The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery

4.6
171 reviews
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Contemporary European
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  • Brunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Cozy
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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AW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

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N
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Dined 4 days ago
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
9 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
3 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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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
11 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
10 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
10 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
Toronto
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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