The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room

4.6
1177 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Afternoon Tea
Set within the historic Huntington Rose Garden, the Tea Room is now managed by Bon Appétit Management Company and offers traditional tea table service, with fresh offerings made from scratch with local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients.

The Tea Rooms elegant and memorable experience is inspired by the aristocratic tradition of English tea service with a distinctive California twist. Nibble on scones, delicate finger sandwiches, and seasonal desserts, accompanied by a selection of herbal and Fair Trade teas or sparkling wine. We are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions. Reservations strongly recommended; walk-ins accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please keep in mind that admission to the grounds is required for all guests.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Afternoon Tea, English, Californian
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Hours of operation
Monday, Wednesday- Friday: 12PM-5PM;
Saturday- Sunday: 10:30AM-5PM
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Phone number
(626) 405-2236
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Parking details
Lots of free parking available to all who visit the Huntington and its Rose Garden Tea Room.
Additional
Cocktails, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were disappointed in the quality of the sandwiches and sweets. The tea was pleasant. With two glasses of prosecco and tip, the bill was over $100. You have to pay $25 per person entry fee to the Huntington.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A culinary and visual feast with exceptional service.

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

Wonderful service and great food. A bit noisy though. Such a lovely setting should not be so loud. Too many people packed in the room.

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JJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The tea room was very noisy. It was hard to share conversations. I ordered the gluten free menu. The bread was dense, dry and had no flavor. My friends said the salmon and cucumber sandwiches were very good. The desserts were tasty and varied. The Huntington Signature teas was wonderful.

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MM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Exceptional surrounding beauty awaits those who visit the tea room. The service is lovely and friendly.The liquid tea is excellent , recommend the Huntington blend as its refreshing with a slight bite that counters the pastries and sweetness. My only dissatisfaction came from , size of scones ( small ) to the 'clotted' cream...a tiny potion ( thimble size ) and sorry,not Proper clotted cream at all . The art of a cream tea is to slather thick slightly yellowed Devon cream onto the cut scone, then smear a ton of raspberry /strawberry jam on top ! excellent for ones health.

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PM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They changed the menu layout since I was there last and got rid of the buffet, but added more teas, spirits and wonderful treats. I was not disappointed with the change in structure!

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LZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As lovely as I remembered it. It was the perfect spot to get together with an old friend.

Thanks!

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MF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best server, ever! Very professional, friendly & fun.

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MI
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere near the Rose Garden. It’s a great place to take your mom and show off cotillion skills.

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b
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The speakers in every corner were quite intrusive not fitting for an afternoon tea. The selection of the music (big band) was noisy and not to my liking. One would prefer quiet conversation with one's company. I also think that there should be some kind of a dress code to respect the place. People coming in with huge backpacks and sloppy shorts somehow takes away from the ambiance. It's a historic place where once Henry Huntington and Gen. Patton's father played billiards. The Huntington Gardens and Galleries are becoming a very expensive amusement park. It's quite obvious that profit making is the objective.

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AL
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AWESOME EXPERIENCE...GREAT PALET TASTING EVENT...AND BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS
TO VIEW BEFORE AND AFTER!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR A WONDERFUL NOON EXPERIENCE DURING OUR VACATION TO CALIFORNIA...WE HAD THE NICEST HOSTESS...SHE WAS PERFECT AT
PROVIDING EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE TO THE THREE OF US!!! GOD BLESS!!!
JOHN 3:16

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S
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a beautiful soot in the Huntington Gardens. Great place for Afternoon Tea

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JA
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I took my sister here for her birthday. It was a bit confusing actually getting to the tea house. Directions were not clear. Once we got to the restaurant , there were no directions for handicap access. I went inside to ask & was told the handicap entrance was in the back, which was surprising because we were actually close to the back entrance when we asked an employee where the tea house was & she gave us directions to go quite a long way around to the front of the restaurant. my sister was riding a scooter with her walker on back-I was very surprised she didn’t point us to the much closer handicapped entrance? After the “adventure” of finally getting to the restaurant, the tea room itself was pretty & all the employees we came in contact with were all very friendly & went out of there way to ensure we had a nice tea. The tea itself was lovely. The sandwiches were good. The desserts were ok. The cost, especially when you add in the $25 for park admittance was quite expensive for high tea. We did walk around the beautiful grounds afterwards & fell in love with both the Chinese & Japanese gardens. Looks like some expansions are being planned & we would love to come back & visit once those are completed. We will skip the tea next time. I don’t know if they allow but I’d rather bring my own picnic & then maybe just have just a cup of tea afterwards?

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EL
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice small comfortable restaurant for an afternoon tea with friends. scrumptious finger sandwiches and desserts. love the scones too.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Simply delightful! I love the Huntington Tea Room for special occasions.

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MU
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always nice to visit the Tea Room at the Huntington Library. Thomas and I love doing a mother Son catch-up over tea and sandwiches. And a stroll in the gorgeous gardens.
See you next year,
Mum

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SL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my parents and it was a wonderful experience. We enjoyed the outing and the afternoon tea.

