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Vintage Tea Leaf

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969 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA 562-435-5589 Website Owner?

Sun closed Mon 11:30am – 6:00pm Tue 11:30am – 6:00pm Wed 11:30am – 6:00pm Thu 11:30am – 6:00pm Fri closed Sat closed

Recent reviews

    • Joan

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      Sadly, this wonderful tea room is now closed. It and the people who worked there will be greatly missed. It was a small spot of civilized enjoyment in the bustle of Southern California.

    • Malena

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      This tea house is really wonderful. Not just the warm scones delivered to you fresh out of the oven, but the tasty sandwiches and the variety of teas they offer. This place should have 100 reviews all raving about it. They are also much much reasonable than other tea houses in LA.

    • Dana Parker

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      I had a wonderful experience. The staff was courteous and polite. I will defiantly go back. F.Y.I. the hours posted on this page are not right. They are open Thursday through Sunday. 11:30 to 5:00

    • Jennifer

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      I had a very nice experience. Good overall quality of food and service. Make a reservation!! I didn't and it became embarrassing.

    • Marissa

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      The hours are completely wrong on the website. They are closed during the week and open on the weekends. The last time I was here it was amazing.

    • Essie

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      While my daughter's car was being serviced in the orange county area, we decided to choose between two tearooms we had never visited before and we are so happy we chose the Vintage Tea Leaf. The atmosphere was very Victorian with a well stocked gift store of which we took full advantage. All the food was good, including the scones, curd, real devonshire cream and we had individual Large pots of tea that came with afternoon tea for two. The staff and owner were the most friendly and most cordial that we had experienced at the many tearooms we have visited. There was a very small problem with a small part of my meal and when I 'Discreetly' brought it to her attention, she thanked me and kindly and graciously offered to replace it or serve me something differently to make amends. We also bought some of their many flavors of loose tea to enjoy at home. Will we ever visit the Vintage Tea Leaf again? You betcha'! We have moved it to the top of our list of tearooms to always visit whenever we are in Orange County. We

    • MM

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      My friend and I had tea last week and we both thought the server was good, but the food was NOT. The quality of the food served was not as good as another tearoom in the Long Beach area. We ordered the Queen's tea for $30 each and received very minimal portions which were not fresh or very tasty and the scones were hard. I would NOT recommend or go back to Vintage Tea Leaf ever again.

    • Colleen

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      Have to disagree with most of the reviews. There were PAGES of teas to choose from. I told my server my likes (strong black tea, no fruit flavors) and she helped me choose a tea. It was delicious. The atmosphere is Victorian clutter, cute. My friend and I ordered different sandwiches and shared. Half were great, half were bland. Scones, cream and jam were good. I make better lemon curd. I spent at least 10 minutes chatting with the owner. I found her warm and engaging and I am usually overly sensitive to negativity. I say give it a chance and judge for yourself.

    • Donna S.

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      We were harassed by the owner for not ordering the tea she wanted us to have. I finally asked if they did not have the one I wanted and she huffed away. We had the sweetest young server but she didn't talk or smile very much. We soon found out why.... The owner began to yell at her about little things that should not have mattered at the time of serving tea. We felt so sorry and embarrassed for her. We left her a very large tip and recommended that she go find a job where she would be treated right. It was a very sad experience and certainly not the last tea memory I wanted to have with my friend before she moved away. Hopefully we will be able to laugh a little about it in the years to come. And of course, I will never go back.

    • Sofia Sommer

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      Beverly, the owner, always had a 'pickle-personality' with an awful attitude & lazy service when my ladies group met here... We finally decided that the service was soooo bad we stopped coming (thank God)... But... A friend of mine begged me to try it again, and... NOTHING HAS CHANGED; BEVERLY STILL HAS A PICKLE PERSONALITY WITH LOTS OF 'ATTITUDE' AND THE SERVICE STILL STINKS!!!

    • Jennie

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      There are no words to describe how WONDERFUL this place is!! This tea spot is AMAZING! At first I was scared to even walk in the door because of the Reviews that I read. NOW READ THIS!! VINTAGE TEA LEAF OUT BEATS EVERY OTHER TEA SPOT BY FAR. I did my research. I drove darn near L.A looking for 'The One' This place Gets an A++ on APPEARANCE, A++ on FOOD, A++ on the KNOWLEDGE of tea, A+++ on SERVICE,FRIENDLINESS, CLEANLINESS, and EVERYTHING else that you can imagine your Tea Party can be. My mom was very pleased on how her Birthday Tea Party went. She recommends this spot to ANY AND EVERYONE!!!

    • Jean Hopue

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      I think apperance is eveything, from the looks of it on the outside looking into the window, It didnt give the appearance to be very clean.So I based my decission on not going into the restuarant. I can only imagine the food not being that great.

    • Millie

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      The owner Beverly didn't like the tea we ordered and let us know, there was no service, the food not very tasty and we couldn't even get our tea refilled. Terrible!

