There are many grand interiors in San Francisco, but the Garden Court at the Palace Hotel is certainly one of the oldest and most classic. And during the holidays, the grandeur translates into a festive tradition, trimming the court and promenade with the same type of decor used a century ago. In this special edition of Eater Holiday Scenes, photographer Patricia Chang dropped in to capture the restaurant's Christmas spirit.
Originally built in 1875 for the grand sum of $5 million dollars (which translates to roughly $120 million in 2015 dollars), it was the largest hotel in the world at that time. Consumed by fires after the 1906 earthquake, the hotel was rebuilt in 1909, offering "rising rooms" (elevators) and a level of luxury that attracted kings, opera singers and presidents alike.
The Garden Court is particularly well-known for their afternoon tea service, which includes scones, pastries and tea sandwiches like Maine lobster with truffle aioli, and shaved roast beef. There's also the option to upgrade to the caviar tea for two, which includes white sturgeon caviar and champagne ($325). There's also a self-explanatory Santa Claus Tea every Monday in December, so grab the grandest child you know and head for the Palace.