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The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery

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294 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary European

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Afternoon Tea
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.

Dinner service composed of small plates, cocktails and 1 Hour Bottomless Wine 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.

Support The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks

Offers

Brunch & Bottomless Mimosas for $16.00

Starting Aug 27, 2020·Sun 10:00-15:00, Wed-Sat 10:00-15:00

Enjoy $16.00 Bottomless Mimosa with any brunch dish for 1.5 Hours. Available from 10am-3pm. It's a brunch party everyday at Vanitea!

Bottomless Sangria or Wine Thurs-Sat 4pm-10pm

Starting Aug 27, 2020·Thu-Sat 16:00-22:00

Enjoy a delightful tapas menu and Bottomless Sangria or Wine and beautiful cocktails from 6pm-10pm.

What 294 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
4.1
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.8
Value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KarenP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

There was no cream, which is usually part of Afternoon tea. The top lawyer of the 3 tier plate was empty. There was no pot of tea, just a cup, again this is highly unusual for Afternoon tea. I’m usually not fussy but the creme brûlée was not edible. It was watery. The scones were hard. I ate half of one of them. Sorry to say, but it was the worst afternoon tea I’ve ever had and I’ve had many. It simply didn’t feel like the special experience associated with afternoon tea.

The idea and location are good and this could be a much better experience with more attention to detail.

JG
JoanneG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We combined an Afternoon Tea with a Drag Show which contrasted the classiness of the room with the outrageousness of the show. What a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

I would definitely go back to sample other dishes on the menu.

KT
KatrinaTaggart
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

loved this place so much had to review it twice! 4th visit now and finally came to celebrate my birthday! Greatest brunch spot in Ottawa, thanks vanitea!!!

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MelissaR
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was extra impressed with everything about this place!!!
From the moment you walk in you see this very beautifully decorated elegant room. The staff were more than amazing - they were kind also. We were greeted and sat right away at a beautifully adorned table and we ordered lattes. When they arrived they were more than photo worthy. They had flower petals on them and were delicious.
We were very well attended to and our waitress checked on us often.
We ordered the “Queen Pastel French Toast” and the “Waffles and Poulet”
The presentation was so pretty - there’s actually gold on the French toast!
I look forward to going back often and trying the afternoon teas with some girlfriends and would HIGHLY recommend this place to everyone looking for a great dining experience!!
Thank you

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abebennington
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Brought us in 30 minutes after our reservation time. Brought out unclean plates in two occasions. Food was pretty decent. One of few "high tea" style spot in town as far as I know. Nice decor and seating but tight table spacing considering Covid-19.

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majoriel
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

my new face place to go on the weekends with my gals I've already been 3 times in the last 2 weeks. thnx vanitea for always showing my friends and I such a great time. bottomless mimosas and yummy eggs Benny galore can't go wrong.

KT
KatrinaTaggart
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and creative cuisine, great female staff and phenomenal ambience. Can't wait to go back.

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Carinaaaa
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience. I had such a fun time for brunch. I don't usually get to have a lot of vegan options for brunch but this place is definitely 1# for that. Great cocktails too!

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Basics such as water was not offered and took a while to get the servers attention to attain the water. First thing I wanted to order off the menu was not available, second item was on the menu but the server said it was not supposed to be on the menu so I was asked to choose a third option. Ended up ordering the brunch sampler which is a lot less for a lot more rather than just ordering a main and a basket of scones which would have been more food for less money. So the value overall and service were lacking. While the ambiance was great and taste and the food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful! Great food, service, lovely setting, lovely staff!

AR
AlexandreR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My girlfriend and I had a lovely time at the Vanitea Room: the service was welcoming, accommodating, and prompt; the decor was lovely and eclectic; the tea (as one would expect) was great. Great value, nice atmosphere, and a very tasty and filling brunch. We'll certainly be back.

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kron
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went after stage 3 Covid put in place on a Thursday evening. It was quiet, the staff was fabulous and food was great! Ambience is spot on. Great time!

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MariaB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot for afternoon tea. Patio is really nice.

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ChristineN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice ambience. Very elegant and classy place. Great brunch spot.

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SuzieQ
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I just have to give the highest rating for this place.
My experience and my guests’ experience was outstanding. If you’re looking for a dining experience that is unique, tasty, and truly well presented then you must come to The Vanitea Tea House. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by our server who was also the manager. She was very attentive to our needs and provided answers to all our questions. While waiting for our food my guests and I raved about the decor and ambience of the restaurant. We intend to go again in the near future. You should too.

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MissShadowPlay
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved it. They changed their tower selection. Less food than last time. I think two scones that are plain is a overkill and not enough jam or sauces to put on the scones. The presentation was beautiful. Love the furniture and decor. Bathrooms needed a bit TLC.

JK
JackieK
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting, wonderful staff and delicious food. Love Vanitea :)

JW
vipJohnW
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

A nicely decorated restaurant in a house... cute out door cafe seating... interior design is well though out with nice decor details... Food is above average but nothing too exciting. We were looking for a true high tea experience, this is not it. However, if you are looking for a cool place to hang out with friends and have a nice relaxing time, this place is perfect.

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Kirps
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Overall experience was good. Took a while to be seated even though we had a reservation.

The scones had a lot of baking soda to the point where our jam was turning colors. We informed the staff but were still expected to pay for it.

