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Tea at The Empress

4.6
4.6
3348 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
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 Tony Vilnov 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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Booked 65 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Afternoon Tea Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (250) 384-8111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Morgan Wilson

  • Neighborhood

    Victoria

  • Cross street

    Government & Belleville Streets

  • Parking details

    Self parking is available

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine

Menu

Tea at the Empress is also tailored to suit the tastes of our tiniest travelers aged five to twelve years. Calling all Prince and Princesses alike to experience the grandeur and elegance of the famous Lobby Lounge and be made to feel like young royalty while participating in this coveted tradition

Main

  • Organic Peanut Butter & Jelly

    • Slow Roasted Turkey on Island Harvest Bread

      • English Cucumber on Brioche

        • Honey Ham & Cheese

          • Signature Empress Scone

            • Teddy Bear Macaron

              • Homemade Cherry Gummy

                • Vanilla Lollipop

                  • Raspberry Brioche Mini Fritter

                    • Homemade Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

                      Last updated: February 2, 2022

                      What 3,348 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
                      • 4.6Food
                      • 4.7Service
                      • 4.7Ambience
                      • 3.9Value

                      NoiseModerate

                      Loved For

                      • Vancouver / British Columbia

                        Afternoon Tea

                      • Vancouver / British Columbia

                        Most Booked

                      • Victoria

                        Best Service

                      • Victoria

                        Best Ambiance

                      • Victoria

                        Special Occasion

                      • Victoria

                        Most Booked

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                      1. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 1 day ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        It's a little pricey but by far the best we've had in Victoria. Excellent food, great variety of teas and the ambiance is perfection.

                      2. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        San Francisco

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined 1 day ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Mother and Daughter time

                      3. p

                        peggy

                        Los Angeles

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined 3 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Yosef was very warm and efficient. Food wand tea was delicious. We were late getting through customs and they saved our reservation for our party of 6. A once in a lifetime experience at least❤️

                      4. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Sacramento

                        9 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        9 reviews

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Everything is great. Would prefer if our waiter will speak a little bit slower. It was a bit challenging listening to him talk as he reminds us of the old credit card commercial where the person tried to cram all information within one minute. Hahaha.

                      5. DM

                        DenaliM

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                        The tea was delicious and the experience was great. Did not love all of the savory options but sweets we wonderful.

                      6. AK

                        AnnaK

                        Seattle

                        5 reviews

                        4.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        We had a very nice and relaxing time. The staff were very knowledgeable about the food and tea varieties, and made us feel at home.

                      7. GD

                        GaynorD

                        Vancouver

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        A special treat as it’s a bit pricey. But definitely worth it if you enjoy an afternoon tea. This one is excellent in the most beautiful setting. Tea is not included which was a bit of a shock!

                      8. JE

                        JohnE

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        Nice space and live piano (too loud with the echo of the room) i was told they were out of the tea i wanted to order and the one recommended smelled like a scented candle and tasted the same…the savory items were great and the desert choices were well made and tasted nice…service was nice…dont think its worth the money you pay 150 dollars for two can buy a much better experience in another restaurant

                      9. JU

                        JenniferU

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                        High Tea is something everyone should experience.

                      10. CW

                        ColleenW

                        London

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        This was something I’d been wanting to do for years and it didn’t disappoint. The food, the service, everything was absolutely incredible. Can’t wait to do it again.

                      11. SH

                        SamH

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall3food5service5ambience3

                        Service and food - delicious. Would have given 5 star for all categories but without being a snob we were very disappointed that the dress code was not adhered to and other people arrived in jeans and one even wore a baseball cap throughout that tables entire dining experience. This did detract from the overall grandeur we had expected when booking and viewing the dress code.

                      12. FE

                        FunEats

                        Orlando

                        54 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        54 reviews

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Afternoon tea was a great experience. Good food and great service, with a very relaxed pace. A wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

                      13. e

                        eram70

                        Bath

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                        It was a lovely experience. The piano playing was a very special touch.

                      14. GM

                        GenieM

                        Pittsburgh

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Delicious and exactly what I expect from high tea.

                      15. OV

                        OntarioVisitors

                        Vancouver

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great meal and excellent service

                      16. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Denver

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Very busy - lots of thru traffic in the hall but overall great experience

                      17. KB

                        KellyB

                        Calgary

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Special bachelorette outing. Outstanding service from Lorne made the afternoon even more special.

                      18. L

                        Luv2travel

                        Detroit

                        14 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        14 reviews

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                        It was very, very busy, thus the service was strained, but we had a lovely table next to the window and the tea was lovely. We were not advised that the tea we ordered would curdle if milk was added to it, so that was an experience!

                      19. AV

                        AureaV

                        Edmonton

                        6 reviews

                        4.0

                        6 reviews

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        overall4food5service4ambience5

                        Birthday! Very accommodating with allergies

                      20. C

                        Cindy

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        overall4food3service5ambience4

                        Been to there with my best friend. Excellent service and ambience. Worth to try!

                      21. B

                        Banshee

                        Vancouver

                        46 reviews

                        vip
                        3.0

                        46 reviews

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        overall3food4service3ambience3

                        Was on my list to try so did this with my Mom. Got a bad taste in our mouth right at the start when no one was around to greet us at the front. Finally, someone came and said we were too early and had to come back in 15 minutes at our reservation time. Once seated, the service was ok but the place is just so busy, it feels like you can't fully relax, even though the live piano playing was nice. The teas were good and we liked that the tea pots stayed warm with the lit candle below. The food was quite good too, especially the scones. Our server also let me try a black tea, which was nice of him to do, but he wasn't the most attentive during the tea (probably because he was too busy with other tables). Happy for this experience, but wouldn't need to do again. It is pricey and there are lots of other wonderful high tea places out there.

