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The Courtyard Tea Room

4.8
4.8
919 Reviews
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea

A hidden jewel steeped in history overlooking the beautiful Italianate courtyard at the Boston Public Library' providing a sanctuary in Boston's Bay Bay. Serving an elegant classic tea with a twist of New England culinary favorites. www.librarytea.com
AFTERNOON TEA- Wednesday and Thursdays - $52++ per person
COPLEY TEA Friday and Saturdays - $62++ per person
SEATING TIMES: Wednesday-Saturday at 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM - Please inform us of dietary restrictions
FOR ADDITIONAL COPLEY TEA RESERVATION OPTIONS CHECK OUR AVAILABILITY IN THE MAP ROOM TEA LOUNGE ON FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS

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  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (781) 763-1360

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    More elaborate private events are offered for special occasion and meetings during non public tea hours as well. Visit www.bpl.org/private-event-space-rental/

  • Private party facilities

    Large parties are available at 3:15PM with a minimum of 45 guests/maximum 55 guests. Expanded Copley Tea at $73 per person plus tax & gratuity and an applicable $450 room rental. Our Courtyard Tea Room closure starts at 4:45PM with an exist of the library closing promptly at 5PM. Please contact Salvatore.DeGeorge@the cateredaffair.com to reserve.

  • Private party contact

    Elaine Twombly: (617) 859-2282

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    232 Dartmouth Street

  • Parking details

    There are many parking garages in the immediate vicinity as well as limited street parking. Visit the BPL website for details.

  • Public transit

    The Courtyard Tea Room is steps away from the Copley stop on the Green Line and a block away from the Back Bay Station stop on the Orange Line and Commuter Rail.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

Menu

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What 919 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    True feedback Service was excellent. Great accommodation to sub vegetarian sandwich selections Soup and salad was great. Some veg sandwiches stood out, cucumber sandwich and avocado cup. Everyone at the table suggested dropping the portobello or finding new interpretation. One con is it was my daughter’s 14th birthday and I had both noted it on the reservation and discussed via text. They did not mark the desserts with the birthday sign as they’d described. A little disappointed but she didn’t know about it so not the end of the world. Desserts, scones and tea delish! Thanks, it was a very nice experience for all.

  2. S

    Serialdiner

    Shropshire

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Excellent afternoon tea. Perfect portion sizes allowed for lots of different flavors without being too much of a good thing. Great service, excellent food, nice ambience. Highly recommended for a special treat or get together. I hope to go again.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The tea room is fantastic. We have had tea at Kensington Palace and this experience, flavor and service is better than the Brits.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was really fantastic :) All the tidbits were great and the milk tea was the best I've ever had in my life. Service was good, ambience was nice, the interior was very classy, etx. A must to experience if you're living in Boston!

  5. JD

    JeanneD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The Boston Public Library had a lovely afternoon tea. The food was delicious, the ambiance nice and the service was great!

  6. T

    Truthonly

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Food and tea not fascinating or any special… similar to what you can get from grocery stores. Definitely not recommended..

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Holiday Tea in the Courtyard room at the Boston Public Library was one of the best tea dining experiences we have had in the Boston area. The food, drinks, ambiance and the service was top notch from beginning to end (The coatroom attendant, the service staff and the outstanding manager Claudiney) all made our dining experience so very enjoyable. We cannot wait to book another Holiday Tea experience in the Courtyard or Map Room for the next holiday season which is so far away. But we certainly will dine in either of these two beautiful and hidden gems well before next Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  8. PN

    PNWFoodie

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have done a couple fancy high tea experiences and this was my favorite!

  9. EP

    ElleP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    The location could not be better and the tea list is fantastic but the holiday service desserts were not up to par with the location and price paid. The salad & soup & sandwiches that come with the service are great, the desserts look good but half were left uneaten by our party. I would expect at the price point for each dessert to be great. Would still recommend because of tea & location

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is such a special experience! My college aged daughter was here in the first week of January and the weather was wet and cloudy when I stumbled on the high-tea idea. A quick internet search uncovered this courtyard experience. She wasn’t even aware this was a thing and had no idea what to expect. It was absolutely lovely. The food and tea were amazing. Highly recommend.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you again for the first-class experience we had NYE day. My friend, her daughter and my daughter had a marvelous afternoon; the girls exclaimed "BEST day ever”. I’ve attended the Teddy Bear Tea at the Four Seasons for 5 years and hands down The Tea Room experience was far superior and of much better value. The Tea Room is $69 per person versus Four Seasons at $99 and The Newbury at $125. From the moment we walked into the library for coat check, to being seated at our table, and promptly greeted by our server it was first-class. I am most struck by the flawless and precise attention to each and every thoughtful detail. You and your team have truly created a shining example of excellence. Not to mention it's an ideal setting to share etiquette tips with your littles.

  12. LN

    LynneN

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An elegant and historic location for high tea.

  13. AC

    AnthonyC

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time at afternoon Tea, very accommodating as we have gluten and dairy allergies.

  14. AQ

    AlisonQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful time for tea! Service was wonderful and the food was delicious! Will definitely go again!

  15. EK

    EnkaK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    It is a lovely Holiday event but considering the price, certain details need to be polished: -Utensils should be changed after serving the tasteful soup and salad. -Scones were old and hard. -The service could be more attentive.

