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Afternoon Tea - The Fairmont Empress Hotel
Afternoon Tea - The Fairmont Empress Hotel

Afternoon Tea - The Fairmont Empress Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com/empress
  • Phone: (250) 389-2727
  • Hours of Operation: Daily Seatings start at 1130am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
  • Executive Chef: Morgan Wilson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Fireplace, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Pianist plays daily during Afternoon Tea Service.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Afternoon Tea - The Fairmont Empress Hotel
Steeped in tradition, The Fairmont Empress has been serving Victoria's grandest tradition of Afternoon Tea for over a century. The majestic lobby of this landmark hotel has played host to England's most beloved ritual - the taking of Afternoon Tea to famed celebrities, dignitaries and royalty alike.



Our Award-winning Pastry Team works their magic, ensuring an authentic and memorable experience - from your very first sip of our secret Tea at The Empress blend tea, right through to his freshly baked raisin scones served with heavy cream and strawberry preserves.



Served in the relaxing atmosphere of the elegantly restored Tea Lobby, overlooking Victoria's sparkling Inner Harbour, Afternoon Tea is an absolute 'must do' for all who visit Victoria.



Please note any dietary concerns or restrictions in your reservation.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoying high tea at the Empress is simply a must do experience when in Victoria. Take a Step back in time and enjoy this unique tradition with outstanding service that makes you feel like royalty. The sandwiches are unique, the scones and Empress cream are Incredible! Every sweet tooth will enjoy the desserts. Such a perfect afternoon to add to your Victoria vacation, this is not something you can find to do in every city."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Very nice, would go again in a heartbeat. It was my first time and it won't be my last. The staff was friendly and made the experience that much more special. Would not recommend small children, just because of how quiet and relaxing it was. Very beautiful experience, thank you!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I wanted to experience high tea since I was a teenager and one of my dream came true! The food was great. The staff was also friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend my friends for their first afternoon tea experience."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It was great for entertaining my daughter and daughter-in-law. The food was very good and atmosphere excellent. But, I did find it a bit expensive."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Excellent food, staff and atmosphere. A great experience! I would recommend it. We will be back to do it again."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This was a must do on our visit to Victoria. The Empress tea we choose to accompany the faire was subperb. Our sever Sam was very attentive. A bit pricy but worth every bite and sip. Truly an experience recommended to all that visit Victoria B.C."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Had a great time. Service was great, atmosphere was elegant, food was delicious! When you visit Victoria, you have to experience High Tea at the Empress, at least once. This was our third time!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We came to Victoria for a day trip and wanted to have some tea and take in the sights of the the Empress. The tea room was beautiful and our server, Marilyn was outstanding. We had a four year old with us, who was having the Little Princess Tea. She was so happy and was treated like royalty. We had a wonderful time eating the treats, drinking the tea and champagne (additional price) and we super pleased to discover that we got a box of the tea to take home for future tea parties. It was very busy, but we had exceptional service and were able to eat to our fill, and then some! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I took my two grown daughters to The Empress for their July birthdays. One of them is highly gluten intolerant and usually has to watch as others eat when she goes out to dine. I made a note on my reservation form that we had a gluten free member of our party. The server came to our table, introduced herself and then asked which person was gluten free. She then served a tower for her that was item for item matched to the regular tower. We enjoyed our food together for an uplifting change. I tasted all of both items and the gluten free items were not just good for gluten free but were as good as the regular food items. Appreciate the chef who made this happen. Now we know that gluten free does not have to be less satisfying. WoW!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Must try the afternoon tea at the Empress. It is a bit pricey but a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We had a lovely tea at the Empress and I was so excited because one in our party was allergic to wheat and they gave her a delicious Gluten-Free tier of goodies. Sandwiches and tea cakes were all gluten free. WONDERFUL!!!!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Afternnoon tea at the Empress is a refined must do for any well seasoned traveller...the history and ambieance are fantastice. It is very expensive for the experience but it is truly a once in a lifetime..."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I am not the right person to write a review. I do not drink tea. I went to accompany my friend."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I am reminded that I should come to Victoria more often - it has been too long since my last special tea."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Very overpriced for the limited items you get. The hotel needs a facelift too, it looks run down and stodgy."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "It is a tourist thing to do and is fun, but be mindful that they offer you items not included in your already high price of $60. I felt the food overall was overpriced. THe desserts were rich, but delicious. I had been offered selections of tea assuming they were in the price and they were not. Be careful. If you are on a budget this might not be for you."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "There for 4:45 high tea. Paid $130 for the Ambience and $20 for the food. The piano player left to go home 10 minutes after our seating and we had our tea and treats as the dining hall was being shut down for the afternoon. Very disappointing. The entertainment should have stayed until the last guests leave. We were out of there at approximately 5:05. $150 wasted."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "A once in a life time experience but at $60 per person expensive. Our lovely server did offer us seconds on the scones which we greatly appreciated. The tea sandwich selection was one of each type (5) per person. Dainty and gone in 2 normal bites so nibble to prolong the experience. We were not rushed might be because we ordered a bottle of champagne along with the tea. The deserts were yummy again 5 types 1 per person."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was my second time having tea at the Fairmont Empress. This time I brought my 12-year-old niece with me. It was her first time. We both enjoyed our tea. She really liked the smoked salmon sandwich. My favorite was the egg salad on a mini-croissant."