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Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace, Denver, CO

Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace

4.6
4.6
3657 Reviews
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea & Atrium Cocktails

Afternoon Tea, a decades-long tradition at The Brown Palace, is set amid the historic grandeur of the Atrium Lobby serenaded by a melodic piano. Guests enjoy a pot of properly brewed English tea accompanied by scones served with Devonshire cream and preserves, savory tea sandwiches, and a delightful array of classic tea pastries.

Atrium Cocktails are on Friday & Saturday evenings, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Sip on classic cocktails, wine, or a refreshing pint with charcuterie and other inventive dishes. Live music by The John Kite Jazz Quartet will complete an unforgettable and lively experience.

Witches Tea is October 31, 202. Halloween themed items will be served, while our servers add a bit of wicked.

Holiday Tea is November 14, 2022 through January 22, 2023. Please call 303.297.3111 x3223 for reservations. A credit card will be required for this iconic experience.

For parties of 8 or more guests, please contact us directly 303.297.3111 x3223.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 86 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea, Lounge

  • Hours of operation

    Afternoon Tea Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Afternoon Tea Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Cocktails Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 297-3111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Kimberly Moyle

  • Private party facilities

    Any of the Brown Palace Hotel's catering rooms may be reserved based on availability.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    Between Broadway & Tremont Place

  • Parking details

    The Brown Palace Hotel offers valet parking at the main entrance on Tremont Place. Enjoy reduced day parking when validated at Afternoon Tea. Complimentary valet parking when validated at Atrium Cocktails.

  • Public transit

    Bus: Civic Center; Light Rail: 18th & California

  • Entertainment

    Pianist in the Atrium (adjacent the restaurant): Monday through Saturday: 12:00pm - 7:30pm. Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,657 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Denver

    Best Ambiance

  • Denver

    Good for special occasions

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  1. LH

    LindaH

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Highly recommend! Beautiful surroundings to enjoy something special.
  2. DP

    DorothyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming to Afternoon Tea for 50+ years. It is always wonderful. Thanks for having us and we didn't mind waiting post fire and water break.
  3. KS

    KellieS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great option for an experience outing. Definitely pricey but the tea, scones, and treats were tasty.
  4. MS

    MelissaS

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the most wonderful time ever. Took a friend who has never done tea and she loved it. You can never go wrong at the Brown Palace. And our server was the most delightful and wonderful gal ever. The entire staff we came across was. Just a beautiful time.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, as always🌸
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Celebrating my daughter
  7. KB

    KellyB

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Staff was very friendly and the portions were excellent! Beautiful atmosphere!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought our British Nana on her birthday with our 2 month old for her first afternoon tea. It was fantastic! Friendly service, delicious scones, and plenty of tea.
  9. DM

    DanielM

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone should experience afternoon tea at the Brown Palace! It is a wonderful experience.
  10. BA

    BenivilA

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service
  11. LB

    LindaB

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    After a 4 month wait .. we finally made it. Had a reservation in November but they had a fire and didn’t let us know, so they were closed when we got there. I rescheduled for January and something to consider, the afternoon tea is served in the lobby and we were absolutely freezing the whole time. I loved everything but I felt like I was sitting by an open door the whole time and had to wear my coat .
  12. E

    Erika

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a nice experience! The atmosphere is so warm and relaxing with the piano music and wonderful staff.
  13. AS

    AlyssaS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We truly enjoyed our time for high tea at the Brown Palace! They were very accommodating to my young kids and it was a relaxed, yet beautiful atmosphere. We will definitely be back. The food was so delicious and great teas!
  14. K

    Kates

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Afternoon at the Brown Palace was really special!! The tea and food was delicious and they even have gluten-free options that tasted great too. I went at the end of January and they still have the holiday menu. I loved the little GF flourless chocolate torte and the gingerbread scone. Being seated in the atrium lobby of the hotel makes for an outstanding view as well. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone!
  15. ML

    MelindaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    We loved the historical beauty of The Brown! It has always been a family favorite since we're Colorado natives. The fancy presentation of various loose teas and tea sandwiches are delectable. The desserts and champagne in flutes is special and compatible with an experience at a royals table so we felt delighted! My only issues were that we didn't receive menus for awhile and looked online to decide what we wanted. There was no live music playing although there was a grand piano. We also received drinks we did not order but were so amazing that we decided to keep them! Our table was beautiful with many silver pieces for steeping, sugar cubes and creams, also fine china, and lovely glassware. Overall a wonderful experience. Thank you Brown staff!
  16. N

