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The Palm Court, Chicago, IL

The Palm Court

4.5
4.5
4604 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
For those who love their afternoon teas fresh, fragrant and steeped in history, Palm Court at The Drake Hotel serving tea for over 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 15 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 complements of 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 3 and 12 years of age is available throughout the duration of afternoon tea service.
Reservations are heavily encouraged.
Tea service seating duration is 90min
Adults $69/ Kids $35 (3-12)

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 67 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cross street
    Michigan Avenue & Lakeshore Drive
  • Parking details
    Discounted valet parking is available when you dine in at the Palm Court. Valet parking is available for a discount of $20.00 for the 90 min tea experience. After Palm Court hours, normal rates apply. Thank you
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • 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.

What 4,604 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

4,604 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Afternoon Tea food food selections were below average. The desserts look and tastes like they were store bought. Not worth the money. The ambiance and vibe in the room is the best part. Service was excellent!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great experience. I would definitely come back again. We enjoyed the different teas, great service, and such wonderful ambience with the harpist.

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  3. CES2019

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience, worth the value. Best service I've experienced out in a long time.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely a good experience and will do it again!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tea at the Drake never disappoints. Ambiance is amazing and great people watching.

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  6. Passagepatron

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amir was our waiter and he was fabulous! He was so attentive and pleasant that he made our experience wonderful!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    so expensive for little amount of food, won’t be back

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  8. Bizzy57

    New York City

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not to be missed!! We very much enjoy our tea and our attentive considerate server. Sead was perfect! We will be back!!

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  9. murfman

    Western NC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific time, great place for afternoon tea and sandwiches. Prices are sky high as will a $20% tip. Be prepared.

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  10. BEVERLYF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The portion are small in comparison to the price.

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  11. Chicagoeats2017

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The experience left much to be desired. The majority of the food was dry with the sandwiches and desserts being hard. The service and experience did not justify the price and overall, this was a significant decline from previous experiences.

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  12. LoveLiveLaughter

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved the afternoon experience! The food was delicious, and the service was high standard.

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  13. AnnieA

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Magnificent! Javier was an incredibly attentive server and made my group’s experience spectacular.

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  14. Foodbud

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A lovely experience for tea – acoustics a bit loud due to the crowds, but that only speaks to the quality of the food and service. Very enjoyable. 

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  15. Cattailbluff

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful Venu. Great Service. Good Tea Selection. Sandwiches are good. Pastries are OK. But good for get together.

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  16. JLChi

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was quick but that’s where the praise ends. No greeting from any staff member, no explanation of what food was what on the trays, no clarification of what the gluten free option was. Our menus were immediately snatched out of our hands after ordering our tea so we truly had no idea what we were eating. When asked to split the check, the server said it was a “complete hassle”. Given how much each person costs, and the fact that every guest receives the same food options, I found the service to be way below my expectations. We were still able to enjoy ourselves, despite the staff making us feel like a complete burden. I think our group was quite friendly and low maintenance, yet we were made to feel very unwelcome at this tea. Had to double check that my reservation wasn’t for Dick’s Last Resort. Very disappointed

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  17. SaraR

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tea was wonderful as always. Amizan was fantastic - perfectly attentive and brought out a special treat for my daughters birthday. I thought the harpist would be there but unfortunately we never saw/heard him/her.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Ruinously expensive for afternoon tea. The setting is top notch - the food itself is mediocre.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    High tea never disappoints. Lovely service, lovely ambiance…

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  20. AlbertoP

    Cancun

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent ambiance services impeccables and the time favoulous

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was awful, the coffee was horrible. I enjoyed the tropical tea blend. Other than that; it was genuinely a waste of money, I have been from Chicago for years and this was such a horrible experience. The setting is beautiful, but 70$ for trays of food that definitely sat out all day? Ridiculous.

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  22. KelseyC

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Amazing ambiance and quality teas!

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  23. SerenaG

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely time - hard to get hold of our waitress though.

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  24. madelinem

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointed in service and quality of food. The drake lobby has such a lovely welcoming feel. This did not translate to the high team experience. Tea not refilled. Savory foods nice. Desserts were lacking any wow factor.

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  25. Babs

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had wonderful service, just a little disappointed how noisy and hot the room was.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Drake is hands down the best high tea experience in the entire city, maybe even the country. I have been to many high teas and The Drake always ranks the best, we come back time and time again.

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  27. AliceB

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I love going to tea at the Drake because I love the tradition and memories. I was surprised by the food selection – pastrami sandwich? There were only four bite-size savory offerings. While the room was beautiful, and the service was decent, I felt they could do better with the food given the high price of the experience

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  28. kwwspin

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend’s birthday tea was a really enjoyable experience . Thank you.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As lunches go, you can’t go wrong with this place. Classy as all hell. Sure, you’ll spend a lot of money, just under 200, but it’s worth it. Spend a buck to have a lunch like you’re in Season 2 of god damn White Lotus. Harp player goes gross hard. Listened to a front to back cover of The Greatest Showman soundtrack. Was even treating the crowd to lesser known B-sides from the record such as Zendaya and Zac Efron’s “Rewrite the Stars. Not only do I like this place, but it has my respect.

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  30. HibaJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing experience. I would highly recommend the afternoon tea! Service was exceptional, food was phenomenal and the experience was magical.

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  31. JenD

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The first table we were placed at was not desirable and when we requested a switch they were accommodating. The rest of the experience was terrific.

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  32. Abby

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and ambience was wonderful. The food was subpar, which was disappointing considering it costs minimum $100/person with tax and tip. Definitely not worth the money!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tea time at The Palm is spectacular

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  34. PatriciaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I had the best time ! Everything was great, but I must say , only one thing was missing.. There were No cucumber sandwiches ! Those are my favourites and I admit I was a little disappointed they were not being serve, but overall I love the experience and cannot wait to book again this year for afternoon tea! Thanks to everyone who made the occasion special !

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  35. COCO

    Memphis/West TN

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, tea at The Palm Court was a lovely winter treat. There are three layers of delicacies and a free refill of treats. Food was exquisite and lovely ambience. Career wait staff who are courteous and attentive. Always a wonderful experience!

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  36. CandaceM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super fun way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion, service and food were excellent and the servers go above and beyond to take care of you.

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  37. KristineS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elegant ambiance, my most absolute favorite for afternoon tea! I've tried many high tea experiences, and The Palm Court serves the perfect amount of sweet and savory(replenishes as well), and the tea selection is wonderful. Tea is presented beautifully and hot water is constantly keeping the tea nice and hot! I walk out thoroughly satisfied and full!

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  38. JohnM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first Afternoon Tea experience and we wer not disappointed. We were seated on time and served exactly as promised. We very much enjoyed the hospitality.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a wonderful and beautiful place! It was exactly what I expected and more! Makes me feel like a princess having a tea party, would most definitely going back ✨

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  40. Heather

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love tea at The Palm Court! What an experience!!!

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FAQs

The Palm Court is rated 4.5 stars by 4604 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 67 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Palm Court

140 E Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Michigan Avenue & Lakeshore Drive
  • Neighborhood
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Hours of operation
    Afternoon Tea Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–4:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Discounted valet parking is available when you dine in at the Palm Court. Valet parking is available for a discount of $20.00 for the 90 min tea experience. After Palm Court hours, normal rates apply. Thank you
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Mark Lagges
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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