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Afternoon Tea at the Empress was an absolutely delight, the food was original and amazing and the service was top-notch."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We looked fwrd to sharing high tea with our Californian visitors. Food I thought was just alright considering the price. We have had a high tea experience previously at a lovely Oak Bay tea shop in Victoria where the food was far superior & staff not quite so hovering. Our server, although very attentive was overly so, pouring tea when we weren't ready for that 2nd/3rd/4th cup & made us feel rather rushed. Also as the server explained the tea choices, highly recommended the teas that were not on the 'included in price' tea menu but an extra $10 charge w/o mentioning he was upselling us. Overall, experience felt rather disappointing."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I can always count on a wonderful experience when going to tea at the Empress. It is consistent and delightful. Positives-ambience makes you feel as if you were there during it's heyday, wait staff kind and efficient, we sat next to a window and enjoyed the harbor view. The food was good-scones quite yummy, finger sandwiches were tasty, especially the curry. Ham one was ok. Little desserts were nice, a wee too sweet for me. A glass of champagne was tasty and refreshing. Negatives-I didn't care for the push for upgrading our tea and the meal portion. I really did like the oolong tea our waiter strongly suggested, but I missed it being in the tea pot like the Empress tea. It was in a french press, not very Victorian. All in all-lovely!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "It was a beautiful room, great view from our table and service was perfect. The cost is extreme considering the cuisine. The equilivant of one small sandwich, strawberries, a scone and a few bit-sized desserts for $60+ tax and tip is too much. We did it once, but never again. The locals told us later to go to Murchies next time."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Truly a great experience. The tea was delicious and like none other. Plentiful servings of tiny desserts, delicious sandwiches and scones. Definitely would do an Afternoon Tea here again."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Too loud from the centralized dish clearing area that ruined the ambiance. Reserved at $45.00 a head. They charged $60.00."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I've never been to a formal tea and was concerned that it would be a rigid and snooty experience, but it was a comfortable and enjoyable afternoon. Our server was very congenial and attentive and the tea and food was exceptional! Everyone in our party enjoyed it very much."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The hotel itself and the setting for the afternoon tea is classic and just what you expect. We made our reservations, but still had to stand in line with people who just walked in. I expected a little more style and dressed up people, but it was mostly very casual shoppers in t-shirt and flip-flops. The service was very good and the whole process was explained to a rookie family as us in a very good way. Now, the tea itself and the little sandwiches and pastries were all good, perhaps even deliciuos, but $60 a head! C'mon man! Well, we've done it. It's off the bucket list, and as much as I like freshed baked scones - it's just not worth doing it again. Lyckily for the Empress, there is a line of new tourists every day that's willing."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Worth the investment. Great atmosphere and history around the tea and a very well done tea. Splurged and took my wife there and she loved it."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We all had a lovely time and it was the perfect ending to a perfect vacation."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Classic setting has become dated. Food was good, service was great. Very expensive."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My sister was visiting from Ontario and it was on her "bucket list" to have high tea at the Empress. We treated her and her husband for their anniversary. She was very excited and enjoyed the tea very much. Thank you Empress."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The Empress Hotel is beautiful and we have had tea at the Fairmont in Whistler, BC. which was wonderful. Here in Victoria was a different story. The service was very rushed. They were out of Earl Gray tea, or so we were told by our server. I think he just wanted us to have the same to make it easier as Earl Grey was served a couple of tables away. The tea and food were very nice but I expected better service higher quality and variety at $60 per person."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We visited Victoria just for the day and my mother and I enjoyed the time together having Tea at the Empress. A wonder girls outing!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My daughter and I enjoyed our afternnoon tea at the empress. The sandwiches were good and the scones were delicious. The atmosphere was great. The 60 dlr price was too much."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We attended Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC on July 13, 2014. It was a gracious experience, with delicious sandwiches, scones, fresh fruit, and delicious desserts, and of course, tea. Beautiful, historic hotel with a British feel."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This was a very expensive high tea and "touristy". I'm not sure that it's worth the price -$150.00! The service was excellent. Somehow looking at people in shorts and sandals while spending $150.00 doesn't quite fit!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I had always looked forward to having High Tea at the Empress, and I was not disappointed! Our waitress was gracious and attentive, and the food was excellent. My husband needs gluten-free, and they were very accommodating. We requested gluten-free when we made our reservation, and they acknowledged that as soon as we arrived. They prepared a lovely, gluten-free tea that was very similar to mine - little sandwiches, a scone, and squares. We were thrilled with the experience!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I expected this to be a classy place and was dissapointed although it was beautiful I wasn't expecting them to make up there own exchange rate. My whole experience in that city felt like one big tourist trap. I will not return again."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Our group of 3 adults and 1 child had a great experience at afternoon tea. One of the adults in our party has a dairy allergy; we notified them ahead of time and they created a wonderful dairy-free selection of treats for her. So much food that we couldn't finish everything (those small sandwiches and sweets go a long way!). The princess tea for our 5 year old was perfect -- she chose hot chocolate instead of tea and had kid-friendly sandwiches and treats (including a crazy hair cookie that she raved about). A wonderful splurge with excellent service!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We took my mom here as a special treat. They were very accommodating to our dietary needs and altered the sandwiches, as we don't eat meat or chicken. Service was wonderful. It was a treat!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014