Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Palliser

4.7
59 reviews
CAN$51 and over
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 of delicate tea pastries, dainty finger sandwiches, and oven-fresh scones to enjoy with a selection of LOT 35 Fairmont loose leaf teas.

Please mention any dietary restrictions, and/or if there will be any "little kings and queens" in attendance.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
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 59 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
3.9
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely and delicious Afternoon Tea with beautiful ambience. Just a little too pricey at $70/pp.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my first time going for afternoon tea. My husband and I celebrated our birthday/valentines and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Decor was beautiful, nice selection of teas, some very unique options as well as your classic cup of tea. Definitely recommend it ☺️

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Sfitzg02
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I went to High Tea for my Birthday celebration. Excellent service and the server gave me a large hollow chocolate ball with a small piece of round chocolate cake in the middle with some fresh fruit with a lit sparkler. (Which was on the house). I had to take that home, as it was not expected and we were stuffed from our High Tea trays. We enjoyed the High Tea food very much. Everything was fresh and very tasty. We enjoyed having 2 chocolate desserts with the small desserts on the top tray.

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vipNinaS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

I’m not happy with the costumer service. For what you charge $$$$ I would expect better service. I placed my order with a side note of what I can’t not eat. I called right away to notify there was a mix up with my order. The front desk took my info and said she would get back to me. I also emailed the company to notify them. It’s been 4 days and I still haven’t heard from anyone. Not impressed with the service at all. I will not be recommending this place to anyone. Over rated for nothing.

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AndreN
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The experience does not disappoint. Great sandwiches and pastries and tea. Service was excellent!

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JAH17
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had high tea to celebrate our daughter's birthday. The service was excellent and the menu geared for younger patrons was much appreciated. Due to Covid restrictions and the current climate the restaurant was very quiet so it's hard to say how the normal noise level would be. We loved the jazz Christmas music that played over the system. This was a magical afternoon for our family.

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JaimeM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an incredible experience. I took my daughter for afternoon tea to celebrate her 10th birthday with some extravagance. The presentation, quality and service was above our expectations. I was very impressed with their handling of all the Covid protocols. Groups were well spaced and I appreciated that there was a screening upon entering the hotel. The tea brought joy and adventure into our lives during the pandemic. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The atmosphere was intimate and casual. The tea selections were high quality and varied, from robust to mild, it caters to various tastes. Highly recommend the creamy earl grey! The food items that came with the afternoon tea was a great pairing and well seasoned.

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John
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, everything was spaced out to give each person having High Tea their own area and complying with social distancing. The food and tea were great!

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vipKimberlyB
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

My GF sandwiches tasted like they had been sitting for hours, they were dry and boring. I know they can do better because I was there last year and it was delicious. To pay 100 /pp for tea and sandwiches, I expect more and better. Will find a different place

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TerryM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Afternoon Tea is enjoyable and I would recommend it

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CaraS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was a birthday gift for my mom, and they worked hard to make her feel special. Having it in the updated lounge takes some of the ‘old world charm’ out of it, which I preferred, but my daughter did not. Overall, a great afternoon which we consider worth the price for a special event.

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my wife for our wedding anniversary and her birthday, this is a great place to treat someone, great venue, excellent service and great food.

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kelly
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

The service was amazing. We got the best seat in the house. Right In front of the fireplace. The food was okay. The bread was dry and the shrimp was quite fishy. The tea was delicious though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

I missed the formality. I’ve been in Victoria several times. I missed table cloths and special touches. It was having tea in a restaurant. Not high tea in my opinion.

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StephanieK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Overall, I was disappointed with the service. The food was ok, but not great as compared to other Fairmont High Tea services in other locations. We had one vegetarian with us, and the vegetarian options were poor. The tea and the desserts were great however.
Service was also poor as when we asked for something, the server forgot and it either took a long time or we had to request multiple times. We were also seated at tables next to other groups of diners, instead of being a bit more spaced out which would have been preferred.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely food, great selection

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KimP
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We went for afternoon tea for my young adult daughter's birthday at her request and have been to this tea a couple of times previously for special occasions. The experience, service and food is always amazing. My daughter was a little disappointed in the new seating and decor - she preferred the way it was before, but it is nicely redone. While it is a highly priced outing, it's a nice treat.

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TamaraH
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an excellent afternoon tea with my little girl (princess dress and all). Food and atmosphere were great and everyone welcomed me with my little girl. This was her first experience having a fancy tea. Highly recommended. Note, taking a little one, we booked last reservation of the day to have more time and not fee rushed.

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vipGreeneyes
Calgary
13 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
10 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
13 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
11 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
3 reviews
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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Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Palliser is rated 4.7 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

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.