The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery

4.6
153 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary European
Top tags:
  • Brunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Sunday Lunch
We invite you to come and indulge in delicious and beautifully fragrant, fine loose teas from gardens all around the globe. Our delicious cuisine for brunch, or afternoon tea is available from Wednesday-Sunday.

The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery is located in Ottawa Ontario. Come spoil yourself in our all day brunch or our ever so popular bottomless mimosas!

At Vanitea, we provide a timeless tradition done beautifully.

For Gluten-free and vegan tea sets, we do require an order and payment in advance. Orders and payment may be made over the phone, or through our website, at http://www.thevanitearoom.com/reserve1/
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, British, Global, International
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Hours of Operation
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am-5pm
Wednesday: 10am-5pm
Thursday: 10am-5pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 9am-5pm

Brunch Menu: Weekdays & Weekends All Day
Afternoon tea | $40 Available everyday 12-4:30
Breakfast Tea | $30 Available from 9am-11:30
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Phone number
(613) 695-8832
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Bay St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 153 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.7
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ottawa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of my favourite restaurants in the city. I’ve been a few times when I’ve come into town and the service and the food is always bang on. Coming from Toronto, I feel bad for the servers since they try their best to deal with some difficult customers that are really rude:-( You’re here to come for brunch and to enjoy the vibe, respect that number 1: The servers are GREAT to how long people take. One thing to mention we waited 5 mins for a table that to begin with was still waiting on the other half their party for an hour.. this is not fair to the restaurant who were trying to explain their policy and how much time they allow for big groups or to other customers. Working in hospitality sorry no/ the customer is not always right. This place is terrific. Also the bottomless mimosas are super generous I hope they continue to maintain this concept.

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R
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I absolutely loved Vanitea! Amazing service and the food was fantastic. Was very impressed with the vibrant ambiance. Kitchen was extremely accommodating towards my friends dietary allergies.

This is an extremely lovely gem in Ottawa with a very unique feel and theme to it. I will say that, it’s an extremely busy brunch establishment and given that there was a great deal of people sitting with us ( and by us) saying how fun this place was, I hope they stay around for a long time!

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s
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

I was excited to come here for my birthday celebrations but was taken aback by the service! We made reservations that were not upheld and waited an additional 30 mins to be seated and then told we needed to be gone by a certain time. Our waiter approached us rudely more than three times to order when I had already stated I will wait for my party and was consistently rude throughout our stay. However, there was one waiter (who told us she was recently married?) who was lovely. Overall good food, however, because of the poor service I would not recommend and would not return. Over hyped at best.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had read some of the reviews online and had good expectations, and The Vanitea room delivered. The service was excellent, the staff knew when to be at the table without being overbearing, they explained each aspect of the meal. The restaurant itself has a very cozy and intimate feel to it. Overall excellent experience, will be returning

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Cute aesthetic. Service was good. Way over priced for very average food. Cute brunch experience but I’m not rushing back.

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W
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely! The staff was friendly, the food choices were interesting and our brunch meals were delicious. The decor was terrific -- great ambiance! Will have to go back for tea service! A wonderful spot to catch up with friends.

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Myself and my two children went to celebrate my birthday. It was such a treat! The atmosphere was wonderful and the food was all delicious. My children thought it was really special.
Hind took care of us and she was absolutely lovely.

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LR
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food.the staff are wonderful,food taste great,always pleasant and cheerful.My husband and I both love vanities room

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CH
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent meal and service! The decor is quite “princess” but very tasteful. It’s small but perfect for a lunch/brunch and fun conversation with girlfriends.

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OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cute place to have a tea time with friends.

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L
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 2

The service was attentive and food was alright but not for the price. $17 for one poached egg and potatoes does not seem reasonable to me even with hollandaise sauce. $8 for a cup of tea, even high end tea is also too much I think. I appreciate restaurants have narrow profit margins but prices like that will keep me from going back. For people who don’t worry about the cost this may be a fine spot for lunch.

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VS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere was incredible. This place is a hidden gem. Perfect location for Sunday eapecially with the bottomless mimosa option. Quaint and cozy with exceptional staff and service. Delicious food and a very reasonable price. It is a small space, so reservation is key. I would HIGHLY recommend.

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AR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Very loud - had to ask for the music to be turned down

Weak tea - even after letting it steep well beyond the recommended time, and shocked by the 8 dollar price on the pot of tea.

Good vegan Benedict - liked the carrot lox very much. Over did it with the nutritional yeast in their hollandaise sauce

I was happy to finally try this tearoom but I won’t be going back.

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SR
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious and great service! The food was fresh and the gluten free option very tasty.

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JW
Ottawa
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent food drinks (tea!) in a lovely century home-turned-tea room! Always enjoy our experience at Vanitea!!

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JW
Ottawa
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious tea tray food & drinks!! Excellent service with visits to our table by the chef & the owner who were very hospitable & friendly!

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CG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food and wonderful service! We will definitely be going back.

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s
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food was incredible! This is such a wonderful place to go for a good vegan brunch! Unlike pretty much everywhere else that offers omni and vegan options, their brunch menu for vegans is well thought out and flavourful. The only drawback was the service was relatively slow and the air conditioning was barely working so it was almost unbearable to be in the restaurant!

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MB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time however we ordered the all you can drink mimosas and unfortunately they tasted mostly of juice. We would go back again for food, but not for drinks.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely place! A tad hot as AC not working well, and it has been a brutal summer in Ottawa, so not as comfortable as could be. Amazing choice of fabulous teas! Great service. Very tasty food; great presentation.

