Afternoon Tea at The Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134Neighborhood:
Afternoon TeaPrice: $30 and under
Afternoon Tea at The Biltmore
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.biltmorehotel.com/
- Phone: (305) 445-1926
- Hours of Operation:
Daily hours: 2:00pm and 3:30pm seatings
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
- Executive Chef: David Hackett
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Smoking Area
- Catering: Available upon request
- Entertainment: Live Harpist!
- Special Events: Available upon request
A word from Afternoon Tea at The Biltmore
One of the few remaining Miami locales offering traditional English afternoon tea, the Biltmore is arguably the most elegant venue, with its soaring vaulted ceiling, magnificent lobby and majestically mantled fireplace. The refreshing repast is served daily and is complemented with and elegant harp weekdays and music of an accomplished classical guitarist on the weekends. During the holiday season guests can expect themed pastries.Reservations are recommended.Continued
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Afternoon Tea at The Biltmore reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since July 25, 2014
- Ambiance4.6Noise LevelQuiet
romantic (5)special occasion (5)great for brunch (3)fit for foodies (3)neighborhood gem (2)good for groups (1)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- Frequent Tea goerMimiDined on 11/9/2014My daughter & I have been going to tea for 19 years on special occasions. We are world travelers and tea experts. The actual tea and choices were fine. The service was good but, unfortunately, our food was stale and frankly looked and tasted as if left over from some other event! The Biltmore should take some lessons from the Ritz Carlton or the Breakers... Very disappointing!!Special Features:
- Afternoon TrwyantanDined on 11/5/2014We were greeted by a wonderful pleasant Butler, who explained what was included in the tea. There was a good variety of choices of teas. However, you only get to taste 1 tea. As there were 3 of us, we had a taste of each others tea. The food selections was lovely, the Smoked Salmon cornbread was to die for !!! The scones were nice, but I would have preferred a fruit scone rather than a plain one for the sweet scone. The food was JUST enough, however we did greedily ask for more. The Harpist sat right next to us and at first I thought she was too close. But it was fine. The music was wonderful and not too loud at all. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. It was nice to be reminded of home, England. I definitely would recommend it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- needs better location within hotelSeasonedinerVIPDined on 8/30/2014high tea in the lobby? poor location, guests passing by, doesn't feel intimate. Food was mediocre - the sandwiches were inedible, stale bread, definitely sitting out from early morning or even the night before (I wouldn't be surprised!). The pastries were okay, the mini scones being the most tastiest of the offerings. For $29 a person I expect more than to eat 2 mini scones and a cup of tea.
- tea timeShadowSiren88Dined on 8/19/2014Great relaxing atmosphere with harp music. It is in the lobby so u have to hear hotel guests walking about. Food and tea delicious! Tea mind u is not a meal but a snack time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- High TeaTeaForTwoDined on 8/11/2014We had a great time and Wilson was a super waiter.Special Features:
- The following 29 reviews are from the Afternoon Tea at The Biltmore reviews archive.
- A little overpricedHunHareDined on 7/22/2014I took my mom to Afternoon Tea here, and while the ambiance was very nice (the harpist was wonderful!), the pastries and tea were only mediocre. Mom's a veteran of high teas, and she was not impressed. We expected something a little nicer for $30/person (which didn't include even a glass of champagne).Special Features:
- LovelySuzyODined on 7/21/2014Afternoon tea at the Biltmore was really lovely. The harpist made it extra special!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very Nice Afternoon TeatimeBritboyDined on 7/19/2014We very much enjoyed the Biltmore afternoon tea experience. It was very intimate and special, and the service was exceptional. And the music was phenomenal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Afternoon TeaMiamiNiceDined on 6/28/2014I had been to the Biltmore for Afternoon Tea many times but it had been a few years. I decided to treat a friend for her birthday. Tea was moved to the other side of the lobby away from the fireplace area. Now, you stared at a door to the kitchen. Before, a tea cart was wheeled around and you choose the type of tea you wanted. It's tea - you would expect to see the tea cart but now you are handed a paper menu and told to select. The food while tasty was served all as one course, all on one plate for everyone to share (which was difficult to talk over). Previously, they served you each individual course separate and own your own plates. While there are many differences (for efficiency it seems), it feels to have lost its charm.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice TeajeasueDined on 5/31/2014We enjoyed the tea at the Biltmore. They have the tables set up in the upper lobby which is a beautiful setting. The service seemed a little lacking for such a nice hotel. We did enjoy our food and tea.
