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Camellia Tea Room

828 1st Street | Benicia, CA
707-746-5293 | Email | Website | Hours
The tradition of afternoon tea began in England in 1840. Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, got into the habit of ordering a tray of tea with cakes and sandwiches to her room between meals. Anna so enjoyed her ritual, she moved it to the drawing room and invited friends to join her. Soon, afternoon tea became a widespread social practice, complete with rules of tea etiquette. More than a century and a half later, afternoon tea is still bringing people together. We're happy to continue the tradition.

Camellia Tea Room (est. July 1995) is located in a beautifully restored 1897 building in historic downtown Benicia. Lace curtains, ivory tablecloths and fresh flowers on each table, tea served in bone china teapots and an ornate ceiling featuring Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers, make for an elegant and relaxing atmosphere. In addition to afternoon tea, we serve lunch and desserts, and everything is made fresh daily in our kitchen. We offer more than 40 fine loose leaf teas.

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It always is a fun place to visit. The food, service and teas are excellent. Since it is a small place, be sure to make a reservation before you go there. though parking is on the street, you can almost always find a space within block from the tea shop. There are also several nice antique stores within walking distance.

- M Aug 4th '16

Went with a group of 5 and had reservations. All 5 had the standard tea. One 3 tier service came out. It had 8 cucumber, 3 egg salad and 4 chicken horseradish sands on it. Averaged 3 tea sandwiches per person and there was not one of each type per person. We each had a salad or soup to start (thank goodness or we would have left very hungry). Tomato soup tasted fantastic but Luke warm. Corn chowder good and the salads were nice although not dressed enough. 6 scones which were average. Small cup clotted cream. 3 different sweets. Choc cake ho hum, lemon curd tarts fabulous, salted carmel brownie was great. Enough treats for one of each per person. Tea champagne cocktails were wonderful. Lots of quality loose leaf teas and each person had their own pot. Nicely decorated but very loud, nothing to absorb the din. Excellent service. I have been to A LOT of tea rooms and this one was in the middle. Nice starter place and will visit again but this time order off the menu and get a pot of tea. Service was great!

- Angie Capriotti May 17th '15

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