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Tea at The Empress

4.6
4.6
4247 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Unspecified
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 Tony Vilnov 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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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 47 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Victoria

  • Cross Street

    Government & Douglas Streets

  • Parking Details

    Self parking is available

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wine

What 4,247 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Afternoon Tea

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Unspecified

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Most Booked

  • Victoria

    Best Ambience

  • Victoria

    Hot Spot

  • Victoria

    Special Occasion

  • Victoria

    Most Booked

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  1. KK

    KimberlyK

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tea at the Empress met all our expectations and we have been wanting this experience for years. Top notch friendly service, beautiful food. Happily switched the salmon tea sandwich To another at our request. We were so satisfied and full that we didn’t eat again for the rest of the day!
  2. p

    patriciac

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we absolutely loved everything about it. we were treated well and felt very special.
  3. J

    Jenn

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, much better than the airport. Tea and food was quality
  4. LM

    LoriM

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the whole experience but if you don't like sweets, don't spend the money. Would love to double the sandwiches with no sweet options
  5. WV

    WendyV

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    It was good, but far too expensive for what we got. Would not do it again.
  6. t

    tracerbullet

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    One of the teas ran out, the desserts were ok and the sandwiches were alright. They did have a vegetarian selection. And the scone was good.
  7. MM

    MMMM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been to this high tea a few times and it is always above my expectations. I love the food so much. Thank you!
  8. KD

    KariD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing! I believe his name was George. He was super helpful with tea recommendations and service in general.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Guy was such a pleasant and knowledgeable person. We enjoyed the experience tremendously.
  10. KM

    KathyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tea at the Empress is an iconic experience. Perfect in every way.
  11. ST

    SusanT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    More than enough food and all delicious, wonderful staff and setting
  12. JD

    JDMS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    If this is not something you have tried, you 100% should. I brought my wife for a late anniversary, she had never been to Canada, or had traditional tea. The service is impeccable with attendants always happy and willing to help. The tea is always wonderful, as are the food options, although with allergies sometimes a fixed menu can be difficult. Overall it is something I believe everyone should try at least once, and if you are going to do afternoon tea in Victoria, the Empress is the only stop you should make.
  13. D

    Dutchbraid

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my 40th birthday celebration and my cousin and I had a great time. We were lucky enough to get two seats next to the window! We had a great time and I would go back again for sure
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a beautiful experience! So thankful!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter (Lorne) was very attentive. Had champagne with the tea so he checked my ID, saw it was almost my birthday, and completely surprised me with a birthday chocolate. Tea was wonderful, and food well presented. Great atmosphere.
  16. BD

    BobbiD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a special tea date with my husband. We enjoyed it immensely. The tea and food was out of this world both in taste and presentation. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. A very special time that we will remember forever.
  17. J

    Jkim

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    My friend and I went to the empress for high tea over the weekend, and we were quite impressed. The service is excellent, our servers checked in on us frequently and provided us with easy to follow instructions on the high tea process. I found the food was not abundant however, more savoury items would’ve been appreciated. The teas however, were fragrant and delicious. The tables for two could also be a big larger as it was very stuffed, nowhere to put our own belongings. The tables by the window appeared much larger than ours by the hallway. Overall I would recommend this high tea experience to others visiting Victoria but would request for a window seat.
  18. JG

    JeffreyG

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice experience
  19. B

    Barb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great presentation, fantastic service, great food and lots of it!
  20. MS

    MarthaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love the High Tea at the Empress, the tea that I chose was perfect with a hint of roses, the Petite fours, fantastic specially the salmon with cream cheese, as well as the cucumber sandwiches, the scones with clotted cream and berry preserves were to die for. I found this time the atmosphere more relaxed than in my previous visits and the piano player a bit too loud. All in all it was a good experience but the prize for 2 people close to $200 a bit stiff.
  21. B

