The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The tea itself was beautiful, and the food had a very gorgeous "fresh Californian" spin on a formal tea. Everything was fresh baked, and gorgeous presentation and particularly the sandwiches were delicious. We love formal tea and there were a few things that were disappointing. There was one small container (probably 1T) of clotted cream, curd, and preserves for everyone at the table to share. Typically each person is given her own portion. It was weird to share -- and we were a family, so used to sharing. There weren't any formal tea cups - everything was in white mugs / pots. Aesthetically I found that disappointing. There was no timer for the tea -- although we were reminded to watch our own clocks. The tea was in bags, rather than loose, and "stuck" in the pot - meaning it was in this large bag and you could not remove it when the 4 minute brewing was up. The solution to this from them was to pour more water on it, but I wanted the tea out of the water, so I had to fish it out and it was messy and I burned my fingers.
Our server was awesome
Such a gem of a time, very special. Highly recommended
It was overpriced, and honestly had bad service we noticed other tables being treated a bit better than we were I was disappointed by that. It was a very underwhelming experience really wouldn't recommend it. I would suggest doing your own picnic.
Worth going to once. Food was decent and tea was good. Decor is average and they should have outdoor seating options. Price is a bit too high, all things considered. Almost $100 for two, including tax and tip.
Once seated we enjoyed an excellent tea service.
Servers were courteous and attentive without becoming obtrusive. Standard tea food selection was a bit unbalanced with too many desserts, but most items were very tasty. Teas were delicious.
I expected more for $160. A fine high tea for 4 was expected- it was mediocre. I guess I thought it would be more like high tea in London. We won't go back for a long time. It was disappointing.
It was nice
Food was good and service excellent
Very cute tea room. Offered a vegan menu and seemed very accommodating with food restrictions.
The food gave us the feeling of being in England. It was fun and romantic for my husband & I to celebrate Valentine's Day on February 15!
It was beyond wonderful.
Wonderful service, delicious food, and beautiful atmosphere.
The remodeling of the tea room means that there is now a back room which while nice lacks the pleasant atmosphere of the front room. The gluten free menu for my friends was very well received and the service was outstanding. A few of the tea sandwiches were more usual than expected but were nicely done. It is a very nice way too leisurely see the Huntington garden, House and museum.
Service is always great at the Tea Room although the place could use some renovation.
Excellent service, delightful ambience and delicious food.
We went for Valentine’s Day and we had an awesome experience. The food was good, the tea was good, and the service was amazing. I highly recommend it
Service from my first waitress was so bad that makes my daughter and me feel uncomfortable. She didn’t know how the listen.
Second waitress was nice though. He was a good listener about what we need and how.
Place is sadly looking old and cheap. The tea room need a new renovation.
Tea was great and food good so far.
Manager and receptionist need to go to “What not to wear” show!
Noise was acceptable, people and ambiance ok.
Waitress don’t know how to be a great hosts or give a great service.
The complementary flower that we get was sad and didn’t survive the night.
We were pleased to find that every morsel was delicious.
This was one of the best high teas I have had in recent years. Food was delicious and the service was excellent. My only critique is that the tea itself was mediocre and the selection of teas wasn't extensive. They had run out of the tea I wanted.
The service and food were good. I felt it was a little pricey. The noise level in the front was very loud. We requested to be seated in the back room, which was much better.
Very nice service and staff. Food was yummy as was the tea. Gluten free food was very good except for the two mini muffins/cupcakes - Really did not affect overall excellence. Standard tea service desserts were delicious. Scones for both standard and gluten free were top notch.
It was a beautiful and elegant afternoon.
Need less bread items, or more protein on the bread.
Tea service was amazing. The tea selection was extensive and the food was delicious! I will definitely be back. Dave was our server and he was perfect!
A great selection of well crafted teas and truly decadent treats are served by an excruciatingly friendly staff.
Wonderful experience. Nice food menu. Back room is quieter. 👌🏼
Service was outstanding however the vegan menu left a lot to be desired.
Although the food on the standard tea menu was good there was not enough food. Given the prices get could have provided more. The restaurant itself was extremely loud, the decor was awful and looked old and worn and was not at all what I expected. Given how well kept the rest of the library/grounds are, the tea room atmosphere was a severe disappointment. The window shades were all closed and it felt like a big stuffy box. They should invest in redoing the interior entirely and, also, creating an outdoor patio space would be really nice given that it overlooks the rose gardens. Our waitress, Joann, was great.
Great food.and service. Ambiance needs some improvement.
The hostess was very busy so she wasn’t very warm or inviting. But the servers and the food made up for it.
The staff were undisciplined. The “hostess” was on the phone all the time when not chatting with another staffer. The hostess station was littered with stuff on the floor, in everyone’s view. The hostess wasn’t appropriately dressed. The tea was good but food was dull. The service was attentive but not crisp and professional. The room is as dull as the food it serves. It reminds me of a third rate British seaside hotel, boring and depressing. Tea time is meant to be a cheerful meal, a celebration of friendship and family by sharing food that comforts in a pleasant, secure setting. Disappointed.
We had a wonderful experience at The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room for an early Valentine's Day celebration. The service was spectacular and the food delicious. We pleasantly walked off the calories in the garden after eating.
Service was rushed
Restaurant itself was pleasant with nice view of the gardens. Sandwiches were stale - bread was hard as rock & I couldn’t eat it except for the turkey salad sandwich. Scones were fine - not the best I’ve had. Dessert was okay - there was a chocolate tart which was very good. The other desserts just okay - I couldn’t eat it.
very expensive and i was not satisfied with the food too small
The tea was perfect and kept perfect throughout our stay. The server kept topping up the pot so it never got cold, was never over-steeped and magically never watered down. The food was delicious and the service impecable. Such a treat!
What a fun treat! Out server, Sarah, was a delight, the tea selection extensive and the food a wonderful variety. We cannot wait to go again!
The tea is wonderful! Two in our party had some food restrictions so separate options were made for each. it was just delicious!
We had a lovely tea but the room lacked ambiance. Could use a little TLC