full at the end. Nice evening, it was 530pm we were out by 7:15.
  5. AC

    AlsacienCrustacean

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly spectacular dining experience. The incredibly creative menu is presented by a passionate and knowledgeable staff.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time at Laurel and we didn't know if it was going to be as good as the first time but it did not disappoint. The meal was great from start to finish. Amazing restaurant
  7. L

    Lovetoeat

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had not been to Laurel in a long time (really since they first opened). They have outdoor seating in a covered space next to the curb, which was great. The food was phenomenal and we had the Signature wine pairing. The servers brought the wines and told us all about each, which was very helpful. Also, they were very flexible with my food accommodations. All in all a great experience.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second time dining at Laurel, and my wife’s first. Last night’s meal was phenomenal. Each course was thoughtful, flavorful and perfectly executed. We added the Wagyu course to the tasting and couldn’t have been happier in the decision. I don’t get the chance to dine out too often at this point in my life, but this is definitely top of my list for Philly and amongst the top of any restaurant I’ve eaten at in the world.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service!! The 6 course menu was an absolute delight. We were a bit apprehensive about what the courses would be like, but we were open to a new experience. And what an experience it was!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly and professional staff! Absolutely gorgeous and delicious and inventive food and wonderfully selected wines. Can’t recommend enough!
  11. LP

    LauriP

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Laurel is my favorite restaurant. The food is amazing - beyond belief!
  12. MD

    MayaD

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for our anniversary. Dinner was amazing! Every dish was delicious. We did the wine pairings also. Definitely worth it.
  13. MN

    MelissaN

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous from start to finish. Service was outstanding. Staff was knowledgeable and attentive. Food was beyond! Truly one of the best dining experiences in Phila, and beyond. Portions were perfect size. This spot is a must visit. We were so grateful to get last minute reservations!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and service!
  15. B

    Broker

    Philadelphia

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit back to Laurel since the Pandemic. We had sort of forgotten what it was like to go to a truly creative restaurant that serves a quality product (and service) that does not lend itself to take out and/or uber eats. As usual Nick Elmi and his staff did an amazing job with both the food and service. Laurel will always be at the top of our Best in Philadelphia list.
  16. b

    bmarco

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Elmi is a creative genius! All of the courses were amazing and over the top creative - visually, texture and flavors!!! Can't say enough about the service - all were great, especially Meg! Was the perfect anniversary dinner! Will definitely be back!
  17. DV

    DianeV

    Philadelphia

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The menu did not disappoint. Each dish was better than the one before, and the wine pairings were perfect. Our server was excellent and was a wealth of information, but the noise level made it hard to hear him. The decor could use an uplift, but these were small observations compared to the impressive dishes.
  18. NG

    NeeshlinGuide

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Laurel tasting menu is divine. Som Kate creates the best cocktails around, while Chef Nick's concoctions delight the mind and the tongue. The tasting menu isnt cheap, but for an anniversary, birthday or treat yo self day, it's 100% worth it.
  19. TD

    TabithaD

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best tasting menus I’ve ever had, and super friendly staff (Finn was a gem!)
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This meal was absolute magic. We started with a cocktail (one of the best I’ve ever had!) before proceeding into the chef’s tasting with the wine pairing. The food was creative and delicious. Every wine choice added a new depth and dimension to an already phenomenal meal (especially the unexpected and wonderful cider that we started out with). We sat at the bar and really enjoyed our bartender who was knowledgeable and also so fun! One of my favorite dining experiences ever!
  21. l

    louboutin34

    Philadelphia

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful meal at Laurel! The menu portions were perfect, and the wine matched well what was on the plate. The minor changes to his excellent duck breast were a delicious tweek, as were the additions to the chocolate pudding. Professional and knowledgeable service from Joey complemented what was put on the table. This remains one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia.
  22. MN

    MandyN

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved eating at Laurel and it exceeded our expectations!
  23. BM

    BMLOVESFOOD

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic as always. My favorite restaurant in the world!
  24. P

    Photogirl

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It was ok. Not what I was hoping to get for the price point. $60 for an appetizer of Gnocchi was a bit mind blowing.
  25. EO

    EduardoOtero

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Laurel is a culinary experience for those that truly enjoy modern and sophisticated cuisine. The ingredients are superb, the mixture of flavors and textures is outstanding and the plating is tasteful and well thought out. Laurel would have a Michelin Star anywhere in the world. You pay for what you get and Laurel delivers with every item that comes from their kitchen. Wines by the glass are excellent (which is rare) and well priced. Highly recommended.
  26. A

    Alexandre

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had an outstanding culinary experience. The menu of Nicolas Elmi could, should have a Michelin recognition. From the presentation to the taste pairings. Talented chefs require knowledge of food, ingredients, flavoring, dedication and in my opinion Passion. The narrow wine list could have more recognizable wines and vintages. It appears that the restaurant is promoting its wine pairing that we didn't try. However, the someliere recommended the Wolf & Woman Chenin Blanc from South Africa which was a perfect pairing as most of the Tasting menu was Shellfish. Slightly creamy with a medium acidity, nose and body. A good balanced wine. A great experience that I recommend.
  27. BB

    BeachBum

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, tasting menu and ambiance all amazing! Beautiful presentation and flavor pairings! Thank you for a wonderful evening!
  28. r

    rosemarieh

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing!! Best meal ever!! I would highly recommend!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided on the 6 courses and premium flight. Everything was wonderful! Presentation, explanation, paring, and of course the courses. We love everything about Laurel and will be back!
  30. DC

    DocC

    Tahoe

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent menu and good wine selections. Knowledgeable and very friendly staff.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Fine dining at it’s finest.
  32. PA

    PatrickA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service and staff, never waited for a dish , expert attention to detail.
  33. M

    Mlb265

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, wine pairings, service and pretty much anything else you could imagine. The playful and inventive menu was full of delights and it was clear everyone there was proud of their work! Thank you for welcoming us in!
  34. m

    michelle

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved every minute and mouthful. Staff and chef are all on pointe. Perfect time
  35. p

    phillydoc

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food with impeccable service.
  36. BL

    BillL

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    Delicious but too expensive for the setting and ambiance.
  37. DH

    DanielH

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine dining experience with a more friendly touch. Everyone was very willing to chat with us about food, experiences and anything we were talking about.
  38. TP

    TaraP

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and wine pairing was absolutely phenomenal! Laurel is an amazing experience for a special occasion. It is a beautiful atmosphere, with exquisite food that opens up layer by layer to your mouth's delight!
  39. OO

    OtherOut55

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great dinner and a super unique experience. The service was exceptional and the service team took time to explain each dish. Great experience.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Tasting menu with the wine pairings was amazing! 6 very entertaining courses with excellent pairings. They have the standard wine pairing and a more expensive one. We got one of each. Overall I think the pairings were better with the standard pairing. That said, after a $600 tab for 2 people I came home and went straight to the fridge to find something to eat. I'm 5'9" 155 pounds and I left hungry. It is a tasting menu with small portions but small enough that you should not plan on just being your full dinner.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Laurel is rated 4.8 stars by 1193 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Laurel

1617 E Passyunk, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E. Passyunk & Tasker

  • Neighborhood

    East Passyunk Avenue

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street and metered parking are available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nicholas Elmi

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 271-8299

  • Private party facilities

    Laurel is excited to offer our 22-seat dining room for private events. Enjoy a 6 course menu and beverage pairing as a base option with ability to customize your experience. We recommend inquiring 2 months in advance to ensure reservations are not already booked for your desired date. Email info@restaurantlaurel.com for more information.

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