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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
  • Email: lalla.elalaoui@hilton.com
  • 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: Franco Diaz
  • 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
    Holiday Hours Vary*
    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 10p.m. 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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  • "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
  • "We went for tea for my mom's birthday with all the ladies in our family. We had a lovely experience. Great service, really good food. But the atmosphere is the star. There is nothing quite like the Palm Court."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My daughter and I, both tea lovers, knew we wanted to have tea at The Drake during our Spring Break trip to Chicago. We weren't disappointed! The food was good, the tea choices were plentiful and the ambience was terrific! We went mid-week and although we had reservations, there were loads of empty tables and we were given our choice of where to sit. Our tea pots were never empty, as servers came around to add piping hot water all through our visit. We were offered and enjoyed seconds on the tea sandwiches. Afternoon Tea was rather pricey ($40 each, plus tax and tip), but worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Tea at the Drake is the perfect way to celebrate a very special occasion. The service is excellent and the surrounding is classic old world elegance."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Everything was not only top-notch but far exceed any of my expectations. I wouldn't change a thing."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Having experienced my first high tea in London last spring, I have wanted to recreate the wonderful experience here. The Drake was recommended and we were not disappointed. Loved the ambience of the room; the service was excellent; the offerings good. If I had to find something to address, it would be that it was very crowded. I am looking for a good reason to repeat our experience."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Another wonderful experience at the premier afternoon tea place in our city"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Lovely venue for late afternoon high tea. We took our seven year old granddaughter who loved pouring from her own pot into a fancy china cup. She was surprised when the harpist struck up "Happy Birthday" and cake arrived with a candle for her special celebration. Very special!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My daughter and I so enjoyed our afternoon Tea! Harpist playing, delicious tea options. Fabulous sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, etc! We loved. Just like in London! Refills on sandwiches was an unexpected treat! A very special Occasion Treat! Hope to treat ourselves again sometime soon! Very memorable!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "My sister and I took our little girls to afternoon tea at Palm Court in the Drake Hotel. They had the Princess Tea which offered kid-friendly tea sandwiches and desserts. We had so much fun with the girls- they thought they were so fancy! The restaurant has a beautiful fountain and a harpist who plays while you are sipping your tea. The server was very accommodating and attentive. Tea at Palm Court was the highlight of our little girls trip!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "There is nothing like afternoon tea at The Drake to transport one into a place of calm and ease. Mid-afternoon, midweek is a luxury! I'm so glad to have this Chicago institution."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • ""High tea" evokes images of sophisticated tastes and all the accoutrements of gentry. The Palm Court tea service exemplifies this setting. All of it, from the ambience, the decor from the lobby to the seating area, the hosting, the food, the tea selection, and the service overall were exemplary. My wife's friends and I surpised her for her birthday with a high tea luncheon and the staff was absolutely wonderful. She was blown away. Every detail was perfect. I highly recommend high tea at the Palm Court as a unique experience to indulge - and to celebrate - the special woman in your life."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here because he came from out of state. We both really enjoyed ourselves. The service was excellent and welcoming. It was not pushy and we had enough space for privacy. Our conversation was not frequently interupted. The afternoon tea service with the live harp playing was splendid. The finger sandwiches were delicious. The decor & atmosphere were very aesthetically pleasing. The palm court & the lobby are my 2 favorite places for afternoon tea. Thank you for a great experience."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I took my mom here for a Mother's Day present, and we were both very impressed. Neither of us had done "afternoon tea at the Drake" before, and we were won over by beauty of the hotel including (if not especially) the room where the tea is, the tip-top service, and the unlimited, delightful finger foods. Also, the variety of tea choices was fun and we loved the ones we had (Pear Caramel and White Jasmine), and the Prosecco had tasty pear and caramel flavors as well (or was that just left over flavors from the tea?). :) HIGHLY recommended for any kind of special occasion, even if you have to make one up."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My wife and I recently had afternoon tea at the Palm Court. It was truely a great experience. The tea and food were outstanding and the atmosphere was both romantic and relaxing. We would not hesitate to recommend the Palm to others."