Camellias

4.7
35 Reviews
$31 to $50
Afternoon Tea
As colorful as its namesake flower, Camellias is Charleston’s premier Champagne Bar, featuring an extensive collection of bottle and by-the-glass offerings paired with a decadent selection of caviar, ceviche and tartare. Additionally, Camellias offers a champagne-inspired cocktail program and a collection of delectable desserts, including the signature Camellias Cake, and afternoon tea.

The bar’s stunning pink hue reflects a piece of Charleston history: marble that once clad the library building where Hotel Bennett stands. The marble was reclaimed, restored and now graces the bar and tabletops. The egg-shaped room design was inspired by the famous Faberge jewel boxes and features four pieces of art which depict the Camellia flower. Reflective finishes, including an etched-mirror ceiling and beautiful strings of crystal cascading from the chandelier, add both shimmer and style to the atmosphere.

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4.7
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4.9
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Jennifer
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

4th visit- savory items seemed less inspired. basic ingredients, not dainty (too much brioche too little filling, croissant too large for a tea setting but still yummy). service was ok but not as attentive as before (i know staffing is difficult right now so not focusing on that). Needs more upscale southern bites instead of items easily made at home. Sweets were all very good but needed more clotted cream and lemon curd per person- presentation in plastic cups was also sub-par for the cost

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Landba
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Everything was lovely except the food. Small portions, strange offerings and all bread items were stale. I’ve been to many teas and this was the worst food selection. The room was lovely, the service was good, and the Hotel Bennet is a very nice hotel.

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vipPamela
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun, Tyler was an excellent server! The food was amazing and overall feel was so festive for afternoon tea 🫖🌲🍾

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place to enjoy friends and afternoon tea. A must visit when visiting Charleston. Delicious tiny bites of food and dessert. I’ll definitely be back.

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444444444444
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A fun birthday treat

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Highly recommend

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vipaubsgk
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the afternoon tea experience during our first stay in Charleston- the food, the bubbles, the tea and the service was amazing !! Would absolutely recommend if you’re looking for a fun little afternoon experience!!

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GraceH
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really good. The food and service was fantastic. I would highly recommend going here.

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vipKarenS
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Service subpar for afternoon tea. We had to ask for water, the tea came out cold and the lids do not fit on the pots. We had to ask for fresh plates when we changed from savory to sweet. We were brought two tea cup saucers in place of plates. And no fresh silverware. We eventually got it ourselves from the service station. Food was mediocre quality. If you go keep your expectations low.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and beautiful place for afternoon tea. 10/10!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience!!! Absolutely recommend high tea expedience. Food and service was amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing Easter brunch. The service, the presentation, the food and drinks were all exceptional

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vipkellyh
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend’s Bday

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I would highly recommend going here for afternoon tea! It was lovely - we had the best time ever and the food is amazing.

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vipTroyO
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Amazing food.

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Jsbglb
Pinehurst
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

loved the quite tea as always, a fun experience to have

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LynnB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun experience! Beautiful space, great food and tea. We would highly recommend if coming to Charlelston.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all in all. In the end we felt a little rushed, as we were the last reservation and staff started cleaning shortly after we received our deserts. We just took it to go. We will definitely do it again, but will make sure to get an earlier reservation next time.

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vipDarshane
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful spot for tea time with the friends! Really enjoyed it

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BarryB
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed afternoon tea at Camellias! Before our arrival I was contacted regarding any food allergies. It was reassuring to see a business go above and beyond with the smaller details. The surroundings are elegant and almost fairytale-like. Ben’s service was efficient and attentive. He seemed eager to tell us about the Bennett Hotel and invited us to return. True southern hospitality! The chef prepared the various savory and sweet delicacies with obvious care. They even accommodated my vegetarian requests. Would highly recommend tea at Camellias!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

The tea with Santa was so nice! The ambiance was perfect. The food was just okay. Definitely paid for the experience.

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MichelleJ
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a special treat! My mom and I throughly enjoyed the holiday tea with delicious food and deserts. Hotel was absolutely beautiful and felt very welcomed!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Loud. If you go here and pay 70$ it is for the experience. The food is not great. I have had way better for cheeper at other tea options. Ambiance was great but food and service was disappointing. I had issues with my reservations and not 400$ bill service.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything exceeded our expectations. What a fun experience! We have agreed to make it a regular thing!

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Jsbglb
Pinehurst
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun! Nice afternoon tea with my daughter!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special Valentine’s Day offering. They did a very nice job. It was loud but I attribute that to being a busy holiday scene as well as a very busy festival (SEWE) going on in Charleston that weekend

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vipVegfoodie
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Camilla’s was spectacular! The decor really set the tone for everything you would want in a High Tea experience, especially at the holidays. The food and tea/champagne were on par with the decor.. I could not have imagined a more beautiful Saturday afternoon. Looking forward to returning to enjoy the champagne bar!

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ChristineS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely experience... wish scones were a bit bigger or you could order more with tea? Had alot of cream and lemon curd leftover :). The service was amazing. The low tables are a bit hard to settle into
So next time we hope to sit in alcove table. Noise level was a bit high - very busy
The only extea comment would be is to ho easy on the salt 🧂- deviled egg very salty and wish we had a cream cheese cucumbers sandwich or ckn salad bite

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JTchas
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Attended Afternoon Tea. Waiter was very stiff, everyone else was served while we were still waiting. Savory foods were lackluster, especially the stale, cold waffle. Overall, would have preferred more/different savory bites and fewer sweets. The sweets were overly sweet, and while the scone was ok, it did not taste fresh either. It’s a new restaurant, but it needs to work to meet Charleston’s culinary standards.

Camellias
Responded on June 1, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Afternoon Tea. I'm sorry that we did not have a chance to speak to you while you were here. It is our goal for every guest to feel special while they are with us. Thank you for letting us know your feedback regarding the service and quality of food. We always appreciate when guests share their experiences with us, so we can make changes to improve our service. Thank you again.

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Flyingzollo
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Beautiful hotel and space. The chandelier was amazing. Afternoon tea was a fun experience and the sweet and savory bites were delicious. A little pricey overall but that’s to be expected in a beautiful new hotel.

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KristineM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!

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Thanksgiving
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Tea is experience as much as anything. While the food was good, sweets were excellent, server left a lot to be desired and overall experience was meh. Guests left to stand behind closed doors while each party seated, a little late in opening. Again, meh experience, especially considering all Charleston has to offer.

Camellias
Responded on May 12, 2019

Good day, and thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Afternoon Tea. I'm sorry that we did not have a chance to speak to you while you were here. It is our goal for every guest to feel special while they are with us. Thank you for letting us know that a quicker greeting would be appreciated so we can make adjustments. We appreciate all feedback so we can make changes that improve our guest's experiences. Thank you again.

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jeffd
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Great cocktails. Great service. GREAT overall experience.

FAQs

Camellias is rated 4.7 stars by 35 OpenTable diners.

Camellias does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.hotelbennett.com/#gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.