The Palm Court

4.7
2891 Reviews
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
For those who love their afternoon teas fresh, fragrant and steeped in history, Palm Court at The Drake Hotel serving tea for nearly a century. Even the Queen and Princess Diana have made their royal visits here.
Your afternoon tea begins with Palais de Thes menu, which features 13 unique tea blends including classic selections like the English Breakfast to modern yet delightful twists like the Mélange du Cap.
Tea is served in individual tea pots accompanied by the traditional three tiered tea tray filled with an arrangement of gourmet finger sandwiches and scones; and dainty petit fours with accoutrement complements of house made preserves, lemon curd and English double Devon cream.
And let’s not forget about our little tea. The Prince & Princess Afternoon tea service, suitable for children between 4 and 12 years of age is available throughout the duration of afternoon tea service.
Reservations are heavily encouraged. Full tea service seating duration is 90 mi

Experiences

  • Palm Court by Night

    Multiple dates available

    Opulence comes by the bottle or glass with a superb selection of wine and bubbly, beer and perfected cocktails paired with a comprehensive shared menu concept for those who want a taste of everything. Staying true to our REAL CHICAGO motto, the Palm Court evening menu also offers iconic Chicago portion selections. You really can have it all with a side of personality and maybe a tale or two from our experienced wait staff.
  • Afternoon Tea

    Multiple dates available

    For those who love their afternoon teas fresh and steeped in history, Palm Court at The Drake Hotel serving tea for nearly a century is the quintessential Magnificent Mile afternoon tea experience. Even the Queen and Princess Diana have made their visits here. Your afternoon tea begins with a peruse of the Palais de Thes menu, which features 13 tea blends. Tea is served in individual tea pots accompanied by three tiered tea tray filled with an arrangement of gourmet finger sandwiches; delicious breads and scones; and dainty petit fours with accoutrement. The Prince & Princess Afternoon tea service, suitable for children between 4 and 12 years of age. Reservations are heavily encouraged. Full tea service seating duration is 90 minutes max.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2891 people are saying
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gabriela
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very pleasant experience , service was great, food tasty and we were surprised to be offered complimentary extras of our favorites ( finger sandwiches ,scones or sweets). The selection of teas was amazing.The place itself is a bit dated in a way that don't add to the "old world" charm but overall it looks great.

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KatieJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We go to the Palm Court every year (when there’s no Covid!) for our daughter’s birthday. Now her 2 children accompany us. It is a delightful experience and we throughly enjoy the tea. Our waiter was excellent and recognized us from previous visits. The staff are most accommodating and attentive. Highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weekend trip to Chicago. First trip for the kids. Afternoon tea and our stay at The Drake was amazing!

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Pearl
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Facility need better maintenance. Carpet was dirty with food scums. Tables are really close to each other.

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vipRcollin
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I would never go back. The food was dry and tasteless. Our server was rushed and didn’t care. We wanted a relaxing tea service and felt like we would have had a better experience at McDonald’s, plus the price for what we got was astronomical!!!!!!

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vipEmilyW
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great service and ambience. Really enjoyed the tea.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First high tea - elegant and refined. A dignified way, to catch up with friends; abit pricey but a worthwhile experience.

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IreneW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable seats, attentive service, excellent food - served hot - which is not the case in many restaurants. Live music (Friday and Saturday) added to the festive atmosphere. We will definitely come back.

MT
MarkT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High Tea was a marvelous experience and well worth it.

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dianej
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful regal experience at the Drake Hotel. My three daughters treated me for my 60th birthday and it will be something I will always remember. Highly recommend.

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SusanK
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My 11-year-old granddaughter and I have been coming to tea annually since she was 5. It is a highlight of her year.
Thenn be palm court I’d a terrific place for special occasions and an oasis of calm and loveliness in our frenetic world

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Cookiebaker
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I realize the pandemic has been difficult for restaurants, so I don’t want to be too critical. The ambiance was lovely, the service was ok, but the food was terrible. The savory parts were tasteless, the scones were dry as sawdust and literally crumbled into pieces, the muffins were the kind you buy in a 2-pack at the check-out counter at 7-11, and the desserts were awful.

