The Courtyard Tea Room

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Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
The Courtyard Tea Room is a hidden jewel steeped in history and overlooking the beautiful Italianate courtyard in the Boston Public Library's landmark McKim building. Serving an elegant afternoon tea, the restaurant offers a sanctuary in Boston's busy Back Bay neighborhood.

Tea seating times:
Wednesday-Saturday at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm
Sunday at 1:00pm and 3:00pm

For reservations after February 1, 2020 tea pricing will be as follows:
Afternoon Tea $44 person
Copley Tea $54 per person

If no reservations are available, please try the Map Room Tea Lounge.

Kindly inform us of any dietary restrictions and/or allergies when booking your reservation so that we may best accommodate you and your guests.
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MW
New England
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely afternoon tea with for my and my girlfriend. Both tea and snacks were delicious!

JB
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to have high tea. The tea (coffee) selection was great and the sweet nd savory food exceeded our expectations. Our second visit and it will not be our last.

CY
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The tea was very nice and I would go back; however, the service could have been better. We had to wait in a line from the map tea room that ran out into the hallway, and it wasn't clear that we were to go to the map room in the first place. My aunt and I were the very last served our tea and food. All of the food was delicious. The sandwiches, desserts and scones were excellent, as was the tea. The ambiance was fine, but slightly sterile and the room was on the cool side.

MS
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience... simple and elegant!
Definitely will do it again.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful location and experience. Highly recommend.

t
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enchanting little place tucked away in the Boston Public Library. The tea was delicious and well curated; I recommend the oolong if you’re in the mood for something rich and floral. Fans of scones and clotted will not be disappointed.

RS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been telling all my friends about the Tea Room since I found out about it about 18 months ago and have been back several times 3 or 4 times since always bringing 2 to 3 others with me. I should get commission LOL

GD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tea with my family was lovely. The quality and freshness of the food is top notch. They offer a varied and fun tea selection, and the ambiance makes it one of the best tea experiences I’ve had (and I try different afternoon teas all over the world!)

s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely tea, beautiful atmosphere.
Service perfect albeit a bit difficult to understand our server as she spoke quickly in a foreign tongue.

n
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tea, pastries, even cocktails.

AD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I really liked the courtyard tea room! The atmosphere was nice and the teas were good. I loved the butternut squash soup. I wish that there were more vegan options for scones and cakes... so far the only afternoon tea place that I’ve been to that has scones and cakes for vegans is The Pump Room in Bath, England and some other places in England. The Courtyard Tea Room gave some sandwiches and a bowl of fruit which was vegan and offered to give extra soup. But hopefully in the future they’ll have some vegan cakes and scones!

MC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual event with dear friends. Lovely all around - elegant surroundings, unrushed service, tasty bites and warming tea. Worth the price!

RR
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Courtyard tea room is a favorite of mine. The food is delicious, the staff excellent (shout out to Cindy/Lucinda) and the acoustics of the room are perfect. Lovely experience with very accommodating staff.

g
New England
25 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved tea at the Courtyard, but we made a 1pm reservation and definitely felt rushed. It was a Sunday so the whole library didn't open until 1, and by the time we got to our table it was 1:15 or later. Then the server kept reminding us we had to be out by 2:30. I think on Sundays they should adjust their reservation times a bit later so people aren't rushed out like we were.

KD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was good but very slow - took about 40 minutes to order and get tea (food took closer to 50 minutes). The kids menu isn't really for kids - providing just simple options would be appreciated (just ham and cheese without a thick layer of unsalted butter; and kids don't often like oniony chicken salad or cucumber dill sandwiches.) Super loud and hard to carry a conversation. Beautiful space. Not worth the high price - maybe next year.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Gift

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother/ daughter Holiday treat

E
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, great presentation of afternoon tea. The savory plate was particularly good. Nice selection of herbal teas.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience but I didn’t think that it would be 60 dollars a person for tea and finger sandwiches we left hungry and had to get more food...

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The Courtyard was lovely. The atmosphere was delightful and the food and tea were very good. We had a table overlooking the courtyard..

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply lovely! Look forward to going back soon. Food was fabulous and service was very friendly.

w
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Handsdown the best food we have tried for high tea. The servers are also fantastic and very friendly. The main negative is their table which has sharp corners at certain spots beneath the table cloth.

NE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent and plentiful. My only complaint is that they left the tea leaves in the pot so each successive cup of tea got more and more bitter. hate that. Our server was a very pleasant man but he had a heavy accent and talked to fast for us to understand what he was saying in the noisy room -management should have him speak slower at a higher volume. Just my suggestions to make the experience a totally excellent one. Glad we went and hope to go again.

R
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a wonderful treat for my mom and I over the holidays.

KB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The setting is beautiful and the food was all delicious and we left feeling full. But, the service was less than stellar, we had to flag down a person to get our water glass refilled. Also, be forewarned that it doesn’t matter when you check in as to when you are seated. You are pre-assigned a table and no matter what you have to wait until that table turns over. It would have been okay if we knew that ahead of time. But we kept watching people who arrived after us get seated with no explanation. We waited 25 minutes to be seated. I prefer the tea at Boston Harbour Hotel.

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We have been coming to tea here for at least five years and were astounded by the jump in price this year. Just three years ago, it was $40 for the prefix menu that is now an incredible $60. Granted, the quality of the sandwiches and pastries has greatly improved and they added a “soup” and “salad” course. But this is hardly justification for charging such an amount especially when the soup/salad course is a mere espresso cup filled with soup and a spoonful of salad on the side. You would also expect the service to be top-notch for charging such a price. The service was very friendly but we felt forgotten about after our tea order had been taken and had to seek out service multiple times for things like milk and refills on hot water. Unsure if we will return next year.

DT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a charming experience! The tea room is beautiful and service is superb.

LW
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful venue for holiday tea

R
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Went for Holiday Tea to celebrate a special birthday. First impression at front desk was we were told we'd be checked in and to return in 15 min. While waiting, got an email that reservation had been cancelled. Rushed back to be told it was accidentally cancelled. Then seated at a very nice table. After reading the menu and settling in, we were told they seated us at the wrong table. Moved to a much less desirable table... uncomfortable bar across my knees and in high traffic area. Then, after leaving, we get a call from the restaurant that we didn't leave a tip, which we did and never would have considered not leaving a tip. Asked them to verify our card number, and they had the wrong person. What an insult to us. Outrageously poor management overall! A huge disappointment on our special day. Can't wait for Taj tea to reopen.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great, very delicate and enjoyable!!!’

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful afternoon tea at the Courtyard. Delicious food. Elegant surroundings for a special occasion. Worth every penny!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time and A+ service from the hostess to the servers

TG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely

KB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went here for the holiday afternoon tea and had a great time! The food is plentiful and well done. Our waitress offered us a chance to try more than one tea after we finished our initial tea pots. My one note is the noise level - it was a bit noisy. I've been to other afternoon teas where people are certainly engaging in conversation, but not quite so loudly. Other than that, I enjoyed everything else and had a wonderful time!

EC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and delicious food/tea. The staff is very friendly, but not as attentive as they could be. No one came back to the table after delivering the food to check on us. We had to flag someone down to get a refill on our water. The same happened on my last visit.

TM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful high tea luncheon for the holidays or a special occasion! Would recommend.

LD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful venue and the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion! I definitely will be back!

AM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fabulous- hidden jewel

GB
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this destination for special Tea with friends !

AM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience but way too expensive to recommend to anyone!