Looking for some ‘Bridgerton’ vibes? Try These Afternoon Tea Spots in Southern California – Pasadena Star News

Dear dear reader, are you having a lazy afternoon, a fancy party or would you like to give a nod to the latest season of the Netflix hit “Bridgerton”? There are many reasons why you might be looking for the perfect establishment to enjoy a sip of tea.

Often known for their opulent interiors, beautiful glassware, delicious snacks and tranquil environments, teahouses offer a unique dining experience that is perfect for most occasions. And fortunately, Southern California has a wide selection.

So get out your most elegant clothes, get your Instagram ready and get thirsty, because here’s a roundup of some staff-recommended tea spots:

Los Angeles County

Rose Garden Tea Room, Huntington Library

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino

It is a special experience to drink tea in a sunlit room overlooking the gardens of the Huntington Library. Recently opened in 1911, this local favorite underwent a more than $11 million renovation and reopened last April after closing during the pandemic. The tea house has three separate dining areas where you can enjoy your tea. The menu offers the traditional cucumber sandwiches, as well as smoked salmon and New York strip sandwiches with pepper crust as appetizers. Please note that you will need to pay for access to the gardens (approximately $25) to visit the tea room. But you still want to see the gardens and museum, so it’s worth it.

Price: $62-$75. Closed Tuesdays.


Garden tea at the Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades

After enjoying the many exhibitions on display, visitors can enjoy afternoon tea, ‘Tea by the Sea’, at the Getty Villa, which uses ingredients from the Villa Herb Garden. The menu includes a basket of sweet scones and tea sandwiches, savory sandwiches and sweet desserts.

Price: $60 per adult, $50 per child, plus tax and 18% service charge. Parking in front of the villa costs $25.


Chado Tea Room

(Multiple locations in Pasadena, Hollywood, LA and Torrance)

This tea room offers you a wide variety of teas – their site says about 200 – for your afternoon cuppa, and is a bit more modern and less old lace than many on the list. Their festive tea menu includes wine-inspired iced teas and tea-infused chocolates. And a bonus is that there are four places in Southern California to try.

Price: $36.95 – $28.95


Chocolate dipped strawberries were offered with tea at the Enchanted Rose Tea Parlor in San Dimas.  (Photo by Jody Collins/SCNG)
Chocolate dipped strawberries were offered with tea at the Enchanted Rose Tea Parlor in San Dimas. (Photo by Jody Collins/SCNG)

Enchanted rose tea room

120 W. Bonita Ave., Suite G, San Dimas

Take some time to catch up with a friend and recharge at this intimate San Dimas tea room, located on Bonita Avenue. Seasonal chocolate-covered strawberries are part of the tiered tea set, including salad or soup served in a teacup. They are open Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, with the first tea service at 11am. It’s a budget option where you won’t feel like you’re skimping on the experience.

Price: $12.75 for cream tea to $18.95 for a full tea


Tea at Shiloh

2035 Bay St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Looking for a sober, social destination for your late night hangouts? Look no further than Tea at Shiloh, open Thursday to Sunday from 7pm to 11pm for late night tea and from 7pm to 10pm Monday to Wednesday for creative workshops and exercises. The space also offers daylight hours from Thursday to Sunday. Reservations and compliance with the house rules are mandatory.


London’s West Hollywood in Beverly Hills

1020 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood

The London works closely with the world-famous Henrietta Lovell, founder of the Rare Tea Company, to provide this afternoon tea at the luxury hotel. Only available on weekends from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM by reservation.

Price: $84 per person, $42 for guests under 12. Additional add-ons available


Buena Vida tea bar and garden

726 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

This little tea shop in Santa Monica will make you feel like you’re drinking tea with friends near your greenhouse. You can pretend you’re Violet Bridgerton and catch up with friends over scones while her children play Pall-Mall in the garden.

Price: $50


Rendezvous Court Café at the Biltmore Hotel

506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

In 2022, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel not only hosted the Bridgerton Experience in Los Angeles, but also offered a themed afternoon tea for the Netflix series. The hotel continues to offer their Biltmore Traditional Afternoon Tea at the Rendezvous Court Café. For all Taylor Swift fans, the hotel is also where parts of the ‘Delicate’ music video were filmed. The tea is available on Saturdays from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Price: $75 per person


Orange Country

Teahouse on Los Rios

31731 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano

If you want a little garden with your afternoon tea, this charming spot on a lovely street in San Juan Capistrano is the place to go. You can sit outside under the stained glass in the garden or inside the house. There are many small photo spots, including a pink English-style telephone box.

They offer warm homemade scones and cream, traditional sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as a full menu if you fancy more. Their Royal Tea includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne. Once you’re done, take a stroll through the historic Los Rios district, which is packed with cute shops to explore. Bonus: the train station is a short walk away if you want to skip the ride.

Price: $39-$72 for the full size tea, children’s tea is $29-$45.


McKenna’s Tea House

237 Main Street, Seal Beach

This English-themed tea room, filled with antiques, is located in the heart of Old Town Seal Beach. Their menu features dozens of teas to choose from, including a proprietary blend, and homemade scones and quiches. You can sit on a terrace and enjoy your afternoon out.

Price: $20-$50


Knife fold

3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa

This luxurious afternoon tea only takes place on Saturdays in the restaurant. It is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Their sandwich choices include truffle brie and caviar deviled egg. If you feel like it, you can add caviar service to the tea for an additional charge.

Price: $115 per person


Morning Lavender Boutique & Café

330 El Camino Real, Tustin

Making the most of their namesake, the café features a picturesque lavender backdrop, which for Bridgerton fans will resemble the floral decor outside the family home and the cover art for the series’ updated first episode featuring the Netflix cast. The cafe accepts reservations 30 days in advance and is also available for guests to rent out for parties. In addition, they offer tea boxes to take away, perfect for those who want to organize a tea party at home.

Price: $39 for adults, $29 for children