Afternoon Tea in Beverly Hills or OC
Hi, my mom and her friends will be in town this weekend. We will be shopping in Beverly Hills, then coming down to Costa Mesa for dinner. I was thinking of stopping for afternoon tea, either in Beverly Hills or Orange County, any recs?
an afternoon tea in BH will fill you up so that you may not want dinner....
if you are shopping in Beverly Hills, the most convenient would be the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. A beautiful 3 course- sandwiches, scones, pastries- high tea. at the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire.
if you are just looking for a nice lunch in BH- there are TONS of choices......
Jack and Jills
Neiman Marcus has a nice restaurant
the regent beverly wilshire tea is actually fairly light - everything looks really pretty though (I DO recommend springing the extra $10 for TheBlvd tea with their signature Blvd cocktail with fresh squeeze berry puree)
I also heard good things about the tea @ the Peninsula Hotel & at the Beverly Hills Hotel (haven't tried either myself)
Paddington's Tea Room is also interesting (though fairly pricey) -- Chowhounds seem to have mixed opinions about this one though.
In the OC, the only place I know of that's interesting is Sweet Diva in Brea (north OC)
There is a tea shop in Tustin on Newport Avenue, in the same center as Chistakis Greek. I dont know anything about it, but noticed it the other day as I drove by.
You could also try the tea service at the Rose Garden Tea Room on the grounds of the Huntington Library, located in the city of San Marino. While this may not be in BH or the OC, it is in between the two, and you could make this a stop on the drive down. The Huntington Library is also a beautiful place to take out-of-town guests anyway. Here's their menu:
The location is very elegant in a beautiful room next to the rose gardens. And the service is buffet style so you can fill up if you want to.
Depends on how much time they have and how prepared actually -- reservations are practically required there... and it can get quite crowded esp. if there's a special occasion group there (with people making a beeline for the buffet). The food & tea's only OK for me. And probably not worth the $40 ($10 to get into park & ~ $30 for the tea) unless there's time to actually tour the gardens.