Afternoon Tea - Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

3.9
565 reviews
CAN$51 and over
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Pinkie’s up! Join us in Notch8 for our famous Afternoon Tea. If your tiny tot is joining, we offer a Children's Tea featuring kid-friendly finger sandwiches, scones, and sweet treats. Afternoon Tea is served on Saturdays and Sundays only.

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.

There is a 2 hour time limit for each reservation, if you have any questions or concerns prior to your visit please let us know.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
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 565 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.8
Food
4.0
Service
3.8
Ambience
3.2
Value
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LoreM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A very nice afternoon tea. Good selections of tea with pot refilled and hot throughout. Interesting sandwich and sweet tray with delicious scones, clotted cream and apple preserve. Presentation was very good with ample variety. The service was fine, but I have received better at Fairmont before. Would recommend. Much better than the afternoon tea at the Fairmont Airport location, which was disappointing when tried last season.

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Choko
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

Definitely, not worth for the price.

The bread for sandwiches was so dry.. the pastries were mediocre.. I couldve picked up better pastries from Wholefoods.

Tea tastes like some tea bags you get at a hotel room for free..

The only things that we liked were scones fresh from the oven.

For the price, I expected better service but tea pots and cups were randomly scattered on the table.

I just couldn't believe that the bill I got from a well-known high-end seafood restaurant in downtown is slightly smaller. We were so full and happy with so much fresh seafood at the restaurant the other day.

The three level platter in the picture includes the sets for two adults and one child. The total for the food and the tea was about 200 dollars.. I just couldn't believe what I spent that much money for..

Lessons learnt in a hard way. I should've done some research on this place. I just assumed its good because its well-known.

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SusanneR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The reviews I had read previously worried me, but it turned out much better than expected. The scones were delicious as were the treats, but we missed the traditional cucumber sandwiches which had been replaced by ‘festive’ sandwiches which we didn’t really enjoy. The cost for high tea was as expected and we enjoyed the ambience and experience. Don’t go doe the value, go for the experience and time with family!

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WedgeSalad
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We were 2 adults and 1 child. The soup was in a shot glass? Too small & tacky. There was lots of sweets but not enough sandwiches. All the food and especially the tea was superb

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MariaL
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

This year’s Festive afternoon tea was quite a letdown. Tea at the Hotel Vancouver has been a Christmas tradition for us over the past several years.
At $69 a head, this year’s offering was quite sparse, and compared to previous teas quite prosaic. Worst of all, the menu stated scones with clotted cream, as all good high teas should.
But, for whatever reason, the scones were served with whipped cream!?
Big difference and misrepresentation.

To top it off, on the tea selection the Imperial Breakfast was only served in in tea bags. So disappointing.
What a letdown.

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JS1234567
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely tea, kid friendly/ accommodating, and delicious bites

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Shey
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

The bread for finger sandwiches didn't taste fresh and the macaron didn't seem fresh either. It was the hard chewy kind.

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Juneybug
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience2

I've been to afternoon previously at the Fairmont. This time, ambience wasn't quite as nice and I understand that based on the COVID-19 protocols.

However I think based on the food, $70 per person is a little steep. I'm not sure I'll go back.

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Peggy
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience5

We arrived there on the everything looks so nice.
Then I saw plates that our server just put on the table is dirty. Mean you don't even look at it before you walked to the table.
I mean it happens, but Fairmont, I expect something better than this.
We asked for hot water to fill up the tea for the second steep. Took really forever. I think our server has just 3-4 tables at the time we asked.
It's ok. But I really came here with really high expectations. It's my first time with Fairmont. So I wasn't impressed that much.

I would not recommend to friends.

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Powdergirl
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience5

Went to Notch8 for our annual Christmas mother/daughter Afternoon Tea. The ambiance at Notch8 and the Vancouver Hotel lobby surpassed expectations. The entire place transported us into a festive wonderland. The service was very good. The food was good but overall nothing to write home about. The sandwiches had dried out on the top and there was a whole lot of scone. The apple preserve was very bitter and with no trace of apple. Nice selection of teas. Would go back next year but would also consider other places that offer Afternoon Tea.

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BLNewco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

The High tea at the Fairmont is not what it used to be:
1) It is now served in a bar-like setting, I’m missing the old style sitting room experience. We had our tea next to a party of six that enjoyed their beers and nachos. The tables don’t have table cloths. You get your cutlery wrapped in a napkin. It was quite loud.
2) The sandwiches were pre-made. They were flavourless and tasted like they had been sitting in a fridge for a long time. But the scones and the sweets were delicious.
3) You only have a very limited choices of tea. I think it was six or seven. In addition you are not offered a second choice of tea.
4) My plate was dirty and while the waiter took it away it was never replaced. I ended up using the plate that was put on the table for the tea bags.
5) The mixed gender washrooms were very dirty. The toilet seat was up and stains all around the toilet.

