The Palm Court

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Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
Tea has been a long tradition at The Drake. The Palm Court began serving Tea during the holiday season of 1982 and has welcomed the worlds' most prominent guests such as Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth, and the Empress of Japan. We look forward to adding your name to the distinguished list.

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 Thursday through Sunday by our musicians dressed in classical evening gown attire.


Parties greater then 8, please call 312-932-4619 and leave a message.

Join us Friday and Saturday evening to dance the night away with a live band, starting at 9pm. Check the entertainment schedule: https://www.thedrakehotel.com/explore/entertainment

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HannahGlori
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance here was perfect, and the decor just gorgeous. The sandwiches and tea were delicious, but I thought the desserts and scones could have been improved. Still a wonderful afternoon with friends -- I highly recommend this experience.

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LisaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Palm Court's tea service is a memorable, once in a lifetime, experience. Our server could have been a little bit more prompt and attentive for our large table, but nevertheless, we had a wonderful time.

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MatthewK
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome! Harp playing, Bellini was delicious, everything was amazing.

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SassyFoodie
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a tradition my family started doing for us girl cousins since all our birthdays are within a month of each other. It’s so wonderful. It’s absolutely a must do at least once if you’re in the city. The waitstaff is second to none. Teas are wonderful and it’s just a nice time to talk and catch up on life.

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vipStephanie
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Truly wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff, beautiful just great

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MaddieA
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for offering vegan and vegetarian items on your menu! This has been a family tradition and I am glad I can continue eating here even after I stopped eating meat. Can't wait to come back!

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AlexM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I would recommend the tea experience to anyone looking for a unique and upscale Chicago experience. The only unfortunate part was a really rude hostess who was even snippy to my 80 year old mother. Overall, it was a special mother-daughter outing. We even got seated right next to the harp player. Gluten-free option is available. Next time I’ll wear my fancy hat!

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TraciS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at the tea. We had plenty of food and they were great in having a gluten free plate for our cousin.

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vipcitygirl22
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea at the Palm Court was wonderful, as always. The service was perfect- attentive and friendly. Amir is fantastic. I really like the new sandwiches for February. I will be back again soon! :)

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JessicaK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location to enjoy tea with a friend or family. Price point is a little high but you are paying for the ambiance.

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful new experience for my partner and I. I loved it!

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vipMartha
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day with my daughters 💜💜

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Maggie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I came here for afternoon tea with a friend and was highly disappointed. The scones were on the burnt side and not at all like the fluffy scones you would expect. The French macarons tasted inedible and the rest of the pastries and sandwiches were mediocre. The only good thing was the tea and our server was nice.

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AmandaC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my daughters birthday and they made her feel like a princess. Truly such a special day she will never forget. We will definitely be back.

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corlap
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here is always great. Fast, friendly and courteous. I love the ambiance. The live musiv from an actual harpist adds such a great touch.

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vipMatthewD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

First off, maybe I'm spoiled by English Afternoon Tea (I am American, but have had Afternoon Tea in England/London on several occasions), but I guess I was expecting something more elegant with better, more attentive service. I don't need, nor do I want, to be waited on hand and foot, but it would have been nice if the staff was more attentive and actually carried themselves as if they were happy we were there and they took pride in their tea service. It was all very "matter of fact". It was very overpriced for what we got, and frankly the food seemed stale. I had read similar reviews but decided to throw caution into the wind and go for tea anyway. After all, the Queen and Lady Di had tea there so they must have been doing something right. Perhaps the level of service has dwindled in the decades since. Overall it was a very disappointing experience. I would definitely not return and I would not recommend Tea at Palm Court to anyone.

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NancyT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special place for afternoon tea. Highly recommend!

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Valerie
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

My daughter and I were celebrating and we decided on the high tea at The Drake as it is gorgeous and offers a long Chicago history. The Palm Court is quite beautiful as well.

With that said, the food is shameful. Just about inedible. I’m not opposed to using common ingredient to plus a great item, but when the potato chip on top of the egg salad and the malted milk ball on the chocolate dessert was lame.

I’m happy to share the service was attentive and friendly and that helped so much to make the experience better. What a shame.

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MTBASS
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a lovely afternoon tea we had! The Palm Court is everything one would expect of a traditional tea. The ambiance was peaceful, romantic, totally elevated by the lovely harp being played. The food selection was classic and replenished as needed. The tea choices were extensive. Service was professional and friendly. A wonderful way to while away a wintry afternoon. Excellent for all ages.

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KristinaJ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice tea! Beautiful setting. There were too many sweet items offered and not enough savory. Otherwise everything was delicious.

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vipJstenz
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The hotel is beautiful, the Palm Court is gorgeous. Our server was wonderful and made sure we were taken care of. The only issue is with the quality of the food. The food seemed like it was prepared the day before, not fresh. I felt like I was on a cruise ship, being served cafeteria quality food. It is worth going to once, but the quality just isn't there and if I am going to spend over $200, I want the food to match that.

CJ
CharlieJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love to go to the Palm Court when the "Flat Cats" are there. The service is excellent - it's a first class place to sit back, relax, have a nice dinner and enjoy the music - generally winding up getting on the dance floor. A great time - and we love to bring friends to share the enjoyment!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We were celebrating closing on a property that same day and also Valentine’s Day.

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vipmichaels
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a perfect place for Valentine’s Day. Scored a lot of points with High Tea! Excellent service. Great people watching.

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ICBA
Milwaukee
2 reviews