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The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room, San Marino, CA

The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room

4.7
4.7
949 Reviews
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea
Rose Garden Tea Room is set within the historic Rose Garden, the Tea Room offers an elegant and memorable experience inspired by the tradition of English tea service with a distinctive California twist.

Any party with more than 6 guests MUST call to make their reservation or email tearoom@huntington.org.
Please do not divide your party into multiple reservations, as each Open Table reservation will be treated as individual and will not guarantee adjacent tables.

Please note that visiting the Rose Garden Tea Room requires purchasing admission to The Huntington. When planning to visit the Tea Room, please purchase a separate ticket to The Huntington for the same day as your Tea Room reservation. Tickets are available at huntington.org

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 83 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–5:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (626) 405-3453
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jeff Thurston
  • Neighborhood
    South Pasadena
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wine

What 949 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Los Angeles

    Afternoon Tea

  • Pasadena

    Best Ambiance

  • Pasadena

    Great for brunch

  • Pasadena

    Good for special occasions

  • Pasadena

    Most Booked

949 Reviews
  1. LucR

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful surrounding, relaxed ambiance, attentive service and delicious food!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place has an amazing afternoon tea and such a professional waist staff! I always enjoy coming here and can’t wait to come back!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting in the garden. Our server was very friendly and attentive. Food was pretty good.

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  4. Lalou

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A lovely contemporary take on a classic english tea time amongst the roses! Food was plentiful and delicious and the service cheerful and prompt.

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  5. AlexU

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend this place. Great ambiance, very friendly and attentive staff, and very tasty food.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I like this tea room. It’s a beautifully renovated space with gorgeous views to the gardens outside. We went at the perfect time of the year when all the roses were blooming. The server was nice and she was very attentive as well as the wait staff. Minor thing that needs improvement is the amount of knowledge the server had of the various teas. They should train them to have more knowledge about the ingredients of the various types of teas. She mentioned that was something she was interested in doing. it was very all enjoyable and she was very gracious with her conversation.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What great experience me and my friend for a girls day! The seasonal scones were amazing and the food was just enough. Thank you to our server Rene for making us feeling so welcomed and comfortable! He was attentive and informative. It’s definately on the more expensive side considering other tea places in the Pasadena area. Will come back again for the experience!

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  8. Katey

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely experience trying their afternoon tea for the first time! The food was all delicious as well as the two teas we tried. We celebrated my friend’s birthday and they even brought out a little chocolate cake that said happy birthday for her on it which was a nice extra touch. We sat out in the herb garden where it was quiet and peaceful and we had a nice view of lots of flowers and plants. The only bummer was having to book so far in advance since they fill up fast, but it was definitely worth it!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Huntington Rose Tea Room takes the whole tea experience to a new level. Not only do you get to enjoy the gardens of the beautiful Huntington Library, but partake of an excellent afternoon tea experience. The pastries and tea sandwiches are a work of art and delicious too. The scones are superb and there is quite a variety of teas for you to choose from. The surroundings are immaculate and very inviting . The staff are all polished and very pleasant. It was a beautiful way to spend an afternoon!

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  10. AnnG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely time and service was great. Our servers anticipated our needs from taking a picture for us.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely afternoon tea. Savory sandwiches and excellent selection of sweets. Our server Tiffany was warm & delightful. We enjoyed every minute!

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  12. ACBay

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Reservations are a must. Lovely afternoon tea.

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  13. TinaS

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the deluxe tea service. As usual the food was excellent, we liked the teas we chose (especially the Earl Grey Crème), and it was nice to have a glass of champagne. Always a fun experience.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful grounds (leave enough time either before or after to visit the museum and stroll through the gardens). Good service. Food is lacking, especially at this price point, though you will likely leave full if you don't wolf everything down. Sandwiches seem to have been pre-made; bread was often dry and they're also inexplicably only garnished on one half? Tea temps were hit or miss. Scones were lackluster and that's definitely not Devonshire cream. Meh. But the view is gorgeous. Save some money and grab something to eat at either 1919 Cafe or Red Car Coffee Shop.

    1 person found this helpful

  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time there. Our server was wonderful!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1st time and wonderful experience. Love that they have a vegan menu and a gluten free menu, along with they’re regular menu.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience and value. Highly recommend to experience at least once. Service was outstanding.

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  18. MarenN

    San Joaquin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a splendid Mother's Day having tea in the Huntington Rose Garden. Impeccable service and blooming roses enhanced the experience.

