About Afternoon Tea - The Phoenician

In the English tradition, afternoon tea is served daily in the new Tea Room. Consistently voted "Best Afternoon Tea" by the Phoenix New Times and Arizona Republic readers, full tea includes finger sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and preserves, pastries and a selection of fine blends. Classical music provides a charming backdrop for a relaxing afternoon break.
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan and Vegetarian options available with advance notice.

Entertainment by longtime pianist Alan Comyns, now on keyboard, from 2pm - 5pm.

Holiday Tea pricing: Friday, Nov. 24th - Saturday, Dec. 30th, 2017
Weekdays: $70++ / $80++ / $95++
Fri-Sun: $75++ / $85++ / $100++
(++ 8.6% tax and 22% gratuity applies additionally)

6000 E. Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
English, Afternoon Tea

Hours of Operation:
Daily 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Cross Street:
Camelback Road and 64th Street

Dress Code:
Formal Attire

Price Range:
$50 and over

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

Phone Number:
(480) 423-2530

Website:
http://www.thephoenician.com/lobby-tea-court/

Entertainment:
Live piano standards, as interpreted by Allen Comyns.

Parking Details:
Afternoon Tea offers complimentary valet and self-parking for your convenience.

Executive Chef:
Richard Boyer

Additional:
Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Countdown to Culinary Satisfaction
Friday, May 5 – Thursday September 14
Add flavor and style to your summer with our signature Culinary Countdown special with Full Tea service including delectable Finger Sandwiches, Fresh Baked Scones and an assortment of house-made Tea Pastries.

Full Tea, $30 per person
Royal Tea, includes a glass of Gruet Sparkling, $42 per person
Add a glass of Perrier-Jouët, Grand Brut, $52 per person

Reservations are required. Not valid with any other promotions. Afternoon tea is valid Tuesday -Friday and is located above the golf clubhouse. Dine in only.

Afternoon Tea - The Phoenician Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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4.7

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4.6

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4.3

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Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (9)
Scenic View (8)
Good for Groups (7)
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Romantic (3)
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Worth the Drive (3)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
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·Dined 5 days ago

The perfect holiday splurge! It is a lovely environment and setting!

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

Christmas tea

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We had a lovely afternoon at the Christmas tea. The service was impeccable. Loved the tea sandwiches and scones. Enjoyed most of the desserts. The gift bag of goodies at the end was a nice surprise. Well worth the price!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We had a delightful, yummy time at tea. It was relaxing and the setting was just perfect. Service was very well paced. I think the pricing might keep people from experiencing the joys of teatime. That said.....the room was full so maybe I'm wrong!

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 4, 2017

My daughter and I love coming to the Christmas tea. Very special experience and we love seeing the same waitresses each year. They are very kind to us.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Was it terrible? No. Was it what I expect from a five star hotel? No.

The refreshed lobby looks great and the holiday decor is very nice. The valet was excellent. Once inside we were greeted promptly and seated. The table setting looked lovey. The pianist was excellent.

One of the servers took our tea order and as soon as she left the table, another server presented us with the sandwiches. This seemed premature as we did not even have the tea at our table—and it takes 5 minutes to steep. So this felt very rushed. We selected our sandwiches and sat with them until our tea arrived and steeped—probably close to 10 minutes. So staff training needs to be improved.

We were seated against the wall and more than once, kitchen staff wearing their rubber gloves, passed in front of us with plastic bins for dishes or other back of the house stuff. It would be nice if there was another route for them to use.

The tea was very nice; we drink good tea at home. I got the darjeeling and my husband got the english breakfast. The sandwiches were okay; I took one of each, but not one of them was truly excellent or interesting. In my opinion the salmon was the best.

The scones were good as well as the cream, jam, and the lemon curd. I had a few bites of each one with the various toppings.

