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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
  • 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
  • "I always love going to the afternoon tea at the Brown Palace. Since my last visit, I have discovered that I am dairy intolerant. I asked that they accommodate that, after all I was paying $39 for afternoon tea. I couldn't eat the pastries, I couldn't eat the scones with chocolate. They brought me two triangle finger sandwiches of turkey and hummus which equates to approximately 1/2 a sandwich and 2 strawberries. While the tea and ambience were wonderful, you would think a hotel like the Brown Palace could do better than that!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "A phone call directly to the restaurant was placed regarding special requests. Needs were documented & then completely ignored. Our waitperson poured the 1st cup of tea & then totally ignored the table. Had to insist on serving utensils after waitress told us to use our own silverware for clotted cream & edibles. We were a party of 6 & had no choice but to have 3 large coffee pots of tea rather than having our own choices. Was also guaranteed our size party (6 or less) could have individual checks. Head waiter insisted on one check with a mandatory 20% tip. Total for sparse edibles, one incorrectly poured Kir Royal, and compromised tea choice - $49.00 p/p. Could have had a very nice dinner for $49.00."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We didn't realize how great this would be when we booked our reservation. We would skip going to lunch to do this earlier! It's all you can drink tea which is fantastic! The sandwiches, scones, and desserts were great. They paired so well with the tea. They had live music (happened to be a jazz combo while we were there). It was so nice. We are talking about doing this quarterly it was so enjoyable!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My granddaughter was visiting from California and especially loves to do tea. There were 5 of us - my two daughters, two granddaughters(one was an infant), and myself. We all had a lovely, uninterrupted lunch/tea experience. The service was exceptional; refills on the sandwiches was generous as was the teapot refills. The seating was comfortable, and the live piano music very soothing which gave to a lovely relaxed afternoon luncheon. Our kudos to the staff who prepared the delicious sandwiches, scones, and pastries, as well as to the attentive staff who served us. This was my second time to have high tea at the Brown Palace and I would happily go again."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I always enjoy going to the Brown Palace. It's a great place to celebrate special occasions. This last visit was with my 12 year old daughter. She is entering into that age where she is really getting to enjoy and appreciate fancy places such as an Afternoon Tea with silver and china. My intention was to have a special mother and daughter time, and the Brown Palace made sure we had that special time. Our servers were very pleasant, attentive, and accomodating. The live piano music was appropiate for the occasion and requests of other songs/pieces were readily played. The food was delicious and gladly changed to our vegetarian needs. These ensured my daughter and I enjoyed our time together, and these are the reasons why we go back there."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "This is the second time I have attended afternoon tea at the Brown Palace. Both times were incredible. The beautiful lobby, piano player, and table settings create a enjoyable atmosphere! Tea comes with an abundance of scones, fancy sandwiches, pastries, and fresh Devonshire cream flown in from England. I would suggest their Brown Palace Tea. The flavor is rich and it compliments the food that is served. The service is great. We never waited for anything or had to ask for refills. They are on top of it and spoil their customers. I highly recommend the Brown Palace afternoon tea."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My two eleven year old grandchildren, their mother, and their aunt had a pleasant experience at the tea. They enjoyed the ambience of this historic hotel. I will never understand the high price placed on afternoon teas and the Brown Palace afternoon tea's tea price was extreme! The teas that we had were delicious."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "my two grand daughters really enjoyed the tea. and the pianist who played their favorite show tunes."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Loved the food, the environment, and the music. A special treat."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Having tea at the Brown Palace is a treasure! The scones melt in your mouth. The cream for the scones is out of this world. It is a beautiful place to spend a few hours!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Loved the ambiance. The Brown Palace tea never disappoints. The pianist was very good."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We ordered the Darjeeling tea, which was the best black tea I have ever tasted! Tea comes in individual tea pots, and hot water is added as needed. The china is beautiful and the setting is perfect for quiet conversation. An assortment of petite desserts, such as macaroons and cookies are on the top of a three-tiered server. Middle part offers finger sandwiches; delicious scones are on the bottom platter. The scones were a bit crunchy on the outside and had a great bite on the inside. They were buttery and delicious! I didn't care too much for the sandwiches. One had a thin layer of turkey and the bread was on the dry side. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I recommend it highly for anyone who needs a calming, elegant break."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We were celebrating a friend's 80th bday!!! Our waiter was outstanding!!! He was very attentive & professional. It was truly an elegant tea and our friend loved the venue."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The Afternoon Tea at Brown Palace was exceptional and I would highly recommend the tea to all of my friends! Very relaxing--particularly with the piano in the background."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My mother and I enjoyed ourselves greatly! She was very surprised and please with how the tea serving was done. It was a great mother and daughter treat!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "If you are ready to be treated like a very special guest and have the time to sit back and enjoy High Tea at The Brown Palace Hotel, it will vbe money well spent!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "A must visit while in Denver. It's like a walk back in time to an era of civility! Beautiful setting, fabulous service, great afternoon tea!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The Brown Palace does a wonderful job with afternoon tea. This was the first time I ever felt full after a tea. Great service and delicious food and tea."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I've been having afternoon tea at BP since childhood. It's always a lovely experience. My only qualm is that they could use a larger wait staff in order for the servers to be more available and attentive. It can be difficult to find your server when you need something."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My husband and I took our 5 year old daughter to afternoon tea while visiting Denver. It was a lovely set-up...food was great, tea was perfect. Great for families, ladies/mother/daughter special occassion, girls afternoon out."