Tea at The Empress

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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasion
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A grand tradition for over a century, the world renowned Tea at The Empress has served England’s most beloved ritual of Afternoon Tea to famed royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike. Tea at the Empress provides a quintessentially signature Victoria experience to all who attend.

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.
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BT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and delicious teas. Service was exemplary. Shindy was even able to arrange for scones without raisins on short notice.

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FM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Taking our daughter to Tea at the Empress for her first time 😊

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DC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time for most of us and we were celebrating upcoming marriage of my youngest daughter. You made it a Special end to a great weekend. Thank you Empress!

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was exceptional, the decor is beautiful & the atmosphere is fabulous

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DR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had our 28th anniversary in the tea room The decor ands ambience is wonderful. We felt very happy to have Sam serve us. He was a wonderful, attentive and friendly server. Thank you for a very memorable anniversary meal.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful tea qith friends

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CP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extremely memorable ! My friends and I have wanted to do this for years. The staff were so knowledgeable and friendly. Food was delicious and I loved hearing the piano music.

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BS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My daughter and I had a wonderful time at our tea. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Empress!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Only problem was a dirty teacup! Otherwise it was great...

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely ambiance. Fantastic food and tea. Great experience for myself and my teenagers. Will do again.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We love having tea at the empress. It is a wonderful experience and the food was very good.the staff was friendly and welcoming. It is a must do when we come to Victoria. Thank you for the great memories.
Robert & Pamela Hubley.

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LB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

beautiful room but the food was ok, not great, enjoyed the piano music

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DD
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

It really is overpriced. It wasn’t the experience I was hoping for. But it was lovely and I can check it off the list.

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SL
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our host John was fabulous. All of the service, tea and food was brilliant.

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JS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a once in a lifetime experience with my twelve year old daughter. Very enjoyable.

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a
Vancouver
43 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We loooove High Tea at the Empress!! My daughter & I go every year and if I could go more, I would (we are not locals). It is the perfect way to spend the afternoon, slowly sipping tea and munching on scones & sandwiches. We wish it were an option to substitute a second tray of sandwiches for the dessert tray, but it’s hardly the end of the world.

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KD
Calgary
50 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

A bit pricey but a great experience. The tea and goodies were delicious. The pianist was awesome as well. Wish we had dressed the part, would have been even more special.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The wait staff were very knowledgeable and our kids (ages 9 and 10) loved the treats and the tea.
They were able to choose their own teas! Definitely recommend! Lots of fun!

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JB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Once in a lifetime bucket list activity. Price was a bit high, but service was exceptional and surroundings incomparable.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very accommodating, and thoughtful with the Birthday “Surprise Message”!

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BF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

I was really disappointed that we only had one tea each and if we didn't like it we were stuck with it-which is what happened with me. It was frustrating that our server did not check on us throughout our time there and we had to get his attention to get water. I've been to tea at other places in Washington state and the service was much better and cheaper. I was disappointed at the whole experience to tell the truth

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AC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my second time in 3 weeks. My server was amazing. The tea and food were delightful

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I
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

High tea at The Empress was a perfect setting for a 90th Birthday celebration ... food was lovely, room was amazing with its incredible architecture, and the exotic plants and live piano music made for a perfect setting...service was outstanding!

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LR
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Loved the room table location.. food and service. Piano player was great background. Why though I wondred why
hen thre Empress does not hold toits own dress code. It insults thoe customers that did. Appropriate dress shows respect for the venue and for others enjoying Tea.

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KM
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Charming and elegant tea in a beautiful setting, if at a substantial price. For a special friend who appreciates the tradition and elegance of the experience, it is a memorable gift. However, if you are simply looking for a pleasant afternoon diversion, you might be better off with any number of fine afternoon teas served elsewhere in Victoria at a more reasonable price.

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LB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great afternoon. I'd love to do it more often except for the price. But still a nice experience.

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MK
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our tea experience very much. The staff were warm and friendly. They were accommodating when we asked to move our time up by a half hour, also. Thank you for the lovely time.

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L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing selection of teas and the food was delicious. The vegan options was amazing.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent tea. well presented ... great flavours... wonderful tea selections

great atmosphere. perfect for an afternoon tea

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EM
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It is a beautiful hotel for sure! The tea and treats were very good, but should be about half the price. Definitely just a ONE time thing! Although we enjoyed ourselves, I left feeling a bit frivolous & disappointed, overall.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This experience has been on my ‘bucket-list and I really enjoyed the experience! We treated my family to it and they loved it too. It is expensive but totally worth it in my mind. I am not disappointed! I would love to go again sometime.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tea at The Empress Hotel should not be missed. This truly was the highlight of our trip. They even added a Happy Anniversary written on chocolate which my wife loved.

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TM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was fantastic, very personable and knowledgeable. He had been working at The Empress for 39 years, I apologize I have forgotten his name :(
Loved everything about this experience!

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O
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once again an amazing experience they
even had a selection of items for one if our party with allergies.

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TB
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From "Speedy Sam" our waiter, to the opulent surroundings of the lobby, to the delicious scones, finger sandwiches and sweet confections, and the pianist, this was a treat for all the senses. Yes, the price is high, but it was a once in a lifetime treat. And value for every cent!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience. It is a must-do when you visit Victoria!

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BG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Have this experience once in your life. The tea lobby is grand and takes you back in time to the early 1900's with the parlor palms and beautiful woodwork. The pianist was lovely and perfect in the level of sound; enough to add to the ambiance, but not loud enough to compete in conversation. The service was impeccable. The treats were no more delicious nor inventive than I've had at other teas for about half of the cost. The next time I have the pleasure of visiting Victoria, I will try one of the other teas in town.

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V
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Tea at the Empress has been on our bucket list for years. We were celebrating our 49th anniversary at the Empress, so we thought this would be the time to “do” High Tea.

Overall, it was a great experience - highlighted by the outstanding server. The amount of food was less than expected, and the quality was OK but not stellar. We had friends joining us who felt the same.

Now we can check it off our “list”. Don’t think we would do it again and would be somewhat cautious in recommending it to others who might be on a tight budget.

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DL
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea....very tasty offerings though I miss the English Crumpets I tried years ago....hope it returns!

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was an enjoyable experience, but it is very overpriced. There are up-charges for several things. Similar teas are available at other locations in Victoria for much lower cost.

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