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Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace
Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace

Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.brownpalace.com
  • Email: lobbytea@brownpalace.com
  • Phone: (303) 297-3111
  • Hours of Operation: Tea: Daily: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Cocktails: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
  • Executive Chef: Bill Dexter, Executive Chef
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off site catering is available from the Afternoon Tea or the Brown Palace Hotel catering menus.
  • Private Party Facilities: Any of the Brown Palace Hotel's catering rooms may be reserved based on availability.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Jones (303) 312-5352
  • Entertainment: Harpist or Pianist, in the Atrium (adjacent the restaurant): Daily: 12:00pm - 7:30pm. Pianist: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Broadway & Tremont Place
  • Public Transit: Bus: Civic Center; Light Rail: 18th & California
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The Brown Palace Hotel has valet parking as you arrive at the entrance of the hotel.
A word from Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace
For decades, afternoon tea has been a tradition at The Brown Palace. Set amid the historic grandeur of the newly restored atrium lobby with its serenade of the melodic harp and piano accompaniment, guests revel in the splendor as they escape from the city's bustle. Enjoy such signature items as a pot of properly brewed English tea accompanied by scones served with Devonshire cream and preserves, savory tea sandwiches and a delightful array of classic tea pastries.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "The piano music and overall atmosphere of the atrium area were outstanding and made the experience memorable. The menu was great, but the sandwich bread was dry - prepared too far in advance of being served. Several of the desserts also did not taste fresh. The remainder of the food/condiments were wonderful. This is a great place to come for conversation with a friend."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We didn't expect that tea would be in a large open room, we thought it would be a little secluded, the noise level was a little loud being it was an open room. We still enjoyed the experience. Service was awesome, never had an empty glass and were even asked if we wanted more sandwiches."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This is a fun experience with my daughters. However, a bit pricey."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time! It was our first experience with their Afternoon Tea. We had heard so many amazing things and were not disappointed! Great staff, atmosphere, and food!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A wonderful place to sit and enjoy a book, or chat with a small group of friends. The only negative I have is its a bit over priced for tea and finger sandwiches. So it's not something you want to do offend unless you have a lot of money laying around. It's is well worth at least a one time try."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "High Tea at the Brown Palace was fantastic as usual. We celebrated my Mom's 80th birthday and she was thrilled. Yummy pastries and tea sandwiches plus the volume of tea choices fit the individual desires as well as the group."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The best place for high tea in Denver. Hands down!!! They have an amazing gluten free option."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "They were short-staffed that day, so we had to wait a long time for our waiter. They also changed their desserts and they were not nearly as good. Still overall a good experience."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The afternoon high tea was a class act hit for a ladies birthday party celebration. What made our time at The Brown Palace was our outstanding hostess & server Christina. Our reservation started with a snowy day in Denver but Dave the doorman made us feel welcome. The ambiance was everything I expected from The Brown Palace and more.Especially the gentleman playing piano. Christina arrived and walked us through the many tea xplaining the high tea menu. When two of our previously cancelled brought two more place settings and was gracious with them as well. Two of our guests had birthdays & Christina did a beautiful bringing a cup cake with a candle for the ladies to enjoy. This definately met & exceeded our expectations."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Lovely experience for couples, friends, mothers, grandmothers, and granddaughters. Have done several times and each time is just as special as the one before. Will continue to go whenever a memorable occasion calls for something of this high quality. Thank you for continuing to be there, Brown Palace!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I had yet to find a place in Denver that served a beautiful Afternoon Tea until I cane to the Brown Palace. Being by myself, they sat me by the piano player, which was a nice treat! And with the high atrium ceiling, the ambiance was open and spacious, with a lot of natural light. The tea was tasty and scones delicious. The sandwiches had light bread with the crusts cut off- just perfect! I did feel the pastries were a little too complicated as far as mixing too many flavours in one bite. At the end of my tea it took several minutes for my server to come by and present the check so I would say definitely go to the Brown Palace for Afternoon Tea- but not if you are in a rush..."