The sweets were rather disappointing. Admittedly at this point I was only able to sample a few. The chocolate dipped strawberry—I cut it in half because I could not eat the whole thing and I noticed that the strawberry was starting to spoil on the edge and this would not otherwise be visible with the chocolate on top. The other items were really nothing special. I took a bite of those on my plate, but did not feel tempted to finish any of them.

Overall, my impression is that the tea has large scale banquet catering feel—not the feel of a premium tea that I have experienced in other places. But the pricing is for a high-end afternoon tea experience, especially with a built in 22% gratuity.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Spending time with my mama ....

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Every time I come into town to enjoy the weather and views in Arizona, a highlight of my trip is to visit Natalie and Wanda for their lovely afternoon tea. The food is delicious, the ambiance is lovely, and the ladies always greet us warmly and remember our favorites. We love the new tearoom and the view. See you again in February!!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My daughter and I were on a Dad / daughter date. This was perfect - everything from the seating to the sandwiches to the desert was delicious. It is expensive at $75 per person, but you are not rushed, can eat as much as you would like and get the views and atmosphere of the Phoenician.

Tags: Live Music, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We have been attending the afternoon tea since its inception. Since this year's renovation and the new pricing, I am concerned the hotel is overpricing the afternoon tea which will lead to its end. I have taken my children here since they could walk, and there is no reason for such price increases. This is a confidential review.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We really enjoyed the afternoon tea. There was a good variety of different teas and the servings were generous.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 17, 2017

As usual, service, food, and ambiance were impeccable- Wanda is the absolute greatest- generally loving the new aesthetics of the place, however- one glaring omission is the beautiful grande piano that graced the lobby, bar, and tea room for years, and added so much charm, elegance, and warmth to the space. It was frankly not only disappointing, but from one musician to another, devastating and insulting to see a musician’s fine instrument downgraded from a grande piano to a lacklustre, pedestrian, electronic keyboard. Alan’s talents befit the Steinway he used to play, and he deserves this instrument through which to display his craft. As do we, longstanding, local clientele (for decades!) who love, appreciate, and expect this level of musical expression and experience. No one needs to see the cords- the grande or even baby grande piano were designed for amplification in their natural design. The new space has more than enough room next to the bar to accommodate Alan’s piano. Bring it back!

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful time visiting and catching up. The tea was lovely and plentiful. The music was beautiful and we felt pampered for the afternoon!

Tags: Happy Hour, Afternoon Tea, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Outstanding, as always!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wanda is the best service provider, ever. Excellent tea, sandwiches, and champagne provided. The remodeled space is not as great as before. The dropped ceiling and smaller space makes it very noisy . I am anxious to see what it is like during Christmas.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Everything was wonderful, especially the staff and their impeccable level of service. However, I did find it problematic to receive a bill for $127.99 for Tea for two when the actual cost was $49.00/person. With that said, an automatic service charge of 22% was tacked on to the bill, as well as $8.43 for sales tax. Don't force me to pay 22%, let me pay the amount for top that I want to pay.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Afternoon tea at the Phoenician continues to be a bright spot in the valley. Food & tea & bubbles fabulous. Natalie and Wanda are attentive, friendly fantastic servers!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Fun, People Watching
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Gorgeous food, amazing service, we were treated like royalty! This was a tea to remember!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We’ve been going to Afternoon Tea at the Phoenician for the last 15 years. It has a bit of a different atmosphere since the remodel and the piano is definitely missed but the food and service was wonderful as always!

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Awesome and special.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food and service were great as always. The new decor is lovely, however the first table we were seated at was too high and too wide. We felt like we were too far apart to converse. We ended up not sitting in the actual tea room, which is very noisy, instead we sat out by the keyboard player. Changing seats made the experience perfect as we had a smaller table and could actually hear each other talk.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 8, 2017

So delicious! Such a wonderful afternoon!

We will do this again soon!

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The tea was situated in the Golf Clubhouse, albeit a temporary home while the main hotel area is being refurbished, not the best venue for high tea. The servers were OK, as was the food.
Overall not a very elegant or distinguished High Tea. The Biltmore High Tea experience is much better.

