The Palm Court
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.
Join us Friday and Saturday evening to dance the night away with a live band, starting at 9pm. Check the entertainment schedule to see who's playing: https://www.thedrakehotel.com/explore/entertainment
We absolutely LOVE HIGH TEA @ The Drake! We always Celebrate our Natal Days, Holidays, and Queen Days here.
The food is Excellent, and when we are in a snacking mood we also order from the Coq D'Or menu as well. All of the WAITSTAFF are PROFESSIONAL and they continually check to make sure all is well.
Gorgeous, peaceful, great service and food choices... what a pleasure!
I'm not sure if I would recommend the Palm Court to a friend. The ambiance is wonderful and I really love the decor. But I went for tea and all of the food tasted stale and was flavorless. I've had tea at the Peninsula and the Virgin Hotel and the food was so much better at those places.
The Afternoon Tea Service at The Palm Court was wonderful. The room is full of beauty wherever you look. The staff is very attentive. Sead was an excellent server in every aspect. He even volunteering to take pictures of us at the table near the gorgeous fountain when he noticed us attempting to take a selfie. The assortment of teas, finger sandwiches, and pastries were delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating part of my birthday weekend there. Would definitely be a return visitor.
The Palm Court at The Drake is my favorite tea service. The atmosphere is wonderful (Irish dancing at my recent visit because it was during the month of March), the pastries & tea delicious and the service second to none. Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing and was eager to keep our plates full of delicious treats. Such a lovely experience. I will continue to come back here often for tea.
This was my first visit to the Palm Court, and it doesn’t hold a candle to other high teas in Chicago and elsewhere. The food was disappointing and unimaginative. The setting was ordinary. Our service was good. I expected more for the price. Thinking the Palm Court would be an excellent introduction to high tea for my granddaughter was a big mistake.
Lovely experience. Almost as nice as tea at the Randolph Hotel in Oxford.
The high tea was amazing. It was the best way to celebrate our girls weekend. The food was delish and the service was incredible. This is one of my favorite Chicago memories and highly recommended it!
Wonderful tea, atmosphere and we loved the live harp music!
Lovely as usual. Highly recommend the place and their high tea
Such a great experience! We had tea and finger food while listening to someone play the harp for almost two hours. The atmosphere itself was amazing. Listening to the harp while water was running from the giant water fountain in the center of the room created a tranquil and beautiful environment. The service was phenomenal too. I will certainly return!
We have dined at the palm court two previous times. The food was very good and a nice variety. I was very disappointed in the quality of food and available choices this time. Also, we were surrounded by small children that really were a distraction and a disruption. In the past I always enjoyed the elegance of dining at the Palm Court, however, after this visit I will not be back.
Birthday high tea! Server was really friendly and cheerful. Took great care of us throughout! Loved the whole experience :)
Excellent tea for 4! Great service and beautiful setting. I will be back! And great value bc we were offered an additional plate of the sandwiches and didn’t cost extra!
I've been several times. Best high tea in Chicago!
It is always a special time at the Palm Court. We try to attend once a year. This year we had a friend that needs gluten free options. They provided her with a wonderful plate of sandwiches, desserts and scones that matched the quality of their regular fare. So often, the gluten free options in places are horrific. Our friend felt just as pampered and special as the rest of us. Thank you .
Celebrating my divorce!
We love high tea at the Drake. So, we know it is slightly on the pricey side going in, but the experience is well worth it. We cannot wait to be our granddaughters to the Palm Court.
Had a wonderful time! Will definitely be back again!
Excellent place for a girl’s date or special occasion!
So lovely! The fountain, the harpist, the tea sets, every detail is magical!! Can't wait to go back!
Nice experience. Yummy scones. Sead is a great waiter.
Taking my niece to her first afternoon tea experience.
Staff helpful and friendly. Helped make our special occasion truly special. Loveseat seating is not comfortable, the sofas sag down low and we felt as if sinking. Sandwiches did not seem the freshest or best ingredient sly. Could get a little more modern and healthy.
I was very disappointed by the food and the cost simply did not match what we received.
Valentine’s Day pastries, including scones, served on feb 17 with tea were stale- as though not fresh and instead holdovers from earlier in the week.
Great atmosphere, although sadly the afternoon tea wasn't great. The cakes were dried out and the food just wasn't as great as we were hoping. Not sure we'd go back.
While the setting is very nice, some of the tea sandwiches and desserts were dried out. Expensive for what you get
It was a very busy Saturday at the Drake and my expectations were low once I saw all the people, but quickly changed my mind when we were led to our elegantly set table and our waiter patiently described the different teas and food being offered to our party of 6. The sandwiches were beautiful and delicious, the scones were out of this world and the desserts were gorgeous and delicious. Not to mention, the tea was excellent. The Drake really knows how to do afternoon tea - they’ve been at it for years and never fail to impress.
nice and relaxing scones could have been better. waiter did bring extra sandwiches which was good. relaxed atmosphere
A place for tea time to go when in Chicago down town
The Palm Court is a delightful setting for afternoon tea. The service was excellent!
The Valentine’s Day tea service was incredible! The service was timely, courteous, and very professional. We had a allergy in our party and they made the allegy exception without complaint. The wait staff substituted our food for more of what was available with our interests in mind. I will always continue to come here for a truly amazing experience.
Great for foodies! The food is terrific and presentation is out of this world!
The Valentine’s Day Tea was delightful! Delicious food, attentive service, lovely live harp music, great variety of excellent teas, beautiful atmosphere, all contributed to make this a perfect date with my sweetheart! Highly recommended.
Tea at the palm court was such a special experience. Loved getting dressed up and was surprised to see it quite full even on a random Saturday in February. The service was impeccable. Not cheap for tea and some finger sandwiches, but definitely worth it for a special occasion. Great memories and lots of fun!
Brought my parents to celebrate my mother's birthday. What a wonderful experience. So relaxing.
Love having tea at the Drake! I go all the time with my girlfriends
5 stars all the way around. What a lovely experience. I would do it all the time if I didn’t live 5 hundred miles away. I would definitely recommend this high tea for something special. The harp was magnificent and calming.
We felt so regal and welcomed. 10 out of 10 would recommend! Next time, the ham and turkey salads are unnecessary. But the pastries were phenomenal !!