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Flower covered entrance, The Tea House on Los Rios - The Tea House on Los Rios, San Juan Capistrano, CA

The Tea House on Los Rios

4.8
4.8
2325 Reviews
$31 to $50
Afternoon Tea
Set in a beautifully restored 1911 cottage complete with a wrap-around veranda and lush gardens, The Tea House on Los Rios offers Orange County's premier high tea experience. In addition to serving our famous scones, delicious tea sandwiches, and loose-leaf teas, we also feature a full luncheon menu and a weekend brunch menu, complete with mimosas and Bloody Marys. Join us for an unforgettable experience.

We are located on Historic Los Rios Street in San Juan Capistrano. Consider taking the train and making a day of it!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea, American, Breakfast
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch and Lunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (949) 443-3914
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    The Tea House on Los Rios, is proud to offer catering for celebrations of all sizes. Add a touch of elegance to your next corporate event, bridal shower, luncheon, birthday, baby shower, or holiday party! Contact: catering@theteahouseonlosrios.com
  • Private party facilities
    Specializing in birthday parties, baby and bridal showers, as well as wedding receptions, The Tea House on Los Rios is here to make your event a success. Please contact us to discuss details and specifics of your special day. Contact: events@theteahouseonlosrios.com
  • Neighborhood
    San Juan Capistrano
  • Cross street
    Del Obispo and Los Rios
  • Parking details
    While we do have a private lot, it tends to get full on weekends! There are three additional places to park within 100 yards - the San Juan Capistrano Train Depot and Parking Structure, as well as the Los Rios Historic Park (2 areas). Both are close and provide you an opportunity to view the grounds on your way to The Tea House!
  • Public transit
    Walking distance to the San Juan Capistrano Train Depot, serviced by both Amtrak and Metrolink
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,325 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Orange County

    Best Ambiance

  • South Orange County

    Great for brunch

2,325 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! My three girls just adored it. Magical and so worth it!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place but portions got reduced while prices went up. If takes them 35 min to serve your first glass of champagne. You don’t drink champagne with good. Don’t know why they cannot bring it earlier

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  3. KevinP

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t wait to go back. So fun and such a great area to walk around

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  4. Alfred

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had salads they were all amazing. Our teas were tasty. The ambiance is so sweet and romantic. Loved the shops around the store as well. Great girls day out place to visit.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service!! My friends and I LOVE our time at The Tea House.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect garden tea party. Sitting outside would have been nice, but obviously that’s where everyone else wants to sit too so someone has to sit inside! Very cute decor/ambiance. Guavarita was too die for, weirdly might have been my highlight. Perfect for any special occasion, girls brunch, or bringing your kiddos for a tea party

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made a great experience at The Tea House on Los Rios. It’s a pretty place, the food is delicious and the service is great. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to try a high tea experience.

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  8. HeidiO

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My adult daughters & I enjoyed a lovely experience at The Tea House on Los Rios to celebrate my younger daughter's 29th birthday. Everything was wonderful!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had great service! Our server made our visit to the Tea House one to remember! Thank you!

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  10. ellent

    Orange County

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best place in Orange County to go for a fabulous tea experience bar none! Staff is outstanding and food is excellent. Tea selection is amazing plus there is wine , beer, and champagne. For those who do not want a tea experience they have other options The atmosphere is amazing!!! Do not hesitate to experience this heaven in the OC!!!

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  11. Chanelle

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always! Food was delicious and well presented 

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I came from two hours away and I had the most incredible first experience here! My server Leslie was amazing, very funny, and took great care of my mom and I!! Met and exceeded all my expectations and I can’t wait to come back!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful tea house with even better food and service! I was highly impressed with the quality of food and pricing. I loved the experience and will definitely be going back!

    1 person found this helpful

  14. JamiA

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the Mother’s Day tea. Everything was wonderful! Service was so attentive and all our tea items were delicious. An incredible list of teas to choose from as well. Just a perfectly lovely day!

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  15. DMichael38

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance and service were excellent. Desiree was very attentive. The price however really higher than we expected. Over all great experience.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a perfect way to spend a Mother’s Day. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We are definitely going to plan another time to come back here.

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  17. AliB

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant. Food is a bit over prices but you’re paying for the experience and ambience too.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Food service and table was great. Mother's Day was fabulous.

    1 person found this helpful

  19. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second Mother’s Day Brunch at The Tea House and I look forward to my daughter taking me again as a yearly tradition. The decor, brunch menu, tea, service and atmosphere is outstanding. The staff is very friendly, professional and provide a great customer experience.

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  20. Jacqueline

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Mother’s Day brunch. Mandatory 20% gratuity.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Mother’s Day Tea was amazing! My entire party had a wonderful time. We can’t wait to go back!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best tea houses ever. I noticed the name of our party on a card on the table's centerpiece. I thought that was a nice little detail. The staff was so warm and welcoming. They really made our day.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love coming here for tea for any occasion! Great tea selection and the food is delicious.

