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About Afternoon Tea at The Biltmore
One of the few remaining Miami locales offering traditional English afternoon tea, the Biltmore is arguably the most elegant venue, with its soaring vaulted ceiling, magnificent lobby and majestically mantled fireplace. The refreshing repast is served daily and is complemented with and elegant harp weekdays and music of an accomplished classical guitarist on the weekends. During the holiday season guests can expect themed pastries.Reservations are recommended.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Hours of Operation:
Daily hours: 2:00pm and 3:30pm seatings
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Available upon request
Free parking available
Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea
Special Events & Promotions:
Available upon request
Afternoon Tea at The Biltmore Ratings and Reviews
The atmosphere was wonderful....harp player playing Christmas music. The tables were set with pretty china. The servers were attentive and couldn't do enough to make the experience any more pleasant. The problem was the food. The sandwiches were on stale bread and very very dry. The ingredients were not fresh. Makes one think they were made the night before and refrigerated or, made in the morning and since our tea was at 3:30, later in the day, the sandwiches were not freshly made. The desserts seemed fresh. The scones were obviously frozen and thawed. The tea was not steaming hot, and cooled very quickly. With 2 momosas added to the bill, tax and tip, the bill was $150 dollars. Seems a bit steep for a tea where the food was inedible.
Very underwhelming. Server was nice but has a loud voice, so that takes away from a classy feeling. Harpist is fabulous. Food is below average and Uninspired. Scones were only highlight. I was never asked if I wanted to add another drink besides tea. Not worth the month at all.
This place has gone steeply downhill since I was here a year ago. The pastries were either stale or soggy. I actually wrote an email to the manager and did not hear back. I told her that I have brought my family to tea here for the past several years, and there was a steep decline in the quality of the food this year. It seemed like the pastry chef made the sandwiches and crumpets last week, and they've been sitting in the fridge since then. This used to be such a great experience. It's too bad.
Took my mother for afternoon tea at the Biltmore as the finale of a week-long trip. It did not disappoint! At first my mother balked at the cost (even though I was paying), but once she soaked in the atmosphere of the beautiful lobby, and tea was served, and the food arrived, and the harpist started playing, she was in heaven. I thought it was worth every penny.
We were looking for a memorable high tea experience and we had a great time. Wonderful setting, music beautifully performed by the harpist and great service and tea. We much appreciated the scones and cream. We will be back. This was a fantastic experience.
Lovely afternoon spent enjoying tea and the treats that go with it. We had two special requests due to diet restrictions (gluten free and vegetarian). They accommodated both requests deliciously! My mother-in-law with Celiac's was thrilled with the gluten-free sandwiches and pastries provided. The harpist played throughout our tea and was wonderful! We thoroughly enjoyed the music. Wait staff was courteous, prompt and very professional.
The hotel is undergoing renovations so the Afternoon Tea was served in the Palme D'Or restaurant, instead of the lobby. I entered through the lower lobby area, near the pool and apparently they weren't told of this change in venue for tea because they directed me to the lobby upstairs and I had to come back down to the Palm D'Or restaurant when I had walked right past it on my way in. That was frustrating. The restaurant is not as nice and unfortunately they gathered everyone together near the pool view. The two tables around us were cackling hens which drew away from the experience. The sugar bowl was filthy, with grime and leftover food from the prior diners so I had to add the elusive waitress to please replace it with a clean one. The waitress was barely around and I would say the service was mediocre - not exactly what I expect from the Biltmore. She did explain the tea menu, but was barely around to ask for a refill, didn't explain if we could select a different tea the second time, etc. The food itself was nice, but the savory treats were not that good. I've had better finger sandwiches at Small Tea in Coral Gables for half the price. I will probably go again and just hope it's back in the lobby or that the hotel management take into account that this venue change means they have to step up the service to make up for the fact that the location is not nearly as nice.
Let me start by saying that that the Biltmore is lovely and the harpist was wonderful. But every Afternoon Tea I've been too had a fair amount of savory items, complemented by desserts. The Biltmore's Tea is very dessert-heavy... too many sweets, not enough food. And even with the voucher discount, it was still $28 per person, plus tax and gratuity of course. Another downside is that you only get to choose one Tea per person. Then, even with validation, valet parking was $10. Ouch.
While the quality was good, it was definitely not worth the price or the drive
The ambience is the best part of this restaurant. The service was not what one would expect from the Biltmore. There were not a lot of customers so it is hard to understand why refilling our water glasses was such a chore. Most of the time we were chasing our waitress down for another pot of tea etc. Although, at the end, the male server (Nestor) started helping us and was great. The food wasn't fresh. Bread was dry, muffins were crunchy.
It was an afternoon tea with live harp music. We ended spending it like a quiet B-Day with close family. It was at the hotel's lobby. We love the Biltmore so much history in the building and great location to take pictures. There were two weddings happening at the same time. I will be bringing my family for just a quiet and relax afternoon time in the future. Check out TravelZoo for deals :)
The loveliest tea! The decor is gorgeous and the service- gracious and attentive without being intrusive. A wonderful surprise was the harp being played throughout- divine! The selection of cakes and sandwiches were delicious and pretty! Enough to make even the fussiest person happy!
It was a nice experience but I would never go back because I'm not a big dessert person and it is mostly desserts and a thin slice of meat on sliced bread with some sweet preserves, super overly sweet for me and you don't have a choice, so unless you love desserts, I would say this nice experience isn't for you unless you are looking for the nice experience of the harp and the room, but definitely not for the food. . . definitely not.
A beautiful setting for afternoon tea. The lobby of the Biltmore is one of the loveliest we've visited. A harpist played during the tea and it was lovely. Only one server and she was a bit overwhelmed and dropped things a few times, but she was lovely and once she came to our table we were well taken care of. A young girls' birthday was taking place and we thought it was such a lovely experience for them. The sandwiches were delicious, as were the scones. Overall a really special experience at a lovely hotel.
Our sever and the harpist were outstanding. The food was good- as to be expected. Linen, china and food presentation was nice. Scones were outstanding. The only drawback to my experience was the location, in the middle of the lobby. There was a big group checking in with a specific check in table 20 feet from the tea area. Not the quiet, serene, elegant ambiance I expected. In addition to the check in table, the group members kept going back and forth into the ballroom and bellmen and carts whipping by. If not for the poor ambiance, I would have put it on par with luxury hotels in Beverly Hills. I'm not sure why they wouldn't have set up in front of the fireplace on the other side which appeared much quieter and closer to the restrooms.
The harp player was a very nice touch. Unfortunately, there was so much noise in the lobby, with two weddings going on, plus 2 small, very annoying little girls running around the afternoon tea area, that it was nearly impossible to hear the music or enjoy the experience. They should do the tea, in a quieter part of the hotel, and limit access to small children, unless the parents agree to keep them seated. It's not an inexpensive experience and one should be able to enjoy it for what it is. The service however, was impecable and the food was ok.
The service and the ambiance were fantastic but the food was quite disappointing, specially for someone that has been to their Brunch and was expecting something of the same caliber.
The food seemed to be made by assistant Chefs or someone that has not been to high end tea services in other places. Everything was too big instead of elegant and delicate. The flavors were weak and the presentation consistent with a lower class hotel.
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