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The Tea Leaf

487 Moody Street
Waltham, MA
781-891-1900
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Hours

Sun 11:30am - 5:00pm
Mon closed
Tue closed
Wed 11:30am - 5:00pm
Thu 11:30am - 5:00pm
Fri 11:30am - 5:00pm
Sat 11:30am - 5:00pm

Overview

The Tea Leaf is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Waltham, MA.Our tearoom features traditional three-course Afternoon Tea and our A La Carte menu offerings include sandwiches, soups, quiche, English & fruit muffins, crumpets, scones and desserts. The Tea Leaf is the perfect setting for small bridal and baby showers as well as birthday celebrations. Please call to inquire.Our Tea Shop offers a large selection of packaged teas from blenders around the world. Our selection of teapots, tea cups, formal tea service, and tea-related accessories including Thistle Down tea cozies, and so much more. Our Book & Magazine section features Laura Childs Tea Mysteries, tea books and cookbooks as well as blank journals.The Magazine section includes 'The Tea House Times', 'Tea A Magazine', 'Tea Time', 'Victoria', 'Paula Deen' and more. In our gift shop you'll find Victorian art prints, greeting cards, stationery and notecards. Porcelain Victorian dolls, vintage-look Victorian cutout dolls, and childrens tea sets. Pilgrim Candle Company Candles, made right here in Massachusetts. Our boutique boasts carefully selected clothing, handbags, hats, shawls, jewelry and other fine accessories at affordable prices. Luxuriate in quality bath, spa & skin care products.The Tea Leaf, for tea and treasured things!




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I found this place through Groupon and I'm looking forward to going back in a couple of weeks. Sally is a sweet lady who really cares about the quality of the tea and the atmosphere you are consuming it in. She is also very knowledgeable about the teas the stores offer. The store itself is relaxing enough for tea for one, but not stifling if you're in a group and want to chat. Honestly, I can't wait to go back.

- Jorona 07/12/14

Tearoom Response
Jorona,
Thank you for taking the time to visit Tea Map and write a review and for the kind words. I really love what I do (I say that all the time) and I love my customers (I think it shows)
Taking tea alone can be just what a person needs once in a while, and sharing that experience with others can be just what they need.Thank you again and hope to see you at TTL again. Have a great summer!
Sally
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I found this tea room through Groupon and I'd been looking forward to going here for a bit now, and I'm so glad I bought that Groupon! The afternoon tea was just a delight; a tea-lovers paradise! The large pot of tea with the full array of sandwiches and pastries filled me right up, and the selection of tea is phenomenal. I was also pleasantly surprised by the cheerfulness and friendliness of the owner. I'm definitely going back and bringing everyone I know - although maybe not all at once, because it is a bit small!

- Jessica 06/22/14

Tearoom Response
Jessica, thank you for taking the time to write a review but thank you more for visiting my little tearoom. I look forward to seeing you again in the future. My wonderful customers make my job such a joy!
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I've been to this tearoom twice, most recently a few weeks ago and it was a delight. I had a 1 o'clock reservation and while we weren't seated right away the owner made sure we were taken care of. She was smart enough to give us scones while she prepared the rest of our food and gave us a discount for having made us wait. The owner does everything herself so it is quite impressive that she always maintains a smile and a great attitude. This place is more for those who are looking for a tea experience where they feel like they are being invited into someone's home. It's quaint and cozy. You get plenty of tea with free pot refills should you need any. The tea and food were good and the service was also excellent. The atmosphere feels a bit cluttered but at the same time it is very intimate and doesn't get too noisy.

