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Tea at the Empress

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A grand tradition for over a century, the world renowned Fairmont Empress has served England's most beloved ritual of afternoon tea to famed royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike. Reinvigorated in our timeless, sophisticated Lobby Lounge, Tea at the Empress will continue this quintessentially Victoria experience. Home of the Empress cake, which showcases an extra special customized chocolate developed by our Executive Pastry Chef AJ Thalakkat and experts in France, Tea at the Empress is among the world's best unique tea experiences. To complement our house-made signature Empress scones, pastries, clotted creams and strawberry preserves with fresh lavender from our rooftop herb garden, are
PRICE RANGE
$58 - $88
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Drinks
CUISINES
British, Canadian
FEATURES
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went just to say I did. Expecting a stuffy, drab, snooty, boring time and I was sooooooooooo wrong! I thoroughly enjoyed myself from start to finish. Our table was at the window looking out at the marina and Parliament building. Tea was VERY tasty...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank Jeff B
ManagerEmpress, Manager at Tea at the Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful review, Jeff! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the Afternoon Tea experience with us. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back very soon. Sincerely, Shannon Hamilton Food & Beverage Coordinator

Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I spent several days at the Empress in April 2019 (do go - the hotel is amazing and superb in many other areas, but that is a different review). We decided to try the Tea service we had heard about for decades...More

Date of visit: April 2019
5  Thank Steve M
ManagerEmpress, Manager at Tea at the Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, Steve! Comments like yours are very important to us and please know they will be shared amongst our leadership team for internal follow up. We understand that Afternoon Tea is a unique experience for most...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were able to get a last minute reservation. Wanted to experience high tea at the Empress and it was worth it. A little pricey but certainly worth the pampering and the leisurely afternoon for tea. Staff were extremely friendly, responsive and certainly made the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Bernd S
ManagerEmpress, Manager at Tea at the Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed Afternoon Tea with us. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the near future. Sincerely, Shannon Hamilton Food & Beverage Coordinator

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The girls were able to enjoy afternoon tea. $70 for adults, $35 for kids, Pricey, but quite filling. Nice atmosphere. Advised to make reservations during high season.

Date of visit: March 2019
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ManagerEmpress, Manager at Tea at the Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us! We are delighted to hear you all enjoyed Afternoon Tea with us. We hope to see you back at the Fairmont Empress very soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a bit overpriced and champagne isn't included but it's one of the iconic things to do and worth it to me. Cucumber sandwiches and scones were a highlight as well as all the desserts

Date of visit: March 2019
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ManagerEmpress, Manager at Tea at the Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed Afternoon Tea with us. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back very soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tea at the Empress is always an amazing time. The hotel itself is beautiful and the views of the inner harbour are just as beautiful. An excellent selection of teas and goodies made it a lovely way to spend the afternoon.

Date of visit: June 2018
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ManagerEmpress, Manager at Tea at the Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed Afternoon Tea with us. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back very soon. Sincerely, Shannon Hamilton Food & Beverage Coordinator

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Empress tea room is such a classy place!! Few of us from the US have had the opportunity to have an experience like this. The price is well worth it. You don't Have to dress up, but why not get into the spirit of...More

Date of visit: July 2018
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ManagerEmpress, Manager at Tea at the Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed this unique experience with us. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back very soon. Sincerely, Shannon Hamilton Food & Beverage Coordinator

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I could not wait (my wallet could) to share this long-standing tradition of High Tea at The Empress with a friend and her first trip to Victoria. It's been two years since my last time so I decided to pay for the experience we have...More

Date of visit: March 2019
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ManagerEmpress, Manager at Tea at the Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. I am very sorry that you feel tradition has been lost with our Afternoon Tea service. Comments like yours are very important to us so please know they are being shared amongst our...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for tea reminded me of tea at the ritz in London . Lovely place staff very helpful and service excellent . Will take my mum next time she visits

Date of visit: March 2019
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ManagerEmpress, Manager at Tea at the Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful review! We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back very soon. Sincerely, Shannon Hamilton Food & Beverage Coordinator

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was very good. You go mainly for the experience and the visual feast. Especially fun for younger children who can dress up fancy. It is expensive though. And you must make reservations in advance.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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ManagerEmpress, Manager at Tea at the Empress, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful review! We understand that this is a unique experience for most of our guests and therefore strive to exceed guest expectations. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed Afternoon Tea with us. We hope to have the pleasure of...More

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Fernanda M
January 3, 2019|
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Response from Marshall W | Reviewed this property |
Well, there seems to be a lot of negative reviews here. I am surprised. My wife and I visited Victoria last June to see Buchart Gardens and we stayed two nights at the Empress. We also did the tea. My wife hosts formal... More
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Danielle_Allen
October 4, 2018|
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Response from Graham R | Reviewed this property |
The layout is standard High Tea fare on triple tiered plate stand. No extra food would be delivered I believe but the amount generally suitable. Cost of $78 plus mandatory 15% tip is high for amount of food and tea... More
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amzw01
August 8, 2018|
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Response from DoloresJacoby | Reviewed this property |
I did not find any in June... it’s filled with gluten.
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