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12 Posh Places for Afternoon Tea in Los Angeles

Dainty sandwiches, freshly brewed tea, and pinkies up

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The fine English tradition of taking a pause midday to refuel with crustless sandwiches, warm scones, and freshly brewed tea is alive and well in Los Angeles — even through the pandemic. From posh establishments that follow formalities to local spots that hit all the cozy notes, here now are 12 lovely places for afternoon tea in Los Angeles.

Removed: The Getty Villa, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air (currently unavailable), Tres by José Andrés (closed), Pacific Dining Car (closed), the Langham Pasadena (currently unavailable)

Added: the Wayfarer Downtown Los Angeles, Rose & Blanc Tea Room

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1. The T Room

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2405 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, CA
(818) 249-6677
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One of the most affordable options for afternoon tea is Montrose’s the T Room. The family-run operation offers tea service for $28 that includes lingonberry chicken sandwiches, warm scones, and plenty of pastries. Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2. Four Seasons Tea Room

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75 N Baldwin Ave
Sierra Madre, CA
(626) 355-0045
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Unrelated to the ritzy hotel chain, this cozy establishment in downtown Sierra Madre boasts friendly service, homemade scones, and a smattering of classic tea sandwiches for $26 per person. Tea is served from Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

3. Chado Tea Room

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79 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA
(626) 431-2832
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Chado serves tea daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with prices starting at $23 per person. The shop takes its teas very seriously with over 200 varieties to choose from. On the food side of things are salmon and chicken sandwiches, cakes, and scones. Additional locations can be found in Little Tokyo, Hollywood, and Torrance.

4. Rose Tree Cottage

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801 S Pasadena Ave
Pasadena, CA
(626) 793-3337
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Pasadena’s Rose Tree Cottage serves one of the kitschiest and most charming teas in town. Cucumber sandwiches, scones with Devonshire clotted cream, and sticky toffee pudding are all meticulously served by a suited butler. Dress codes for gentlemen are politely enforced.

5. The Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room

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1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100
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Enjoy afternoon tea in one of LA’s most beautiful outdoor spaces. Each service comes with a choice of tea, scones, finger sandwiches, and plenty of sweets. Though the Tea Room is currently closed for renovation until winter 2022, Tea for Two can be pre-ordered and enjoyed on the patio for $85 per per person. Separate admission to the Huntington is required.

A tray of finger sandwiches for afternoon tea.
The Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room
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6. Le Salon de Thé 

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8535 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

For a French take on an English tradition, head to West Hollywood’s Le Salon de Thé. Priced at $58 per person, the menu includes open-faced sandwiches and a slew of sweets like macarons and chocolate cake. Tea is served weekends only from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tea service is also available for curbside pickup. 

7. Rose & Blanc Tea Room

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301 S Western Ave #202
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 330-6787
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It’s hard to resist Koreatown’s hyper-femme Rose & Blanc Tea Room. Gather a gaggle of girlfriends and settle in spinach quiche, egg and apple pesto croissant sandwiches, macaroons, scones, and more. Tea service starts at $35 per person and is served from Friday through Sunday. Reservations are required. Tea service is also available for takeout.

8. The Peninsula Beverly Hills

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9882 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA
(310) 551-2888
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It doesn’t get any more luxurious than afternoon tea at the Living Room inside the Peninsula Beverly Hills. Prices start at $115 per person and includes finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones with clotted cream, along with an option for free-flowing champagne. Tea is served Thursday to Sunday at 11 a,m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. Reserve tables for afternoon tea in the Living Room here

9. Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

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506 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 624-1011
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With its Moorish carved wood ceilings, marble fountain, and breathtaking Baroque stairwell, the Rendezvous Court at the historic Millennium Biltmore is quite the place to sip tea and nosh on finger sandwiches. The weekend-only service starts at $65 per person, runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and requires advance reservations.

10. The Wayfarer Downtown Los Angeles

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813 Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 285-4400
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Afternoon tea takes place in the Wayfarer’s basement bar, Lilly Rose, which is decked out in mood lighting, plush couches, and even has a Zoltar fortune telling machine and vintage pinball game. Tea starts at $45 per person and includes standard sweet and savory offerings. Best of all are the boozy tea infusions, like the Curiouser & Curiouser made with chai tea and rum.

11. Ye Olde King's Head

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116 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-1402
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This beachside British pub hosts afternoon tea Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $30 menu covers all the basics from sandwiches to scones and tea. For those who don’t want to commit to the whole shebang, the pub also offers a la carte options.

12. Hello Kitty Grand Cafe

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860 Spectrum Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 536-5357
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The drive to Orange County is never easy, but it’s not too bad when there’s afternoon tea at the finish line. The beloved Sanrio character is hosting a proper high tea in a speakeasy-like space hidden behind the Grand Cafe. Settle into the plush pink booths and get ready for an onslaught of sweets and savories including a smoked salmon sandwich on a pretzel croissant and a goblet of fresh fruit with coconut cream. Tea is priced at $60 per person and served Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30pm and on weekends from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Reservations are a must.

