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Empress Tea Room

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12924 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Oviedo, Florida, United States
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Birthday high tea was excellent. The ambiance is consistent with English tea rooms in the US. Our service was great. The teas were flavorful, the finger sandwiches were very tasty. My favorite was the chicken salad. The fruit and scones were great. We elected to have soup before tea. The potato sausage soup was very good. This was a delightful... More 

Thank Jeff W
TeaTampa, Owner at Empress Tea Room, responded to this review

Yeah!!! So looking forward to your next visit!!! More 

Largo, Florida
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Having had High Tea at various other "Tea Houses" I had a pretty good idea what to expect. The table setting was lovely, the wait staff polite and helpful, but the food needs some improvements. We ladies had a fabulous time, but in my opinion, the finger sandwiches especially the cucumber needed more filling. The crostini should be replaced with... More 

Thank SL21872
TeaTampa, Owner at Empress Tea Room, responded to this review

We are so thankful to each and every guest that comes our way!!! Thank you for your input it does not go with out us evaluating everything we do!!! So glad to of had you and look forward to your next visit!! More 

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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

The food is delicious, the tea well prepared. Kim and her staff are very friendly. Will be back before my next birthday!

Thank Italy441
TeaTampa, Owner at Empress Tea Room, responded to this review

Love it!!!... blessed to celebrate with you!! More 

Tampa, Florida
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Having experienced High Tea at multiple venues and regions previously, we expected a lovely decorated venue which this was. A main purpose of a Tea Room is the atmosphere and environment. Unfortunately, the scene could have been set better with some strains of stringed background music. it was shocking there were shrieking children in attendance at one of the parties.... More 

1 Thank Galsal59
TeaTampa, Owner at Empress Tea Room, responded to this review

We so appreciate your patronage, as we do all guest... not sure how to go about telling people they... are not welcome in a public place... we do however stress to guest with children ...we are a real tea house with real china, Chrystal and linens... we love to see a one adult per child ratio... if you have any... More 

Tampa, Florida
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78 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

I have always enjoyed the English habit of high tea and I stumbled across a true representation of that at the Empress Tea Room. Kim and Michael are delightful and the service is the best anywhere. I happen to need a place for a business meeting and my two associates, both who travel to Europe as well and we were... More 

Thank Madmac007
TeaTampa, Owner at Empress Tea Room, responded to this review

Such a joy!!! We are honored my so many guest!! Hope to see you again!! More 

Crystal River, Florida
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76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

The quasi modern strip shopping center gives no inkling as to the intriguing and very inviting setting that has been created by the owner/management. The maitre d, KIm, was most accommodating, even though we were only two, and many of the guests were arriving in fairly large groups. The service, in spite of the full house, was good. Various staff,... More 

Thank colin b
TeaTampa, Owner at Empress Tea Room, responded to this review

ooooh....we were so impressed with such an amazing day you and your husband had planned and that we were a part of the festivities put a giant smile on my face!! I wanted to adventure on with the pair of you...not then I love dreaming!!! looking forward to having you back!!! More 

Tarpon Springs, Florida
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

Poor signage drove past the place Twice name is on the door but with the door open you could not read it and from the outside it looks like a boutique .We were a party of two adults and two 10 yr olds, we had a reservation for 2 pm and had to wait 15 mins to be seated, Although... More 

Thank alohabride30
TeaTampa, Owner at Empress Tea Room, responded to this review

So sorry it took you a minute to find us ...we are a bit of a treasure... on weekends we staff 4 to the floor maybe it was just the two assigned to your area you were seeing... as for not enough food...I do apologize for that..as in any restaurant you have the ability to order more... our child's Tea... More 

North Port, Florida
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016 via mobile

Husband got a coupon so we went for high tea. Have to mention that had no time for tea in London last Spring. This was to make up for that. Lovely dining room. Very British. Lots of china and teapots, paintings, tablecloths and lovely curtains. A little short on staff. Tea sandwiches great. Dessert bites (very small) tasty and tea... More 

Thank PeggyP11
TeaTampa, Owner at Empress Tea Room, responded to this review

And we will be waiting for your return!!! Thank you so much!!! More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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1,116 reviews
895 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

Our family enjoys going to places serving high tea. We have done so in many places beginning in Canada at the Empress Hotel on Victoria Island in British Columbia and at a lovely place in Windsor England. I bought a coupon for High Tea on Travelzoo for the Empress Tea Room and my husband and I went one afternoon at... More 

Thank librarian73
TeaTampa, Owner at Empress Tea Room, responded to this review

I love reviews like this ...not many understand the pace of a Tea Room.... thank you and look forward to your return!! More 

Tampa, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Took my three granddaughters for a Post Christmas High Tea. They are 7, 8 and 13 and all three loved everything about it except the wait. They were most impressed when we were seated at the big High Tea Table located in the Victorian style room. Afterwards, all three wanted to know if we could come back when they are... More 

Thank Connie G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, British
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12924 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: 813-988-9027

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?