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“This is one of those fantastic experiences that can make a vacation.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Tea at the Empress

Tea at the Empress
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Ranked #55 of 1,180 Restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $55
Cuisines: British, Canadian
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Scenic view, Special occasions
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: 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 21 of the finest loose leafs teas available. Featuring our original blend of The Empress Tea and the exceptionally rare Tong Mu Phoenix Lapsang Souchong blend, the tea list is completely ethically sourced and certified by the Ethical Tea Partnership. Tea at the Empress is an absolute must-do event in Victoria.
Asheville, North Carolina
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“This is one of those fantastic experiences that can make a vacation.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

We visited Victoria, BC for the first time last week. We were celebrating our 5th year wedding anniversary and wanted to do something special. I have been a huge fan of tea for the last 5 years and seek out tea stores and shops in each town we visit, but this was my first experience with a traditional sit down tea. I read several reviews before going and can say that The Empress still exceeded my high expectations. We decided to order the traditional Fairmont Empress Tea blend and were impressed with the character and complexity. We especially liked the salmon and the chicken curry tea sandwiches. The clotted cream and scones were also fantastic. Our waitress was very attentive and went the extra mile to make sure that our anniversary tea was perfect. I recommend attending an earlier tea and not eating lunch beforehand. There is plenty of food and the earlier seating time will improve your chances of being able to sit near a window. The window seats offer incredible views of the harbor and add to the experience. My husband and I agree that this experience was our favorite on this trip and that we will find a way to return to enjoy afternoon tea in the future.

  • Visited January 2014
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“Nice experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

Yes, it is pricey ($50 per person - adults) but it is an experience. Food was very tasty and surprisingly filling. Tea was average but the service was very attentive. We tried to make reservations for a Monday that same morning but were told they were full. We then walked in shortly after noon and were able to be seated as a walk in. It was a worthwhile experience.

  • Visited December 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Costly but delicious”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

So this is pricy. You can have tea at other places for about 20 bucks less, but im not sure I'd those would be nearly as tasty as this. We went on a holiday Friday in November and had no issues getting in. We had to ask for a table at a window and we were happy we got one. We took our time, but if we hadn't we would have probably been shuffled through in 30 minutes. The tea, which I normally don't enjoy, was the besy I'd ever had. So good. They even give you 10 bags to go. You also get 4 tea sandwiches, the strawberries and ceam, scone and 4-5 dessert items. All were fantastic. If I'd had known better I would have asked if I could have substituted one of the sandwiches but didn't. Go to this tea, dress for it and take your time.

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VICTORIA
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“So enjoyed this and highly recommend it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Put this on your bucket list and do it! Well worth the time and money. A lovely way to spend a afternoon with family, girlfriends, or friends. Nice treat for Grandchildren.

Visited July 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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“Overpriced”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Did not like the lack of privacy. Tourists constantly walking by & gawking. Crowded dining area. The food was good but very overpriced.

Visited May 2013
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