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  19. Slecnokim

    Los Angeles

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an 11am reservation and it was nice and minimal noise but as we left an hour later it was quite crowded and more boisterous. We sat indoors in the old tearoom area. Everything was lovely especially our server Jo.

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  20. Allie

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing tea room! We absolutely loved everything about the rose tea garden!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tea room in the rose garden @ The Huntington was wonderful! We loved the tea service & traditional tea sandwiches; my favorite was the lobster roll. A glass of champagne topped it off perfectly!

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  22. LindaG

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our lunch and experience with the tea service was lovely. Our server Tiffany went above and beyond and was very attentive. The food was great and there was a good number of choices for tea.

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  23. teapotfran

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely setting. Service good but Food not great. Scones were hard and topped with unnecessary sugar. Onion sandwich way too salty. Turkey sandwich cold like it just came out of refrigerator.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dining experience was for the most part very good. However, two items stood out for improvement: The table water was warm and had the taste typical of city processing. Chill and provide lemon at customers discretion. The carafe for the Coffee allowed the grounds to wind up in the cup. Please fix

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  25. KimB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful atmosphere! Love the new tea room! Hope to come again sometime!

    1 person found this helpful

  26. PeggyJ

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Rose Garden Tea room was the best we’ve experienced in the last few years. First of all, Kelan was a professional, efficient and friendly server, making sure we were properly taken care of. The food was delicious, especially the savory appetizer of lobster roll. Good selection of teas and scones were tasty. Could do without 5he carrot raisin sandwich, but all others were good. Finally, the ambience is excellent—just the ticket for a relaxing afternoon with my sisters!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed the visit, the tea room very nice, friendly service, clean and good food and tea selections.

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  28. Katlace92

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The sandwiches could have been better. They felt not fresh and also the desserts could have been better .

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVED OUR SERVER!!! I think his name was Edgar. He was the sweetest, after we spilled a drink. Twice! He was still so patient and made the experience so much more fun & worth the amount of money spent. The scones and ORANGE MARMALADE (I wish I bought 5 bottles in gift shop) are the two best things food wise and the tea was exquisite! Pinky up!

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  30. Siliobear

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great experience. Some dressed up in garden sundresses with hats while others were comfy, so anything goes. The food was beautifully presented with plenty to surprisingly fill you up. We opted for The Huntington menu, which included lobster roll, chocolate bon bon and prosecco (non-alcohol is an option). Then to have the gardens and museum to stroll through afterwards, perfection! Pricey but worth experiencing at least once. Must reserve months in advance.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting and delicious tea to celebrate Mothers Day. KP did an excellent service! We will be back!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Called because we were set to arrive about 15min after our reservation. Staff were accommodating. Food was delicious! Bags of tea leaves of fave teas were available for purchase at the Huntington Library Gift Shop. Wonderful service, ambience, and a fun experience for mom's bday. Thank you so much.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! I love the service and the new renovations!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elegant without being stuffy—fantastic service with a warm and welcoming staff. Delicious food and the tea selection is fantastic. The only downside is that reservations book up three months in advance. However, one can always call and get on a cancellation list. We did that and got a reservation on our desired day. What a great way to spend a Sunday—strolling the exquisite gardens and then enjoying a delightful high tea.

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  35. Linda

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Servers were amazing. Beautiful tea set up. My granddaughter had an amazing time!

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  36. Theresa

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Such a lovely and delicious experience. Highly recommend.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service. A little pricey for what it was but it was more about the experience. I wish I had been seated outside and recommend that if you book

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I'll start by saying service provided by Tatiana was extraordinary! Overall ambiance was great. Food in my opinion lacked flavor and a bit dry.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time in the tea in the tea room. We had such a great experience. From the moment we sat down we were treated exceptionally well by Juan & Rene. The tea & bubbly were excellent. They even had a non alcoholic bubbly for my friend who is expecting. My friend ordered the Huntington and I ordered the vegan Huntington. The pastry and savory dishes were so good. The only item I didn’t like was the dry blueberry scone served at the very beginning.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every single member of the staff was amazing! Food was picture perfect and they even gave me a little cake for my birthday. Check-in could’ve been smoother. Separate line for wait list and reservations maybe?

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room is rated 4.7 stars by 949 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 83 times today
Google Map for The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room

1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    South Pasadena
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–5:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jeff Thurston
  • Additional
    Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wine
  • Phone number
    (626) 405-3453
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