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Rose Tree Cottage

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801 S Pasadena Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
626-793-3337
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 2
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traditional and homey afternoon tea

We chose the Rose Tree Cottage for its traditional English afternoon tea, and we had a lovely time. It started off somewhat less than promising; we arrived about 10 minutes early for a 1:00 tea, and as the door was locked we had to wait outside in the somewhat tired looking front garden. Once we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 28, 2015
Lianne58
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Santa Monica, California
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Livermore, California
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I celebrated my birthday at the Rose Tree Cottage this year. The historic house is wonderful, the owners are welcoming and the tea is delicious. They have their own blend of black tea that is so smooth and wonderful. Their traditional tea sandwiches, scone & sweets are always so good! If I lived in Southern California I would stop in... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

We chose the Rose Tree Cottage for its traditional English afternoon tea, and we had a lovely time. It started off somewhat less than promising; we arrived about 10 minutes early for a 1:00 tea, and as the door was locked we had to wait outside in the somewhat tired looking front garden. Once we were allowed in (along with... More 

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Thank Lianne58
South Pasadena, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

I've been to the Rose Tree Cottage half a dozen times, including their previous location on California Blvd. The food was very good. In addition to the usual tea, finger sandwiches, fruit, scones, and dessert, they also served a couple things I've never had before at a tea house - a delicious hot roast beef sandwich, and a very nice... More 

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1 Thank SallyMJK
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My wife was in Pasadena and drove past this place and thought she would call in and get me some goodies as I am originally from England. She purchased two brands of biscuits which were both out of date. The Jammie Dodgers were 5 months past their best and the Ginger Nuts were 3 months past their date. She also... More 

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2 Thank Olly13538
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

We celebrated my Mom's birthday with my sisters today and really enjoyed the food and service from our server. She was friendly and very kind. The only complaint we had is that there are two cats roaming around the eating area and indoors. Not only did we think that not becoming to an eating establishment but also a great inconvenience... More 

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3 Thank Diana A
Minneapolis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I used to visit RTC at its old location 20 years ago with my mother and wanted to go again in memory of her. Unfortunately, it's not at all the same place it once was. The grounds are no longer beautifully kept, the shop area is horribly cramped, and the food was below average. My friend had a salad rather... More 

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3 Thank sjh40l
Coral Gables, Florida
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86 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I can't believe I haven't written a review of this wonderful place before but better late than never. This is the only real English tea room that can be found on US shores. The owners, Edmund and Mary Fry, have created a place where you can find a brief respite from the world. They always greeted us warmly and made... More 

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1 Thank Kim H
Kingston, Canada
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

The owner is rude, the food is awful, very over priced and above all the place Smells of urine. It is a want to be English High Tea but comes comes off phony. We were warned to arrive early, found the door locked and were made to wait at least 5-7 minutes outside. We're seated late and the room was... More 

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4 Thank Joanne B
Sammamish, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

I LOVE Mary & Edmond Fry! When you come to RTC, it is like going to their home. You call ahead for tea as they plan for your arrival. Snow, the kitty, greats you and hopes for some cream with tea. Made fresh each day, they serve wonderful tea sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, and yummy treats for dessert. Tea is... More 

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Thank Tara R
Falcon, Colorado, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

I flew in from Colorado to attended a tea. I thought it was very English. If you want to attended a tea like the English then this is a must go to place. Edmond the owner treats you like royalty.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 801 S Pasadena Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: 626-793-3337

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: British
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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