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Empress Tea Room

#359 of 2,164 Places to Eat in Tampa
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12924 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618
813-988-9027
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Husband got a coupon so we went for high tea. Have to mention that had no time for tea in London last Spring. This was to make up for that. Lovely dining room. Very British. Lots of china and teapots, paintings, tablecloths and lovely curtains. A little short on staff. Tea sandwiches great. Dessert... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
PeggyP11
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North Port, Florida
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North Port, Florida
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Husband got a coupon so we went for high tea. Have to mention that had no time for tea in London last Spring. This was to make up for that. Lovely dining room. Very British. Lots of china and teapots, paintings, tablecloths and lovely curtains. A little short on staff. Tea sandwiches great. Dessert bites (very small) tasty and tea... More 

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Thank PeggyP11
St. Petersburg, Florida
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941 reviews
769 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family enjoys going to places serving high tea. We have done so in many places beginning in Canada at the Empress Hotel on Victoria Island in British Columbia and at a lovely place in Windsor England. I bought a coupon for High Tea on Travelzoo for the Empress Tea Room and my husband and I went one afternoon at... More 

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Thank librarian73
Tampa, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Took my three granddaughters for a Post Christmas High Tea. They are 7, 8 and 13 and all three loved everything about it except the wait. They were most impressed when we were seated at the big High Tea Table located in the Victorian style room. Afterwards, all three wanted to know if we could come back when they are... More 

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Thank Connie G
Tampa, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Every thanksgiving my daughters, granddaughters and have high tea. We've been doing it for 5 years. This year our usual tea room closed their doors. Tried the Empress Tea Room. Horrible experience. We ordered high tea with the house soup. The soup was cold and awful. It took almost 40 minutes to arrive. Tea was served, but not kept hot.... More 

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Thank Anita G
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

This place is classy. The staff and owners are amazing. Great place to meet and have enjoy some excellent tea and sides. I highly recommend it.

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Thank Raul B
Wesley Chapel, Florida
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Nice atmosphere for a Saturday evening meal and murder mystery! We purchased our tickets before the event. At arrival, we had to wait almost 35 minutes to get seated in the back room that was set up nicely with tables & chairs. The play was a version of CLUE and was clever. The actors were good and involved the audience... More 

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Thank Pat G
Tampa, FL
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I went with a group of seven women to the Empress Tea Room for lunch. The restaurant was not particularly busy, however our waitress was very slow in her service. The food, once it finally arrived, was excellent. We ended up being there for 2 1/2 hours and even had to get up and locate the waitress to get our... More 

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Thank adventurous1Tampa_FL
Tampa, Florida
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We took a friend there for birthday lunch. The service was very slow. Tea was so weak and trifle and scone were not good! My scone was VERY dry and crumbled to pieces when I tried to put jam and cream on it. Prices were High for the amt and quality and quantity.

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Thank Elizabeth W
kent, wa
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78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

This not a cheap deal, but it is a wonderful experience and the staff - Paz waited on us - are amazing - so kind and accommodating. I would recommend doing some research about "afternoon tea" and the hotel itself before booking and I highly recommend if only once in a lifetime - but I will be back!

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Thank deebk
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893 reviews
447 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Their veggie patty was really flavorful and served on a nice roll, almost couldn't tell it wasn't meat. Will definitely have that again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12924 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: 813-988-9027

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, British
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?