  16. BO

    BusyOctober

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely post-Christmas celebration with my sister, our mom and my daughter. We enjoyed the Holiday Tea and all the food was delicious. Even my sometimes picky teen tried all the tea sandwiches and loved each one. Our servers were attentive and helpful. The Courtyard room was so beautiful and I loved how the architecture of the Boston Public Library was highlighted with oversized black and white artwork. We will return for another afternoon tea this spring.

  17. b

    bostonlars

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love The Courtyard and Map Room tea at BPL. It feels fancy, but not stuffy, the food is delicious, and they have a good variety of tea. They also have great cocktails! The staff is always professional and friendly, and the rooms are beautiful.

  18. PC

    PaulaC

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Excellent! Food delicious, teas amazing, service first class, place very beautiful

  19. DG

    DonnaG

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lovely and memorable experience… highly recommend.

  20. LQ

    LuzQ

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Ambiance was nice, service was great. The quality of the tea pastries and sandwiches for the price not impressive at all. I do tea time with my daughter in different places and i was so excited about this one because of where it is and was disappointed.

  21. JF

    JessicaF

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Holiday tea was wonderful and the service was impeccable.

  22. HB

    HawaiianBride

    New England

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall4food2service5ambience5

    Food was mediocre for the place and the price. None of the sweets were fresh. It could be due to that we were there for the last eating session -3:00 pm. Sandwiches were better but still, they did not feel fresh and also were not very tasty. The ambiance and the concept were unarguably enchanting.

  23. SD

    SophieD

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    The food was ok…some treats were delicious while others were disappointing. Service was warm and lovely.

  24. T

    Terrena

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a must! Such a unique experience to do in Boston. You'll feel so very fancy.

  25. R

    Ritagonz

    New England

    220 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    220 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    I had high hopes for this venue. BEAUTIFUL. Stunning. Extremely expensive for the food experience. Amazing teas, and wonderful scones. And this is where it starts to fall apart. Chicken salad that tastes eerily like Shaws pre-made chicken salad, and on the sweet potato sandwich, bread that was cheap "whole wheat" and not fresh. The rest of the offerings were delicious as was the soup and salad starter. But the sweets? Nothing to talk about here. Not good. The cheesecake was probably the freshest tasting, but the gingerbread cookies were lackluster and the red velved was hard, dry and flavorless. For the price for 2 - $176 (that included the tip), you would expect better food. Lovely presentation, relaxing and with other beverages to enjoy in a tasteful and elegant setting, the sweets need to be worked on.

  26. IG

    IrinaG

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Wonderful afternoon with fantastic service and tea. Such a treat! Four star for food only because sandwiches, although very pretty, were pretty tiny compared to many other tea experiences. Bread tends to dry out quicker. Salmon and lobster salad were delicious. Loved the salad and soup course, too! All beautifully prepared and attentive service throughout. Will be back for cocktails in the bar next time!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a lovely tea. They were able to accommodate dietary restrictions , the

  28. KA

    KAMH

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff were wonderful. So accommodating and helpful. The service was lovely.

  29. T

    Triplemom

    New England

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Could have been better. Food was not great. We were almost finished with our food before we even got our tea.

  30. MV

    MandyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a beautiful place to sit and I loved the idea of putting the menu in the book.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely setup and amazing location! Worth it for a special outing.

  32. KF

    KimF

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Would definitely do this again. Very nice tea, food was plentiful and filling even though it was "tiny" beautiful little things.

  33. KB

    KristenB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely beautiful experience, exceptional service, delicious food. Very special.

  34. MM

    MichelleM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Lovely, elegant venue. Managers & waitstaff were delightful, helpful and appeared to really be happy they were working there.

  35. J

    Jane

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall1food1service5ambience5

    Do not spoil your special occasion by eating here. The high tea is neither fresh nor delicious. The staff were lovely, the food was absolutely awful!

  36. CA

    CarolineA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A perfect moment for relaxing and chatting while sipping tea. The food is delicious and abundant! I will go again and take my friends there!

  37. z

    zigzag

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    It was a lovely experience. The person in my party who is gluten free was very happy with the GF offerings. My only criticism is that we were not offered more tea, possibly with a different type for the second pot.

  38. J

    Jess

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely time having tea with my mother

  39. MK

    MKMN

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I came here to celebrate my aunt's 60th and it was absolutely wonderful! We can't wait to come back!!

  40. I

    Italy

    San Antonio

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice event. Tea was great, ambience was good. We have been to ones that have better value but overall it was a nice event.

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The Courtyard Tea Room is rated 4.8 stars by 919 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Courtyard Tea Room

700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

  • Cross street

    232 Dartmouth Street

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There are many parking garages in the immediate vicinity as well as limited street parking. Visit the BPL website for details.

  • Public transit

    The Courtyard Tea Room is steps away from the Copley stop on the Green Line and a block away from the Back Bay Station stop on the Orange Line and Commuter Rail.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (781) 763-1360

  • Catering

    More elaborate private events are offered for special occasion and meetings during non public tea hours as well. Visit www.bpl.org/private-event-space-rental/

  • Private party facilities

    Large parties are available at 3:15PM with a minimum of 45 guests/maximum 55 guests. Expanded Copley Tea at $73 per person plus tax & gratuity and an applicable $450 room rental. Our Courtyard Tea Room closure starts at 4:45PM with an exist of the library closing promptly at 5PM. Please contact Salvatore.DeGeorge@the cateredaffair.com to reserve.

  • Private party contact

    Elaine Twombly: (617) 859-2282

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