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i
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Loved every moment of the service...food options are incredibly diverse (including VF) and inspired brunch. The "bottomless" beverage options truly are bottomless. Food is a good portion and there is a small, but delicious, kid's menu. The only complaint is that there is no space to move and we were uncomfortable in our table, bumping into other patrons and staff. We felt we were awkwardly inconvenient where we were seated.
Ambiance is incredible with art all over the walls and hanging chandeliers of different floral decorations and imitation candles. I really loved it. I will return but ask for a corner table...
P.S. They weren't quite ready for our reservation and we had to wait about ten minutes. This happened to two other tables while we were there. Perhaps more time allotted to each service would be wise.

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k
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The atmosphere was great - perfect for a "traditional" afternoon tea. Though the fare was anything but traditional! Delicious food. Lots of different flavours and all delicious. We got the "pared down" afternoon tea - and it was still too much to eat. Can't imagine what the full one is like!

The tea is delicious and we really enjoyed our time!

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YR
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I brought my entire family; husband and three daughters (2,4 & 6 years old). Everyone had a great time and it isn’t our first time. Whenever we visit Ottawa we always dine here and we will return.

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MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Not your traditional afternoon tea
Menu says modern tea; which we read before reserving

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JW
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love to go for afternoon tea at Vanitea!! Whenever a special occasion arises I treat my Family & Friends to a very special celebration where our hostess Hind takes extra care to ensure that a memorable time is enjoyed by Everyone from my 90-year-old Friend celebrating her Big Birthday to my Daughter celebrating her new job in Toronto!!

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JN
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A lovely place for friends and family to get together. The sservice was great, friendly. They had a high chair set up at the table ahead of our arrival. There are lovely little details throughout the visit also, from the unique timer for steaping tea to the lovely dish the bills came on. I was also very appreciative of the full change table in the washroom! I highliy recommend a visit

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LA
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We all were very happy with our meals for lunch. It was very quiet location where we could catch up with our friends and enjoy our meal without having to talk very loud in the room. We are planning to come back to try out the dessert on our next visit. Thank you to the all staff!

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RM
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This restaurant is a neighbourhood gem, we went in thinking it was going to be good but came out well surprised....it was fantastic.

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were absolutely fantastic! Overall space is limited, but that certainly won't stop me from going back.
I'm recently vegan and had been missing brunch dates real bad. I was able to easily choose a dish (the tofu lox made GF) and it did not disappoint in the least. It was phenomenal.
My boyfriend is an omnivore, but a picky one, and he absolutely loved his meal aswell (eggs/hashbrowns/sausage/toast).

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A
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Our visit was for the occasion of my mother in law's birthday. The venue was charming and the mushroom toast and charcuterie toast were perfect for my in laws.The service was pleasant but the young lady forgot the milk I requested for my tea. My husband and I had the high tea tiered plates but we were disappointed the the savory items were unimaginative and lacking flavour. The sweet selection was too sweet! Finally, the venue needs a good cleaning!! The glass table top all need to be polished with water and vinegar before each new client is seated and the as do windows at least monthly. The window sils were soo dusty and dirty....I know I could not take my own mother....a retired registered nurse! She would be horrified. Cleanliness and food is a must!

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s
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Full marks for providing a delicious all-day brunch for people with dietary restrictions!

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TM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow! The Vanitea Room was amazing! The interior decor set the beautiful, fancy, and classy ambience akin to a Victorian era English cruise ship (or what I imagine that would be like). I had the delicious avocado toast, with no regrets. They had many options for tea, and the service was excellent! Highly recommended.

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CH
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely spot for a brunch with friends. Menu is creative and delicious! Only complaint, a little slow on the $15 "bottomless" mimosa refills!

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NF
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Four of us found that there was too much orange juice in the mimosas. Next time we would build our own mimosas. My friend and I ordered the Arnold Benedict and found that there was too much bread (english muffins) for the amount of eggs and ricotta cheese. There should be half an english muffin for one egg, not 1.5 english muffin for one egg.

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ND
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I like the cozy atmosphere but I was expecting more the traditional high tea with finger sandwich but the food was really good.

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S
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

The food was very bad and very overpriced. I had the Truffle Me Monsieur and the flavours of the dish made no sense at all, it was essentially a grill cheese with chunks of meat and grainy sauce and no sundried tomato. The only saving grace of this restaurant was the bottomless drinks. Usually the service is amazing, however this time a different server served us and took so long to come get our order and was simply not friendly at all. I didn't get her name but she was the Caucasian woman with brown hair and from what I read in other reviews, other people have had the same problem with her.

Definitely not coming again.

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KH
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We attended for Mother’s Day brunch, this was my third time at Vanitea but my mom & little girl’s first experience and both of them love it! Thanks for making my Mother’s Day a wonderful one.

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CW
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The Vanitea room has a lovely atmosphere and good service. We were a little disappointed that the coffee was priced per cup and with the pastry selection. There should be a pastry only tea option.
The coffee taste was great and the potatoes are to die for. Will definitely return.

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SH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Went with my mum for Mother's Day breakfast. We had the Mother's Day tea. We were well fed, and enjoyed great conversation and excellent tea. Definitely going to visit again. It is fairly small, so book well in advance for large groups and on weekends. They also have bottomless mimosas!

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JA
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious!! A nice change of menu from a standard high tea.

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