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.
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:30pm
Wonderful service, food, and environment. Completely worth the experience.
They sat us at the back of the room at 3 pm facing the windows with sun in our eyes. The portions were much smaller than any English or Toronto High Tea. There was not a wide tea selection and you had to pay extra for certain teas, which doesn’t make sense because they already charge $78 for virtually no food. Despite the room being lovely I felt like I was practically in the hallway. Would not recommend.
What a wonderful experience! The service was perfect, the food delicious, and the view was gorgeous. Although it is expensive, it is well worth it to go - an experience not to be missed. I enjoyed it so very much and the memories will remain with me forever. Also, make sure to visit the shop and buy the tea you picked out to drink. 💕
Wonderful experience once again a highlight of our trip especially celebrating my birthday!!
I was underwhelmed by the Tea at the Empress. Although the service was great the whole experience was less than expected.
The atmosphere, finger food, tea and service was fantastic. Worth the price? No... but I definitely recommend going at least once to experience high tea at one of Victoria's stunning hotels.
I requested window seats a month ago, then I got there I mentioned the importance of it again as I was there with my 91-year-old parents. Their first time there and I suspect their last at 91, the concierge at Q made a note of it. Then I went down 10 minutes early and they said should be fine but we only sit at 11 sharp. We got there and there was a line and we didn’t get window! Real shame.
My friend and I had a lovely afternoon on Sunday. The food was absolutely delicious and I left the table full but not stuffed. We were not rushed to finish and felt very comfortable to leisurely drink our tea after eating. My only recommendation would be to have one less dessert item and one more entree. That's just my personal preference. This was the highlight of our visit to Victoria - thank you for making it such a memorable event!
A most memorable experience! Tea flavors outstanding. The food was delectable! Everyone should have this experience at least once in their life!
The one thing I wanted to do for my birthday was have afternoon tea at The Empress after a friend recommended it to me. It did not disappoint! From the staff, to the tea, to the ambience, to the food, it was so charming and so elegant. I felt like I was in another world for that hour and a half.
Tea at the Empress far exceeded our group's expectations. We enjoyed the food, tea and atmosphere very much. Highly recommend!
Wonderful tea as always! Perfect treat while on vacation.
My husband and I very much enjoyed our tea time at The Empress. I really feel like you get your money’s worth for the quality of food and tea and for the quality of the experience. The servers are well-educated on the menu and provide outstanding and quick service. The atmosphere was lovely as well. There was quiet chatter amongst guests and gentle piano music in the background. Everything around us what beautiful to look at it.
We knew it was going to be a bit expensive going into this and it was for the experience as we had never been. The service was very good, but they surely could do this service with the tea and food they do for half the price easily. We did enjoy ourselves and it was beautiful inside and gardens outside were just gorgeous!
Amazing and unique experience! We recommend it!!!!
Resting on its laurels. I had tea there as long as 40 years ago and it was more genuine with more food and more ambiance. Sad to say I will have tea somewhere else the next time I am in Victoria
We took a couple out for their Anniversary. The teas is amazing!
Tea was lovely. We had many teas to choose from, some were an upgrade for a charge though.
The Fairmont was able to accommodate our request for a portion of our group to have an all vegetarian option for the high tea which was nice. Those choices as well as the regular tea menu were delicious.
One of the most enjoyable teas we have been to. Excellent tea selection and ginger foods.
Tea at the Empress has been on my bucket list for 10 years. It is SO expensive ($150 for two of us) that I expected an amazing experience. What we found upon arriving 5 minutes prior to our reservation was a dismissal by the hostess to the hall. She informed us she would notify us when she was seating the 1:15 group. We hung out in the gift shop for 15 minutes, but told her we would be there. She never came to get us and when we walked over at 1:30 she was seating a long line of people with a 1:30 reservation. We had a table by the window after we refused to be seated by the wait station. The manager floated around speaking to guests, but never came to our table and it was impossible to catch the eye of our waiter when we needed new silverware after the scone course. The food was an 8 out of 10 and definable not worth $75 per person. Oh, you had 6 teas to choose from and the other 12 come with an upcharge of $4-$10. Are they kidding?
