We were celebrating our anniversary. It was a wonderfully decadent and delightful experience. It was worth every penny, a lot of pennies! 😏
Celebrating life! Grateful to be living and traveling Beautiful British Columbia!
Delightful! Wonderful tea and food! Excellent service! A wonderful “high tea” experience.
Very wonderful experience.
Piano was beauty but found it was a little loud. Understandably the acoustics of the old building.
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.
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
Don’t go there folks, it’s overpriced and crowded. Foods were a disappointment compare to TEG, services were good tho.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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!
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.
A must do while in Victoria. Service was wonderful and a great experience.
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.
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.
They accommodated my Dairy free allergy every thing tasted great!
It was great!
A special treat for my wife and I to enjoy together. Loved the whole experience.
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.
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!
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.
Brought a 6 month old along with 3 daughters. We were treated like royalty. Cathy our waitress was excellent.
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.
The edibles at tea were only average, but the service and the ambiance offset that.
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.
Over priced but nice experience
An absolutely beautiful experience! Expensive but worth it at least once.
This was a very nice tweet for my daughter and me. The empress is beautiful. The view is amazing. The service is top notch.
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.
Just lovely...keep calm and carry on...
Scones are perfect
Had a great time. A+, 10/10, would get engaged here again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was one of the best things we did on the Island. Lot of fun!
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!