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“A cool experience but very expensive.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Afternoon Tea - The Fairmont Empress Hotel

Afternoon Tea - The Fairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
250-389-2727
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Ranked #80 of 1,083 Restaurants in Victoria
Price range: $30 - $51
Cuisines: Tea Room
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Afternoon Tea in Victoria STEEPED IN TRADITION SINCE 1908A time honoured tradition for over a century, the world renowned tea lobby of The Fairmont Empress has served England’s most beloved ritual and Victoria's grandest tradition of Afternoon Tea to famed royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike. Surrounded by rich chintz fabrics, antiqued tapestries and rugs, elegant wing back chairs, vintage furnishings and hand-carved tables, the picturesque backdrop of the Inner Harbour provides the quintessential Victoria experience to all who grace Afternoon Tea.Award-winning Pastry Chef D'Oyen Christie and Team serve hand-made signature Empress scones, delectable pastries and tea sweets prepared in house daily, reflecting locally sourced ingredients to ensure an authentically memorable experience. From the original blend of The Empress Tea created specifically for The Fairmont Empress, served in dainty William Edwards, (formerly Booth and Royal Doulton), china and sterling silver service to the enchanting ambiance of the live piano, Afternoon Tea is an absolute 'must do' for all who visit Victoria. Don't miss the most beloved ritual of Afternoon Tea in Victoria at The Fairmont Empress
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“A cool experience but very expensive.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Tea at the Empress is a nice experience and a treat for sure, but it is very expensive. I would recommend going for tea at a less expensive place (there are so many great little places around the downtown area and Oak Bay as well), but make sure you visit the Empress and walk all around inside and out. It's a beautiful hotel full of history. Don't forget to go downstairs and check out all the artifacts down there. Stairs are on the main floor over where all the shops are.

Visited April 2012
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Everything that you would expect. I had visions of Miss Marple sitting at a corner table choosing Earl Grey over Gunpowder tea. I am a large Canadian and didn't walk away hungry. The little sandwiches, the desserts, the service. The room was full of happy diners.

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“absolutely lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

It is definitely worth the high price for afternoon tea here. We were seated by the window overlooking the bay, and it was beautiful. They catered to my food preferences, and the service was top notch.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Overrated and overpriced”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Although advertised that you are expected to be dressed nicer, i saw people wearing runners, sweat pants and T-shirts. Was surprised to see that it's actually tea bags brewed, not loose tea leafs.Service was very poor - very slow and unefficient. The best of all (the only good thing about this experience) was live music (a pianist playing lovely tunes). I won't come again. Sorry.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Not worth time or money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

Super overprice. The food is cold - they prepare tons of the plates ahead of time and leave them out waiting for customers.

Nice ambiance but way too expensive. Starbucks is better quality. I went once and will never go again. Just one of those things you feel you have to do, but I felt cheated because you do not get what you paid for.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
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