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Best Places For A Tea Party in Southern California (Updated for 2023)

Mom, are you looking for a unique location to spend quality time with your daughter? Or a fashionable venue to host your child's birthday party or a friend's baby or bridal shower? Then this exhaustive list of tea shops throughout Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego, will tickle your fancy!

Are you looking for a unique location to spend quality time with a loved one?  Or a fashionable venue to host your child’s birthday party or a friend’s baby or bridal shower?  Then this exhaustive list of tea party locations near Los Angeles, and all the way from Santa Barbara to San Diego, will tickle your fancy!

Best Places For A Tea Party in Los Angeles

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Long Beach

Every fall, St. Luke’s offers a high tea in their Tea Room during their annual brass rubbings event.  The tea which includes traditional English teas, complete with sweets and savouries to accompany your group reservation.  Two public tea dates are available for groups of less than 10.  Reservations are required in advance and includes a docent talk and brass rubbing.

Chado Tea Room, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Hollywood and South Bay

Devan and Reena Shah, and Tek Mehreteab are passionate about tea.  By sourcing leaves from eight regions in India, China, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Japan, they are able to proffer more than 300 standard and specialty varieties online and inside Chado Tea Room.  Many of their green, black, white, and oolong teas are USDA-certified organic.  In addition, they brew special house blends for morning, afternoon, and evening, helping customers find the right blend to start the day or serve to bats that have invaded their home.

Staffers pair teas with an array of cream-topped scones, cookies, cakes, and roasted savory sandwiches during tea time at Chado’s three tea rooms.  Though each location is decorated differently, the same three-tiered sandwich platters and steaming pots of tea travel between panda paintings hanging in the Los Angeles location, underneath strings of holiday lights at the Pasadena location, and between ceiling-high wooden shelves stocked with mugs, filters, teapots, and bags of loose-leaf tea at the Hollywood location.

Enchanted Rose Tea Parlour, San Dimas

Established in 2001, the Enchanted Rose Tea Parlour and Gift Boutique nestled it’s way into the heart of Old Town San Dimas.  Owner, Jean Odom, has taken pride in providing a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere for her patrons / friends to enjoy their tea time.  She prepares her food with love and takes particular pleasure in making her fresh scones, Devonshire cream, and lemon curd.  The Enchanted Rose Tea Parlour and Gift Boutique offers specialty teas for such occasions as Mother’s Day, Christmas, Wedding and Baby Showers, and Birthday parties, along with an array of tea related merchandise.

Olivia’s Dollhouse Tearoom, Lomita

Olivia’s Dollhouse Tearoom provides young girls with a princess party they will remember forever!  Over 135,000 little girls have been changed into princesses since the dollhouse first opened.  They are also famous for hosting baby and bridal showers, as well as fabulous “Sweet 16” parties and “Thrilled to be 13” parties.

The Rose Garden Tea Room and Café, The Huntington Library, Pasadena

Overlooking three acres of roses, the Tea Room is the perfect setting for a memorable repast.  A pot of brewed tea and a basket of freshly baked scones are served at each table.  From a central buffet, guests may choose from an array of savory finger sandwiches, imported and domestic cheeses, fresh fruit, chilled salads, and specialty desserts. Return to the buffet as often as you like.  Admission to The Huntington is a separate, required cost.

Tea Rose Garden, Pasadena

Tea Rose Garden has been establishment in Old Town Pasadena for over 20 years, serving Afternoon Tea and flower arrangements for special events within its cozy corner.  They also host private events, specializing in birthdays, bridal, & baby showers.

Best Places For A Tea Party in Orange County

McKenna’s Tea Cottage, Seal Beach

As sunlight pours through the lace curtains of McKenna’s lemon-yellow tearoom, hostesses deliver light treats and 37 types of tea to frilly, glass-topped tables. Triangle-cut finger sandwiches, cheese- and vegetable-filled quiches, and leafy salads flaunt their fresh ingredients on the restaurant’s chinaware, which sit alongside steaming teapots that transform lunches into sumptuous high teas or shift blame after ill-timed wolf whistles.

