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“Very charming lunch”

Wisteria Tea Room & Cafe
Ranked #2 of 31 Coffee & Tea in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $9
Cuisines: Cafe, American
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Parking Available, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Fort Myers, Florida
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very charming lunch”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

After reading review in local paper, a co-worker and I visited the tea room. What a pleasant and very enjoyable lunch. The artichoke/spinach tart was fabulous! The variety of teas is amazing. I cant wait to be able to visit this charming tea room again! Great place for a ladies function such as a baby/bridal shower.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
Lehigh Acres, Florida
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Creme Brulee, must have Creme Brulee”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

What a lovely little place, especially if you love tea. The endless pot of tea is very well priced and you can try as many varieties of tea that you want.

All the cakes and sandwiches are delicious, but what was most outstanding is the cold strawberry/orange soup and the creme brulee. The soup is what an expert refer to as "scrumdilliumptious" and the creme brulee is sweet, but not too sweet, smooth and the top is just a little bit sugar crunchy

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Bookeating-Wench
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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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“Lovely Afternoon Experience”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

My husband and I went for a late lunch mid week and we were pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was lovely and food and tea were excellent. Would have liked to be seated somewhere other than the corner when the Tea Room was almost empty but we were still very pleased that we had taken the time to go there. We are planning on going back at least once a month.
The Quiche was very good as well as the scones, teas and cold strawberry soup. Great choice, defiantly going back.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Kathy L
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Ft.Myers
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61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Excellent Afternoon Tea”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

My wife and I went here for afternoon tea with friends. They each had the Royal Tea which came with the most flavorful chilled strawberry soup. This had to be the best chilled soup I have ever experienced.
Other items on the beautiful three tiered tray were warm pimento cheese on toast rounds, cucumber on flower shaped bread, chicken salad in phyllo cups, quiche with artichoke, spinach & cheese, cranberry & orange scones, chocolate creme brulee with fresh raspberry, orange cheesecake with ginger snap crust, and mini hummingbird cakes with cream cheese frosting garnish.

For those of you that are not into the tea experience they offer a very nice selection of salads and sandwiches

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Ft_MyersFrankieC
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Fort Myers, Florida
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Beautiful. Wonderful. Endangered by its own success...”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

There's nothing quite so delightful as a really good cream tea, and the cream tea tradition is realized in Wisteria as one unalloyed treasure of Southern history that celebrates ancient ties to England and the gracious hospitality of the warm lands. As a local, I feel sorrow when I read about customers to Wisteria being given the bum's rush, but that's something locals all know: since the high TripAdvisor ratings started pouring in, the secret is out, and "in season" (from late September to May) they are slammed, pretty much from opening to closing. It's great that they have succeeded, but they are at a critical juncture now and must make a decision: spawn or die.

What that means is, as their website already says, "Locations." Plural. If you click that link, there is still only one location, but to keep from really ticking off a lot of customers and ruining the wonderful experience that they worked so hard to create in the first place, they are going to have to open at least one, and possibly two other locations. Suggestions would be to head south along 41, around Bonita, and then again near the Naples border, because of the population density and diposable income in those areas. I believe to the North Sarasota is also ripe for a really good Southern-style Tea Room. The trick will be finding a funky Old Florida house with perhaps even a view of some kind (or make your own view by turning inward: a U-shaped building with a lovely central garden, big enough for plantings that screen one side from the other). Just please, no strip malls...!

I tried to arrange a birthday lunch in February (not Valentine's Day, either) for a friend, party of three, two days ahead, and was told that I should have called at least a week in advance. There is no question that they are still a quality place, and they already charge enough that to charge more would be sort of insane, so really the only option is to open new locations. The good news is, there should be no lack of willing investors! Even a bank would fall over itself offering these folks expansion money, given that they are literally drowning in clamoring customers!

Visited February 2013
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