Rowes Wharf Sea Grille - Afternoon Tea

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Rowes Wharf Sea Grille pairs its afternoon tea service with sweeping views of Boston Harbor and luxury yachts docked at Rowes Wharf. Tea selections reflect the season and range from herbal rooibos chai to oolong and complement such savories as maple-smoked salmon sandwiches, cherry scones and Boston cream profiteroles. Plus, seasonal Tea-Tails take the bite out of the ocean breeze—try the gingery and vodka-based Aphrodite's Potion topped with prosecco and rose buds.
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WG
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the rose petals and the view. Water was not hot enough, had to ask for milk (not cream). Bit pricey.

GR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was wonderful! The server was very attentive and polite, the food was fantastic and their tea selection was very diverse!

OT
New England
70 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience having afternoon tea to celebrate my birthday. Our server, Michael, was excellent, and all of the food was delicious.

f
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dining experience - the best "afternoon tea" food I've had yet. We went for my brother's birthday because he wanted to do something "fancy" and Rowes Wharf didn't disappoint. Only caveat - even though the restaurant is on the water, the tea takes place indoors due to the use of VERY nice plateware, so if you wanted to sit outside, book the main restaurant instead!

MD
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious and the tea was excellent! Service was okay - definitely seemed a bit elitist which I guess I should've expected given the location. One of the bussers was so concerned with fixing my teapot lid that didn't quite fit that he dumped out all my tea and brought back a new pot empty! Definitely a bit weird but likely an isolated occurrence - our server made me a fresh pot right away. We were a bit confused because I'm not sure they understood what vegetarian meant - I think they thought my friend was vegan and didn't give her anything with eggs but also brought several pastries made with cream/other dairy products? Maybe clarifying dietary restrictions with customers and all the servers would be helpful :)

Beautiful location and view. Good value but not great, as it was very expensive and the portions were a bit smaller than I'm used to for afternoon tea. Overall we had a good time!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome - 88 year old mom pre-theater - happy times

AS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The marketed harbor view is underwhelming. Cake selection is good (12 cakes per person if I remember correctly). You can choose one tea out of nine. Overall nice, but nothing special.

m
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

They kept us waiting for over 20 minutes before sitting us, then, once bitted, they kept us waiting another 30 min before the server came with the tea. Very overpriced for what they offered

IZ
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for afternoon tea, food and services were both great!

MP
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was the ultimate treat for a friend's birthday and myself. The service was good and not intrusive, the food was nice and there was a choice of about nine different teas.

My only criticism is that the plain white cups, saucers and plates were somewhat clunky. For an elegant afternoon tea at an establishment like the Boston Harbor Hotel, I expected something a little more refined.

SS
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food that took our dietary restrictions into account, lovely tea, and amazing service from our waiter. Highly enjoyable experience all around. Would definitely go back.

DO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server and staff were amazing. And the food was yummy and a nice variety of flavors. I will definitely do this again!

OA
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The hostess was overwhelmed, tables weren't cleared nor reset efficiently, the food was atrocious and the tea was cold. Platters consisted of reheated bits of stale sandwich material (the egg salad was positively congealed) and brought to mind frozen items from Costco. The sweets were of the same poor quality and all in all it was a sad state of affairs. Our teas went cold in the pots and were underwhelming when warm. A take-away from David's Teas would have been a better choice. Our waiter was pleasant and did his best to serve this faux meal with some pleasantry. Tough job for him. High Tea is an expensive gimmick. No one is really going there to pay $50 for a cup of tea; they want the experience of elegance and grace and maybe a decent bite to eat. Best to find that elsewhere.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Despite having a reservation and there being some empty tables, we waited 30 minutes for them to “set a table” for us. We were told that they were preparing a table in the back corner for us, noting that we had a child with us and that they “wanted him to be comfortable”. Our son is 9 and he has been coming with us to Rowe’s since he was 4, and has been quite comfortable everywhere we have been seated.

CK
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is very accommodating for different food restrictions/allergies and allows you to smell the teas before choosing.

ZS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea was great! Very professional staff and their selections were lovely! A+

P
New England
49 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I had requested a window table and the hostess was not able to accommodate my request without significant urging on my part. She presented us with more attitude than was appreciated. The tea food trays were sparse for the price of $50pp. I have had the pleasure of attending several afternoon teas and this was by far the worst for food selection, quantity and size for the price.
Our waiter, Adrien was magnificent, very attentive, courteous, professional and pleasant.
A nice touch was the chef inscribed 'Happy Birthday' in chocolate on our tea tower tray.
To top off the entire experience, I was very surprised to be charged $60 to valet park at the hotel that I just dined at.
I would not recommend this experience for the expense.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience overall. Everything was perfect, from service to atmosphere to food.

