The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room

4.6
1272 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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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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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DS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the Huntington Gardens Tea Room is a delicious pleasure and a necessary indulgence.

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p
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

so niiiiice. my wife and i had a wonderful time, and their takes on all the high tea classics were very clever and creative. we will be back, and the garden and library were amazing. this might be the best cultural experience inthe LA area.

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MC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I had been to this Tea Room many times in the past when the setup was quite different and loved it There was a center buffet table which you used after having the scones. The selection of sandwiches and sweets was excellent. Having to accept now a three tiered tray with things you did not select was not nearly as nice. And the food is definitely inferior to the previous vendor. It is also much more expensive. I will not go again.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was fantastic and made the afternoon! He treated us like we were the only table he had and make great recommendations.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are high tea fanatics and we had a lovely time. The food was fabulous - flaky scones, delightful tea sandwiches and sweet treats. The tea selections were lovely. I was concerned about the specialty rose tea, but it was delightful and not too flowery. We shall return.

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DN
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Tea Room. Beautiful views of the gardens.

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BC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Our server made a big difference. He was knowledgeable and friendly. He kept it sophisticated. The abiance was nice, but a little big noisy. The food was good and the prices were high. Worth it for a once in awhile experience.

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MF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tea room was a great place to spend an afternoon. After munching on pastries and sipping world-class tea, you can take a digestive stroll through the gardens. I recommend making your reservation around 2:30 PM (like I did). By the time you walk the gardens, it'll be golden hour which makes it perfect for pictures.

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

It’s always beautiful and divine dining in the Rose Garden Tea Room But I must say for the price there wasn’t enough food provided!! You used to be able to get all you could eat of the selections you desired at the buffet style ! Also missed some of those options. But loved the quiet atmosphere and the tea is always good!!

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

Took someone here for her birthday and we are both big tea drinkers. We wanted a fun unique experience and it definitely delivered! Quaint and elegant, and we both felt impressed. Good tea selection, lots of finger foods with the standard tea.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Overall very nice. Just wish there was outside seating.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I had a friend from Texas come and visit us and I decided to bring her here.

I have been coming here for years back when it was a buffet that you walked up to chose what you wanted. With that being said I don’t like the new changes but of course doesn’t really matter what I think lol. The changes have definitely taken away from the experience of the tea room, I think what really did it for me yesterday was.. I went to open the door to come in , for my reservation was at 12:00pm and a man had unlocked it the door, I didn’t realize he was behind the door, so when I opened it.. they were not ready and he held a figure to my face as if to say back up” he wasn’t looking at me he was talking to another employee.. the whole talk to the figure gesture was so unprofessional.

I won’t be coming back to the tea room.. not that it will matter and I understand that. If you cared about quality and trying to give the customers the best experience that would reflect in quality of the food, the experience and the service. It’s so sad to see this beautiful place go down hill.

I hope the tea room works to get it back to what it use to be.

We travel a lot and have a lot of friends from other states come to visit and one of the highlights would be the tea room. That won’t be happening any more.. so sad to say.

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LC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The tea service was very nice. Unfortunately, our experience was not what we had hoped for due to a single guest next to us who was more interested in taking pictures of his food displayed in front of him. He must of hopped of 30-40 times arranging his tea tray in various ways. This included setting up his tri-pod so that he could also be in some of his pictures.
I really do wish the management would have stepped in to stop his inappropriate and distracting behavior. If this was a commercial photo shoot for a magazine or tour book, the tea room should have not taken reservations during that specific time. I gladly would have rescheduled...now I will go elsewhere.

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JD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The tea was a big hit HOWEVER, as we left the building some man was yelling at us and others who had preceded us calling us ugly and to get out of the way of his picture. Some women were visibly shaken. He continued this tirade and only after we reported him to tea staff members did he scurry away into the rose garden. He was pointed out to staff and we were greatly disappointed to see that he was still in the Rose Garden when we left a few hours later. Does the Huntington care about safety and comfort of its patrons???

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TT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our initial reservation was set up for 1:45pm on a Sunday; when we arrived at that time, the tea room was quite packed (and a little on the noisy side). The hostess was very accommodating when we asked if we could push off to a later hour in the day- she situated us for the last seating, at 4pm. This was great- it was much quieter, aligning with our interests/mood... also, it was nice to see the sunset. While we enjoyed this later seating, with the Huntington closing at 5pm, there was a bit of a rush to finish tea and get out. These are likely just some pros/cons to the earlier/later reservations.
We would love to come back!
Interested to look into/learn about any winter-style tea offered.

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

Great service. Our waiter was so patient and accommodating to my picky 6 year old. This was our third visit for tea and as always, we had a lovely time.

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E
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice experience. Great tea. Service was exceptional.

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AR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David, our server, was very informative about the menu and ingredients. He also had great recommendations and is knowledgeable about teas and the menu. The food was very good and the atmosphere was pleasant. My mom said she had a wonderful birthday!

