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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
855 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 5 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 855 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

855 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I had been here before and had a lovely experience. I took my mother in law and sister in law here for a birthday, and was really disappointed. Although the food and atmosphere was great, the experience was not as expected. When checking in, I was cut on line by several people. The girls in the front didn’t seem to care. After I checked in, 4 other groups came in after me and were seated first. We were on time to our reservation, but since we had to wait while the other groups were prioritized we lost much of the time we had planned to be there as the tea room closed along with the rest of the library. Upon our meal, parts of the table and some of our tea cups, water glass, and napkins were dirty. The servers were very kind in helping us get different ones, and overall the servers themselves were great, but the experience was just not as expected. I really talked up this place to my guests too, only for them to feel like it was very dirty and like the people in the front didn’t care.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's a great experience. Especially viewing the gardens before our tea. I had the vegan menu. My sister had regular. We both thought the sandwiches were delicious. My desserts were ok. I tasted all but decided not to eat them. There was a cute, small dish of fruit too. They brought a very beautiful 'happy birthday' dessert for my sis. The teas were very good! Plus, there's a large selection of teas. I think it's a bit pricey for what you get, plus you need to pay an entrance fee. But overall, we enjoyed it.

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  3. CatherineF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the new remodel of the tea room. Food was excellent and our server was very accommodating. It was very cold where we were sitting which I think was under the air vent. A first for me was the All Gender restrooms, even if the stalls are floor to ceiling....you still wash your hands next to the opposite sex. Note: there are separate gender restrooms near the entrance.

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  4. caseyr

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience inside the gardens. Service was fantastic and tea was absolutely delightful!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Edgar was our server and he was incredible! They have great vegan and gluten free options too :)

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love high tea, and this was a perfect example. An assortment of finger sandies and tiny desert treats, everything was good and we had a great time!

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  7. Rajul

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed our time here The food was delicious! A bit noisy room and it felt a bit informal We were expecting a more hushed and aristocratic atmosphere! But overall very good!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a lovely time. Our server in the green room was wonderful (I think it was Elyse?) The only thing that has been a little disappointing is that when I came for the first time back in November, we were told the menu changes seasonally or every 3 months. I have since been back 3 more times and the menu remains the same. The James beard onion sandwich and curry carrot and fruit tart are amazing and should maybe be staples on the menu but the rest of it needs a refresh.

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  9. Eliot

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall it was disappointing. We were not able to sit outside, as reserved, because they said they were short on servers. Which didn’t make much sense since there’s minimal service involved. Inside was noisy. The food was fine, but not that special. They no longer have a buffet. For the money, I would eat elsewhere.

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  10. JG21

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s so pretty and everyone is so helpful and professional. The sandwiches were a little tasteless and since they were gluten free I’ll assume it was the bread. Just use the regular white bread from Udi’s and maybe toast it so it doesn’t impart as much flavor and also holds up better. The gluten free scones were amazing! The tea was delicious and the Prosecco was tasty. I will definitely come back but maybe skip the set tea menu and do the cheese plate, etc.

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  11. KathiY

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was delightful. The food was great and our server was friendly, but not overpowering. The only fault I could mention was they sat us by the kitchen door. The servers were very quiet when entering and exiting, but the seating staff was very noticeable and distracting. Certainly won’t keep us from going again.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, attentive team and beautiful decor. Had very pleasant afternoon with family.

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  13. Annie

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit pricy for the amount of food for each package selection, including kids meal

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  14. samiR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for High Tea! The location is beautiful, the service is top tier, and the food and teas are delicious. Worth every penny!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My fave!!! It's always a treat to visit the Tea Room.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I was very disappointed in the tea  The sandwiches were very paltry The fillings were minimal with spread hardly touching the bread. Roast beef was extra thin which included a slice of fat. Scones were tiny and too crispy which crumbled as you to tried to spread toppings. Sweets were the tiniest I’ve ever seen. All in all a very poor showing for the price. Teas was good. Ambience was the only thing that made it worthwhile.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered the standard tea and the Huntington tea and sat outside by the water fountain. The experience and service was outstanding. Such a lovely setting, with everything in bloom around us, and not too loud. The food was pretty good, but some of the sandwich choices were a bit strange. Overall, highly recommend that you try this at least once.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my boyfriend had amazing service. We really enjoyed the scones and orange marmalade. The sandwiches and tarts were very tasty as well.

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  19. FloFam

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had been trying to visit the Rose Garden for tea for quite a while - this was our third attempt - our previous reservations had to be postponed due to family commitments. My sister and I were finally able to visit this past week. Such a lovely place! We chose to eat inside and were given a table near the window in the original part of the building. Perfect setting which was enhanced by the soundtrack of various Jane Austen movies over the speakers. Since we were celebrating "the third times the charm" aspect as well as last year's birthdays and the holidays, we decided to indulge in the Huntington Tea which came with a glass of bubbly and a yummy lobster roll. So glad we did. Both the savory and the sweet offerings were delicious!! My favorites were the fruit tart and the turkey cranberry salad, but all were so yummy! In addition to the bubbly, you also have a large selection of teas to choose from. The service was excellent and attentive, but not intrusive. Beautiful setting, delicious food plus a lovely tea companion - well worth the wait! Highly recommend! Reservations highly recommended since the walk-in wait time can be long on a lovely day. Thanks for a lovely sister's tea!!

