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Jul 6, 2011 09:31 PM

Afternoon tea for mom & daughter?

Looking for a place to meet for a gal's day out - somewhere (half-wayish?) between Garden Grove in OC and Rancho Bernardo in SD. A setting in a garden would be even more wonderful!

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  1. At least when it was still a Four Seasons this place had a nice afternoon tea:

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    1. re: honkman

      this place is still my personal favorite for tea in the san diego area. it is still called the aviara (no longer owned by 4 seasons), and the tea is just as awesome as ever!

    2. If you want the traditional English cream tea experience, you might try Tea Upon Chatsworth at the corner of Voltaire and Chatsworth in Point Loma.

      Tea Upon Chatsworth
      2180 Chatsworth Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

      Point Loma Cafe
      4856 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

      1. There's also a tea room on Rios in the Rios Historic District of San Juan Capistrano, just across and down the street from Ramos House Cafe... Don't know much about it, but that's all they do...

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        1. re: cgfan

          Never been there, but my s.o. has, not as elegent as the Aviara but decent. And the Rios district is really a fun place to stroll around. I too never seem to get past the Ramos House.

          1. re: littlestevie

            Thanks everyone! - we had a wonderful time at the Tea House at Los Rios, which just celebrated the 100th "birthday" of the charming little bungalow that the houses it. Enjoyed our tea and platters out on the front porch - lovely breezes. Very relaxed (don't go if you're in a hurry!) and leisurely - just perfect for our day. The several members of the staff I interacted with were very pleasant and helpful. Everything quite tasty. Lovely setting;several other quaint homes converted to shops/cafes along the same road - nice to browse in.
            Parking right there can be a challenge (only about ten spaces at the teahouse) and street parking is restricted. There is lots of parking at the park around the corner and easy walk to the tea house, or across the railroad tracks at the parking garage. Strolled through the antique mart too. Going during a weekday was perfect - no crowds to deal with.

        2. This likely won't help since they only offer it in Nov-Dec but the Hotel Del Coronado has the best tea time events in the area.

          [quote]- Victorian Tea -
          As a special treat for tea lovers, or those who just want to relax and enjoy holiday piano entertainment, The Del serves Victorian Tea throughout the holidays. Ladies and gentlemen, mothers and daughters and good friends will love this charming tradition. Cost is $42 for adults, $20 for children ages 6-10 and free for kids 5 and under. Available on weekends starting Thanksgiving weekend, with extended days closer to Christmas. Call for dates and times.[/quote]

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          1. re: oerdin

            Thanks Oerdin - sounds like a lovely event with "family tradition" potential.I'll check it out.

          2. In the next month or two they'll be a new tearoom in Grand Avenue in Escondido. I happened to be walking by and the owner gave me a tour. Looks like it will be a nice spot...they have their website up now if anyone is interested for future reference.