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Tea at The Empress

4.5
4.5
3786 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Unspecified
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 85 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Victoria

  • Cross street

    Government & Douglas Streets

  • Parking details

    Self parking is available

  • Additional

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

What 3,786 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Most Booked

  • Victoria

    Best Service

  • Victoria

    Best Ambiance

  • Victoria

    Special Occasion

  • Victoria

    Most Booked

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  1. B

    Becks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere with the live piano. Beautiful tea service—we loved the Lady Londonderry tea! Highly recommend.
  2. P

    Pizzafan

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely experience while in Victoria!
  3. CC

    CiCi

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I think it was very expensive for what it was. I felt like it was very much an assembly line Move ‘‘em in & move ‘‘em out The room was very noisy as well. The service was very good though. Just not the quiet elegant affair I was hoping for
  4. RB

    RandyB

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic overall experience. Should not be missed if in Victoria, even if you are not a tea drinker
  5. JS

    JasonS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely afternoon tea! A memorable experience that we won't soon forget.
  6. VM

    VickiM

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tea at the Empress is a delightful experience. The setting is beautiful and the service is great.
  7. CC

    ChristineC

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Having the tea in the lobby made for a very noisy experience. It is unfortunate that the beautiful Palm room isn't used and is sitting empty. The first table they tried to seat us was in the main through fare next to the kitchen station. We watched them try to seat another couple their and they refused also. The noise level was high and the tables for 2 were small and uncomfortable and did not match the room decor. We found the whole experience not worth the price charged. Surprisingly, they even have an upcharge for some of the teas, including Earl Grey, a very common tea!
  8. MK

    MarnieK

    Manitoba

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful room, piano playing in background, exquisite service, delicious warm scones, oh the curried chicken sandwich was outstanding, amazing sweets and the tea was perfect
  9. JS

    JohannaS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The ambiance was nice and the feel of heritage was great. The tea was not to our liking and would have been nice to be able to chose a different flavor. Th scones were nice but the egg salad sandwich was tasteless and also the cucumber sandwich was disappointing. The other sandwiches were ok. The sweets were disappointing especially as everything was with dark chocolate which was not tasteful. Sweets looked great, taste not nice. Overall overprices to our liking
  10. MC

    MarcC

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a treat. Quite loud and busy. $90 per person is steep. Food and service were excellent.
  11. RS

    RoshaneS

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic and classy experience! Food was amazing!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had tea at the Empress in Victoria. The whole experience was amazing! There were so many choices of tea and the food was delicious! There was so much food that we had to take some to go! The hotel ambiance was beautiful!
  13. HR

    HillaryR

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    I would not go back again. Two people for high tea almost $250.?? And for “cream of Earl grey tea” they had the nerve to charge an extra $10? On top of the crazy price already paying? For one pot of tea?? Yes it’s pretty and yes tasty but not worth those crazy prices!
  14. G

    kimG

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Tea at the Empress is apparently famous. I wasn’t familiar with the but I am familiar with good food and service. The reputation of this Tea Service definitely does not live up to the hype.
  15. M

    Melissa

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Guy was so friendly and helpful. We had a wonderful experience.
  16. ST

    STEPHANIE

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy food. Excellent service. My 2daugthers really thinks that that are princesses.
  17. J

    J825

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On vacation by myself and I appreciated being seated in a comfortable couch chair overlooking Victoria Harbor having a wall on my left. It was pleasant not being in the middle of the dining room with a view of other diners. The food, the tea, the presentation & the view were all exquisite! Paz the server was great too! Thank you for a fantastic experience!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was a lovely tea service, but far too expensive for the amount of food
  19. r

    rickp

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  20. C

    Cardinal

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tea at the Empress Hotel? It’s an extravagance, for sure. But you’ve gotta do it. Everything is great. But at that price, it better be great. And it was great. The server was delightful, the food was spectacular for the eyes AND tastebuds. It’s just one of those special events that you must do if you’re in Victoria only occasionally.
  21. LW