                      22. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Seattle

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 14, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great experience!

                      23. SM

                        ShellyM

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        overall3food3service4ambience4

                        Too expensive!!! Nice but would not do again for the price.

                      24. BH

                        BethH

                        Charleston

                        5 reviews

                        3.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        overall3food3service3ambience4

                        We were so excited about having High Tea at at The Empress that we didn’t mind paying the 89.00 for the experience. The tea room is lovely and the tea service is quite beautiful but we were disappointed that the server didn’t instruct us in the art of having tea. We were allowed to choose the type of tea and the tea was nice while the food was just average. I believe there are probably tea times that are just as good for a fraction of the price at The Empress.

                      25. SP

                        SophieP

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Amazing experience ! A definite must for you stay in Victoria

                      26. S

                        Star

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        overall4food5service3ambience5

                        EXCELLENT FOOD, BUT OVERPRICED. SERVICE WASN'T AS GOOD AS ONE WOULD EXPECT.

                      27. KB

                        KarlaB

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                        The experience was nice but I thought it would be a little fancier than it was. Felt a little like running cattle through the place.

                      28. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Vancouver

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        It was Mylady’s birthday and wow ! Wow ! So amazing ! The tea was excellent and the handmade pastries and foods were absolutely delicious ! .. we will be coming back soon to enjoy your lovely establishment again 😊

                      29. V

                        Vicamundo

                        Vancouver

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 12, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Amazing experience if you have never tried it and to be able to do it with a very good friend for over 45 years was priceless. Thank you so much 💓

                      30. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Toronto

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on May 12, 2022

                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                        We heard great things about Tea at the Empress! Our experience did not disappoint! Would have liked more sandwiches and less desserts… all good, we loved the experience!!

                      31. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Dallas

                        2 reviews

                        vip
                        2.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on May 12, 2022

                        overall2food4service1ambience3

                        We have enjoyed high tea at other venues and had hi hopes for the Empress. Service was rushed and options were not explained well. We told our server several times that we were not in a rush. The server never checked back or explained the food offering. No manager visited our table and we waited well over 30 minutes to pay the check. All of the components for an incredible experience are there. The service is lacking. In hindsight I would walk though and have a drink at the bar and enjoy one of the smaller tea rooms in Victoria.

                      32. LB

                        LauraB

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 12, 2022

                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                        The experience was fun and special, but the dessert substitutes given for nut allergies were hard and tasteless.

                      33. C

                        Cesar

                        Calgary

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 11, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        It was great. We loved everything!!! It is a must thing to do in Victoria.

                      34. KK

                        KristinK

                        New York Area

                        13 reviews

                        5.0

                        13 reviews

                        Dined on May 11, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Anniversary! Lovely!

                      35. MT

                        MegT

                        Seattle

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on May 11, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We had the most amazing experience at the Empress Hotel for high tea and loved every minute! The staff was exceedingly welcoming, professional, and friendly and made us feel right at home immediately, even with our one year old son. The teas were hot and delicious and each pastry, sandwich, and dessert was amazing! The banana bread caramel cake was my favorite. Our server was fantastic and the pianist playing added so much to the ambience. Can’t beat this as a delightful afternoon experience!

                      36. WF

                        WaveneyF

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 11, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        More sandwiches and less sweets would have been better. A warm cloth to wipe hands would be ideal since most of the food is finger foods.

                      37. E

                        Emily

                        Vancouver

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 11, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Tea at the Empress was a delight and something we keep repeating when we’re in Victoria. There was soft, relaxing piano playing. Our friends had not been to tea before and didn’t know what to expect. They were impressed with the quantity and quality of the food, and the many tea selections. A lovely afternoon! (And you can take home any leftovers you may have.)

                      38. QC

                        QuinnC

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 11, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Fantastic experience would recommend while in the area

                      39. JL

                        JennyLou

                        Hawaii

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 10, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Tea at the Empress is an experience. All the food was scrumptious and exquisitely prepared and displayed. A very fun way to celebrate a birthday.

                      40. DB

                        DebbieB

                        Saskatoon

                        4 reviews

                        4.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on May 10, 2022

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        We enjoyed a wonderful two hours sipping wonderful orange vanilla tea and dining on scrumptious sandwiches and dainties. The scone and clotted cream was outstanding! They were able to accommodate my gluten free diet no problem. A wonderful pianist played in the room while we enjoyed our lunch. And our table overlooked the harbour. Definitely a must do while in Victoria!

                      FAQs

                      Tea at The Empress offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 384-8111.

                      Tea at The Empress is rated 4.6 stars by 3348 OpenTable diners.

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

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                      Booked 65 times today
                      Google Map for Tea at The Empress

                      721 Government St Victoria, BC V8W 1W5

                      Additional information

                      • Cross street

                        Government & Belleville Streets

                      • Neighborhood

                        Victoria

                      • Hours of operation

                        Afternoon Tea Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm

                      • Cuisines

                        Afternoon Tea, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

                      • Dining style

                        Casual Elegant

                      • Dress code

                        Smart Casual

                      • Parking details

                        Self parking is available

                      • Payment options

                        AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                      • Executive chef

                        Morgan Wilson

                      • Additional

                        Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine

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