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Genesis House of Tea, Chattanooga, TN

Genesis House of Tea

4.8
4.8
52 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Genesis House of Tea is more than just a Tea House that provides excellent service,
delicious foods and tasteful teas. The Genesis House of tea is a restaurant and venue space that is perfect to host private birthday parties, bridal showers and corporate events, just to name a few. We are a Non-profit organization that carries a heart to serve our community and restore beau(tea), digni(tea) and identi(tea) to those in need.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Afternoon Tea, British

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (423) 521-4832

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Located at the historic Dent House, Chattanooga's treasured antebellum. Our space boasts timeless features and a modern elegance. Our private event rooms are beautifully decorated with fresh white linen, touches of antique gold, and embellished with our fine bone Royal Albert China. Please email events@genesishouseoftea.com for more information.

What 52 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Best Overall

  • East Tennessee

    Best Service

  • East Tennessee

    Best Ambiance

  • East Tennessee

    Best Value

  • East Tennessee

    Great for Brunch

  • East Tennessee

    Kid Friendly

  • East Tennessee

    Good for Groups

  • East Tennessee

    Great for Lunch

  • East Tennessee

    American

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Best Overall

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Best Food

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Best Service

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Best Ambiance

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Best Value

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Good for Groups

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Great for Lunch

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Romantic

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Special Occasion

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  1. E

    Eat4fun

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This is my first visit since it changed ownership. The place is brighter, definitely an elegant feel. Staff was accommodating and responsive. Tea options are on the table on a card vs the menu at Polly Claire's. We got 3 adult afternoon teas and 3 different teas and shared them. We had 6 tea cups from mine and there was at least one or two left in my pot. We were each served our own tiered tray. The vanilla scones were delicious. You could smell them as them as they came to the table. The scones came with homemade lemon curd, thin strawberry jam and clotted cream. We had 5 different savory/sandwich items, 3 small bites and 4 sweets. It was plenty of food. Only thing was be sure to ask for specials/seasonal items. We weren't told of any, but we heard a host telling another table about the seasonal specialties. We will be back.
  2. A

    Alex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cutest spot to celebrate any occasion! Great service and a pleasant atmosphere and the best experience! Definitely coming back to celebrate my princess and for my birthday, as well as date day with the spouse! If I could give it more stars I definitely would!
  3. HG

    HeidiG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Genesis house of tea is the perfect place that I can take my mother and daughters and really feel like its a special experience! The atmosphere is wonderful and the staff is great! A real palace experience.
  4. LO

    LindaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delightful British tea dining experience, including hats you can use while there!
  5. EA

    ElizabethA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I did not find my tear TI ER it Was not as good as I found it last time in July when I was there I don't know maybe I just don't like some of the foods that you had on that tear otherwise it was great it was great
  6. EG

    ElissaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 6 year old girl and I had a wonderful time. She loved it and asked to come back. We will be back and bring grandma this time.
  7. HC

    HollyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience from start to finish! The service was exceptional, the food outstanding, and the atmosphere so pleasant. Will definitely be returning! Try the spinach artichoke dip for sure!
  8. MD

    MoDav

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful dining. We really enjoyed the high tea.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food and tea are fantastic, but the service is kind of slow so just be prepared for a bit of a wait to order and to get tea/food.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my daughter for afternoon tea and we really enjoy the experience.
  11. T

    Tina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect Tea house! Loved everything about this place. Can’t wait to go back. If you are looking for somewhere different to go this is it! Has that extra special touch from the minute you walk into the door till you leave. Genesis house of tea is the place to be!
  12. JL

    JerriL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I love teatime so I brought my friend for her birthday. Great atmosphere!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an excellent experience of casual and fine dining together. The food was great and the Royal Wedding Tea was superb!
  14. P

    Parks

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful experience Reminded me of being back home in England Beautiful decor and wonderfully friendly staff
  15. FE

    FoodieEats

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food is basic (not organic or carefully plated - lettuce garnish too wilted to eat, blueberries not picked through to pull out smooshes ones) but it will fill you up. Get the brunch plate! The “fancy” tea atmosphere is an 8 year old girl’s dream, and it’s super fun for a ladies’ tea as well.
  16. N

    Nana

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I had a delightful time celebrating her birthday! Food was delicious and the server was wonderful! Highly recommend the redecorated Historic venue. Love the ministry aspect too!
  17. GE

    GladysE

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. We had Chicken Pot Pie, Tomato Pie, Quiche, and Garden Salad Plate. We all cleaned our plates and enjoyed every bite. Our server was lovely, helpful and so courteous. The hostess was delightful and friendly. We will certainly be back Chattanooga is fortunate to have such a lovely place to go and enjoy wonderful food, great ambience.
  18. J

    Jessica

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was such a great brunch. I had the 3 tier lunch option and it was fantastic! The service is definitely 100 stars! Beautiful place and I will definitely be bringing my clients here.
  19. KA