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JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful spot for a tasty tea. The house rose blend is a must try!

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LR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was much better before. The new changes make it not worth the price in my opinion. You can only try one tea, though the teas are excellent.

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

All was very good as usual during the last 15 years, even despite quitting their traditional buffet

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JT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty treats with attentive and considerate staff. Great atmosphere.

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G
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

I thought the meal was overpriced in comparison to other tea houses I've visited in Pasadena. The tea and scones were excellent, but the rest of the food really was not worth the price of purchase. I also felt that the general ambiance and decor could be much better than it is, considering the grandeur and beauty of the rest of the Huntington. I love the Huntington Library and gardens but would not recommend this tea house. The servers were very attentive; I wish the rest of the experience had risen to their level of excellence.

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SD
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In addition to the beauty of the Huntington gardens, this is a wonderful place for a special occasion - a unique lunch, very well prepared and presented.

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

We had a pleasant lunch. The tea choices were broad and our selections were outstanding. The atmosphere was pleasant, mostly since it is located near the rose garden on the Huntington Library grounds. Our server was very attentive, and the tea stayed hot-very important to me! The brownies were exceptional! A bit disappointed with the other offerings. Scones were tasty and were served warm. The sandwiches might have been a bit more robust for my liking-kind of plain. All was good, a bit pricey.

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JF
Las Vegas
44 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WONDERFUL. Such a fun experience - love picking and trying new teas. It's a formal English tea service and the scones, jam, clotted cream, etc are beyond delicious. I was pleasantly surprised that they also have gluten-free options which were delicious. Highly recommend! And of course, visiting the surrounding rose and herb gardens afterwards is a must!

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C
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We visited the Huntington Tea Room recently for the first time since new catering management took over and found a distinct change for the better, a return to its old elegance of decades ago.

Unlike the former operation, in which there were too few servers and service was erratic and harried, service is now good and generally very attentive. Our teapots and water glasses were kept topped up, and a server could easily be found when additional items, such as butter, were needed.

Another welcome change is that the room is no longer as overcrowded and noisy. It's quieter and more relaxing to eat here now.

There were many bitter complaints about the food following the changeover in management, so I wasn't sure if we'd get enough to eat, or if it would be as good as the old service. However, I was wrong on both counts. The new items are better than before and we had more than enough to eat, even though we couldn't go back for seconds. The cheese scones were excellent, as were the miniature omelets and a sort of miniature scrambled egg tart. The sandwiches were also very good and we enjoyed all of the desserts. We did miss having salads, but you could order a salad for an additional cost if you wanted.

We were a party of five with a child, who got a child's tea. What we were served was more than enough for all of us, and left us completely full. In fact we left one sandwich on the serving tray despite our best efforts to leave nothing behind.

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KL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tea room at the Huntington never disappoints. The service is wonderful and the tea and food are delicious. Such a great way to make a trip to the Huntington a little more special.

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VS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food taste blend. Not too much variety. Much more room for improvement

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O
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

The concierge who checked us in was rude: when we wanted to seat, I wanted to move a small plate and napkin from the sun into a shaded place on the table, where my companion could sit. She then threw a fit, said “I will do it!,” made a facial grimace, took the plate from my hand, put it back in the sun, then put it in the shaded place. She did the same with the napkin, which I had already moved. My companion was looking in disbelief. Rude.

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ML
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time celebrating my sister’s 50th birthday. Special Huntington tea was delicious and well worth the cost.

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JL
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The rose garden tea room defames the Huntington Library!
As much as we appreciate the Library/Garden, it is disappointing how this tea room runs as it is.

For my reservation at 11 am, I requested to order 2 drinks and 1 set of sandwich/desert with my husband because we've had breakfast earlier. But no, we don't have that option - must order 2 full tea services. So I ended up bringing more than half of the sweets leftover with me, while visiting the gardens...

Also, without a minimum budget of US $90.00 for 2 people, don't even bother to walk in this place!

I thought Huntington Library is to bring uplifting experience to the public. Not at this rose garden tea room - a total lack of consideration and style.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our girls for tea and it’s always the best here. Elegant and the spread never disappoints

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MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our lunch at the tea room. Staff was attentive, food was delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, great tea service, knowledgeable staff. I live in Hawaii and make it a point to schedule a visit with my sisters to the Rose Garden Tea Room each time I'm in L.A..

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MK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit over priced. I've been to other 5 star Tea Rooms and paid half the amount for a party of two. Wonderful service & food. Nice selection of teas to choose from.

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IB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My visiting relatives always request going to the Huntington for tea? Wonderful memories.

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PW
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visit my sister who lives close to the Tea Room. This was our first time there. It won’t be our last. Lovely. Totally enjoyed it.

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LW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always perfect. I just wish I didn’t have to buy admission to go there.

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C
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a lovely experience while visiting the Huntington Library and Gardens. Reservations are a must. Everything was so delicious and the service was perfect.

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