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The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery

4.2
4.2
433 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Breakfast
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.

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 prosecco and 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.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Contemporary European

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 10:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Afternoon Tea Wed–Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Wed–Fri 10:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 695-8832

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    If you would like to make a reservation for a private event with our beautiful tea salon please email us directly at info@thevanitearoom.com

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Bay St.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • Drag Dinner & Bottomless Prosecco Every Saturday!

    CA$15.30 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Pre-pay your cover fee for your drag dinner booking with us this evening from 7pm-9pm. Choose your dinner package and bottomless prosecco or cocktails upon arrival and enjoy an evening of sass, shade and a whole lotta dancing with our house queen Devona Coe & Saltina Shaker! Food & Beverages are not included. This prepaid experience cost is non-refundable. If you need to reschedule your booking, a credit will be applied in this amount for your next visit or drag event.
  • Afternoon Tea Available Everyday From 10am-4pm

    CA$51.86 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a eclectic Afternoon Tea Experience at our beautiful venue from 10am-4pm from Wed-Sun. All taxes and opentable 2% service charge included. Gratuity not included. This prepaid experience cost is non-refundable. If you need to reschedule your booking, a credit will be applied in this amount for your next visit. Please note gratuity is not included.
  • 3 Course Brunch With Bottomless Prosecco

    CA$63.29 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    A 3 course brunch experience complete with bottomless prosecco from the beginning to the end of your meal! Beginning from 10am until 4pm! Includes scones, choice of main brunch and mini desserts too. Cost is $55.00 per person plus tax and opentable 2% service charge! Prepay now for your vanitea exclusive experience! This experience is non-refundable. If needing to cancel reservation, credit will be applied for future use. Please note gratuity is not included.

Offers

  • Bottomless Orange Mimosas, With Any Main!

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM,Thu - 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM,Sat - 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Available everyday for brunch and afternoon tea, Bottomless Orange Mimosas!

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What 433 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Great for Brunch

  • Ottawa

    Great for Brunch

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  1. NS

    NadleyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely beautiful decor. Brunch sampler afternoon tea was delicious and beautifully presented. Our hostess/waitress was very friendly and offered excellent suggestions including changing our original reservation from outdoors to indoors due to the crazy wasps everywhere! Thank you!!! Will be heading back with my soon-to-be 5 year old daughter for her birthday tea!
  2. B

    Britt

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    The performance was amazing but for what we paid I expect much higher quality food and a better selection.
  3. DM

    DawnM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had the tea recently with my granddaughter who had the children's tea . We enjoyed the variety and quality of the food. The room was a little crowded and a little noisy. But the ambiance was loves otherwise. Would go back again
  4. ST

    SharonTimons1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Magnificent brunch, wonderful service from Christine & Chloe and a great experience for my 2 year old daughter and best friends celebrating upcoming nuptials. Thank you for making this experience so special and we will be telling everyone.
  5. b

    bebetty

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved having afternoon tea here! Space is gorgeous and the vegan selection was excellent and the staff are super sweet. Already booked next month with different friends.
  6. SU

    SUSANC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good experience. Our first visit and we had the Afternoon Tea. The scones and desserts were delicious. We were asked if we had allergies which was good but perhaps also ask if there are food preferences or provide a menu of what will be served as the meal portion had 3 we don't eat: pulled duck, fish and mushrooms. However we did try the duck (nope) and mushrooms... and the mushrooms we actually really liked. The ONLY negative comment we had was the music was fairly loud and not what we would expect for a tea room. Absolutely great service and quality.
  7. BL

    BrigitteL

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want a very special experience, this is the place. You will feel pampered and it is the perfect spot to celebrate anything. Their vegan gluten free offering is spectacular and delicious . The kids are in awe of the children menu. We had a blast. Thank you.
  8. MA

    MargaretA

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely setting for afternoon tea on the porch in celebration of a birthday and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee! The Prosecco was cold and bubbly and the three tiered dish of creative savouries, scones and desserts was perfect.
  9. P

    Paige

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Eggs Benedict had no soft yolk (overcooked) and lacking flavour, potatoes were quite raw. Cocktails were not visually appealing. Several tables remained dirty around us for over an hour and servers seemed lacklustre. Beautiful spot but disappointing otherwise.
  10. TB

