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Genesis House of Tea, Chattanooga, TN

Genesis House of Tea

4.6
4.6
275 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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 275 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Best Ambiance

  • East Tennessee

    Great for brunch

  • East Tennessee

    Good for groups

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Best Overall

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Best Ambiance

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Best Value

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Great for brunch

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Kid-friendly

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Good for groups

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Healthy

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Good for special occasions

275 Reviews
  1. JoyeS

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful need more waiters but nice place otherwise !

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  2. ReneeH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My sisters and I came to Genesis House of Tea to celebrate birthdays! We had a wonderful time! Our waiter was very nice and the ambiance was amazing! I definitely recommend having a girls day here!

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  3. ChristyG

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely first experience. Definitely plan to return.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Genesis House provides a unique opportunity to experience dining with a British flair while supporting women in need

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and great ambience. A little pricey, but excellent for special occasions.

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  6. RMiller

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful atmosphere, lovely service, yummy food! Definitely will be back!!

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  7. travelswell

    Key West

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good service, beautiful ambience! We loved the quaint atmosphere with all the beautiful China!

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  8. Chrystal

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The table and dining area were beautiful. The wait staff were friendly and helpful. Food was delicious.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time visiting. My wife and I really enjoyed the whole thing. The tea was amazing (Winter Palace Marzipan Rooibos). The food and service were also excellent! We will definitely be coming back.

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  10. CourtneyB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone was super friendly. The food was delicious. The story and mission of the Tea House is even better. Will definitely return.

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  11. PhilipL

    E. Tennessee

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chattanooga finally has a restaurant that offers the classic English Afternoon Tea served on the traditional three-tiered tray, along with a generous menu of other options. My wife ordered the Tea and proclaimed it excellent. I ordered à la carte and everything was delicious, and the servers were pleasant, helpful, and efficient. The choice of teas is extensive (I loved the Buckingham!) and everything was presented on Royal Albert china. Gentlemen, the elevated pinky finger is not required when sipping your brew! But trust me guys, your wife or girlfriend will love the experience and you'll get lots of points for having suggested this restaurant for lunch or dinner. As for ambiance, what better setting for Tea than the only surviving antebellum mansion in the Chattanooga area?!

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  12. DinerGirl

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a reservation- arrived on time but a server didn't come to our table for 15 minutes. There was a hair in my cup, and I asked to please get a new cup. Waited for 15 minutes, then asked another staff. Waited 30 minutes for tea, and after an hour without our food arriving, we left. I'm typically pretty easy but that was easily the worst dining experience I've had. I'm sorry to say that we won't be back.

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  13. Enji

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was nothing short of amazing. From entering into the beautiful house and dining at a lovely table to speaking with our kind and attentive server/manager Yessi. The food was superb! The brunch plate is a must as well as the tier! The music was perfect and the whole lunch was perfect! This is a must in Chattanooga!!!

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  14. KathyW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful staff tops off the delicious and abundant food with the Royal Tea!

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  15. SmoothG

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and delicious food and tea! Love the tea tiers and the variety of food and teas offered!

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  16. PaigeW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our first ever tea. We did the holiday tea. Such a wonderful experience. Excellent!

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  17. MelissaF

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely and elegant setting for a special celebration with many delicious teas and treats to choose from

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  18. SuzanneA

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fresh and served attractively. Yea was excellent and hot! Service was great. We waited a while for our food, but were compensated with complimentary cups of soup! Overall god experience!

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  19. KelliL

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First experience at Genesis House of Tea and was so impressed. Will definitely return.

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  20. AmberW

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall had a good experience. We ordered two double tiers and shrimp appetizers were left off of one of the tiers and we had to ask for plates. Our server was very good. A little pricey for finger sandwiches but overall atmosphere was great.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great experience! Perfect for mother/daughter tea!

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  22. JudyS

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything at Genesis was so good and a relaxing experience for my friends and me The server was most helpful and the food was delicious- especially the quiche and cranberry apple tea. Thank you for a delightful lunch!

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  23. CorrieR

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at Genesis House of Tea. We traveled from ATL to this place for our annual Christmas tea. The food was absolutely delightful and visually appealing. We really appreciate the chef and servers care for our table. I believe it was a busy day, and so our food did take a while to get to us. However, it was made up with the care and attention the staff gave us. Totally recommend and we will make the trek back!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was incredibly slow (took 2.5 hours for our tea service) and the food was only mediocre, but my main point of contention is that only upon arriving and seeing notes on the menu, was any information presented that the proceeds from this restaurant go to support anti-abortion causes. The website says absolutely nothing about this and it felt like a giant bait and switch. I met up with family from out of town, so I wasn’t just going to leave, but we all felt super awkward about our money going to support causes we fundamentally disagree with.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for my mother’s 60th birthday and it was the “experience of a lifetime” according to her. From every detail to the delicious food it was immaculate. 10/10

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a wonderful experience. A new tradition with my SIL and MIL. It was what I had hoped it would be. We had a really nice time. Service, food, and location are all very good. Proceeds go to stop child sec trafficking and help orphan children. The only caution that they are working on is to shorten the table cloths for safety.

