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About Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace
For decades, afternoon tea has been a tradition at The Brown Palace. Set amid the historic grandeur of the atrium lobby with its serenade of the melodic piano, guests revel in the splendor as they escape from the city's bustle. Enjoy such signature items as a pot of properly brewed English tea accompanied by scones served with Devonshire cream and preserves, savory tea sandwiches and a delightful array of classic tea pastries.
Denver, CO 80202
Afternoon Tea, Lounge
Hours of Operation:
Tea Daily: 12:00pm - 4:00pm February through November
Cocktails Daily: 4:30pm - 7:30pm February through November
HOLIDAY TEA DAILY: 11:00am - 4:30pm
November 15, 2017 through January 21, 2018
Holiday Cocktails Daily: 5:00pm - 7:30pm
November 15, 2017 through January 21, 2018
Between Broadway & Tremont Place
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Pianist in the Atrium (adjacent the restaurant): Daily: 12:00pm - 7:30pm.
Off site catering is available from the Afternoon Tea or the Brown Palace Hotel catering menus.
The Brown Palace Hotel has valet parking as you arrive at the entrance of the hotel.
Bus: Civic Center; Light Rail: 18th & California
Private Party Facilities:
Any of the Brown Palace Hotel's catering rooms may be reserved based on availability.
Private Party Contact:
Sandy House, Lobby Tea Manager: (303) 312-5952
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace Ratings and Reviews
The space was amazing the food was good the tea was great! The waitress was upset when we asked for a few more sandwiches but when I had been here before I was told that they are unlimited. So for $40 not really sure if it was worth three finger sandwiches and some scones. But the time spent with friends was nice.
Poor service. Didn't ask about dietary restrictions, offer options or check on us. Overpriced for lower quality food; dry, stale scones, milk had particles in it and was warm, overall flavor pairings were not 5 star but mediocre. Advertised as having high standards but was subpar in terms of food quality and service. Would have been justified if lower price but the overall experience was somewhat tacky with a pretense of elegance.
Tea was a disappointment. We were seated right next to the piano and it was impossible to talk. It was actually a relief every time the pianist took a break between songs. All three of us were relieved when the experience was over and we left. No one should be seated RIGHT NEXT to the piano.
The food was ok, but nothing special. The scones were good. The cucumber and egg salad sandwiches were soggy. The sweets were extremely sweet and akin to what you might get out of a candy box.
I left a message for the food and beverage manager to give feedback and have not even received the courtesy of a call back.
I am from New Mexico where we have excellent Teas at St. James Tearoom an St. Francis Hotel.
We had an unfortunate experience. We were served moldy food. After bringing it to their attention we were told they had issues with rotating food. They didn’t offer ANY form of compensation. It was unfortunate, because I am an afternoon tea aficionado, and this was my first visit. I have two more reservations for the Brown Palace booked, so I’m hopeful for a better experience next time. I won’t write off any place for one bad experience.
My boyfriend and I celebrated Valentine's Day with High Tea at the Brown Palace, it's something we had both been looking forward to. We had saved money specifically for this since we knew it was a little pricey and drove up from Fort Collins. The whole experience was unfortunately very underwhelming to the point where I almost wanted to leave mid way through. We were seated at a table and waited almost 10 minutes before our waitress came, she was brisk and asked what tea we wanted - no explanation on the beautiful hotel or the menu, etc. Just overall lack of attentiveness it was quite obvious she didn't want to be there yesterday. We had to ask to have our waters, teas and sandwiches refilled, she was going to explain the foods and forgot to come back over to do so and finally she got our final bill wrong. She charged us for a completely different tea experience than we had ordered. The saving grace of our experience was the wonderful pianist, he interacted with us and played requests. I would not recommend High Tea to anyone else.
Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace Hotel was delighful--a relaxing special treat while we were at a conference. The scones, sandwiches and sweets were delicious, as was the tea, and the service could not have been bettered. A pianist added even more charm to the event. If you find yourself in Denver, a wonderful city to visit, make sure you book the Tea. You won't be disappointed.
I think it's a very special place, but it does seem that as the cost for tea has gone up, the accompanying treats have gotten smaller. The wait staff was just average for a place that is supposed to be high end.
The bathroom was really terrible. It was so hot and uncomfortable. There was trash/paper towels all over the place, and the soap containers were empty and close to empty.
Sadly, my last two experiences at the Brown Palace have been mostly embarrassing for them. On the surface, you feel like you've stepped back in time and it's like being on the Titanic. But in experience, it has these blatant elements of neglect and an unattended fast food chain.
Under different management, the Brown Palace could be incredible. But there are just too many wonderful food option in Denver to really ever recommend the Brown Palace to anyone except a walk through and maybe tea.