The shop unfurls its tearoom and garden patio to a myriad of private events, hosting elegant celebrations for bridal showers and children’s birthdays, which get magical enhancement with appearances by Snow White and other fairy-tale characters. After nibbling on teatime dishes, patrons can peruse the selection of gifts, accessories, and shabby-chic housewares in the gift shop to help commemorate their outing without filling pockets with Devonshire cream.

Hello Kitty Cafe, Irvine Spectrum, Irvine

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe offers a supercute menu featuring freshly baked cookies, cakes, donuts, seasonal goodies, and handmade hot and iced drinks, along with a selection of Hello Kitty Cafe merchandise and a sweet seating area to enjoy the experience. Stop by and say hello! Advance reservations are required.

Afternoon Tea Hours are Wednesday – Friday 11am – 2:30pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am – 3:30pm.

Pamela’s Tea Room, Garden Grove

Treat your tot to the ultimate tea party with Pamela’s Little Princess Tea. This kid-friendly option includes a miniature teapot filled with your choice of milk or lemonade, made-to-order finger sandwiches, fruit, and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam. Little guests love pouring “tea” from their own pot at this traditional spot, a favorite among expat Brits.

The Tea House on Los Rios, San Juan Capistrano

The Tea House has set the highest standards in order to orchestrate a perfect day for you and your guests.  Allow their skilled staff to take care of the details.  They can create your ideal event in one of their private rooms, on their verandah or in one of their two beautiful gardens.  

Whether you are booking your wedding in their Victorian Garden for 200 guests or planning a baby shower for just a few close friends, The Tea House On Los Rios can make your special event spectacular.  They are unable to take reservations by email or online.  Please call ahead to make a reservation.

The Spring Tea Garden, Fullerton

The Spring Tea Garden offers the ultimate high tea experience in a cozy and charming atmosphere.  Equipped with a hat wall and dozens of multi-colored antique tea cups, the Tea Room is both the perfect place for a lovely afternoon tea lunch as well as the ideal location for a bridal or baby shower.

Located in the historic Spring Field Banquet Center in the heart of Downtown Fullerton, Spring Tea Garden offers a delicious tea luncheon any time Thursday-Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Reservations are highly recommended on weekends.

Morning Lavender Cafe, Tustin

Morning Lavender Cafe offers afternoon tea service on most Saturdays and Sundays at 10am, 12:30pm or 3pm. Reservations can be made online for up to 8 guests. Please note, these are the only times they have tea services.

Or enjoy their Afternoon Tea Boxes in the comfort of your own home or cater your own tea party! 4 finger sandwiches, 1 scone, cream and jam, 2 desserts and a sachet of tea in the prettiest box you’ve ever seen. Available on selected weekend dates only.

The Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach

This posh beachfront hotel offers a twist on traditional English high tea with a wide selection of classic teas, contemporary blends, and new flavors from emerging tea markets. Afternoon tea is held each weekend inside The Great Room Social Lounge, where guests enjoy pots of their favorite tea paired with Italian-inspired small bites like manchego and lemon preserves on a French baguette, pistachio macaroons, and hazelnut chocolate tarts. Kids aged 4 to 16 receive complimentary bombolocini and hot cocoa.

Best Places For A Tea Party in San Diego

The Tea Pavilion at The Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego

The Tea Pavilion at the Japanese Friendship Garden serves traditional Japanese green tea, herbal and specialty teas as well as sushi, Japanese noodles, rice bowls, miso soup, salads, and snacks. Unique imported food, beverages, and gifts, as well as imported bulk teas are available for purchase.

The AubreyRose Tea Room, La Mesa

The AubreyRose offers a traditional afternoon tea, which is served with elegance of fine food, and complemented by a superb choice of fine loose leaf teas from around the world.   Nestled in the heart of the La Mesa Antiques district, The AubreyRose is full of ambiance and offers excellence of service that leaves guests with memories of a gentle and civilized experience.  Simply described as “A two-hour mini-vacation” by our patrons.

