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The Palm Court
The Palm Court
  • Address:
    Drake Chicago
    140 East Walton
    Chicago, IL 60164
    Neighborhood:
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cuisine:
    Afternoon Tea
    Price: $31 to $50

The Palm Court Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thedrakehotel.com/dining/palm-court
  • Phone: (312) 787-2200 x4619
  • Hours of Operation: Afternoon Tea
    Open Daily - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
    Holiday Hours Vary. For more info : www.thedrakehotel.com

    Cocktail Service
    Sunday through Thursday - 12:00pm to 8pm
    Friday & Saturday - 12:00pm to 1:00am
    Live Entertainment & Dancing - Friday & Saturday 9pm to 12.30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
  • Executive Chef: Herve Cuyeu
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Planning an event? A bridal or baby shower, a birthday party... Come celebrate your special events with The Drake for Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court. This beautiful room is perfect for celebrating your most special occasions. We will be delighted to assist in coordinating your party including floral and decorating arrangements with Mangel’s Florists and providing a gift table or special seating arrangements to fit your needs. New and Exciting Bridal and Baby Shower Packages!
  • Private Party Contact: Lalla El Alaoui (312) 932-4619
  • Entertainment: Live Harp Music is featured during tea time Wed-Sun

    Live Music
    Come down to The Drake for a little spin in front of the gorgeous fountain. Or just relax on the big, comfy couches with a
    nice cocktail, and watch the dancers like the rest of us! Live entertainment is provided every Friday & Saturday night. Food will also be offered daily from 5.30p.m. to 8p.m. Sun-Thur and 5:30p.m. until 12:30p.m. Fri-Sat at the Palm Court, with a menu comprising of soups, salads, sandwiches and sweet selections.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michigan Avenue & Lakeshore Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Discounted valet parking is available when you dine in at the Palm Court. Valet parking is provided seven days a week with a flat rate of $14.00 for three hours. After three hours, normal rates apply.
A word from The Palm Court
Tea has been a long tradition at the Drake Hotel. The Palm Court began serving Tea during the holiday season of 1982 and dignitaries the likes of the late Princess of Wales, Princess Diana, Hilary Clinton have sipped and supped here since. In 1958, Queen Elizabeth joined us for tea at the Drake.

The uniqueness of the beauty of the room centers around a gorgeous limestone fountain with a giant urn as its center motif dating 275 years old, this French bronze by designer David Williams. Most importantly, the ambiance of this afternoon affair is greatly enhanced by the live harp music performed Wednesday through Sunday by our musicians dressed in classical evening gown attire.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "The ambiance of the Palm Court is fantastic; very tastefully done without being overly ostentatious. We came here to celebrate my partner's birthday, and they were very gracious and attentive. They also provided a fantastic birthday cake that was light and rich at the same time -- a rare feat!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I heard about high-tea through one of my friends. I was told it was something I should definitely take advantage of living in the city, so I did, and I am very happy I did. Becuase of the price, I figured it would be a good one time kind of activity, but I loved it so much I can see myself returning for another occasion! The whole experience was like no other."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had a delicious tea in a lovely environment! We would recumbent this to anyone!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Palm Court for Tea is a tradition in itself. Despite the formal ambience, the service was attentive and friendly, the three-tiered tray of goodies all delicious and the pear-caramel tea a real treat."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Took my niece here for tea a a special treat, choosing the Palm Court because of its status as a Chicago institution. The tea and service were fabulous, but the decor seems to have some dated elements and could use some sensitive restoration."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The atmosphere was wonderful. Very elegant and the harpist added that extra special touch. Well appointed booths and tables surrounded a fountain surrounded by flowers. We arrived a half hour early but we were seated right away. A good selection of teas so there was something for everyone. The finger sandwiches were just ok, but the highlight was the raspberry scones with Devonshire cream and lemon curd. Staff was attentive without being pushy. They request you limit your time to an hour and a half but they continued to fill our teapots until we asked for the check after 2 hours. It was nice to sit and enjoy the harpist, sip our tea and enjoy our company."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "When you and a friend are considering a light lunch - you will never go wrong if you pop in to The Drake Hotel for tea in The Palm Court. I think too often we think of having tea on special occasions only and that needn't be the case."