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Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Palliser, Calgary, AB

Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Palliser

4.8
4.8
198 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
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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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea

  • Hours of Operation

    Afternoon Tea Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 260-1219

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

What 198 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Best Service

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Best Ambience

  • Calgary

    Best Service

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another amazing afternoon tea ❤️
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for afternoon tea to celebrate my daughter’s 10th birthday. The staff made it extra special for her, and she couldn’t stop grinning all day.
  3. KM

    KaelaM

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was my party's first time at Hawthorn and it was a wonderful experience. Our waiter was thorough and attentive, the food/cocktails were delicious and the tea was outstanding. Not being a big tea person myself, that was an unexpected bonus. It was an excellent excuse to dress up nice and enjoy an afternoon. We will come back in different seasons to experience the changing menus, especially the Christmas one.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Was here celebrating a friends birthday. Service was excellent and our server was very attentive and polite. Set up was super cute and dishes were pretty. Food was good - not as good as I would expect for the price though. Its way over priced, otherwise it was a nice little afternoon tea.
  5. SM

    SandyM

    Calgary

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Granddaughter & I enjoyed a great afternoon tea at the Palliser hotel. Everything about it was excellent. We want to do it again soon.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was great and our server was amazing. My Dad had died in August so it was the first time taking my elderly Mom out to enjoy some time with friends. I haven’t seen her smile in a long time. The ambiance and ability to take our time and chat was worth it. The food was delicious and the tea selection was wonderful. Angie
  7. M

    Mimi

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service and ambiance was spectacular. It was the perfect way to celebrate. I would definitely recommend and look forward to doing it again!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Afternoon tea was lovely!
  9. MR

    MegR

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    For what I paid I was expecting the food to be better. Some of the sandwiches were dried out. The woman who served us was great, but obviously busy with other tables. Took her a while to take our order. Was expecting to be blown away, and I wasn't.
  10. VL

    ValL

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You simply cannot go wrong eating at the Palliser.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing we will be back!😊
  12. AT

    AndrewT

    Calgary

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was busy, but not packed on a Saturday afternoon before Christmas. Nice to get out.
  13. JH

    JuHe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    This is our fourth time having afternoon tea here. The scones and tea were excellent but everything else (desserts and sandwiches) were really dry. This was the first time we’ve been disappointed with the food, so I’m hoping it’s just a one time occurrence. Will be back again. The ambiance and service were 10/10. Just a bit disappointed with the food this time around.
  14. m

    michoo

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambience! Not my first time , will come back again.
  15. C

    Carolc

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The atmosphere is wonderful. and the carollers added a special touch. The tea is delicious but value for the food isn't great. I would suggest the Christmas lunch or dinner.
  16. J

    Johns

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    I feel fair is pretty accurate as to my rating..not bad just not great for the price .. Of courses the setting is lovely ..and the food was pretty good... I guess as it comes to $100 a person (with tip) maybe I expected it to be exceptional I had asked the girls to dress up as I thought I saw there was a dress code ... Our waitress was in blue jeans and blue shirt ..she explained the food with little enthusiasm ..and only two of us could hear ..as the table was in the middle of the room...it was ok ...she also offered alcohol to my granddaughter who is 14 years old This of course delighted my granddaughter and it is hard to tell I guess ... The waitress came by very rarely ...had to find her for hot water ..picture .. She did exchange the tea my niece choose as she didn't like it ..that was nice! When I asked if they were short staffed which is often the case now ..I was told no ..they were fully staff which was witnessed by three of them chatting by the coffee area ...anyway .. we did have fun ..and will do High Tea again just not at The Pallister
  17. EP

    EgleP

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Outstanding service … always! Atmosphere also, especially if you celebrate any occasion
  18. KR

    KeahR

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Tea selection made it difficult to choose, but was very happy with my choice. The carollers were a really nice touch as well. Food was delicious, and more than I thought there would be.
  19. SC

    ShamC

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was such a nice experience, as usual. Our waitress was so sweet and attentive. The carolers were a bonus! Thank you! My daughter had a beautiful fun time on her annual birthday high tea!!!
  20. EP

    EllaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an amazing experience, you truly feel like royalty the moment you step through the door. From describing each tea to the 3-tier tower of treats, and even having the table set and ready for you arrival, you quickly feel at home.
  21. SM

    SteveM

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience with my daughter and grandchildren. A classic tea. Food was fun and delicious, service was friendly and attentive and the booth was comfortable.
  22. K

    Kustomer

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was perfect. Everything tasted great the service was stellar the room has been renovated since I was last there and it looks magnificent took a friend for her birthday and she really loved it which means I really loved it thank you Palliser thank you to the fantastic service staff
  23. C

