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About The Palm Court

Tea has been a long tradition at the Drake Hotel. The Palm Court began serving Tea during the holiday season of 1982 and dignitaries the likes of the late Princess of Wales, Princess Diana, Hilary Clinton have sipped and supped here since. In 1958, Queen Elizabeth joined us for tea at the Drake.

The uniqueness of the beauty of the room centers around a gorgeous limestone fountain with a giant urn as its center motif dating 275 years old, this French bronze by designer David Williams. Most importantly, the ambiance of this afternoon affair is greatly enhanced by the live harp music performed Wednesday through Sunday by our musicians dressed in classical evening gown attire.

Drake Chicago
140 East Walton
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Afternoon Tea

Hours of Operation:
Afternoon Tea
Open Daily - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Holiday Hours Vary. For more info : www.thedrakehotel.com

Cocktail Service
Sunday through Thursday - 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday - 12:00pm to 1:00am
Live Entertainment & Dancing - Friday & Saturday 9pm to 12.30

Cross Street:
Michigan Avenue & Lakeshore Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 787-2200 ext. 4619

Website:
http://www.thedrakehotel.com/dining/palm-court

Entertainment:
Live Harp Music is featured during tea time Wed-Sun

Live Music
Come down to The Drake for a little spin in front of the gorgeous fountain. Or just relax on the big, comfy couches with a
nice cocktail, and watch the dancers like the rest of us! Live entertainment is provided every Friday & Saturday night. Food will also be offered daily from 5.30p.m. to 9:30p.m. Sun-Thur and 5:30p.m. until 12:30p.m. Fri-Sat at the Palm Court, with a menu comprising of soups, salads, sandwiches and sweet selections.

Parking Details:
Discounted valet parking is available when you dine in at the Palm Court. Valet parking is provided seven days a week with a flat rate of $14.00 for three hours. After three hours, normal rates apply.

Executive Chef:
Herve Cuyeu

Private Party Facilities:
Planning an event? A bridal or baby shower, a birthday party... Come celebrate your special events with The Drake for Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court. This beautiful room is perfect for celebrating your most special occasions. We will be delighted to assist in coordinating your party including floral and decorating arrangements with Mangel’s Florists and providing a gift table or special seating arrangements to fit your needs. New and Exciting Bridal and Baby Shower Packages!

Private Party Contact:
Lalla El Alaoui: (312) 932-4619

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Palm Court Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Afternoon Tea (48)
Special Occasion (27)
Quiet Conversation (22)
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Romantic (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Good for a Date (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Live Music (11)
Cozy (9)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
People Watching (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Fun (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Authentic (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Business Meals (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

It is too bad that so many people were so noisy when the Harpist, who we came to hear, and the Christmas Carolers, who we didn't expect but enjoyed, were trying to perform! The High-tea was otherwise smashing!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything I️ imagined it would be and more.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Our first visit to Chicago and our first afternoon tea with our 3 yr old son and my wife's birthday wish to have tea at the Drake. They were accommodating and we all had an enjoyable experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is our second time for Afternoon Tea at Palm Court - it was our 56th wedding anniversary. The first time was better or we would not have gone back. The food rated a "5". Some of the food did not seem fresh and had little taste. If you didn't mind that, you could ask for more of the mediocre food. The waiter was attentive and they kept filling our tea pots. The harpist was nice - we sat very close or I don't know if we would have heard her - the noise level was high. This hotel needs some refurbishing. There was threadbare carpeting on some of the stairs and the floor and baseboards in the compartments in the women's rest room needed a good scrubbing. A gentleman sitting next to us got down on one knee and proposed to his girl friend! Highlight of the day!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We booked afternoon tea at the Drake almost two months before traveling to Chicago. We were seated at one of the back two make shift tables. When I asked to be moved closer, the host indicated that it would be an hour wait. I was surprised by his response since this was the last service of the day. We sat. Not minutes after we were seated the host tried to seat two women at the other make shift table. They refused and were promptly seated at a different location. Another mother and daughter were eventually seated next to us.

Our server was training someone and the trainee helped serve the tea. Three attempts were made by her before we received the correct tea. During the first attempt, she spilled hot tea on my arm.

