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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.
140 East Walton
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours of Operation:
Open Daily - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Holiday Hours Vary. For more info : www.thedrakehotel.com
Sunday through Thursday - 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday - 12:00pm to 1:00am
Live Entertainment & Dancing - Friday & Saturday 9pm to 12.30
Michigan Avenue & Lakeshore Drive
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
(312) 787-2200 ext. 4619
Live Harp Music is featured during tea time Wed-Sun
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.
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.
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
Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Palm Court Ratings and Reviews
We went to the palm court for afternoon tea to celebrate my mom and aunt’s birthdays. It was a very nice time. The tea was excellent and the finger foods served are all great! The dining area is beautiful and very comfortable. The only negative I had was the price. I feel like 45 a person is a little steep for tea and finger foods. But it was a great experience and I would recommend everyone to try it once or for special occasions!
Afternoon tea was wonderful. Request to sit on the sofa. It is very comfortable. The ambiance is beautiful with the fountain in the middle and a harpist playing soft music in the background. It is a place you want to go to hangout and unwind. The waiters were very attentive. Our tea pots never went empty and water glasses always filled. My favorite was the scone with the strawberry jam, lemon curd and clotted cream. The finger sandwiches were all fresh. If there specific items you really enjoyed, the waiter brought out more of those items. I requested more beef and asparagus rolls, fresh cucumber sandwiches, crab tartlets and chicken sandwiches and macarons. My cousins and I had such a great time and ended up spending three hours enjoying every minute. We will definitely return! It is my favorite place to enjoy afternoon tea.
This was a delicious meal that I had been anticipating for some time. I know I will be going again. It is a $45 per person plating for lunch, but you can get a second plate of sandwiches/pastries free of charge. The sandwiches are beautiful, delicate and enchantingly savory, while the pastries are mellow and lightly sweet. Their tea selection was decent, but possibly not as vast as I had anticipated. They do serve very fine tea, and the service was exceptional. They have a live harpist regularly, but check the hours on their website. We were seated right beside the harp so it was a bit noisier with an already echo-y room filled with chatter, which was probably the most off-putting. However, the music was delightful in of itself. It was an amazing afternoon we will not forget!
we arrived 5 min before our scheduled time we booked online and I was absolutely shocked to see a long one hour line to be seated for visitors like me who had made their reservation . I had made other plans after my Afternoon Tea and I wanted to be on my schedule . It was my birthday celebration .
The host was very nice and professional to handle an angry crowd.
As far as high teas are concerned, it was disappointing. I took a board member to celebrate her 70th birthday. Many of the food selections were dry, I felt like the small bites were mass produced and had set out too long. It was pretty crowded, felt like seating was too close together. The tea Sr ice was good, the wait staff was good. It’s at an average price point as other places. I should have spent $25 more a person and gone somewhere else , but choices are few midweek. Dry disappointments and my board member mentioned it was not like it used to be in years past. I work for a nonprofit so it was not a good investment in relationships cultivation.
Had a delightful afternoon at High Tea with my daughter. This was the first time for both of us and I am sure we will return again. We enjoyed all of the sandwiches (and had seconds). The macarons and cream puffs, along with other desserts were also very good. We also enjoyed the background music from the harpist. It was very relaxing and enjoyable!
An enjoyable afternoon tea at the grande dame of Chicago hotels. We sat right next to the fountain and the excellent harpist. The food provided was varied and fresh, and while it looks a bit sparse on the table display, the waiter will bring unlimited refills of both food and drink. The public areas of the Drake and the Palm Court restaurant itself are elegant and have a dated feel to them which is perhaps appropriate for an anachronistic afternoon tea! An extravagance, but the equivalent at other top Chicago hotels costs quite a bit more.
Afternoon tea at a quality location implies fresh savory and sweet treats, served on delicate china with a special cup of hot tea. Service should be unhurried but attentive. On New Year's Day the Drake hit none of the above. It was tired - maybe good once upon a time. Hugely disappointing - don't waste your money. Lovely harp playing is the only reason for two stars and not one.
