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The Tea Room - Windsor Arms Hotel, Toronto, ON

The Tea Room - Windsor Arms Hotel

4.4
4.4
1407 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Afternoon Tea
Since 1927, Tea at the Windsor Arms has been synonymous with elegant, afternoon indulgence. Relax in our French-style lobby tea room or our majestic purple room with its original working fireplace.

Peruse a selection of teas from Russian Caravan to Sencha; our staff will happily guide you through the myriad of tastes and aromas.

Reserve the Tea Room for intimate gatherings such as corporate functions, bridal and baby showers, or get-togethers with friends. All Tea Rooms are available for either full or partial bookings.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea: Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Twilight Tea Sat, Sun 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 971-9666 ext. 2
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party contact
    Harriet Welch: (416) 971-9666
  • Neighbourhood
    Yorkville
  • Cross Street
    Bay and Bloor
  • Parking Details
    Valet
  • Public Transit
    Bay Station (BLR)<br /><br />Museum Station (YUS)<br /><br />Yonge Station (BLR)
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,407 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

1,407 Reviews
  1. giannad

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The little desserts were unimpressive. The sandwiches , quich and scone though were outstanding! I would look to change the cream, I have never seen a cream turn brown. Been to many places and the cream was always white and fresh .

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  2. PatriciaH

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely escape from the rest of the world. The tea was fantastic and the food was delicious. Our server was polite, professional and attentive.

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  3. Tamb

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good value, considering most high teas in the city are over $100 per person now. Service was excellent and atmosphere has an old English charm. Generous portions. Incredible selection of teas and cocktails. Great variety of sandwiches and they were excellent but desserts were really lacking. Was also disappointed as it was not real clotted cream or nice jams to go with the scones. And they kick you out as soon as you hit the two hour mark even though there was not another sitting. But overall a lovely tea and good value and would go back.

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  4. GordonH

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    There were 2 servers. When we told our server about a nut allergy and we asked if there were nuts in the deserts, he said he did not know. He did not ask anyone else to find out. At the other tables the server asked about allergies before bring out the food. We had to ask for fresh hot water. The server at the other tables asked the guests if they wanted fresh hot water. We could not eat the deserts as we did not know what was in them, so we took them to go for a family member that did not have an allergy. OK at a fast food restaurant, not so much at a $65 per person tea.

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  5. PennyMacD05

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our afternoon tea here was lovely. The food was very good, the ambiance was very quaint and our server was very kind and attentive.

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  6. MissMia

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely elegant tea. Food is delicious and beautiful. I would love a bit more interesting petite fours. Ambiance perfect. A bit pricey but it is an experience.

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  7. MelanieS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks for beautiful afternoon. Our waiter made the experience top notch.

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  8. MimiG

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience and our server, who has been there many years is charming!

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  9. SamanthaH

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service are always impeccable! It is a pleasure attending afternoon tea at the Windsor Arms.

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  10. MartinB

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique experience. The most interesting afternoon Tea in Toronto.

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  11. Courtney

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Tea Room experience was lovely, largely due to the expert service from Nakul - he is the most seasoned, classy, and gentile server.

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  12. GabeB

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute old place!!! Very interesting hotel and the staff was very knowledgeable! I would recommend this experience to anybody!

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  13. LeanneN

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my mom for her birthday and she loved it. The atmosphere was nice and food and tea were delicious. We had a nice time catching up. An overall wonderful experience.

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  14. Nelleked

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful old hotel, high tea nothing special. Overall not really worth the money. Service okay, nothing special. Clotted cream was way too runny.

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  15. Gr8eater

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My friend has serious food allergies and I mentioned that when i booked the table. One would think that the chef would have made sandwiches that were more "tea like". However, she got sandwiches that looked ordinary and plain. It was very disappointing.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For me the experience was perfect but for my daughter who has a dairy allergy, the food substitutions were mainly uninteresting. There would have been no problem for her eating wraps or pumpernickel bread, as she does not have issues with gluten, but all of her sandwiches were served on a marbled dark brown bread. They were dry. Dairy-free cream cheese is available. As is mayonnaise. That was not used. The atmosphere and service were lovely. The charming waiter refilled our teapots as we sat and chatted for a long time. The tea and food (for me) were delicious. Just wondering about food choices for the dairy free.

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  17. Ning

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    it was a friendly & cozy environment. Jordan was extremely helpful and great service. It was high tea indeed .

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall it was an ok experience. Food was ok, sandwich bread was mushy bc they likely had been sitting. Tea was great. Room could use a refresh…. Music so low you could then hear conversations at all the tables….i won’t go back.

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  19. Mergelas

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Extremely overpriced considering the food & ambiance. Service was fine.

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  20. MEAR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ALL STAFF WERE EXCELLENT, FOOD EXCELLENT, AMBIANCE AMAZING [AS WE WERE SEATED IN THE PRIVATE DINING ROOM, PART OF THE TEA ROOMS]. BLACK TEAS SELECTED WERE AMAZING. CAN NOT RECOMMEND THIS VENUE HIGHLY ENOUGH! LOVE THE WINDSOR ARMS!!!

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  21. ElyseR

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good. Service could be better in terms of attentiveness. I brought a minor, 5 years old, and he was charged the full adult holiday price. He barely ate.

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  22. Coco

    Toronto

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a nice to experience high tea at The Windsor hotel, the setting was lovely, our server was very attentive. The selection of sandwiches, scones, mini quiche and sweets were very tasty. Great selection of teas and cocktails.

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  23. JudyS

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a beautiful, romantic hotel. Really does transport you back into another era. Staff were lovely, enjoyed our outing very much.

