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Afternoon Tea at Taj Boston
Afternoon Tea at Taj Boston

Afternoon Tea at Taj Boston Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.tajhotels.com/boston
  • Phone: (617) 598-5255
  • Hours of Operation: Saturday & Sunday seatings at 1:00 to 2:30 pm & 3:00 to 4:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, Contemporary American, French
  • Executive Chef: Certified Master Chef Daniel Dumont
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Taj Boston has private function rooms for groups of 12 to 250. Many rooms have fireplaces and views of the Boston Public Garden. Please call the restaurant for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Danielle Russo (617) 536-5700

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Newbury Street
  • Public Transit: Green Line - Arlington Stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking and nearby garages also available.
A word from Afternoon Tea at Taj Boston
Taj Boston, the landmark hotel at Arlington and Newbury streets overlooking the Public Garden, has long been a favorite spot to enjoy the gracious tradition of afternoon tea. The inviting experience includes a variety of menu options and tea selections for adults and children in two sittings on Saturdays and Sundays, at 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm. The French & Adam Rooms are classically styled tea rooms with expansive views of fashionable Newbury Street, have been refreshed to offer a refined, relaxed ambiance that's just right to savor tea and convivial conversation. Located on the second floor.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My sister-in-law and I took our daughters (aged 8) for afternoon tea after riding on the swan boats. The children's tea is great with nice sandwich choices and excellent hot chocolate (served in the same tea pots as our tea so they felt grown up). We both went with the Duchess tea which has only sweet offerings instead of savory and sweet. Nice tea list too. A violinist played for almost the whole 1 1/2 hours we were there. Very relaxing."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I decided to take my daughters, niece, and their partners to tea as a way to celebrate babies, books and summer. It was delightful. The formal room is beautifully decorated and posh, the teas are delicious and the little sandwiches and cakes are veddy veddy British. This isn't something to do every week, or even every month, but for a special occasion it is perfect. It is an out-of-the-ordinary way to celebrate life's triumphs. But it isn't cheap."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I have attended quite a few tea services in both Boston and other large cities (Chicago, San Fran). This is easily the most "classic" I have tried. The welcoming tea room harkens back to a place one might only imagine -- overstuffed settees, silver warming pots with tea-light candles, and even a live violinist! The service was excellent and the tea divine. Also, come hungry! There is quite a delish array of finger sandwiches, scones, and sweets to try. Would recommend."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Spending an hour and half listening to lovely music and nibbling on wonderful bites was like a mini-vacation. The violist was exceptional and added such a beautiful ambience to the afternoon. Service was impeccable."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I brought my wife and its a great place to get to talk and be in a relaxed atmosphere. The tea is loose leaf which has much better flavor although the food is meager but that is to be expected at high tea. The service is excellent and you feel like royalty when you walk in. Overall, its just a great way to spend the afternoon and spend time with friends and family."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Overall, very good service and very nice atmosphere to be in after a relaxing Saturday afternoon tea. The food was great but not fantastic, one of the scones was very hard (felt like it was left over from last night), that's why it got 4 stars instead of 5. By 4 o' clock, the waiter kindly reminded us that there would be a event book at 5 PM, which somehow affect our appetite and made us rush out around 4:30PM. A better way may be a poster or some notice at the outside of the Tea room, so that guests would realize how much time they have before they start their tea."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Tea at the Taj is so nice! Very elegant, beautiful room that sets the scene perfectly. The tea was great, nice selection.. and the food was very tasty too. It was very pricey for what you get, but still enjoyable for a special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This high tea consists of minuscule portions, totally overpriced and menu pricing that is impossible to decipher. You can't get out of this place without spending over 100 dollars for two. Outrageous!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I took my mother in law for the Tea as a birthday gift and she absolutely loved it! The ambiance was elegant and she loved the music played by a guitarist."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Experiences like tea-at-The-Taj are among the vanishing wonders of our world. Luxurious in every sense of the word. If you want to imagine yourself as a member of the late-19th century's Beacon Hill set, this is the place to do it. I have been taking my daughter and my grand-daughters here for several decades (before it was The Taj, it was The Ritz), to celebrate birthdays and graduations. The menu choices are appropriately varied, and include some swanky cocktails that probably would not have been available in the late 1800's -- but who cares? One of the best things about this experience is the service -- impeccable doesn't do it justice. Afternoon tea here cannot be adequately described -- you will have to be part of it to enjoy it."