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The Dunbar Tea Shop

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1 Water St, Dunbar House, Sandwich, MA 02563
508-833-2485
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 18
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  • 19
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  • 19
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic English Tea Room Experience

The Dunbar Tea Room in historic Sandwich, MA is featured in the book Great Tea Rooms of America. My wife loves the tea room experience and, while I was among the only 4 males in the room this afternoon, I too enjoyed the experience. The tea was outstanding and the food was more than enough for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Franco M
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South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, USA
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South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The Dunbar Tea Room in historic Sandwich, MA is featured in the book Great Tea Rooms of America. My wife loves the tea room experience and, while I was among the only 4 males in the room this afternoon, I too enjoyed the experience. The tea was outstanding and the food was more than enough for our lunch. The room... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Cute cottage look with garden & outside seating (if desired) in picturesque Sandwich, MA. The pretty bright dining room filled up quickly. We had reservations as suggested. Only my second visit here; with many years in between visits. Server nice but seemed inexperienced with menu. Had the special menu "Windsor Tea"...tiny tea sandwiches, tiny breads, scone, tiny sweets for $20;... More 

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East Sandwich, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The Dunbar Tea Shop is a lovely place for a leisurely lunch, brunch or tea. The food and service varies and can be exceptional or spotty depending on who is in the kitchen and who the waitstaff is. Absolutely call ahead to make reservations so they know you are coming to alleviate the problem.

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Rochester, ma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

First time visit with a special friend to a cozy, charming tea room. Definitely a ladies place. I had the Ploughman's lunch (the beef was so so); however, the salad, fruit and fresh warm bread were more than enough to satisfy. My friend enjoyed the the special of the day, the hot turkey sandwich, which she tells me was excellent... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Even though we did not have reservations, they were very accommodating and gracious. The service as excellent and the food was very good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Visited with friends a few weeks ago. Atmosphere, food and staff were all outstanding. The chef owner Peggy and her husband should be very proud of their accomplishments. Will return for my family B-day celebration next week.

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Santa Rosa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I lived on the Cape when the Dunbar Tea Shop first opened. The owners back then were a lovely English couple. After 20 years, I was back for a visit, and I was very pleased to see that the Tea Shop was still there and had actually expanded. There is now an addition to the original building, which was very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

After visiting Hoxie house (about 100 yards away), my wife had afternoon tea at the Dunbar Tea Shop. We shared the set 'afternoon tea' (plenty for two). My wife was particularly pleased that the tea was served in a tea-pot (and kept hot with an old-fashioned tea-cosy!). Beautiful setting and surroundings. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Almost every time my husband and I visit the Cape and we live close enough to go year round we go to the Dunbar tea house. Everything is always perfect because the staff works very hard to make it so. The woman who has scowl on her face is the owner. She could use a lesson in good manners. We... More 

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Tompkinsville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We stopped at the Dunbar Tea Shop in Sandwich, Massachusetts on a Monday afternoon. This is a cozy place, just across from a pond. Sandwich is a wonderful place on the Cape to visit, and we always enjoy going there. The setting is delightful. The service at the Dunbar Tea Shop was wonderful. Our waitress was very attentive. The Tea... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Water St, Dunbar House, Sandwich, MA 02563
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Cod  >  Sandwich
  • Phone Number: 508-833-2485

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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