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Tea at The Empress

4.4
889 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Afternoon Tea, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of Operation


Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:30pm
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Phone number
(250) 389-2727
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Morgan Wilson
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Government & Belleville Streets
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Parking Details
self parking or valet is available
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Fireplace, High Tea, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
What 889 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
3.5
Value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

We were celebrating our anniversary. It was a wonderfully decadent and delightful experience. It was worth every penny, a lot of pennies! 😏

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Celebrating life! Grateful to be living and traveling Beautiful British Columbia!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Delightful! Wonderful tea and food! Excellent service! A wonderful “high tea” experience.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Very wonderful experience.
Piano was beauty but found it was a little loud. Understandably the acoustics of the old building.
5/5

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

This was not our first visit but our last. High Tea at the Empress has lost quite a bit of the quality over the years yet has continued to gain in cost. The food was not exceptional however our server was. We will not go back again.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Although the experience is once in a life time and the tea is excellent - value for your money is poor and I base this on the food, good food, but not nearly enough after paying $78 per person we had to go and have a snack

My advice would be to bump up the food, more sandwiches for sure, and there were no egg salad - afternoon tea with no egg salad???? and the roast beef was not a good sandwich choice the others were ok but very small

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Don’t go there folks, it’s overpriced and crowded. Foods were a disappointment compare to TEG, services were good tho.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Although the tea and food was good, they made mistakes which is frustrating when you are paying $78 per person for tea.

- They gave us dirty dishes (not "on close inspection, it had a spot", but full on reused a dirty dish (a ramakin that used to have butter in it).
- They forgot one of the desserts on the food platter
- They gave my wife the wrong tea for her second pot.
- The price of the champagne and cocktail didn't match the bill. One was $2 more, one was $2 less so it evened out.

The fact that this afternoon tea cost over $200 for 2 people and they made more mistakes then a local pub makes me not recommend this to a friend.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Came for a 50th birthday and although it was a bit pricey we loved the setting of the old hotel.
The afternoon tea was amazing. Scones, tea sandwiches and sweets along with a lovely pot of hot tea.
Well worth the money, we had a delightful time.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Been going for High Tea at the Empress for 15 years to celebrate my sisters birthday. The overall changes over the last few years have been very positive to the hotel and the main tea room. Still like the old antique tables versus the new marble ones. They have a few of the old tables but mostly have gone to the marble tables. Not as classy and lacks that old world charm. This year we sat at a coffee table setting and it was very nice . The only thing I did not appreciate this Year was up charging the different teas . They have never done this in the past everything was all inclusive and for the price. For the price they charge all Tea varieties should be included. I love coming here and it is a real treat every year we have been.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This was the highlight of our mother daughter getaway! Highly recommend....next time we will dress up more with hats and the whole thing....the service was fantastic, the food & tea were amazing!!! Thank you !

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent high tea. Expensive yes, but worth the experience. At times, our waiter was not as attentive as he should have been. One example, he set the timer and said he would be back to pour the tea. He never came, even though he was at very near tables.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Uber-expensive, food okay, service uninspired. This is a place that is clearly resting on its laurels. It's a *thing* everyone feels obligated to do when they get to Victoria, but I suspect there are way better places to experience "High Tea" in Victoria.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

This was my second visit to the Empress Afternoon High Tea Service (we went May 20th) and it was a very special one: my mother and sister were visiting from Ontario and I wanted to take them to celebrate my sister’s 50th birthday, as well as a belated Mother’s Day. As with my last visit, we had the pleasure of being served by Yosief - who is excellent at his job.

If you’re a celiac sufferer like me, you’ll love the gluten-free version of high tea: the best GF bread (for the sandwiches) and pastries I gave every tasted!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

this is our second time for tea at the Empress. it was very busy and a bit noisy. last time we also got 2 containers of tea as a gift. not this time. service was excellent. nice to also have a bar service. was a long weekend and 2 cruise ships in the harbour which may explain some of the noise. special occasion for the price.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

A must do while in Victoria. Service was wonderful and a great experience.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The ambiance at the Empress is fabulous and our server Cathy, was just outstanding.

The actual tea menu is quite small and Earl Grey is only offered for an additional fee, which I found a little strange. It’s quite a common tea.

The sandwiches were underfilled and really not very tasty. The scones were delicious though and the pastries outstanding.