Overall a very disappointing experience. It was certainly not worth $70 per person.

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BrookG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

I have been taking my niece for her birthday for 11 years and sadly each year it the quality and service continues to decline. In the past you were always assured of good service and a pleasant experience, as you would expect for the price. However, the past 2 years have not offered such an experience. I don't know what has changed, but the quality of the food and service is certainly lacking. For $144 for afternoon tea, I don't expect to wait for over 15 minutes before a server appearing, I don't expect for our food to be literally dropped on the table without even a slight explanation of what is on the plates, I don't expect for part of the order to be forgotten, to the point that I have to remind them, I don't expect for the tea pot to barley be refilled with hot water...especially when it costs that much! If it was not for the tradition of taking my niece I would certainly be finding someplace else...

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AndreaP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

Some pastries seemed old, sandwiches were not very good.

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HARman
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Very average, nothing festive about it except a gingerbread macaroon.

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tews
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

The tea was lovely, our waiter recognized my granddaughter making her feel special.
Food was ok, not as unique or pretty as previous. It was a busy afternoon, our waiter was doing his best. When a women came out to assist she took the time to check on all the tables with couples, but walked right past the one with the young lady and grandma.
The young lady noticed. I don’t think I would recommend at this time, something also needs to be worked with the washrooms downstairs.
Thank you

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SarahM
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

The food is not freshly prepared, the “fresh” bread has that crust on it from being left in the fridge, the turkey was dry and there was no condiments on it. The roast beef roll was soggy and I think they forgot to add the horseradish. The scones were acceptable but nothing to be excited about. Maybe they’re mass purchased?? The beets were barely pickled, tasted like they were boiled and then tossed in a vinaigrette? Sloppy to eat on the floppy little pancake. The serving tower was VERY worn and wobbled the entire time.
The tea was ok...we were given barely enough of the rock sugar to cover the 2 cups of tea we each wanted. There was possibly 3 tablespoons of sugar provided to us. The service ware was very well worn and obviously not polished recently. The tea was certainly not impressive as advertised. The lavender earl grey was weak, perhaps just not enough tea in the pot?
I was there to celebrate my birthday, so a slice of birthday cake was brought to me. It was inedible. My partner took the first bite, it was crunchy and tasted of garlic. When I tried to take a bite I could barely get my fork into it. There was obvious freezer burn on it and it smelled as though it was next to something “herb & garlic”. To try and salvage the afternoon I ordered a bottle of Moët. At the incredibly raised cost I expected to get top notch service...I did not. The bottle was opened at the table without the ice bucket. So it was left on the table while he went to collect it. It turned out to be a bucket of cold water not ice. The glass presented to me had an obvious chip in it. The server stopped pouring when I mentioned it and he brought me a Comp glass. That was nice.
I mentioned the inedible cake to the manager on duty who said “what a lovely gesture gone wrong”. No additional niceties or consideration was made.
I will not return to this restaurant for tea or any other meals.

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vipZeddy
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

Food was ok
Scones were the best part
Ambiance not very tea like more a restaurant. Miss the old tea experience at the fairmont.

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AzieA
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Overall our experience was pretty negative. We had such high expectations for our first experience at Hotel Vancouver...and we were celebrating a special occasion on that day which ended up being a disappointment.
I hope you put this feedback to good use and name changes fast

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LaurenHem
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

Tea was lovely, music was lovely, room was beautiful. The value of items was not worth the price point, however, scones were delightful! Wanted to feel a little more decadent.

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Miss
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, delicious 3 tier prepared with care for dietary requests.

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Nikimiki
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I don't think the quality of service and food/tea selection was worth $70 each person. I was very disappointed. Or nothing was so special about the space itself too. This didn't worth $ 220 in total. I could bought those pastry and have tea at my place with the same selection less than $50. Very very disappointing, almost didn't want to pay that's how disappointing it was. Not recommending this place for aftrrnoon tea to anyone.

