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Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.winterthur.org/?p=759
  • Phone: (302) 888-4826
  • Hours of Operation: Visitors Center Garden Cafe - 9am - 4pm (Tuesday - Sunday)
    Cottage Cafe - 10am - 4:30pm (Tuesday - Sunday)
    Closed on Mondays

    Afternoon Tea Scheduled through January :

    September 7th
    September 13th
    September 14th
    September 20th
    September 21st
    September 27th
    September 28th
    October 5th
    October 12th
    October 19th
    October 26th
    November 1st
    November 2nd
    November 8th
    November 9th
    November 15th
    November 16th
    November 22nd
    November 23rd
    November 30th
    December 7th
    December 28th
    January 4th

    Yuletide Brunch with Santa Scheduled in December:
    December 13th
    December 14th
    December 20th
    December 21st
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Gary Coyle
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: A passion for food. An obsession for detail. Having earned a reputation for uncompromising quality, Catering by Restaurant Associates can offer you exclusive access to Winterthur Museum & Country Estate. Whether you're hosting an intimate reception for a few guests or a wedding for a few hundred, our creative catering experts will be delighted to work with you to custom design a truly memorable experience. We dedicate ourselves to ensuring the success of your event. Please contact Melissa Sapio at (302)888-4826 or ccater@winterthur.org for more information.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the Visitor Center parking lot.

A word from Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world. We invite you to visit and explore this place of beauty, history, and learning.

Reservations are accepted for Sunday brunches, Afternoon Tea and many other special dining experiences held at Winterthur. Reservations are not required for dining in the Visitor Center Garden Cafe or the Cottage Cafe. Winterthur Members receive 10% off all Visitor Center Garden Cafe and Cottage Cafe purchases, preferred seating at special holiday brunches, and discounts on catered events.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The selection of sweet and savory foods was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We came expecting the typical English Tea of small sandwiches and scones and found an extensive buffet of a well-prepared and scrumptious variety of foods. Kudos to the chef!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My friend and I attended the Downton Abbey Costume exhibit at Winterthur, Delaware. We chose to enhance that experience with the 'High Tea' offered in the Cafe there. The food was amazing! We had a very nice selection of teas, savories, and mini desserts that were all delicious. The cafe looks out over the grounds of Winterthur, which is lovely. The only recommendation I would make is to add more wait staff; our server seemed to be extremely busy keeping up with all her tables, although she did an admirable job. I would love to do this all over again--and I just might, with another friend or two."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We were at that visitors center cafeteria for the Downton Abbey tea. The whole Winterthur Estate is beautiful and the staff very helpful and efficient. the cafeteria was done as nicely as could be expected for a cafeteria for the tea. I would have preferred to be in the atrium of the main building and with table service for the tea. the buffet was fine and the food was very good but that is why I didn't give it excellence rating. Overall a very nice experience."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The Afternoon Tea was in a grande room and was served Buffet Stye. Although the tea was actually tea bags there were many flavors to choose from. The selection of food at the buffet was awesome. Crab Salad, Stuffed Mushrooms, Gouda Cheese Wraps, etc. Everything was delicious and the desert table was as delicious as it was inviting to look at. We had a table of for 4. It was fun, because the servers were dressed like the Downton Abbey servers. Just overall beautiful to look out the glass walls to see the garden. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Tables were set properly, warm cauliflower soup in a shot glass was delivered with care, stem ware with ice water was great for a warm summer day, hot water for tea was replenished frequently, the buffet of savouries had variety and were delicious, and the desserts were attractive and yummy. I have catered teas for large groups before and understand the challenges of meeting everyone's expectations. I was concerned our tea would be a disappointment since some of the online reviews were quite critical. Winterthur has clearly responded to the concerns and it was a lovely experience. Still to fix: the scones (over handled and baked too long) and lemon curd (had a salty after taste!) Pinkies up for Winterthur's Downton Abbey display and tea!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We visited the Downton Abbey costume exhibit, which was just fabulous, then stayed for the tea. The tea was very inauthentic. It was served buffet-style, which would never be done. Small pots are provided, and a selection of tea bags. Again, this isn't a proper tea. Each server had many, many tables to cover, really just to pour the hot water, but it was hard to get refills. The room is quite pretty, but so large that it became very noisy. The charge for each person is $30, way too much for what you get. While we will most likely come back to see the Downton Abbey costume exhibit again, we will definitely not stay for the tea."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Went for the "Tea" as we were visiting Winterthur specifically for the Downton Abbey costume exhibit. The "tea" was presented in the back half of a large banquet hall. We were seated at round tables of 8. The "ea" was a buffet. None of the foods put out were listed on the menu shown online. The food was good but, very tiny servings. 3/4" piece of semolina toast, 1/2" mushroom caps, etc. Hot water and tea bags were available at our tables. The serve staff was friendly and attentive. You never would have known that this was to be a "tea". Overall, I felt for $30, the event and food was overpriced."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "A friend and I decided to do the English Tea in conjunction with our tour of the Downton ABBEY costumes. While we certainly enjoyed the costumes, I cannot say the same for the tea. I found the items from both the savory and sweets table to be less than fresh. There was a stale taste to almost everything. Our server, while pleasant, did not attend to us as we would have preferred. We were almost finjshed with our sweets before she returned with hot coffee, even though she went by our table three times and announced she was bringing the coffee. The whole thing left a "bad taste in our mouths.""