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Friends and I go to the Brown Palace for Tea on the fist day of Spring. We look forward to and enjoy the occasion every year. The piano (and player), ambience, service and fanatastic staff. Thank you."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Overall we had a great experience. We were seated right away, and our server greeted us immediately. Both the food and the tea were excellent. The only thing I did not like was after we were done eating, we had to wait probably 20 minutes for our server to come back to our table (the table next to us was also waiting and actually had to pursue another server and ask them to grab our server) and offer us boxes and our check. Luckily we didn't have something planned immediately afterwards or we would have been late."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I had always wanted to go to Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace and was disappointed - not great service or great food."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My experience at the Brown Palace Hotel was very good. The food was great, the tea was amazing (Chai). Our waiter could have been a LOT better. He was rude and not helpful at all (especially for this being the first time). The hotel is beautiful though."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I made reservations for my Mom's birthday. It was a great Mother/Daugther afternoon."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Tea at the Brown Palace is consistently lovely. It makes for a wonderful afternoon with friends or family. The food is excellent, you must try the scones!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I took my Mom and Grandma here for tea to celebrate their birthdays. We had a great time. The food, tea and service was great and we will be coming back fir Mother's Day!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "High tea is the perfect way to catch up with your girls. The overall experience is great especially when you are in good compnay."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Tea at the Brown is always a pleasure - especially because of the ambience. The Brown is just a beautiful place to be. But truthfully, over the years the actual tea experience has lost some of its luster. The high tea is good, but not as good as another place in town which I won't mention here. The price has continued to rise at the Brown. The servers were attentive, but not as polished as in previous years. Ah, things do change."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I brought with me a 94-year old lady and we enjoyed our experience at the Brown Palace. The flowers were on the table and all was great, until we left and was waiting for the valet to bring around my vehicle. I was accused of leaving without paying my tab in front of other staff, customers and my 94-year old friend. The attractive black female server showed me a leather binder where the copies of the Amex bill should have been and where I had previously signed and took my copy. I was very embarrassed and humiliated. She wasn't even my server. I showed her my copy of the tab and she went back inside. A few minutes later, she returned and stated that they had found my tab in the trash. This was very embarrassing to me."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I had heard amazing things about the High Tea at the Brown Palace and they came through with flying colors. I took a friend for her birthday and everything was great! The atmosphere, the food and the service. We have already started making plans for our next outing!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The Brown Palace totally nailed it. I took my mom for her birthday and they did a wonderful job of making her feel special. They had someone on the piano and then the harp. The tea was excellent and the server was very knowledgeable. It was the perfect mother/daughter time and I'd recommend it to anyone celebrating a special occasion. It is a bit pricey, but worth every penny if you soak in the entire experience."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This is my fourth time having afternoon tea at the Brown Palace, and I must say this was the only time where I left a bit disappointed. :-( We did have a larger group this time (6 people) and we noticed that things did change with a bigger party. We always enjoy getting our own pot of tea, but realized that with a party of 6, we only got 3 different pots so we had to all agree. Two out of three of the sandwiches (turkey & cucumber) did not really have a taste and were very bland. The curry egg salad was delicious! All in all, we had a nice time, but it has been better."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "This was a special occasion for me and my 26yo daughter, who was visiting from Canada. Last year we had afternoon tea at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, so I decided to reciprocate at the Brown Palace. We both loved the champagne afternoon tea - great food and wine in a beautiful setting - and have decided to make it a goal to repeat the experience in as many cities as possible! Definitely a 'must-do' in Denver!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "First I don't drink tea but this was so much fun. The tea was fantastic and the food was amazing and the service was excellent. Definitely going back for more tea."