J
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Took my mother here for a belated Christmas present. The room was open and airy with a ton of natural light. The service was attentive and gracious and elevated the entire experience to that of a truly special occasion. The food was good but some things were more special and outstanding than others. All around though an excellent and elegant experience and one I'm sure to repeat again soon.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent, but very tiny portions, especially the tea sandwiches. Definitely overpriced.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! I originally reserved a table for 3 people. But, later, one more friend decide to come. Base on the restaurants policy, if you want to add one more person, you need to call them before hand. However, the people there kindly accept my request and freshly baked more foods. I enjoyed every moment. Definitely will come again.

A
New England
31 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every food item was delectable. My complaint from last time (that you can't take the leaves out of your tea, so it gets more and more bitter) was solved because the server brought me an empty teapot (on request) so I could strain my brewed tea into the empty pot. Therefore the whole pot was delicious from start to finish! I loved my whole afternoon there!

CH
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely tea service! It was my first time having tea at here, but won’t be my last. Our waiter was very attentive, without hovering. Beautiful table sprinkled with rose petals for my mother-in-law’s birthday, overlooking the water. Nice tea selection and a tasty assortment of sweet and savory tea snacks.

BR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection on tiers. Everything was yummy, and artful. Loved the tea selection -- had the almond and vanilla. Server was AWESOME, professional, energetic, happy. It was my birthday and the plate came with a birthday wish written in chocolate. We didn't realize there was a great Groupon deal -- have to mention it when making the reservation.

AS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely time at afternoon tea! We used a Travel Zoo voucher to get a discount and had such a great time. The server, Adrian, was wonderful. The tea was really romantic with rose petals on the table and a great way to spend an afternoon!

OT
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came to tea with a friend and the Sea Grill knew of my gluten intolerance. I received a call early in the day confirming this, and then arrived to find that all of the tea items—most of which would typically involved gluten-based bread or pastries—had been replaced with gluten-free substitutes. I was so pleased, having expected to pick my way carefully through the goodies. I sincerely hope that this was not a huge burden for the staff, which I have since learned can often be the case. But I am so grateful! What wonderful, careful service. Our server was very kind, too. It’s a beautiful tea, fit for a special occasion, in a great setting overlooking the harbor.

VT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for afternoon tea. The food was delicious. They had a sample of the teas you could smell and see before deciding. The restaurant was decorated beautifully and there was a nice view of the water from our table.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very lovely time, want to go again

I
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my first Afternoon Tea. Enjoyed every minute. Such a great place for a special occasion.

LN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for afternoon high tea. My wife and I have been to several other places in Boston. This was so far the best in terms of the view, food, tea and service.

Highly recommended!

J
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Adrian was our party’s server. He was very pleasant. In the notes section of my reservation I noted we were celebrating my cousin, the bride to be. He initiated conversation related to the wedding with her and made the rest of our afternoon tea very special by making sure everything was to our liking. The ambiance was beautiful (we overlooked the harbor by the window) as was the table setting (it was covered with rose petals). My cousin was very pleased and thought it was a memorable experience overall!

M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic service! They went above and beyond on accommodating my dietary restrictions and were very "No big deal about it" which was great, but at the same time took it very seriously. The lightness of the atmosphere was great, a nice change up from the Taj.

LL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I have been here for several times with different people. I like it a lot but the afternoon tea menu is always the same. I would like to try something new, actually.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Pretty nice place for dating

MK
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My waiter Jeissen was the most professional and well-mannered server ever!

JW
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boston Harbor Hotel seems like a centuries-old hotel on the waterfront. It captures old-Boston charm without any of the stuffiness. It hands-down has the best afternoon high tea in Boston, both in terms of deliciousness and ambiance. We went there for our daughter's 15th birthday. She was the only one among her friends who had every had high tea and they were all wowed. My husband and I sat nearby--the servers were wonderful to them (and to us) and made it a very special, elegant experience for these almost-adults.

A
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Wonderful presentation; however, I wish they provided a way to remove the tea leaves from the hot water. The hourglass timer was a charming touch, as was the presentation of the lovely tea box, but any true tea lover knows that after the required 3-5 minutes of steeping, tea should be decanted into a separate vessel, or the leaves should be in a removable filter basket! My tea, which started out delicious, continued to get more and more bitter until it was almost undrinkable. They refilled the pot with hot water, and that pot was yummy. The table was strewn with rose petals, which was fabulous. The tower of treats was gorgeous. The scones could have been better; they were not warm and crumbly the way I like. Also, the "clotted cream" was just whipped cream. The place looked beautiful, and it felt like a special occasion, despite my complaints. The price is much higher than in the past, so I would expect the food and drink to be better.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a very good meal, and the service was very nice too.

CB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to afternoon tea and it was perfect!! Excellent Tea choices - food was delicious... forgot to tell the my daughter is a pescatarian and they catered to her needs!! Great experience, would do it again in a heart beat ❤️

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

In general, this place doesn’t worth the price. I spent 50, but I got only a few kinds of deserts, which is way less than other afternoon tea restaurants with the same price. Besides, they only offer 9 types of teas... i really want to get my money back

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