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Our High Tea, planned for 3 birthday celebrations, was wonderful! The two males enjoyed themselves, saying it was a nice, different way to celebrate their special day. The two women loved the entire experience! None of us thought we would have enough to eat, however, all were quite full walking out. The food and tea was delicious, the staff attentive - but not so much that we were interrupted. The atmosphere was beautiful, especially the live, soft background music. I have told many about our day and recommended it to family and friends!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We took a girlfriend out for her birthday and we all had a fabulous time. The service was friendly and impeccable. The decor was refined and beautiful. We all enjoyed the pastries and sandwiches that accompanied our tea. Overall we'd come back again for another special occasion."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We went to tea at the Taj as a special birthday celebration for a family member. The service was lovely and attentive, in an elegant and relaxed atmosphere. The only odd thing was the tea! Each person receives a teapot with an elegant warming stand. However, the leaves are loose in the pot, with no way to remove them when the tea has been steeped (there is a strainer you use when pouring your cup). My father's tea arrived already too bitter to drink. For others of us, the first cup was fine, but if you poured a second cup it was too strong."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "From the moment we set foot in the stunning tea room until the last crumb was eaten and the last drop of tea sipped - this was a very special and beautiful afternoon. The setting is embracing, light, and sumptuous all at once. The service is impeccable - the perfect balance of hands on care and time and space for privacy. The violinist was an added and unexpected addition to the overall experience. Five plus stars, in my book. As I said to my friend as our afternoon was winding down - "who else can we bring here?" Once is simply not enough."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "If you want the essence that defines FANCY tea time, this is the one. The prices are indeed steep, but I can safely say that the Taj Tea set is the best way to go in terms of both drinking tea and filling up the stomach with the sweets and savory eats. The atmosphere was incredibly quiet that one could hear the pin drop, and especially with the violinist playing live music. The only pet peeve about coming here are the availability of the dates to reserve (I had to reserve my spot a month ahead). Be sure to check and plan your day ahead! Not just because of the availability, but because it's better to enjoy tea in a relaxed setting without rushing to an appointment!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "A coworker and I took 4 students to tea as part of an auction item we offered at our school's gala. We had a great time. The food was wonderful. They even have a special children's tea which comes with a sandwich, cookie, chocolate covered strawberry and a pot of hot chocolate. The service was wonderful. We received a few complementary tea sandwiches and when on of the girls dropped her strawberry, they replaced it with 4 fresh ones. I would have enjoyed a few gluten free options on the menu. We will definitely enjoy tea at the Taj again!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Tea at the Taj -- great way to celebrate a special occasion or to create a special occasion!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Nice one time visit- gracious surroundings, elegant high tea. But we had cheese platter and portion was skimpy."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The Taj Tea Room is an experience you must try. The setting is perfect, the tea selection wide and the choices, including a children's tea made my two princesses feel like queens for the day."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food was amazing, service was good, but was overshadowed by overpowering floral smell. Not sure if they use air/carpet "fresheners" or if there were just floral arrangements that reeked, but we rushed to finish high tea just to get out of there. Also, the place REALLY needs a facelift. One can easily see dingy/worn carpets when going up the stairs, and much of the moulding was visibly chipped."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I introduced my daughter and 9 and 12 year-old granddaughters to High Tea (though I know technically in England it isn't "high") but that's what it is to us. They were excited about the idea when I introduced it as a Christmas gift, and were anticipating it for weeks. They were thrilled. The room is gold brocade drapes with large old 18th century paintings, fine china and all the accoutrements for an elegant "high tea" experience. We were so impressed when the waiter placed a napkin in each of our laps, and poured our first cup of special tea through separate strainers...no tea bags here! The tea sandwiches were small but delicious, the pastries delectable. My only wish is that the violinist throughout the whole time. Overall grade A."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I'm sorry but taj just wanted to make a few bucks for valentines day. They crammed about 40 couples and a large party for a pre-fixed meal. The meals were ok... Nothing outstanding. Sorry I really do enjoy their brunches but this was definitely a disappointment."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Tradition of yore, makes for a welcome interlude, we especially enjoyed on a winter sunday. Delectable treats, sumptuous sandwiches accompany the wide choice of teas, excellent service, soft violin music, Without the air of pretentious privilege, one might think tea at the taj entails. Perfect treat for moms, daughters, sisters, and the refined gentlemen in their lives. Delicious, fun, and different."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Expensive but so worth it for the ambiance and service. Perfect for celebrating that special occasion. Have done this many times and will continue to make it our birthday tradition!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "For my mothers 80th birthday. It was on her bucket list, and it was perfect from beginning to end."