Hello Kitty Cafe
Hello Kitty Grand Cafe
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1. The T Room

2405 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA

One of the most affordable options for afternoon tea is Montrose’s the T Room. The family-run operation offers tea service for $28 that includes lingonberry chicken sandwiches, warm scones, and plenty of pastries. Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2405 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, CA

2. Four Seasons Tea Room

75 N Baldwin Ave, Sierra Madre, CA

Unrelated to the ritzy hotel chain, this cozy establishment in downtown Sierra Madre boasts friendly service, homemade scones, and a smattering of classic tea sandwiches for $26 per person. Tea is served from Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

75 N Baldwin Ave
Sierra Madre, CA

3. Chado Tea Room

79 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA

Chado serves tea daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with prices starting at $23 per person. The shop takes its teas very seriously with over 200 varieties to choose from. On the food side of things are salmon and chicken sandwiches, cakes, and scones. Additional locations can be found in Little Tokyo, Hollywood, and Torrance.

79 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA

4. Rose Tree Cottage

801 S Pasadena Ave, Pasadena, CA

Pasadena’s Rose Tree Cottage serves one of the kitschiest and most charming teas in town. Cucumber sandwiches, scones with Devonshire clotted cream, and sticky toffee pudding are all meticulously served by a suited butler. Dress codes for gentlemen are politely enforced.

801 S Pasadena Ave
Pasadena, CA

5. The Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room

1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
A tray of finger sandwiches for afternoon tea.
The Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room
Cathy Chaplin

Enjoy afternoon tea in one of LA’s most beautiful outdoor spaces. Each service comes with a choice of tea, scones, finger sandwiches, and plenty of sweets. Though the Tea Room is currently closed for renovation until winter 2022, Tea for Two can be pre-ordered and enjoyed on the patio for $85 per per person. Separate admission to the Huntington is required.

1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino, CA 91108

6. Le Salon de Thé 

8535 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

For a French take on an English tradition, head to West Hollywood’s Le Salon de Thé. Priced at $58 per person, the menu includes open-faced sandwiches and a slew of sweets like macarons and chocolate cake. Tea is served weekends only from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tea service is also available for curbside pickup. 

8535 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

7. Rose & Blanc Tea Room

301 S Western Ave #202, Los Angeles, CA 90020

It’s hard to resist Koreatown’s hyper-femme Rose & Blanc Tea Room. Gather a gaggle of girlfriends and settle in spinach quiche, egg and apple pesto croissant sandwiches, macaroons, scones, and more. Tea service starts at $35 per person and is served from Friday through Sunday. Reservations are required. Tea service is also available for takeout.

301 S Western Ave #202
Los Angeles, CA 90020

8. The Peninsula Beverly Hills

9882 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

It doesn’t get any more luxurious than afternoon tea at the Living Room inside the Peninsula Beverly Hills. Prices start at $115 per person and includes finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones with clotted cream, along with an option for free-flowing champagne. Tea is served Thursday to Sunday at 11 a,m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. Reserve tables for afternoon tea in the Living Room here

9882 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA

9. Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

With its Moorish carved wood ceilings, marble fountain, and breathtaking Baroque stairwell, the Rendezvous Court at the historic Millennium Biltmore is quite the place to sip tea and nosh on finger sandwiches. The weekend-only service starts at $65 per person, runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and requires advance reservations.

506 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA

10. The Wayfarer Downtown Los Angeles

813 Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Afternoon tea takes place in the Wayfarer’s basement bar, Lilly Rose, which is decked out in mood lighting, plush couches, and even has a Zoltar fortune telling machine and vintage pinball game. Tea starts at $45 per person and includes standard sweet and savory offerings. Best of all are the boozy tea infusions, like the Curiouser & Curiouser made with chai tea and rum.

813 Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

11. Ye Olde King's Head

116 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

This beachside British pub hosts afternoon tea Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $30 menu covers all the basics from sandwiches to scones and tea. For those who don’t want to commit to the whole shebang, the pub also offers a la carte options.

116 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

12. Hello Kitty Grand Cafe

860 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
Hello Kitty Cafe
Hello Kitty Grand Cafe
Jakob Layman

The drive to Orange County is never easy, but it’s not too bad when there’s afternoon tea at the finish line. The beloved Sanrio character is hosting a proper high tea in a speakeasy-like space hidden behind the Grand Cafe. Settle into the plush pink booths and get ready for an onslaught of sweets and savories including a smoked salmon sandwich on a pretzel croissant and a goblet of fresh fruit with coconut cream. Tea is priced at $60 per person and served Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30pm and on weekends from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Reservations are a must.

860 Spectrum Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618

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