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  24. GipsyB

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time. Our waiter, Raffey, was so attentive and gave us excellent service. We will definitely go back again.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The prix fixe Mother’s Day experience was wonderful! Only thing was we were out in the sun and there was no way to move umbrellas around which made it a little uncomfortable. We still enjoyed it and my friend from out of town said she wants to come back every year.

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  26. ChristieR

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go there every year for Mother’s Day and birthday’s! It is such a wonderful place to go!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Leslie was the best, she made our experience so special.

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  28. Jamesh

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Preset High Tea menu was appropriately well done. Teas were high quality, portion was generous. Scones and small sandwiches were fantastic, salad and soups not so much. Vegetable soup especially bland and average. Crowded, and somewhat chaotic. Service was uneven and uncoordinated, it felt like no one was in charge and supervising the effort. Lovely setting and location, strongly advise reservations.

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  29. Mellow

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I've been to the Tea House many times over the years. It is a special place to go. I was disappointed with the amount of "foot traffic" that streamed by our table, however. In and out, back and forth, coming and going, sitting and leaving, visiting the lady's room, waiting tables, cleaning tables. It was disruptive. It didn't give us the feeling of privacy or intimacy that I was hoping for. Next time I will request a table away from the front porch. Live and learn. P.S. Traffic and parking around the Tea House is always a nightmare, but yesterday they had one of the lots closed to repaint the parking spaces. Once the new marketplace structure opens, south of the Tea House, it will be a Zoo!!!

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  30. MichelleDH

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting! I had tea service and it was one of the best I’ve had. Everything was delicious. I loved that iced tea was an option and there was also coffee. The lunch plates also sound risky good and is a great alternative to tea service. So there is something for everyone. We really enjoyed it.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Tea House has always been one of my favorite places for any special occasion. The food, ambiance and service is consistently top notch. However, there was a noticeable increase in prices in a short period of time, which reduces my overall value of the experience. There should be expected price increases, however this one seemed excessive compared to overall inflation.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience- thank you for making our anniversary special.

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  33. SMJPerez

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a beautiful afternoon at the Tea House! Our waitress helped us from the start to figure out the best way to order for our needs. She coached us on both entrees and tea Food was really delicous from start to finish, loved the scones and cream and jam and the main courses were wonderful. Queiche and shepards pie and rosemary chicken all fantastic We will return The TEAS were amazing and we all had a pot to share with each other so we were able to sample several

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  34. Bradie

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small place but it’s very cute! Food was tasty but the teas were not super strong in flavor. Service was great!

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  35. VictoriaB

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time at The Tea House. Saw this on IG being advertised as knew I had to take my Mom. We dressed up and wore cute hats and she just loved it. The food was delicious and service was great. Highly recommend for a day with mom and daughters or just a lunch with the girls!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place! And the food and tea was so good!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My second visit to surprise another friend for a birthday. It was fantastic and this time we made it for brunch, which was fantastic! Nice hostess, great service, food was wonderful and the teas were unbelievably tasty. Our brunch choices were the Quiche Lorraine & Hash brown quiche. Teas Cherry Almond and Blackberry Bramble superb! And of course the black current scone which is a must to add to your visit. They surprised my friend with a cute lil birthday dessert of a couple of petites. Just a great overall experience. Will be back again!

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  38. Eastcoasters

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It was my birthday and I made the reservation a month ago and asked to be seated in the garden. The reservation was at 4. We were told the garden was closed and given a seat overlooking the parking lot. We felt rushed. The waiter was nice but continued to let us know we needed to hurry up. I went last year for my birthday and the experience was elevated. The waiter was Exceptional and went into the garden to pick a beautiful rose to put on my salmon salad. That alone made me want to return. Not true after this experience. Still a lovely spot.

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  39. FrancineB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful selection of food and everything is delicious.

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  40. PatN

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've lost track of how many times we've been there, but it's still a treat! The service is great and the ambiance is an experience that continues to delight! The flowers over the arch at the entrance are beautiful!

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FAQs

The Tea House on Los Rios is rated 4.8 stars by 2325 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today
Google Map for The Tea House on Los Rios

31731 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3113

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Del Obispo and Los Rios
  • Neighborhood
    San Juan Capistrano
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch and Lunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea, American, Breakfast
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    While we do have a private lot, it tends to get full on weekends! There are three additional places to park within 100 yards - the San Juan Capistrano Train Depot and Parking Structure, as well as the Los Rios Historic Park (2 areas). Both are close and provide you an opportunity to view the grounds on your way to The Tea House!
  • Public transit
    Walking distance to the San Juan Capistrano Train Depot, serviced by both Amtrak and Metrolink
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (949) 443-3914
  • Catering
    The Tea House on Los Rios, is proud to offer catering for celebrations of all sizes. Add a touch of elegance to your next corporate event, bridal shower, luncheon, birthday, baby shower, or holiday party! Contact: catering@theteahouseonlosrios.com
  • Private party facilities
    Specializing in birthday parties, baby and bridal showers, as well as wedding receptions, The Tea House on Los Rios is here to make your event a success. Please contact us to discuss details and specifics of your special day. Contact: events@theteahouseonlosrios.com
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