    N0mad

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Please note there does not seem to be a wheelchair / walker ramp from the valet parking to the lobby level. The rest of the hotel seemed accessible. The valet parking staff is great. The hostess / waitress staff is outstanding. The food was scrumptious and the teas quite good. The music was good, but best appreciated from the opposite end of the tea room Please. note the unpublished rules: a. Your reservation begins when you sit down, even if your assigned table opens early or late. So it is best to have your entire party on-site before being seated. b. The teas are available by pot, not by cup. c. Valet parking greatly prefers payment in cash and the parking cannot be paid on your tea bill
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was a special experience with my granddaughter. She wants to go again for her next birthday.
  18. LP

    LaceyP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We hardly ever saw our waitress and when we did and asked for something it felt like we were bothering her. I have enjoyed tea at Brown Palace many times. I brought my entire family yesterday and I must say it definitely didn’t live up to my other experiences based on the service provided.
  19. LM

    LoriM

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I brought my daughter and her 5 and 2 year old girls. My daughter said she had dreamed of going for tea at The Brown Palace with all of us since her first daughter was born five years ago. It was a very special day. We were treated well and service was great.
  20. JW

    JudyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The scones were the best I have had since going to London and dining at the Savoy Hotel. Service was impeccable. We had a very nice time.
  21. JG

    JoanG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the Afternoon Tea with two good friends and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We tried to get in over the holidays but it was booked solid so we settled for late January. Call early if you want to visit in December! I must say the service was excellent! Tina was very attentive and answered all our questions about the tea selections. The food was delicious, fresh and plentiful. They refilled our teapots with hot water without asking. And, the hotel lobby is a beautiful setting. I've been to tea here about 5 times and it never disappoints.
  22. B

    Britabroad

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the valet to the host to the servers, everyone was wonderful - warm and friendly. The food was good - too much to eat in one go so we took a box with us. We had tea and champagne, vegetarian sandwiches, a cream tea, pastries and a chocolate truffle. All really good. The decorations (still Christmas ones) were beautiful and the piano was lovely. We didn't feel hurried at all. The ONLY downside was the temperature - I was a little chilly, but that was manageable. I have been to the Brown Palace for tea before and will do so again!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic time. The service was impeccable!
  24. KN

    KatherineN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Fabulous celebration for client and Realtor appreciation to cheer new home purchase. Elegant, lovely. We felt like princesses! Harpist Nancy made our time there EXTRA special!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful hotel, food and table service was lovely. I would absolutely go back. However, the host staff for tea need to be properly trained on the meaning of hospitality, especially in a 4 star hotel. After we made a reservation for 2 we left a note to increase the reservation for 4 with two days notice. When we got to the host stand we were told “oh that must’ve been overlooked” which is fine, and in the world of hospitality you would just make it work and tell the customer it would be a few minutes. In our experience the hostess told us that we should go to the other restaurants in the establishment/ in the area since they couldn’t seat us for at least 10-15 minutes. This isn’t something we were willing to do, again which is fine it’s only 10-15 minutes. Then I asked if we could split up and just do two 2 tops (since I saw several open 2 tops) and the hostess replied “that would take away from our other 2 tops” (the phone then rang) “see, I just missed a call talking to you”. We said we would just wait for the 4 top and to make it work. We again only waited 15 min and everything was fine in the end. The point of this is to never have the first impression (the host staff) to say such rude things to customers willing to pay $50-$350 for tea each. I never write bad reviews, but some retraining needs to happen at such a historic 4 star hotel. We went to the four seasons yesterday and were treated with such respect and had such an amazing experience and they got 5 stars but the brown palace gets 4.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    The value for the food and tea is not worth it. I guess it’s the ambiance you pay for but I was not impressed at all. Tealees in Five Points is better.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Service was terrible. Waitress never came back to the table. For the price I expected much better service. Also had reservations for 345 but didn’t get seated till 415.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    I have been to the Brown Palace for Afternoon Tea several times in the past and the food and service has always been exceptional - however this was by far my single worst dining experience there. We had a reservation for 3.15pm but when we arrived at the counter at 3.15 were told we would be texted when our table was ready and to hang around. No text was received and 20 minutes later I went to the hostess to check in and she said she could seat us - no apology or explanation for forgetting/ignoring the fact that we had been sitting waiting right in front of her waiting for a text. We were seated at a table at the very outskirts of the lobby beyond the atrium, and when we asked to be seated in the actual atrium we were told it would be another 15-20 minutes though there were many free tables. Despite confirming wanted to move away from the draughty door at the edge of the lobby, the hostess came back 10 minutes later and asked us if we still wanted to move. After we were finally seated, we waited another 15 minutes for our server to even show up. When she finally did, she just picked up our menus and didn’t even take our food order and we had to ask her to take our food order as there are actually different drink combinations you can do. The food arrived another 20 minutes later - by this point it was nearly 4.30pm - well over one hour since our reservation time. We did not see our server for the duration of the tea, such that we had to ask another server for sandwich refills and milk. We asked another server for a high chair which never showed up. We were barely able to find someone to get the check. Appalling service which totally ruined what should have been a lovely tea and great ambience costing $118 for 2 people. Not sure if this played any role, but I was here with my mother and my child and we are Asian.
  29. A

