The Palm Court at the Ritz-Carlton – The Afternoon Tea Experience

4.6
76 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
When the Ritz-Carlton Montreal opened in 1912 it became known for its legendary style, impeccable service and tradition for serving afternoon tea and high tea. Today, guests can take tea amidst the elegance of the famous Palm Court, served along with homemade canapés, delightful savoury sandwiches, scones and pastries.

The Afternoon Tea is the oldest on-going tradition of the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. The first service took place in 1913 and has once again become a fashionable pastime for a new generation of social tea lovers.

2 daily services: the first one starts between 12:30 and 2:00 pm, the second starts between 3:30 and 4:30 pm

From $39 pp. (taxes and service in supplement)
(vegeterian, vegan and gluten free available)

A Kosher option is available : $43 (taxes and service in supplement)
Reservation at least 48 hours in advance. Please mention Kosher Afternoon Tea as a special request when doing your reservation.
Available from Sunday to Thursday

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 76 people are saying
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AnnieL
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places to go for afternoon tea with your girlfriends or loved one ! Very good service, and super nice view of the garden. I loved the classical music being played.

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Jiji
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall, it was very good. The food was so delicious. The only point is that I didn't like was the location change of the afternoon tea and the new setting. I would prefer the one in the website pictures.

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Jaana
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

High tea at the Ritz was somewhat disappointing. For an upscale hotel we expected more. Food was fresh but a little scant. We go for afternoon tea for the scones. They were tiny, as was the amount of cream that came with them (also not the quintessential clotted cream! ). Will will keep on looking for a more authentic afternoon tea experience in Montreal!

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Gowry
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time. Food was little but still filling and delicious.

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JosianeS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I spent a good & quite tea time !

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PierreD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bonjour, il faut prendre en considération les conditions dues à la COVID-19. C'est surement encore mieux en temps normal.

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Marie
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

L'expérience générale était fort agréable, j'y suis allée pour l'anniversaire de ma mère un lundi après-midi et l'endroit était très tranquille. Le service était bien malgré que cela a pris un long moment avant de recevoir l'addition. La nourriture était très bonne et l'ambiance générale parfaite pour ce genre d'occasion.

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MarinaH
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great experience! Delicious food and great service.

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CRISTINAF
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was really amazing , service was impeccable ... an unforgattable experience for my sweet 16 Bday of my daughter .... she was very impressed! Thank you again !

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VanessaN
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary with a Tea Experience at the Palm Court. It was beautiful, we will definitely be back.

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NicolasB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great tea and snacks, great service, bizarre loud jazz music

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NaadiaM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the high tea experience on our wedding anniversary. We were greeted very warmly and when our waiter learned we were celebrating our anniversary he had a little message written on our platter. The cakes and sandwiches were yummy!

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VivianC
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a real 5 star level! I will surely come back and this place is highly recommended.

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NathalieB
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful experience. Unfortunatly, because of the Covid situation, we felt like we were sitting in a room that is unfinished or as if they are waiting for new fourniture. It was not as beautiful and glamourous as it was before.

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vipJChimera
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience from beginning to end. The server was very friendly and attentive. He took care of our food restrictions and ensured we had everything we needed al the time. Highly recommend!

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DannyP
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tout était excellent!!!
Je le recommande
Excellent service

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Christine
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

L'expérience du thé au Ritz Carlton de Montréal est un incontournable pour l'ambiance, le très bon service, le choix des différentes bouchées offertes et le plaisir de partager ce moment entre amies! Nous allons y revenir c'est certain!!

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect experience. It was very perfect moment

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MichaelC
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Elegant atmosphere, exquisite little sandwiches, warm and delicious scones, delicious petite fours best Earl Grey tea ever however the service was no where close to where one would expect it to be at "The Ritz”. The waiter was polite, brought our tea and then our sandwiches and then never came back to see if we were satisfied with what had been served or needed more tea. So disappointing.

