The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery

4.2
304 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary European

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Afternoon Tea
We invite you to come and indulge in delicious and beautifully fragrant, fine loose teas from gardens all around the globe. Our delicious cuisine for brunch, or afternoon tea is available from Wednesday-Sunday.

Dinner service composed of small plates, cocktails and 1 Hour Bottomless Wine available from Wednesday-Sunday.

The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery is located in Ottawa Ontario. Come spoil yourself in our all day brunch or our ever so popular bottomless mimosas!

At Vanitea, we provide a timeless tradition done beautifully.

For Gluten-free and vegan tea sets, we do require an order and payment in advance. Orders and payment may be made over the phone, or through our website.

Support The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery during COVID-19

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
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 304 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.2
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CarlyB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most exquisite experience here on Saturday! We came for brunch, had the Purple Vegan Benedict and the BBQ Brisket Benedict and they were SO flavorful and delicious. The presentation was perfect, the service was absolutely incredible and Hind and Teresa made us feel so welcome. We had coffee, which was exactly what we needed, but ordered take away Sloane tea for later because their tea selection is on point!

I would highly recommend this establishment to anyone who wants fantastic service, a beautiful environment and amazing service by two wonderful people.

Would give 11 stars if I could. Also, please try the Purple Benedict. You won't regret it.

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sanjayd
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place. Absolutely loved everything about vanitea and brunch was scrumptious. Tried the new bottomless grapefruit option that was recommended and definitely had a delightful nap in the afternoon post brunch :-)

Loved the purple Benedict and queen pastel toast is to die for! It's a bit on the sweet side but totally worth it. Customer service here is so personable too!

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Amelie
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

An overall good experience!
We chose to sit outside to avoid the crowd inside so it was a little cool and misty, but we felt safer there then inside. The street view and type of people coming and going obviously had an impact on the ambiance.

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Qwwert
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The waitress that took care of us was fabulous. She was attentive, energetic, bubbly and overall wonderful. The food was good but to be honest, it was wayyy overpriced for what it was. The latte cost $7 which was very excessive. As well, although the furniture was beautiful, it looked way too big for the space and because it was black, the poor lighting didn't make it stand out. Overall it was a nice place to try but given the price, I don't think I would go again. Just my honest opinion🙂

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MichelleL
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was great, the food though tasty was overly salted for both myself and my friend.

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MaryV
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely WONDERFUL!! The staff are amazing and the food was delicious :)

Such a beautiful place with an adorable patio - just perfect. I would recommend this lovely restaurant to everyone. The customer service is outstanding - we felt very attended to and can't wait to go back.

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aleenacandice
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little spot for high-tea and brunch! Food tastes great, plating is beautiful and service is lovely

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Dined here Sunday morning and enjoyed my time. Our server was great but our food was a tad too late. My guest and myself were scared we wouldn’t get our food on time since there is a time limit. Other than that I had a wonderful time and will come back!

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DinaAlawiii
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch with my in-laws and husband and daughter. Gorgeous decor and equally delicious beautiful food. Was very happy to find a brunch place that serves non-pork meat breakfast options. Try the muerguez lamb sausage, scrumptious.

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KarenP
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

There was no cream, which is usually part of Afternoon tea. The top lawyer of the 3 tier plate was empty. There was no pot of tea, just a cup, again this is highly unusual for Afternoon tea. I’m usually not fussy but the creme brûlée was not edible. It was watery. The scones were hard. I ate half of one of them. Sorry to say, but it was the worst afternoon tea I’ve ever had and I’ve had many. It simply didn’t feel like the special experience associated with afternoon tea.

The idea and location are good and this could be a much better experience with more attention to detail.

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FrancineandMatt
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Afternoon Tea and brunch experience. Special take on everything. Offered the choice of a cup or a pot from the Sloane tea collection ( very nice tea box ). Afternoon tea was very fresh and offered on a very unique three tier gold and white stand. Had the brisket Benedict tower to share and purple Benedict. All very delicious and different from brunch I've enjoyed before. Excellent service as well. Very pleased and will be back again soon for brunch with friends. Patio is pretty and rustic as well.

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JoanneG
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We combined an Afternoon Tea with a Drag Show which contrasted the classiness of the room with the outrageousness of the show. What a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

I would definitely go back to sample other dishes on the menu.

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KatrinaTaggart
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved this place so much had to review it twice! 4th visit now and finally came to celebrate my birthday! Greatest brunch spot in Ottawa, thanks vanitea!!!

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MelissaR
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was extra impressed with everything about this place!!!
From the moment you walk in you see this very beautifully decorated elegant room. The staff were more than amazing - they were kind also. We were greeted and sat right away at a beautifully adorned table and we ordered lattes. When they arrived they were more than photo worthy. They had flower petals on them and were delicious.
We were very well attended to and our waitress checked on us often.
We ordered the “Queen Pastel French Toast” and the “Waffles and Poulet”
The presentation was so pretty - there’s actually gold on the French toast!
I look forward to going back often and trying the afternoon teas with some girlfriends and would HIGHLY recommend this place to everyone looking for a great dining experience!!
Thank you

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abebennington
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Brought us in 30 minutes after our reservation time. Brought out unclean plates in two occasions. Food was pretty decent. One of few "high tea" style spot in town as far as I know. Nice decor and seating but tight table spacing considering Covid-19.

