The Palm Court

4.7
2917 Reviews
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
For those who love their afternoon teas fresh, fragrant and steeped in history, Palm Court at The Drake Hotel serving tea for nearly a century. Even the Queen and Princess Diana have made their royal visits here.
Your afternoon tea begins with Palais de Thes menu, which features 13 unique tea blends including classic selections like the English Breakfast to modern yet delightful twists like the Mélange du Cap.
Tea is served in individual tea pots accompanied by the traditional three tiered tea tray filled with an arrangement of gourmet finger sandwiches and scones; and dainty petit fours with accoutrement complements of house made preserves, lemon curd and English double Devon cream.
And let’s not forget about our little tea. The Prince & Princess Afternoon tea service, suitable for children between 4 and 12 years of age is available throughout the duration of afternoon tea service.
Reservations are heavily encouraged. Full tea service seating duration is 90 mi

Experiences

  • Palm Court by Night

    Multiple dates available

    Opulence comes by the bottle or glass with a superb selection of wine and bubbly, beer and perfected cocktails paired with a comprehensive shared menu concept for those who want a taste of everything. Staying true to our REAL CHICAGO motto, the Palm Court evening menu also offers iconic Chicago portion selections. You really can have it all with a side of personality and maybe a tale or two from our experienced wait staff.
  • Afternoon Tea

    Multiple dates available

    For those who love their afternoon teas fresh and steeped in history, Palm Court at The Drake Hotel serving tea for nearly a century is the quintessential Magnificent Mile afternoon tea experience. Even the Queen and Princess Diana have made their visits here. Your afternoon tea begins with a peruse of the Palais de Thes menu, which features 13 tea blends. Tea is served in individual tea pots accompanied by three tiered tea tray filled with an arrangement of gourmet finger sandwiches; delicious breads and scones; and dainty petit fours with accoutrement. The Prince & Princess Afternoon tea service, suitable for children between 4 and 12 years of age. Reservations are heavily encouraged. Full tea service seating duration is 90 minutes max.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2917 people are saying
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BarbaraB
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food quantity was very good,

However food quality could have been better.

Service was excellent as was the ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Tea and sandwiches were delicious. This is the what I think of when I think about doing afternoon tea. Staff was helpful and friendly. Bathrooms could be cleaned more often. Other than that, no complaints .

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Love2
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place!!! Yea is outstanding! Great service! Will definitely be back!

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PamC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service4ambience1

There were 7 of us, 3 of which were young girls, who were so excited for their first tea party. We sat at a table right at the front so we really couldn’t see anything and the table was too small it was awful. The table wasmeant for maybe 4 at the most. It was such a disappointing experience. Would never recommend it.

MS
MonicaS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my daughter and my mom’s birthdays- service was exceptional and they made it a very special experience for us all!

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Gourmet7s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Refined, sophisticated, delicious and beautiful music

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Martinez93
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful space! Waiter was amazing. I definitely enjoyed my birthday tea :)

MA
MaryAnnA
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We’ve been having afternoon tea at the palm court since 1992.. especially when we lived in the area. We usually come to visit every year since. The service is always fantastic however, the food quality has been lacking recently. It tasted stale not fresh and very dry.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience1

They overbooked booked the Tea time. We sat at a sofa table. The regular dining tables were all full. We were asked to leave after an hour because a wedding needed the room. Food was just ok.

The noise level was very loud due to the bar in the room filled with drunk guest of the wedding.

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vipAD27
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at afternoon tea at The Drake. The bites and tea were delicious and the service was excellent. I am celiac and they had an excellent gluten free accommodation! We loved the ambiance as well. We will certainly be back again!

JP
JesseP
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic afternoon tea and service

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Bren
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I’ve been to other high teas and this one for the food and tea part was not that good

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vipAnonymous
Dallas
45 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just so lovely…

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We called to let them
Know we were a little behind. They were very accommodating and pleasant. Usually places are rude or nice your late. We weren’t rushed and our experience was top tier. It’s was an amazing time catching up with friends in such a beautiful space over snacks and tea.

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vipKerryO
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court was a completely lovely experience. The room is beautiful, the sandwiches, scones and little desserts were all quite tasty, and the wait staff were pleasant and accommodating. There was a harpist as well - which only added to the experience, although she left at 3:00.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing! Beautiful, timeless experience. Such a classic, old school activity to do at the Drake hotel!

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nujoi
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience.

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stephenm
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tea service was amazing with professional courteous servers

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the standard for high tea and lunch!

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NatashaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Best tea time in Chicago currently. Would recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful ambience. Loved the tea selection and the assortment of tasty treats.

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Katherine
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court was lovely! My party had a wonderful time and would definitely go back again.

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NDveg
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

High tea is a fun, lavish treat. Expect it to be more about the experience than the food, which is just OK. I read a lot of reviews about the bread in the sandwiches tasting stale, for example, and it was true. But the setting is beautiful, and they will give you refills of your tea and the snacks. They're also very accommodating of vegetarians and other dietary restrictions.

Only real disappointment was the bathrooms. We went in the late afternoon on a Saturday and the bathrooms were pretty gross, garbages overflowing onto the floors in all the stalls and no toilet paper in some. Not what you expect with the ambiance (or cost) of the Palm Court.

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EmilyK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a delightful experience. I would highly recommend for a fun girls day!

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Sadias
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

they would not let us pay separately charged for someone who got into accident n was not able to come

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LindaK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a great treat for my mom (87 years old) and my two aunts (85 & 90). They truly enjoyed themselves.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my daughter’s birthday with her roommates and boyfriend. Just a delight & excellent service. So nice to have a true “experience” and dress up! Lovely!

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vipMary
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service exceptional

Waitstaff Amir Sead Christine & Miguel are wonderful.

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VeronicaI
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service and ambiance was fantastic! But the price was very expensive for a few sandwiches and tea.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Tropical garden tea was phenomenal. Ordered the French martini, could’ve been a tad stronger, yet it did the job. Lobster roll was bland. Over all great ambiance for what we were expecting. Bathrooms can use some updating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice way to spend the afternoon.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scenery and waiters are incredible. They are very kind and offered to take photos multiple times. We didn’t have to ask. I would go here everyday if I lived in Chicago

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It's ok, but not like the old days.

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HelenA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great experience if you are looking for tea and sandwiches in a tranquil setting. The service is bar none and the harpist is excellent. Wonderful food and tea!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say I knew too much about it beforehand, as my friend and I made reservations on a whim after looking at some of the photos. Despite walking into it blind it was a wonderful experience and I would have no problem reccomending it to others. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, the food was delicious and the tea was also delicious! Although we are adults it felt like we could live out our little Victorian era gossip tea party moment. Perfect spot for afternoon tea!

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vipKatherine
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Please indicate clearly in reservation system that kitchen closes at 10pm, when an 10pm reservation "Experience" block is offered.

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BabatundeO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great music. Nice ambience. Cool atmosphere

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johnc
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

We wanted a full service restaurant which had been closed due to Covid restrictions. The Palm Court is more of a lunch/lounge location. The food was EXCELLENT as was the service. It just wasn't the dinner location we had envisioned.

CG
ChicagoGirl
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tea time I've ever had. And it seems very enjoyable to many different age groups. I went there with my sister and a friend, all of us in our thirties and also 2 teenage girls. The food and tea were delicious and with plenty of options to choose from depending on your taste. The place is beautiful and the service very good. Definitely coming back.

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locavore
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Chicago classic. If you've never been, do yourself a favor and go!

FAQs

The Palm Court is rated 4.7 stars by 2917 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.