Benjamin Bar & Lounge at Trump International Hotel

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Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
Reservations are required a minimum 24 hrs. in advance. Afternoon Tea is served exclusively Thursday-Sunday between 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Benjamin Bar & Lounge brings our namesake’s lifelong passions of inventions, fine beverages, and food to life in the 21st century.

Afternoon tea was first introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. With the evening meal in her household served fashionably late at eight o’clock, the Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock, thus creating a need for an in-between meal. At Benjamin Bar & Lounge we invite you to enjoy our interpretation of this timeless tradition.
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OrisR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The tea was absolutely lovely! Really enjoyed the whole experience. Every bite was truly an exquisite surprise! I really cannot say which bite was the best. They were all so distinct and delicious! Yakuba was delightful and was kind to get me another scone when I dropped mine on the floor. oops! Jean Marc did a great job assisting and took some nice photos for us. It was a beautiful afternoon tea at The Trump Hotel. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

A family friend treated us to tea today at the Trump Hotel. Having been there before, I had high expectations. It was such a bad experience!

First, I received my pot of tea way before anyone else did....then they brought the other ladies the wrong tea. Not until several minutes later did the remainder of the tea show up. Then we noticed that the tea pot was chipped badly on the pour spout. Okay, off to a bad start but it only got worse from there.

When the food was served the person who brought the trays could not describe what we had been served. We were busy chatting when our waitress came and mentioned that we had been served tea for 4 instead of 3. She then began to pick food off our trays to be brought back to the kitchen. Did that really happen in a high rated establishment?
We had to ask for clotted cream and jam for the scones, spoons to use for serving, and it went on and on like this.

This is not the type of experience that one expects at the Trump Hotel. I don’t know if they were short staffed or just inexperienced. Needless to say, we will not be back for tea again. Better to stick with the Ritz Carlton, who runs circles around these people.

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vip40andHolding
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful afternoon spent with a long time friend and her daughter. Food and service were outstanding. Before we knew it, we had spent 3 hours there. Staff did not rush us at all. Very relaxing afternoon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality of teas.
Ambiance was outstanding.
Sandwiches were better than other sweets.

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vipRenaV
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful afternoon tea with Champagne ! Great food and even better Veggie sliders after in the bar area ! Great jazz music in the background and great people watching . Love the American Flag hanging 2 stories big ! Over the bar ! So patriotic !

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vip40andHolding
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea. I have to the Benjamin several times for drinks, but wanted to have my 20 year old experience it. It was lovely. I had the opportunity to explain the Old Post Office history and what it was. She said she loved it more at Trump Hotel than the Ritz in Tyson’s (where we usually go for our annual tea). Server was very funny and attentive. And next year my daughter will be able to enjoy a glass of the delightful Trump Champagne .

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JuliaM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! The food was wonderful. Service excellent. And the building beautiful. We will be back.

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MissWrite
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Really like the afternoon tea there usually. Been there a few times for tea, tea is great but this time the food was a bit bland.

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vipPAknowsbest
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

My mother and I were guests if the Trump hotel and having Afternoon Tea as a Christmas time tradition. The service was extremely poor. We sat at 2:15 and asked for water and our champagne. Just champagne came. We ordered at about 2:30. By 3pm still no tea, no water. I went to ask for a manager as we had not seen our waitress. After we saw them find a manager, she actually never came over - instead had th waitress give a complimentary glass of Champagne. As that is nice, service is what we wanted. After this - there was no recovery and attention to service - it got worse. By 4pm I had to ask someone to get the waitress. They came back and said - what can I get you, but still no waitress. The check was all I wanted at that Pont. Service was terrible and for afternoon tea - your need service - like fresh hot tea.

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wahoofan
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting is beautiful. The tea savory and sweet treats were delicious. The service was perfection. What a wonderful way to spend an early afternoon a few days before Christmas. Delightful!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We went for afternoon tea.
Parking was 35.00 per hour at the hotel
Tea- was 55.00 per person which included your choice of tea , a glass of champagne , and sweet and savory desserts. Oh and scones
Definitely wayyyyy over priced
There were three of us , we each had three pieces of the desserts and tea.
I would not recommend.
Staff was very courteous and accommodating.
Just not worth 55.00 per person in my opinion.

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vipErin
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambiance and presentation were wonderful. The finger sandwiches had obviously been made for a while and were a bit stale. The tea was lukewarm. The setting makes ups somewhat for the the lackluster tea and sandwiches. However, the scones were good. The Champagne was bottomless, and I did like The Trump brand.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High tea is a must when visiti

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TrxeB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was awesome. went for high tea with family and friends and the food, service, ambiance was all spectacular truly in Trump fashion.

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ScottH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW, just beyond belief! Everything was amazing and will be heading back next time I'm in town.

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JenniferB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food! An amazing experience!

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KathleenS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I visited Trump International Hotel to celebrate my 60th birthday. We had drinks @ Benjamin Bar and Lounge as well as Afternoon Tea, exceptional service on both occasions. The food in the lounge and at Tea was excellent. The Trump International Hotel is world class. Thank you for such a special birthday weekend!

