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Help me move past the Huntington for Tea

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Hi. Once upon a time the Tea served at the Huntington was a rather good deal and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The food was never very good but the beautiful surrounds and AYCE-ness made up for that.

Nowadays they charge $29 and I can no longer ignore how basically poor and same-old the fare is.

Can you help with an improved suggestion?

Let me add that I won't really be using the meal so much as Tea but as Lunch; it needs to be partaken prior to 2pm as there are children involved: a well-mannered 10yo to feed and an older one to collect afterwards. So what's desirable is good quality food, elegance, brightness, AYCE would be a bonus but not necessary in exchange for high quality.

Anyone have a suggestion? I know there is much in the archives but it's a little hard to filter for these specific qualifications; I thought I'd just ask anew.

Thanks very much for your thoughts.

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  1. I hear good things about tea at the Montage Hotel...though I haven't been personally.
    And I have been to Jin Patisserie in Venice. I liked it a lot. More casual but fun.

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    Jin Patisserie
    1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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    1. re: perk

      Thanks. I didn't care much for Jin myself. I noticed all the conversation about Montage - do you know their hours? Is this link that I've found the correct one? Apparently tea is not served Mon-Tue. Any ideas for where to find one served on Mondays?

      TIA

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      The Conservatory Grill at Montage Beverly Hills
      225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    2. I've been to Chado Tea Room twice and liked it each time. There are several locations. I've been to the one near Robertson and the one in Hollywood. There's also one in Pasadena. A large selection of teas, and a good selection of food. I've order the standard tea + 4 small sandwiches + scones + cake. You can substitute or order other items ala carte from the food menu. My favorites are the scones and the egg salad sandwich.

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      Chado Tea Room
      79 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

        1. I haven't been in the past year, but I've always preferred the Hotel Bel Air. Are they reopen yet? Best quality food, pleasant patio, nice grounds, free valet.

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          1. re: JudiAU

            I think they plan to reopen this summer. But if the Huntington tea is a bit pricey, I doubt the Bel Air would be much more of a bargain.

            I'd suggest Scarlet Tea Room in Pasadena. They have full lunch and tea menus from 11am on, tasty and fairly-priced in my experience. Kid-friendly (as elegant tea rooms go) and less twee/gimmicky than Rose Tree Cottage.