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About The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room
Set within the historic Huntington Rose Garden, the Tea Room is now managed by Bon Appétit Management Company and offers table service instead of a buffet, with fresh offerings made from scratch with local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients.
The Tea Room's 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.
San Marino, CA 91108
Afternoon Tea, English, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Monday, Wednesday- Friday: 12PM-5PM;
Saturday- Sunday: 10:30AM-5PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room Ratings and Reviews
My daughter and I have been coming here as members since she was 5. She grew up in this tea room. At first we were upset that the buffet was gone…but it has been replaced with excellent service and lovelier tea goodies. We loved it. And it is just a couple of dollars more with bubbly included…and still extra sandwiches, sweets can be ordered at no extra charge.
I do wish there was a separate child's menu… $35/person is too price for those who bring children…it is such a wonderful experience for them…or perhaps I misread the menu..which was all new to me. SOOO MANY MORE TEAS TO CHOOSE FROM!
I was a long-time fan of the Huntington’s buffet tea service. I loved the addition of salads, cheese and fruit AND...unlimited scones and caviar! Sadly the buffet is now gone and tea is served on a traditional three-tiered tray. Guests are limited to a few skimpy sandwiches and far too many sweets. My friend and I chose to pay the extra $20 for the caviar option, and were we disappointed! About 1/2 teaspoon of caviar arrived, mixed with sour cream (or cream cheese?) on top of a mini-pancake. The caviar was tasteless and mushy to top it all off. Yes, we did receive a nicer sparkling wine (J Brut Rosé) than the $35 tea service with Prosecco, but it was not at all worth the price. For the extra $40 we paid, we could have bought our own bottle of J and some caviar and been much happier. I’m disappointed that the Huntington felt a need to revert to a “traditional” tea service when that is already available nearby, at the Langham Hotel, and the Chado Tea Room (which offers a wonderful service at nearly half the price, with 100 teas to choose from and soups and salads for those who prefer something more substantial than tiny finger sandwiches and sweets). I have been happily coming to the Huntington Tea Room for over 25 years, but I do not expect that I will be back. On one good note - the staff, especially our server, John, were wonderful. We thanked them for understanding our disappointment, realizing it was not they who made the decision to change a great thing.
We were disappointed with the food! Very little savory things, too many sweet things, not enough scones! This was a TEA, after all.
The old Huntington Tea Room was excellent VALUE for what you paid: An assortment of things to please anyone; SALADS (this is California, after all) and a great assortment of sandwiches.
You could help yourself, so you could have a salad first, then sandwiches then scones. The sweet things were never high on my list.
Sorry to compare, but we spent many birthday, friends getting together, and just lunch there and don't like what you're offering now.
We certainly don't need sparkling wine with tea. Save it for dinner!
Will not recommend to anyone, sorry.
I've been going here for about 10 years now. It was exceptional. My lunch mates, who had 'tea' service other places(I have NOT!), said it was elegant, delicious, gracious, worth it, and thanked me many times for suggesting it. One of them said there was not one thing she ate that ahe could complain about-they were all divine! Looking forward to my annual tea with my niece there in February.
The previous (buffet-style) service was far more preferable. And I was veeery surprised and disappointed by the new arrangement overall (not to mention the *drastically* decreased options and varieties). I mean, it’s now just some small, pre-selected trays of a limited items that we, well, mostly didn’t want. Or like. (The food, to be blunt, wasn’t even as good as it used to be.) Very disappointing. Likely won’t recommend this “new” service, and will be avoiding the tea room myself from now on as well...
We were celebrating my mother’s life with family. The experience was excellent - we had a corner table and everyone loved the choices of tea and other food. The service was wonderful. I especially liked the refilling of tea water without having to ask for it. And the water was HOT and not tepid.
First time we went here awesome experience this time the exact opposite. Unfortunately we had the worst sever that we only saw twice. She disappeared on us and my sis saw her in the bathroom. Don’t know if she was sick or having a bad day but ruined our experience. I’m very sad cuz we drove so far to have a fun family experience but this time it was not the same. After about 45 minutes we finally saw her again and had to ask for a water refill and our check before she disappeared again. We were a little jealous at the table next to us that had a phenomenal server.
The tea was magnificent. Also the macaroons and salmon sandwiches were excellent. However, some of the sandwiches were not good, for example the avocado and quiche were not good at all. I would also recommend that they stick to more traditional sandwiches in terms of using bread as opposed to crust, etc. for sandwiches.
This was my second time having afternoon tea at the Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room! But it was the first time for my friends! We ordered the traditional tea from the sit-down tea menu, and we were really happy that we got seated in the back room, which was so much quieter than the boisterous front room! We were really grateful for that because we could actually enjoy our afternoon tea and have a good conversation! Our waiter was exceptional, friendly, and very courteous!! Everything felt really elegant and classy!! We would totally love to come again!!
The Huntington Tea Room is great opportunity to take a step back into time gone buy! Situated in the rose garden, with views into the herb garden as well, this tea room harkens an English estate, replete with fireplace and splendidly decorated tables. The savory and sweet elements of the tea service are expertly prepared and displayed; the tea selections and accompaniments are devine. Your table will be adorned with fresh roses and the experience launched with a glass of bubbly! This is a destination tea that will not disappoint!