    Dined on 4/6/2013
  • "After experiencing the High Tea at the Taj in Mumbai, India, I was a little let down by the Boston version. The sandwiches were pretty standard and the beautiful chocolate covered strawberries were kind of mushy (and there was nothing that compared to the "gourmet street food" in the Mumbai Taj). However, we still very much enjoyed our experience- the scones in particular were very tasty and the atmosphere, with the violinist playing, was lovely. Definitely an expensive outing, but nice place for the experience of High Tea."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "While Tea at The Taj was lovely in its atmosphere and service, the food was a bit disappointing. Certainly the savories left much to be desired in that they lacked imagination and were pretty dry. While the tea was of great quality and there was plenty of it, I was surprised to find the tea leaves were not removed from the pot, so that as you drank the tea was continuing to steep, becoming a bit bitter. The desserts were delicious, but greatly outnumbered the savories, which I suppose for some people is a plus, but in this day of people trying to be a bit careful of what they eat maybe there are more like me. The scones were average for me."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Want to take mom, your daughter or good friend for a special lunch? Tea at the Taj is decadent and beautiful! Do it!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "We had afternoon tea and it was a delightful experience. The food is beautifully prepared and the service is outstanding."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Afternoon tea at the Tajj is a wonderful experience! Envision crystal chandeliers, plush couches, elegant china tea sets, and tiered serving platters laden with delicacies. We ordered tea for four and were well-looked after by our waiter who brought everything out in a timely fashion and made sure we had everything we needed. Add to this a view out the tall windows to the Boston Public Gardens and the sound of a violinist playing soft classical music in the background and the picture is complete! Highly recommended for an afternoon out with the girls, a romantic date, or to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "For the last 6 years my daughter has as a part of her Christmas presents chosen to bring a group of her friends to the Ritz now the Taj for tea. The young ladies get dressed up and really get excited. We have never been dissapointed. The service is first rate, the food excellent and well presented. The tea is a delight in an atmosphere of charm, grace and gentilitiy. The music switch from the harp to a violinist was not without a false start, but it was corrected and the contractors are of the hightest quality. The violinist this last saturday was particularly excellent. As a classical musician I am very grateful. This year we used the valet service and we very pleased. Bravi!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Holiday tea with friends and kids. Very nice time."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "My birthday celebration with my husband and 13 year old granddaughter ... she and I always had tea parties as she was growing up and this was the tea party of all tea parties. Elegant surroundings, impeccable service. Little sandwiches on tiered silver trays, cakes too, pot of tea for each, violinist ... this was a completely delightful time. We absolutely loved it."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "This was a truly memorable experience, especially for our 11-year old granddaughter. The tea was good (if a little weak), the sandwiches and pastries were delicious and the service was outstanding. The Taj has truly carried on the elegance of the Ritz."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "My family was in town (some from the UK) so I took them all here for tea and everyone was happy. The violin player was excellent as always, and really added to the ambiance. One minor note, there isn't much difference between the first course they serve a table of 5 and a table of 2. At $50 per person, you'd think that there'd be a noticeable difference. That being said, we had a wonderful time and everyone left happy."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "We started our new tradition on afternoon tea with tha family for the holidays! I was thrilled with every aspect of the taj experience. The service was great. They were very accommodating of my child's allergy. The live violinist was the perfect added touch. I only wish they had more Christmas decorations. I would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "My sisters and I haven't been to Tea here since it was the Ritz - about 25 years ago! We've decided we should do this every year. You wouldn't think finger sandwiches a few sweets would fill you up, but it manages to do just that. The setting is lovely, and the service very good. My only complaint was the little pieces of bread served with the various spreads was a little on the stale side - as if they sat out perhaps too long before being served. Other than that - everything was very nice."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "There were food allergies in our party that the Taj attended to quite well, although they did make a couple of errors, but fixed those problems expeditiously. The service was absolutely outstanding, but the food was not as top notch as I would have expected. The sandwiches were mediocre, but the desserts were a bit better. I have definitely had better scones and the spiced Madeleines were not great. The tea selections were limited for non-caffeinated options, and that should be expanded upon. The musical accompaniment was delightful (kudos to the wonderful violinist). Ambience was outstanding."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We missed the lobster profiteroles. We were not impressed with the ham and cheese and thought the price was much greater than necessary. We have gone to tea for a number of years as a Christmas tradition at the Taj and prior to that the Ritz. Don't change the lobster!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Tea was fabulous. The ambiance is great and the space was abundant. Excellent choices for tea. Everything was of high quality."
    Dined on 12/22/2013