The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room

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Afternoon Tea
Admission to The Huntington is a separate fee required for all guests.

Set within the Huntington Rose Garden, the Tea Room offers traditional tea service, with fresh offerings made from scratch with local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients. Nibble on scones, delicate finger sandwiches, and seasonal desserts, accompanied by a selection of Fair Trade teas or sparkling wine. Guests may enhance their prix fixe tea service with additions, but additions may not be ordered à la carte.

Reservations are strongly recommended; walk-ins are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Final seating is 3pm on weekdays and 4pm Sat.-Sun. Please note we are unable to accommodate late parties at our last seating.

Any party over 4 guests MUST call to make their reservation; please do not make multiple OpenTable reservations for large parties as this will not guarantee adjacent tables. For reservations over 12 guests, please email sarah.kang@cafebonappetit.com.
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LyndaB
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Efrain is an excellent server, very polite and extremely knowledgeable. The food and tea were absolutely delicious. I will be back the next time I am at The Huntington.

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BettyP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The petite bites offered in their English tea service is lovely. The entire experience was memorable and left us with an indelible impression. If you love culture, refinement and beauty, the Huntington Library’s Tea Room is a must visit. You forget all about time there. The peace and tranquility is good for the soul.

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TruVo
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food was delicious. Tea was fragrant and I wish they sell it.

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MichaelB
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always. Had a wonderful time enjoying the tea, sandwiches, scones and desserts. It never disappoints.

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ErickC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Extremely nice and the food and our tea came quick, can’t wait to go again!!

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Lola
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tea room was very accommodating of my dietary needs, no dairy, no cucumbers. Our server brought me a vegan assortment and it was very satisfying and delicious. I noted that they had other assortments such as gluten free. I highly recommend the Rose Garden Tea Room at the Huntington.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
134 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The rose garden, when in bloom is beautiful. Sadly it was not yet in bloom. The tea is a bit overpriced. Food was good, service was exceptional. Other drawback. $27 per person to get into the gardens before you ever get to the over-priced tea. You are allowed 1.5 hours, not a minute longer.

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NancyM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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AnnC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful scones, great tea selection, nice variety of sandwiches and desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great. Very nice

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vipTamaraS
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice experience. The only thing was that, when I asked for a pot of just hot water, the waiter said that they usually charge $3 for it! After paying $37 per person (not including tax and tip), I think the extra pot of hot water should be free.

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TeaLover
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to quite some tea places, and Rose Tea Garden is one of my favorites!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our food was good. Our server (female) was very friendly and professional

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Table was not ready at our reservation time, and the noise level was much louder than I remembered inside the tea room. Food is good but does not command the price per person that they now charge. Go for the experience not for the food or ambiance. The tea selection and quality is the best part of high tea at the Huntington.

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vipElizabethY
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful "special occasion" place and when I have friends from out of town, I always bring them here.

I need to draw special attention to our server Edgar who was consistently kind and gracious while managing several tables.

I'm also impressed that the staff honored a gift certificate that could have been easily 10 years old - we really appreciated it!

Looking forward to my next trip to the Tea Room :)

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SusanC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having tea at The Rose Garden Tea Room was a wonderful way to end our day at the gardens. Our waiter was delightful and very sweet.
The scones, tea sandwiches and desserts were delicious!
I highly recommend the Tea Room!

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MtoTheBizzle
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a lovely time

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TsheishaL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful first time experience for my mother. She had so much fun, and our servers Joanna and Issac were fantastic!

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TylaD
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, tea, and food was excellent! Looking forward to returning soon.

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SDress
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sweet! We had a great time at The Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room ❤️❤️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A party of 5 woman was having a birthday celebration opening gifts etc and they were exceptionally loud - parties like that should be put in the back room.

But we love it there and love the Huntington Gardens as a whole

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RockyA
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The Huntington Library is beautiful in itself. The ambience at the Rose Garden tea is beautiful but it really needs a major make over! The carpets are old, green and dated. The chairs could use an upgrade as well. They use to have smaller scones and prefer them over the large ones! Service was good and overall experience was good

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PatC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! Beautiful little tea room. Knowledgeful and charming server. Fresh and exciting tastes for the palate. A delightful afternoon.

