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The Urban Tea Merchant

#417 of 2,851 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
French, Contemporary, Fusion, Asian, Canadian
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1070 Georgia St W, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 2Y2, Canada (Burrard St.)
+1 604-692-0071
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Wed 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful tea service, amazing tea, and delicate and scrumptious bites. Most definetly will come back again!

1 Thank Ciarra R
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Had the summer WestCoast set on a week day, so the restaurant was not full. The server was very friendly and recommended a number of tea based on my preference. The highlight was the seafood which was fresh and tasteful. The dessert was good too. Only recommendation for the set is that it would be even better to have a... More 

2 Thank GPVan
Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

My hubby & I took another couple to tea, in celebration of their birthdays. We each had the 'traditional' which included very tasty scones, finger sandwiches, various savouries and sweets. I highly recommend this location. The food and tea served were delicious, the service was without fault (impeccable and unobtrusive and helpful where waranted). We are thinking of taking another... More 

1 Thank KathyA604
North Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Enjoyed the traditional High tea served here, although there were other options to choose from. The savoury's were the best I have had at high tea.Amazing variety of teas to choose from and the service was elegant. Location is central downtown but tucked away as the storefront is unasuming and would walk right by and not known it was here.

1 Thank KitKat_1955
Cocoglo, Guest Relations Manager at The Urban Tea Merchant, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and kind words. You are right about our unassuming storefront, but that's about to all change soon in the next few months as we become the first TWG Tea Retail Boutique and Tea Salon in Canada! Stay tuned for more exciting news about our upcoming launch! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Exquisite High Tea service in a lovely setting made special by the wonderful, well versed Michael, our waiter. We loved every piece of food, savory and sweet. The French Earl Grey is divine. Food presentation was impeccable. Tom, the manager, went to each table to thank them for their patronage, so gracious a gesture. We had chosen the Fairmont initially... More 

1 Thank agiftofpeace
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

This restaurant is everything one looks for when having high tea. The service is courteous and impeccable without being obtrusive. The food is delectable. Although we chose the traditional high tea, I appreciated the fact that there are two other choices - the vogue and Sakura tea services. (Reasons to go back and try something different.) The traditional tea service... More 

2 Thank Lorraine M
Nanaimo , B.C. Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Tea was delicious with a very large variety of teas, service was great, food delicious, but very small amounts. Food presentation was exquisite. A little pricey, but wonderful.

1 Thank 255Barbara
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

We made reservations weeks in advance for the day before mother's day. We sat at our table for 25 minutes before we were even acknowledged by our server, we then waited 40 minutes before we received our pre-ordered high tea. The menu offers a lot of selection for green tea but a very limited selection of black teas. The high... More 

Thank Joyce G
Cocoglo, Guest Relations Manager at The Urban Tea Merchant, responded to this review

Dear Joyce, We tried to reach out to you earlier, but in case you didn't receive our message, we are very sorry to hear your experience was anything but perfect. Perhaps you could send us an e-mail at customercare@urbantea.com to help us understand more about what happened. We look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Suzanne Côté More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

We went here after a visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery. This is a high end establishment, not a neighborhood kind of tea house. That said, the teas were exquisite, and a much needed pick me up for the day. We had the small sandwich platter, which was quite good. had a good giggle with the $280 pot of tea... More 

1 Thank MooseOndaluce
British Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

For our special February date my husband lovingly treated me to the 'Valentine's Tea' at the Urban Tea Merchant. The food was well prepared but they missed serving the 2nd portion of the chicken salad. Didn't care for the fig & lettuce sandwich. But most disappointing was the tea I ordered. It was hot water with no expected flavour. My... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $36
French, Contemporary, Fusion, Asian, Canadian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1070 Georgia St W, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 2Y2, Canada
    (Burrard St.)
  • Public Transportation: Georgia and Thurlow
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 604-692-0071
The Urban Tea Merchant has become one of Vancouver's premium locations for a luxury afternoon and high tea experiences. The Urban Tea Merchant offers both a Retail Boutique and Tea Salon in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. They are the exclusive Canadian distributors of TWG Tea, a luxury tea brand from Singapore where we carry over 300 different single-estate, fine-harvest and exclusive tea blends from over 45 tea-producing countries around the world. The Tea Salon features unique menu items, and at the forefront of tea gastronomy in Canada, The Urban Tea Merchant continues to draw from its vast collection of Fine Harvest Teas and Exclusive Blends, integrating a myriad of these signature teas into savoury recipes, toying with taste buds, tantalising the palate, and introducing a whole new world of sensations and flavours to gourmands and tea lovers when they dine at The Urban Tea Merchant. With breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner specialties, as well as trendsetting tea beverages and cocktails, tea is woven into every aspect of the meal - an unmistakable nuance that deliciously enhances each dish.

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Vancouver's business district, the Downtown area is bustling with smartly-dressed folks balancing their lattes and briefcases to and from work. The area's plethora of contemporary commercial, residential, and corporate spaces has bred a landscape of nouveau restaurants, chain cafes, and upmarket shopping options. However, located right on the waterfront of Vancouver's energetic Harbour, Downtown is a also popular public meeting spot, with a massive public library and convention center attracting a bevy of visitors both local and not, as well as a hotspot for the arts, being home to some of Vancouver's most cutting-edge galleries. With behemoth architecture and a professional air, Downtown means business.