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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
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.
We reserve a year in advance to experience our yearly Christmas tea. It occurs in the lobby of the Brown Palace Hotel which just celebrated it's 125th anniversary. The lobby is open all the way to the beautiful glass roof above. It is decorated majestically for Christmas adding to the ambiance. There is a piano player who gives such a tranquil affect. It is a great place to have a bridal tea or celebrate any special occasion. Our favorite server is Hiwat who has been there for a long time and gives the most incredible service. This is one of our favorite traditions.
I have had tea for 11 years with my daughter and granddaughter. Always very nice, festive and the service was good. We were told our reservation was from 3:00 to 4:30 which was fine. But at 4:15, they asked to clear the table and we didn't think anything of it until everything was piled up in front of us, with lots of noise and not too cool. We had planned to leave at 4:25 to allow the table to be cleared and reset, but this was not handled well. Sorry but it kind of left us with a bad taste.
As usual, a spectacular setting for a festive Holiday tradition. The only "hiccup" in this year's experience was that our waitress was assigned to too many tables and we found ourselves "competing" for her attention. We felt guilty about asking for a group photo in front of the tree - which simply indicates suboptimal staffing.
Despite this shortcoming, we will return next year!
I was really looking forward to afternoon tea and the ambiance did not disappoint. The holiday decor is very festive and grand. However the food is lacking big time. I have been to tea here twice and the scones are the same year after year (boring). The sandwiches are just "so so" and the desserts really need a facelift. I could get better at a nice bakery or See's candy. At Christmas time the Brown Palace knows they don't need to try harder because they are going to be booked solid no matter what. But I won't be back for tea because the quality just isn't there. I would rather fly to NY, London or Paris and have a real, proper tea with amazing food, presentation and unique desserts. The Brown Palace tea is just sub par and they aren't trying very hard. Come on Denver! Let's get with it.
It has been a famiy tradition for years to come to the Brown for Christmas Tea. We love it BUT the cost has almost become prohibitive.. I see that next year you are increasing prices !!
Yes everything is beautiful but I feel the food wasn't up to the usual standards.
Spending almost $500 for a family of 8 for tea may sadly be becoming just a memory.
The gluten-free option for afternoon tea was extremely disappointing. The sandwich bread was very dry and grainy, as were several of the sweet treats. GF options have been around for a long time. For a $50 afternoon tea at a place as well known as the Brown Palace, I expected gourmet GF options that tasted like they were not. I won’t be back.
I have been to tea several times and there has never been a time limit. I went the week prior and we stayed for 3.5 hours and had a great time. Such I great time, I brought my family from out of town in and we were rushed to finish tea in 1.5 hours. I have never received such rude service (Jessica) during the holidays or regular season. Also deserts have not been unique and poor quality the past few times. If the brown palace wants to keep current clients they should step up the service and deserts. I would like a call from the manager to discuss more. Thank you
We have enjoyed holiday high tea at the Brown Palace a number of times, and it never disappoints! The table setting is a bit tight, but you just have to relax into the space and savor the elegance and history surrounding you! We will be back again next year!
THIS WAS AN OVERALL WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE TO SHARE WITH MY DAUGHTERS DURING CHRISTMASTIME AND BEFORE WATCHING THE PARADE OF LIGHTS! THE ONLY COMPLAINT I HAVE IS THE SERVERS LOOKED DISHEVELED AND RUSHED AND WE WERE MIS-BILLED INITIALLY. BUT OTHER THAN THAT, WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER AND CHERISH THE EXPERIENCE!!
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