Tea at The Empress
Executive Pastry Chef AJ Thalakkat and team prepare house-made Empress scones, delectable pastries and tea sweets daily, reflecting locally sourced ingredients to ensure an authentically memorable experience. An exciting new offering is our Fairmont Empress cake. A rich hazelnut chocolate layer cake featuring customized chocolate developed in France specifically for Fairmont Empress. The cake will be topped with a chocolate crown.
Truly one of the finest blends in the world, Empress Tea is the perfect complement to the tea experience. However, should you feel adventurous, Tea at the Empress now has 21 loose leaf teas to select from, making every moment memorable and uniquely your own.
Nobody does tea like the Empress. They've been doing it for centuries and they have it down pat! My lovely tea server was Cathy, originally from Glasgow. Charming and knowledgeable. I look forward to my next visit!
Great ambiance and service but very pricey even for high tea. Elegant. Tea and food was excellent. However, this will be a one - time event or perhaps again for a very special occasion.
This was great. I have always wanted to do tea at the Empress. My husband took me for anniversary tea. I have a soy allergy. And they were most accommodating.
This was such an amazing experience. Everything was so amazing and immaculate. My friend and I enjoyed every moment of our afternoon tea at the Empress.
Our waitress was so lovely , we had a wonderful time.
Afternoon Tea at the Empress was wonderful but also disappointing. The atmosphere and setting was superb with our table for two beside a window looking out into the inner harbour. The service was outstanding, the staff and server were very welcoming and made us feel important to them. The food however was only average. I would of expected a higher level of quality and sophistication considering the price is on the high end for afternoon tea. Also while they did offer a large selection of tea's to choose from, only 6 basic types were included in the price with the others being a surcharge. That "cheapened" the whole experience for us.
So now if someone asks us if we tried the afternoon tea at the Empress we can yes, go for the experience not the food.
Understaffed considering their style of service. Maitre d’ was unfriendly. Long wait for attention once seated. Dirty tables took awhile before they were cleared. Server forgot our tea selections and gave wrong description of dessert item. Scones were excellent but the rest of the afternoon tea were very average. Basically paid a premium for simply the locale, nice Chinaware and the pianist.
Nice experience. But would never repeat. Everything including the staff is very automated. (Except our server, very professional and pleasant to have as our server).
The food was meh it was more about the experience. For the price I reccomend just going to one of Victoria amazing coffee shops for some tea and a bit to eat
Lovely atmosphere in a grand hall with live piano music. Excellent and unique teas (including caffeine-free options). Fluffy scones and tasty savory bites. A bit too heavy on the sweets (though perhaps too light on chocolate options!). Attentive service. Value for money ($78) depends on how you like these things, but it was certainly an interesting experience to do once.
A little disappointing. The tea choice format is interesting but does not often actually describe the type of tea. Previously we were able to have a few more of our favourite food selections for no charge, but not anymore.
We've had tea at the Empress three times now and it never fails to impress. It is a bit pricey, but worth it for special occasions.
Tea at the Empress is an experience not to be missed, and I do reccomend it. The Service is really awesome and our server was full of information on the Hotel and Victoria. The sconers were wonderful, the Tea sandshiches were ok, and the pastrys were delightful.
Expensive tea time experience but worth for historic moment.
Tea selection was good.
However food was very traditional so some were not very enjoyable.
Only scone and macaron were good level that I can say delicious!
Service was OK
For the price that was being paid I expected more to be honest. The food was good but didn't wow me, the tea was really good, except one was over steeped. The waiter was friendly and accommodating which was good. Overall was a good experience and something to be done at least once if you haven't had tea at the Empress. Made for a special birthday surprise for my wife well so points for that.
Classic Victoria establishment. Worth the visit for the experience but definitely have had better afternoon tea before.
I’ve always wanted to do tea, but it never worked with my schedule. This was ideal. There’s even an option for kids with less fancy, more palatable foods.
It's tea at the Empress. If you want swanky, this is it.
Excellent ambiance! Delicious food. Outstanding food and service!
Very fun afternoon. I think they should re-institute a dress code. It would make it more elegant. Sandwiches were great!
It was a fantastic experience for my daughter and I
We received the Hightea invitation as a Christmas gift from my son and daughter
An unforgettable gift
Great High Tea , excellent for special occasions
Overall, we enjoyed high tea. It was a little noisy and not very private with people walking through lobby where tea was held. The food was good, but not as spectacular as I would expect for that price point.
I suppose for a special occasion, it’s ok. But, it’s a bit like a tourist first factory as opposed to a proper English tea.
Maybe that makes me a snob. My wife and I got dressed up and some others were also dressed up. But to see so many in t-shirts and jeans rather dulled the mood.
The food was pretty good. The biscuit with clotted cream was the highlight. The tea selections were decent.
None of the finger sandwiches were particularly memorable. The smoked salmon was clearly local and fresh, but otherwise, standard fare.
Worth doing once. It’s traditional.
Not the best tea I've been to, but definitely worth going for the experience.
A family tradition to enjoy high tea at The Empress. Sure it’s pricey but it’s always well worth it for all you get and the experience. The teas are the best I’ve ever had and I always purchase some in the gift shop to bring home.
Way over priced and very disappointing. They should have name tags on their tea pots and serve a soup
Too expensive unless you’re doing this as “once in a lifetime”.
The Prince/Princess tea did not come with a suitable child’s drink, which should have been included since the adult menu included tea.
Also, despite a stipulated dress code, people wearing casual jeans and a sweater were seated for tea next to us, taking away from the elegant atmosphere which is, let’s face it, a large part of what you’re paying for.
Recommend you pass on this. It's totally overpriced and over hyped. The food is not good. The service was hurried. In retrospect it was ridiculous how much we paid for this brunch. Tea was good. Waitstaff was nice but overworked.
Love the Empress. The tea is a fabulous experience. Very expensive but enjoyable.
Wonderful experience! Sandwiches were the best. Tea was served proper and timely.
After making a reservation on Open Tabke and CONFIRMING the reservation, my daughter and her boyfriend were told they had no reservation. Not a great way to start a lovely afternoon in Victoria!
If it wasn’t for me taking a screen shot of me confirming the reservation, they would not have been admitted.
We had a fancy mommy daughter dinner and it did not disappoint. The staff was very attentive and had great recommendations for tea! Both teas that we chose were amazing and the food was delicious! The portions make it looks like you will have to grab some food on your way home, but we were so full when we finished. It was a wonderful night.
Pues elegimos cómo pudimos los tés y bocadillos con poca ayuda y pedimos que fuera una prueba y no mucha comida porque después cenaríamos y nos dijeron que si. Acto seguido nos trajeron una exageración de bocadillos y la cuenta por los bocadillos y los tés fue de 4,500 pesos....
Outstanding service in a gorgeous room. Simply put, overall experience AOK!!
It was a fabulous once in a lifetime experience. I splurged, it was a lot of money for the 3 of us, $111.00 each but it was very worth it. The presentation and flavor was amazing. The server was very friendly and did a great job. It was fun to people watch too. What a fabulous building. It was a magical experience for sure❤️
Fantastic as always. Well worth the price.
We had such a great time and definitely encourage everyone else to go!
An excellent location for a surprise date. My partner and I enjoyed the food and music, and visited the gift shop after our meal to purchase some of the items we had been served.u
Lovely ambience and a decadent selection of savory and sweet bites. The teas were varied and so wonderfully introduced through the menu. Definitely a top must-do experience while in Victoria!