    Coco

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was an amazing experience. We had so much fun. Great selections of tea and snacks. The tea pots and cups look so cute. My little cousin was so happy and keeps talking about the whole time.
  24. LY

    LisaY

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This is definitely a special event type of thing. My daughter had a wonderful few hours. She had never been to the Palliser and that was a treat in itself. Food was marvellous. Service attentive but maybe a little slow. We were ok with that aspect as we took our time soaking it al in.
  25. B

    Buffy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    The ambience, crockery, cutlery, setting n service was absolutely beautiful. Alas, the food fell short in various ways. I was in London, UK past Aug and had a few afternoon teas at various places, hence the comparison. The scones are were fresh and tasty, but a tad smaller portion. Overall, with the condiments quite nice. 8/10. The savoury selection of sandwiches was good on paper. Egg Salad sandwich was tasty and wholesome. The beef one had a nice combination. Chicken was alright too, but could have had some grilled/barbq meat to give a change in taste. The Cucumber sandwich was visually beautiful, but really bland. perhaps the cucumber was extremely thinly sliced and thus couldn't taste it. The shrimp tart was the real downer. It was dry crusty, and couldn't taste the shrimp or any other flavour. I think it should be changed to a veggie quiche. Please keep in mind that Calgary has very dry weather, thus the bread edges were getting dry quite quickly. It would be appropriate to cover with a damp cloth or a wrap, to retain moisture. In the dessert section, the chocolate and mocha ones were alright, no complaints. The lychee and the lemon ones were just too exotic or thats all i could taste. I do no eat macaroons at all, so swapped with my friend. The tea selection was quite varied and seemed interesting. We were offered to try one tea each and had to stick to the same one throughout the sitting. My friend and I sampled each others, but would have preferred to try atleast one more variery of tea. Prior to eating, I would have preferred a refreshing tea and then with desserts to have another flavour, perhaps a plain black one to be able to taste.
  26. S

    Sunshine

    Calgary

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice high tea set up but the scone variety at chateau lake louise are much better!!
  27. KJ

    KrislynJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time, the food was delicious and we had a wonderful seat by the fireplace. Service was amazing, and they even brought out a cute little birthday cake for the birthday girl! 10/10 would recommend.
  28. CS

    ChelseaS

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The food is ok, but the whole experience definitely makes it worthwhile. Wonderful service, ambiance, and just such a fun way to feel fancy for an afternoon! Julie is an absolute delight and really makes a difference in the experience.
  29. D

    Diqalia

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My daughter and I took my mom there for her birthday. The hostess and server were very friendly. The amount of food per person was very generous, we even got extra desserts on our trays. The tea selection was good. And as a surprise, the server brought out a mini chocolate mousse with a sparkler for mom!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very good service
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a surprise for my partner, what a lovely surprise for us both, Julie was very attentive and knowledgeable of what she was serving and the extra touch for our anniversary was greatly appreciated. The food was wonderful and the tea was perfect.
  32. CS

    ChantelS

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was really good. Always enjoy the great selection of tea. Service was great. Love to have tea with friends.
  33. L

    Libs

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Julie surpassed my expectations in terms of service and was fantastic! The food was OK however it was not some thing I would be blown away by. Overall the experience was very enjoyable but for $100 per person, which included a 20% gratuity, I don’t believe I would be back. Request a booth.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daughter’s 18th birthday celebration. Everyone had a wonderful time!
  35. CS

    ChantelS

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was good. Service was very nice and quick. Gluten free option was still tasty. I find it a bit pricey but I guess that’s what you pay for experience. All in all it was good.
  36. D

    Debi

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the 10th year that my granddaughter and I have celebrated our birthdays with afternoon tea at the Palliser. We had, as usual, a wonderful time. Our server, Julie, has taken care of us for nine of the ten years and she is spectacular! Greets us like old friends and makes us feel so special! The food was wonderful and we had a beautiful table in front of the fireplace. We were even served a special 10th anniversary dessert! Just a wonderful experience.
  37. MB

    MadisonB

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High tea is a really fun experience for a special occasion. Pretty pricey but for a special treat, totally worth it. All the food and beverages were excellent and the service was outstanding.
  38. C

    Chris

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    High Tea at the Palliser is a lovely experience. Delectable scones, lovey tea sandwiches, and incredible desserts.
  39. DM

    DouglasM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is an timeless tradition. Julie gave excellent service. The food was outstanding. Would recommend for anyone looking for a chance to slow down and take a break.
  40. CK

    CK3AK

    Nottingham

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Selection of sandwiches and treats are excellent. We particularly enjoyed the ham and cheese finger sandwiches. Love the tea selection too Thanks for a wonderful afternoon

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  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Palliser is rated 4.8 stars by 198 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Palliser

133 9 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2M3

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Calgary

  • Hours of Operation

    Afternoon Tea Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea

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