Best buffet in San Francisco? Palace Hotel Garden Court Sunday Brunch was next on our list of high-end buffets. We are suckers for lavish spreads of high-end food in addition to our mainstays of regular fine dining! Sadly we have found the best Sunday brunches outside of San Francisco, in far off places like the Wynn buffet in Las Vegas, and Conrad Sunday brunch in Hong Kong.
This Sunday brunch cost about $68 with unlimited, average quality Piper Sonoma champagne. Coffee, tea, orange juice were also complimentary. Special brunch menus are offered on holidays and throughout the month of December.
Summary – Beautiful venue for a solid Sunday brunch buffet. Breakfast items, salads, and desserts are the best bets.
Insider Tip – Make Reservations in Advance.
Cuisine – Buffet with American and Asian food
Location – Downtown San Francisco
Decor, Vibe – Palace Hotel Garden Court Sunday Brunch is situated in the beautiful and airy Garden court of this historic hotel. The excellent location is one of the highlights of this Sunday brunch. Live jazz trio enhanced the mood.
Excellent and high quality selection, with English muffins, Croissants, muffins, ham, cereals, breads, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, cooked to order omelettes, cheese blintz, French toast, yogurt, pancakes, and eggs benedict.
A reasonable selection of high-quality salads including Caesars, ceviche, Sturgeon, mozzarella cheese salad, seafood salads, duck salad, potato salad, cooked vegetables, and more
Seared ahi tuna, oysters on the half shell, good sized prawns were the only things available.
The usual deli meats. 3 kinds of quality cheese, with nuts, honey, and several breads.
Fairly weak. Lamb, chicken Parmesan, salmon, tortellini, steamed vegetables, mushrooms, cream of asparagus soup, and more
Carved Roast New York strip steak was very good.
The Chinese dim sum, spareribs, Peking Duck, and egg rolls were pretty fair to mediocre.
Japanese sushi was advertised as coming from Kyo-ya, but proved to be average at best, although the selection was pretty good.
Extensive selection including made-to-order crêpe, Petit fours, several cakes, crème brûlée, brownies, cheesecake, tiramisu, chocolate mousse, fresh fruit, stellar chocolate covered strawberries, black forest cake, and much more.
Service – Palace Hotel Garden Court Sunday Brunch had reasonable service, but not enough servers to cover entire area effectively during busy times. It sometimes took a while to get plates changed, refills, or beverages ordered.
Value – This is a fairly expensive buffet, but they did feature a wide variety of high-quality food and bottomless champagne.
Verdict – Palace Hotel Garden Court Sunday Brunch proved to be a satisfying Sunday brunch buffet mainly because the venue was fabulous, live music kicked it up a notch, and for the most part the food was decent.
Children cost $38 if they are between the ages of 5 and 11.