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Best Place for High Tea in LA

cathyb28 Apr 23, 2012 12:52 PM

Hi! Looking for a great place to go with some ladies for high tea on a Sunday. Would love any recs especially in the downtown area. Thanks!

  1. Servorg Apr 23, 2012 01:54 PM




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      WildSwede Apr 24, 2012 12:44 PM

      2nd t he Rose Tree Cottage. This is my favorite and authentic.

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      silence9 Apr 23, 2012 02:38 PM

      Is it actually High Tea your inquiring about (steak/kidney pie, cold meats, etc)? Or traditional Afternoon Tea (dainty finger sandwiches, scones w/clotted cream, petit fours), such as is served at The Peninsula in Beverly Hills? If it is in fact the former and not the latter, then those are indeed some robust ladies in your acquaintence...

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        cathyb28 Apr 23, 2012 02:45 PM

        Afternoon tea. Thank you!

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          Johnny L Apr 23, 2012 02:54 PM

          Chado Tea is Little Tokyo.

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            silence9 Apr 23, 2012 03:01 PM

            Besides the aforementioned Peninsula in Bev Hills, I have always enjoyed the quaint and affordable Tudor House on 2nd St. in Santa Monica. Plus they have an authentic food and gift shop on the premises...

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              latindancer Apr 25, 2012 08:17 AM


              A friend also just mention Getty Villa and claimed it was wonderful.

        2. perk Apr 23, 2012 04:19 PM

          The Langham in Pasadena is very nice and traditional.

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            Savour May 14, 2012 06:56 PM

            I just took my mom here last week and it was wonderful. Great tea selection, really good sandwiches, pastries that actually tasted good. (the scones weren't my favorite but I am SUPER picky about scones since I'm sensitive to baking powder. Other than the baking powder flavor, the scones were delicious). Beautiful room with a nice view.

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              liu May 14, 2012 07:20 PM

              I am glad to read your glowing report, Savour.

              I was there just as a spectator, but the space felt "right" for my afternoon tea!

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            anabelblu Apr 23, 2012 05:37 PM

            The afternoon tea in the Rendezvous Court at the Millennium Biltmore is just what you're looking for: http://www.millenniumhotels.com/mille...

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              Francesca Apr 24, 2012 11:08 AM

              Clementine has an afternoon tea once a week.

              1. liu May 14, 2012 04:04 PM

                I second those who have suggested the Chado Tea Room Downtown, inside the Japanese American National Museum.

                We were at the museum this past weekend for their special origami exhibit. The Chado Tea Room was buzzing and bustling with celebrants, yet the feeling was relaxing and fine. The tea and accompanying food looked wonderful!

                There were tables outside as well as those inside; all were filled at about 3:00pm. The setting is very pretty.

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                  JudiAU May 17, 2012 11:49 AM

                  Agreed. Pretty and popular place. Interesting show too. Nice to see them still business after the Third street location closed.

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                    Selter Head May 17, 2012 12:32 PM

                    The Huntington Library Tea Room beats the others, hands down. It's in the middle of acres of blooming roses this time of year, besides being in San Marino, which would scream "ladies' tea!" - if screaming were allowed in San Marino.

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                      WildSwede May 17, 2012 12:40 PM

                      Just keep in mind that to go to the Huntington Library one, you need to pay for admission also.

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                        liu May 17, 2012 12:50 PM

                        Selter Head, I am with you.
                        I would rather go to the Huntington Library Tea Room than anywhere, just so that I can walk the gardens -- and also have tea. It's a divine combination for me.

                        However, if you take away the garden walk, I think that the food and tea at Huntington are just okay. If one wishes to have fine pastries and sandwiches and tea, Chado had an amazing aroma when I walked in and the setting is very pretty, too.

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