The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery

4.3
187 reviews
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Contemporary European
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Brunch
  • Special Occasion
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/
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L
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very special place....excellent food !

I will definitively return

Thank you

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W
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

I am really disappointed by my experience at the Vanitea. I had made reservations for the Drag brunch and we were rudely told that our table wasn’t ready yet with no time frame on when it would be. The lobby was freezing and we weren’t offered coffee for our inconvenience (I wouldn’t have minded paying for it later). When we were finally seated, the staff person made no effort to be nice. We were there celebrating a double birthday so we had gift bags with us but the staff person made no mention of it.

There was absolutely nothing that could make us believe that we came on the right day for Drag brunch except for exceptionally loud pop music. We couldn’t hear each other talk. We were actually talking among ourselves that we had the wrong day. Finally, after 45 minutes, the drag show started with no notice. It would have been nice to know the start time to be able to go to the washroom before. The poor drag queens were great but struggled to perform in such a tiny space. For a space that seems to only exist to take Instagram pictures, I was surprised no member of the staff suggested taking pictures of the customers with the Drag queens. There's seemed to be such a disconnect between the restaurant and the performance. It was just an akward experience.

As for the food, it was mediocre. The scones and English muffins were dense and crumbly, not flaky. Coffee is served in a tiny cup and there's no refill. I would never go back there.

I hope that drag brunch finds a better venue where the drag queen can perform without the fear of injuring themselves.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very beautiful establishent, Their menu options are super delicious and priced perfectly.

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OG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

The service for the bottomless Mimosas was very slow.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We had a reservation. We got reminded of our reservation yet our table was not set and reserved.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food and the decor were amazing. My table was not ready for my reservation, and had to wait an additional 15 mins for the table to be cleared and set. Also had to ask for refills on our water and for the bill. I wish the music and the ambiance better reflected the atmosphere they are trying to create. There were two large parties seated during the time we were there - and it felt that our service was as a result over looked. I would come again but during the week when it is hopefully more quiet as I could barely hear the people at my table.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and great atmosphere! Will definitely be back!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent menu...service and exceptional entertainment 💗💗💗💗💗

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great experience! Beautiful room and delicious food!

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HL
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Beautiful atmosphere and excellent service. We had the spicy sausage breakfast with eggs, beets and carrots. The sausages were quite dry but the food was otherwise good.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was really good- very impressed with vegan options! They were very generous with the mimosas too. Loved the decor and the pop music was upbeat and made the place feel young. We went for the drag brunch and we had a blast. Be sure to tip the ladies!

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CT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was amazing, food was delicious and the drag queen show was spectacular! Me and my partner really enjoyed our Sunday and will surely be back soon. Thanks for everything.

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GK
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dining experience. Food and service were both excellent!

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M
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The drag cabaret show made it worth our while and the service was friendly!

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LC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Food was amazing and the room had great decor however the waitresses that served us (we dealt with two) were less than tolerable. There was some slight confusion about the policy on being able to switch flavours of the bottomless mimiosa's. One waitress kept arguing with us about what another waitress had told us and in the end just made everyone feel extremely awkward and uncomfortable. The waitress was arguing with my friend who we were celebrating a birthday for. She was not a fan and said she does not ever want to return.

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CW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was fantastic! My only point, is I could have gotten a bit more to eat but the price for this event was unbelievable!

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AW
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Loved the place first time going! Will come back again for sure

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N
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food and the space! By the way, Vanitea has some of the BEST homefries I’ve ever tasted! Thanks for a great experience. I’ll be coming back again soon for sure :)

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KR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Loved Drag Bunch. The girls were great and staff were lovely. Food is also delicious.

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LC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went for drag brunch, loved every minute of it. It was loud when we were there, but it was drag brunch...so you should expect that. Highly recommend!

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AR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Our visit to Vanitea was complete disappointment.
First, we had to wait about 20-25 minutes to be seated, despite we had reservation. The waiting area is very tiny room, packed with people waiting to be called (all had reservations). Some people had to wait outside since there was literally no room to breath in this waiting area.
Second, we had to wait for our order for another 30-40 mins. There was nothing special - some sandwich, which looked prepared and required just heating in microwave. Should not take that long.
Third - the place is very small and noisy. People packed inside like sardines.
And finally, they had some DRAG show, featuring transgender (or cross-dressing) people. I kind of missed this on their website, and we were completely surprised and had to run away from there leaving our order on the table.
So, be careful and check their website for events, since if you go to reservation directly, there is no warning.

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m
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

wonderful ambience. creative delicious afternoon tea. excellent service. only reason docked one star is because the scones could have been better - seemed dry. rest of the tea was amazing!! love thus place. definitely will go back.

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JW
Ottawa
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Just enjoyed a couple of pots of delicious tea with my daughter from Toronto! Rated the food on the basis of previous visits! Thanks for the memories!!

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I think it is pricey for the high tea trays. Food was great, but for 45$ each you could have a much better meal. You're really paying for the opportunity to have a fancy high tea experience.

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DR
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A delicious afternoon tea! The ambiance and great music made the experience even more enjoyable!

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G
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went with a small group of female coworkers as a holiday team outing and we all absolutely loved it. We experienced excellent, attentive service; chic decor; fragrant teas; and creative hors d'oeuvres and mini desserts that made us all go wow. What a treat! Would go back.

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JT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Is it a tea room or a bar? I am not opposed to loud music and mimosas, but I think you should focus on 1 type of clientele. Tea was served in a cup with hot water and should have been in a teapot. Had to ask server for more hot water. One clientele may expect classic tea service with soft music and another may enjoy Kelis' "Milkshake" music to bring the boys to the yard. Eggs Benny sauce delish, but 3 layers of English muffin was too much bread. Great potatoes, but would have liked fruit on the plate. Lovely décor, but atmosphere needs focus to a clientele. Sorry, but back to Le Chateau Laurier I go!

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v
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great addition to Ottawa. A super fun daytime booze party basically. Was thoroughly impressed with the staff ( all women apparently ) and the service and the food was beautiful. All around 10/10 also the space is gorgeous.

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MB
Ottawa
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The space is very small so the noise level can get quite high. There are a lot of tables crammed into a small space. You can hear the people beside you more than those you came with. The server was excellent but there was only one so she was run off her feet. More staff would allow for better service.

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NH
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service,amazing food, fabulous decor !!
Can’t wait to go back

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CH
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had so much fun at Vanitea! We went for the bottomless mimosas and brunch, and didn't know that it was their monthly Drag Brunch event. It was fantastic, fun entertainment, good service and yummy food. Because they were so busy we had to wait a little while even with our reservation, however they made up for this by extending their Bottomless mimosa time for us.

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RS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, delicious mimosas, friendly staff, and a cool atmosphere! Modern twist on brunch/tea.

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CC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was really fun and great food on a snowy day with my daughters.

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n
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

On a windy cold day outside it was delightfully warm inside. Service was friendly. Brunch was very good, well presented. A timer for the tea was fun to watch. This was our 3rd visit.

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O
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
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 on November 14, 2018
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 on November 10, 2018
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
Ottawa
2 reviews
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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