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We went to see the downton abbey exhibit and then had English tea in their garden cafe. It was a perfect compliment to the exhibit. The tea sandwiches and scones were delicious"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I recently attended the afternoon tea service at Winterthur along with two friends. I would like to suggest to the restaurant at Winterthur that the soup be offered in a cup or small bowl vs. a shot glass, and that there be a small salad offered in addition to the finger sandwiches, which would look better cut into small triangles and served on a tiered platter. Most importantly, the tea should have been freshly brewed rather than offering tea bags. Also, the wait staff should wear gloves in accordance with the period costumes they wore. Since the tea service was in accordance with the Downton Abbey exhibit, it would have been nice to have music from that period, and the decor could have been more in line with the period as well."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Enjoyed everything--scenery, staff, food. What a wonderful way to spend the day with a friends. Downton Abbey, the gardens, the shops and afternoon tea. The only disappointment, minor but irritating was that the raspberry scones ran out within a 1/2 hour of 3 o'clock tea and were not replaced."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Celebrating the Costumes of Downton Abby exhibit (which was great by the way), Winterthur served tea in the café. Well, served is not really a proper term as it was a buffet, so it was self-serve. And tea is not really a proper term. While they were flogging 3 different blends of loose tea in the gift shops, they only had lousy bag tea on the tables. The scones were like little hockey pucks -- virtually inedible. The only shining star to this experience was the lemon curd. Last but hardly least, while they had linens on the tables, cloth napkins and decent flatware, they did nothing to block the view of the standard cafeteria line -- creating a jarring vision with the liveried staff refilling the hot water and buffet lines."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "There were 4 in our party and we dined at Winterthur on Sunday afternoon (6/29) at the Downton Abbey-themed Tea. We were very happy with the service, the food selection and the lovely view. The waiters/waitresses were dressed in period costume and were very friendly and attentive. We had a wonderful time and would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "A Winterthur member, I 've enjoyed meals tied into Christmas or another event so expections were high for the 29.95 p/p tea tied to Downton Abbey event. Very disappointing: of 4 at my table, 2 teacups (unwieldy teapot cups) were stained & dirty; about 8 teabags were simply scattered on a butterplate; it was not tea service, but a buffet of standard sliced -store-style breads with ham, salmon or crab spreads (the fillings were ok) cut into strips; it was near impossible to get hot water refills. The sweets table also buffet, but adequate. Highpoint was a soup "shooter" which was not really part of the menu. Even the simplest tea cafe provides fresh tea sandwiches & sweets as tableservice. Staff dressed in maids' uniforms do not a tea make."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I went with a friend for the Downtown exhibit. We decided to end the day with a tea time! The brunch was very good. In general, the food was pretty good. The ingredients that were used were luxury items. While the price came out to around $30 per person before tax, with tip it was $36. There was a selection of teas to choose from. Small snacks and finger foods included hot ones and sweet ones. There were traditional finger sandwiches with fish and ham. There were also a nice variety of sweet treats. I wish they had more of the cauliflower soup, which was outstanding. I prefer hot dishes so I would liked to have seen more hot dishes. But it was a nice treat and money well spent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I enjoyed the Downton Abbey tea overall. I would have preferred that tea items were served at the table instead of using the buffet. We were seated in front of the buffet and people waited in line to get at the table. Most distracting for our table conversation. It also prevented us from looking out the windows unobstructed. I would suggest that for $30.00 a person most people expect to be served. Sandwiches while waiting to be served should be covered with a damp cloth in the kitchen. Some of them were dried out by the time we ate, and we had a 3:00 reservation. Thank you for asking for my input."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I knew the ambiance would not be great, eating in the Visitor's Center at Winterthur. But that was no excuse for the marginal quality of the food. The "shooter" of cream of cauliflower soup was tasty. While the tea sandwiches and scones were good, the desserts (very heavy on chocolate) were stale. The petite fours were like squares of cardboard with funky tasting icing. The all-in-one teapot and (extremely large) cup could easily have been replaced with small teapots. Would not recommend this dining experience to anyone."