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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.

321 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Between Broadway & Tremont Place

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 297-3111

Website:
http://www.brownpalace.com/

Entertainment:
Pianist in the Atrium (adjacent the restaurant): Daily: 12:00pm - 7:30pm.

Catering:
Off site catering is available from the Afternoon Tea or the Brown Palace Hotel catering menus.

Parking Details:
The Brown Palace Hotel has valet parking as you arrive at the entrance of the hotel.

Public Transit:
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

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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4.5

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4.3

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4.8

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

Was excellent!

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Afternoon Tea
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I was a but disappointed as this was a bday celebration. I wrote the note when booking. Nothing was done. Otherwise it was a good time. Pricey but you def get your fill.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always a fun experience, but sandwiches were not up to par this year, and a bit smaller than usual.

Tags: Seasonal, Afternoon Tea
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Afternoon tea is one of my wife and I's favorite events. We go every year. The tea is perfect and the atmosphere is gorgeous.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A wonderful experience, especially at the holidays.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Third annual holiday tea with my sons at the Brown Palace. Planning to continue for many years to come!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My granddaughter and I enjoyed our tea and the service and food were excellent. We enjoyed the piano player too.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent for special occasion. Delightful tea, finger foods and scones. Service was top notch, the hotel is beautiful and charming.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tea at the Brown Palace on Christmas Eve. It was elegant and tasty, and the setting was completely charming. Our server, Kristina, was very personable, efficient, and ensured the whole experience was really fun.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Unusually poor service this year. Slow to refill our water, weak tea. No value for the cost this time around. We hope next year will be back to the standard we've come to expect.

Tags: Fun, Seasonal
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Always elegant, beautiful and wonderful! Look forward to this tea every year, none finer!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Tea at the Brown Palace is always special, though it's even more so over the holidays. Beautiful setting, delicious food and lovely company. Excellent all around!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

A great holiday tradition. Always magical. Beautiful decorations and wonderful tea sandwiches and scones....the English way!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Annual Holiday tea with family

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Wonderful selection, the scones were sooo good with the clotted cream! Little sandwiches, cookies, cakes ,truffles. Very nice and a tradition to enjoy

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Service was terrible. Have been here before and really enjoyed it. Staff had us waiting for drinks a long time. Did not stop off to ask if we need anything. Had to flag them down 3 times for some lemon.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Perfect through and through. The entire staff provided exquisite customer service and the food and drink were delightful. An experience not to be missed, especially during the Christmas season!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Four of us, two young 7 year old girls, and adults had tea with you all and had a great time. Table was a bit cramped, but overall enjoyed it immensely. Thank you Issac for your service!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Lovely afternoon tea at the Brown Palace with my Sweetie! The ambiance is remarkable and the service is fantastic. Love the tea and treats! A wonderful holiday tradition!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Decorated beautifully for Christmas. Didn't disappoint.
Reserve very early.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Took friend for her birthday. The setting was lovely and staff was very attentive. It was a bit expensive for tea, pastries and finger sandwiches, but worth it for the experience. Tea selection was very good.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Afternoon tea with mom was great! Wonderful staff and lovely nibbles.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Live Music, Afternoon Tea
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