Victoria Afternoon Tea [Moved from Canada board]
The Empress is overpriced, overhyped, and touristy, but it is an exceptional setting for a high tea and is what many people come to Victoria to experience.
For an off-the-beaten track yet more authentic English tea service experience, try the White Heather Tea Room on Oak Bay Avenue in Oak Bay. I don't know a lot about tea (despite having lived my whole life in Victoria), but folks in the know tell me that White Heather does it right.
Here is a link to some locals' reviews of the White Heather...