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Empress Tea Room

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12924 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618-2806
+1 813-988-9027
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tampa, Florida
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here a few times and previous visits were alright. What has been consistent is that the food and tea were great but the service was lacking. My most recent visit was no exception. I went recently with friends and it took nearly 10 minutes for anyone to notice that we were waiting to be seated. The food took... More 

Thank purplegal12
Dunedin, Florida
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127 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

Today I took a friend visiting from out of town to Empress Tea Room for high tea. There was a large group there having a meeting & socializing and the noise level was frustrating. It was totally distracting & made what could have been a relaxing tea time visiting with my friend - difficult. I've visited many tea rooms &... More 

Thank Brenda S
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

my fiancee us retired Marine Andi have MS and spina bifafad but when I can walk we come to play the 5 cent machines and eat at the Hardrock Restaurant. We'll we are here and we need some comps so we can stay a night. We're both on disability he has prostate cancer and I am bed ridden most of... More 

Thank Sherrell A
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

The owners and staff make us feel like a million bucks. Their food is fantastic. Scones are out of this world. The teas are excellent. Very welcoming atmosphere. Great spot.

Thank Raul B
Oviedo, Florida, United States
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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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49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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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86 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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96 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, British
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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 Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618-2806
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-988-9027

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