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Carson
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my boyfriend here for our anniversary. It is an amazing atmosphere. Very sophisticated and elegant. Wonderful and attentive staff, and good food and tea! Will definitely be visiting again.

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ChiTeaFan
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the service. The food was similar to other afternoon teas I have been to. Appreciated having a second serving of sandwiches and scones at no extra charge. Would return. Noise level was a bit high.

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MarkH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Came with older friends with mobility challenges. While the hotel staff were terrific, the facilities just aren't sufficient for those who have physical limitations. Additionally, the noise level made most of the evening, which were friends visiting, nearly impossible to enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience celebrating the birthday if my friend visit from Europe. The waiter went above and beyond and was extremely helpful and attentive. Will definitely come back.

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PatG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Years ago I took my daughter to high tea at the Drake. 7 years, age 25, she asked me to take her back. It was just as wonderful as it was the first time.
We were discussing that this would be an excellent first date, great atmosphere, elegant, and allows for conversation.
I am sure, later in life, she will bring her children here.

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JeannineK
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience all around! Staff was professional and attentive! Food was fabulous. The harpist creates the ultimate ambience! An elegant touch! We’ve made precious family memories celebrating special events and milestones over the years.

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AngieS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

THE WORST SERVICE EVER!!!!! Our server made it known that she hates her job or us and she didn't care cause an 18% gratuity was added on because we had 7 people at our table. I had been to the palm court for afternoon tea and wanted to share the fun with friends. But our server just ruined the whole experience and I will never go back there. There's plenty of other afternoon tea places to visit.

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AmyH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance, service, food, experience, 5 stars. The harpist was the best part but everything was outstanding.

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ksws
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food quality was terrible. Yea was great, service and ambience excellent.

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vipTxtx
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning. Such a wonderful way to celebrate a friends birthday

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KateT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A delightful retro experience. Gorgeous decor. The food was nice, but not quite as perfect as the place, still very pleasant. The scones were just a bit stale, and the pastries not perfectly fresh. The sandwiches were perfect, and the citrus Oolong tea a lovely surprise

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was beautiful and perfect for tea time! Such a special place to go for a little splurge!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious bites and teas while enjoying a harpist. The floral arrangement is a stunning centerpiece to the room

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Fieldtotable
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating sending my son off to college in Chicago!

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Zeus1989
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Palm Court at the Drake is a wonderful place for a special occasion or just to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Everything about our experience was perfect - from the harpist to the birthday cake surprise for my friend to the excellent but unobtrusive service. The Palm Court at the Drake continues to be our “go to” spot!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Little pricey!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my birthday and it was better than I thought it would be!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time getting English tea. The experience did not disappoint and the tea and food was excellent. The waitress was outstanding. The only downside was the price.

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was very attentive and checked on us regularly. They were wonderful in accommodating our vegetarian diet and my nut allergy. Great experience with superior service. Will definitely return to experience it again.

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GailL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at afternoon tea. The harpist was amazing.

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Swimmer06
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend high tea at Palm Court. We had a lovely time with great service and ambiance. The harpist was wonderful and we throughly enjoyed the tea and treats.

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AriesLeo
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Its so beautiful and amazing. Its a nice thing to experience.

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vipDeborahS
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The room and service were excellent. The food was not as great and not worth the high price.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprise 52nd Birthday celebration with out-of-town, high school friends.

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SharonE
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea with my daughter was a treat! The room was gorgeous, greatest of service (thank you, Aszmir) and delicious food!

KB
vipKatyB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughters going off to college

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Maya
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, ambiance was amazing. We also saw the live harpist who made our afternoon tea experience just perfect!

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KANR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a wonderful time having afternoon tea at The Palm Court. The staff is very attentive and always go out of their way to make the time there truly special.

FAQs

The Palm Court is rated 4.7 stars by 2891 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.