I have been here before under previous management. The decor is the same, the menu and service is different. I have to say although not a fan of buffet type dining as this location was previously, it made for a more fun experience. The service was lacking as we had to remind our server for simple things. He told us he would back to our tea...nope; get honey for tea had to remind him, refills on water... And the food took much longer than we anticipated. At the end of our visit my group decided that it's not worth a return visit, even with being members. There are other tea houses in the area and more food choices on the grounds.
Came here for my daughter's 21st birthday and we had a great time. Our server David was very attentive and paid special attention to detial. The food was delicious and the presentation was lovely, not to mention the quality of the tea was amazing. After our meal, David brought out a peice of chocolate cake with a birthday candle and a small box with my a couple of tea bags of what tured out to be my daughter's favorite tea as a small gift - it was very much appreciated. Made some happy memories and will definitely love to come back again!
Worth every penny you spend, one of the best breakfast experiences you can have in LA. Food was great, service was perfect, tea was the best I ever had. Waiters were extremely polite and friendly, our every request was noticed before we even had to tell. A trip to Huntington Library isn't complete without a breakfast here.
One of the things that we enjoyed about the way that the restaurant served tea was that we could choose just the items that we liked because it was buffet-style. Now we have a limited option because the menu is set. As such, we won’t be rushing into returning to quickly.
I'm a HUGE fan of Afternoon Tea and have indulged in many tea rooms, even in London! I'm so pleased that the Huntington removed the buffet and converted their Tea Room into a traditional tea room with a tiered food platter, tea pots, and cups and saucers. The way it ought to be! The traditional tea service was magnificent. I went in with no expectations, and was very pleasantly surprised. Each morsel of food was absolutely delicious. You could taste the freshness and unique flavors of each item and everything was yummy! I took my boyfriend with me, and he had a great time and enjoyed the food and tea as well. This is a great place for a special occasion, a date, tea with the girls. This tea room is a little more expensive than a regular tea room, but the location makes it worth it. The room itself could do with an upgrade to create a more cozy, warm ambience, but overall, I loved it and will certainly be back!
David was an excellent waiter. He really tried to accommodate us with our 2 year old. He was so kind, made him feel at home, and he was always there answering our questions and being so friendly.
The food was exceptional! I was impressed that you had a VEGAN tea alternative - and it was tasty too! My nephew is a pescatarian, and you modified his tea as well.
The tea was exquisite - my sister went and bought most of them in your gift shop.
All in all, we will be back - we had the BEST time and made such GREAT memories, and it was all because of you guys! From the hostess, to the waiter, to everyone involved, you run your tea room so well - we are excited to recommend your tea room!
We last visited The Huntington Gardens Tea Room when is was a buffet style afternoon tea. I thought the new format would not be as good, but I was pleasantly surprised. The food was evcellent and the quantity more than adequate. The service was first rate. I would highly recommend The Huntington Gardens Tea Room!
Table is too small for our party of six. Had to raise my hand for the waitress's attention for tea and scone refills, as no waiting staff ever check with us through out the our hour there. When asked in the reservation process about the reason for our visit, I mentioned it was to celebrate our wedding anniversary. However, noone from the restaurant seemed to be alerted about our special occasion. I surely felt it defeated the purpose of asking the reason for our visit.
All in all, I enjoyed the place much more before they changed the management two years ago.
I really loved to tea time there. I took my daughter she is 8 and she loved the tea and the pastries her favorite savory bite was the salmon.
Everything was delicious!
After that we stroll in the gardens. A beautiful afternoon.
I will definetelly be back again
I have been to multiple teas and high teas over the past 30 years, everything from casual little-known tea houses to the high teas at expensive hotels (such as the Fairmont -- hugely disappointing -- and Palace hotels in San Francisco, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, the Mission Inn in Riverside, the Coronado Hotel in San Diego, the Grand Floridian in Orlando, etc., etc.), and Huntington's Rose Garden tea house is one of the best I've experienced as far as quality of food and excellent tea choices. I know a lot of people complained when the service changed from buffet style to the present service, saying the sandwiches were dry and the salads and other choices were gone, but at my visit on 11/10/17, the quality of the food and the variety of tea sandwiches could not be better, including the excellent service. It is probably the best tea lunch I've experienced by far. I don't mean in any way to sound like a tea snob; I'm just trying my best to give an honest review.
I have had tea here in the past when they offered the buffet,and it was great! I was concerned with a few negative reviews on their current service. However I am pleased to say, I enjoyed it tremendously. Gina our server was fantastic , they had gluten free options for my dear friend who I took for birthday celebration. The tea was exquisite and the food was tasty. They brought more savories when asked. Management has done a beautiful job in providing a lovely tea experience.
While the food items in the afternoon tea were really quite exceptionally good it was a little disappointing that for us that don't drink alcohol there was no other option even though we paid for it in the price of the afternoon tea. For some reason they were out of non-alcoholic options and I think it's a little off-putting that there was no reduction in the price even though we didn't drink the champagne or even have them pour it.
Just cannot say enough about the fabulous Huntington Library and Gardens and this amazing tea room. We felt like we were transported to Europe.
The room is filled with natural light and is delightfully situated amongst the Gardens. The tea service was excellent: sandwiches, sweets and of course an array of tea choices. Our server explained everything very well.
We were there for a get together if friends and it was extremely memorable. Can’t wait to go back.
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