- Lindsey W 05/21/14

Tearoom Response
Hi Lindsey, Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. It helps me to know where I need to improve and lets me know what I'm doing right. I hope that the next time you visit it's not too busy, but thank you for understanding. I do hopw that you enjoy the summer and I look forward to seeing you again in the future.
All the Best, Sally
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The Afternoon Tea at the Tea Leaf is a must do experience. It is elegant yet very cozy. The tea selection is extensive and Sally brews each tea perfectly. The food is delicious, fresh, and plentiful. Sally takes pride in her presentation and it shows. She is friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. The atmosphere is quaint. You are surrounded by lovely tea things. What could be better? There are plenty of tea items to look at, enjoy, and even bye if you are so inclined. Sally is happy to assist you but is never pushy. I come here every year to celebrate my birthday with my family,6-8 of us. We are never disappointed. Sally always makes it special. She's like family! The tearoom is on a busy street but once you are inside you forget it is there. You may even forget it is the 21st century not the 19th! Do yourself a favor and experience the Tea Leaf. I recommend the afternoon tea but there are other lovely choices!

- Susan L. H. 01/21/14

Tearoom Response
Susan, what can I say? Thank you for your friendship and thank you for making my little tearoom the destination for your family gatherings. I love to see what games you come up with for your loved ones! Both you and Tom light up The Tea Leaf and Cindy loved meeting you all. You are both very special people. I am blessed to be in a business that I love and am blessed to have met so many wonderful people that have become friends. Until next visit, be well.
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I had the best time at The Tea Leaf. It was relaxing, warm and cozy. My pumpkin and peppermint scones were served with fresh whipped cream and jam, just perfect. And what a large assortment of teas and tea accessories. Next time I come back I'm bringing my sisters for a perfect afternoon out!

- Sharon 12/19/13

Tearoom Response
Good Day Sharon,
I'm so happy that you has a really nice time at The Tea Leaf and thank you so much for taking the time to review and let others know.

I do hope you come back with your sisters. Some of the best times I've had were taking Afternoon Tea with my sister. It's all about appreciating the company and the food.
All the Best,
Sally
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Everything we had for our tea sandwiches was so fresh. The owner, Sally, was such a personable hostess and we had a lovely chat about tea, and she gave us suggestions about places to visit while in Waltham, historic homes, museums, shops, etc. I loved the tea that I had, I just had to purchase it before I left. I'm still enjoying it. We will be back! Thanks to Sally for creating such a lovely and relaxing atmosphere.

- Shirley MacArthur 10/30/13

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It's been a while since our last visit to The Tea Leaf and it's still worth the drive. The Afternoon tea is our favorite. The sandwiches are always freshly made and the scones, some of the best we've had. They seem to try to change up the sandwiches and sweets periodically and this visit they featured ginger scones that were really wonderful. We never leave this place hungry.

- Cynthia 08/20/13

Tearoom Response
Hi Cynthia, Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. I try to change up one or two sandwiches to celebrate the seasons. Soon it will be Chicken with pumpkin! Happy Autumn and thank you again for coming to TTL. ~Sally~
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The Tea Leaf is consistently a relaxing, restorative, friendly, and delicious experience! A wide variety of teas is sold both bagged, and loose and special orders will happily be placed for customers. A great selection of teas is also served in the tea room. I highly recommend the full afternoon tea which comes with an assortment of tasty tea sandwiches, scones, sweats, etc.... The exact offerings vary from time to time. My current sandwich favorite is the chicken with avocado. There are also great soups and amazing desserts! The atmosphere is congenial and calming. It's not uncommon for guests to strike up fascinating conversations with people they just met. The Tea Leaf is wonderful just to unwind and for special occasions too.

- Ian S. 06/22/13

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Have not been to The Tea Leaf for quite a while but this little tearoom has to be our favorite. They have a new menue since we last visited and the choices are wonderful. This time around in addition to the Afternoon Tea service, we enjoyed the berries and cream offering and in addition to our hot tea, we enjoyed a green tea smoothie. Yum! They are offering a few different flavors of smoothie but the green tea was a great choice. We won't wait as long to come back to The Tea Leaf.