    Adge

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The tea itself was delicious, but we sat 45 minutes after our reservation time with nowhere to sit in the meantime. The food was fine, but not worth the cost, and the music was loud. Bought a very similar tea online for $9. Save your money.
  30. TC

    TungC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous, dainty. A fun experience but high tea is a dainty affair.
  31. W

    Weltler

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a gorgeous venue for afternoon tea. The history here, the holiday decor and the live harpist made this seem extra special! Would highly recommend.
  32. D

    Dot2dot

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was beautifully decorated and the atmosphere was elegant.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience and would love to come back!
  34. A

    Allie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    we didn’t get water and the roast beef sandwiches are gross. everything else was amazing though
  35. TM

    TiffanyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Holiday Tea! Excellent scones, exquisite finger sandwiches and scrumptious treats!
  36. JM

    JMK18

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nothing less than the amazing experience one would expect from this establishment. The champagne, tea scones, toppings, sandwiches and especially the desserts were all rich and delicious. The service was top notch including the perfect improvised “booster” pillow for my petite 83 yo mother. A fantastic special occasion experience.
  37. JK

    JoannaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tea at the Brown Palace was wonderful! The service was fabulous and the food was delicious! I highly recommend enjoying Tea at the Brown Palace!
  38. M

    Maddie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing and tea was delicious. The lobby was gorgeous and the piano was a nice touch. Exactly the experience we were looking for. They initially sat us at a horrible table outside of the lobby and we were very disappointed. When we asked to move they accommodated us immediately. The servers were kind and helpful but took a while to come back to us. They brought us more sandwiches when we ran out. At the end we were a little surprised by the check. It said the tea was $50 per person and we had 6 people but it came to $320. After tip it was $385. That doesn’t count what we tipped for valet and coat check and the server for moving us. Overall it was a special memory for us and my 94 year old grandma- who loves going to tea- said it was the fanciest tea she has ever been to. We would definitely bring guests again but when you make reservations maybe call and specify where you want to sit and mentally prepare for a significant tip.
  39. 2

    2sisters

    Denver

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s tradition with my daughter
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    This has really gone downhill, I’m so sad to say! It is now $50 per person for the basic afternoon tea, but only includes the base desserts. If you want a single dessert made with chocolate, you need to get the next level up which includes champagne. The service was slow and has lost any of the kindness and punctuality of prior years. The scones were dry and kind of hard. There are only two sinks in the ladies bathroom, and one had a giant, black garbage bag on it to show it was out of order. I feel like I paid way too much money just for the excellent, beautiful Christmas decorations. I don’t think I will bother with this again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace is rated 4.6 stars by 3657 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 86 times today
Google Map for Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace

321 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Broadway & Tremont Place

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Afternoon Tea Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Afternoon Tea Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Cocktails Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea, Lounge

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    The Brown Palace Hotel offers valet parking at the main entrance on Tremont Place. Enjoy reduced day parking when validated at Afternoon Tea. Complimentary valet parking when validated at Atrium Cocktails.

  • Public transit

    Bus: Civic Center; Light Rail: 18th & California

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kimberly Moyle

  • Entertainment

    Pianist in the Atrium (adjacent the restaurant): Monday through Saturday: 12:00pm - 7:30pm. Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (303) 297-3111

  • Private party facilities

    Any of the Brown Palace Hotel's catering rooms may be reserved based on availability.

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