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  24. PaolaS

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I used to go to the Windsor arms, tea room, and it was one of the best in the city. I am just finding out that the service last year and also this year was not attentive,. The food sprite, mediocre. And not very delicate. The highlights were the scones for sure. The ambience in the tea room is quite nice but the bathrooms were not clean, I had to ask someone to go check them out. I definitely expected more from a Hotel this level. we keep going back because it’s a family tradition, but next year we will definitely be trying a new venue

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  25. NatalieG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    High tea done properly, with china tea cups and pots, piping hot water, elegant sandwiches, warm scones and special desserts. One of the best high teas we have ever had. Home made fruit jams were particularly nice - not too sweet, lots of fruit flavour to make for a fresh-tasting scone topping.

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  26. Roxyfoxy

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been going to the Windsor arms for high tea with my nieces for years. It’s a tradition. Today was the last time. The food was horrible! And for such a high price, it was insulting. Next year we will continue our tradition elsewhere.

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  27. Fedup

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We used to love high tea at the Windsor Arms, now the food has gone down hill, no clotted cream - now they have a milky cream with a film covering it. Scones are good but sandwiches are basic and tasteless. They try to sell you a box of $100 tea Such a shame.

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  28. MichelleF

    Atlantic Canada

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Service and food quality excellent. Would highly recommend.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Reserved and asked for the offered vegan high tea. Don’t think everything on the platters were fully vegan (most likely the mayonnaise as the culprit). For the price was expecting something a bit higher class like the ritz in Montreal that has vegan for the same price point. Overall not satisfied with the experience.

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  30. JonathanH

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I have to say that I was disappointed with the high tea here. The service was slow. Wait staff not well trained. Christmas decor was cheap for such a lovely hotel. Our Prosecco took 30 mins to arrive at our table. Really? Also the music was soft rock which is bizarre for the season. Try something classical? Now the food: overall it was good. However the clotted cream was runny. The desserts seemed prepackaged and not fresh. I would be apprehensive to return.

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  31. TeresaY

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First time to Windsor Arms afternoon tea. Room was quiet in the beginning when there're not many people. Enjoyed the tranquility. Like the classic setting & fine china to carry me back in time. Food quality needs improvement but justify the price. Excellent experience!

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  32. LillianC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely, beautiful, and relaxing experience! I’ve been here a few times before and everything was actually even better than the last few times! Our server was so nice and helpful and accommodating, he genuinely wanted us to have the best experience! :) The tea and foods are lovely too! This is my most favourite high tea place in Toronto- and I’ve tried quite a few! Highly recommend it.

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  33. LouiseK

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Seven years ago I would have said the afternoon tea was excellent. This time we found the room a little shabby, the music on an endless Christmas kimonos a few dongs, the savoury sandwiches either stale or soggy (cucumber) and the sweets bad tasting except the macaron. The fruit scones were good but the tiny amount of jam was silly. The "made in-house" cream for scones tasted like evaporated milk beaten with icing sugar-- runny and only a mi Ute amount. The tea itself was fine to drink. Service was adequate-- server realized there were no smoked salmon sandwiches and hot some for us. I would not recommend tea here.

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  34. AugustDiner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I requested a more isolated table due to a family member being immunocompromised and we were very well taken care of. One of our party was visiting from the UK and we had a wonderful visit while enjoying delicious sandwiches, sweets and scones and excellent service.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cozy setting, attentive hosts & services, great food & great value ! We definitely will come back again

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the first time I’ve ever been to an afternoon tea, and it was above my expectations from the service to the food to the presentation to the littlest details, I felt like royalty. Our server was also so pleasant and accommodating to our food restrictions. I would highly recommend trying the afternoon tea at Windsor Arms Hotel, what a fabulous experience!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely lovely afternoon tea in Toronto. Windsor Arms was very accommodating as my daughter is vegetarian so we got a veggie afternoon tea menu for her and a regular menu for me. The tea rooms are beautiful and serene, perfect for conversation. The tea selection is very impressive as well.

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  38. Cold

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my mom for her birthday. Ambiance: Amazing • Service: Our server was exceptional, explained all of the food and was always checking up on us, even though it was a busy holiday season full house. She even took note of the "birthday" note on my Open Table reservation and brought her an extra treat • Food: Scones and Quiche were excellent • Savouries: half were good the other half were on the tasteless side • Sweets: not good at all... kind of like what you would see/eat at a mass cheap buffet

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  39. VanessaA

    Toronto

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four of my friends and I go for High Tea every year around Christmas. Every year the food, service and ambiance is outstanding in every way ! The best High Tea in TO

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  40. CeeInTheSix

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I have always loved having afternoon tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel, and usually go during weekday afternoons. I really, really appreciate that they do a wonderful vegan option for afternoon tea. This time was different because I visited on a December weekend, so it was very busy and a bit noisy which is to be expected the weekend before Christmas. The two things that diminished my experience were 1) the lighting. It was WAY too bright. I would have liked lighting that made the vibe cozy and calm; and 2) our server was not very friendly or helpful. He brought out our food, dropped it off, and left without telling us what the food was. Meanwhile, we could hear the other server happily detailing what was on his guests' plates. Our server also never came back to check on us or to see if we needed anything else. Overall, he seemed distracted and unhappy. I wish servers realized how much they impact the quality of their guest's experience.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Tea Room - Windsor Arms Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 971-9666 ext. 2.

The Tea Room - Windsor Arms Hotel is rated 4.4 stars by 1407 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Tea Room - Windsor Arms Hotel

18 St. Thomas St, Toronto, ON M5S 3E7

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Bay and Bloor
  • Neighbourhood
    Yorkville
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea: Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Twilight Tea Sat, Sun 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Valet
  • Public Transit
    Bay Station (BLR)Museum Station (YUS)Yonge Station (BLR)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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