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

Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.brownpalace.com/
  • Phone: 3032973111
  • 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 3033125352
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (139)romantic (48)good for groups (43)great for brunch (31)great for lunch (31)fit for foodies (28)neighborhood gem (28)kid-friendly (24)scenic view (11)notable wine list (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My girls have looked so forward to High tea at the Palace and what a let down it was. For $150 dollars I expected excellent service but was severely disappointed. The pastries were just aweful. Beautiful setting and love the history but Epic Fail.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelming and sorry to say so
    northcoast
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    If a person could eat the ambiance, then this would be 5star all the way. Downtown at the Brown (PALACE) has always been special and I have been going there since 1971. As much as I love it, Tea is overpriced IMO. The tipping point....refilling the individual tea pots with more and more hot water, without adding more tea leaves. How about a fresh little pot? Seriously, at $33 to start, that is cheap.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I took my out of town mother to afternoon tea, it was absolutely perfect! The service was outstanding, the room was beautiful and the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful time with one fault
    sjconrad97
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My son and I surprised his Mom with High Tea and it was "perfect" from the time we sat down until we got up. The plates were excellent and the tea was even better. Highly recommend this for any special occasion. I had to mark service very low due to the fact that, despite spending alot of money for High Tea, the Brown Palace does not validate Valet parking stubs and you have to spend another $15 for parking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enchanting
    tealuver
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As always, afternoon tea at the Brown Palace was an event to remember. Everything about the experience was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't Moan About Value, Please
    smartiVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    If you are going to moan about value, do NOT go to afternoon tea at the Brown Palace--or anywhere else. The Brown Palace tea was not quite as good as tea at The Plaza in NYC, but it's not as expensive, either. Service was good for most of the tea, but we did end up having to pour our own champagne toward the end--not a deal killer by any means, but not impeccable, either. Try the Vanilla Roobios tea and don't miss the curried egg salad sandwiches. Great way to enjoy the BP and a really lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Birthday Party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The entire staff was amazing and accommodating. It is always hard to find places for large party birthday parties, but the staff makes it look easy. We had such a great time! Thank you to everyone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My family and I have been having birthday teas off and on at the Brown for over 12 years. My recent tea was with three out-of-town girlfriends celebrating our 75th birthdays. They loved the ambiance and the Brown as a whole but I was very disappointed with the food. I remember how outstanding the food used to be in years past and it doesn't measure up any more. Sandwiches were very uninteresting, scones were not as fresh as they could have been, and desserts were very average. The price has gone up, but the quality of the food has definitely gone down. Sorry. It used to be one of my favorite things to do.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The scones and dessert were amazing but the sandwiches were nothing special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • last wish
    keri
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My mom decided she wanted to take her closest girls out for tea as her last wish. She has been fighting best cancer for 6 years and he fight on this earth is coming to an end. Tea was a perfect time to celebrate her and we thank you for a wonderful memory. The staff was great and made it a great time. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun but forgetful staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My best friend and I have taken our daughters here for High Tea every year on there birthdays. It is ALWAYS lovely and enjoyable. This year, however, They forgot one of the birthday desserts and I had to ask the wait staff 2 times during the meal to bring out a second dessert for the girls! I mentioned the 2 birthdays when I made the reservation, and mentioned it again when the Brown Palace called to confirm our reservation. Prices are higher, service is less friendly.... not the best time we have ever had there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not very special
    Linz
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Brought by family from out of town here for a special girl's tea. My niece has a peanut allergy. After one waiter assured us the food would be ok, we had 2 separate wait staff come to out table and discuss (in front of a nine year old) past customers with allergies that had to be wheeled out on a stretcher in anaphylactic shock- after we'd started eating. The food was fine, my niece didn't have an episode, but needless to say, the event was ruined. The wait staff we dealt with was in need of education and sensitivity training!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion Made More Special!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Take a gorgeous ambiance, good service, and excellent food. Put them all together and it creates a memorable and fun experience. Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace Hotel is a relaxing event and something that's well worth the money. The scones, sandwiches, and desserts were delicious and, of course, so was the tea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brown Palace trumps Empress Hotel!
    Clementine
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Stopped in for afternoon tea at the Brown Palace - one of the singular hotels in Denver. Parking was smooth and the valet staff excellent. After having a wonderful afternoon tea in England recently; and a lousy afternoon tea at the Empress in Victoria, BC . . . we were skeptical of great old hotels offering afternoon tea. But we were very pleased with the tea, the sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, and dessert treats. The service was great and the hotel lobby is lovely. Four stars - Brown Palace!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Ray of Sunshine for Californians!
    Jetty
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    My husband and I were recommended tea at Brown Palace by our niece. What a delightful treat it was! It was pouring rain outside while we munched on delectables and sipped our special blend tea. The surroundings were beautiful and we especially enjoyed the piano player, who made the experience memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tea at the Brown Palace
    Constance
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Love the undeniable ambiance of this historical Denver hotel. Feels special and classy and is just that; with live music by an accomplished pianist during the Tea. Everywhere one looks, there is the beautiful architecture of the hotel all around. There is a wide variety of tea options and the sandwiches, scones and pastries are good. Service is prompt. They need to use real clotted cream, or even a sweetened creme fraiche and not light weight whipped cream in a dish as was provided. Overall, it is a fun, memorable experience and worthy of a return visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tea for two
    Live2eat
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I like going to tea with a girlfriend of mine whenever I am in Denver. It's such a nice girly experience. The pastries are fabulous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Time
    SFLocal
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had a great time. A wonderful experience. The tea was very nice, the scones delicious and the treats were just that...a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a delight!
    fun3663
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    These was the first time to have Afternoon Tea at the Brown and it was as wonderful as I had heard. I would whole-heartedly recommend visiting the Brown to experience this offering.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Afternoon Tea
    Kneecap
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The tea was wonderfully done. The food was excellent and the service was also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    dancerbean
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I was in town to try on wedding dresses. We decided to have tea at the Brown Palace and we were not disappointed. The ambiance was amazing, our server was attentive, and there was the most amazing pianist that really just tied together a wonderful experience. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and delightful!