Tags: Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our server was Wanda. She has served us in the past and we always ask for her. She is always happy and friendly. She is very attentive and makes sure we are taken care of the entire time.

We come here a couple of times a year for specifically afternoon tea time. Wish we could go more!

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

The overall experience was wonderful. The staff are friendly and professional. We would recommend this to our friends and plan on returning ourselves.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Wanda or server was wonderful as usual!!! This is the best Tea in town!!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 6, 2017

A quiet, special afternoon tea experience with beautifully crafted finger sandwiches and desserts! Lovely view of the golf course. The service was unobtrusive, and she made sure our water glasses were filled as well as offering seconds on the sandwiches and desserts. A very pleasant, special afternoon tea. Made us feel special!

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

This was our first time at the Phoenician's Afternoon Tea. It was superb! The server, Natalie, was attentive, but not overly so., which was perfect. We loved the soft music by the pianist. It was low enough for quiet conversation. We will be back.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I have been going to tea at the Phoenician for the past ten years and I have had favorable and excellent service by two of their servers . They are going through remodeling at the hotel right now. There was no valet parking and we had to walk in the sun in to get to the restaurant. The service on this
day was very poor and even though I had made my reservation two months in advance, the sitting was undesirable and when I talked to the manager at the beginning all she could say was "I am sorry", yet did not offer any solutions. The bill we received included 22% tip built into it which is above 20% that I pay for excellent service and on this day outside of parking and accommodation the service was also really poor.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Everytime I come into town from the Chicago area, my best friend and I have tea at the Phoenicien. The food is delicious, love Natalie as always, and always have a lovely, relaxing time. Hope to see both Natalie and Wanda again soon. Love, love, love the new venue. Hope you do not move it back to the busyness of the Lobby. This location is so much better.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Had a lovely afternoon tea at the Phoenician. I've heard about Wanda and was lucky to have her as my server. She is attentive, friendly and appreciates you coming there. All the courses were delicious: sandwiches, scones and desserts. Great selection of teas. Wanda will generously offer seconds for each course, so come hungry! I usually don't like scones, but these were the best I've ever had: tender, flaky and fresh from the oven. The scones combined with the cream, curd and preserves - perfection! Live pianist added a touch of elegance to the experience. Highly recommended for a special occasion or a fun afternoon.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Afternoon tea here is great, but I am sure it is even better when it is in the actual tea room. Currently it is in another location because of construction. However, the presentation itself was lovely, they come around with plates of tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts. This way, if you don't like something, then you aren't wasting the food or money not eating it. The tea is great too! The only thing I will caution is they tac on a 22% tip, regardless of how many are in your part.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 13, 2017

High Tea was perfect ans enjoyed by all at our table.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sweden)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Ask for Wanda. She's a hoot

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 10, 2017

We really enjoyed the new venue. Tea at the Golf Clubhouse has a really nice ambiance, without the distraction of the lobby traffic. Views on both sides and a fireplace! Perfect.
Service was excellent, Wanda was our server again and we just adore her. Tea selection is great, sandwiches and scones are wonderful with a nice selection. They might consider adding a seasonal sandwich as well for the regulars.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Wanda was wonderful and took great care of us! The tea and food is delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We had a wonderful afternoon tea. It was so relaxing and Wanda our hostess was impeccable as usual! No one is as attentive and makes your experience unforgettable as well as Wanda. We cannot sing her praises enough!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Another wonderful Tea presented by Natalie & Wanda at the Phoenician. We have enjoyed Tea at the Phoenician for the last 13 years, and plan to come back many times in the future. A really special experience . Lovely service, gracious hostesses and a beautiful venue.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The temporary space was great with the pianist but the AC was not functioning well. Afternoon Tea is always great and look forward to the new space.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Elegant ..great ambiance. Piano playing in the background gave that extra special touch. Excellent food and teas. I would highly recommend the Phoenician afternoon tea as a must do...

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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