Themed Afternoon Tea - Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
NUTCRACKER AFTERNOON TEA
The Notch8 Private Dining Room has been transformed to take you on an enchanting journey into the magic and wonder of the holiday season. Indulge in delectable savoury fare, scones and festive sweets created by our in-house Pastry Shop.
If your tiny tot is joining, we offer a Children’s Tea featuring
kid-friendly sandwiches, scones, and sweet treats.

We are pleased to offer options catering to guests with specific dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, as well as dietary preferences including vegetarian and vegan diets. Please notify us at time of booking and we will be delighted to facilitate.


Please advise us of any allergies or dietary restrictions that would require us to adjust our menu.
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CR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

The food was quite good. However, it was a birthday treat for
my Mom from myself & my kids aged 11 &13. The hotel advertises a children’s tea option, but it was essentially the same menu with an added peanut butter / jam and ham/cheese sandwich. Most of the food was not appetizing to my kids who are not adventurous enough to try duck or sandwiches made of stuffing & turkey. The service was very good & they brought lots of extra food, just not food catered to kids. The Empress hotel in Victoria has a much more kid friendly tea. I did give them feedback & hope they amend the menu.

m
Corpus Christi
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The afternoon tea experience was STELLAR👏👏👏👏👏
The service was impeccable
The atmosphere so lovely
The food and tea perfection

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything is so nice!

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was so amazing; the food, the setting and the service was excellent! Very attentive to all the diners. Great experience, highly recommend.

MN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience5

We were quite disappointed in the offerings, having done tea at many other classy places in the past (e.g., The Empress in Victoria, Butchart Gardens, The Mark in New York, etc.). There was too much emphasis on cutsiness of presentation and not enough on doing sizable enough portions of fewer items that one could do more than a brief taste. (Also, too much emphasis on sweets.....though that might be just a personal preference and an age thing.)

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

Very disappointing! Some sandwiches were soggy and overall flavors were very muted and nondescript. Fruit cake scone was the only memorable bit. Too much sweet vs. savory. I really feel $79 was exorbitant for this bland unbalanced fare. In addition, presentation “tiered servers” looked forced and resembled homemade crafts. I really hope Fairmont reads these reviews and makes improvements, I could not recommend this experience.

The menu changed from Spice Merchant to Nutcracker theme and is still misrepresented on Open Table.

JS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

This year’s theme was not executed nearly as well as last year. The presentation felt intrusive and blocked views of your companions. The menu was satisfactory but lacking compared to last year. The highlight was the marmalade and the fruitcake scone.

T
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service, decor and food. Pricing is a bit expensive relative to the type of food though even if this is Fairmont.

JZ
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

The quality of high tea is poor... Smell bad and too many different spices

AF
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

I was a bit disappointed this time because when I raised my hand up to ask the waiter something, a lot of the waiters just walked past me and ignored me. I had my hand up for 5 minutes and other people at other tables started to look at me as if I was abnormal. When I payed the bill, I still tipped 15% even after I had that bad experience. The waiter should be lucky that I still tipped 15% even when I was ignored many times. Overall the decor was nice, it suits the Spice Merchant Themed High Tea and the savory was really flavorful. It was busy on November 10, 2019 and I had to wait approx. 35 minutes for the sweets to arrive. It was not served all at one time because it was served in tiffins, and not in the traditional 3 tier stand, the tiffins are provided by Ms.Tiffin.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The atmosphere was pretty good. The food wasn’t the best, I found that I enjoyed the savoury selection that they had but the sweet/dessert selection wasn’t great.

GS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great service. the waitress was super nice. The restaurant was amazing. the ambiance perfect.

PV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Didn’t know we were to say in advance of booking if there were any allergies so it messed up set menu to make alterations. Food was mediocre. Didn’t feel price reflected the quality of food.

E
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I chose this menu because it seems to have a balance of savoury and sweet items. In the end, we found the savory items to be smaller than the sweet ones. As we went on Saturday, it was pretty busy and appeared to be short staffed. Tables were not cleaned up promptly and looked unsightly. The tea service was served inside their library, which has pretty low ceiling and not much soft coverings, so the noise level inside the room felt more like a dim sum restaurant when everyone were talking. A far cry from the serene experience one would come to expect when having afternoon tea at restaurants that specialize in high or afternoon tea. At $65 pp, I don't think it's good value for money.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The tea did not feel like high tea. It was a dark room and the savoury items were large not small sandwiches. I think there was too much sweet and not enough savoury. Also overpriced, I had the vegetarian option and it was very basic. The best items were the Gulab jamun cheesecake and scones. The vegetarian sandwiches weren’t very Indian just a lot of tomatoes. Waitress was very friendly!

SS
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My only comment - I am a little disappointed that the afternoon tea was confused with high tea. Visiting BC, I will hope that the employees will know that calling it high tea does not make it fancy. High tea is served between 5 and 6 pm. It is served in a high table and is for the working class and they serve heavy meals. Afternoon tea is served with delicate China and involves table manners. The presentation was very fancy and by no means it was a high tea experience . I really hope you take my feedback seriously and educate you staff on this particular topic.
Thanks!!

SS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were delighted that our vegan request was granted and the chef created delicious courses for us to enjoy. We loved our server Marilu. She was attentive and helped make the entire experience special.

EO
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

have enjoyed three, themed teas now. Each time was lovely. Looking forward to the next one.

B
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Although the setting in Notch 8 is interesting, it is not what one traditionally associates with High Tea. The low-ceilinged room feels somewhat claustrophobic. The lighting & lack of acoustics makes it feel more like a bar than an appropriate venue for tea.
The service was excellent, not hurried. The food was tasty, each item unique.
We all especially enjoyed the shrimp sandwiches.
Not great value for the price.

MI
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This tea was a wonderful birthday experience for my wife.
t
he food was excellent and the waiter made the experience very pleasurable.

G
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great tea experience. Lots of creative food ideas and an elegant treat. Cost was high, but a unique experience. Woukd have liked to see more tea selection options.

S
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

You need better vegan and vegetarian options please

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Loved Raluca
She was great to talk too about Vancouver

JT
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience5

So disappointing. Had high expectations for the themed tea but two of the naan bread savory bites were soggy while three of the desserts were so dry they were inedible. We were grateful for the scones, they were amazing. Sadly everything else was not.

AM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good service Guy is so polite and friendly smile all the time 👍

N
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The food left a lot to be desired. It felt as if it had been prepped too early and wasn’t fresh ( the breads in the sandwiches/wraps were soggy and pakoras seemed stale.

Overall venue was great but we also felt rushed during service. It wasn’t like most other teas I’ve been to

s
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Unfortunately we were 30 min late due to demonstrations. So we only had 60 min to enjoy the experience. Our server was amazing very comforting and empathetic to our aversion to garlic, he went above and beyond to make our experience memorable seeing as how it was my husbands birthday, he came to the table with a cupcake with a candle (a very nice touch). I highly recommend! The tea was lovely and the treats definitely savoury and very ingenious.

MK
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Birthday luncheon before the opening day of Downton Abbey movie.

d
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Overall the experience felt rushed. I had just sat down to the table and was asked what tea I wanted. It was hard to get through the list and pressure was on to pick a tea. The server called the items by different names when they arrived so we had to ask again to steer clear of items some of our party wanted to avoid, another server saw that we were challenged while passing by but was gracious enough to help. For the price, I would have thought that the whole experience would have been next level...I can tell you, it’s not. There were screaming children at a table near ours and no one told them to be quiet not even their parents so that did not help. Overall I feel that they are hiding behind the Fairmont name, catering to tourists and not quality service, food and overall experience. The actual tea was lovely. I won’t be back and can’t recommend it.

GT
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Loved the High Tea service at the Fairmont hotel... excellent tea choices and the finger sandwiches were divine. Sweets are plenty but premade. Loved it overall.

RH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Serge Labelle’s service was wonderful. He even took my photo with his ipad and sent it to me as my flip phone didn’t take good photos. Love how the sandwiches were decorated with edible flowers and the pastries were scrumptious.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Love the atmosphere. Service was attentive and down to detail. High tea items were beautifully presented, if not too traditional compared with other themes before. Loved most sandwiches, and my favorite were the scones and condiments. I didn't finish half the desserts, hoped they could have been more creative and less sweet. My least favorite was the quality of tea selections, and for my surprise, three type of tea I've tried here were so weak, nearly undrinkable. I'm a big tea lover, have tea from normal tea shops to The Empress, and have my own collections around world. I was so disappointed with the tea quality this time around. It also came in a metal Teapot, easy to get burned. Still I enjoyed the time spent there

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent afternoon tea!

OT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Afternoon with friend on vacation from the US. Expert service from Serge. They were given excellent attention even though there were several other parties including a large party of nine. Highly recommend you ask for Serge if you schedule an afternoon tea at the fairmont

JM
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A group of 4. We all had a great time. A nice setting, not too quiet or eerie as I expected from reading other reviews. The sandwiches were great. The only thing I would change would be to have more savoury sandwiches and fewer desserts. We packed up most of the desserts but some of it would likely be wasted compared with more savoury food, which would likely be less filling on the day. I would still recommend the afternoon tea and would likely take future guests that are visiting.

D
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we had a wonderful experience and highly recommend the high tea.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great and attentive service staff. Enjoyable high tea experience overall.

K
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’m not sure about the noise level just because my daughter who is 4 WAS the noise level. Lol. The food was great and the desserts were fabulous. She had a great time and so did I. It was a fabulous learning experience for her and we will be making it a tradition for sure !

m
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

It was a lovely afternoon and we found the woman who served us really added to the whole experience as she was so helpful and pleasant. The food was really nice a m d good value. We took away most of our sweet goods and are still dining on them 4 days later👌🏽Altogether a lovely afternoon and would do again.

OT
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best ever!!

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