    TaraB

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time. Food was fantastic and the service was great. We chose thé bottomless brunch and our glasses were never empty. Loved the options for vegan or vegetarian in the group. Our server was wonderful. Looking forward to returning next time I am in Ottawa
  11. VL

    VickyL

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cozy. Love the decor. The brunch was delicious.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience2
    Good food and tea and servers were attentive. The music was far too loud though and it was difficult to hear each other talk.
  13. TM

    TaraM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely service, we arrived late but our server was willing to still get us the afternoon tea which was so appreciated.
  14. D

    heyDesiree02

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just had dine and drag dinner with few girlfriends last weekend. Lots of recos beforehand for brunch here and finally made it to this drag event! Super fun night in centretown and very impressive performances with queens. Dinner was excellent and cocktails were super pretty. Already booked for next month again. Thnaks vanity!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible service and staff seemed rude but Maria was rea
  16. LB

    LyndsayB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time! The staff was friendly and attentive and the food was delicious and filling!
  17. SV

    SidhaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and fun afternoon tea experience. Bottomless mimosas were very consistent ;-) Very busy space though. Great vibe though overall.
  18. K

    Keira

    Exclusive

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    I REALLY WANTED TO LOVE THIS. I thought I was going to. I got a gift certificate for Christmas to come here for tea because I love this stuff! My hubby and I went this Saturday for an 11:30am patio reservation. 1- We waited at least 10 minutes in the entrance to actually even be asked if we had a reservation/check in... no one was there I had to walk around inside asking... But people who arrived after us, who did not have reservations, were getting tables on the patio. 2- As soon as our butts hit our chairs, our server asked us what we wanted to order... but we hadn't even SEEN the menu yet (we JUST sat down). Then she said she would give us a couple of minutes and she'd come back... 3- We waited THIRTY minutes for the server to come back and take our order!!! 4- Our table was SO tiny and both of our chairs were rickety (broken) and uncomfortable. 5- When our food arrived (we both ordered the brunch tea), there wasn't enough room on our table. The server pushed those food towers onto our table (which had cracks because it's a wooden slate table), she just kept shoving the towers onto the table and the little wire bases of the towers were falling through the cracks in our table, so we had to readjust them so they wouldn't fall over! I had to act quick and put our waters on the ground, and hold cutlery in our laps to make room. She was clearly in a big rush and it was stressful! 6- Our server never offered us butter for our scones, sugar or milk for our tea, etc. She never asked if we had everything we needed. I had to walk inside to ask someone for some milk and sugar because our server was never available or checking on us. 7- I had to also find our server after we finished eating, to get our bill, because she never checked on us for that either (waited at least 15 min after we clearly finished). 8- I'm vegetarian & told that to the server & still received a brisket eggs benedict when I asked for 2 purple benedicts. I just gave the brisket to my hubby.
  19. TE

    TikaEatsssssWell

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a cool experience for brunch and afternoon tea. This place is crazy unique and definitely scaling highly on my list of different and creative spaces in Ottawa. Inside is priceless in decor, very pretty and the food was delightful. Had service with christine and everything from the scones to the steak benedict was excellent. Cons: this place is small but I'm sure they had no idea how BIG this concept could be. Despite how small it is, they are very very busy! Good problem to have I guess. Patio is also small, but very very pretty and very busy from what I could see Pros: Food, ambience and service is 10/10. Makes up for the lack of space. Gorgeous cuisine, flowers on everything. Very tasty.
  20. AN

    ANNABELLE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food2service4ambience3
    I was clearly disappointed. It was just goodly decorated but the menu and the price were not a good value. I spent $60 for 2 people and the food didn't satisfy us. It was really poor compared to the authentic English breakfast. Also the long Espresso wasn't enough coarsed, it was really light like a tea. Honestly, we payed for the decoration, that's it!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love going to Vanitea! One of the cutest places in the city, with food that is well worth the price. Staff are very friendly and everything comes out in a timely manner.
  22. DG

    DominiqueG

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Beautiful place that is well decorated, service is impeccable. The only odd thing is the music (rap music) which we were not expecting with a tea place.
  23. SS

    SilviaS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there. Very accommodating. Great service. Friendly and polite. Food very fresh and tasty.
  24. JG