    • r

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      My friends and I went to tea there today and I haven’t been there in years simply because of the unfriendly attitude that the owner Beverly seems to have with her customers. I think someone needs to remind her that we are paying to have tea there she isn’t paying us to enjoy the ambiance of the tea experience. My friend was moving out of state and she wanted to go there one last time, it certainly wasn’t they way she envisioned her tea day to be on Saturday. The scones where ok the devonshire cream and lemon curd was a huge disappointment. The lemon curd didn’t seem to have a tart distinctive flavor (it was hard and jellied in the container that it was served in) and the devonshire cream was lacking in texture. I decided to try the , cucumber & herbed cream cheese on white, orange, mango chutney & parsley cream cheese on white, artichoke, white truffle oil, chive& cream cheese on croissant, (the fingers sandwiches where tasteless and undesirable. She uses cheap white bread and the fillings seems to all taste the same there wasn’t a distinction. Vintage Chicken Fruited Salad (the lettuce was wilted) and the dessert was a very small average piece of bundt cake. When the check arrived I was given a total amount to be paid, it wasn’t itemized I would like to have know what I was paying for. • • My 8 year old son, joined us and he selected a tea cup just to have one in front of him so he could be like the others at the table. He wasn’t planning to use it, he ordered ice team. Beverly came swooping over to the table to inform us immediately that he couldn’t use the cup for the tea, that it would cause a crack in the cup (not at the moment you use it but in time). I think she should have taken into consideration that she was speaking to a 8 year old child and she didn’t have to project her voice and use such a stern tone with him. Perhaps, she should have asked before giving her directive to my son. I have been to many tea locations and I feel that the Vintage Tea Leaf is very overpriced for what they offer their customer. I recall Beverly telling me once when I first started going to tea at place that she had fond memories of her grandmother taking her to tea, perhaps she should reflect back on her memories and want to have customers to have the same type of fond memories.

    • June

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      The owner Beverly is always present which always made me and my guests nervous because if she doesn't like the tea that you selected she will let you know; I have been there at least 20 times over the years and tried to ignore this but finally decided I had had enough and I now go to the Scarlet Tea Room in Pasadena - they aren't critical of what you have selected and they have a very broad food menu although tea selection isn't as broad they make up for it in all other aspects and you will have a nice experience with no criticisms from the owner.

    • Leila S.

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      There is nothing quite as wonderful as sinking back in a cushy, over-sized chair, with a great cup of tea, and having a long leisurely talk with good friends. This, to me, is the essence of my experiences at The Vintage Tea Leaf. I discovered the it 10 years ago when I was given a bridal tea there and I've been a regular customer ever since. I find the quality of the tea (no teabags!) to be excellent and I truly appreciated being taught the art of tea preparation during my first visits. After using a tea sock I'll never go back to other methods. My personal favorites are Queen B and Friendship Blend but my daughter-in-law loves Strawberries and Cream. I find Miss Beverly and her staff to be charming, warm, and welcoming every time I visit. The food is excellent as well. I would like to add that I've hosted 4 bridal teas there over the years and they have all been special experiences.

    • Jerry Daynes

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      My sisters took my mother and myself to this lovely tearoom on our shared birthday May 1, 2009. I was surprised and delighted with the ambiance, large selection of premium teas, wonderful food, and the friendly, pleasant staff. the Vintage Tea Leaf made this a birthday celebration that will be remembered for many years to come. I want to thank Beverly for her generosity and wonderful conversation.

    • Mrs. T

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      I was there yesterday with a large party. No one told us to pick out teacups and we waited about 35 minutes for tea....waited again for the food, and again for more food. The food was great, the teahouse was fun, but the service was horrid. The price was way too high. For children 1 scone, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a cupcake and some fruit....$21.oo was way out of line. The tepots were always empty and checking on them seemed to be an after thought.

    • Peggy

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      I took my mother and sister for their birthdays and had a wonderful time. They loved picking out their hats and tea cups, just like dress up when you were a kid. Teas were all whole leaf from all over the world. I liked the lavender tea and each individual pot stayed hot for over an hour.Salmon and artichoke sandwiches were my favorite. Ms Beverly gave great insight to the teas we were interested in. The teahouse is very tradtional english decor and she has a beautufl gift shop next door. All in all a wonderful day.

    • Crystal

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      How can this place only have three stars??? I've been to every tea room in Long Beach and most in Orange County, and no one comes close to the place in terms of tea selection and quality, food choices or atmosphere. It's been written up everywhere and I run into people from out of state who know the place. So why only three stars?? Something's fishy here.

    • Bronnwynne

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      I marvel that we're lucky enough to have a world-famous tea room in the heart of Long Beach. Ranked in the top 10 nationally by Forbes and other magazines, tea never fails to please. You won't find a tea bag here, or lemon curd from a jar. Everything is lovingly homemade and presented proudly. The music and atmosphere is soothing and it's so easy to lose oneself in the plush cushions and a perfect cup of tea. If I had to drive 30 miles for this, I would, but I'm so lucky to only be a mile or two away. Thank heavens for Vintage and Miss Beverly!