- Connie 06/06/13

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My niece and I celebrate our birthdays each year with visits to different tea rooms. The Tea Leaf was new to us, and we consider it a great find. Sally, the proprietress, seems to be a one-woman operation - hostess, waitress, chef, etc. She is extremely welcoming and very knowledgeable about the teas she serves. The food was wonderful, and the presentation was lovely. When we needed our tea reheated, not only was Sally happy to do that, but she also encouraged us to try another tea selection in addition to the two we already had (no charge). We enjoyed a most relaxing atmosphere, delicious homemade food, and the welcoming presence of our hostess. Would definitely recommend the Tea Leaf to anyone who savors the afternoon tea experience.

- Leslie S. 03/12/13

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Our 1st visit on Saturday, and we plan to return with more friends in 2 weeks - delightful, delicious and lovely experience! Sally is a wonderful hostess, and we completely enjoyed the Tea Leaf - left full and with bags of tea and scones & jam to make at home! LOVE IT LOVE IT!! Thank you!!

- Ellen and Renee 02/18/13

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I purchased an online deal for Afternoon Tea and brought my mother with me. We were both so impressed with the Tea Leaf. Sandwiches were wonderful and so fresh and a nice assortment. Scones were the best we've had and the sweets were just the right way to finish but we were quite full so the owner offered take home boxes so that we could enjoy them later. We samples several teas and each pot was as good if not better than the one before. We loved the fact that we had such service with a smile the whole time that we were there. The owner, Sally asked if we brought a camera or cell phone so that she could take a picture of us. Such a delightful experience. We will return in the near future.

- Ginny 01/21/13

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I've been to many tearooms and this has to be the best by far. Relaxing ambiance, delightful decor and soothing classical music. As soon as my friend and I stepped into The Tea Leaf it was like instant relaxation. On this weekday they had just a few customers but weekends are bustling so this was a much needed relaxing and enjoyable time. The sandwiches were so fresh (the pumpkin chicken was sooo yummy)and sweets satisfied my sweet tooth. The cranberry and blueberry scone were to die for and the best I've ever had. Confirmed reservations are a must at the tearoom as they have limited seating.

- Ann & Loretta 10/26/12

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Sally, the owner of The Tea Leaf, is not only a fantastic host but a delightful individual. I visited here with a friend and we truly enjoyed getting to know Sally and loved the tea! She suggested a great tea especially for us as well as paired it well with some soft, delicious sconces - the best I've ever had. I highly recommend visiting this place, trying a sconce, and buying some tea to enjoy the full experiences. I most certainly will go back.

- Jenny 10/06/12

Tearoom Response
Jenny, thank you for taking the time to write. I always like to chat with my customers and get to knwo them and to help select a tea which can be difficult since the selection is a large one. One customer came in for the first time and said he'd just begin ordering tea from the top of the list! We both then shared a laugh but he wasn't kidding, he came back several times for my cranberry and blueberry scones and did try several teas as he worked his way downt he list.
I'm so happy to know that you had a nice visit and I look forward to serving you agin in the future.
Sally
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The Tea Leaf Tea tea room's is a delightful little spot and boasts the sub title 'For Tea and Treasured Things' which was right on the money! This adorable little shop is filled with gifts and tea accessories, jewelry, hats and apparel. The Tea Leaf is truly special and worth sharing with the 'tea loving community'! I recently visited the Tea Leaf with members of my book club. Sally, the owner of the shop greets her guests at the door and once seated she presented the menu and a run down of the seasonal teas as well as those on the menu that might be unfamiliar to rookies like myself. We enjoyed a lovely 'Afternoon Tea' which consisted of; a pot of our choice of tea, a warm scone with jam and clotted cream (which I could have swam in it was so delectable), I chose cranberry and others i... (more)

- Bernadette Scalese 09/20/12

Tearoom Response
Bernadette, thank you for your lovely review and comments. I try to check in periodically to respond to comments since we do not recieve a notice that someone submitted one. Running any business can be daunting and it's nice to know that my customers appreciate The Tea Leaf.