The Palm Court
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
Palm Court by Night
Multiple dates availableOpulence 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.
Multiple dates availableFor 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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Food quantity was very good,
However food quality could have been better.
Service was excellent as was the ambience.
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 .
Love this place!!! Yea is outstanding! Great service! Will definitely be back!
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.
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!
Refined, sophisticated, delicious and beautiful music
Beautiful space! Waiter was amazing. I definitely enjoyed my birthday tea :)
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.
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.
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!
Fantastic afternoon tea and service
I’ve been to other high teas and this one for the food and tea part was not that good
Just so lovely…
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.
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.
Amazing! Beautiful, timeless experience. Such a classic, old school activity to do at the Drake hotel!
Tea service was amazing with professional courteous servers
Always the standard for high tea and lunch!
Amazing! Best tea time in Chicago currently. Would recommend.
Beautiful ambience. Loved the tea selection and the assortment of tasty treats.
Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court was lovely! My party had a wonderful time and would definitely go back again.
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.
This was a delightful experience. I would highly recommend for a fun girls day!
they would not let us pay separately charged for someone who got into accident n was not able to come
It was such a great treat for my mom (87 years old) and my two aunts (85 & 90). They truly enjoyed themselves.
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!
Waitstaff Amir Sead Christine & Miguel are wonderful.
The service and ambiance was fantastic! But the price was very expensive for a few sandwiches and tea.
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.
Very nice way to spend the afternoon.
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
It's ok, but not like the old days.
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!
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!
Please indicate clearly in reservation system that kitchen closes at 10pm, when an 10pm reservation "Experience" block is offered.
Great service. Great music. Nice ambience. Cool atmosphere
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.
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.
A Chicago classic. If you've never been, do yourself a favor and go!
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.