There are plenty of lovely places in Victoria to have tea at half the price. Don’t waste your money, just take a stroll through the hotel.
Having tea at The Empress was a dream came true for me. My friends and myself enjoyed the experience a lot!
Was delighted to be able to have tea at Empress, is something everyone in Victoria should do. To celebrate being in a lovely city.
Got a window table and the service was perfect. My wife has food allergies, so she got a vegan High Tea. She loved it. Always a special place. We usuallyt go twice a year
A must attend in Victoria! We enjoyed the champagne, scones, sandwiches and yummy treats!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Little pricey. Not quite what I expected. Noisy. Thought it would be more cozy.
We went to Tea at the Empress knowing it would be outrageously expensive. I was still shocked at what you got for what you paid. Three of us went and all had the same reaction.
Having high tea is something we've done before in London, San Francisco and Chicago. It is always somewhat expensive
This one didn't have anything that wowed us - the scone and smoked salmon sandwich were the highlights.
Service was mediocre. The room is nice with someone playing a piano in the background and a view of the bay out the window.
If you've already had high tea someplace else, I suggest going to the bar and having a glass of bubbly there with a snack. Bar food and service were superior to that at tea.
Nice experience - enjoyed very much-beautiful hotel!
The Ambiance and Service at the Empress Hotel for High Tea are outstanding and the food is good but
the value for overall Tea and what you get is very High and is NOT good value for the money.
Overall very wonderful. Of course Afternoon tea is in no way worth $111 plus tip 🤪 but you are paying for the experience and atmosphere; the food is not comparable to that price level. Certainly a nice part of the vacation.
A dream of my mine for a long time. Everything I hoped for and more!
We celebrated my husband’s birthday. It was superb.
Exceptional service and ambiance was wonderful. Great historical hotel and was a delightful event for my wife and I to partake during our anniversary trip to Victoria BC.
We were lucky that they were able to seat us an hour earlier than our reservation. Scones were great. We only liked two of the four sandwiches and two of the four desserts. Tea and ambiance were great. The acoustics were not good were we where sitting - could hear the couple behind us and couldn't hear each other. Service was just fair. However, if visiting Victoria, this is a classic thing to do.
I was expected to feel more British English atmosphere, but it might be difficult to make such atmosphere with casually dressed tourists. Everything seems overpriced, too. I don't think I would come back, but would recommend tourists to go there just for experience.
High tea at the Empress was a dream come true for my husband and I. We had wanted to partake for many years and were finally able to. It was wonderful! Service was excellent. Food was extraordinary and beautiful. And the tea was magnificent.
It was our first time at Empress and we had to experience High Tea. It did not disappoint. Wonderful experience and memory.
It was a pleasant afternoon but was lacking for such an amazing property/location. For approx 55 USD you had a choice of 6 teas. The other interesting one were extra. Insulting at that price not to include a quality tea. Excellent scones. Savories were delicious but sweets were overly sweet. Glad I did it for history sake but would not recommend.
The high tea experience at the Empress was delightful. The room is beautiful. The food was very good. It would have been nice to be able to smell the teas before choosing rather than just going by the write up. Some higher end teas (like this!!) offer that which helps in choosing. The service was excellent. Would definitely do it again some day.
Not what I had expected. Certainly the quantity of food in no way justified the price. Service was just the minimum required. No asking how we were enjoying the meal. All in all, a fairly average experience.
This was my second visit to The Empress, both were activities of a cruise vacation. I loved the tea and the stories that went with it - like the rose petal tea that Princess Diana favored. I bought some in the gift shop, just wish it came in small tea bags. I loved our table by the window overlooking the garden. The piano music was nice, I wish it was all classical. I've been to three teas including the Huntington Library and the Empress is still my favourite.