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JayT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat next to kitchen and it was loud.

I miss the buffet.

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Susan
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this Tea Room! Food is excellent and staff is friendly and welcoming! Highly recommend!

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LuanneB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience thanks in part to our server. He was very pleasant. We'll be back. Thank you!

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vipsbsusan
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server David was outstanding, attentive and humorous. Our tea was very good, yummy sandwiches and berries. Desserts and scones need some help as they were dry and not very tasty. The tea room itself should be updated and opened up to the view, which is glorious!
We love the Huntington - going to try the Noodle restaurant next time. ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. The tea selection was awesome. The service is top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I remember being here once before and it was a buffet style menu. Now it’s a set lunch with the three tiers which was still filling, but not as fun as it used to be.

The ambience was a little cheesy which I understand since it’s supposed to mimick an old tea house, but the decor could still use some upgrade. It was my boyfriend’s birthday but I didn’t get a chance to tell the server about it because I didn’t really see him that often.

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Linlaobay
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The high tea is now $ 37 + $ 9 for champagne. If you add admissions....this is a crazy amount to pay. It's also no longer self serve style. They bring it to your table...and the choices are extremely limited. You get one round...so don't come hungry. It's like two scones, 2 extremely small sandwiches, 2 other savories, and 2 sweets. That's it....With taxes and tips, no champagne, we paid almost $ 50. Service was great, but I wouldn't do it again, unless money was not an issue for me at all.

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vipAnaheimART
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service are great but they try to pack in too many people in a small space with tables that are too small for 4 people. Spent most of the time juggling and trying to make space for teapots and plates. We also couldn't hear ourselves talk it was so loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance, tasty tea and good food.

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Ddavis
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and our waitress was excellent. A bit pricey for what you get, but the for special occasions, a great choice.

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Erilein
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The price does not satisfy the food items. It is quality alright but appears to be to little to of it.
Overall no complaint!

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YumikoW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my mom's 92nd birthday, and as usual, service was outstanding! Everyone was highly attentive and warm, and our server, Joanna, added confidence and fun to our visit. She is professional, engaging, and anticipates needs in a timely manner. I look forward to returning!

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happyhappyyesyes
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Wanted to love this experience but felt it was average at best. For the prie fix price couldn't believe how limited food offerings were. Value was disappointing at $40-$60 a head - it ultimately gets you a few mini (finger) sandwiches, a small pot of tea, a couple small deserts and a glass of bubbly (if you order alcohol). The actual cost should have been about 1/2 or 2/3 what was paid. The cheese plate was cold and uninspired. The Server was kind and charismatic (and knowledgable about the teas and food) but mostly disappeared unfortunately after we were served food. We were able to flag down help to sheepishly request a few extra mini sandwiches later - but were disappointed that no came around to offer this, or to ask how we were doing. If you are going to have limited food, it should at least make up for it in ambience. Noise level = very loud Saturday crowd, felt like we were in a noisy pub, packed into the room like sardines. Music selection was odd for half of our meal - really loud volume... sounded like polka (?) and not soothing/inspiring/fitting with the environment at all. Maybe if you go when the roses are in season outside, it makes up for it with some views? The back room looked much more tasteful and quiet - wish we could have been seated in there. Overall, a nice thing to experience at least once at Huntington, if you're spending the day there, but the quality is not up to the standards that it presents and I won't be seeking it out again. There must be other tea experiences in LA that have better offerings and value.

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vipanon
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was disappointing. Not bad, just not as good as we had hoped. That being said, it was fairly inexpensive compared to most other teas I've been to...

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Danielle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was delicious but there wasn't nearly enough for the price. Traditional tea service for 2 arrived looking like what would normally be served for one person at other locations. Wonderful staff though!

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SophiaS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere were absolutely delightful. Our server was helpful and polite, without being constantly in our space.

Will definitely be recommending the tea room to friends!

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NewYorkFoodie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Beautiful setting, but quite pricy for what it is, especially once you add the admission fee. There are better, more authentic tea rooms. And the manager, Sarah, was snippy and unhelpful.

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The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room is rated 4.6 stars by 2145 OpenTable diners.

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