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The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room

4.6
899 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
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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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 899 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I enjoyed high tea with my daughter while visiting her in Pasadena. She had never been to Huntington Gardens, or the library. It was a relaxing way to spend the afternoon. What a wonderful scent, walking through all the rose gardens. We took photos and took our time.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food and service!! The assortment of teas was great and the teas are soooo good. We loved the food ( sandwich, scones etc) .

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

It was a thing to check off the bucket list. In my opinion, not really worth it. For afternoon tea, the food could be better or more creative. It was just normal finger food. If you ask me if there’s anything stands out, I couldn’t tell you.

So the food was less than mediocre, maybe patrons paid for the ambiance? Even the tea room is right in front of the rose garden, we cannot see any roses from where we were sitting. With dated decor and faded paint, it was not worth $55 (plus admission).

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

On Sunday 4-22-18 the service was inattentive & slow. I actually had to ask to be served.
I waited 20 minutes with my credit card visible for payment. While this was an unusual occurrence, I would not want this to happen to anyone again.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

A day smelling the roses with a little tea too!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Lovely time! We’re Huntington members but had never been for tea. Very fun. Great service and delicious food.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

My 19 year old son chose the Huntington Gardens for his birthday celebration. He loves the gardens and the galleries and I was excited to go as I had not been there in over 40 years. My fourth and fifth grade classes went there as a field trip when I was a kid, so it was wonderful to see all that has changed and grown since I was last there. The afternoon tea was delightful, our waiter was so attentive, and the birthday cupcake was real treat. It was a wonderful experience and we can't wait to return.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We were in the back room and it was quieter. One of the people in my pary has hearing aides and she was able to hear easily. The front seating area seemed louder. The service was great. I was worried that there would not be enough food. That was not the case as we could barely finish it all. The tea was wonderful!!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We had an absolutely beautiful afternoon tea here and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. From the stellar service to the delicious and stunning food to the amazing teas and wine it was spot on. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

My mother had a wonderfull tine...really enjoyed her lunch...service was good...great environment/setting...thanks...

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great tea room. Reservation was seated on time. Very nice place and service was excellent. Food was great.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I love the tea and great service here, if My wish come through I’ll definitely come back for a fullmoon. 🍯 😜

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

This was our second time visiting The Huntington and it was wonderful! Beautiful surroundings, great food, pleasant staff - just a delightful afternoon tea experience.
My sister and I are looking forward to joining you again, sooner than later, hopefully.

Thank you....

Donna and Diane

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Very quiet and nice place. Celebrate birthdays without making a big fuss. Would definitely recommend if you’re into tea!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great service by host and wait person. Good place to break as your wandering the garden and museum.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We had a great time. Food was great, they are willing to substitute if you have food allergies. We went to celebrate for a baby shower.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Our server, David, was very attentive & went out of his way to make my grandmother feel special. Beautiful views & experience

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had a wonderful experience at the Huntington Library Rose Tea Room. Our waiter, David, was very pleasant, attentive and well informed. The tea sandwiches and pastries were excellent, really top notch. The surroundings can't be beat with the beautiful gardens of the Huntington surrounding the Tea Room. The only hitch is the cost. We had the top tea which was $55 but included our tea, sandwiches, pastries, caviar, champagne, and scones. To get to the tea, one must pay the admission price to enter the gardens. This is $29 on weekends, which pushes up the grand total of the experience. If you plan on attending this tea, wear comfortable shoes and make a day of it and explore the wonderful gardens and art galleries. This makes the experience worth your investment. It's a wonderful place!!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This was my second visit since the Huntington Library Tea Room got rid of their all you can eat buffet. My first visit to the revamped Tea Room a few months ago was disappointing. The $35 tea had 2/3 sweets and 1/3 savory sandwiches. Not a good balance, so I wasn't happy when I left the first time. This time I had a great waiter DAVE who told us that I could have a LACTOSE FREE Tea Service, which was quite good but it was served on two regular plates and not on a 3 tiered tray....Presentation was not as nice as the others in my group who could have dairy products. I also didn't know that the waiter could bring you extra sandwiches, so that takes care of the balance between sweet and savory. We ordered a few more savory sandwiches to help us finish all the sweets and we were all happy and full. The waiter also said that they have a GLUTEN FREE Tea Service. Please call the Tea Room to confirm this before going. Having a great waiter this time totally made me happy and want to return soon.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Lovely way to combine nature as you walk through the gardens, enjoy art work and have a leisurely afternoon tea

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This was our third time dinning at the Huntington Tea House and the first time under new management. Unfortunately, both my husband and I were very disappointed with our overall experience. Our previous experiences included a choice of fresh and tasteful food items, a variety of beautiful fruits and pastries and excellent service. It was a hugh disappointment for the Huntington to offer a traditional tea service with mediocre food items not worth the price per person. I spoke to one of the managers and she was less than accommodating. After this experience, we can no intention of returning.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Nice selection of teas to choose from. Previous set up of buffet was better as it offered a wider selection and allowed a person to select what they wanted to eat rather than what is brought to the table. Tea sandwiches and desserts served were mediocre, nothing stood out. Server was vert pleasant. Would come back to the Huntington Library but will check out the other dining facilities.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this tea room. The centerpiece perfectly suited this room; large red rose blossoms in small, white teapots. My friend and I tried the Afternoon Tea menu and loved every item on it, and I've been to quite a number of places for afternoon teas, including the iconic Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. We greatly enjoyed the Huntington Rose tea and Earl Grey Creme tea. The servers were very attentive, regularly checking on us and ensuring our pots were filled with warm water. The only con to my experience was that we were interrupted quite a bit at the end of our meal. I understand if it was busy and we were taking a while to finish up due to being engrossed in conversation and savoring the food/tea, but it wasn't pleasant to be asked what seemed like every 5 minutes by 5 different people if our food needed to be packed up. I'd rather have liked to be told about what was the expected time table if there was a real need for our table. When one lady finally did explain the situation, we gladly wrapped up things up, finished our last bites, and continued chatting outside as we walked through the beautiful grounds.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This was the first visit for my two friends. They were very impressed by the high level of service. Some of the food items were new for them. But the variety and small portions enabled everyone to eat their favorite items and explore new food. My only recommendation for improvement would be to provide the toppings for the scones to each guest. The lemon curd and cottage creme was gone before the scones were finished.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

What a beautiful surprise this Rose Garden Tea Room!
I have ha high tea in many many places and I rank this #1.
All the food was carefully hand crafted and had exquisite individual
tastes.
the service was informative and friendly. The room was built so
that it was quiet enough for a conversation . Have already told my friends
and will definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We loved our Afternoon Tea! The service was great and the view of the Rose Garden was fantastic. The options for tea were amazing And everything was delicious. Definitely add the glass of Prosecco, so good! We will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Wide variety of teas, excellent savory and sweet treats. Fabulous service.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Expensive, but nice variety of finger foods and deserts. Hot scones were outstanding. Great place for a special afternoon.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

What a lovely tea we had after a couple hours of walking around the gardens! We loved the beautiful view of the rose garden as we had our tea time and we love the upgrade from the buffet style there used to be last time we were there. I have already recommended it to others!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Celebrated a birthday. The food was great and wait staff excellent. I enjoy coming here for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This was my first time to have tea at the Huntington and I am very impressed with the quality of the food and tea; we at everything! I also purchased the Huntington Blend tea at the gift shop before leaving. The one thing, and there was only one, that I wish was different was the sound level. When it got busy it was hard to carry on a conversation without having to raise your voice and lean in to the conversation to hear what was being said. With the size of the tea room I don't know how this could be addressed...maybe an overall larger tea room that is divided into a few different rooms?

Over all it was great and I would definitely go again!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The Rose garden tea room serves a lovely high tea with some delicious fragrant teas and your typical nibbly sandwiches and sweets. ( they do have a rosé wine and caviar options for a truly special occasion) The Huntington special blend tea is not to be missed! And the service was exceptional. A perfect spot for a light lunch surrounded by the beautiful rose garden with hundreds of varieties of roses. But be sure to make reservations! They book up fast!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I like to take my boys here as a treat once a year. We always enjoy ourselves, but we still miss the buffet they used to do. The food quality was better. They also used to bring a basket of hot scones, now there are two types of scones, one of each for each person. No more refills on those.
Since my boys didn't like one type of scone, they only got one scone each. I read that you can ask for more of something. They allowed us each one extra item of our choice, which seemed a little stingy for the price.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food selections provided were greatly diminished from the past, the scones were small and dry and not up to prior visits. The teas were excellent. Overall I doubt I will return and I would not recommend to my friends...in fact will share this lacking experience.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

It was a wonderful way to end the day at the Huntington. The server was very gracious and professional. My friend from Ireland really enjoyed the service. I'll be back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Absolutely delightful! Celebrated birthday of a dear friend; walk around the gardens for a few hours, then tea in the Rose Garden. Lovely day, lovely meal, lovely location. Will definite do it again.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Lovely high tea service at the Huntington Garden. The Rose Service is pricier but comes with bubbly and the caviar serving (real caviar,btw!) actually pretty generous. The savory and sweet combination are pretty delectable. The ambiance is better savored when the place is not crowded, but ctuslly I likd the redo of th ed tea room compared to the previous one, it's spacier.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The tea room has changed catering companies since my last visit. The ambiance, service, and tea selection were outstanding. However, the tea sandwiches were a bit skimpy, the scones quite hard, and the deserts not up to par with what I was used to when I had come to the tea room in the past. It seemed like a lot of $ for the amount of food that was served. However, as stated above, the service was excellent. My friend and I were allowed to linger as long as we wanted without feeling rushed. That more than made up for the rest.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Very nice and relaxing experience. A very good walking break. The kids were out for their Spring Break. They really enjoyed the small portions of variety of food.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The Huntington tea room is a great place to go and have a tea party especially for special occasions. The selection of teas gives you a variety to choose from. The pastries, scones and sandwiches are quite delectable which are served on a 3-tier silver tray. The ambiance of the tearoom is very quaint now with individual tables some of which are positioned to look out the windows to see the lovely gardens. The prices are very reasonable for what you receive .

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