    AppreciateQuality
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Gracious service, excellent music, and beautiful setting made our tea at the Brown Palace an occasion to remember.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tea and food fine, service lacking
    PnutDenver
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We always look forward to tea at the Brown Palace but I have to say I was less than satisfied with their service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pre-wedding day for mother of groom
    gopher
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    the ambiance was the best!! so elegant and old world! a perfect place to have time for old friends as we enjoyed the beautiful room and decor while sipping tea!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 21st celebration
    Happy21st
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I'll I can say, it was everything we wanted and we all enjoyed the food, tea, champagne, waitress and piano player. There's nothing you could change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Enjoyable
    pampering
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    They made it an enjoyable time for my granddaughter for her birthday. We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the server was very pleasant. The food was good, the tea was excellent and we would do it again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not What It Used To BE
    lovewineVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Having enjoyed Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace on several occasions I decided to take my wife there for our 30th anniversary. It is obvious that the new owners have made changes. Service was terrible. Our waitress was trying to cover half the tables including 2 very large groups. It took forever to get served, there was no follow up, and waiting for the check was a whole new experience. This was not only our table but the same experience was felt by the table on either side of us. Needless to say it will be a very long time before we return for what you to be a very pleasant experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful place for a celebration
    famebcat
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Staff was friendly and accommodating. Beautiful setting, and of course, NOT cheap! Scones and treats at tea were lovely. Sandwiches were OK, but they saved it by offering to make a couple changes for us. And it worked out beautifully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tea at its best
    WellTraveled
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Tea at the Brown Palace is like Tea at one of the best places in London. A wonderful experience and the music was an added bonus. The sandwiches were good with little artistic touches. The scones were some of the best I have had. The pastries were a wonderful selection that almost anyone could find something special as a sweet end to the meal. The Tea selection was good, but I have known other places to have a better selection (though only a few tea shops).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a good time!
    teatime
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Brown Palace is gorgeous! Afternoon tea was a pure delight!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tea @ Brown Palace -- Don't bother
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have gone to the Brown Palace many times for tea but had not been in a couple of years. My disappointment level was extremely high this time. First of all the piano was too close to tables and I had to ask to be moved. The scones were late coming to the table (30 minutes after being serviced the finger sandwiches and desserts) and fell apart when spreading the cream and jelly. The jelly was in a jar. What reputable establishment serving an English tea gives you jelly in a jar? We were only allowed 2 re-fills of the finger sandwiches before an extra charge occurred. The cakes were just okay. I have been to the Ritz in London and the Brown Palace was very comparable in the past but it is apparent to me that they are cutting costs.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A treat
    Agnes
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I took my 14 year old niece to tea. It was her first time enjoying this ritual. When I asked her about her favorite part of her vacation, she said it was the tea at the Brown Palace.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AndreaVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Birthday celebrations! Excellent music too. Great hats and food and truffles. The place to be
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OOO-La-La!
    jude
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Tea is always a fun experience, but I took an out-of-town guest (from New York, no less) and she was wowed that Denver could offer such an experience. Terrific choices in teas, amazing yet friendly service, lovely food. My friend was using a cane that day and the staff could not have been more solicitous without being overly attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dns9
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Three generations of my family (my grandmother, my mother, and myself) went for Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace for my mother's birthday. It was very enjoyable. The tea was great, as were the scones, sandwiches, and desserts. The service was good, and our teapots were always getting refreshed with hot water. The dining area is in the middle of the lobby but is still enjoyable and very elegant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice, impeccable service.
    momsbday
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Tea at the Brown Palace is perfect for a special occasion. The grand piano being played was very good and while it is a big, beautiful area it was not too noisy. Everything from big parties to a table for two and everyone seemed to love it. My only regret was not having rented a room there too, next time for sure.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tea at The Brown
    Bren
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Outstanding high tea at the Brown Palace and Hotel in Denver! Lovely lobby setting; service was excellent; food was delightful. Piano music was a very nice accompaniment. We followed tea with a hotel tour (available only on Saturday afternoons). Thoroughly delightful afternoon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon Tea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We were disappointed in our server's attention to detail. Our past servers have always been very friendly and interested in making our experience unique. We were disappointed there was an extra charge for additional scones. The cost of the afternoon tea is the same but the food was limited. We would prefer to pay a few dollars more per person and have the service and amount of food return to the tea's prior standards.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    Happymamma2one
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    What a wonderful treat. I took my mother and daughter for afternoon tea. Well worth the price for special occasion. Tasty finger foods and scones with Devonshire cream, delicious tea and pleasant and friendly service. We loved the relaxing piano music and before we left, we were able to hear someone beautifully playing the harp. We loved our experience at the Brown Palace.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it One Time
    wouldnotreturn
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This was an experience that I do not necessarily regret but I would not do it again. The price was very high. The lobby was very beautiful but quite noisy. There was a lady that came in & sat right next to us that started in on a conference call. It was quite obnoxious. The food was not bad but was definitely not something I would pay for again especially not at those prices. I enjoyed the time only because I had never been there & it was an opportunity to do something kind for the friend I was visiting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate