The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room

4.6
1217 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 1217 People Are Saying
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BE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friends were visiting from Oregon for a birthday treat and had heard of the Huntington.
They loved it, being a Master Gardener and an artist in ironwork
We treated them to tea and they loved it. It has always been very special for us to have tea with you, but acknowledge the price is high.
They said the Huntington was the highlight of their time here.
Thank You!

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

Efrain was a wonderful, hospitable server... Kind, friendly, unhurried, patient. Our waitress was amazing too!! She had great recommendations.

Also, very thankful for the GF menu option!! I have celiac disease and it was really special that my family could have a lovely tea together like this. LOVE this place!

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

The Huntington tea blend is amazing! The service is always very personable and gracious. We love the Huntington!

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

David was a great server. He was funny and charming and answered all my questions regarding the tea service.
The food was great and the Huntington Blend tea was probably the best tea I’ve ever had. All in all a very enjoyable experience and I can not wait to go back!

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

Such a nice place to enjoy friends company. Always a great selection of tea to choose from.

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

Lovely venue. Quite expensive. The scones were very dry. The small, warm scones on the previous menu were much better.

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M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place!! It is elegant and one can view the gardens and museum exhibits to complete the day. Be mindful though, that there’s an entry fee to get into the arena even before one gets to the restaurant, so do take advantage of the entire Huntington Library / Museum where one can make a full day of it!

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SP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, nice service, tad pricey, but I will return for another special occasion, when the time is right.

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D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Huntington Garden Tea Room is a wonderful experience. This is my third time visiting the Tea Room, but the first time under this new management. It was great before, it's incredible now. It embodies the spirit of an authentic tea room. The food was amazing, the tea was delicious and our server, David, was fantastic. The tables and the flowers were very nice also. My friend and I are going to make The Huntington Garden Tea Room an annual experience.

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SA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great, and the Huntington Special blend of tea is lovely. I normally put milk in my tea, but not this time-- the tea was so delicious on its own. I liked the savory items on the tea service better than the sweet ones-- there was more flavor variety in the savory items than in the sweets. The clotted cream, lemon curd, and jam that accompanied the scones were excellent, though.

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CM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea. Beautiful location out side the Rose Garden. Delicious food, carefully prepared.

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The scones, sandwiches, tea, and service were lovely! Everyone helping us was extremely kind and warm. It's a bit disappointing that there isn't a better view of the gardens from the inside, and the desserts were a bit sub-par. Overall it was lovely (a big plus to be able to walk through the gardens afterwards!), but for my go to afternoon tea places this one isn't necessarily high on my list.

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h
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful afternoon tea! Gorgeous gardens. We will be back!

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DT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fancy afternoon tea at the gorgeous Huntington Library and Gardens - a special day out! The treats were delicious and the service was very knowledgeable and friendly.

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AG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Seated right by front door, it was unfortunate in there was lots of noise and commotion. Over all experience was good, but not great. We were celebrating a birthday, so such a noisy location wasn't ideal for my 82 year old Mom.

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AB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding!!! Can't wait to visit the Huntington Library, Museum, Gardens and Tea Room again!!!

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AP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Overall the experience at the Rose Garden Tea Room was mediocre. Most of the food tasted pre-prepared or from a refrigerator. The service was fantastic, but the noise level within the restaurant itself was a little overbearing. In my opinion, tea time is meant to be a quiet afternoon activity. Plus, I would only recommend going if you intend to spend the day at the gardens or are a member. Spending $58 to get in on top of $100 (party of 2) for a bland tea time experience is a little steep, even for California.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch. Everything was delicious.

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I enjoyed having high tea here after a work related training. I only wish that chocolate chip scones were served. I'm not keen on the savory scones. My Aztec seasonal tea was nummy.

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was good and the food quality was good but cost is very pricey and can be above someone’s budget if they aren’t ready for to pay the high cost for the food quality and the good quality tea they provide and it is not priced individually and is part of a package and it is not recommended for those that are on a tight budget and this place is recommended for the occasional celebrations but not recommended for the regulars because of the high cost...

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JW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Overpriced and a real decline from what was offered before. I won't be back soon.

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Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had afternoon tea on a Sunday. Usually afternoon tea is filling, so we booked it as an extended lunch instead. Service once seated was great, but there is no waiting area as such, and we strolled around the rose garden during that time. As a Brit, the standard is close to England even if it's not exactly the same, and I would happily come back for this over and over again.

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HP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our daughter-mother time for afternoon tea. Great food and tea!

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DR
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and tea. Perfect for dates or family gatherings.

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S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We’ve been celebrating our September birthdays at the Tea Room for 10 years. It’s an annual occasion. The buffet the Tea Toom used to have was far superior: it had a much better selection- cheeses, salads, fresh fruit, ingenious desserts, all in addition to the tea sandwiches. Frankly, we were VERY disappointed to lose the buffet. What they now serve is ample but too much bread. We will review the menu next year before we return.

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PW
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I was there with my boyfriend and need a bit quite room but the Herb room was noisy cause got one big group there. and was our first time to do the Tea lunch and his first time to drink tea. We are really enjoy.
Good services.

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Delightful visit to the Tea Room for delicious formal tea sandwiches, scones (the best!), and desserts. Lots of tea flavors available. Reminded us of English Tea in Canada or England.

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MN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful tea with a varied menu and amazing tea!

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BC
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. Can’t wait to visit again. Service was great also. It was s lovely afternoon tea.

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AE
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Afternoon tea is really wonderful. Lots of different creative bites, and overall more than enough for a very full lunch! They also can adjust for vegetarian or other demands (as a couple of us needed). the tea options are also interesting and quite good.

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r
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Gracious service in view of the rose and herb gardens -- what more could you want? There are two options, tea service (tea, scones, sandwiches & sweets) with or without caviar and bubbly. The portions are generous and the food is very nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed afternoon tea here. They have a good variety of both sweet and savory items. Tea sandwiches included salmon, cucumber, vegetarian, and chicken salad. A little mini cheese quiche and egg salad in a small bite sized pastry bowl was also included. Of course you get a choice of tea. Beautiful, relaxing atmosphere as well and when you‘re to/from the tea room, you can literally smell the roses. I will definitely be back.

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BC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone needs to go at least once. Great for a family special occasion or just to do something nice for a loved one.

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HS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This afternoon tea was a lovely, calm experience after a rather warm day of visiting the museum and gardens. The food was nice and the service attentive. We were in the back room which is quieter than the front room.

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JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience with a tasty menu, friendly service and an amazing view of the gardens.

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SM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Nice experience but Building and decor needs to be updated.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were great. The view was lovely.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family visiting from out of town.

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L
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were disappointed in the quality of the sandwiches and sweets. The tea was pleasant. With two glasses of prosecco and tip, the bill was over $100. You have to pay $25 per person entry fee to the Huntington.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A culinary and visual feast with exceptional service.

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