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MY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service! Our waiter made a great mesl a very pleasurable experience

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HS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a lovely meal with family and daughter. One tip is to be asked to sit in the front room - the back room is hot and stuffy.

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LM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Tea at the Huntington while my BFF was visiting from Las Vegas. It was LOVELY! I skipped breakfast in anticipation of our afternoon tea and I'm so glad I did...we were pleasently full by the end. The tea room was nice and clean, the service was impeccable and the food was delightful! Not to mention the fabulous Iced Tea on a warm afternoon....PERFECTION! It was so worth the drive from Ventura. However, I was not as impressed with the botanical gardens this time. They are conserving water due to the drought, which is commendable, but not as beautiful. All in all....we had a GREAT TIME!

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RZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a must go place when visiting Huntington library.

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The scenery of the Huntington Gardens cannot be beat. The tea room experience is on the pricey side, but a unique experience and worth the splurge.

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PK
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is just a perfect romantic place. The food portion is just right and all the food is delicious.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVELY ATMOSPHERE AND FOOD. I APPRECIATE HAVING A GLUTEN FREE MENU OPTION! GREAT OVERALL!

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S
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The tea is enjoyable. Always feels rushed and a bit noisy. Wheelchair access is not great. Through side doors and service areas which are a mess.
Happy server, decent mix of tea items. Much better than when there was a buffet.

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JK
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had business guests from Asia and we all enjoyed the afternoon tea very much. Nice atmosphere and view, lots of food and good variety, great service. However tables are quite small so a bit cramped for all the tableware and food. Our guests loved the experience and wantto come back in the future. Overall a very pleasant afternoon at the gardens.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love coming to this place. The tea selections and even the seasonal tea offerings are always a treat. We will definitely keep on coming back, as a member of the botanical garden, The Rose Garden Tea Room is one of the highlights in each of our visits.

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PL
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met up with long time friends on vacation here from England. They drove out from Palm Desert to met us for afternoon tea. The food & tea were amazing, as were the gardens. We all had a lovely time.

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EH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have changed the high tea from a buffet to a more traditional table service and I much prefer it. Good selection, very nicely presented. Desserts could taste better, but overall, very satisfying. Atmosphere is lovely, but it's a little loud.

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J
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server David, really made the experience wonderful. He appealed not only to my wife and me, but he also engaged our young children. He took the time to explain our tea options and was able to cater the level of detail to our level of interest. The scones were hard and dry, albeit warm, but the savory food items were delicious and desserts delightful. Our tea was amazing. I had the Aztec Spice, which is a seasonal offering, and my wife had the Huntington Signature Blend. I wish we bought some loose leaves to take home. The ambience was intimate, and we didn’t feel like another number. We will definitely be back!

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DH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A triple treat - inside the Huntington Garden and next to the lovely roses is the tea room with tasty food and wonderful service.

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BG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I have had tea at the Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room on more occasions than I can count over the past 25 years, but this last visit was probably the worst. My husband and I were there to celebrate our 31st anniversary. We were extremely disappointed with the entire experience. The scones were hard, like they had been sitting for hours, and the breads for the tea sandwiches were the same, not fresh. Service was the worst. We didn't know who our actual waiter was until we were almost finished, because we had to flag down another waiter to get our check. Our waiter never checked back with us to ask if we needed anything. Others did refill our water, both in the glass and the pot of tea. Our waiter never smiled once. When he brought out the "celebration" cupcake after our meal, it said "Happy Birthday" on it, not "Happy Anniversary." Honestly, we could very easily have done without a cupcake after all the sweets we had just finished. It would have been so special to have been offered a small glass of champagne when we sat down instead, because they obviously knew we were celebrating an anniversary.

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i
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday, and we had a fun and festive time. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the ambience and the great service.

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RD
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We Loved the experience. We would go again. The food was wonderful as well as the ambiance.

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BT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice tea with a good variety. Very nice setting.

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DW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and service but too overpriced for the amount of food. The food was delicious but we left hungry after spending over $80 for tea for two and tip.

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l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, delicious food. Great service. The tea was exquisite!

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P
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was great, very quaint little spot for nice small lunch with family and or friends. I do like the change from a buffet to a menu however I felt the selection of sandwiches could have been better in terms of variety. I felt there was more variety in desserts then sandwiches offered. But other than that the tea selection was good and liked how they offered a seasonal selection.

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KD
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kimberly welcomed us immediately and was very nice and attentive to our needs. Lovely place for tea! The English Breakfast tea pared with the caviar canapés, delicious scones and the beautiful tiered tray of delights was amazing! Would go back in a heartbeat. Thank you for being here for Afternoon Tea.

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I miss the old buffet at the Tea Room, but the standard Afternoon Tea is still worth it as a special-occasion treat. Service is outstanding and the food is way above average.

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