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Such a great tea. The staff is professional at what they do."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I took my daughter and two daughter-in-laws to afternoon tea and it was delicious. The tiered plates were scones, finger sandwiches and small bite desserts....so definitely lopsided on the sweet and not a substitute for lunch. That said, they offer you another plate of finger sandwiches free of charge if you want to "lay-off" the sweets. Each person gets 3 finger sandwiches. In addition to the tasty treats, The Brown Palace is a beautiful and historic setting to enjoy a lovely hour or two of pampered indulgence."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Elegant setting and gracious service for afternoon tea. The food was delicious and appopriate in portion size. I will admit, I am english and a bit of a tea snob. The tea was good, but they kept refilling the pot with hot water. I don't know if this is an American thing or not, but the result is very weak tea so I requested more tea leaves. I requested twice before I got them. It took a little time to get the check as well. However, the overall experience for me, my english mother and my Coloradan friends was great. We would do it again!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have been to tea at the Brown Palace Hotel twice now and have not been disappointed. They have a wide variety of teas to choose from, so everyone can find something they enjoy. The scones in particular are delicious! It is a little loud, but you are eating in the elegant lobby of a hotel so every little noise echoes around. It is not so loud that you cannot hear your party. This is perfect for a group of ladies or just two friends getting together."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite places to be. It's my summer treat to myself. The tranquil ambience reduces my stress within minutes of being there. I'm treated like royalty, but not in an over the top fussy way. More like this is a special place and now (even briefly) you're part of the magic which is the Brown Palace."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "A great place to gather with out of town friends. Based on others' comments, we asked for a table away from the piano and it was perfect for those of us with over 50 yrs hearing! Food trays were delightful and tasty, teas (of course) were great and surprising, hostesses were present, punctual, gracious and informative."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Excellent high tea spot, pricey yes, and worth it. Will go back."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I have been taking my daughter for Afternoon Tea, for her birthday since she was 5. They always make her feel special and the food is wonderful. I highly recommend it for everyone!!!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We were seated immediately for Afternoon Tea. After waiting for about 15 minutes for service, we finally waved a waitress over. I realize they were very busy. I would return because it's such a treat to be downtown at the Brown Palace. We used the Valet parking which is a nice perk, but didn't realize it was $15 besides the tip we gave to the person who parked the car. That's on us - we should have checked on that before we came. I like the idea of reserving Online also. Thank you for asking for this input."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "It was expensive for what it was. It was still a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Mu daughter and i celebrate high tea yearly for a joint celebration of Father's day and her birthday which falls close together. It is a wonderful place for the annual celebration"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It is such a nice, relaxing experience. The food is delicious and the tea selection was excellent. Thank you for a lovely afternoon."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were seated right next to the piano. MY five year old granddaughter was a bit shy sitting that close, so she changed seats with her mother. The music was lovely, but we could not converse with each other. The gentleman played, Let it Go, from the movie, Frozen, for my granddaughter, which was sweet. She loves the song and can sing it perfectly, on key. Next time we go, I shall ask to be seated as far away from the piano as possible. For an afternoon tea, the music should be soft and in the background, not so loud we can't converse with those at our table."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Three different teas of your choice are served with scones, small sandwiches and delicate little desserts. The table is set with white linen and elegant china. A pianist plays while you sip your tea in this historical hotel. Women and girls find this a special treat."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our out-of-town guests and we enjoyed our experience at tea. Our server was courteous and friendly. The food was all well-presented and flavorful. We particularly liked the blackberry meringues."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Service was exceptional. They made my niece feel very special on her birthday and the food was lovely!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "While the tea and food were outstanding, the service at the Brown Palace was very lack luster. We had a reservation for 3:00 and were not seated until 3:20. Our server was so slow, we did not receive any tea until 3:40. For parties over 5, they only let you choose 3 teas for the table which seems unfair when you have a group of 8. It doesn't make sense that if we had a party of 4 we could each choose our own tea. Also, they were "not able" to do separate checks (which our server didn't tell us about until it was time to pay) nor can they run more than 3 credit cards. Not only was she slow, she failed to mention all of this at the beginning of the tea service which would have avoided the hassle when it was time to pay."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I took my wife out for afternoon tea and she loved it. Not only was the tea great but the scones, curry sandwiches, and the desserts were delightful to the final bite. There was more than enough and the staff operated in excellence. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I took my daughter to tea at the Brown Palace for her fourth birthday. She had the time of her life! Aside from the delicious tea, lovely setting, and professional and attentive service, my daughter was made to feel SO special. I am so happy with our outing to tea, and I feel we will make this at least an annual tradition."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was my second time at the Brown Palace for Afternoon Tea. Both were great experiences. My girlfriends and I each ordered a different tea so we could all sample each other's. The scones were delicious, buttermilk and sun-dried tomato. The sandwiches were good and our server offered us a second round. The desserts are always my favorite part. It's nice there because we never feel rushed to leave, and the wait staff was attentive with refilling our water glasses and tea pots. This is a great place to take your girlfriends and I would love to take my mom there the next time she comes to town. The only downside was that some of the seats are couches, and that strained my back a little."
    Dined on 6/7/2014