The Palm Court

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Afternoon Tea
Tea has been a long tradition at The Drake, a Hilton Hotel. 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 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
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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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TR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous, peaceful, great service and food choices... what a pleasure!

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d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

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.

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GG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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CW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

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.

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TH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. Almost as nice as tea at the Randolph Hotel in Oxford.

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b
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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RA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful tea, atmosphere and we loved the live harp music!

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as usual. Highly recommend the place and their high tea

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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JS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday high tea! Server was really friendly and cheerful. Took great care of us throughout! Loved the whole experience :)

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s
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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CR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been several times. Best high tea in Chicago!

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GS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 .

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my divorce!

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F
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time! Will definitely be back again!

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LS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for a girl’s date or special occasion!

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JC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So lovely! The fountain, the harpist, the tea sets, every detail is magical!! Can't wait to go back!

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ER
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice experience. Yummy scones. Sead is a great waiter.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taking my niece to her first afternoon tea experience.

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SW
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

I was very disappointed by the food and the cost simply did not match what we received.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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CO
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

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WI
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

While the setting is very nice, some of the tea sandwiches and desserts were dried out. Expensive for what you get

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KM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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KT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nice and relaxing scones could have been better. waiter did bring extra sandwiches which was good. relaxed atmosphere

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RA
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A place for tea time to go when in Chicago down town

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Palm Court is a delightful setting for afternoon tea. The service was excellent!

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LH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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A
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for foodies! The food is terrific and presentation is out of this world!

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JY
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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T
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brought my parents to celebrate my mother's birthday. What a wonderful experience. So relaxing.

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C
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love having tea at the Drake! I go all the time with my girlfriends

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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EN
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

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 !!

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