We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Delightful Afternoon” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The St James Tearoom

The St James Tearoom
320 Osuna Rd NE, Bldg D, Albuquerque, NM 87107
+1 505-242-3752
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #7 of 67 Coffee & Tea in Albuquerque
Price range: $25 - $45
Cuisines: British
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: The St. James Tearoom has been delighting guests with its sumptuous three-course traditional Afternoon Tea experience in an elegant parlour setting since 1999. Considered the 'grande dame' of area dining establishments (Alb. Journal), the tearoom has been featured in The Great Tearooms of North America by Bruce Richardson and CNN's Five Great American Tearooms, and has been the subject of articles in Albuquerque A Magazine, the Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican, Tea A Magazine, and many others. The tearoom is by reservation only, and reservations are for two hours. The St. James Tearoom provides for many types of group dining events, 2 people to 100, whether they are a birthday party, business meeting, bridal or baby shower, book club, retirement party, reunion, company event, or association party. The St. James Tearoom also features one of the finest gift shops in Albuquerque, The St. James Market, selling the finest loose leaf teas, tea accoutrements, teapots, china, cards, books, and fine quality gifts.
Marquette, Michigan
Level Contributor
44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Delightful Afternoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

What a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours with family. Everything from the ambience, food and service was wonderful. We have been to several teas across the US and world. St James is top notch. We loved it all.

Helpful?
1 Thank macnm
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

85 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level Contributor
65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Exquisite Downton-Abbey-like experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

If you love Downton Abbey, you've got to go to the St James Tea Room! Two hours, three pots of tea, three plates of delicious gourmet hors d'oeuvres: (1) savories, (2) breads, and (3) desserts. You'll be surprisingly full by the time you leave. But really, it's all about the atmosphere. This is a favorite place for spending quality time with friends and loved ones!

Some suggestions:
* Go with your lady friends (and any men who like tea and dainty food, and don't mind a somewhat girly experience).
* Make reservations at least 3 WEEKS ahead of time if you want to go on a Saturday!
* Wear dressy clothes - skirts or dresses, heels, etc.
* Arrive early to browse through the very cool gift shop
* On the way in you'll see a selection of hats on the wall - help yourself to a loaner hat to wear during your tea, it's fun to get into the spirit of things
* They pre-define the three teas that they'll be serving, but are happy to change them to any of the teas on the menu if you give them a heads-up first.
* Now they are serving beer and cordials as well as tea, if you so prefer.
* Perfect for special occasions or spending time with the special people in your life

I just love this very unique way to spend time with friends and family. It's also great to surprise out-of-town friends who don't expect an experience like this in Albuquerque. I've been to high tea in other places, including the Empress Room in Victoria, and none of them hold a candle to the St James Tea Room!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank danielle1944
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Placitas, New Mexico, United States
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Step into another time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

What a nice surprise behind a nondescript parking lot. Walk through the gate and you're in another world. Extensive gardens with benches to sit and enjoy while you wait to be called. Inside you are greeted by a quaint tea shop that leads to narrow hallways leading to the tearoom. Each group is assigned a wait person who introduces herself and the menu food and tea: very thorough and informative. The tea is chosen to accompany the food which is somewhat standard high tea fare (i.e. cucumber sandwiches) deliciously prepared. The only thing that put me off was a slight feeling of being regimented: time to sit down, time to leave, 1 of everything for each person, scripted explanations of the fare. But this was a minor issue compared to the cozy trip back to the past.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
2 Thank Georganna A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Tea Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

I've been quite a number of times, both in the old location and the new one. Definitely love the new location and improved tea selection (not that it was small before).

I enjoy our "tea times" there, where we can casually enjoy ourselves (a good excuse to shut off the phone for awhile), and between the tea and food (when combined its a decent meal, you just don't scarf it down), I am always left satisfied.

I look forward to returning.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Korerhi
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level Contributor
16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful Atmosphere!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

This is a lovely place! Everyone is so gracious and polite and the atmosphere is lovely. One of the best reasons to go to St. James for me is the ability to have a leisurely conversation with family and friends which is becoming more rare nowadays.

The finger foods are decent but sometimes they are better than others. There have been times where I can definitely tell that they were made too far in advance (discoloration, skins forming on pudding etc). However, I love their scones, lemon curd, and clotted cream!!! So yummy. You will leave full after eating all of the finger foods even though it doesn't seem possible at first. Oh, and the tea is always amazing!

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
Thank katieladylove
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The St James Tearoom also viewed

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, Albuquerque
 

Been to The St James Tearoom? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing