Themed Afternoon Tea - Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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RAINCOVER AFTERNOON TEA
The rainy season is upon us, and what better way to beat those drizzly Vancouver days than to cozy up with a hot tea and delicious bites with Notch8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver? Indulge in delectable savoury fare, scones and tasty sweets created by our in-house Pastry Shop.
If your tiny tot is joining, we offer a Children’s Tea featuring
kid-friendly sandwiches, scones, and sweet treats.

We are pleased to offer options catering to guests with specific dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, as well as dietary preferences including vegetarian and vegan diets. Please notify us at time of booking and we will be delighted to facilitate.


Please advise us of any allergies or dietary restrictions that would require us to adjust our menu.
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CN
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I’ve been to many afternoon teas- this was mediocre at best. For such a high price tag the food could have been a lot better. There were a lot of doughy fillers that weren’t that good - this brought down the overall quality of the tea. I would not recommend this high tea with so many other wonderful spots it town.

TL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and creative. Thank you to our friendly and awesome waiter. We had a lovely gathering.

SA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such tasty food with a whimsical theme - umbrellas, puffy clouds and cute rubber duckies all around. Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont ....Highly recommend!!!

JT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I had very high hopes for high tea at the Fairmont (image wise - it seems higher end, the nutcracker theme seemed very cute, it's the Fairmont!) but I left very disappointed.
The food was very average.
The tea itself was fine but we were only asked about water refills within the first 15 mins of getting our tea. With two pots of tea for two people, it's not like we needed refills that early on but still appreciated being asked. I thought that level of service was going to continue throughout, but our server never came back around to offer us a tea refill. We sat there for the full 1.5 hours and only in the last 10 mins did we manage to flag down our server to ask for more tea. Then he came by and left the bill and machine, and I had to tap and tear off my own receipt since he never bothered to come back around. Considering it is $80 + tip and tax, it's at the high end for high tea and it def wasn't worth that price. I would not consider going back and would never recommend it. What a disappointment.

B
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First let me say it was ghastly. There aren’t enough negative words to describe. Secondly, and what matters most, is the chef very graciously made it right by comping our tea. A review is not necessary: we will never go back.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great date idea and experience.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The notch8 at the fairmont hotel always sets their standards high. This nutcracker tea is no exception, the treats were beautiful & the staff is always friendly. Everything was fresh & we were checked on regularly. I do feel the price is a little on the high side compared to many other afternoon teas especially considering champagne/bubbles are not included. That being said the level of detail & the atmosphere of notch8 does surpass many other establishments.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Nutcracker Tea was extremely disappointing.
We weren’t sure if the bread was stale or dry. The deserts too sweet. The same tea leaves topped with hot water throughout the two hour tea.
The soup was however delicious and the service was very good. Not worth the money.

CM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience3

It’s high tea. Scones and desserts were excellent. The finger sandwiches though were disgusting. Soggy and been sitting in the fridge too long. I am re-thinking our afternoon tea spot. Not impressed.

B
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food was disappointing this time. The bread and pastries were overly dry that made some of us question whether or not the bread was stale. The desserts were too sweet and the food presentation was a bit plain for an Christmas event. The hot chocolate that started the meal was the best dish and after that everything went downhill. I have had better experiences at notch so I hope this was a one off. Other than the mouse king and the nutcracker on the table, I don’t find much representation or theme of this story in the experience

A
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Poor quality food very sugary no tasting desserts just awful lovely room

MM
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I would have preferred traditional high tea. When I think of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver I think of traditional high tea with more traditional decor and the standard high tea sandwiches, scones and deserts. The themed tea and the regular Indian theme at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver are losing the tradition, in my opinion. I would prefer traditional high tea. For the cost it was not the premium quality food, atmosphere and experience it should be. It wasn’t terrible but it was not Fairmont quality for the price.

JD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I INVITED MY GRANDAUGHTER TO HIGH TEA AT THE NUTCRACKER TO CELEBRATE HER VISIT BACK HOME FROM COLLEGE IN TORONTO. ABSOLUTELY DIVINE TEA DAINTIES THAT WERE A SIGHT TO BEHOLD. THEY WERE ALL BEAUTIFUL AND DELICIOUS AS WELL! WE EACH RECEIVED A BOX FOR SOME THAT WE COULD NOT EAT THAT AFTERNOON BUT ENJOYED LATER.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

on open table i had mentioned it was for my daughter celebrating her birthday and that there would be a slight mention at least on the dessert plate. nothing.

MJ
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

My family and I have been patronizing the Fairmont high tea for many years and this year, for the first year, we were disappointed. The savoury selection missed the mark as the selection was very unusual and didn’t taste ‘bright and fresh’ having muddied flavours. I was unable to discern the turkey and the salmon completely. The service was lacking as I had to ask for a number of things for our table. In summary I am not certain that we will return next year, perhaps selecting a different venue for our Christmas visit of downtown Vancouver.

a
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Came here with a girlfriend for our Christmas get together and had a really lovely time. The room is very pretty (although a little chilly) and the staff were excellent. The food was very creative and delicious. Would have been nice to have more tea and not just hot water in already steeped tea though. Overall very enjoyable.