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  27. kristymiss

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Hostess was very nice and wished me happy birthday. She told me to let the server know it was my birthday, which I did. I don’t know why because it went unnoticed. After seated and our order was placed, no one checked in and it took nearly an hour to get our food, which was lukewarm. They were prompt with the check, which I guess was a good thing because we had to leave due to being pretty much ignored for 2 hours. Granted, there were two large parties, but I had made reservations. If they couldn’t accommodate us, they should’ve let me know. We’ve been here countless times, and this visit was so disappointing that I hesitate to return.

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  28. DianeG

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a ladies' birthday lunch there. It was beautiful, light, airy, and cheerful. The service was a bit slow, we thought but appreciated that we were not rushed in any way. (We have been to some tea rooms that want you to eat and leave, so they can seat the next party.) They were accommodating of our every request. We live about 90 minutes away, so we won't go often, but we certainly look forward to celebrating other occasions there.

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  29. KatiB

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for helping my daughter and I make a marvelous Christmas memory with Santa!

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  30. ECagle

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful Mother / Daughters Christmas Tea ! The tea , food , and desserts were all wonderful and we loved looking at all the different china patterns

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  31. CarolMarieS

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love supporting your ministry and the ones you partner with!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our go to for a great ladies luncheon or an intimate lunch with a best friend. Always a hit!

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  33. SandiC

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good, and we love the atmosphere. It was a little noisy in the room we were in, and it took too long to get our food without an explanation. We usually plan for a 2-hour lunch break, but yesterday we were out for 3 hours and that was due to the long wait.

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  34. JerickaH

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I found it odd that it took as long as it did. Over 30 minutes to get scones and tea then another hour to get our tiers. I’ve been to countless teas and with larger parties and none of them have taken this long. It was a special occasion and it definitely made it less enjoyable. I wish I could say the food made up for the wait, but it did not. Of course, when we got our bill, we were given a slight discount which is appreciated.

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  35. JosephT

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    An experience that was unforgettable. It is worth the cost to go.

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  36. PattyP

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We took our daughter and granddaughters for Christmas Tea, and they had a wonderful time! The little girls loved the hats and dress-up room especially. The teas are delicious, the teapots and cups lovely, and the variety of tiered treats very appealing. Some of the little treats were drying out on the edges by the time we got them but overall everything was delightful. The fact that Genesis is a non-profit and does good work is a bonus. We will definitely go back!

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  37. ZaidaC

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been a frequent patron of this charming tearoom and always enjoyed it but because of the exceptional experience I had on this last visit, I feel compelled to write a brief review. The hostess was so warm & welcoming from the moment we stepped in the door. She took time to drop by our table and check on us and make sure we were comfortable. Our server was very well-versed on the menu and accommodating to our dietary needs. He offered great suggestions and alternatives. And of course, compliments to the chef for the delicious bisque and scones. Their savory treats are the best in town! I took an out of town guest and the experience was so amazing that she said “this place alone warrants another trip to Chattanooga in the very near future”.

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  38. DTLABABY

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I wanted to love it. But every single thing that could go wrong…went wrong. Let’s start at the beginning. When I made the reservation I told them I was bringing my mom to celebrate her 88th bday. When we arrived, I mentioned it again to the hostess. We had to wait for our table for about 10 minutes. No big deal. We were seated next to a group of women celebrating a birthday. They were extremely loud to the point that it was impossible to have a conversation. Yes, my mom is a bit hard of hearing but to have to basically yell into her ear while sitting next to her was unpleasant to say the least. I love a good time but high tea vibes w/some chill music that allow for conversation was what I had hoped for. Was told when we arrived that there were two menus - the regular and the special holiday tea menu. Was given both to choose from. There were three of us so we decided to pick two regular & one holiday. Waiter comes. We tell him we’re celebrating an 88th bday. Then we’re asked what tea we wanted. One of the teas that we wanted & still listed on the menu was discontinued. Fine. We pick another tea. 20 minutes later two of the three pots of tea come out. We wait & we wait. Where’s the 3rd pot? So now the other 2 teas are getting cold & finally it comes out but by then we had to replace the first 2. Time to order food-We’re informed that the regular tea service is actually not available. Only the holiday. Okay, so now we need to change our order. We order 2 holiday & then a soup & salad to replace the regular tea service. 20 minutes go by. Then our waiter comes back & asks - “what kind of salad did you say you wanted with the soup?” More time goes by & finally we get the food…which was just okay. Check comes & it’s wrong. They charged us for the tea service that they told us wasn’t available. Mgr asks - how was your tea? We mention 88th bday. Oh! Would like our special bday dessert? Finally got some acknowledgment. Bad service. Average food. Not special. Disappointing.

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  39. WaltW

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All was great except the pickle! The skin was so tough it was difficult to chew. Upgrade the quality of the pickles and your a perfect 5

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  40. Mslp

    E. Tennessee

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The last time I ate here, I was not impressed with the food. This time, however, it was fabulous! Had the Lobster bisque, harvest salad, cucumber sandwiches, and quiche. The tea was excellent and the prices were good. Will definitely come here more frequently now.

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FAQs

Genesis House of Tea is rated 4.6 stars by 275 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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