- Nice for special daysKdmiaDined on 5/18/2014Tea at the Biltmore is fun for a special day. The food bites are yummy and, although at first they seem minimal, they are filling and you'll leave happily satisfied. My biggest complaint is that, at $30 + tip per person, I expect more of a Tea Service culture. You are allowed 1 tea choice per visit and are given a small pot of warm water per person. No one serves the tea for you - not a deal breaker at all but the first cup served would be nice. You may request more water but it never comes out really hot so the leaves don't steep at their maximum amount! The service was fine and friendly and the guitar player was very good; nice music that was very entertaining yet not sleep inducing. I'd prefer the Tea not be in the lobby of the hotel.Special Features:
- High Tealuv2teaDined on 5/7/2014This was my fifth high tea but the first in the U.S.A. The experience was equal to the best in Canada. The food was delicious, the setting was original, being in a lobby, and the service was most attentive. I would certainly return for a future birthday celebration and would not hesitate to recommend the Biltmore high tea to a friend.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pretty good afternoon teasobevipDined on 4/27/2014PM tea review.No hostess so confusing what we were supposed to do.2 groups of people sat at table set for 4 (ours) & had to move.'Reserved' sign would have prevented this.Finally seated, server explained teas.Served in individual pots.Had to tell friends to use strainer over cups before pouring as this was not advised.Most people don't drink loose leaf tea,so they wouldn't know to do this.Mini sandwiches,scones,etc were served without explanation.Presented nicely,but expected more for $30/pp.Had to flag down server to tell us which contained meat as 1 of us is vegetarian.No clotted cream served :( 2 servers did their best, looked overwhelmed.Favorite things-guitar player & our server took time to take pics for us as it was special occasion.
- The worst afternoon teaMaggieVIPDined on 4/27/2014I can't say one good thing about this experience, not even close to resembling a traditional afternoon tea. They did not have our reservation, then said that they ran out of food but would accommodate if we waited. The setting was right outside an event so people kept lining up by our table for half hour or so. The tablecloth was wrinkled, two sandwiches that reassembled a cucumber sandwich. The parking valet attandance guys were sitting around on a brake, while chairs had dirty and used tablecloths on them. The waitresses tried their best but if you are use to a traditional English Tea like they have at the Four Seasons or the Peninsula you will be highly disappointed with the 5 tables they set up in the lobby. Beyond DISAPPOINTING!
- Still my favorite tea spot2theTableDined on 4/25/2014I have had tea at many places in Miami and in other cities as well, yet the Biltmore remains my favorite. The ambiance was lovely. The harpist had an amazing repertoire of music. The food was delicious (turkey and guava was my favorite as was the raspberry petit four!). The tea selection was varied. I was a bit disappointed that the server did not bring the tea cart around a second time for me to sample something different, but I did enjoy my initial selection - a delicious oolong, Ti Kwan Yin. I know I will return to afternoon tea at the Biltmore soon!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ExceptionalOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 3/23/2014Afternoon Tea is one of the last of the great civilized pleasures around these days and partaking of it at the Biltmore is simply exceptional. The hotel building itself has to be one of the most beautiful anywhere and Afternoon Tea is the perfect way to fully enjoy its ambiance. The tea selection is very well put together and served loose brewed in the proper pots with the offer of fresh hot water to keep your choice at the right temperature and strength. The food is beautifully presented on a tiered stand and as delicious as it was beautiful. The staff was attentive and accommodating and the light music a welcome addition. All the way around an afternoon well spent! Don't miss touring the grounds of the hotel while you are there.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pop up Afternoon Tea SpotMiami31VIPDined on 3/22/2014Part of the lobby of the BIltmore Hotel is allocated for the afternoon tea. There are four awkwardly placed tables in the middle of a busy lobby reserved for tea. It seems like an experiment of some sort because there is not a legitimate place really for the tea at this hotel. There is a guitarist but it is just really very awkward and doesn't feel comfortable. The food is below par and the tea is nothing extraordinary. Not worth it at all. If want to go enjoy afternoon tea, this is not the place for it. I have tried many places for afternoon tea and this is by far the worst and most strangely set up operation.
