Tea at The Empress

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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
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JK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The tables were too small for the price paid. We were sandwiched in between two couples, and we felt we couldn't be comfortable because they could eavesdropped on our conversation. One couple kept on looking at our table. We are a LGBT couple and the other person was not fully out; I wish the Empress could be more mindful. I really think they have to give people space and privacy given the fact we are paying so much for the experience. The food and service was excellent!!

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DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As far as Tea's go this has to be the best in Victoria. The atmosphere and ambience are perfect! Others have mentioned the price and I have to agree it is high, but you are getting more than Tea and snacks, you are getting tradition and history included. Service is perfect! I do think it's a little petty that they have some teas for an extra cost, all teas should be included in the price already paid. Tea at The Empress has to be experienced at least once in your life! We will do it again, just not every year.

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CK
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just gorgeous and so much food, but wonderful!!! Service was outstanding and the setting can’t be beat!

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NG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful experience in a beautiful setting. All staff were attentive without being intrusive and made us feel very welcome. The food was delicious and the different varieties of tea to drink was amazing.

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BC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The table that we were sat at was coffee table height, and we were very uncomfortable. Food was amazing and there was a lot of it. Service was outstanding.

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JB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything thing was good except the price. Most people are coming from out of town including the mainland, which is already an expense. For the cost of the ferry and tea we could have gone to Vegas . It's a shame that we couldn't go more often but the price, which just went up, precludes enjoying it more often

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

An excellent afternoon tea, nothing could really be faulted with service or food. If I could change two things it would be serving the scone with clotted cream Instead of the ordinary cream. The other thing ...which is the first time I have come across this, the chair height was too high for the table (or the table
Is too low for the chair...). I’m only 5’8” and seemed to tower over the fare. Strange indeed.

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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The overall experience was good - however the tea is very over priced for the quality of food you get (both pastries and sandwiches). Our tea came with a smoked salmon canapé, and the salmon was almost 1/2 an inch thick which was unbearable to eat given the amount of salmon on the canapé. The food was less than average at best - which was disappointing given the hefty price tag! there are also only 6 teas to choose from that are included in the price, while others are an additional cost.

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BT
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and delicious teas. Service was exemplary. Shindy was even able to arrange for scones without raisins on short notice.

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FM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Taking our daughter to Tea at the Empress for her first time 😊

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DC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time for most of us and we were celebrating upcoming marriage of my youngest daughter. You made it a Special end to a great weekend. Thank you Empress!

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was exceptional, the decor is beautiful & the atmosphere is fabulous

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DR
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had our 28th anniversary in the tea room The decor ands ambience is wonderful. We felt very happy to have Sam serve us. He was a wonderful, attentive and friendly server. Thank you for a very memorable anniversary meal.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful tea qith friends

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CP
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extremely memorable ! My friends and I have wanted to do this for years. The staff were so knowledgeable and friendly. Food was delicious and I loved hearing the piano music.

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BS
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My daughter and I had a wonderful time at our tea. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Empress!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Only problem was a dirty teacup! Otherwise it was great...

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely ambiance. Fantastic food and tea. Great experience for myself and my teenagers. Will do again.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We love having tea at the empress. It is a wonderful experience and the food was very good.the staff was friendly and welcoming. It is a must do when we come to Victoria. Thank you for the great memories.
Robert & Pamela Hubley.

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LB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

beautiful room but the food was ok, not great, enjoyed the piano music

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DD
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

It really is overpriced. It wasn’t the experience I was hoping for. But it was lovely and I can check it off the list.

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SL
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our host John was fabulous. All of the service, tea and food was brilliant.

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JS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a once in a lifetime experience with my twelve year old daughter. Very enjoyable.

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a
Vancouver
44 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We loooove High Tea at the Empress!! My daughter & I go every year and if I could go more, I would (we are not locals). It is the perfect way to spend the afternoon, slowly sipping tea and munching on scones & sandwiches. We wish it were an option to substitute a second tray of sandwiches for the dessert tray, but it’s hardly the end of the world.

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KD
Calgary
53 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

A bit pricey but a great experience. The tea and goodies were delicious. The pianist was awesome as well. Wish we had dressed the part, would have been even more special.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The wait staff were very knowledgeable and our kids (ages 9 and 10) loved the treats and the tea.
They were able to choose their own teas! Definitely recommend! Lots of fun!

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JB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Once in a lifetime bucket list activity. Price was a bit high, but service was exceptional and surroundings incomparable.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very accommodating, and thoughtful with the Birthday “Surprise Message”!

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BF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

I was really disappointed that we only had one tea each and if we didn't like it we were stuck with it-which is what happened with me. It was frustrating that our server did not check on us throughout our time there and we had to get his attention to get water. I've been to tea at other places in Washington state and the service was much better and cheaper. I was disappointed at the whole experience to tell the truth

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AC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my second time in 3 weeks. My server was amazing. The tea and food were delightful

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I
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

High tea at The Empress was a perfect setting for a 90th Birthday celebration ... food was lovely, room was amazing with its incredible architecture, and the exotic plants and live piano music made for a perfect setting...service was outstanding!

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LR
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Loved the room table location.. food and service. Piano player was great background. Why though I wondred why
hen thre Empress does not hold toits own dress code. It insults thoe customers that did. Appropriate dress shows respect for the venue and for others enjoying Tea.

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KM
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Charming and elegant tea in a beautiful setting, if at a substantial price. For a special friend who appreciates the tradition and elegance of the experience, it is a memorable gift. However, if you are simply looking for a pleasant afternoon diversion, you might be better off with any number of fine afternoon teas served elsewhere in Victoria at a more reasonable price.

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LB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great afternoon. I'd love to do it more often except for the price. But still a nice experience.

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MK
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our tea experience very much. The staff were warm and friendly. They were accommodating when we asked to move our time up by a half hour, also. Thank you for the lovely time.

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L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing selection of teas and the food was delicious. The vegan options was amazing.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent tea. well presented ... great flavours... wonderful tea selections

great atmosphere. perfect for an afternoon tea

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EM
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It is a beautiful hotel for sure! The tea and treats were very good, but should be about half the price. Definitely just a ONE time thing! Although we enjoyed ourselves, I left feeling a bit frivolous & disappointed, overall.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This experience has been on my ‘bucket-list and I really enjoyed the experience! We treated my family to it and they loved it too. It is expensive but totally worth it in my mind. I am not disappointed! I would love to go again sometime.

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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tea at The Empress Hotel should not be missed. This truly was the highlight of our trip. They even added a Happy Anniversary written on chocolate which my wife loved.

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