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Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Palliser

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Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
The tea hour is always an intimate one; a time for friendly chats amid pleasant surroundings. Join us at Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar, where you’re invited to relax with our traditional afternoon tea menu consisting of delicate tea pastries, dainty finger sandwiches, and oven-fresh scones to enjoy with a selection of Fairmont LOT 35 loose leaf teas.

Please specify if there will be any dietary restrictions, and/or if there will be any little kings and queens.

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  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 40 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.8
Service
4.5
Ambience
3.9
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGreeneyes
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We four ladies, two twenty somethings and two newly fifty something, had so much fun. Our waitress was excellent and the food was excellent. The reno's to the Hotel are lovely. All in all, one to remember.

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Carlitotsweigh
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booked a table for ten to celebratea birthday and the staff went completely out of there way to make everyone feel so special with all 10 participants expressing their desires to come back next chance they could.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an absolutely beautiful way to celebrate my mother’s 70th birthday.

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DerickL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service. The food was dry and disappointingly subpar.

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alysonb
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

I've always loved having Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Palliser - Always an enjoyable experience. I've been enjoying Afternoon Tea for several years. The part I've always enjoyed the most was the "ambiance". With the grandeur of the hotel itself and the "old world charm" it encompasses, I can feel like I've been carried away to the Victorian era. However, with renovations recently undertaken, and the new Hawthorn being the place tea is served, the surroundings for Afternoon Tea now are a more "mondern" take on the traditional space. It doesn't feel as quaint and as "grand" as it used to. I didn't feel like I was transported back in time, as I used to. Also, the food tasted great, but also lacked the beautiful presentation we had come to enjoy in the past. The experience was still a great one - and I highly recommend the experience. I guess I'm just "old fashioned"!

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HeatherB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience1

The items served did not match the steep price of the holiday tea ($70/guest). The bread was dry for the sandwiches and the desserts were mediocre. While our server was very nice, the ambiance felt more like we were sitting in a lounge setting and just stopping in for a snack. I would not recommend having tea at the palliser and feel that there are better experiences to be had in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The afternoon was wonderful with special family & friends. The one suggestion would be that other Fairmont’s have the menus on the table which is nice for reference while you’re enjoying the food. I would also say that though it was delicious the price is a little high & the Christmas decor was lacking in the restaurant area. We would definitely come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time experience and was better then expected. Pacing and service were nicely timed.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas celebration

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PatS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

All round good experience, met our expectations. Would have rather been in an actual tea room and not right beside the open bar.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We had a very nice time but our experience at the Banff Fairmount high tea was a grander affair on all levels by far

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Cher
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place for birthdays very cozy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was really busy in the dining room. The chair was really comfortable and the head cutouts of downtown Abby characters are hilarious. The hostess girl was really nice and checked our coats for us. Service by Jessica was excellent. Can’t say how much I love the fairmont earl grey with just a bit of milk. The sandwiches are good as well. I was bit worried as I was reading the reviews and some reviews mentioned sandwich being dry. They were very moist and tasty. My favourite was the cucumber sandwich and cranberry chicken sandwich. Desserts and scones are excellent.

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lovetoeat
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Our server was excellent, but it felt like we were eating in a cafeteria. The brown table felt cheap and just did not exude the elegance of afternoon tea

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vipFlipAppeal
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an amazing experience. Upon entering the room the sheer ambiance takes your breath away. Our waitress, Julie, walked us through the tea box and explained each of the qualities of tea with amazing detail and patiently answered our questions. Our mimosas were delicious and the champagne, delicious. The three tiered meal, had delicious fresh scones, an assortment of sandwiches and finger foods, followed by artistic desserts too pretty to eat. LOVE THIS. If you are looking for a luxurious eating experience without the air of pretentiousness, you must try this!!!

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vipJordanaK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

High tea is always a fun experience. However the service was not great. It was fine up until we had to pay, the server dropped off our bill and never returned. We needed the bill split and after waiting almost 30 minutes for our server to return she did not. We ended up having to ask another server.

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vipAlexandraP
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We tried the Downton Abbey tea. The sandwiches were delicious. My favourite was the smoked salmon and the devilled eggs.
The jams and scones tasted wonderful and we were glad there were no raisins in the scones. The little cakes were lovely. All in all the experience was very pleasant. Loved the glasses that the Prosecco was served in.
My only complaint was that the music was too loud for the number of people in the dining room.

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Minderella
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely excellent experience from start to finish! Food was splendid and the presentation was visually appealing. Our server Jessica was gracious, courteous and attentive and made our time in the Hawthorne Room perfectly memorable❤

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Newly renovated and very welcoming. Great job and will be back for a dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved the Downtown Abbey afternoon tea. Very authentic and great service.

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vipFoodRULES
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant afternoon tea with all of the traditional accompaniments that made for a memorable Mother-Daughter experience. We look forward to doing this again!