CR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food was quite good. However, it was a birthday treat for
my Mom from myself & my kids aged 11 &13. The hotel advertises a children’s tea option, but it was essentially the same menu with an added peanut butter / jam and ham/cheese sandwich. Most of the food was not appetizing to my kids who are not adventurous enough to try duck or sandwiches made of stuffing & turkey. The service was very good & they brought lots of extra food, just not food catered to kids. The Empress hotel in Victoria has a much more kid friendly tea. I did give them feedback & hope they amend the menu.

m
Corpus Christi
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The afternoon tea experience was STELLAR👏👏👏👏👏
The service was impeccable
The atmosphere so lovely
The food and tea perfection

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything is so nice!

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so amazing; the food, the setting and the service was excellent! Very attentive to all the diners. Great experience, highly recommend.

MN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

We were quite disappointed in the offerings, having done tea at many other classy places in the past (e.g., The Empress in Victoria, Butchart Gardens, The Mark in New York, etc.). There was too much emphasis on cutsiness of presentation and not enough on doing sizable enough portions of fewer items that one could do more than a brief taste. (Also, too much emphasis on sweets.....though that might be just a personal preference and an age thing.)

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Very disappointing! Some sandwiches were soggy and overall flavors were very muted and nondescript. Fruit cake scone was the only memorable bit. Too much sweet vs. savory. I really feel $79 was exorbitant for this bland unbalanced fare. In addition, presentation “tiered servers” looked forced and resembled homemade crafts. I really hope Fairmont reads these reviews and makes improvements, I could not recommend this experience.

The menu changed from Spice Merchant to Nutcracker theme and is still misrepresented on Open Table.

JS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This year’s theme was not executed nearly as well as last year. The presentation felt intrusive and blocked views of your companions. The menu was satisfactory but lacking compared to last year. The highlight was the marmalade and the fruitcake scone.

T
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, decor and food. Pricing is a bit expensive relative to the type of food though even if this is Fairmont.

JZ
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The quality of high tea is poor... Smell bad and too many different spices

AF
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I was a bit disappointed this time because when I raised my hand up to ask the waiter something, a lot of the waiters just walked past me and ignored me. I had my hand up for 5 minutes and other people at other tables started to look at me as if I was abnormal. When I payed the bill, I still tipped 15% even after I had that bad experience. The waiter should be lucky that I still tipped 15% even when I was ignored many times. Overall the decor was nice, it suits the Spice Merchant Themed High Tea and the savory was really flavorful. It was busy on November 10, 2019 and I had to wait approx. 35 minutes for the sweets to arrive. It was not served all at one time because it was served in tiffins, and not in the traditional 3 tier stand, the tiffins are provided by Ms.Tiffin.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The atmosphere was pretty good. The food wasn’t the best, I found that I enjoyed the savoury selection that they had but the sweet/dessert selection wasn’t great.

GS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service. the waitress was super nice. The restaurant was amazing. the ambiance perfect.

PV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Didn’t know we were to say in advance of booking if there were any allergies so it messed up set menu to make alterations. Food was mediocre. Didn’t feel price reflected the quality of food.

E
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I chose this menu because it seems to have a balance of savoury and sweet items. In the end, we found the savory items to be smaller than the sweet ones. As we went on Saturday, it was pretty busy and appeared to be short staffed. Tables were not cleaned up promptly and looked unsightly. The tea service was served inside their library, which has pretty low ceiling and not much soft coverings, so the noise level inside the room felt more like a dim sum restaurant when everyone were talking. A far cry from the serene experience one would come to expect when having afternoon tea at restaurants that specialize in high or afternoon tea. At $65 pp, I don't think it's good value for money.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The tea did not feel like high tea. It was a dark room and the savoury items were large not small sandwiches. I think there was too much sweet and not enough savoury. Also overpriced, I had the vegetarian option and it was very basic. The best items were the Gulab jamun cheesecake and scones. The vegetarian sandwiches weren’t very Indian just a lot of tomatoes. Waitress was very friendly!

SS
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only comment - I am a little disappointed that the afternoon tea was confused with high tea. Visiting BC, I will hope that the employees will know that calling it high tea does not make it fancy. High tea is served between 5 and 6 pm. It is served in a high table and is for the working class and they serve heavy meals. Afternoon tea is served with delicate China and involves table manners. The presentation was very fancy and by no means it was a high tea experience . I really hope you take my feedback seriously and educate you staff on this particular topic.
Thanks!!

SS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted that our vegan request was granted and the chef created delicious courses for us to enjoy. We loved our server Marilu. She was attentive and helped make the entire experience special.

EO
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

have enjoyed three, themed teas now. Each time was lovely. Looking forward to the next one.

B
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Although the setting in Notch 8 is interesting, it is not what one traditionally associates with High Tea. The low-ceilinged room feels somewhat claustrophobic. The lighting & lack of acoustics makes it feel more like a bar than an appropriate venue for tea.
The service was excellent, not hurried. The food was tasty, each item unique.
We all especially enjoyed the shrimp sandwiches.
Not great value for the price.

MI
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This tea was a wonderful birthday experience for my wife.
t
he food was excellent and the waiter made the experience very pleasurable.

G
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tea experience. Lots of creative food ideas and an elegant treat. Cost was high, but a unique experience. Woukd have liked to see more tea selection options.

S
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

You need better vegan and vegetarian options please

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved Raluca
She was great to talk too about Vancouver

JT
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

So disappointing. Had high expectations for the themed tea but two of the naan bread savory bites were soggy while three of the desserts were so dry they were inedible. We were grateful for the scones, they were amazing. Sadly everything else was not.