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  20. BridgetH

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a lovely time. Food was very good and filling. We had the "standard" tea and it was plentiful. The remodeled dining area is very nice although I thought our table for 2 was too close to another table and with our party and the other party seated - we might as well have been a family if you know what I mean..... The service was excellent - all the staff is friendly and welcoming. They could use a piano player to bring in a more elegant vibe. I'm used to the high tea at the Brown Palace in Denver - it has an elegant, generous, musical, feel. Also I wish they would cut off all the crust on the tea sandwiches.

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  21. AGES

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful experience and lovely atmosphere. Will be going back.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a heavenly, relaxing gastronomic experience at the Huntington tea garden! And after you eat you get to walk the meal off in the Huntington gardens. Fantastic and fun, and they have gluten free and vegan tea selections.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I was excited to make a reservation here since it had recently reopened, and I made my 4-person reservation about 3 months in advance for my best friend’s mom’s birthday. Upon checking in about 5-10 min early, we were seated at a 5-person round table in the outside patio which was not fully seated (many open tables of different seating varieties). It was a mildly chilly day so we noticed there was a 4-person table next to us that was in the sun and closer to the garden area and asked if we could move there. The hostess stated that those tables are often reserved for big parties when combining tables but that she would ask if there was a big party coming. She came back and told us that there was a big party coming and that table needed to be reserved which was fine with us. Not even 10 minutes later, a 3-person party gets seated at the table we requested. I am not sure if the hostess even asked about the table being available because the majority of our stay, no big parties arrived, or if it was an act of discrimination as the people seated at the table we requested were white. However, this already set the tone of the experience. Overall, the ambience was cute with the three-tiered food stand and individual tea pots. We opted for the Huntington Tea set which included a glass of Prosecco. However, for the price of $75 a person, the tea was not memorable and the food was nothing special that you couldn’t get anywhere else. We also noticed our teapots were not being filled with hot water regularly and sat with empty teapots for too long. My last note is that I did appreciate the inclusivity of the all-gender restroom design, besides the middle to elderly-aged white ladies in the restroom complaining about it. It may be more worth it to picnic in the garden and bring your own tea and food.

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  24. JSPS

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect Afternoon Tea! Delicious scones, savories and sweets, all of which were of excellent quality, and all beautifully presented. A really special treat for celebrating a birthday.

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  25. SLdiner

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting, attentive staff and delicious afternoon tea.

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  26. Winsor25

    New York City

    79 reviews

    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best High Tea experiences in the most beautiful location.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent tea and pastries. The whole experience was amazing. It is definitely worth it.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely time. The setting is beautiful, the food exceptional, the teas are delicious and the service is perfection! Very calm and serene environment. Thanks to the entire team from the front desk who confirmed and adjusted our reservation to the chef and server who made sure our party’s food allergy concerns were addressed! Thanks!!

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  29. Exlimey

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Finaly went to the tea garden after the remodel. I was disapointed. The setting is great, the tea was good but the food was below par. I guess they felt they had to update the food and try to be more "cutting edge". Big mistake, should have stayed with the old menu. Won't be back.

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  30. GabberCA

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This was the second time in 6 months that my friend and I had tea at the Huntington. The first time we sat outside and had a marvelous service experience. This time we were seated inside near the service area where the door kept opening and closing with servers doing their job. A little distracting. Also, it is loud in the room (the room itself is beautiful) with a large party near us. The food was good but not great. We know you are paying for the experience, and the experience last time was wonderful — this time it was nice.

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  31. Rainey

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room is one of my favorite places in LA now. I told them that we were visiting to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday ahead of time, and they gave us the perfect outdoor table by the garden and brought us an extra little birthday cake to celebrate. The service and the ambience were impeccable, and the tea and food were absolutely fabulous. Will definitely be returning and recommending to all of my friends and family who come to visit!

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  32. JessicaB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here with my parents and had a great tea! Food was surprisingly delicious with a bunch of different little bites to try. The best part was sitting out on the patio with the sun streaming down and a view of the flowers with the sound of the fountain in the background. Servers were polite and kind as well. Afterward it's nice to walk off the food around the gardens! Would 100% recommend and will be coming back!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a wonderful tiered tea service in the herb garden room. The selection of teas was extensive and the finger food was a excellent as I remember.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely elegant experience. The windows into the garden are gorgeous.

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  35. Marilyn1858

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An Outstanding dining experience, and the Huntington Garden is always amazing visit!

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  36. Shar

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a lovely venue for dining - tea service. We visited celebrating our birthdays. Sat outside facing the herb garden, you can't find a nicer place to enjoy tea. They only have 2 set prix meals and we selected the Huntington. Everything was beautifully served and delicious. Ended up taking some home. The service was impeccable... just the right amount of attention. They even did a special dessert celebrating our special day. Will plan on many more visits to this special venue.

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  37. KasraM

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a treat it was to experience the Rose Garden Tea Room at the Huntington! For any future guests make certain you sit outside and enjoy the serenity and beauty of the grounds while sampling the tea & food options!

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  38. TeriMa

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I made a reservation for outdoor seating and they confirmed it with me 3 times, but when I arrived they said there was no more outdoor seating. What's the point of making a reservation (and confirming it multiple times) if they aren't going to honor it?

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  39. lizj

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The new tea room is fabulous! Beautifully decorated, wonderful service, delightful atmosphere, delicious food. It is, however, quite expensive (too expensive, really). But for a treat, it was lovely and we enjoyed the experience, right up until the bill came.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elegant and relaxing! Tea at the Huntington is really special.

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FAQs

The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room is rated 4.7 stars by 855 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 5 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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