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Dec 15, 2007 04:41 AM

Where to Find High Tea in DC

Looking for a Christmas present for Mom. I know the Four Seasons has a nice tea. Is it the best in town? Are there other comparable options? Thanks.

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  1. The Mandarin Oriental used to do an afternoon tea, but not sure if it's been discontinued. I also remember seeing an article about Blue Duck Tavern has an in-house tea master, so maybe they do a tea as well?

    1. Not to be picky, but if you are searching for finger sandwiches and scones with clotted cream, etc., i think that is called afternoon tea. i'll check if the ritz-carlton at pentagon city still does one. pretty good, except these places cannot get the TEA hot enough! PET PEEVE!

      edit: yes, r-c has afternoon tea:

      1. I haven't been in DC but I've been to tea at the Ritz Carlton at Tyson's and Pentagon City. The food is okay but the service is impeccable. I'd assume the service would be similar at the Ritz Carlton in DC--I haven't been to one (from Boston to San Francisco) that wasn't. I love the first cup of tea, always perfectly made, but subsequent cups are usually bitter because they add all the water in the beginning and by the time you get to the next cups, it's steeped too long.

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        1. re: chowser

          you would think the r-c would get it right!

        2. The Four Seasons in Georgetown was always my go-to for afternoon tea in DC. The menu changes seasonally, there's a nice selection of teas, and the service is really nice. Admittedly, the atmosphere is "hotel-y," but that never stopped me... enjoy!

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          1. re: midtownfoodie

            I second the Four Seasons in Georgetown- took my mom there on a visit this past summer, and it was a fun experience. Make sure you don't eat too much beforehand or plan on a big dinner afterwards though- all those small bites get daunting after awhile! :0)

          2. The Willard does a lovely tea.