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Empress Tea Room

#315 of 2,101 Places to Eat in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 52
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 17
    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
Outstanding veggie burger at Burger Showdown

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Les L
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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

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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kent, wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Recently I had the pleasure of joining a group at Empress Tea Room in Carrollwood, Tampa. The ambience was quite pleasant, simple, and yet elegant. The food was interesting and enjoyable and, of course, tasty. Service was very good, although, due to the large crowds, we had some wait time.

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Coker Creek, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

My sisters and I had lunch today at the Empress Tea Room in Tampa. We all enjoyed the High Tea, with soup, finger sandwiches, scone with Devonshire Cream, dessert pastries and a chocolate covered strawberry. This was accompanied by an endless pot of hot tea. All of the food was delicious! And the decor was in keeping with the tea... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This restaurant is a little hidden, you may have to search for it, but once located, it is great! The tea service is very authentic and the service is great!

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We had a TravelZoo that said we would have 2 unlimited buffets and 4 mimosas. The website indicated the buffet included waffles, oatmeal, sausage, bacon, eggs, potatoes, scones with clotted cream and preserves for $15.95. We went with a friend who did not have a coupon. There was no buffet. You were served a plate. On my plate was two... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

I suggested Empress Tea Room to some friends for lunch after having had a nice experience recently. Now all I can say is how disappointing. We were seated next to the window, next to a glass etagiere that was completely full of dust. From there, the tea pot on the table had a broken lid and the china was chipped.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I have lunch here frequently with a friend and it's in our top two favorites. The food is fresh and delightful and the staff are awesome. They have mystery dinners too though I haven't done that yet. Even men enjoy going there.

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Lutz, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

what a great little place for a Sunday brunch its all you can eat and there food is excellent I can't want to go 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?