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Steph
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful tea with girlfriends! Perfect setting. Delicious yummies!

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vipJulieF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is hands down the most gorgeous hotel and lobby that I've ever seen (and I work in meeting planning). The service and food were also outstanding. I highly, highly recommend.

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TraceyR
Wales
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have taken afternoon tea in Claridges, the Savoy and other prestigious hotels but this one bar far was the best. Simply delicious! Would definitely recommend

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IheartGOODFOOD
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobby was beautiful. The sandwiches and pastries were excellent. We also ordered the candied bacon, and the presentation was great. It was expensive, but to be expected, at Trump properties.

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AngelaZ
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had Tea Service at both the Trump International DC and The St Regis Hotel DC over the weekend. We enjoyed our food and experience at the Benjamin Bar & Lounge much more and commend the Trump International in their exquisite hotel and surroundings. We were also treated very nicely by the Bell and Valet staff as well as our driver in the hotel car. Just an amazing experience for myself and my daughter all around. We hope to stay there on our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful environment!

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vipChachacha101
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the high tea and our waitress was great! Loved the Lobby it is beautiful will go again!

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Foodie46
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We have been to Benjamin Bar several times for afternoon tea and have been more than pleased with our visit. This time everything was up to par and expectation except the service. Our waiter was pleasant enough and initially attentive, pouring our tea, keeping the tea cups and water refilled but after the food was served he seemed to have forgotten us. We always enjoy two glasses of Trumps Sparkling wine and when the first glass was nearing empty he was no where to be found to offer a second for quite a bit of time. Then again we waited nearly an hour to get our check and then more time for him to complete the transaction. We will return with the hopes of improved service as we do thoroughly enjoy the afternoon tea. There was an event in the ballroom however that should not have taken away from regular service in the other areas.

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KimberlyK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service in a beautiful location. Relaxing eight an abundance of savory and sweet treats. Wonderful 2 hour experience that left us perfectly satisfied.

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floridaedt
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Well, when I arrived I was wrongly directed to the BLT Prime Restaurant by a manager standing there. I told him my reservation was for Benjamin Bar and Grill but he said that was only for little food and didn’t need reservations. I would have preferred to sit there as the place is beautiful but I sat at the restaurant lower level because the top was closed. I ordered lobster bisque, good ,👍🏻, and as a second tortellini, bad, 👎🏻, over cooked and hard, I had to return it. - I would love to return and sit at the Benjamin Grill. The hotel is beautiful and I plan to stay there next time! - Later I got a message I missed my reservation at Benjamin, I DID NOT, I was miss directed.

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vipDebbiedoesdctoo
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trump hotel does it flawlessly. Wait staff perfection. Lovely team service. Great champagne and stunning decor.

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BrianP
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful experience with lovely surroundings and had a nice afternoon tea would recommend it. Good choice of teas and nice glass of bubbly.

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DonnN
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Staff is extremely courteous. Look forward to going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Really awesome food and drinks but their staff seems to be in a little disarray sometimes. I had to wait for my burger and fries for about 40 minutes. They apologized and brought me a glass of champagne on the house. Beautiful and historical building with an awesome music selection that sets the tone for a great experience. I also loved the afternoon high tea!

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vipLifetrash
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really special high tea experience-classy from the minute you walk in. If tea isn’t your thing the very pricey cocktails do not disappoint. If you are not cost sensitive give tea and cocktails a go.

KR
KateR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great afternoon tea! I enjoyed it. Everything was tasty. Worth the money, as it’s a luxurious hotel, and it also comes with both tea and champagne! It usually costs extra money to have a champagne in such tea set. I changed to mocktail instead and it was still nice. Definitely recommend.

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vipSohanD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion of friends

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Heather
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the service was exceptional and this time we had afternoon tea which was Devine! We are loyal patrons and always have a wonderful time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding all around!

VA
VADMG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was a lovely birthday experience for afternoon tea. I would definitely go back with family and friends.

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Lori
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

A glass of champagne, half a sandwich and three tiny desserts, and a cup of tea, is what you get for $55/person. The sandwiches were not fresh shown by the crusty outside and the pastry bites were without flavor and I’m not sure that the scones could have been made any smaller. No place for coat or purse. Not 5 stars. However service was great and the venue is gorgeous.

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KellyB
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came with a group that visits DC each year that particular week.. us (spouses) have decided we want to make Trump hotel an annual event... we loved it... everyone treated us friendly with respect... our server was Christian from Peru.. a delightful young man ... I am gluten intolerant.. Christian made sure that my food was exactly what I specified when making reservations.. yes, we will be back!

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vipRobertS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Had afternoon tea. Atmosphere was to die for. However $166 for tea for two was a bit extravagant. We added the candied bacon in addition to the tea and was charged a double service charge of $25.00+ each - once for the tea sever and another for the server of the candies bacon. Not cool, just saying...

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