Servers also forgot things like milk with the coffee or other drink orders.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food. Lovely setting on the patio.

TL
TraceyL
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

I really liked the location and the menu. We sat on a lovely patio of homemade rustic furniture that was interesting, but needed some sanding as clothing got snagged in it. The food was quite good, however, I was surprised that for high tea there was not butter nor creme fraiche for the scones, and when I asked for them I was charged more, for butter and whipped cream. The high tea service was already 45$, and I thought that it might have been a nice gesture to just add these two basic ingredients. It is however a lovely location and I look forward to going back to try other items on the menu.

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AlexN
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful location, service, and food. My friend and I went for brunch and everything was beautiful and the setting just really elevates the experience.

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AngieB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I received this gift from my son and his wife for Christmas. I shared the experience with my sister. What a charming and quaint place to have brunch.
Everything about our first time there was memorable. The ambiance was comforting. Our server was attentive and a pleasure to speak to. The food was DELICIOUS! We are everything on our plate.
We will definitely be visiting the Vanitea Room again in the future.
Thank you for a wonderful day.

MV
MalyV
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

I had too much expectation and was disapointed, but it's cozy and the food is okay I guess if you are not picky

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ValL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the afternoon tea and the food was delicious with a good selection of teas

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SL81
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

I love the concept of this place, and am happy to support women in the industry.

However, the service when provided by sparse and snide.

The food was not as expected and was pricey for what it was.

I won't be back.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time here..... I enjoyed a wonderful brunch with my daughter (a gift from her). The place is beautifuly decorated, cozy and comfy ( love the comfy window seat. And the mural is gorgeous. The lady who took care of us was very welcoming and kindly accommodated our vegan and vegetarian restrictions. And the food was delicious. I’ll be coming back for sure

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Diane
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my third time at Vanitea, and each and every time has been fantastic. A favourite! The young woman who served us was beyond wonderful! The tea room is amazing and the food superb! Love Vanitea and retuning very soon. Highly recommend

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RachelF
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect brunch spot, cant complain with bottomless mimosas. Food was excellent, and the atmosphere was very enjoyable. A great experience.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

It’s a nice environment but a small space and can get crowded. You need to have time to spend here because the food takes time to come ( approx 45-50 min). But the Afternoon tea set we got was very nice !

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Gabrielle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Hi,

I would have rated higher if the server had more knowledge of the after high tea service. She did not know what she was serving us but she made an effort to respond to our questions by asking someone else. Also, for the afternoon high tea, I thought that the scone was quite small and not what I expected ( small pink heart shaped scone) and that there were a lot of sweets. Otherwise, it was delicious, minus the pink deviled egg ( my mom and I did not like the taste of that at all).

Thank you

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Elizah
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely Restaurant, great décor! Parking is a challenge but that is downtown for you. The food is a little restrictive in choice. Be sure to check the menu in advance. Reservations a must!

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Denise
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

we were delightes by the set up in the room and décor, and willingness to accomodate my sister's many food allergies.
we were disappointed that we had a reservation for 11 but we didnt sit down until 1120 and didnt eat until 1210.
the servers were kind and friendly. the food and tea was excellent. overall a great experience.

NM
NakitaM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Overall I had high expectations but couldn’t enjoy the food as we found several hairs cooked within our pastries and food. The waitress said they were as accommodating as they could be given the incident. I would have liked more of a comp to be honest 15 percent off isn’t a huge reduction when you find several hairs in both plates and it ruins what was suppose to be a very special occasion out. The food itself wasn't as expected either, food wasn’t warm and the portion sizing was incredibly small given the price we paid. The overall service was slow and we had to ask for refills on drinks. Reading past reviews it seems the low star rated reviews are accurate and the rest of the people are more interested in having great decor with a mediocre experience.

RC
RayCam
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

I booked a table for Valentine's day. Open table did not tell me that there was a special event going on. Was expecting the special valentines day brunch menu that was advertised, which they did not have. It was such a bummer because we are vegan so we couldn't eat the food. We had to leave and get a last minute table at another place that was awful. Really sad because we were really looking forward to eating here. Kind of ruined vday. Such a beautiful place I hope they fix this issue in the future and advertise what you are actually booking for.

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vipaaaaaCHu
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The restaurant is very small. Barely enough room to pass by inside.

Food was ok, not amazing. Kind of overpriced

KJ
KourtneyJ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

I found it incredibly overrated. Although the food was tasty, the portions were very small for the price - I could go to Chesterfields and have a much larger meal for the same price or cheaper.

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Evajaseli
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved The Vanitea Room. The service was great as well as the ambience. Will definitely go back. My only complaint is the limited time there. We were kicked out as another couple was waiting for our table. We would like to have ordered another coffee and dessert, however time didn't permit us. We had to go to another restaurant for coffee and dessert.

BP
BrandonP
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience5

Service is normally great, but service was far too slow this day. 15 minutes to be seen for drinks, no food for an hour and they got our order wrong so we were waiting and waiting and told 3 times over half an hour that our food was almost done.

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adquinones
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

Very cozy and small spot. Tables are close together. The food was alright . We had to modern tea.

FAQs

The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 695-8832.

The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery is rated 4.1 stars by 294 OpenTable diners.

The Vanitea Room a Tea Salon and Eatery does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.thevanitearoomteasalon.com/tea-products/gift-card.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.