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The setting is lovely, and it is fun to see patrons dressed in period clothing. However, I think $30. for tea bags and a small buffet is quite high price. The savory table was very limited while the dessert table had a bit more variety. We had to ask for our "shooter" of cauliflower soup and refills of hot water for the tea. I realize that Winterthur is raising money on the exhibit, but I think they must have cleared at least $20. for each person served. While I would certainly recommend an estate visit to a friend, I would not recommend the tea."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Wasn't impressed with the tea at all, have been to much nicer teas at other venues. Only three selections of tea sandwiches, two of which were fish. Cucumber sandwiches are a staple at real teas, but they only offered ham, salmon and crab. Soup was good but in a tiny little dessert glass that a spoon didn't fit into so you were forced to drink it out of the glass, not tea-party like at all. Desserts were nice enough. Nothing special about this tea for $30. Winterthur Museum is beautiful, I have been there before and will be going back again, but I will be skipping the tea next time."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Very disappointed in the tea especially considering the price. The food was very average but with fancy names. Typically afternoon teas do not have tea bags but freshly brewed tea with your own individual tea pot. The deserts, although beautifully presented, could have been store bought in some cases. The only good thing about the tea was the lovely outdoor view, spending time with my friend at the table and our nice waitress, who appeared to be a little harried at times. If this tea took place at Downton Abbey, they would dismiss all the kitchen staff. Considering the tea was part of the Downtown Abbey exhibit (which was wonderful), the tea should have been more authentic."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went for brunch during the "Costumes of Downton Abbey" exhibit. The food was wonderful. The "staff" was dress in costume! Had a great time! Don't miss it!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Downington Abbey theme was cute, the servers were very friendly and efficient, and food very good and different. We would go to a similar event at the Garden as they are exceptional!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I had booked a table for a formal tea. There was not table service, the food was put out buffet style. The traveling exhibit was The Costumes from Downton Abbey and the tea was advertised as a traditional English tea. It was not. The food was put out buffet style, there was not enough of some of the items. This was a reservation only seating, so the number of guests would have been available. There are certain food items, like scones, crumpets, lemon curd, clotted cream, tea sandwiches, small pastries that are traditional to an English tea. Not all these items were present, or they had been consumed by the time my friend and I arrived."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "If you need to serve tea for 150 people at once, buffet style is the only practical option which was the style here, though not in the style of high tea, Downton Abbey style. Wait staff were attentive in refilling hot water, though the tea cups were huge and a little clunky with the teapot that sits on top of the cup. Tea bags were used rather than brewed loose tea, so that's not tradition for high tea, either. But, all in all, it was fun and the savory/sweet offerings for a 3-course tea were very tasty (no Devonshire cream, though great lemon curd). The cream of cauliflower soup was a nice touch that is outside the usual high tea offerings. It's a limited time availability, so will be missed as a dining option when summer ends."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We attended the tea following the Downton Abbey exhibit. We had never been to a buffet tea, but that in itself wouldn't have been too bad, although it significantly changes the ambiance. The sandwiches were all served on country white instead of different breads. The tea was bagged rather than brewed and the flavor choices were very limited. We have attended many teas and this one was much more generic and I guess we expected more because we figured it would be fashioned as an English high tea."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "If you're going to have a tea associated with the Downton exhibit and have the wait staff in period clothing, then you better serve a proper tea. The scones were very small and the overly sweet kind you serve at meetings from a catering service. The sandwiches were sloppily made and all salads, no variety, snd there were weird little button mushrooms, a "quiche" loaf-like thing, and more tiny cold quiches. The most random, strange array I've ever seen. Thrown together for sure. Only the desserts were decent. The kicker was no cream, jam, or butter for the scones! It was ridiculously overpriced for $30 person and a disappointing end to what had been a nice tour of the house and a visit to the Downton exhibit. Would not recommend."