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Tea at the Empress

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721 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
+1 250-389-2727
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
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17:30 - 23:00
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Brisbane, Australia
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I took our two teenage daughters for High Tea at the Empress. It was the first time they had been to High Tea. The tea menu blew them away and the way the tea was poured and kept warm kept them mesmerised. The food was delicious, but way too much for all of us. The location and... More 

Vancouver, Washington
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've been enjoying afternoon tea at the empress for the past 20 years. This is the first time I walked away saying I would probably not come back. The price of $79 for food and tea less fresh and delicious than years past. We didn't get the strawberry shortcake nor did we get tea sandwiches as good as years past.... More 

Thank 621uye
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It was fun to finally take part in this ritual! We booked our sitting for a Saturday afternoon and weren't disappointed. The tea is presented just so, with a timer specific to the leaves. The food was good as well- a bottom tier of savoury meat, chicken and fish choices, a middle tier of scones with cream and preserves and... More 

Thank CalgaryScarlett
Denver, Colorado
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38 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Although the food service was likely the best tea I've ever had, the real treat here is the lovely room. The Empress is a magnificent property and the staff is first rate.

Thank secauley
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

My Wife and I have partaken of this ritual before and it was without doubt the highlight of our visit. Good memories can become exaggerated with time but this time round was exactly as before. The food was as delicate and delicious and the tea exceptional. The service was professional and warm without being overwhelming. Well worth the price.

Thank Christopher W
Sammamish, WA
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my kids to the Empress for tea once many years ago, but my daughter couldn't recall it, so I decided we should splash out and treat ourselves. When I booked it, I was asked whether we were celebrating any special occasion, so I mentioned my daughter's 16th birthday coming up in a couple of weeks. I was so... More 

Thank montmom
Oliver, British Columbia
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82 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

High Tea (now called the Tea) is old school with tasty meats, seafood, desserts and, of course, tea (coffee for those who want it). Service the best and the atmosphere very old school.

Thank Ray S
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had afternoon tea here over the weekend and the food is great and the staff are wonderful, but the whole experience has definitely gone down hill in the year since we were here last. We came last year for tea and were presented with a small starter, plus 6 sandwiches, nice warm scone, and 6 desserts plus a complementary... More 

Thank Joanna W
Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the experience of the upscale tea room - with all its pomp and circumstance - was as expected, the Tea at the Empress seems to have lost something of late. When I was last here a year ago, tea included (for each) a starter, 6 sandwiches, a scone and 6 desserts, with a small complementary box of tea for... More 

Thank dpr47
Victoria, Canada
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I generally go here about once a year with my daughter. Very relaxing and enjoyable. The wait staff is very good as is the tea and food. Lovely China too.

Thank Valerie S
ManagerEmpress, Director, Food and Beverage at Tea at the Empress, responded to this review

Valerie, thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. Our Afternoon Tea service is one that we are very pleased to offer to our guests. I am delighted to know that you and your daughter are able to join us every year and continue to have a memorable experience, each visit unique to it's own. Thank... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$27 - US$55
British, Canadian
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 721 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria
  • Phone Number: +1 250-389-2727
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.

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