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Best Place for High Tea in LA

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!

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    1. re: Servorg

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

    2. 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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          1. re: cathyb28

            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...

            1. re: silence9

              +1

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

        1. The Langham in Pasadena is very nice and traditional.

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          1. re: perk

            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.

            1. re: Savour

              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!

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

            1. Clementine has an afternoon tea once a week.

              1. 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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                1. re: liu

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

                  1. re: JudiAU

                    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.

                    1. re: Selter Head

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

                      1. re: Selter Head

                        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.