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "No carvery or main meal for a rather high price. Noisy and the food ingredients in all the dishes were the same."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Winterthur is a magical place, but sadly the brunch was lacking. Food was mediocre at best, tea water lukewarm. I wouldn't recommend brunch there, have brunch before touring wonderful Winterthur."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The brunch menu was exceptionally nice with a wide variety of foods. Lamb, salmon, omelet station in a lovely setting. There was a nice distance between tables, so private conversation was contained. The brunch was in a pretty, glass-walled garden room adjacent to the Visitor Center and gift shop."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The English brunch for the Downton Abbey exhibit was wonderful !!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Our group of 6 thoroughly enjoyed our tours and our brunch. Especially thrilled with choices for brunch buffet. I tried everything on the "veggie" table--so refreshing to have choices. My friends enjoyed the typical brunch table and we all enjoyed beverages (champagne punch and coffee) and the desserts. Thank you for making our day special."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My husband took me to this as a birthday celebration. There was a wide variety of cheeses, salads, along with multiple tasty hot dishes. The omelette station was good. The servers were dressed in "Downton like" maid/butler attire. Coffee was lukewarm. Server was friendly and informative, but not attentive to coffee, water. One "mimosa' offered complimentary with the brunch. I am not sure if you could have had more orange juice as the server did not come back too often to our table."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I guess I was not expecting a buffet for this Victorian brunch. I was disappointed that when I went to the buffet there was an empty salmon plate for quite a long time. The spinach salad never reappeared. And sorry say, the desserts were not good. One was still frozen and smelled like it was frozen. However I will tell you we still had a lovely time."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • ""Downton Abby Brunch"@ $34.95.This is buffet-style. Cleared our own table of used dishes.Coffee was cold. Waitress said she would "get us some roll-ups." (Utensils.) Buffet tables were a mess and not refreshed regularly.Mini-quiches, the two in the chafing dish, were old and cold. Sliced potatoes were of the canned variety. Lox was available without capers, onion, egg and crème fraiche. Desserts consisted of commercial-grade, faux-whipped-cream cheesecakes, etc. Two servers in untidy, wash-and-wear costumes were overwhelmed even though there were only a few tables of patrons. One server was wandering the room asking each table if the credit card/check she had was theirs.The lovely glass conservatory at Winterthur deserves better than this."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My sister and I recently visited for the Downton Abbey display and brunch. We were immediately seated near the buffet to accommodate my handicapped sister. Our server was very pleasant and provided great service. All the dishes that were listed on the online menu were available and delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed the brunch and will gladly return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "After viewing the gardens and Downton Abby costume exhibit, had tea with a friend. The room had been transformed from lunch, set with white linens and flowers. A nice variety of sweet and savory petite sandwiches and desserts were set up buffet style. The buffet was kept well stocked. Additional vegetarian savory items would be appreciated. Servers came around to provide hot water for the lovely teapot/cup combination. The pace was leisurely and relaxed. A great way to spend an afternoon!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I have lived in and continue to visit the UK for the past 30 years. For $29.99/ person I was expecting a semi-formal High Tea. It most definitely failed. Tea started with an absolutely chaotic mess as various gardening club members joined fellow members waiting in the queue. The tea selection was provided by means of individually packaged tea bags. The selection of savories, which did not match the published on line menu, was served buffet style. Sweets were also serve yourself buffet and the more popular items disappeared early and were not replaced. No clotted cream or lemon curd for the scones. Period dressed waitresses circulated dispensing hot water as requested. Disappointing and overpriced."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The restaurant where we had brunch was surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. The glass all around the room made it feel like you were sitting in the middle of nature - very beautiful!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I don't have great expectations for a brunch buffet, but it was quite nice. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014