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Angel
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have attended afternoon tea at the Fairmont Palliser once before with my husband, but this time I was by myself. They were having a Downtown Abbey themed event, which I didn't know at the time I made my reservation, but I thought it was a cute idea. The art deco ambiance of the Hawthorne dining room plays perfectly into the time period of the show, and is a treat for anyone who likes vintagevibes.

The tower of sweet and savoury delectables was wonderful, but I noticed there were no macarons - which are my favorite. When I mentioned I was surprised about there not being macarons my server, Sarah, said she would see if she could get me one. She really went the extra mile for me, and made my day with her wonderful service and not one - but two! - macarons. I also received a Fairmont Palliser postcard with my cheque, which I thought was a lovely touch.

I highly recommend the Fairmont Palliser for tea, ambiance, and service, and will probably be back again next time I am in Calgary.

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vipButterflyWings2
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were here for the Downton Abbey afternoon tea and it was a wonderful experience. Our hostess and server were both very friendly and were very accommodating of our dietary restrictions. They had a great selection of teas and the ambience was just perfect; modern with a classic touch.

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ValM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed everything but it is very pricey but u knew that going in. You are paying for the experience. The food was very good too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Starting from the hostess and the server. Everyone is all smiling and very pleasant. The scones are super airy and warm and delicious.

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Shannon
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience3

I had higher expectations for the Fairmont. We were there for a birthday - celebrating the afternoon with high tea. The food and services were good, very filling sandwiches and lovely pastries. My disappointment stems from the fact that was the tea was not hot, and we solely went for high tea. Even though staff brought around hot water to add to our pots, the tea was lukewarm at best.

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BetterDesserts
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I went to the Palliser for my birthday afternoon tea. I enjoyed every aspect of the affair. Neither the tea nor the food disappointed and the service was kind and attentive. I will definitely enjoy another afternoon tea with Fairmont.

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SusanW
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a very lovely time with excellent service and great food. My only complaint was that there was a wedding party taking pictures and was very loud. Luckily they left fairly soon
Other than that, it was a tremendous experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

My young daughters took their grandma for tea for her birthday and they charges the kids tea service as adults instead of as kids. This resulted in being over billed $70!! I called to try and straighten out the situation and was treated poorly by the hostess and told there was nothing they could do. So I went in and asked to speak with the manager. After explaining what had happened she refunded me one adult tea service. But we had tipped 20% on the entire original bill. So I ended up paying $175 for tea service for 3, what a rip off. We will not be back

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed with our visit. With it being the long weekend the restaurant wasn't at all busy and yet we were seated at a table that was very wobbly--every time we moved it moved! We asked to be re-located and we were accommodated but it was a damper on the occasion. Overall our time was OK but of the 4 occasions that I've come for tea, the last three haven't delighted like my first visit did and I don't see myself coming back again. The price that is charged simply is too much for tea.

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Ringtail
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The scones are amazing! Finger sandwiches and the sweet treats were excellent. The whole experience was exactly what I expect and actually surpassed. Well done!

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Cazbud
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This experience was worth every penny. If you are looking for an afternoon to be spoilt this is it.

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MitziA
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

The Palliser is always elegant. However the price is outrageous for the quality & quantity of their High Tea! The tea & scones were wonderful. The sandwiches mediocre. Rock music was playing in the background. Really!
Enjoyed time with my son regardless.

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RuthB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience2

Rap music is not the right soundtrack for high tea.

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anon
London
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience3

The service that I received was lovely. No complaints there. However, the tea and setting was not what I expect from a Fairmont or equivalent property.
The scones had the close, soft, cake-like texture of a muffin. One of the tea sandwiches was on an acceptable roll, but the other three were on plain white bread. I asked where they source their bread from and my server reported back that the pasty chef had only advised "from a commercial supplier". It wasn't as bad as wonder bread, but it was clearly just sliced commercial white bread. The bottom of the cucumber and dill sandwich was soggy. The pastry selection was fine. Nothing to write home about, but still fine.
Tea is served in the bar area, and it shows. Classic rock was playing on the overhead and the staff uniform was blue jeans. This is... fine, I guess. I would encourage the F&B manager to contact their counterpart at the Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten and ask for some tips on how to run a tea service though.
To reiterate though - the service I received was good. None of these things was within the control of my server, who was delightful. I would not return though as the food that is served here is not up to the standards of the brand.

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ConnieV
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere and service promised a superb experience, but sadly, the sandwiches and desserts were not impressive. The scones were good though. For $94.00 I expected and have had much better afternoon teas.

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Royal7
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Overpriced for what you get. Food okay. Better go to Banff, Lake Louise or Waterton Lakes instead. Service was excellent

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ElizabethS
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea, great selection of food

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LidaA
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was amazing to have this experience at Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Palliser.

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AndrewW
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great experience. It never looks like there will be enough food but we always have leftovers. Nice selection of teas and a lovely selection of savoury and sweet foods. The room has been renovated nicely and has a much more contemporary feel.

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Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Palliser is rated 4.5 stars by 40 OpenTable diners.

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