    JohnG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A decent selection of delicious tea. The food was delicious as well. I only wish we could've sat inside, but it was too busy.
  25. C

    Catt

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    I was very disappointed with my last visit to Vanitea. When we arrived the restaurant was vey hot, when we asked if the AC was on the server told us they never had AC. Then when asked if we could get ice for our drinks they said they didn’t have any. I’m not sure if that’s ok but on a hot day like last weekend which was 30 degree outside the inside of the restaurant was very hot, we were sweating while sitting and eating. If it was not for a special event that day I would have left the restaurant right away. But it was my sisters birthday so we ate super fast and left. I really think they should get AC installed in their establishment as that was very comfortable being in such hot conditions. I also feel bad for the servers, they were all sweating while trying to run around serving their customers.
  26. VB

    ValerieB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    We had to ask for everything we needed, and then we were ghosted for at least 30 minutes after we ate.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My friends and I enjoyed our first experience at the Vanitea Room. The servers were very welcoming and presentable. They served the best scones in Ottawa.
  28. K

    Kathy

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Attended the drag dinner because I loved the idea of it! The meal was very good, and my guest and I were obsessed with Saltina Shaker! She was amazing. It was disappointing the drag performance ended towards the beginning of dinner; would have loved to have the drag extend to the end of the meal! The service was the low point of the visit, unfortunately. Other guests were having a second round of drinks and moving on to their dinner course while my guest and I had only received water. After this was brought to the staff's attention, service was much improved and very good.
  29. V

    Vince

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, decoration is very nice. Chicken Waffle is amazing !
  30. m

    moonlightgardener1970

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome brunch. Will be back. Appreciated the time spent with an elderly parent and was provided with caring service.
  31. JA

    JenniferA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing experience for a graduation brunch! Christine was so accommodating and made our experience perfect! Food was awesome and service was superb! Definitely a must try!
  32. PK

    PrystineKing

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful little treasure in the heart of ottawa! So many great food and drink options featuring seasonal and local ingredients! Very accommodating for different dietary needs! The drag shows here are also very unique experiences!
  33. C

    Chrissy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely experience overall and I would recommend it. A couple of reasons why I didn’t give it 5 stars are that the pastries were barely warm, there is no cream offered with the scones (being British, this is a big deal), it was not easy to get the attention of staff and it was quite noisy.
  34. CH

    CHRIS

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was amazing and attentive. We felt very welcomed. The savory items were creative and yummy. We'll definitely have to go again and try other things in their menu.
  35. J

    Jenjen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Would like to go again and try more on their menu
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is awesome! The service, food and vibe was so energetic. The entertainers Devonna and Seltine were amazing. I highly recommend this place.
  37. AI

    AsamatteroffactIdocare

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful high tea at Vanitea Tea Room! I’m a bit of a High Tea connoisseur being brought up in a very British home and having high tea all the time and then going out for it also....at different tea rooms .... my only complaint is that I noticed they used plastic during the service which is never ever done in traditional High Tea. They served one of the desserts in a plastic cup and provided a little plastic spoon to go with it. Toss the plastic and grab some little glasses with tiny proper dessert spoons please. I know, I know, first world problems. But it would be more environmentally friendly as well as being more proper. And that’s what High Tea is all about. What really matters is the food and how we were served, which were both excellent. When we arrived there was a line and we didn’t get in right away, even though we had reservations...that was dealt with in a professional and friendly manner and all of the food was amazing. We went for the bottomless bubbly 3 course service. Everything tasted lovely and with beautiful accents to the food to make it appealing to the eye. The decor was lovely as well with flowers everywhere. I wish my old Mum was with us today to experience Vanitea Tea Room as she would’ve loved it. A very special place indeed.
  38. VB

    VeroniqueB

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great place! Strongly recommend!
  39. m

    melissa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    megan was super nice and a really great server. place was adorable
  40. KR

    KatieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've taken my mother to the "Afternoon tea" for her mother's Day gift for 3 years. It's always been a wonderful experience with delicious food and friendly atmosphere.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 433 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery

551 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON K1R 5J9

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bay St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 10:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Afternoon Tea Wed–Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Wed–Fri 10:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Contemporary European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (613) 695-8832

  • Private party facilities

    If you would like to make a reservation for a private event with our beautiful tea salon please email us directly at info@thevanitearoom.com

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