Tea at The Empress

4.4
2632 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
A grand tradition for over a century, the world renowned Tea at The Empress has served England’s most beloved ritual of Afternoon Tea to famed royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike. Tea at the Empress provides a quintessentially signature Victoria experience to all who attend. Executive Pastry Dominic Fortin and team prepare house-made Empress scones, delectable pastries and tea sweets daily, reflecting locally sourced ingredients to ensure an authentically memorable experience. An exciting new offering is our Fairmont Empress cake. A rich hazelnut chocolate layer cake featuring customized chocolate developed in France specifically for Fairmont Empress. The cake will be topped with a chocolate crown. Truly one of the finest blends in the world, Empress Tea is the perfect complement to the tea experience. However, should you feel adventurous, Tea at the Empress now has 21 loose leaf teas to select from, making every moment memorable and uniquely your own.
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CherylP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tea at the Empress is an experience of gentility. From the China tea pots to the last dainty petit fors, you will bask in refinement.

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mstrong21
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and a very unique experience. Would recommend!

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BernadineL
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience! Perfect for a girls get together!

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Mike
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific. Traditional tea service with plenty of food for a lunch.

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ChelseaO
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great. We had a lovely view and the area is beautiful.

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TravelingScot
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A peaceful break from the world turmoil. Truly delicious.

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oaht
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was a nice experience but the price is too high.

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NikG
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I haven't been to tea at the empress for a couple of years, but it seems like the price has increased substantially. As much as I enjoy the experience I think I'll be trying somewhere else, the food, tea and experience is not worth $80. $40, sure, $65 was pushing it.

Positives, the food is good, tea is excellent, service is fantastic and very accommodating to my 4 year old first Princess Tea.

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JohnW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our fourth time we had tea at The Empress and it was very enjoyable. The selection of food was very good, especially the scones which were among the very best we have ever had! Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It has always been a dream of mine to have tea at the Empress. It did not disappoint. The tea and food was amazing. My only issue was being seated right next to the grand piano so it was hard to have a conversation while he was playing. Also, you are paying for the experience. The service was amazing.

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SungK
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

If you want to try something chic, why not ?!
Although it wasn't that excellent than I expect...

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JeremyS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great all-time classic, tea time at the empress is a must-do when you visit the city of victoria.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded every expectation I had. Would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Expected more from the sandwiches given the cost. Very heavy carb meal. The scone and desserts were really good. But overall it was an overpriced dessert. Sugar carb load. The service although friendly, felt like we could have been at a ricky’s breakfast run by seniors for seniors. They would need more training to make it feel like a really special “service” experience. I was underwhelmed and wouldn’t do it again or even recommend it to others.

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CharlotteS
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tea at the Empress is a wonderful experience. I highly recommend enjoying this delightful high tea.

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Goode
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing environment, a must do when visiting Victoria. Great bucket list

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vippumagirl1978
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I’ve been to high tea here before a couple years ago and I definitely remember having more of a food service for the price. I was dining alone and got one small 3-tier tray and one pot of tea for $85. Seems a little steep compared to other high teas I’ve had at the ritz in London, etc. I guess they either changed the service or last time our server was just extra nice and brought us more food?! I’m not sure.
But the Rose tea is fabulous and my server Janet was great .

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JacquelineB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Highly over rated and at $85 per person very overpriced. Strawberry jam was so thin it just ran off the scone, clotted cream was not the genuine product , very disappointed. Savory items were dry, having no doubt been sitting out for a while. As a special treat for a friend it was not successful. Would not recommend.

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HeatherH
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, food was fun and interesting. It’s not a weekly outing, but I’d go again in a few years for an event.

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LeahD
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful! Lovely setting. Amazing food. Excellent service.

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vipCherieG
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The Empress High Tea is a lovely experience for a special occasion. While the service was impeccable and the ambiance perfect for a relaxing afternoon, the food was average and we felt the cost far exceeded the value. If you’re looking for the experience this is for you, but if you just want a tasty high tea, there are more cost conscious options out there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fabulous time!

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ChristineT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My little girl dream came true!
Having tea in the Empress.. where royalty has stayed and had tea. It was amazing.
They accommodated my food allergies no problem!

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DonaldC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Enjoyed a relaxing afternoon tea with my granddaughter at The Empress. Great food, very good tea and a very good server.

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JosefH
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent experience for us all. Service was impeccable and we were treated like royalty. The food was divine and the tea was outstanding.

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Susanna
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, live pianist playing in the background, great service and yummy food. There was even a Prince and Princess option for my little ones. They enjoyed getting dressed up and being like the adults!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tea @ The Empress was one of the first things on our trip to Victoria. We loved the whole thing. Food was awesome and environment was gorgeous

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Victorians
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

A special occasion venue for sure. You wouldn't pay this kind of money for a mid-afternoon cup of tea if it weren't. The room is super elegant and the live piano music just lovely. However, with hard surfaces all around, people enjoying conversation, tea cups clanking, it is really noisy. The 3 tiers of tasty morsels were amazingly flavourful, fresh and beautifully created. Unusual additions of lavender to the biscuits or a dusting of herbs on the rolled sandwich, multi-layered mousse in tiny chocolate cups just made it so special. The waitress took her time arriving initially and although friendly, was more like a cafeteria waitress than a high-end service provider. We had to ask for cream and sugar well after it became apparent she was not returning with it. No doubt, after years of doing this every day, this was not a special occasion for her but it was for us. I was celebrating my 65th birthday with my daughter and grand daughter after imagining such a time for decades. Decades. It would have been perfect if the waitress had made some attempt to make us feel special and our visit to 'her' tea room appreciated by her and everyone there. And no gift of a box of tea either...So, it was lovely, dreamy and enjoyable but the human factor a bit of a let-down.

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3030
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Kind of disappointed in the delay of being seated with a reservation time. It took 20 minutes to be seated because the server cleared a table for 2 vs a table for 4, giving up a table of 4 that was behind us assuming our party was smaller.

If the price was 20$ cheaper I wouldn’t find reason to complain.. for 85$ you better be making those chocolate shells for your pastries and the clotted cream. Underwhelmed.

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Nolan
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Lovely area and the service was brilliant.

Tea was excellent but the food felt in lacking and didn’t fully justify the $85 per person price tag.

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Alansmith
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were amazing and very accommodating to the vegan dietary restrictions we had. The food was brought out and presented neatly and we were given an explanation on what each item contained. They were very helpful in selecting teas for our taste and telling us the perfect steeping time. Over all fantastic experience and I would recommend going if you have the chance. They can accommodate almost every dietary restriction.

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Victor
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Love the building and the people. Excellent tea. Food below average.

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IsabelleL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous
Expérience merveilleuse pour les sens dans un emplacement princier !

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TammyM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go for the tea, stay for the live piano. Beautiful.

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JoelleR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Les choix de thé sont des mélanges spéciaux différents et délicieux. Serveuse très attentionnée et disponible. Nous avons adoré notre expérience

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VickyM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our Mom there for her 80th birthday. The staff was fantastic - they really made her day special.

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Lily
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was a pricey experience. The tables are quite outdated, we expected it to be a little more historical and fancy. The server was not super attentive, but over all it was delicious and we enjoyed the experience.

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Cendari
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was completely lovely and the staff were so nice (even though I was an hour late for my reservation due to a mix-up on my part)

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GloriaF
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had a lovely time. Since I cannot consume caffeine p, I was especially pleased that you had a choice of decaf tea. I was disappointed that there were no white tablecloths nor placemats.

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RachelV
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth it and highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tea at The Empress is rated 4.4 stars by 2632 OpenTable diners.

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.