- Too sweetoldhippieVIPDined on 2/26/2014The afternoon tea at The Biltmore Hotel was very sweet. Too sweet in fact. There tea food needed a better balance of savory food and sweet foods. Most everything was sweet, too sweet. All choices were delicous but not enough balance.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely Afternoon TeanijarebrDined on 2/20/2014The Biltmore is a beautiful hotel. Afternoon Tea is served in the Lobby which is a very nice setting. This particular day it was busier than when I have been in the past. It is a perfect afternoon ladies get together. There was a harpist playing lovely music. The traditional tea and food are wonderful. My only complaint is the price. One year ago it was around $18, two weeks ago it was $25 and now it is $30. I would agree with the price increase if there was some upgrade or change, but the food was exactly the same.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- expectationsterrieDined on 1/31/2014I thought the service was slow and the tea was limited in quantity. We were not approached for more of anything including warming our teas. It was understaffed. The harpist was delightful and very romantic. It was our special anniversary and my husband is a tea lover.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Overpriced, disappointedsugarnspice10172Dined on 1/20/2014We went here expecting an elegant afternoon tea but were disappointed. No one was really there to greet. The area was off the lobby. While we were there, several groups were checking in/out and it seemed to ruin a peaceful and relaxing time. The food was tasty and beautifully presented. There was several varieties of teas unfortunately our waitress didn't try to describe any and we were for the most part left on our own. The presentation of the tea was lovely. Service was spotty. I guess I expect more when an 18% tip is automatically added on. They also had a man playing guitar and it made the cost somewhat justifiable. At $25 p/p not including tax and tip I was really disappointed and won't do it again.Special Features:
- Afternoon Tea at the BiltmoreOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 12/27/2013Food was mediocre. Finger sandwiches were poorly made with hardly anything in them and they had no flavor. I've been to other teas where you could actually taste what was in the sandwiches. Also, more savory items were needed. The majority of selections were sweets with only 3 tiny finger sandwiches per person. Our waiter did not come around to ask us if we would like more tea...we had to wave him down after waiting a long while. Overall, we were glad we didn't pay more for this tea...unfortunately, it wasn't even worth the actual cost. One nice aspect, though, was the harpist playing throughout. I would not recommend this tea to anyone. Also, if it were a true high tea, the waiters would have been wearing white gloves.Special Features:
- Afternoon TeaPackGirlDined on 12/26/2013My daughters and I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon together at the Biltmore for afternoon Tea. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. A wonderful way to see this beautiful old hotel.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A New Mother - Daughter TraditionJeanblDined on 12/21/2013My daughter was just turning 16 so I surprised her with afternoon tea at the Biltmore. It was a wonderful afternoon escape. We felt transported to a more serene place and time and spent a very relaxing afternoon talking, sipping tea and eating tiny sandwiches, and sweets while treated to acoustical guitar. This is our new Mother - Daughter tradition!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Special afternoonOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 12/20/2013We had a wonderful time at our High Tea. It was the first time we came to the Biltmore. The hotel is so beautiful............. We loved the Victorian birdcages. We hope to return and stay at your lovely hotel in the near future.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tea at Miami BiltmoreStraightarrrowDined on 12/4/2013There was a wide selection of teas available to choose from. The patries and sandwiches were all excellent. The serve was attentive but did not know the tea characteristics. This is a good spot to go to for a special event with a group of friends or for a romantic afternoon eventSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely Afternoon in the Tower!!CupcakeDined on 12/1/2013I felt I was back in the 1920's enjoying a cup or two of tea with a good friend. Both my friend and I had such a lovely time at the Biltmore's Afternoon Tea...I will definitely go back. Something different to do in the Gables. The service was very nice and the tea treats were wonderful!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful atmosphereR0lfDined on 11/29/2013- live harp music added to atmosphere - specifically made vegetarian food - very nice location - only one tea selection per person thoughSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A great experience!YoliemarDined on 11/15/2013I love going to the Biltmore for tea. It is such a beautiful and historic building. They have a live harpist. She plays beautifully And Ligia is very knowledgeable about all the teas. It's a great experience!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Luxurious + Relaxing Afternoon TeaTeaMavenDined on 10/25/2013We thoroughly enjoyed our Coral Gables Biltmore afternoon tea. Beautiful harp music wafted up through the architecturally significant grand lobby. The tea cart provided plenty of options for different tea flavors and tisanes. The food included delectable tea sandwiches, scones, and little sweets. We had a big breakfast, no lunch, and this 2 PM tea happily filled us up.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- High TeaVicVDined on 10/15/2013Great afternoon - harp playing, beautiful setting. Tea selection was good. Service was excellent. Selection of pastries and sandwiches was mediocre. Scones too sweet. Clotted cream - FABULOUS ! Not enough. Definitely a must when visiting Miami.Special Features:
- Great change of pace from S BeachSMW4VIPDined on 9/12/2013Wife and I loved the nice break from crazines of south beach. Sever was great and the harpest amazing!
- Not what we expectedluvfinediningDined on 9/5/2013The Biltmore hotel is one of our favorites. We often dine at their restaurants- Fontana and Palme d'or and they always exceed our expectations. We were looking forward to experiencing their afternoon English tea, however we were very disappointed with the quality of the food. Everything looked and tasted like it was store bought and that is not the quality that we're accustomed to at the Biltmore. As far as the ambiance and service are concerned, they were excellent.
- Really bad experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 8/24/2013I am British, so going for English tea is something that I am used too. This was the worst I have ever experienced. The service was awful, the room started empty, 10 minutes in to our allotted time the waitress came over and said "oh my god" referring to the fact she had customers. Anyway poor cakes and scones, average tea and a wait of about an hour, the bottom line is save your time and money.