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KatrinaTaggart
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and creative cuisine, great female staff and phenomenal ambience. Can't wait to go back.

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majoriel
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my new face place to go on the weekends with my gals I've already been 3 times in the last 2 weeks. thnx vanitea for always showing my friends and I such a great time. bottomless mimosas and yummy eggs Benny galore can't go wrong.

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Carinaaaa
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. I had such a fun time for brunch. I don't usually get to have a lot of vegan options for brunch but this place is definitely 1# for that. Great cocktails too!

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Basics such as water was not offered and took a while to get the servers attention to attain the water. First thing I wanted to order off the menu was not available, second item was on the menu but the server said it was not supposed to be on the menu so I was asked to choose a third option. Ended up ordering the brunch sampler which is a lot less for a lot more rather than just ordering a main and a basket of scones which would have been more food for less money. So the value overall and service were lacking. While the ambiance was great and taste and the food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Great food, service, lovely setting, lovely staff!

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AlexandreR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had a lovely time at the Vanitea Room: the service was welcoming, accommodating, and prompt; the decor was lovely and eclectic; the tea (as one would expect) was great. Great value, nice atmosphere, and a very tasty and filling brunch. We'll certainly be back.

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kron
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went after stage 3 Covid put in place on a Thursday evening. It was quiet, the staff was fabulous and food was great! Ambience is spot on. Great time!

MB
MariaB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for afternoon tea. Patio is really nice.

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ChristineN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambience. Very elegant and classy place. Great brunch spot.

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SuzieQ
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just have to give the highest rating for this place.
My experience and my guests’ experience was outstanding. If you’re looking for a dining experience that is unique, tasty, and truly well presented then you must come to The Vanitea Tea House. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by our server who was also the manager. She was very attentive to our needs and provided answers to all our questions. While waiting for our food my guests and I raved about the decor and ambience of the restaurant. We intend to go again in the near future. You should too.

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MissShadowPlay
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved it. They changed their tower selection. Less food than last time. I think two scones that are plain is a overkill and not enough jam or sauces to put on the scones. The presentation was beautiful. Love the furniture and decor. Bathrooms needed a bit TLC.

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JackieK
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, wonderful staff and delicious food. Love Vanitea :)

JW
vipJohnW
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A nicely decorated restaurant in a house... cute out door cafe seating... interior design is well though out with nice decor details... Food is above average but nothing too exciting. We were looking for a true high tea experience, this is not it. However, if you are looking for a cool place to hang out with friends and have a nice relaxing time, this place is perfect.

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Kirps
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall experience was good. Took a while to be seated even though we had a reservation.

The scones had a lot of baking soda to the point where our jam was turning colors. We informed the staff but were still expected to pay for it.

Servers also forgot things like milk with the coffee or other drink orders.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Lovely setting on the patio.

TL
TraceyL
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I really liked the location and the menu. We sat on a lovely patio of homemade rustic furniture that was interesting, but needed some sanding as clothing got snagged in it. The food was quite good, however, I was surprised that for high tea there was not butter nor creme fraiche for the scones, and when I asked for them I was charged more, for butter and whipped cream. The high tea service was already 45$, and I thought that it might have been a nice gesture to just add these two basic ingredients. It is however a lovely location and I look forward to going back to try other items on the menu.

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AlexN
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful location, service, and food. My friend and I went for brunch and everything was beautiful and the setting just really elevates the experience.

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AngieB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I received this gift from my son and his wife for Christmas. I shared the experience with my sister. What a charming and quaint place to have brunch.
Everything about our first time there was memorable. The ambiance was comforting. Our server was attentive and a pleasure to speak to. The food was DELICIOUS! We are everything on our plate.
We will definitely be visiting the Vanitea Room again in the future.
Thank you for a wonderful day.

MV
MalyV
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I had too much expectation and was disapointed, but it's cozy and the food is okay I guess if you are not picky

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ValL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the afternoon tea and the food was delicious with a good selection of teas

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SL81
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I love the concept of this place, and am happy to support women in the industry.

However, the service when provided by sparse and snide.

The food was not as expected and was pricey for what it was.

I won't be back.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time here..... I enjoyed a wonderful brunch with my daughter (a gift from her). The place is beautifuly decorated, cozy and comfy ( love the comfy window seat. And the mural is gorgeous. The lady who took care of us was very welcoming and kindly accommodated our vegan and vegetarian restrictions. And the food was delicious. I’ll be coming back for sure

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Diane
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my third time at Vanitea, and each and every time has been fantastic. A favourite! The young woman who served us was beyond wonderful! The tea room is amazing and the food superb! Love Vanitea and retuning very soon. Highly recommend

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RachelF
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect brunch spot, cant complain with bottomless mimosas. Food was excellent, and the atmosphere was very enjoyable. A great experience.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It’s a nice environment but a small space and can get crowded. You need to have time to spend here because the food takes time to come ( approx 45-50 min). But the Afternoon tea set we got was very nice !

FAQs

The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 695-8832.

The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery is rated 4.2 stars by 304 OpenTable diners.

The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.thevanitearoomteasalon.com/tea-products/gift-card.

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.