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MyrC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine experience. Loved it. Service was great and so was food.

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isabelle
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Great experience with my daughter. The food was amazing

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JulieM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Très bien dans l’ensemble mais pas d’espace pour mettre la poche de thé.

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vipTLILY
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Friendly servers, beautiful ambiance, very small portions for the price. Everyone left hungry.

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JimS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely high tea after a relaxing afternoon at The Spa St. James.

The sandwiches and pastries were superb as was the service. We will definitely return.

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TessaM
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very high quality service, and the food was delicious! I would have liked a little more fanfare around the choice of tea (more options, or being able to smell the teas like they do at the Fairmont), but otherwise everything was outstanding!

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scottyb
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 4-PM sitting was delayed, but happily compensated with a glass of champagne. The tea, food, and service were all excellent; all set in a traditional afternoon-tea environment (i.e., *not* chic modern, like the Queen Elizabeth).

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CelineM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've enjoyed it so much that we decided to make this a new family tradition!

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WSSS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Where to start? The tea selection was disappointing. We wanted sencha but they only had an option of sencha with fruit flavours which we dislike. The tea went cold very quickly. And they seemed to steep their tea in lukewarm water for their entire selection of tea. I might be wrong but I was under the impression that different teas required different temperatures and steeping times.

The waiter didn't take our coats and we had to sit on them for 2 hours. We later realized all our neighbours had their coats brought back out to them as they were leaving. So they basically forgot about us and let us sit uncomfortably the whole time. The valet service was also terrible. It took them 15 mins to bring the car around to which they explained that the valet never got the call. That's funny, because we watched the front desk call up the garage and speak to someone on the phone and confirm the ticket number. Why lie? The worst was when they expected a tip.

The only saving grace was that the food was delicious. The scones were amazing.

Go for the food, if you don't mind overpaying for mediocre service.

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Carole
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bonjour, une très belle expérience. Les bouchées étaient délicieuses. Le seul point, qui est personnel, les très beaux fauteuils qui sont trop bas (je ne suis pas grande), de sorte qu’il fallait que je m’assoie sur le bout du fauteuil et n’étais pas dans une position confortable pour manger, mais tout le reste bien apprécié.

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ClaudeC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Une ambiance à la fois raffinée et relaxe. Nourriture sublime. Personnel d'une grande gentillesse.

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely perfect!!! Service and food were wonderful

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JulieT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La diversité sur le plateau sans gluten est super bon

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Celine20
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

C’est une expérience à vivre au moins une fois dans une vie. Nous étions un groupe de femme de trois générations et toutes ont adoré.

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Herve
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Une tradition unique parfaitement réussie.

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KayGD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Expected much better service. Nobody greeted us upon arrival. We waited several minutes and had to go to the hotel's main desk to ask for someone to seat us. While we were still eating, the waiter took away our three-tier serving plate and put the cake plate on the table. He never asked us if we wanted more hot water for our tea pots. We had to ask for it. High Tea was advertised at $39. Surprise! Tea was not included and we had to pay $14 each for a pot. Ended up paying over $70 for... well, not much to be happy about. The bite size sandwiches and dessert were good, but not extraordinary; however, the scones were excellent.

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Habeas
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quelle belle expérience ! Le décor est superbe , les employés sont attentionnés , polis et serviables. Un authentique service de thé à L’anglaise. Le Ritz-Carlton fait honneur à sa réputation d’excellence. Un grand merci pour ce charmant moment de vie.

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AhmedM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Classy, tasty tea, delicious desserts, upscale atmosphere . Highly recommended

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DenisD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary, never having done the "high tea" thing. We decided we liked it zo much that we would return every anniversary!

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FM12
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Une expérience extraordinaire. Nous y retournerons.

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Labelle
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Très belle expérience que je vais renouveler
merci

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The Palm Court at the Ritz-Carlton – The Afternoon Tea Experience is rated 4.6 stars by 76 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.