This was the most disappointing tea service I have ever experienced. And no less at a place that advertises serving tea to dignitaries and royalty.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything was excellent... except the price :/ It was perfect for my pregnant friend and I to catch up and have a unique experience, however $45/ person is a little hard to swallow for what you get.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

A tradition and a treat that never disappoints

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 10, 2017

For a non-tea drinker this was still something worthwhile to experience. We had a great time.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I was really looking forward to taking my friend here for tea service on her birthday. The best part about the meal was that they really did cater to her gluten allergy and the tea selection was wonderful. They lit a candle in a (non gluten free) chocolate cake and then also brought her sorbet. So it was nice that they paid attention to the fine print when I made the reservation. However, the positive aspects of the experience kind of stop there. We had to flag down a waiter to get attention after sitting for half an hour (not even water was dropped by). Once they did come by, though, service was much better. I did get spilled on more than once when the hot water refill was poured across my lap - so that happened... scalding water in my lap. And the sandwiches were dry and boring. Not worth the price tag. We felt like we were on display - people were coming up the stairs to take a photo of the fountain and since we were sitting next to it, I'm now the star in many tourist photographs. Overall, I wouldn't ever go again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The staff was amazing. It was my grandmother's 91st birthday, and she loved her visit.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Lovely High Tea experience. Beautiful Live Harp. Variety & quality of Teas were exceptional 5 stars. Petite sandwiches & desserts were 4 stars, in my opinion.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

For the last 4 years a group of my girlfriends and I make a special trip every year to the Palm Court for their Afternoon Tea. We always end up having the same server, Saed. His service is always on point. Polite, prompt, courteous and attentive. He even recognizes when a group would like to take a photo and asks us before we have a chance to ask him. We're never sure if he recognizes us, but we're always happy when he's our server. The food and tea is always amazing. The lemon curd is to die for. I cannot recommend the Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court enough. If you're thinking of trying it, do it, you won't regret it!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Live Music, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This is our annual afternoon tea & for the past several years we always celebrate it at The Drake. It’s elegant ambiance and attentive service along with listening to the harpist makes this the place to be. We always start off with a glass of champagne and then go through the wonderful selection of teas to accompany our delicious sandwiches, scones (complete with lemon curd & clotted cream) and desserts. Our server was very helpful and even offered to refresh our trays. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

It was a little different than our normal tea time. There was a "Mad Hatter" theme in October and the characters of Alice & Wonderland running about. Don't worry, the harpist is still playing by the fountain. It just was more vivacious vs. peaceful than normal.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food are good, better to have more vegetarian choices.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent afternoon tea , service food and ambience was top class, would highly recommend this hotel for afternoon tea.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The Palm Court was a bit disappointing. The space is dated and the food is average. I would not go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

The service was "over the top" in excellence. It was a very special treat to have afternoon tea in such an elegant atmosphere.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Took my daughter in law w to thank her for being our real estate attorney. We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. There is a nice variety of teas and refills on the sandwich’s pig you want more. Excellent service.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Afternoon tea was perfect!

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Afternoon Tea at The Palm Court is a beautiful experience. Our server, Azmir, was wonderful! Azmir was welcoming & charming. He really took care of us & made sure our ladies birthday celebration was very memorable. Thank you.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great food, a classic Chicago experience. However, service was generally slow. Not a huge deal for afternoon tea but no one came to our table for the first 15 minutes we sat down. Still highly recommend!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I was visiting from California and found this little gem online. Amir was an amazing server. A beautiful setting from the moment you walk through the revolving door in the lobby of the Drake Hotel into the Palm Court and including the powder room is absolutely breathtaking. You can also enjoy live music from a harpist which liked my Instagram pic 😍 (I was seated in the Camellia Room because the tv show Empire was being filmed the falling Monday) needless to say, if I had a daughter we would spend a lot of time here.