My granddaughter’s and sister-in-law’s birthdays are the same day just before Valentine’s Day so our tradition for 9 years has been to celebrate with 7-8 people for afternoon high tea. What a treat! The service is beautiful, the food is good, but, most of all, the lovely decor and elegance of The Brown Palace are the best! Near holidays, especially Christmas, reserve several months in advance.
Wow the reviews are great and rightfully so. This was a birthday celebration and special occasion and we enjoyed the wonderful setting and unobtrusive service. The little sandwiches and delicious pastries were just the thing we would come back for. Price wise was more Thayer might pay elsewhere however it’s a whole experience that you get for your money.
Tea at the Brown Palace offers great service, ambiance and a wonderful venue for a special occasion. You get 2 servings of tea sandwiches (egg salad!), the BEST scones and beautiful petit fours for dessert. Lots of tea selections. It’s pricey at $40 a person so it’s something I would not do often.
We were celebrating my mom’s 83rd Birthday. We all enjoyed everything about the Afternoon Tea. We were pleasantly surprised to see the beautiful Christmas decorations were still up and that made our tea even more special. Food was plentiful and delicious. Very special day!
I celebrated my birthday with my 4 daughters at the Afternoon Tea. This is the 3rd year in a row and the Brown Palace never fails to impress us. We enjoyed the Christmas Decorations this time. Exquisite!! Service was gracious, food beautifully prepared. I feel blessed I live close enough enjoy Afternoon Tea several times a year.
We had 20 for high tea and were accommodated with one long table— it was wonderful! Harrison was a personable and knowledgeable server, making sure our gluten free guest enjoyed the treats as much as the rest of the group. The finger sandwiches were delicious and plentiful! There was no objection to separate checks as we departed.
Thankfully, the Christmas decorations were still up because they were the redeeming quality in this place for my 7 year old. Scones and petit fours were quite good, but the sandwiches were terrible. They had been sitting for too long and everything was soggy. Who wants to eat a soggy open-faced cucumber sandwich? Not even the tea was good. Such a disappointment for such a high price tag.
We went to Afternoon Tea to celebrate my daughters 8th birthday. She has been asking all year for this to be her birthday present. She got all dressed up for the event and everyone at Brown Palace treated her like a princess. My only complaint is that with the number of children going to tea (it was packed and lots of little girls) you may want to make a couple sandwiches/desserts kid friendly. My daughter didn't really enjoy any of the food. I loved all of it but maybe offer a sweetheart tea options for you ladies.
We were seated near the piano player, and his playing was a sheer delight.
The only criticism we have is that the curried egg salad was on very mushy bread. Perhaps something stiffer, like rye, would be a better bottom layer to the excellently flavored egg salad.
We'll return for High Tea next year. Many thanks!
A classic Denver tradition. It’s always fun to be in the lobby of the Brown Palace when they’re decorated for Christmas. The scones are good, especially the plain scones with Devonshire cream. The tea sandwiches are basic but tasty - cucumber, chicken salad, and egg salad. The desserts seem tiny, but after a couple scones they’re plenty! The service is very good considering the number of patrons. It is noisy in the lobby so conversation with people with a hearing impairment can be difficult.
I'd like to give zero stars for my experience this time. I made reservation for a New Year brunch/high tea far in advance. Unfortunately my husband got sick and I had to call to try to reschedule my reservation. First of all cancellation policy is far from being fair . You are charged full price of the brunch you cannot attend ($40/person) and since the place is always busy, they would give your table to someone else of course. But I knew about cancellation policy, so it is what it is. But when I called, I received the worst attitude from the person who handled reservations. He was disrespectful to the point of being rude. I had to leave a message to his manager who was out of office that day. Then my daughter left her another message, because she was really upset that this incident made me cry. It was even more disappointing that there was no follow up call from anyone from the Brown Palace including the manager with a simple apology for my bad experience.
Beautiful holiday decorations! Great service and food. One thing I would like to mention is that the gluten free items/bread were very, very dry.
Last time I came I was given a plate with three shrimp, fruit and a few gluten free items. That was WONDERFUL, however, it was not available this time.
We will be back!
A bit disappointed this time around. The atmosphere was lovely with the holiday decorations still up. The service was not that great, however. Our waiter was very short with us and rude when we asked him to take a picture of our party. My daughter did not have a place setting and I had to ask him for one. He grabbed one of another table and almost threw it at me. They weren't very accommodating of the child in our party, so be aware of that. I've been to other teas where they did offer kids a special menu. The food was good - we loved their scones and special holiday treats. But overall, it wasn't worth the outrageous prices for poor service. I'll stick to the Denver Tea Rooms or other tea rooms for high tea next time.
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