Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace

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Afternoon Tea
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.
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Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been the tea at the Brown Palace but it was my friends first time and we both loved it. They had a gluten free option which was nice as well. Love the piano playing, the champagne Kir Royale, tea sandwiches, scones and cream, and desserts.

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was not good

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Denver
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter tea

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LS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The foods were ok, the service was lackluster, even asking the next table to move foods because the server’s hands were full. No explanation of refill opportunity—good thing the surrounding tables were helpful to us. Tea wasn’t steeped long enough when poured upon arrival at the table.

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CD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed tea at the Brown Palace. We were so happy to find out they had gluten free options too.

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DT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a lovely experience. The setting was just beautiful. The teas were nice and flavorful. Service was very attentive. Such a wonderful afternoon.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely table with couch seating near the piano. We were served promptly and politely. All of the food items were explained to us in great detail and were refilled for us without us having to request it. Our server surprised us with a special birthday cupcake to celebrate my mother’s 80th and the pianist played “Happy Birthday” as it was delivered to her. All of the servers joined in with the singing and made my mother feel quite special! The tea, finger sandwiches, scones and dessert items were lovely and delicious!! I highly recommend!!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother’s 70th was on the 15th and I made reservations @thebrownpalace for there high tea service. It was even better than I imagined, they even played happy birthday on the grand piano as they dropped off a slice of heavenly cake with the words written in chocolate “ Happy 70th birthday Mom” they went out of there way to make sure it was a very special and magical time. We will absolutely be returning for high tea in the future. If your looking for something unique and top quality experience look no further.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a 3pm reservation. We arrived at 2:50pm. We were told it would be a few minutes (fair, as we were early). We were not sat until 3:30pm. The hosts never apologized. Luckily our servers were kind enough to expedite the food and bring us free champagne for our wait. Upon leaving our server did say that a wait for tea is normal at the Brown Palace. I guess if you want a 3pm tea, you have to make a 2:30pm reservation. Overall, the initial experience put a damper on things. I had big expectations hearing about this tea from others in Denver but I was disappointed.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Fabulous high afternoon tea experience for my cousin’s big birthday. Gorgeous hotel & ambiance. Scones, cream, sandwiches & desserts were divine and teas were intensely flavored in wonderful ways. Service was a bit slower & staff didn’t seem as attentive as we needed after our main service. There was no follow up and we had to wait longer than one would expect and needed to ask for our bill & a box to take home some goodies. This won’t stop me from enjoying this again, however the service expectations were not quite met for this experience.

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DW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing expereince my wife and I will always treasure. Fantastic tea and food, with exceptional service. A major highlight of our trip to Denver.

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p
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I feel this is an experience everyone should have at least once. There is just something about being at the historic Brown Palace and admiring all it's wonder while sipping tea. I have only done it twice and both times it was an experience to remember. They have some amazing choices for tea and the food is impeccable. The piano music is such a nice touch and if you are lucky you can get in a couple of requests. Definitely do the valet parking. They will validate for you and the cost goes down to $14. An added touch this time around was a complimentary Birthday cupcake for someone in our party. If you have the chance, do it!

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BC
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent for something unique. Took my mother for her 56 yr old birthday and it was a memorable day. We had the best conversation that enabled us to be closer. We felt like ladies and were treated as such.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful.

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Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very overpriced for what you get - $40 / person. Tea is good though

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AS
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and beautiful tea room. Service was great. It’s expensive but worth it if you take your time and enjoy the whole experience.

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s
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for 3 generations to meet and enjoy each other’s company!

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre wedding celebration

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ES
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Definitely go again. Great for girls outing. Great service and atmosphere. Lots of fun history and beautiful architecture.