P.s. The Mint Tea-tini 🍸🙌🏽

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Live Music, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Loved the service, ambiance, and harp music, but the quality of the tea food could have been better for the price of $45 per person. We also were not offered a different type of tea, and the harpist only played for 30 minutes during our 1.5 hour tea.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Amazing afternoon tea!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Went for afternoon tea during our honeymoon. Great atmosphere and we were given plenty of attention. It's pricey, but worth doing at least once.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We do an annual trip to the Palm Court for our daughter's birthday. They never disappoint and this year was again a wonderful experience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Impeccable service! Our main server this past Sunday afternoon, whose name I did not catch, was extremely attentive and considerate. Never rushed us but was available when we had a question.

Food: half the sandwiches were meh, half were FANTASTIC (tomato cucumber sandwich was perfection). Scone was heavenly. Macarons are not aligned with our tastes, but likely would please those who enjoy macarons. Complimentary refills of food is the value here. Tea: good selection, not overwhelming. Servers refill hot water to keep tea warm throughout the appointment. Time: each appointment is 1.5 hours, but on a light day, they do not rush you, which I appreciated.

Parking: nearby options with ParkWhiz or SpotHero, though apparently the Drake offers some sort of validation (assuming a slight discount), so call to ask about that first.

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Always a wonderful experience 👌🏽❤️

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 14, 2017

My cousin and I had a 4:30p reservation for afternoon tea, but they were able to get us in earlier, since we arrived early and it was a slow day. Keep in mind that afternoon tea is an experience meant to be savored, so it typically lasts about 1-1.5 hours, while you enjoy each bite of food and sip of tea.
The tea sandwiches were delicious (the chicken was my favorite ), the scones and cream were divine, and the tea menu was extensive and had something for every taste. The best part was that there was someone constantly going around with hot water to refresh your tea pot, so you didn't run out, and you had the option to get more of an item if you wanted to. We only asked for one more scone apiece, and the portions were perfect. The teas were amazing and didn't require any sweetener.
We were fortune enough to get there while their harp player was present, so we even had amazing music to accompany the experience.
My only complaint was the cost of our additional drinks. We chose to have a glass of champagne (my cousin ) and a mimosa (me). The champagne was reasonably priced ($7), but my mimosa was almost double that (which i don't understand since it has less alcohol and only adds orange juice ).
All in all, we really enjoyed the ambiance (The Drake hotel is gorgeous) and the meal. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Live Music, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

It was wonderful. Our kids hate a great time and so didy friend and I.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

I have been to Palm Court several times. I took my Mother for her 85th Birthday. She was in awh. I had to take several pictures for her. There is no place this beautiful. The Harpist was so serene, and she was elegantly dressed. Great selection of teas. Service very attentive. Sandwiches and pastries could be taken up a notch. Great place for men to take their loved one, to impress them for engagements or anniversary. Wonderful and impressive
place for girls to take friends and relatives for any occasion.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Disappointing tea in an historic room. Floral arrangement needs dusting and possibly the worst scone I've ever eaten!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Taking Tea at The Drake has been on my bucket list for over 20 years. It was everything I hoped it would be. The harpist added to the elegance of the Palm Court.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

We had an early afternoon tea at the Palm Court. High tea was a new experience for us, but a long-desired one. The atmosphere was traditionally classic and stately, but also warmly inviting. The staff was very welcoming and attentive from the background. The sandwiches and sweets were beautiful and tasty, and our tea plentiful. We were seated beside the fountain, and it, and the live harp music added to the ambiance and the total experience. It was a wonderful afternoon for two tourists in Chicago!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2017

amazing and really soecial

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Devonshire Cream was sour and the staff did not believe us even though we gave them what we had on our table to try. They replaced it with good cream after the complaint, but our mouths were burning from the foul taste and we did not want to finish our meal. Also, they did not provide additional water for our tea - just one pot for $45! They gave us a $13 credit on our $150 ticket...and food we did not even finish. We would not go here again. However, it should be noted that the harpist was wonderful.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Every year, my daughter and I have afternoon tea in The Palm Court, following her first day of school. The entire staff treats each guest like royalty - it is a really special time.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Food was mediocre but ambiance was great! Service just passable

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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Their High Tea was amazing! My kids even loved it and it was the highlight of their trip to Chicago.

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