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The Empress Tea Room & Event Dinning

12924 N. Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL
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Sun 11:00am - 3:00pm
Mon closed
Tue 11:00am - 3:00pm
Wed 11:00am - 3:00pm
Thu 11:00am - 3:00pm
Fri 11:00am - 3:00pm
Sat 11:00am - 3:00pm


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My wife and I have visited the Empress Tea Room several times over the past years. We have always found the experience pleasurable. The food, atmosphere, service and friendliness of the staff has always exceeded our expectations. Highly recommend to all

- Tom Reinhart 01/31/14

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Delicious soup but tea average. The room is lovely and bright and large but so noisy you cannot have a conversation when raucous bridal and baby showers are in the same room. Service folks are lovely but spread thin and so slow. Have to ask more than once for cream and a glass of water. Best for large loud parties.

- celinda evitt 12/15/13

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I have been going to The Empress for some time now for family celebrations. The food is excellent as is the service. I highly recommend it!

- Pat Greene 05/10/13

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I am a serious tea room junkie and I tried this tea room for the first time last month. I was very pleased. The tea was delicious and the food was awesome. I really like the fact that it was a comfortable and not 'stuffy' atmosphere, but still maintained elegance and beauty. Would gladly go again and recommend to my friends!

- Brandi Santos 05/09/13

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Ever since I first went to London as a teenager, I have been in love with all things British. It's difficult to find a tea room that does British tea well, but I'm happy to have found The Empress--it is a gem among dining establishments! The atmosphere is very light and elegant; the facility is clean, well-maintained, and well-appointed; and the high tea is delectable (especially the Pear-Gorgonzola open-faced sandwiches). The staff members are kind and helpful and are always ready, with a smile, to go out of their way to make the customer's experience as enjoyable as possible. It's my favorite place to catch up with old college friends; I also love to go to the Empress for birthdays and celebrations. I just cannot say enough about how much I love this tea room! You'll love it, too!

- Maggie Wilson 05/06/13

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The Empress Tea Room has been one of my favorite places for tea for several years. At this newer location, the decor is lovely & the view out the large windows is beautiful. The variety of teas that are offered are always fun to try & they are always willing to brew a special pot for those less adventurous! The sandwiches & scones & desserts are delicious & artfully arranged. This is the place to go for a perfect cup of tea!

- Becki 05/06/13

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I am a lover of tea rooms, especially British style like The Empress that serve 'high tea'. I dined there for my mother in law's birthday and had a wonderful time. There is a nice store upon entering where you can purchase some of the teas that they serve. The dining area itself is very large and beautifully decorated with lots of cute tea touches everywhere. Our waitress was so nice and knowledgeable. We had a few different teas to choose from for our meal and chose the Paris tea which is AMAZING. The food was excellent and I am planning to return again for Mother's Day. It is truly a wonderful and relaxing time at The Empress.

- Natalie Greene 05/04/13

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I have been going to The Empress Tea Room since before it moved to my area. They offer several varieties of excellent whole leaf teas (peach, lemon grass, roobios, English Breakfast, etc.) There is a formal area and a garden area, so you have a choice how fancy of an experience you can enjoy. The staff is lovely and there is a quaint gift area at the front of the shop specializing in tea and Victorian items as well as other neat things. My niece loves to come here when she visits from West Virginia, and my husband enjoys it as well. They also offer a High Tea and Sunday Brunch Buffet which I will try in the future. It's a lovely experience.

- Jacqueline 05/02/13

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I have visited many tearooms in my over 50 years and this rank up there in the top ones. The food is excellent and the service is great.

- Janet Rigby 05/01/13

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I recently celebrated my birthday here. I have been going to this teahouse since they were on Fowler. Love the tea - the staff very professional even when answering the phone - the soup and salad delicious - love everything about it --- Give them a try - you'll love it too.

- Stephanie 05/01/13

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I have been going to The Empress Tearoom ever since it moved to N Dale Mabry. They always have a wide variety of teas to offer. The food is delightful and freshly made. The staff is very attentive . . . even when just calling on the phone. Don't miss this!

- Gay Rivas 05/01/13

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I have been enjoying Empress Tea room for over 5 years now with my mother (sometimes my husband) and my two young girls (whom have enjoyed tea from the time I was pregnant with them!). We absolutely LOVE IT! We live in Thonotosassa and gladly make the trip to visit Kim and her family and staff to enjoy High (sometimes Higher) Tea! We love that we are always greeted with a smile and my girls enjoy their hugs. The tea is always delicious and the food is amazing to say the least! I look forward to dining and sipping tea from the time I make our reservation!

- Tara H 05/01/13

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The Empress Tea Room is a great place to come with friends and enjoy the wonderful teas. I love the way everyone on the staff is friendly.

- Tricia 04/30/13

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I have been here several times and have brought different friends to experience it also... the latest thing we did was attend the valentines dinner...very romantic for me and my hubby, absolutely loved everything about it!

- Tamara 04/30/13

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I have been coming to visit the wonderful ladies of the Empress Tea Room for over 4 years now. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is very peaceful. I love to come with my book and enjoy a nice meal in a peaceful environment. Every time I go the staff is friendly and remembers my name. The service is very inviting. It is truly one of my favorite restuarants.

- Krystal 04/30/13

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The Empress Tea Room is a lovely spot for a nice visit with one or several girlfriends, come back with your guy for brunch on the weekend, and be sure to attend a Murder Mystery Evening with the whole gang! Every experience is excellent!

