I love afternoon tea, and in the US, the Ritz Carlton does it the best. I have tried numerous places throughout the US, and I decided to take my mom and sister to the Ritz Carlton Buckhead for the afternoon tea experience and to celebrate my mom's birthday. Our server was wonderful, very polite, attentive and trying to fix any possible concern. The tea, sandwiches and pastries were lovely, very beautiful and tasty. However, the overall experience fell a bit short, primarily because of the location. Afternoon tea is served in the lobby bar. It should be a tranquil and relaxing experience but when we arrived, there were several noisy parties in the bar, and it was loud and anything but relaxing. We asked to move as far as possible from them, but it is not a large area, so it really did not help. The groups finally left and the place got a bit quieter about halfway through tea, but I found it less than ideal. The Ritz should move their tea service to the restaurant or a private room. Tea is not meant to be served in a noisy bar.
With that said, I was very happy with our server, who was above and beyond in terms of being pleasant, helpful, and very caring.More
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