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had a very leisurely tea and enjoyed the food and the tea. I do wish the piano could have been a degree or two softer--it really was hard to hear my friend talk and we were several tables away from the piano. I had the luxury of attending tea at the Brown Palace a few years ago and remembered more of a selection for what "type" of tea we wanted...I just remember going for the "chocolate" tea but there was another choice or two..so that was a bit disappointing although the food was definitely just as enjoyable...and the tea was wonderful."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Not worth the money. Sandwich bread dry, wait staff inattentive, not worth the high dollar."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The overall experience is something special to share with my daughters and girlfriends! Atmosphere is warm and elegant. Food is delicious and the tea is amazing. Service wasn't as great as I would expect for the price but that isn't too big of a deal for me. It is a must try!! Erika"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I love making reservations for afternoon tea at the Brown Palace to celebrate occasions. I always love it. I have enjoyed any of the teas I have tried and the scones and devonshire cream are to die for. We always ask for the complementary second plate of sandwiches because they are so tasty - particularly the egg salad... but then I am usually too stuffed to finish my desserts. Good news though, they let you pack up what's left over and then I usually have it for dessert after dinner at home :) The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and they definitely remember you if you go a couple times which is special. 5 stars!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We had the best time! My husband and I took our 5 and 8 year old for the first time and we such a great time.....we all loved it :)"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The perfect venue for a special occasion! My granddaughter turned 8 years old on Valentines Day and we celebrated with English Tea, Scones and a lovely historic hotel in downtown Denver, CO. It was amazing!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have a wonderful time. The staff was celebrating the day and ensuring that everyone was having a great time. We service was efficient and friendly. There was a piano player setting the mood. The food was good. Can't give it a rave but it was good. We were given roses on our way out which was sweet. Would do it again and recommend it to a friend."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Used to love tea at the Brown Palace with my daughters and girlfriends. However, the experience in January 2014 left much to be desired. Sandwiches were served with bread that was drying out, and tea cooled quickly because the cold weather outside made the lobby almost unbearably cold every time a door was opened. Oh, and the price -- ridiculously expensive for food that was did not stand out in any way. Sorry, Brown Palace. I have always loved you, but it may be time to part ways with your afternoon tea."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Seriously just an overall fun experience, and probably one of the best dates I've ever taken a girl on. I took my girlfriend (it was a surprise) for valentines and she absolutely loved it. So did I though. Allow for enough time to enjoy everything! I felt pretty good with 2 hours. Know that you are going for the atmosphere and the traditional aspect of it, but it costs a lot. It would be nice if they brought the price down a little bit... Overall, however, great for special occasion/ every now and then."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We came to celebrate my youngest daughter's 12th birthday; there were 6 of us all together including one 4 year old. We enjoyed the selection of teas, sandwiches and desserts. We added bubbly for a few dollars more; the girls got a kick out of drinking their "fake champagne". We all agreed the scones were our favorite - they were perfect with the cream and jam. The sandwiches were really delicious, too - we had turkey, egg salad and cucumber. The only down side was the cigar bar close by; we could smell the smoke (though it wasn't enough to complain about). Our servers were outstanding. We spent a leisurely two hours celebrating my daughter's birthday. We all decided as we were driving home to make this a yearly tradition."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This is more of a female get together kind of thing. I knew my wife would think It would be fun, and I ended up rely having fun as well. I would definitely recommend this for a couple once. I don't See us going back as a couple, but I know my wife will take her Mom and sisters."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I took my daughter and son-in law and we had a wonderful time. The service was superior!! My daughter is gluten free and we were so happy that she was not served the typical hard, dried out gluten free food that is the normal. She was quite happy with the food and the atmosphere. Thank you so much. I will be back with my friends. A GREAT day in all!!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The prices have gone up for tea at the Brown Palace, but it is still a special way to spend an afternoon."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "My wife and I decided to miss the pre Super Bowl hype and have tea before the big game. We had a great time. Tea in the atrium of the historic Brown Palace is always a treat. The scones and sandwiches were very good. The desserts superb. Even though they were very busy, the two servers did a good job. Too bad the big game wasn't as memorable as the tea!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014