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time celebrating my anniversary with my wife in the city that started with high tea at the palm court. Friendly staff, quick service, and they make sure you have a good experience. Highly suggest going when the live harpist is playing as it adds that little bit of class that makes you feel as if you're in a downton abbey episode. Can't wait for my daughter to experience it one day."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Approx six of us girlfriends got together and had Holiday Tea here. LOvely ambiance and the food was god. Our server was very attentive. We will return, although it is a little price-y when you include parking/valet etc so it will remain only a once a year activity"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Great experience taking my 16 year old daughter to tea as part of her birthday celebration. I wasn't sure how it was going to go at first because when we arrived there was no one at the hostess station to seat us. We waited for over 5 minutes for someone to appear, even though there were waiters on the floor. One of them could have come over and said someone will be right with us but no one did. A line was forming behind us. But after we were seated the service was wonderful. Our waiter was very attentive and another server kept bringing us more hot water for our tea. The tea sandwiches, though typical were very good. The only exception was that the roast beef sandwich contained a little gristle which was carelessly not cut off."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Seatings for afternoon tea were until 4:30, and that's when the harpist left. If it's advertised as afternoon tea with a harpist, then they either shouldn't have seatings at 4:30, or else have the harpist until 5:00. I would have rated the Ambience and Overall higher had this been the case. We had a wobbly table, which was fixed shortly after we commented on it. Service and food were excellent, with seconds and refills offered."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had a fabulous time at tea time. I would recommend it to anyone!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Afternoon tea was absolutely delightful! We celebrated our sister's 70th birthday and were pleased with the entire experience. Don't miss this special opportunity!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The service and ambience were excellent, the finger food was good but to much "bun" and sweets, more savory, less sweet and more bread with no crusts would have been perfect.."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The Drake is the place to have High Tea. The food was outstanding, especially the cranberry scones (with cream and lemon curd). The service was impeccable. It was truly a memorable time. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I enjoyed a wonderful tea with my two daughters thanks to Palm Court. We were there the day after Mother's Day, and the servers are always the most courteous and friendly."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "It's a great experience to have high tea at Palm court. It was a nice place with delicious food. Tea was great, and has various choices. I would recommend it to everyone I know."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Always a memorable tea when visiting Chicago. Everything is perfect"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This afternoon tea is nothing special. Very small amount of food for the money and the quality was average. Service was just ok."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The Palm Court is an iconic spot in Chicago. Expect great decor and ambience but not food. Afternoon tea is why everyone comes to the Palm Court, the selection of teas are delicious. However, I feel that the food that comes with the $40pp price was a little disappointing but still worth a try. It is a place to go and see once in a lifetime but I probably will not come back for afternoon tea. For the ladies, you must go into the ladies powder room, it is quite beautiful. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The food and tea were amazing, as usual. However, the place was really busy and the noise level was quite loud. But, it is wedding season and needless to say that is what one would expect. Regardless of how busy it was, we had excellent service and the ambience and the harpist, as usual, were just lovely. Looking around it was clear that everyone was enjoying themselves, just as much as we were."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Met a girlfriend and went for tea. It was a great afternoon."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a great experience from the booking through the OpenTable and the the seating. After that though, everything was pretty mediocre, with the exception of the tea. The food was too pricy for the quality and presentation. Our server, by the end of our meal, brought containers and left them on the table next to us so we could box our own leftover food. It was very inelegant, especially given the nature of the establishment. I would rather go to the Peninsula (again). You pay a little more, but the food and experience are priceless."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I went to the Palm Court for Mother's Day tea with my mom, sister and niece. They had a rose and a small gift for all the mother's in our group and then seated us very quickly. Our server came by very quickly as well and explained the format (same food for everyone - we just pick the tea we want). The food and tea came very quickly and everything was delicious, especially the sandwiches (cucumber/tomato, lobster roll, steak). They had a very nice "Princess Tea" for my young niece. The flowers were gorgeous and they had a harp player which really added to the elegant ambience. Tea was quite expensive ($40 per adult and $20 per child), but it is a once a year (or less) event and we really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I brought my mom to The Drake for the second year in a row and this year was even better than last. We sat by the fountain and enjoyed Mother's Day tea and snacks. The ambiance was perfect and we both had a wonderful time. A great Mother's Day activity! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It is a perfect ambiance and delicate high tea event. Highly recommend for ladies! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Everyting you expect from the Drake Hotel. The High Tea was elegant and the best in the city."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "What a lovely place to come in from the damp, windy weather and enjoy a hot pot of tea and finger foods. We happened to be there during an afternoon when a harpist was playing. Great place to spend an afternoon catching up with a girlfriend."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Wonderful delicious high tea with beautiful harp music in the background."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The harp & fountains make this a special place for high tea. My favorite is the tropical green & jasmine teas. Men enjoy it too! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I took my mother here for afternoon tea as an early mother's day treat. We had an absolutely amazing time. Just from walking in, the setting was tranquil and beautiful, immediately putting us at ease and in a good mood. Our server was fantastic, he made sure we had everything we needed. The food and teas were delicious. We sat for almost two hours without even realizing it. I will definitely be repeating a visit to the Palm Court for afternoon tea and will be recommending it to all my friends. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The Palm Court at the Drake Hotel lends itself to afternoon tea, the room is lavishly furnished and decorated with a delightful ambience. The food is plentiful, beautifully presented and very professionally served. Not cheap at $40 per person (+ tax + tip) but definitely worth it for that special occasion."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We always look forward to the lovely atmosphere and experience of High Tea at the Drake. The harpist sets a lovely background for a special afternoon of good tea, great food, and conversation. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was my first visit to The Palm Court, and it was everything I expected. The decor was ethereal, the harpist was wonderful, and it was a quiet and relaxing place to have tea. The tea itself was very tasty; the china was beautiful. The only thing I wasn't wowed by was the food, but after reading other reviews, I knew to expect average fare, and it truly was average. The bland little roast beef sandwiches and soggy cucumber sandwiches both had the texture of being made at least a day before; very ordinary tiny pastries. But all in all, I had a wonderful time thanks to my dining companions and a lot of Champagne."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The Palm Court for tea is always a pleasant experience. Great attention to details and the selection of sandwiches and sweets are tasty and plentiful. Also, love to listen to the harp that adds to the ambience."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Loved the Drake for afternoon tea. Highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Service is excellent - the right combination of attentiveness without intrusion. Afternoon tea is presented beautifully and tastes delicious. The setting has much old-world charm. A fountain and a harpist complete the scene."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "I'll get to the point. This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever had a meal. We had 3o'clock tea on a Sunday so it was very crowded. The waitstaff was very efficient and friendly and the harpist was a great addition. The tea selection is excellent! I wish the food matched the rest of the experience. There were 3 savory bites per person. When I say bites, I mean bites. Then 3 sweet breads per person (scone, cake, macaroon) and three desserts. I had a sugar buzz when I left. I think there is an option to order more finger sandwiches but at $40 a person I felt taken advantage of. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • " I Go to high tea Often. My first issue withThe Palm Court is that they don't answer the phone. I called to make reservations and to explain my daughters peanut allergy. I called 7 days straight and left 2 messages but the call was never returned. When we arrived the waiter was very kind but told me (after checking with the kitchen) she could only have fruit and sandwiches, no sweets! I knew this was not correct because during our last trip we pre-arranged a peanut- free option. After much persisting on my part and demanding to speak to chef.....her peanut-free sweets arrived. This isThe Drake! I expect better. The tea service itself was fine. I have no complaints about the quality of the food and the staff is pleasant. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The Palm Court provides a nice atmosphere with harpist and comfortable seating for Afternoon Tea. The scones were wonderful and the tea selections were hard to choose from ... so many sounded so good. My husband and I with our 17 year old son enjoyed the music, the ambiance and the good tea."
    Dined on 4/6/2014