The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room

4.6
1321 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
What 1321 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance are delightful. Food is mediocre except for the scones which were excellent. Bread was stale though. Unacceptable for the price.

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

My friend and I felt the sandwiches and scones could be greatly improved.

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

Beautiful tea experience with my family. We are members of the Huntington and decided to try the tea. We went with our son. We all loved it. Great service and ambience. Price was good. Great tea selection.

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OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the hostess (there were two) not Izzy the other one with no name tag, was very rude to us.

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

The experience of being at the Gardens was nice. The food overall for tea service was great including the caviar, desserts, scones, and mini sandwiches. The service was pretty good. The biggest down side is that the tea room is very dated and not super cozy.

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LV
Las Vegas
77 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to have high tea looking out at the rose garden. The staff is wonderful.

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MC
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Tea Room is always lovely. I still long for the return of the Tea Buffet however.

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OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Holiday special menu seems to be a noticeable downgrade in quality relative to the more typical selection of savories and sweets. Was a bit disappointing compared to prior visits but service is still very good and friendly. Hope they bring the standards back up after the holidays.

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SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The wait staff was entirely too casual. I expect a level of formality at The Huntington.

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H
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Haven’t been in a while, but preferred the buffet setup and was not sure if it was unlimited orders. Rose pictures on wall were tacky.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful spot to have afternoon tea! The food is delicious, the teas are devine, and I can't say enough good things about the service. Highly recommend!

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Y
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the holiday tea and it was exceptional! The servers were wonderful and everything was fantastic! I highly recommend and can’t wait to go back!

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CS
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a beautiful setting. The food is excellent, service is exceptional. It’s a little gem in Pasadena. Something special for tea lovers.

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AL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed lunch but really missed the buffet they used to have. Really liked the salads and fresh fruit.

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DO
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was “lovely”, yes I felt so well cared for and the food was definitely delicious and ample. Will definitely return with friends.

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KS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Way too expensive for the food presented. Will never go back.

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CM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my aunt here for her birthday. She was pleasantly surprised. We enjoyed every single item served, and then walked in all off in the gardens :) It was a great Sunday afternoon.

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f
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I've had tea here many times, although not for a few years, when I understand it was under different management. What a disappointment. First, we weren't seated until almost half an hour after our 1:15 reservation time. I was literally faint with hunger. Then although there were many teas to choose from, there was only one traditional tea, an English Breakfast that was quite good. But no Darjeeling, no Assam! And the waiter brought our tea, but no milk or sugar. We had to ask the hostess for some and by that time the tea had steeped too long. The cheese board was good, but the sandwiches were disappointing. While the smoked salmon was good, the others were either dry or tasteless. And the service was so slow that it seriously cut into our time in the Gardens, so we took our desserts home. They were generally better than the sandwiches. Definitely not worth the price. Next time I go to the Gardens, I'll eat elsewhere.

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DH
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We did not enjoy the food.
It was displayed nicely however the taste was average. It was also very loud. The outside gardens are ,of course, beautiful. Service was good. Price was a bit high for the quality.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding Tea at the Huntington Library. I ordered the cheese tray ($12 additional) which was very good. The holiday food and tea selections were delicious!

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JV
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was surprised to have to pay $90 (3 people)
To enter the garden when I didn’t want to do that. I did not see the extra charge just to eat at the tea room. I traveled 3 hours to enjoy a bday luncheon not expecting to pay an additional charge. That I was disappointed with. I probably would not do that again. :( too much travel and too much $$

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KS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience! Our wait person was very helpful. She even managed to get a sample of tea for us to try when we asked. The setting is beautiful with the large windows overlooking the rose gardens and herb garden. Elegant without being pretentious. So special.

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t
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

$38 for a couple of molecules of tea sandwiches and pastries? I was shocked, as was my guest. I have visited Tea Room several times in the past, when they had a buffet and it was all you can eat. This time I arrived famished. The waiter somewhat reluctantly allowed me 2 extra sandwich molecules. oh puhleeze! The rose garden is a lovely setting; the food, tho skimpy, was good. We enjoyed the experience. But don't come hungry!

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VB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

My Mom & I went to the tea room yesterday to celebrate my birthday. Both of us have visited the tea room this past year, but not together! We are both gluten free individuals and each of our past tea room visits were very nice. The tea room has recently updated their menu, but on Yelp I could see recent pictures of both the regular and vegetarian teas from others. Unfortunately, I'd say that on this visit the gluten free tea was just lacking and not worth the money. Unless something drastic changes, I won't be going back to the tea room.

