I don't really have any experience in this area, but I would think both of them would be very nice. The Watts Shop is right across from the Pfister, so I suggest you take time to see both the lobby at the Pfister and the Watts shop.
The Pfister lobby is decorated really nice for Christmas and the Watts store is always worth a look around.
Wow who'd have thunk it . . . High Tea in Milwaukee? We're more of a "beer and brats" sorta place.
Sorry can't help you out Bonnie, but please let us know what you decide and how it is.
Having lived in Milwaukee for several years, it's more about the tea experience vs. the destination, as I've spent time at both. My family is venturing into the high tea experience, and I'm now curious to try others across the nation. Enjoyed one in New York City, while pleasant, I had a lot of feedback to offer. I also think they'd both be nice, so I'll post my report after my visit. Thanks for the posts!
That's a tough one. I haven't attended either affair, though I have had lunch at Watts Tea Room. Food was excellent but I would like to see them do some renovations to their facilities. Pfister is great for the ambiance.
You also might want to check out Anaba Tea Room, and lastly Rishi Tea. Rishi does not have a store, but their teas are sold all over Milwaukee and they have won many national and international awards.
My Mom and I got terrible food poisoning at Watts a few years ago. My Mom was pretty seriously ill. The inspectors didn't find a smoking gun but did issue some recommendations. Enough said.
Sorry I didn't get this in in time for your visit but George Watts tea room is a unique experience and sad that so many Milwaukeeans have never gone there. I have to admit that I haven't done the tea at the Pfister but it's a big hotel with a huge dining room. Very elegant but not unique by any stretch. I would recommend Watts for the unique experience.