    Bravo

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. The piano music was lovely; however just a bit loud. I don’t think there’s anything to be done about that, so it’s a minor consideration. It goes without saying that the food is top-notch, although my sister commented that the pumpkin muffin (not sure exactly what they called it) was on the dry side. I especially enjoyed our host, Yoseph, who was just excellent, right down to the beautiful pour of our champagne. He was attentive without being overbearing, and just delightful in general. I always enjoy bring out-of-town guests here, and will continue to do so.
  22. KB

    KathyB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend that one experiences Tea at the Empress at least once in one's life. What a delightful treat! The food, tea, and champagne were absolutely wonderful. Our tea specialist, Lorne, was exceptional. Personable, knowledgeable, and a lot of fun! Thank you, Lorne!
  23. KM

    KatharineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at the Empress. The staff were warm and welcoming and the hotel is just beautiful. We could not have asked for a better afternoon having a lovely pot of tea and delicious treats.
  24. MJ

    MaryannJ

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is something to do once ... wouldn't do again Only recommend if it's something special one time only
  25. R

    Riho

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for everything! We had a good time on friends birthday.
  26. M

    Moongirl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A completely enjoyable experience. One cannot put a dollar value on the memories created.
  27. MR

    MikeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our daughter wanted to go for her 17th birthday so why not it was a great time good selection of different teas as well the food was awesome would recommend going if you never have. We might consider again if we have another special time. Thanks to or server and the greeting lady up front
  28. T

    Tinkerbell

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very much like high tea in London England. I have now done both and highly recommend this experience! Great to dress up too!!
  29. CT

    CTeats

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and ambiance was amazing. Our waiter was fun and provided excellent service. Although it doesn’t look like much food it’s very filling. I had to take my desserts to go as I was so full. It is very pricey especially for the food you get however it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and it didn’t disappoint.
  30. JG

    JanetG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So fun and our server was wonderful! He was helpful, funny and really took good care of us.
  31. H

    Holly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chefs who made the exquisite food for High Tea are artists. This was a once in a lifetime experience I will always cherish.
  32. m

    montana

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very long wait for tea, sandwiches and desserts sounded better on written menu. Extreme walk for seniors and a distance to washrooms.
  33. MP

    MarinaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent time celebrating a family birthday. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious!! Overall, a very special day & we will be back.
  34. JS

    JulieS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was quite delicious, especially the dessert tier and the tea. The service was good, it was a bit too busy for full explanations, but the staff were friendly. Unfortunately we came at 3:30 in November when the sun was setting and my sister spent most of the tea being blinded by the sun as the outside area kept raising and lowering the blinds. I think morning would be a more ideal time to visit.
  35. SR

    SusanR

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    While the Empress is beautiful, the tea was expensive and the food was just a little above average. Some sandwiches were dried out and overall dissapointing. Dispite that, this is fun to do every several years especially with out of town guests. The cost was over $200. For two people.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Tea is something I usually don’t drink but I did it for the experience and it was super fun!
  37. e

    elnmnsw

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was beyond disappointing (crusty, had been out for a while, dry), clotted cream was weirdly congealed. The staff were trying but were clearly overwhelmed (unfortunate that they did not think to staff more appropriately for a long weekend). Overall experience was subpar and a total let down for what is expected and promised as the best or classic tea experience in BC.
  38. AB

    AnnetteB

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Really a lovely way to spend an hour or so. Just the right amount of food and enjoyed all the teas.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Food was disappointing. I would have expected more flavourful sandwiches. Gluten free scones and desserts were dense and presentation was not as impressive as other high tea experiences. Beautiful location and music, but not worth the price.
  40. DG

    DawnG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous. Such a lovely and complex set of flavors and beautifully presented.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Tea at The Empress using the Order Online button. Tea at The Empress also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 389-2727.

Tea at The Empress is rated 4.6 stars by 4247 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 47 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Tea at The Empress

721 Government Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Government & Douglas Streets

  • Neighbourhood

    Victoria

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Self parking is available

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Tony Velinov

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wine

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