The Grand Tea Room, Escondido

The Grand Tea Room in Escondido is a beautiful place to spend the afternoon sipping high tea and chatting among long time friends.  They host a lovely princess tea party for every year for young woman and group field trips to the tea room to learn about proper etiquette.

Coral Tree Tea House, San Diego

You’re invited to visit the Coral Tree Tea House located in Old Town’s historic Heritage County Park.  No where else can you relax in a Victorian home in a beautifully landscaped public park dedicated to the preservation of seven homes that were saved for their historical significance to the city of San Diego.  Relax in one of their dining rooms where every seat offers a beautiful view of the park and indulge in a generous array of delicious savories, tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones and decadent desserts.

Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe & Afternoon Tea, San Diego

Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe & Afternoon Tea is a British owned Food & Gift shop specializing in goods from the British and Emerald Isles, based in San Diego.  They also host tea room on their patio and an English Bakery.  They serve all those who love everything British, from expats, 2nd generation and now Downton Abbey lovers.  Reservations are required for all afternoon tea bookings.

Julian Tea, Julian

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience an elegant Afternoon Tea in a charming turn-of-the-century home built in 1898 for the gold miner Clarence King.  Julian Tea & Cottage Arts is located in the historic gold mining town of Julian, a quaint village of authentic old-west styled buildings nestled in the mountains amidst pine and oak forests just a scenic hour’s drive from San Diego.  They are open 5 days a week (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays), from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Reservations are highly recommended, but they do accommodate walk-ins if possible.  

Their ultimate offering is their Cottage Classic Afternoon Tea, a four course meal starting off with our house Pumpkin soup with savory, then finger sandwiches, scone with whipped cream, homemade lemon curd plus jam, and finally our house dessert plus bottomless pot of tea.  They are able to accommodate special dietary needs including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.  A vast array of teas, both bagged and loose, are also available at the tea shop or by mail.

Best Places For A Tea Party in Ventura County

All Things Tea, Camarillo

Nestled in the city of Camarillo CA, All Things Tea began out of an interest and love for good tea!  Their specialty loose leaf teas are sourced from the finest plantations and gardens from around the world.  Variety, freshness, and traditional teas are what they strive to bring to the everyday tea consumer as well as non complex blends that will have a novice eager to try more.  They are a tea house serving by the cup, by the pot, or in bulk to go.  

Everything is made is made fresh in their kitchen by their pastry chef who offers amazing fresh savouries & decadent sweets.  All Things Tea offers Cream Tea, Afternoon Tea and High Tea in a charming & relaxed atmosphere and are the perfect location to host your next Bridal Shower, Baby Shower or Special Event.

Tranquility Tea Room, Thousand Oaks

Tranquility Tea Room is a delightful, whimsical world of fantasy and elegance.  They take their lovely antiques, vintage dishes and laces and incorporate charming fairytale themes which change for every season of the year.  Each table gives a nod to a certain character in the story through gorgeous color combinations, fanciful decorative accents and anecdotes.  They also have hats, boas, gloves, shoes and even dresses for the girls.  

There’s an entertaining scavenger hunt for the kids, and their enchanting little store offers a variety of antiques, cards, jewelry, tea ware, as well as our own loose-leaf teas for sale.   Their tea room is also the perfect venue for a baby shower, wedding shower, birthday for all ages, book club, Red Hat Group, Bible study, bridal luncheon, anniversary and more.

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Mom, are you looking for a unique location to spend quality time with your daughter? Or a fashionable venue to host your child's birthday party or a friend's baby or bridal shower? Then this exhaustive list of tea shops throughout Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego, will tickle your fancy!

Virginia Hoge

Friday 1st of December 2023

Madeline Garden isn't on the list. It is a tea house in a historic building in Pasadena on Green Street which has been there for 10 years. The place is throwback to another era and the environment like a day trip to Europe, the beautiful setting. They do High Tea on the tier tiers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with live harp music.

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