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Laurels Restaurant - 14 Reviews - 205 Oak St, San Francisco, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 934-1575

Laurels Restaurant

205 Oak St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 934-1575
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Restaurants , Cuban Restaurants

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Food & Dining , Caribbean Restaurants


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strongest mojito of my life...that's what i get for messing with the waiter and telling him that I wanted a GOOOOD one...whew, kicked my as$. my buddies and i had a great experie...


Let me start by saying that I am Cuban born and raised so I know a thing or two about authentic Cuban cuisine. This is not. The majority of the dishes are off. For example they wi...

LOVE IT! 11/27/2007

strongest mojito of my life...that's what i get for messing with the waiter and telling him that I wanted a GOOOOD one...whew, kicked my as$. my buddies and i had a great experience here. we are a fun crowd so the relaxed atmosphere fit us. i was taken aback by how small it was and the wierd green light they were using, but it's a homey atmosphere. i think abuelitas in the back, cookin the food, ya know what i mean?? anyhoo, i think it's a great cuban restaurant and if you're in the mood, this is a great place to go. Pros: Yummy and Strooong Mojitos Cons: Small more

Best Cuban food in the city! 5/11/2007

I can not put into words how much I love this restaurant. The food is delicious! I've had many items on the menu and eveyone has been good. You are given large portions so count on leftovers. The Sangria is the best I've ever had! The owner/server is wonderful, he's so nice and attentive. I have no complaints! Pros: Great food, drinks and service more

Great service, great food 7/20/2006

My (now-ex)boyfriend took me here for my birthday last year. The waitstaff was terrific, serving us quickly. There was no rush for us to leave. When The Ex left to pick up the car and subsequently disappeared for two hours, the waitstaff allowed me to sit and brought the end of the evening's sangria to pass the time. The paella was terrific, and I have unsuccessfully tried to recreate it. Bottom line: excellent food, and even better service! more

Love this place 7/17/2006

I live in Hayes Valley and have taken many dates and friends to Laurels, and I will continue to. In a town where all the ""meals"" have become 3 peas and a carrot ""tapas plates"" it's nice to get back to a place that serves decent portions at fair prices. I've had some form of fish everytime I have been there and it's always to die for, the salads are good too. I can't vouch for ""real"" Cuban Resturants like some of the other reviewers claim too, but I am a bit of a food snob and this place is comfortable casual and good... Period. Pros: Great Food, service is friendly, open late Cons: Can be noisy, but hey it's a great place to eves drop too.. more

Not authentic Cuban cuisine 1/23/2006

Let me start by saying that I am Cuban born and raised so I know a thing or two about authentic Cuban cuisine. This is not. The majority of the dishes are off. For example they will be too spicy, ala paella de mariscos, when Cuban are not know for hot dishes. We actually sent the paella back to be toned down as we couldn't eat it. Other meats were not properly marinated in lime juices and herbs, as we usually do, but instead just deep fried which turned them into average American cuisine. The only good thing were the drinks. Pros: location, service Cons: not authentic more

Great little place... 11/27/2005

My wife and I went on a Tuesday night and had the whole place to ourselves for the hour that we spent there. The food was great, the Cuba Libre was stiff, and the service was good. more

preatty good food 7/19/2005

i went to this spot one time and had vaca frita it was good i would highly recommened this place to those who want to try cuban food Pros: good service, great food, freindly people Cons: to small, sometimes crowded more

Only so-so 6/21/2005

When we got there, there were only 2 waitors for 12 tables. Needless to say, there was a long wait to be seated, to get our menus, to put down our orders, and finally to get our food. Some people actually had to get up and get their own utensils because no one was available to help us. The food was flavorful, but it would've been more delicious if it were hot. I would recommend that you go during the weekday or for lunch when it's less busy. Pros: ambiance Cons: food, service, parking more

good, but could be better 6/17/2005

It is a very small place, and it gets pretty busy. We waited a while to be seated, and then waited a little more before we actually placed our order, then waited quite a long time before the bread came out, and even longer before we got our food. The food was quite tasty, but my dish came out room temperature. I was dissappointed with the service. My suggestion, go there during off peak hours (i.e. weeknights) that way you will get attention, quick service, and heated food. Pros: decor Cons: slow service more

Restaurant hour cannot be believed 9/14/2004

Went to the restaurant at 9:20 and they tell me that they are closed. Never got to eat. Suggest calling before going. more

Authentic--enjoyable experience 7/16/2003

Try the peach beer. Mmmmmm. Everyone in my family really liked the food, and we all had completely different dishes. The atmosphere is also very pleasant--from a first date to a casual night out, I definitely recommend this place. more

THE BEST 2/14/2003

Mr. Lax needs to go back for a second try. Not only is this Cuban restaurant authentic, but it is the BEST food I have found in the city. The service is outstanding, the sangria is mouthwatering, and the pollo asado is heavenly. more

Cuba Cuba Laurels 12/29/2002

The place is a small restaurant, easy to miss, but when you find it the food is astounding. The menu offers a large variety of foods. The ambiance is very cuban. When you are entering the restaurant, you can see Palm and flower plants. Once you are inside they treaty with a Welcome smile. more

Delicious 8/9/2002

This is a great restaurant for authentic Cuban, and also a perfect place for dinner before a performance. The paella is out of this world! Also, the gentleman who took care of us, (Gerardo?) is the nicest man. Very friendly and courteous. I thoroughly enjoyed myself here, and look forward to going back. more
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Central North, Hayes Valley