- Anne Childers 04/30/13

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Love this place! Scones are the best!
And the service is great!

- Laura 04/30/13

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My grandmother and I have been going here for years! I currently live in Texas and every time I visit her, which is 2/3 times a year, we try and make sure to book a reservation at the tea room! Great opportunity to enjoy tea and catch up on our lives!

- Coral 04/30/13

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My daughters and I have been going to The Empress Tea Room for years. We have visited many tea rooms across the state. Very few even compare to the experience you will receive. The attention to detail the quality service, tea and food at The Empress is in a class of it's own. We will be customers for years to come.

- Sharon Griffin 04/30/13

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I've been quite a few times now to the Empress and always enjoy my self. The staff is fabulous and makes a point to get to know their regulars. The food is always lovely, and the tea is always very good. Which for me is saying a great deal, since I don't really like tea in general. I love having it there!

- Breanne Roberts 03/25/13

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I had High Tea with a friend today at the Empress and while the food was good and service was good, I was disappointed in the overall experience. First, while waiting in the retail area for my friend, I couldn't help but notice how dirty and dusty everthing was. The windows were flithy and it just gave the entire place a shabby feeling. The tea was good, but we only got 1 pot to split between us. The waitress was extremely pleasant and courteous, so give them high marks for her, but the overall experience could have been much better with just a few changes, like serving the food on a tier stand instead of a platter, offering a tea menu (I was told they don't have one because they rotate their teas)and improving the overall look of the front of the tea room. This is my second time to the Dale Mabry location. The first time in January was okay, but service was slow.

- Theresa 02/06/13

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I took my wife there for her birthday. We had an awesome experience. Very enjoyable. Great atmosphere, service and food. This was our fifth experience at Empress Tea Room. Highly recommend.

- Tom Reinhart 01/12/13

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Sunday brunch is scrumptious with plenty of items included. High tea is wonderful and also includes a large variety of finger goodies. If you visit, you need to place a order for take home scones that include cream and jam. They are simply heaven! (I call in from time to time and place a order for pick up when I have family and friends over for breakfast or brunch!)

- Kate Leonardo 01/04/13

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I recently hosted a small bridal shower here and it was a total hit. Everything from the atmosphere, to the tea and food, to the service was wonderful.I highly recommend the empress as a great place to visit. I will continue to be a loyal guest of the empress tea room and share this special place with more and more loved ones. Thank you!

- Jennifer Soto 12/30/12

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Went to Empress for a holiday tea/lunch and was very pleased with our visit. Food, tea and atmosphere all excellent as was the service. Just what we were looking for and we will be back.

- Lana McLaurin 12/30/12

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I have been 3 times this year to The Empress Tea Room. I have always taken a guest and we have enjoyed ourselves. The food and tea have been delicious and the service most times has been good. This last time the service was a little slow but there were 2 showers going on and I think they were a little everwhelmed. We took scones home and baked them 4 days later and they were fabulous!! Thanks for a nice afternoon memory x's 3!!

- Janice Bazinet 12/17/12

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This is my first time and I am so impressed and so looking forward to future visits. The staff, foods & teas surpassed my expectations. Service was excellent; atmosphere was relaxing and the gift shop was interesting with so many ideas and items to look and choose from. I truly enjoyed myself and hope more people will enjoy it as much as I did!

- Doris Agostini 12/09/12

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When my friend and I walked in, we were impressed by the very elegant atmosphere. The staff there were very friendly to us and constantly made sure we were enjoying ourselves and comfortable. It is more formal, but very nice.

The presentation of our sandwiches, scones, and deserts was very nice. We enjoyed all of our goodies, especially the scones.

The tea was delicious as well.

We will definitely be coming back. I highly recommend it.

- Tuk Bronstein 12/01/12

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My mom and I went and we had such a wonderful time. The food was awesome, the servers friendly--it truly was a great experience. The Victorian setting made it feel like a real English tea.

- Debra M 11/29/12

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I highly recommend The Empress Tea Room. I discovered it on Groupon and I've been back many times.

I hosted a party of my church friends there and we were seated in a beautiful room in lovely comfortable chairs. We ordered Higher High Tea and each lady ordered either a soup or salad to start. Each lady loved their choice.

The little sandwiches were tasty and the scones and clotted cream were divine! We swooned at the dainty desserts!

Last week I dragged my husband there for lunch (he felt it wasn't manly to go to a tea room) then had a hard time getting him to leave. He loved my favorite tea, Hot Cinnamon, and devoured the chicken salad on a croissant. He told the owner he had a great time and would return.

I ordered the ham and cheese on a croissant ... (more)

- Debbie Culver 11/18/12

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I have been to several tea rooms and this was the best ever! I had invited my British friend and she thought it was great too. Lovely selection of teas and the scones were perfect!

- Leslie 11/10/12

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I went there on 10/20/2012 for my future daughter-laws bridal shower and was really disappointed.We arrived approximately at 1:40pm.was abruptly told our party was not until 2:oopm. I asked if it was going to be in a room or tables and was told tables.I had my elderly mother with me and the chairs we sat in while we were waited were quite uncomfortable.In fact when I stood up, my pants had white paint specks all over them because the chair I was sitting on was rusted and the paint was peeling.When we were finally seated, one of the ladies in my party noticed her tea cup was badly cracked. When we brought it to their attention, we were told it was cracked but probably wouldn't break. I'm sorry but the cup was cracked almost in two and when you poor hot tea in that, it will eventually burst.... (more)

- mary 10/20/12