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LindaT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Jacqueline was the nicest lady and so accommodating 👍🏼

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Alan
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

I have been here at the Fairmont for the afternoon tea for about 4 years in a row and I will say this year just wasn’t the same. The food looks thrown together. Very sloppy looking with very small portions and minimal options. Compared to previous years. Leaving here I was absolutely dissatisfied and disappointed for $70+ dollars. Also the table was not even a white table clothe it was all in the bar area. Just the atmosphere didn’t feel special. I’d rather go eat at a fancy restaurant for what I paid. I truly don’t feel I got my monies worth here. If I were you I would skip this year. Notch8 has slipped.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience2

Way overpriced for no ambience for an afternoon tea

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Michelin1
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

This is the second time I have experienced High Tea. The first was at the Empress Hotel in Victoria. This pales in comparison with what the Empress has to offer. The Empress offers more variety, as well as the environment is much more conducive for Afternoon Tea, and for about the same price. Yes, High Tea at the Fairmont Vancouver was fine - the food was good, the tea was good - but the value was poor.

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vipbigguy
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

I just didn't think for $300 plus parking it was a great experience...it wasn't necessarily bad - just not what I would expect for that kind of a price...I would have expected everything to be top notch and it was just OK...

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CarolineP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience2

The ambiance is really not english. The decor, the music...

The staff is on rush and they serve the tea like it was a Poutine...

Comme to the Château Frontenac in Québec and you Will see a réel afternoon tea.

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VineetaM
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

I had previously attended the high tea before the renovation. While I enjoyed my experience, I found the previous experience to be much more elegant and high-tea-like. The ambience was different (I actually missed the piano in the middle of the room), as was the China used, and even the food. I did not feel that I received my money's worth for this experience. But while the experience of the food wasn't up to par, the service was lovely.

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ZuHo
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Service was great, but high tea was mediocre. I have tried many high end high teas and was not very pleased with this one. If your standards are not as high (lol) you might enjoy this one though.

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HeatherA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great experience. Even in light of a pandemic, it was such an enjoyable afternoon. Amazing tea and food. Also, the staff was so kind and I didn’t feel rushed at all.

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elle
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Some dishes signed, most tasted good. To put in comparison, I had just visited Vancouvers finest bakeries and cafe and this was definitely not close to that level in terms of tastiness but it costed the same

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YVRshopper
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to celebrate a very belated graduation for uni. We were the first guests for high tea and were able to be very far away for the subsequent arriving guests.
The food was as great as I remembered it and there was such a variety of sandwiches. There were two types of scones and they were warm and fluffy! You must slathers yours with the cream and jam provided.
As a special treat for the grad the server brought out an extra special treat! How thoughtful.
I’ll be back for that next special occasion.

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ChrisT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

The atmosphere is nice and quiet, however, I had more expectations for their afternoon tea.. everything seemed stale and old like it was left out for days. Very disappointed.

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Teethytaylor
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience3

Smaller serving size than they used to have. There used to be 5 sandwiches and 5 sweets, now there's only 4 of each. They used to be bigger too. The cream was not clotted. It was too airy, like whipping cream. The food was very delicious though. Especially the roast beef and horseradish sandwich. It melts in your mouth.

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UmairK
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

Had afternoon tea in the past in other countries and this was by far the most sub-par experience to date so not sure if its just a Canada standard thing? Wife has had afternoon tea in Toronto and said it was a much more satisfying experience. This is all being said based on the value of the experince as high tea is usually pricey but $333 after tip for 4 people does garner some expectations. The service was good so def not the staff's fault I'd say.

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alexandras
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A unique experience that is a must for high tea enthusiasts!

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KatG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was an amazing experience. Would come back again.

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viplynnyy
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Very expensive for what was served... service was attentive... wish you still had the same room

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DebraB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience3

The scones were great, chintzie on the Devonshire cream and fruit.
The bread on the sandwiches seemed a bit dry.
One of the desserts was too hard to eat.
I was totally disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

We have attended the afternoon tea at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel (Notch 8) many time and the experience has been second to none. Today was not the same. To begin the online booking system could not accept more that two people and took multiple emails and phone calls to reserve for three. The afternoon tea itself was not held in the usual beautiful space (I wish we would have known that) and instead was held in the bar area. Instead of a Royal, English Tea, white glove afternoon this was a bar setting with large screen hockey on tv’s. - very unimpressive including the Re-used coasters with random phone numbers on the back. The service was acceptable but the food was far less than usual and of much poorer quality. White bread had a slight staleness to it and overall the menu was marginal. The reason we attend afternoon tea at Notch 8 is for the overall experience and today the experience was completely sub-par. I really home Fairmont brings this back to what it used to be.

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Afternoon Tea - Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is rated 3.9 stars by 565 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.