    LindaW

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was lovely! Perfect food, beautiful room and Yosef, our waiter, was attentive and informative.
  22. CS

    CaseyS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful, cherished memories made with my daughters for my sixtieth birthday, will be thinking of the smoked salmon for days. Thank you 😊
  23. CR

    CedricR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a special occasion for me and my family and the entire experience was exceptional. I loved the Kyushu Japan Sencha tea I chose. It was green, earthy and wonderful. Our server was excellent also!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Canadian coworker highly recommended the afternoon tea experience — I would say this is a must if you visit Victoria - right up there with Butchart Gardens. A Regal experience at every level.
  25. KL

    KLMiller

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff really made the experience special. The hostess, Pritam, went out of her way to find us a table even though we were an hour early for our reservation. Then our waiter, Guy, was attentive, fun and made sure that we had everything we needed to make our Tea a very special experience.
  26. B

    Barbara

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time having a tea party here. Very special!
  27. MJ

    MattJ

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience while visiting Victoria. The teas were great, the scones were amazing and warm out the oven, the bites and pastrys were great and tasteful. Staff was all great and friendly, would come here again for sure and recommend to anyone wanting the tea experience
  28. J

    Joel

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Overall fantastic and terrific experience. It’s something I’ll never forget.
  29. LP

    LauraP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    It was a fun experience, as we had never done a high tea, but the food wasn't that great, and service was just so-so, neither of which you would expect for such a high price tag.
  30. DR

    DebbieR

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. The food was amazing and plentiful. The waiter was great. Quickly seated and top quality service. I have waited many years to go do this and I was not disappointed. If you are looking for a high tea experience , go to the Empress Hotel
  31. JT

    JadinaT

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server Will was the best. Totally enjoyed our tea at the Empress.
  32. H

    Happy

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Only thing I can comment On would be the dress code. We did dress up and there was only two people around us that I felt dressed up as well. Everybody else was in cut off s flip-flops ,sandals , shorts and jeans..l Made a elegant experience seem very casual..
  33. AZ

    AnnaZ

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic (though very over- priced) experience. It’s a must- do in Victoria
  34. JP

    JuliaP

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and so was the food. We enjoyed the classics and the progressive twists on the desserts. The piano was a bit loud but allowed for more privacy between tables since you are close to your neighbours.
  35. T

    Terza

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Wonderful, a very special treat for everyone however we asked to have one of the tea cups replaced but it never happened. And we were not given sugar or cream for our tea. I felt this was very disappointing. It was a great one time event but we don’t feel a need to return.
  36. LS

    LauraS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Malou, made our experience thoroughly enjoyable!
  37. MW

    MelodieW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was intricately made and absolutely flavorful down to the last detail. Service was wonderful. Very attentive but not to the point that they are bugging you. Perfect
  38. HZ

    HeatherZ

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were three of us for tea at The Empress. They called in advance to ask about allergies and food preferences so we were able to be reassured that they could accommodate. When the food arrived, they had a whole separate tray for the vegetarian amongst us, which made it that much more relaxing. My tea was so good that I wanted to buy some tea leaves in the gift shop but I couldn’t find the type I had. I would definitely go again and bring others even though it was pricey. They made it worth it.
  39. Y

    Yummy

    Portland

    68 reviews

    2.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Very expensive for what it is and it's not unique or special. It's more of a factory moving tourists in and out quickly. Resting on its reputation it was disappointing.
  40. RT

    RebeccaT

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    You pay for the experience. The food was minimal, not great, and not terribly attractive. The china was gorgeous and the tea was fine.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Tea at The Empress using the Order Online button. Tea at The Empress also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 389-2727.

Tea at The Empress is rated 4.5 stars by 3786 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 85 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Tea at The Empress

721 Government Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Government & Douglas Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Victoria

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Self parking is available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tony Velinov

  • Additional

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

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