Tea at The Empress
Sun Wing's Cucumber on Dark Rye
Dill whipped cream cheese, fennel pollen & pink peppercorn
Poached Vancouver Island Egg Salad
Lemon and fine herb mayo, garnished with shaved purple radish
Cold Smoked Pacific Sockeye Salmon
Chive crme frache on a blini
We had a lovely time. Since I cannot consume caffeine p, I was especially pleased that you had a choice of decaf tea. I was disappointed that there were no white tablecloths nor placemats.
Well worth it and highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Malgré un service attentionné et de qualité, l'expérience fut moyenne . Le fauteuil dans lequel j'étais assis était trop bas et, surprise, l'étiquette observée par les autres clients participants au service de thé laissait nettement à désirer. Par exemple, qui aurait pu imaginer un service de thé à l'Empress du Fairmount avec le port de la casquette tout au long du service ? Victoria, la reine, aurait été scandalisée ... Enfin, le rapport qualité-prix n'est pas à la hauteur du prix payé, comparativement à d'autres comme le TeaHouse des Butchard's Gardens.
Exceptional atmosphere. Classic English tea experience that my two young daughters especially enjoyed. It's not cheap but worth a rare family treat.
The lounge was generously spaced apart due to Covid-19 safety precautions, but it was busy nonetheless. I appreciated how multiple allergies were accommodated. I was lucky this Labour Day long weekend but I strongly recommend making reservations as it was seemingly booked up a couple of weeks beforehand. Would definitely go again!
Nice experience. Food was good. We had en excellent server listening to all our needs.
Lovely experience for our 20th anniversary
Very nice afternoon in a beautiful setting. Good for special occasions as it is very expensive.
It was a. Very special experience. My daughter invite me for tea for mu Birthday and er enjoy every minute. The pastries were delicious and the strawberry jam with lavender exquisite! I bought one in the store. Also the tea was superb i am going to order online the Joie the provence
A bit pricy but a nice touristy activity to do when visiting Victoria. The scones were the best part!
Definitely a fancy experience to try out while in Victoria. Not sure if I'd do it again though. Most of the cost is definitely paid to the atmosphere rather than the food itself.
This was our first time at the Empress so we were very excited for our high tea experience here. The hotel was hard to find but when we finally arrived the hosted greeted us and seated us by the window. The decor was nice but it was a bit loud I thought for high tea. I also thought it would be more formal dressed then it was, but I was also expecting traditional high tea with fancy dresses and hats. The food was good and staff was nice but overall I would say. It would say the value was not there but good experience.
The ambiance at the Empress is amazing. Food is great, but it will set you back a fair bit of $.
The service was poor considering the cost. There was nothing extra and not much in terms of care.
We asked for water and never got it.
The piano, while lovely was extraordinary loud that we had to yell at each other converse.
We paid our bill and had our dishes cleared - suggesting that we had to leave quickly while other empty tables were left with dishes.
It was a strange experience and unfortunately did not seem with the cost.
It wasn’t a special experience. The room wasn’t great. There were no table cloths, I assume because of COVID-19, and the tables looked shabby. The banquette was uncomfortable to sit at and the chairs weren’t much better.
The room was warm and the open door to the terrace allowed in a strange smell - maybe gas from the marina across the street?
The service was good but the overall sense was that the hotel was moving us through mechanically and not committed to providing a special experience.
I hadn’t been for years and I don’t know if I’d go back again. The cost is only worth it if it’s special, otherwise it’s only too many sweets washed down with tea, not a memorable experience.
Although we enjoyed the entire experience, we found the cost a little high.
Also out waiter was not very attentive after the tea and food was served.
He fid not come back to our table until we motioned for him and asked for our bill.
Wat to expensive
My daughters loved every minute of their time there.
Staff were so welcoming.
I almost cancelled my reservation after reading some of the reviews here, and I'm so glad I did not! This has been on my bucket list for a really long time, and I went with my daughter who lives in Victoria. Excellent service from the moment we walked through the door - we were a little early, so they suggested we browse the shops. Everyone there was so friendly, and all gave us great advice for tea (choose two different types of tea, and share; start with the treats you most want to eat because there's a lot!). Yes, I can see there is a bit of ambience lost in having the tables not pre-set and no table cloths, and the servers wearing masks, but that's the world we live in right now, and I don't know when I'll be back here. The food was delicious, and much more plentiful then I expected - we were both stuffed and couldn't finish, and they provided a little box in an pretty bag to take some treats home ;-) I ordered the rose tea (recommended here) and it was really nice, very fragrant. I liked the Bella Coola blend even more - a bright pink with a refreshing citrusy note. This is not food you find in the average place - I felt all was fresh, unique and well prepared. I really wonder about the bad reviews - I didn't just roll of a turnip truck, I HAVE eaten in nice places before, so I don't feel I was dazzled into thinking it was better than it is! Price? Yes - you are paying for the experience. The fancy china which is a replica of the pieces brought by the King and Queen on their visit many years ago, in a facility that has hosted Royalty and is rich with history. An iconic Canadian tradition. Do it once!
