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Tea at the Empress

721 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
+1 250-389-2727
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good26%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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British, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
721 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

Tea at the Empress was memorable. We each chose a tea (Safari Masala Chai, Rose Congo Emperor, and Empress Blend),and we were happy to see the teas for sale in the shop later. The raisin scones, local shrimp in a tiny seaweed cone, and lemon...More

Thank RJB5253
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wayyyyyy too expensive. $75. Are you kidding me? You can keep your tea and scones. I've got better things and people to spend my money on.

Thank TrekkergalLondon
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were unsure if we wanted to spend the money to do this tea. I will say that you should, at least, walk through the hotel. I would only do this tea if it is on your bucket list or you want a formal tea...More

Thank azamy1
Reviewed 2 days ago

High Tea at the Empress is highly recommended. Everyone does it and you must too. Great ambience, great cutlery & tableware, great savories and cakes and of course the aromatic tea. Colonial luxury at the Fairmont Empress. Its a right of passage.

Thank 443bhaskarm
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A trip to Victoria is not complete without having tea at the Empress. Reserve to get a good seat. The food was more creative and better than we remembered ten years ago. They were very attentive to a tree nut allergy and made nice substitutions....More

Thank katygt919
Reviewed 5 days ago

Taking tea at the Empress had been on my to-do list for a number of years and this year I was able to do so with a good friend from college days. We each ordered a different tea - mine was called Blue Suede Shoes...More

Thank skincaregal1954
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Empress is a fixture in Victoria and a focal point on the inner harbour. I love the old girl. It is, however, an old hotel and despite renovation it maintains it's old world charm - by that I mean small rooms and dated plumbing....More

1  Thank David N
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I had won a gift card for Fairmont Hotels and decided to take two friends and my husband and I for Tea at the Empress Hotel. The staff were very nice, the food is excellent and yes the tea was excellent , but how in...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 days ago

While on a day trip to Victoria, I popped into The Empress for their famed tea. It wasn't planned and I surely was not dressed for the occasion as I was in jeans. With that, the staff was just wonderful and treated me very well...More

Thank lisa l
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mom and I did the afternoon tea at the Empress last Saturday. It was really one of my mom's dreams come true, she LOVED it. It was a really nice experience, excellent food and lovely presentation. Really a fun afternoon!

Thank Julie S
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Marty O
How much time should I allow for my visit for Tea at the Empress?
16 April 2017|
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Response from JulieHypno | Reviewed this property |
For the actual tea service we spent about an hour. We also enjoyed browsing the shops and found some beautiful jewelry. We spent 45 minutes to an hour shopping.
Corinne F
Are there gluten free options available?
23 March 2017|
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Response from HotelVancouver | Property representative |
Hi Corinne, Yes, the hotel offers gluten free options with advance notice.
Corinne F
Are there gluten free menu options?
23 March 2017|
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Response from Elda G | Reviewed this property |
You can call ahead and let them know and they will prepare specially for you. My husband cannot have sodium at all and I called and when we got there they told us to confirm without us mentioned. That it a great... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$28 - US$56
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
View, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 17:15
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 721 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria
  • Phone Number: +1 250-389-2727
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A grand tradition for over a century, the world renowned Fairmont Empress has served England's most beloved ritual of afternoon tea to famed royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike. Reinvigorated in our timeless, sophisticated Lobby Lounge, Tea at the Empress will continue this quintessentially Victoria experience. Home of the Empress cake, which showcases an extra special customized chocolate developed by our Executive Pastry Chef AJ Thalakkat and experts in France, Tea at the Empress is among the world's best unique tea experiences. To complement our house-made signature Empress scones, pastries, clotted creams and strawberry preserves with fresh lavender from our rooftop herb garden, are 21 of the finest loose leafs teas available. Featuring our original blend of The Empress Tea and the exceptionally rare Tong Mu Phoenix Lapsang Souchong blend, the tea list is completely ethically sourced and certified by the Ethical Tea Partnership. Tea at the Empress is an absolute must-do event in Victoria.