Tea at The Empress

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1653 reviews
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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 Chef AJ Thalakkat 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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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter had the best time and was so happy with the experience :) she even thanked us for making this the best birthday ever!

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RS
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great tea! But over priced! Ambiance and location fabulous!

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EB
Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our high tea at the Empress immensely. Would recommend it

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DB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience.My family loved the princess girl day experience.

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Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed a fun time having tea in a beautiful setting. Tea was wonderful and the scones perfect. Our tray of sandwiches were very tasty and the desserts just topped off a delicious meal. We were very satisfied and full at the end.

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AH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was wonderful. The service was great!

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TW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Tea at the beautiful and historic Empress was a real disappointment. We waited 25 minutes for our tea and service, not at all what we expected for the price.

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SS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is definitely a unique experience to save your money for. Even people who don't like tea will find a blend they like (or at least I did) and the atmosphere is fantastic.

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MJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Catherine, our server, was wonderfully attentive and right on top of things. The food was so good! Almost too good, definitely worth the special trip. The only thing that I was disappointed with was the modern re-vamp/renovation of what the tearoom. I know it was probably dated, but that was part of its charm. I'd rather see portraits of royalty instead of the modern art that replaced them.

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good but the price is a bit high for what you get. It seems that a glass of champagne

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KD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I booked Tea at the Empress expecting a regal experience. The food was mediocre at best. I’ve had better experiences at other teas. I knew it was going be costly (we paid $350 for our family of four) but for that price I expected more

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SV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Was really looking forward to Tea at the Empress, but while it tries to position itself as a high-end Tea venue, the popularity of the business and noise level + echo of the location certainly brings down the quality. The food was decent, tea was good. Service was nice, but servers were definitely busy juggling between different tables. Definitely not the luxuriousness we're looking for, and the price tag for this experience is definitely not worth it.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Victoria. The staff is so friendly and made us feel so welcome. The food, tea and desserts were delicious. We picked up some tea in their shop so that we could remember our time at The Empress and our trip to Victoria.

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TL
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ron and the other gentleman were so lovely. We had wonderful time for my mother's 80th. She loved it. thank you.

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RM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Came in from California for high tea at The Empress. They accommodated vegetarian requests, and the food was great. The tea and service top notch too. I would highly reccomend this experience.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tea at the Empress is something everyone should try to experience. Pricey but a one time memorable event

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a lovely tea. The price per person makes afternoon tea quite an indulgence but it is a special treat to spend tea time with someone you love. The children’s tea menu also satisfied my 9 year old, who was very enthusiastic. I will go again.

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AT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food, the service and the atmosphere were all one could ask for. The tea timer was a very nice touch, as were the tea pot warmers and the the selection boxes. We were a bit surprised, though, at the quantity of food served. It was smaller than expected, particularly when one considers the price for the afternoon tea. Were it not for that, we would give Tea at the Empress a perfect score.

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AC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was well worth the money! The tea was lovely, food was the perfect amount for one person AND tasted amazing, and the service was amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Its expensive. Good to do once. Teas was good. Snacks were ok not a fan of mousse

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Very overpriced, with tax and tip it was $100 per person. Chicken salad was not appetizing looking. We had a round table for 5. Very crowded with 3 teapots and 2 tiered plates. Not much atmosphere.

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CD
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Tea at the Empress is always enjoyable! This time was no different.

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BC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date with my husband here. Service was awesome, window table looking out to the water, fragrant rose tea, soft and buttery raisin scones served with clotted cream and raspberry jam. What a treat!

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SQ
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overpriced and the food was very mediocre. Ambiance was just ok. Piano man was the best part of the experience

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EF
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the atmosphere but suggest a few tall plants would give a little more privacy. There were very few people when we were there (the 4:00pm ) so the room felt too large. We sat in front of the fireplace which was lovely. Unfortunately while we were there a young child was there and he had a piercing/shrieking scream. Parents did not seem to mind but we did. Our server was friendly and pleasant and provided top-notch service. Food tasty but the thought the chicken in a bun a little plain. Sweets were terrific.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother daughter tea

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When visiting Victoria, this is most definitely a must do!! Exceptional service & food!

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EB
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my 9 year old daughter, and we both loved it. (They have a special menu and service for "princesses".) A very special outing.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tea at the Empress was everything it was supposed to be. Our waitress was wonderful and very knowledgeable. The tea treats were wonderful. We were one row away from the window which was perfect as we had a beautiful view of the harbour but were not directly affected by the sun. The selection of tea was wonderful and we were able to add a glass of sparkling wine to make it an extra special occasion. We couldn't eat it all but they carefully packed up our treats and we had snacks for the trip home the next day. I have been waiting for 20 years to have tea at the Empress and it met expectations on every level.

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LT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Expensive but something that has to be done at least once!

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A
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

This was an amazing experience, minus the fact that as we were leaving we spotted a mouse come from the little entrance it had made in the corner. Everything was tasteful and pleasant until we saw this.

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CF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was on a mini-vacation in Victoria in February and had afternoon tea several days. I saved The Empress for last, because I knew it would be the best. It was! I was by myself, but the person who greeted me seated me in a love seat right in front of the fireplace. The server was friendly and helpful, explaining the different tea choices and all the sweet and savory foods that came along. She showed me how the tea is steeped perfectly, and refilled my cup more than once. Everything was delicious! I had a later tea time, around 3 p.m., and I did not need dinner at all that night. Everyone was gracious; everything tasted wonderful; and the view onto the harbor was beautiful. I highly recommend tea at the Fairmont Empress.

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely experience. I may never do it again, but I will always remember it happily.

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HF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular!

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CF
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at tea! The tea itself was wonderful, but the food was amazing! We were so impressed with all the fabulous sweet and savory treats. The only request we would have is for more clotted cream with our scones, just because we love clotted cream. :) Otherwise, it was a wonderful experience and one we look forward to repeating!

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BM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time...great tea, great food and outstanding service...all the more special on our anniversary!

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NL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend Tea at the Empress. I love the atmosphere, love the food, love the tea, love the great service which is perfect without pretentiousness - and not being rushed. Love it all. Enjoying the bit of history and it makes a lovely memory.

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BM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's expensive but very nice. We loved the tea, food and the piano.

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HO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thanks for all of your sweet staff, we really had a good time at the windows seat.

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