This tea is really only worth $50 max, but If you’re going for the experience and you don’t do a lot of afternoon teas, then it’s wirth it.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The lounge was very loud and it was difficult to engage in conversation with a friend we had not seen in years. Even at the end of the service when the crowd had thinned out it felt like the music was overpowering. The food itself was good but not spectacular. The service was really good and attentive. Overall we enjoyed the tea at the Fairmont Olympic in Seattle more.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

They accommodated my Dairy free allergy every thing tasted great!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

It was great!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

A special treat for my wife and I to enjoy together. Loved the whole experience.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

You say there is a dress code so we kept it but the guests around us wore short pants and jeans.It broke the good atmosphere. The server(Guy M) said [Are you Korean?] We are Japanese so he had to say[Where do you come from?] He almost talked to my company and the sample menu is only one. Usually a menu should hand all the guest. At last he hand the check to my company but the payment was my role. Besides he capitalized the tip arbitrarily. Of course we would think to pay the tip but his act was rude, I think. Afternoon tea and music were good but my impression of this precious experience was not good.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Ridiculously expensive, but so delicious and, seemingly, authentic to an English tea. Plenty of food, but leans to the sweets. Service was LOVELY and the venue is just so beautiful and nostalgic, with views of the harbor and a truly astonishing old building. We really enjoyed it!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

I was celebrating becoming a Canadian Citizen today. My sister and I had a lovely time together. This was a great experience and I recommend you do this for a special occasion.
Thank you Wayne for your excellent service.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Brought a 6 month old along with 3 daughters. We were treated like royalty. Cathy our waitress was excellent.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Tea at the Empress was a birthday treat for my mom, and yes it was delicious and service was outstanding. However, considering it was $75/person and you had to pay extra for the majority of the tea choices, as well as for champagne, it felt wildly overpriced. For that amount, I'd expect at least all the tea choices to be included (and possibly sparkling wine), even if it is at the Fairmont. Coming from Europe originally, the setting itself did not wow enough to make it feel worthwhile. I would recommend a different option for afternoon tea.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The edibles at tea were only average, but the service and the ambiance offset that.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

I've always wanted to do Tea at the Empress, but never was able to make the time on a trip to Victoria. I finally got to and it was worth it! It was everything I had hoped it would be. While the treats to go with the teas were exceptional, tasty, filling and just fun, I love the way the tea is presented. There were 4 in our party and we each got a different variety of tea and tasted each other's pot. It was informative and fun. Try the Madame Butterfly Jasmine Tea--it's delicious and so aromatic! We also loved the creamy Earl Grey.

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3.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Over priced but nice experience

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

An absolutely beautiful experience! Expensive but worth it at least once.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

This was a very nice tweet for my daughter and me. The empress is beautiful. The view is amazing. The service is top notch.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Took my Mom form out of town. She loved the experience 💜. We loved it too. Everyone should try it. Put your phones down and talk time. People watch and get back to basics.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Just lovely...keep calm and carry on...

Scones are perfect

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Had a great time. A+, 10/10, would get engaged here again.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The waiter was informative, the tea was very good. The beef sandwich was not good, dry and sour tasting. The shrimp was fishy . The balance for what it was, was good.
I had a higher expectation for the value.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mediocre food, excellent tea, service, and ambiance. Sat us at two tables of 4 with a party of 8 even though reservation was made months in advance. Overall poor value so will not return.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

From our first contact Tea at The Empress is a class act. The servers are polite and helpful and provide a relaxing environment. The piano in the background was at an appropriate volume level and added to the comforting atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed our Tea and my wife had a wonderful Mother’s Day outing.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

To attend Tea at the Empress was on my to do list, and getting the chance to do this with my youngest daughter was exciting. On the website it stated the cost per person was $75.00 but when I was presented the bill the price had increased to $78 per person for tea. The $78 per person only includes the top six standard teas and if you choose to order something else like "Cream of Earl Grey" they charge you an additional $4.00 and if you want to be really extravagant there are 6 other teas that you pay an additional $10 . I would have thought that the $78 would have included as much tea as you wanted to drink and extra sandwiches if you had room for them. All in all the service was lovely and the piano player was amazing. I have checked this off my to do list and I don't think I would do it again.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was one of the best things we did on the Island. Lot of fun!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel was a perfect end to my trip to Victoria. This was my fourth trip to Victoria over the last year’s, always want to attend afternoon tea, but never did until now. Wow what an experience. Great tea selection, outstanding service and ambiance! The finger sandwiches and petite pastries was amazing!

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