    KerryAnneF

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience all around , will definitely go back with my girlfriends again !
  20. CM

    ChristyM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience1
    I enjoyed my tea. My lunch (Afternoon Tier $32) was subpar. The finger sandwiches were very dry and the bread was stale. Very disappointed. I was seated in a room with a very large party. The party was so loud my ears hurt and could not hear my lunch companion sitting across from me.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved Genesis house of tea and love that it's a non-profit.
  22. J

    Junebug

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Genesis House of Tea was a wonderful & memorable experience.I would recommend visiting this exquisite tea house to everyone.The service & food were enjoyable.I also enjoyed the historical setting of the tea house.
  23. KD

    KristenD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Overall we enjoyed our visit here. The ambiance of the restaurant is so fun, though definitely agree that some of the decor feels unfinished? When we sat down we were a little disappointed that we had to share the tea menu amongst the table and that there were some napkins missing. My group all ordered the afternoon tier and the food and presentation were excellent. It was a bit of an untraditional mix of food with classic tea sandwiches mixed in with shrimp cocktail and a charcuterie cup. One member of our party ordered a diet coke that was served in a teapot which was a delightful detail. The service was mixed between overly attentive when we first sat down barely giving us a chance to look at the menu and then totally forgetting to bring a pot of tea. Unrelated to the tea/service, we found the bible references and anti-choice messaging a bit off putting.
  24. SD

    SandyD

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We loved Polly Claire’s / now genesis house of Tea. Please try to be a bit more accommodating to the children. Please put the pizza back on the menu!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Today is my daughter’s birthday. She will be moving to Virginia soon to begin her graduate school program. I wanted to treat her to a special mother/daughter lunch to celebrate her birthday and wish her bon voyage as she moves to a new state. We shared the Afternoon Tier and the Taste of Tea with a pot of caramel tea. It was all beautifully presented and delicious. We enjoyed our time together very much. Suzanne Curtis
  26. D

    Danielle

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely beautiful and memorable time with my daughters. Plan to be back many many times.
  27. HU

    HopeU

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must experience to have! Elegant, professional, felt like home. Food and tea was delicious
  28. RR

    RosemaryR

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, great food quality and a restaurant with a mission behind it!
  29. CR

    CailenRose

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around! I couldn't stop talking about how delicious the brunch plate was, and of course the tea quality was outstanding. They even bagged up a pouch of the loose leaf tea for purchase when I asked, so now I get to enjoy it at home. I look forward to returning!
  30. MJ

    MarilynJ

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thought we were in trouble when we had last minute additions to our reserved occasion. The staff bent over backwards to accommodate everyone. Then the festivities began and we were not disappointed. The food was great. The service was excellent. We all had a great time. Definitely we would bring people here that visit us from out of town as a special treat.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our time at Genesis House of Tea. We got a tier so we could sample a lot of different things. I love that the tea menu lists which teas do not go well with cream and has descriptions for each tea. Servers were very knowledgeable and service was quick. We will definitely be back!
  32. SB

    SharonB

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have a wonderful time, can't wait to come back. The tea was delicious.
  33. JM

    JuneM

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Staff were very nice and accommodating. This is a very nice tea room. We enjoyed it.
  34. H

    Heather

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most beautiful experience! We will be back soon. Great tea, great people, great cause. 🫖👑🧁
  35. PT

    PaulaT

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best tea experience ever! Would highly recommend!
  36. C

    Chez

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was terrific! Service was a bit lacking, but the food made up for the wait! Once we were seated, it took 15 minutes for our waitress to acknowledge us and another 25 minutes to get our food. However, the restaurant was very busy and the manager took time to greet us at our tables. We will be back!
  37. a

    anniversary

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! Wonderful food and experience.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience and great for my business meeting.
  39. V

    Vallie

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were saddened to learn that our favorite tea house (Polly Claire's) had closed...until we learned that it was reopening as a new entity, Genesis House. When we returned for afternoon tea, we found the same lovely setting, delicious food, and welcoming staff. I will continue to bring friends and family to Genesis every time I have an excuse to!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I had a wonderful experience at a most lovely place that has a most lovely mission. I have always loved and appreciated this tea room, and I’m thankful that once it was sold, it continued to be open for tea and offer wonderful service. Now, add to that, that the proceeds from the patronage of the tea room serve to empower women and give an opportunity for healing and restoration. I will always be a proud patron of this establishment, and I hope you will too!

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Genesis House of Tea is rated 4.8 stars by 52 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Genesis House of Tea

6178 Adamson Cir, Chattanooga, TN 37416-3647

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Chattanooga

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Afternoon Tea, British

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options

  • Phone number

    (423) 521-4832

  • Private party facilities

    Located at the historic Dent House, Chattanooga's treasured antebellum. Our space boasts timeless features and a modern elegance. Our private event rooms are beautifully decorated with fresh white linen, touches of antique gold, and embellished with our fine bone Royal Albert China. Please email events@genesishouseoftea.com for more information.

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