The room is still not decorated for the holidays, it was last year. They are offering a special Holiday tea, but cannot accommodate it for gluten free. So we had to opt for the normal tea menu. I had checked ahead of time and was assured that the tea room could provide a gluten free tea with same day notice, but I'd say they were not ready.

Let me start by saying our server, Kimberly, was amazing and the reason I know we both enjoyed ourselves, despite the food. She had great recommendations and was knowledgeable about the teas.

All of the sandwiches were dry, without any or barely enough condiment on the bread. The cucumber sandwich was literally just a small slice of cucumber on a round piece of bread. No spread - neither butter or cream cheese. The same with the mushroom "sandwich". The caviar canapes were nice and they were made on a toasted crostini.

For the sweets, instead of like 5 or 6 different little items, we had 3. A gluten free brownie and two tiny stale cupcakes that had no flavor.

Their gluten free scone is very nice and properly crumbly. That was the highlight of their food I'd say. Also their apple and pumpkin butters were amazing. The rose prosecco was also a very nice start to the tea.

I love going to tea, but realize that so few restaurants can accommodate a good gluten free version. I had thought the Huntington was my new go to location, but now I'll have to keep looking.

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JT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was not all cream cheese! It was delicious and server was attentive and great.

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to the Huntington Library since my early teens, (approximately 50 years), and a visit to this Historical Gem is always very special to me. Although admission has increased substantially over the years I believe it is worth the price. Afternoon Tea is truly a wonderful treat. For some it might be a bit pricey but the lovely sandwiches, fresh scones and yummy tea selection along with the outstanding service makes the experience worth it!

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CG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service and perfectly attentive-without-being-intrusive server. We picked 2 seasonal teas that were delicious and enjoyed the selection scones, sandwiches, and dessert treats. Would definitely recommend an afternoon tea before a walk in their beautiful gardens.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Expensive but a fun treat.

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KA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!! I have had tea here many times and love the food, service and garden view

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YK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought two friends to tea...a first time for them. They loved the rose garden. And the beauty of having tea in such a lovely setting. The wait staff was attentive and we were seated within minutes of our reservation.

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PS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

I was disappointed in the whole experience. Although the grounds are lovely the actual room for the tea was very plain. Instead of interesting or pretty china it was a very nondescript white. The food was good but there was very little of it. The little pastries were the size of a 50 cent piece. I really don't think that it was worth $37.00.

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PW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This is a favorite place for us...food was great, service was good until the waiter started rushing us out. It wasn't crowded and there were empty tables, but 3 times he came to the table to get the check. I couldn't finish my dessert and he let my tea get cold. He acted like it was no big deal. I will go back, but not soon. Very disappointed.

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for catching up with friends. The food was terrific and the tea was tasty. I am not a fan of tea, but the tea here was favorable.

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

My family and I have been to the Tea Room many, many times and are members of the Huntington Library. But, this time was different. It seemed that every item offered was cream cheese on a piece of bread with a different vegetable on top. I understand that the menu changes seasonally and we have LOVED the last two menus, but this seemed like they found a sale on cream cheese. It was too much. You could basically have bread with cream cheese with cucumbers or salmon or arugula or onion or other toppings. We were a party of four and it did not feel like we got a good value at all. The ambience, service and tea cannot be beat, but the food was inedible.

Would I come back? Of course! But, I will always be sure to check the menu beforehand. We were there for tea the day before Thanksgiving to treat ourselves before we started cooking the feast, we have in store for the rest of our family. We left hungry and a bit annoyed.

If that had been my first time I would not return and I certainly wouldn't have been inspired to buy a membership, as I was the first time we came for tea.

Huntington: Please work on your menu. Whoever approved this new version does not have every member in mind.

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CG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Edgar was fantastic! Very helpful and attentive. Not many choices of wine and drinks.

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AW
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Tea at the Huntington Library is the best. The atmosphere is special and they the service is fine. We were there to celebrate a friends birthday and had an excellent table by a window with view of the gardens. It was just what we hoped for.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love for special day with the gals in your life.

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ML
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. Great service, food, ambiance. Recommend reserving table

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The noise level was LOUD! Hard to hear the people at your table. Only recommend as a high tea treat. Too much green topping on sandwich style. Desserts were very ordinary this time. Scones were delivered as “hot from oven” but were cold. Coming with friends again on 28th & hope fare is a little different.

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MS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed my annual holiday tea with my daughter at the Rose Tea Garden! A very special place to celebrate the holidays.

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