I was expecting a lot from this experience and I did a mother daughter tea.
I have been for this tea service before and it was stunning. I dined there on August 15th. We had 2 adult teas, 1 gluten free, and a child's.
The teas were delicious. The service was good. Everything was very clean and I felt safe.
The gluten free foods were disappointing. I hate even saying that but for $80+ I felt the choices were not to par based on previous experiences. The GF cucumber sandwich was just 2 slices of cucumber on a piece of white GF bread. There was no sauce or spread at all, compared to the cucumber sandwiches the others had. Also the adult teas had shrimp tartlets, and my GF tea had no shrimp choice.
It was an experience for sure, and with COVID19 I feel lucky we could do this for my child's birthday, but ultimately with tip it was $400 for 3 adults and 1 child and I felt the food didn't live up to previous years.
We celebrated my daughter’s birthday and she got an extra chocolate happy birthday with her tea.
Great experience, must do when in Victoria. Food was more filling than expected. Service was good.
Thought it would be more fancy. No table cloth. People from outside resturant could just walk through. Was expecting more
Tea at the Empress is always a treat. The atmosphere and service is impeccable and the food is delicious. It's pricey though.
A”Bucket List” event for my wife and family, High Tea At the Empress did not disappoint!
Doing the full-on tourist thing while staycationing in Victoria! Tea at the Empress did not disappoint.
I had planned this outing for months as a surprise for my daughter. We we’re excited to dress up and be treated to an elegant outing.
I had looked the dress code and expected a great experience for the price.
The table next to me has a gentleman who was intoxicated and nearly dropped his tea cup, followed by a family in flip flops and cut off jean shorts with their 3 kids aged 2-4 years watching iPads and needing bottles filled with milk.
I will not recommend this to anyone unless $$$ is no object.
I’m really disappointed as I worked extra overtime shifts to pay for this poor experience.
the experience was pretty lacklustre - perhaps COVId related, but hard to justify the price. No sense of luxury - For example, I would think the Empress could afford to launder a fresh table cloth per table and generally make it feel a 5-star experience from the welcome to teatime to the choosing of teas etc.
Unique experience is a gorgeous hotel. Staff were very knowledgeable and helpful.
The vegan queen & omnivores princess and 2 prince's absolutely loved it!
Tea at the Empress has gone downhill. It is no longer the event it once was. The loss of the table cloths, sugar bowls, and sterling silver teapots has made the atmosphere too casual and the quality of the food has gone down as well.
In the past they had done an excellent job of accommodating my egg allergy, creating special items I could eat that were just as delicious as the regular items my husband enjoyed. This time the waitress confirmed my allergy (it was on the reservation) and told me she was sorry! The food was much worse - the scones were gritty biscuits, the sandwiches were the same as the ones my husband was served - just without the mayo and the desserts included a baking soda flavoured banana bread and an overly salted chocolate. The only good item on the plate was an incredible orange blueberry tapioca pudding.
I am not sure if these changes are due to COVID impacts, but I sincerely hope they soon return to their past glory.
Food was excellent. I loved the scone most followed by lavender strawberry jam.
Unfortunately this was the worst experience we’ve had at any high tea and at our favourite tea spot in Canada. Obviously overbooked and understaffed, we were seated 15 minutes after our reservation, no one spoke to us for an additional 15 minutes. No personalized service like it used to be, and unfortunately the food was also a disappointment. I would highly NOT recommend the vegan option, one of my sandwiches was clearly premade and defrosted, with ice shards still in it, and inedible. We made a special trip from Vancouver for this visit, and overall it was huge disappointment. We were processed through with little attention to detail. It is sad that the history with this tradition at this venue is not preserved. Certainly not worth the price. We will not be coming back.
Amazing experience and a very high calibre afternoon tea with delicious food. On par with the high end experiences in the UK! Brit approved.
Great outing to do when visiting Victoria. We did the Prince and Princess tea (smaller options for our 7 and 4 year olds) and they just loved it. Even had kid appropriate flavoured tea for them
Everything was nice, cosy, tasty but still too expensive....I would not go back because it was $90 (cheapest option). I would have done it again if the total was $40-$50.
Hello, Tea at the Empress has been a long standing ‘Special Treat’ in our family. This began over 25 years ago, and I hope my grand children will be going there.
I love that the staff have been there so long and that we ( kind of) know what the menu will be. We vow to try new teas, but pretty well go back to our favorite- Rose.
In these times of massive change, it is quite wonderful to experience an older tradition in a historical setting.
( But sorry. Really don’t care for the interior Renos. Think you really missed the mark. Also, still grieving the loss of the Bengal Room, let alone the Buffet in the basement. )
Food was great, tea was great, service was great, but it is expensive. This was a once in a life time experience for our family and I’m glad we did it.
Took my mom for high tea as a early birthday surprise and it did not disappoint! We started with some Prosecco which was a nice treat. Our server was wonderful as was all of the food. The live music (Pianist) just aded that little something extra that just topped off the experience!
Tea at The Empress is rated 4.4 stars by 2595 OpenTable diners.
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