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Afternoon tea at the Langham in Pasadena.
Cathy Chaplin

15 Posh Places for Afternoon Tea in Los Angeles

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Afternoon tea at the Langham in Pasadena.
| Cathy Chaplin

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. From posh establishments that adhere to formalities to contemporary spots that hit all the cozy notes, here now are 15 essential places for afternoon tea in Los Angeles.

Removed: American Tea Room, Clementine, The Daily Dose

Added: Ye Olde Kings Head, Le Salon de The, Hello Kitty Grand Cafe

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Getty Villa

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17985 Pacific Coast Hwy
Pacific Palisades, CA
(310) 440-7300
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One of the toughest reservations in town is a seat at Tea by the Sea at the Getty Villa. The Mediterranean-inspired affair is only offered on Thursdays and Saturdays at 1 p.m. and priced at $44 per person, which includes admission to the facility.

2. 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 Monday 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.

3. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

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701 Stone Canyon Rd
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 909-1617
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Head to the Hotel Bel-Air to experience one of the most exquisitely executed tea services in town. Highlights include a blue crab roll, house-cured smoked salmon on brioche, and a beautiful plate of sweets.

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
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4. 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 Peninsula. There’s a harpist serenading the room while tea-goers nibble on finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones with clotted cream.

Afternoon tea spread at a fancy hotel.
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5. Le Salon de Thé

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8535 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 962-9538
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For a French take on an English tradition, head to West Hollywood’s Le Salon de Thé. Priced at $54 per person, the menu includes open-faced sandwiches and a slew of sweets like macarons and chocolate cake.

6. Tres by José Andrés

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465 S LA Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 246-5551
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Tres by José Andrés is serving a special holiday afternoon tea on weekends from 3 to 5 p.m. from now through December. The menu includes savory little snacks like caviar steamed buns, smoked salmon sandwiches, and José Andrés’s signature bagel and lox cone, followed by an array of sweets. The menu is priced at $65 per person and reservations are required 24-hours in advance.

A cozy dining room at Tres by José Andrés.
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7. Pacific Dining Car

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1310 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 483-6000
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Hop aboard the Pacific Dining Car for an unexpected afternoon tea experience. Available by appointment only, sip on tea and champagne while nibbling on assorted sandwiches, scones, petite fours, and cookies.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Chado Tea Room

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79 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA
(626) 431-2832
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With over 200 varieties of tea to choose from, it’s clear that Chado takes its teas very seriously. On the food side of things are salmon and chicken sandwiches, cakes, and scones.

12. Langham Huntington Hotel

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1401 S Oak Knoll Ave
Pasadena, CA
(626) 568-3700
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The Langham offers tea daily from noon to 4 p.m. on custom Wedgwood china. Advance reservations are highly encouraged and be sure to request a seat by the window for picturesque views of The Horseshoe Garden.

13. 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 little sweets. Separate admission to The Huntington is required.

A tray of finger sandwiches for afternoon tea.
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14. 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.

15. Hello Kitty Grand Cafe

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860 Spectrum Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 536-5357
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The drive south 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. Reservations are a must. 

Hello Kitty Cafe
Hello Kitty Grand Cafe
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1. The Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA

One of the toughest reservations in town is a seat at Tea by the Sea at the Getty Villa. The Mediterranean-inspired affair is only offered on Thursdays and Saturdays at 1 p.m. and priced at $44 per person, which includes admission to the facility.

17985 Pacific Coast Hwy
Pacific Palisades, CA

2. Ye Olde King's Head

116 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

This beachside British pub hosts afternoon tea Monday 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

3. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

701 Stone Canyon Rd, Los Angeles, CA
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
[Official Photo]

Head to the Hotel Bel-Air to experience one of the most exquisitely executed tea services in town. Highlights include a blue crab roll, house-cured smoked salmon on brioche, and a beautiful plate of sweets.

701 Stone Canyon Rd
Los Angeles, CA

4. The Peninsula Beverly Hills

9882 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA
Afternoon tea spread at a fancy hotel.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
[Official Photo]

It doesn’t get any more luxurious than afternoon tea at the Peninsula. There’s a harpist serenading the room while tea-goers nibble on finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones with clotted cream.

9882 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA

5. 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 $54 per person, the menu includes open-faced sandwiches and a slew of sweets like macarons and chocolate cake.

8535 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

6. Tres by José Andrés

465 S LA Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
A cozy dining room at Tres by José Andrés.
Tres by José Andrés
[Official Photo]

Tres by José Andrés is serving a special holiday afternoon tea on weekends from 3 to 5 p.m. from now through December. The menu includes savory little snacks like caviar steamed buns, smoked salmon sandwiches, and José Andrés’s signature bagel and lox cone, followed by an array of sweets. The menu is priced at $65 per person and reservations are required 24-hours in advance.

465 S LA Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

7. Pacific Dining Car

1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA

Hop aboard the Pacific Dining Car for an unexpected afternoon tea experience. Available by appointment only, sip on tea and champagne while nibbling on assorted sandwiches, scones, petite fours, and cookies.

1310 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA

8. 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.

506 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA

9. 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.

2405 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, CA

10. 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

11. Chado Tea Room

79 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA

With over 200 varieties of tea to choose from, it’s clear that Chado takes its teas very seriously. On the food side of things are salmon and chicken sandwiches, cakes, and scones.

79 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA

12. Langham Huntington Hotel

1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, CA

The Langham offers tea daily from noon to 4 p.m. on custom Wedgwood china. Advance reservations are highly encouraged and be sure to request a seat by the window for picturesque views of The Horseshoe Garden.

1401 S Oak Knoll Ave
Pasadena, CA

13. 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 little sweets. Separate admission to The Huntington is required.

1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino, CA 91108

14. 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.

75 N Baldwin Ave
Sierra Madre, CA

15. Hello Kitty Grand Cafe

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

The drive south 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. Reservations are a must. 

860 Spectrum Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618

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