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great service,very attentive. Tea was absolutely divine"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The Palm Court hosts a delightful, traditional afternoon tea service. The classic food was fresh and delicious and the selection of teas extensive. The servers were attentive yet restrained. The harpist was wonderful and added a nice elegant touch to the afternoon. All in all, it was a delightful experience."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My mother, father and I go here every year around the holidays. There are many places for tea in the city but they dont live up to the ambiance, service and food that the palm court offers."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "me, my mother and grandmother had afternoon tea at the Palm Court in the Drake Hotel. It was a wonderful and memorable moment and would recommend this to anyone visiting Chicago."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Tea and service were both very good. The ambiance and decor was excellent. Definitely a place for special occasion or if you just want to dress up and be classy :) Food was very average to eh. The finger sandwiches were dry and tasted like it came from part of a mass production line/Costco. The desserts were more pretty than tasty. Spent over $100 with tip and tax for two ppl."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "a very nice afternoon out for tea. Loved the atmosphere, the harpist was great, and the tea was wonderful. Service was also excellent."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "While we had reservations, we were seated in the bar area, almost in the outside hallway of the hotel. There were several tables inside which were empty. We did ask for a different table, and were seated inside by an unhappy hostess. While the hostess was rude, our waiter was terrific. The tea selection was well rounded, the sandwiches delightful and the sweets beautifully prepared. Tiny cream puffs were shaped like swans. The harp music was elegant. The Palm Court is a beautiful room, in a lovely hotel, steeped in tradition. But I don't need to return. There is no need to pay $60 with tax and tip, per person, for tea, and be treated poorly."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "A lovely setting for afternoon tea. The fountain and harpist added just the right amount of acoustical atmosphere to a magnificent space."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Beautiful, calm setting (including live harp!) and fantastic service. Flat fee of $40 for selection of tea (each person) and tray of sandwiches, desserts, and assorted breads. Fun, girly thing to do and highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "i took my mom here for her xmas present… she loves tea and the afternoon tea service was perfect for us. there was a good selection and variety of teas to choose from, plus the hot water was refilled throughout our sitting. even though it was only "finger foods," they were also very filling and the waiter asked several times if we wanted more. the harpist was great-- overall fun and unique experience."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We go to the afternoon tea several times per year and it is always an enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We had a wonderful afternoon tea at the Drake. They had a great selection of tea, and a fun assortment of food. There was a harpist playing while we were there which added a nice touch. The wait staff was nice, and they kept our tea pots topped off."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We had afternoon tea at the Palm with 9 women to kick off our friend's birthday celebration. Our waiter was very professional, but also had a humorous side to him. He made our birthday girl feel very special and brought out a little cake (of course we were stuffed by then!) The food was delicious and there is an excellent tea selection. Such a fun thing to do with a group of women!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "It was lovely, service was excellent. Food was ok. Tea was really really good."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "High tea at the Drake Hotel is a wonderful experience! Wait staff was attentive and informative; the ambiance was exceptional. The harpist was a nice touch. I recommend it highly."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Our only complaint is that the table we sat at had nowhere for our legs to go -- which is very uncomfortable to sit at for any length of time. And it's not the only time I've run into that. Otherwise, it's a beautiful room the high tea is wonderful."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Great quiet brunch spot with my mom for a special occasion. We sat right next to the fountain and loved all the cute sandwiches, dessert, and delicious tea. Definitely on the pricey side, but a worthwhile splurge."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "The Palm Room is very pretty. Our server was great. The tea and the food (quality) was outstanding! It's nice that they will continue to bring plates (sweets, sandwiches, and/or scones) if you polish one off and want more. I'd eat those little sandwiches all day long if I could. I'm not a big tea dinner but the tea I had was f***ing amazing."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Tasty assortment of finger sandwiches with a variety of teas offered. Excellent service and ambience. Would definitely go back with my mother or again with my daughters. A ladies afternoon out. I would definitely not take my husband, but thoroughly enjoyed myself. I've had High Tea at the Ritz in London and this was comparable."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Exceptional service and wonderful location for my mother's 88th birthday get-together."
    Dined on 1/3/2014