Modern American

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Laurel serves French-inspired, New American fare from Top Chef winner chef Nicholas Elmi. A la carte and chef’s tasting menus (with optional wine pairings) showcase dishes like black cod in truffle broth or roasted lamb neck with stinging nettles and wood ear mushrooms, as well as crowd-favorite dessert vanilla-fromage blanc panna cotta. This bistro features a simple, rustic interior marked by hanging lanterns, reclaimed wooden tables and tufted beige seating.

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  • Number 1: 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia 2016 - Philadelphia Magazine
  • Four bells from the Philadelphia Inquirer 2016
  • 25 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2015 - GQ
  • Semi-Finalist: James Beard Foundation, Best Chef Mid-Atlantic 2015
  • 50 Best Restaurants 2015 - Philadelphia Magazine
  • Semi-Finalist: James Beard Foundation, Best New Restaurant 2014
  • 10 Best New Restaurants 2014 - Philadelphia Weekly
  • Top 50 Restaurants 2014 - Zagat
  • Top New Restaurants 2014 - Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Three Bells from the Philadelphia Inquirer 2014
  • Zagat rating of 4.7 out of 5

Menu for Laurel

Tasting Menu


  • Hiramasa, Green Apple, Horseradish Wine Pairing: Albert Mann Auxerrois, Alsace, 2013
  • Cocoa Cured Foie, Asian Pear, Black Walnut Wine Pairing: Valverán 20 Manzanas, Asturias
  • Wild Burgundy Snails, Mushroom, Roasted and Pickled Spring Onion, Potato Espuma and Chip Wine Pairing: Val de Mer, Chablis, 2012
  • Maine Scallop, Heart of Palm, Myoga Ginger, Crispy Chicken
  • Icelandic Cod, Chestnut, Salsify, Black Trumpet Mushroom, Albufera Wine Pairing: Bellwether Vin Gris, Finger Lakes, 2013
  • Braised Pork Cheek, Espresso, Salted Turnip, Parsnip, Quince Wine Pairing: Lantides Agiorgitiko, Nemea, 2013


  • Sweet Potato Cake, Meyer Lemon, Maple, Malted Milk, Caramel
  • Puits d'Astier, Caramelized Banana, Persimmon, Almond

1617 E. Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Intimate, Modern, Refined
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Foodies, Singles, Special Occasion
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (215) 271-8299
  • Private Dining Room: No