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S
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delightful! Love the setting and the pianist. They say to allow an hour and a half but we definitely felt rushed. Since our last visit it has lost some of the high end service you expect. I anticipated a relaxing event to take in. The food was ok-nothing exceptional. It would be nice to be able to choose two tea choices . One little jar of room service type jam didn’t seem to fit with high tea.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We went for afternoon tea to celebrate my mother's birthday. We we greeted by a unbelievably rude host, seated in an area way to small for our 5 person reservation. The food and tea were mediocre. We informed our server we were celebrating my mother's 50th birthday, however the staff brought birthday treats to every table but ours. Overall very disappointed. :(

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m
Denver
75 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tea once a year has been a family tradition for about 9 years. Ages 79-11 at this point. Something we all look forward to, even tho finding time on our schedules to be together can be difficult. Atmosphere, food and service are all superb, and checking out fellow tea drinkers can be very interesting. My granddaughter enjoys climbing to the top of the atrium and waving down to us.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable experience...we come back every year

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The waitress kept rushing us and was not friendly. We were asked to leave because our table was taken by others

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D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Too pricey. Ripe off for so-so tea, sandwiches and pastries. Service though was very good. Setting is special. Birthday cupcake with candle was well-done and appreciated.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My granddaughters birthday- they made it very special. The pianist played happy birthday and thank heaven for little girls. I got tears in my eyes. Food was so nice and staff made it very special -thank you!

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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My best friend and I had a lovely time at this high tea. It was a splurge for us, but I think we would do it again if we were visiting Denver.

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JG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The Brown Palace alone is worth the trip. It is beautiful. The pianist and the tables setup was wonderful. There were not enough servers... I had to seek out someone to bring us hot water for pots. Definitely didn't make us feel special enough to pay the price point again.

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GL
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always such a pleasure and amazing building to sit and enjoy tea, conversation and friends in.

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LW
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time our family has taken my mom there for her Christmas gift and we have enjoyed it so much both times. This time we did have a 2 year old and a baby and it was still so wonderful. They really made sure everything was good for us. I would totally recommend this place.

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FC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had forgotten my phone in the car when I dropped it off with the valet, and without even being asked, they gave it to the hostess and subtly gave it to me when we checked in for tea. Excellent service! The tea was wonderful, and we all really enjoyed the experience.

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

I was hugely disappointed. Tea was from a tea bag not loose tea. Staff forgot to bring me a tea cup, after my tea was cold and I asked for a new cup. They took my cup and never brought a replacement. I had to wait 20 minutes for my check to be placed and it was not busy! Food was a huge disappointment. The frosting on the pound cake was hardened. Scones were also unusually stale. I was not sure if the items served were even fresh. For this quality of tea, food, and service, the price was ridiculous. I will NEVER return.

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RM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so wonderful, we will be going back very soon.

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DV
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Always an elegant event, but they've taken to putting party of 3 at a table meant for two. Difficult to maneuver all the items that go with an afternoon tea. Food quality was good, but not outstanding, which it should be for the price!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! What a treat.

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PL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience and service. A bit over priced but it’s an experience.

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j
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The deserts just so so.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Girls afternoon out, was a great experience. Well appointed, beautiful setting and piano music. Tea was great and scones are wonderful. I was expecting something a little nicer for the tea sandwiches or a better selection with more flavor. But overall it was a fun outing!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends first time to The Brown Palace

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AE
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I have experienced Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace a few times before yesterday (3/17/19), and I wish someone would have warned me that high tea service here has really gone down hill. First, Isaac, our server was incredibly unhelpful and rude (almost snobby). We had a table of 9 women, and we could only choose 3 teas between the 9 of us. Note that if we had been a party of 4, each of the 4 of us could have chosen our own teas from the 25+ types of teas offered. When we asked Isaac if he had recommendations, he could not name a single tea he liked - but merely stated that they offer 25 types of teas. We asked if we could have honey with out tea, and Isaac brought 3-4 mini jars of honey for a party of 9. I tried to get creative and suggested what if instead of the giant tea containers of 3 tea, they bring the smaller tea kettles so that we could sample more than 3 types of tea, but Isaac said that this was not possible. One would think that spending a minimum of $40 per person for tea and scones, one could at least choose their own tea. In addition to this, the scones and mini cucumber sandwiches were nothing to write home about. I am thoroughly disappointed and will not return for Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace. Together, we spent over $500 yesterday, and we each walked away with a bad impression of the Brown Palace. Please don't come here for tea. House of Commons on Platte street is an option. I went there 2 years ago, and the staff was lovely, and we each got to choose our own tea (we were a party of 12).

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