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Does anyone know what hotels in Los Angeles offer a good afternoon tea service?

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  1. People on here seem to like the Hotels Bel Air and Biltmore

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    1. re: Diana

      I actually didn't care for the Biltmore afternoon tea - the service was immaculate but the tea selection was unremarkable and the foods looked and tasted like they were pre-made and left sitting around for awhile.

      Beverly Hills & Pasadena both have quite a few nice tea places.

      ~H.C.
      http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

      1. re: AquaW

        Having been on a personal quest for the perfect afternoon ever since I was a teenager and having had tea all over London, Cape Town and New York amongst others I have the following comments:

        I recently had tea at the Biltmore. The milk was curdled and the tea was mediocre. The server was completely unapologetic.

        I enjoyed the ambiance and tea at the Hotel Bel Air thoroughly and recommend sitting outdoors in a booth on the terrace if possible.

        I like the tea at the Ritz Carlton Huntington in Pasadena. It is quite good, but is not superlative. I have been to tea there at least 5 times and always find it to be reliable, but not great. The grounds are very grand and you must walk across the bridge near the pool that has paintings on it.

        I have heard that the tea at the Peninsula is fantastic and I plan on trying that one next.

        I had tea at the Huntington Garden's tea room last week. The quality of the food has declined dramatically since my last visit. I believe the test of a great tea has to be a great scone. The Huntington scones were tiny and they only had chocolate chip and holiday spice flavoured ones. The perfect scone is all about the whipped cream and jam paired with a plain scone. The sandwiches were flavourless.

        The Rose Tree Cottage tea that I had last year was also a disappointment. The scones were lovely, but all of the deserts were still frozen inside. It was a bit embarrassing to me as I was taking a close friend there for his birthday.

        Please let us know where you decided to go and also what your experience was like.

        1. re: intheknow

          Thanks! I've been trying to decide whether to take my mom to Hotel Bel Air or the Ritz; good to know both are solid.

          Have you tried the Scarlet Tea Room in Pasadena?

          I love the scones at the Peninsula, by the way. There are only two (plain and currant) but they're warm and airy, with cotted cream and strawberry jam. Their clotted cream is smooth for some reason; is this just another kind that I hadn't seen before?

          More casual setting, but also nice scones: Tudor House in Santa Monica.

          1. re: Pei

            I had blogged about the Scarlet Tea Room before /w pics:
            http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com/2007...

            In short, a solid cup of tea and good tasting food, though the decorative plating can be a little busy-looking and the portions are lighter than expected. It's also considerably less stuffy and more casual than most tearooms, but I can't get over how white the dining room is.

            ~H.C.
            http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

            1. re: AquaW

              Boo, they don't serve their food on fun colorful English china? The Peninsula does and I love them for it. I know, it's supposed to be about the food...

    2. Here are two links of Tea Rooms in all of California (the other one is the world). My favorite is Rose Tree Cottage in Pasadena.
      http://www.teamap.com/states/state_CA...

      http://www.teaguide.net/tearoomscalif...

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      1. re: WildSwede

        Has Rose Tree Cottage been resurrected?

        1. re: slacker

          I keep seeing the open sign when I drive by. I am pretty sure that they have not even closed yet. Not sure when the move is going to take place.

          1. re: WildSwede

            I called Rose Tree Cottage in November. They are still open.

      2. I haven't been to other hotels in the area, but I like the tea at the Beverly Peninsula. The food is good, the space is cute, service is attentive, and the place settings are adorable (not usually important, but for me afternoon tea is just as much about being pampered with fine china as the food itself). There may be better, but I do enjoy the BP.

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        1. re: Pei

          I second The Peninsula for service and ambiance. The space is on the small side, so if it's for a big group I would definitely call ahead. Even for a small party it doesn't hurt to make a reservation.

          1. re: Pei

            How much is the tea at the Pen?

            1. re: slacker

              $24-50 if I remember correctly. You can always add a la carte or upgrade items, such as strawberries and cream or better champagne. I get the sense each person is expected to order at least the cheapest tea set (no buying the largest tea and sharing, which is what I would do in order to finish all the food they give you), but this is unconfirmed.

          2. The Huntington Museum also offers one.

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            1. re: mbh65

              I actually like the HUntington, whenyou can work with thier rather rigid reservation rules. But do keep in mind tha unlike traditional tea services, the HUntington is a buffet.

            2. The best place is in Glendale, the food is so good and they serve a rosewater lemonade with the tea and sandwiches that is to die for! Check it out.

              http://www.favoriteplacerestaurant.com/

              1. paddingtons tea house - not frilly pretty - especially the trip to the restroom but tea itself and sandwiches are very good. cutesy decor. http://www.paddingtonstearoom.com/

                1. You might also want to check out Jin Patisserie in Venice.
                  I love the place, although now it's kinda crowded (the bad thing about sites like chowhound? :P hehe) ... and recently they were switching tea brand so they were out of quite a few things although supposedly they should be back in shape by now ...

                  --burumun
                  http://gourmetpigs.blogspot.com

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                  1. re: burumun

                    Chado Tea Room on Third Street, just East of La Cienega is another option.
                    I went there about two years ago for my Aunt's birthday. Service was good, atmosphere relaxed and we really enjoyed our experience. They also have tea service all afternoon.
                    http://www.chadotea.com/tearooms.asp

                    Good luck!

                  2. I had afternoon tea this weekend at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. I liked it much better than the Peninsula. The tea wasn't great (I'm a tea snob), but was no worse than the tea at the Peninsula. I thought the tea sandwiches and pastries were much better than at the Peninsula. And the presentation was lovely. They set a table with very nice china and we sat on couches in front of the roaring fireplace. It was really lovely. I thought the presentation was better than at the Pennisula. Basically, I don't get the Peninsula. I think the food there is mediocre and tea is no exception.

                    P.S. The Ritz-Carlton was $45 a person, plus tax and tip. Included a glass of champagne.

                    1. What size is your group? Do you want to be able to linger all afternoon? Los Angeles has quite varied choices in tea rooms.