Horrible! I would give zero stars if I could. I took my niece and nephew there on New Year’s Eve for high tea. The tea strainers at the table were used with tiny bits of leaves in them and the dishes had crumbs on it. The tea pot the waitress brought out had food stuck to the side. When she brought out our tower, some sandwiches were missing and she said - oh I need to grab you another one of this and that. Our tea service was late in the day, and I’m pretty sure they just took leftover sandwiches and desserts from other guests’ towers to make ours because the finger sandwiches were stale. We were in a hurry, so didn’t bother asking for the manager to complain about everything. After we left, my nephew asked in the car how far we were from where we were going. I asked him if he was feeling sick. He said yes. I asked, “Motion sickness?” He said, “No, I think from the food.” My nephew told me that he had cut one of his sandwiches and found hair! He just finished an etiquette class and thought it was rude to bring up at the table, so waited until later to tell me. He also said, “For such a nice looking hotel, you’d expect it to be cleaner.” My nephew and I had both had stomach issues that night — probably from the tuna and salmon bites that were out for who knows how long. My niece only ate the desserts and didn’t have stomach issues. The Drake might be historic, but it’s still old and their service and quality is not up to par with other high end, but more modern hotels like The Four Seasons and The Peninsula. I’ve had high tea at those other two hotels and they are WAY better. My niece could’ve set up a better tea party; she’s nine-years-old. Never returning again.
terrible. Overrated. Service was terrible. Hostess was rude. Our server was really nice but our teas were mixed up (I don’t think that was his fault). When we asked to replenish some of the items they forgot, so that took forever. When you’ve been to afternoon tea in some of the finest establishments in London, you expect more...ESPECIALLY when you boast about how your tea service has such a pristine reputation. So disappointing. I will never waste my money here again.
I’m dumbfounded with our groups experience. I’m a long time lover of Drake’s afternoon tea. Maybe 15 years now? I was so disappointed with our experience for our party of 8. Yes, it was lovely as ever with balloons and decorations galore for the new year celebration too. Our server with the gold headband treated us like we were at a fast food restaurant. She actually went thru all of the items on the plates and said which ones the children could have and which ones the adults could have as if they were going to stand, watch and tally. When we asked for additional finger sandwiches for the children, she wanted to know how many. Oh no, we should only have 1 per child. When we asked for more salmon sandwiches, she asked for a count. I know this sounds whining but I don’t go to the Drake for stingy service.
I’ve long told others to bypass the Ritz or Peninsula’s tea for the Drake but I have seriously changed my mind. The food was just average, the service felt subpar and I won’t be going back now.
Our family made reservations here for Christmas, or Holiday, Tea. We all ordered different teas - all of which were delicious. The ambiance was perfect for high tea and the live harpist was amazing - playing covers of mainstream songs. The fingerling bites served to the table were amazing. There were four of each - one for each of us to try. Didn’t try anything we didn’t like. This will be a tradition from now on!
The only negative comment was that there were 3 of us and we were seated at a table for two. There were others who had more space and there were only 2 in their parties. There were more spacious empty tables, and although we requested a larger table, we were told that none were available.
Hostess was rude, tables were crammed together, and, other than the scones, the pastry was dry and uninteresting. The savory foods were great, as was our waiter. The ambience was somewhat dim - not how I remembered it. Overall, it was ok, but the price point means I was expecting more than ok.
Our waitress was not very good. She wasn’t very attentive to our table. She didn’t come and check on us very often and at one point when we asked for more sandwiches she was a bit rude and said she was very busy. We have been to the Palm court several times and always have a great time. Today was a disappointment
i was a little disappointed in the Afternoon Tea his year. we go after Christmas and it they forgot the Christmas spirit quickly. Oh, the hotel lobby and public places were gorgeous and festive, the Harpist was wonderful(although they at first made us sit right next to the harp...come on, it wasn't crowded , why make us sit so close)The waiters were more interested in talking among themselves than waiting on us(except the busboys) food was so so. not at all worth the $50 a pp for tea and average fair. it didn't even look pretty. I doubt we will return next year.( so sad as it is a beautiful venue) time to find another less overrated underwhelming place for tea next holiday season
Five of went for tea at The Drake on Christmas Day. Making a res on OpenTable was easy but modifying it was impossible and I had to go through The Drake to make changes. The service was very slow, the cakes were stale-ish, but the tea and ambiance were lovely. We had a great time despite the not so great service.
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