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

Laurel

4.8
4.8
1180 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

8:00 PM


Booked 9 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 1,180 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Notable Wine List

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    French

  • Philadelphia

    Best Food

  • Philadelphia

    Best Service

  • Philadelphia

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  • Philadelphia

    Notable Wine List

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and service!
  2. B

    Broker

    Philadelphia

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  3. b

    bmarco

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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!
  4. DV

    DianeV

    Philadelphia

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!)
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Fine dining at it’s finest.
  19. 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.
  20. M

    Mlb265

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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!
  21. 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
  22. p

    phillydoc

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food with impeccable service.
  23. BL

    BillL

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    Delicious but too expensive for the setting and ambiance.
  24. 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.
  25. 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!
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. R

    Ruthie

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Experience was amazing. Service was great, food was so good. Unexpected combinations of flavors that worked well. Highly recommend the drink pairings
  29. S

    Southforkender

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was beyond wonderful! We enjoyed the warm welcome as we arrived and immediate seating at our reserved table, the close attention of the waiters, and the joy expressed by those who created the foods as they were brought to the table and described. The premium flight of wine matched to the meal is excellently paired and each half glass for each serving brought delight as enjoyed and as the marvel of different tastes all blending together were explored. The surprise anniversary dessert brought back memories of Le Bec Fin. We will anticipate and look forward to our next visit!
  30. e

    eatalot

    Los Angeles

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    They do a tasting menu the bass and skate were superb and the duck was perfect in every way son interesting and refreshing starters , we did the pairing and got lit so maybe a little tilted but was an excellent experience
  31. K

    Kris

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food is creative and delicious. Very small portions and very expensive. The courses were served a bit too fast, more time in between would've better allowed us to savor what we were eating. Have aways loved this place but this time I was somewhat disappointed.
  32. BP

    BillP

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow!!! Amazing ( if using one word ). Many restaurants try to present themselves to be at this level and some are very good. BUT. Laurel is the real deal. Every aspect. The food is a creation of art snd I guess science. The service ( Kate / Joey ) incredible. Don’t take it from me 😆 my wife and I took a former executive chef from le Bec Fin ( years before Nick) and he was very very impressed ( pointed out many things that my wife and I would not even noticed ). Thank you very much for a most memorable evening. We will be back. Soon. Steve
  34. LD

    LDR22

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal and inventive. Lovely meal with memorable bites.
  35. ME

    MEphilly

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want to treat yourself to a truly exceptional meal, then enjoy lovely Laurel. It's such fun to experience such creativity and talent. And the service is lovely and low-key while being quite professional.
  36. A

    Aimee

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely top notch. Everything was excellent. Very expensive
  37. JB

    JohnB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thoroughly enjoyed. We ate outside, and it was a pleasant evening. I can’t comment on inside. There is a cool record store next door that was playing 80’s hair band for our ambiance — which was actually awesome. Food was excellently thought out and perfectly prepared and seasoned. The service was friendly and appropriately attentive. The cocktails were interesting and tasty. Solid A I would definitely recommend and would return again.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best food experience in Philadelphia from Chef Elmi!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Staff was wonderful but menu was confusing. Food was okay but not really cohesive. Paid a similar price at a two Michelin star restaurant the night prior and while the experience was similar the food was not.
  40. MB

    MichaelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience overall. Food extremely innovative and perfectly prepared. Service outstanding .

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 1180 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 9 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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