$36 for a Weekend Afternoon Tea for Two at The Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar ($72 Value)

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  • Afternoon tradition since 1907
  • Light eats and gourmet tea
  • Available Saturdays or Sundays
  • Covers two people

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Promotional value expires Nov 1, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 2 per table. Reservations required. Gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Tea was discovered in ancient China when a leaf blew in through the window and landed in the emperor's bath, which he was slurping through a straw. Sip leaves steeped decorously with today's deal: for $36, you get an afternoon tea for two at The Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar, which is inside the hotel on Mason Street. Tea is served Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Afternoon tea at The Fairmont San Francisco has been a San Francisco tradition since 1907, outlasting everything from the Great Depression and two World Wars to rotary phones and hammer time. With today's Groupon tucked into a mad hat, bring a dear friend, tea-loving love interest, or pale-eyed stranger to a weekend tea for two at the Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar, which rests as the centerpiece of the Fairmont's ornate lobby. The traditional tea service involves numerous small, delectable edibles and a selection of gourmet teas. Enjoy a variety of finger sandwiches, smoked salmon with chive cream cheese, and seasonal scones accompanied with the likes of English Devonshire cream and lemon curd, to name a few. Teas include green varietals such as the Jasmine Butterfly and Kyoto Cherry Rose, as well as Earl Grey, breakfast blends, and a variety of exotic choices sure to titillate nasal passages and relax hardened anxiety nodes as they warm from the inside out, like preheating a marshmallow skewer over a campfire.

A tea service is a chance to feel both comforted and indulged, similar to crawling into the pouch of a monster-sized marsupial. The Laurel Court is a gorgeous backdrop for sipping and socializing, decked out in linen-covered tables, red and gold carpets, marble pillars, and overhead chandeliers. In this era of fast-talking hamburgers and rocket skates, a leisurely afternoon in a luxurious setting is a relaxing cure for post-modern malaise. Reservations are required, so call ahead.


Yelpers give The Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar 3.5 stars, OpenTable reviewers give it four stars, and SF Station recommends the afternoon tea:

  • Of all the tea services we sampled, the Fairmont offers one of the most generous spreads -- six types of sandwiches, two sizeable scones, and five desserts. – SF Station
  • The setting was exquisite with the waiter going the extra mile by showing us some hidden gems within the hotel that took my breath away. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 12/25/2009
  • We had afternoon tea at the Fairmont, and it was lovely. A generous amount of food was served, and it has a good amount of "fancyness" to suit the occasion. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 4/24/2010
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    950 Mason St.

    San Francisco, California 94108

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