    • Bonnie

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      I agree with R. Richards' review completely. Horrible food is bad enough, but Ms. Beverly's attitude ruined the experience.

    • Shae

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      When you walk in, it's like visiting my great-grandmother's house when she was alive....cluttered and full of stuff that you don't necessarily want or need. However, after actually taking a look around, there were some really nice things you may consider buying. After proceeding to the restaurant portion of the building, I was in awe with all the variety of teas available on the wall. I came here with my tea club, and I sadly have to say I was not impressed with the food for the price we paid. Beverly did her best to greet each table, and apologized profusely for the sub-standard service due to schedule conflict of a few large parties. I also feel the need to mention one person in her staff had the audacity to ask me out on a date...he was old enough to be my father. I politely said no, and kept it moving. The best part of my experience was the variety of teas. I fell in love with the Peaches and Cream, and even purchased a few ounces. I truly appreciate the teamaker for taking time to explain to me the proper technique to brewing my expensive tea. I will definitely visit this place to purchase tea in the future (that is if I don't find it elsewhere for a better price), but not to partake in their afternoon tea.

    • Bronnwynne

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      The service at Vintage is leisurely. You are given time to enjoy the tea and the atmosphere and savor each course. The selection of scones changes each month. The array of teas is constantly being enhanced. The mushroom soup is to die for! And Miss Beverly, the tea mistress, has to be the most personable tea expert in So. Calif. If the place isn't jammed, she'll stop and chat, and be glad to offer her advise on tea choice. And don't forget to ask about the adorable addition to her family, Angus.

    • sita

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      great lecture.

    • Shell

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      I have to say right up front that my mother loved the service. The owner was very personable with her. However, as she took my order she kept waving her pad right in my face, (which was annoying and I worried about being hit in the eye) as she droned on and on about being a trained psychologist. Also, when the owner brought me a mother's day gift she had an ink pen in her hand which she scrapped against my arm repeatedly and left ink on me. Although I really liked picking out a tea cup, I was disappointed with the extremely dusty and chipped choices. The bread on some of the sandwiches seemed stale...I'll pass on a return visit.

    • Kecia

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      I took my daughters and they absolutely LOVED IT! The food was fresh and the atmosphere was charming.

    • Patty

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      I brought my mother to Vintage Tea Leaf as a surprise. Upon entering I was a bit cautious since our greeter needed a little improvement on her people skills. However, our server was very insightful and attentive. We both thoroughly enjoyed the Vintage Afternoon Tea for Two. I look forward to my next visit.

    • Linda Larson

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      One of my favorite spots in all of Southern California. Miss Beverly is a fine gal; she even posed for a picture with my best friend. She also chatted awhile with us about her superb scones. I have found the food absolutely delicious. Vintage Tea Leaf is numero uno in my book, and I have visited many teahouses, coast to coast.

    • Michelle

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      I had tea at the Vintage Tea Leaf for the first time on Saturday. The red head making the tea and the young girl in the giftshop were very kind but the owner Beverly left a lot to be desired. She was condecending and long-winded. The waiter was kind, attentive and good-mannered. The food was delightful and the tea was brewed perfectly. I will go again but hope that Beverly will have learned manners and tact.

    • R. Richards

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      Well, I gave this place ANOTHER try even after reading so many reviewers who had the SAME negative experience that I had last year. I thought, 'Maybe the 'Tea Mistress' was having a bad day' on my visit too? WRONG! Time has not improved the tea experience at 'Vintage Tea Leaf'. Food was terrible: bland and stale. Service was...sadly...still far below the expectations of any true 'Afternoon Tea' patron. I'm actually quite sad as this is the closest tea room to me. Ms. Beverly, I think you're in the wrong business honey. Public relations does not become you.

    • tea tramp

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      a big No!No! bad service,nasty sandwiches, nasty grouch!

    • Aangelina

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      I have been going to the Vintage Tea Leaf for the pass five years and I just love it. They carry a large variety of teas, sandwiches and salads. The scones and tea are always served hot. The atmosphere is enjoyable and relaxing. They also have a large gift shop that you're sure to find that perfect gift for just about anyone. Everytime I visit there, I always browse through the gift shop and end up purchasing an item that I could not have found else where. Be sure not to miss having a chat with Beverly, the Tea Mistress and owner. She is so friendly and intriguing. My last visit was Valentine's Day and they did not disappoint. Try Vintage for yourself, you won't be disappointed.

    • linda

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      I had my daughter's baby shower at the Vintage Tea Leaf a week ago - it was excellent! Everyone was very friendly and very accommodating, the service was great, and everyone loved the variety and quality of teas. We had such a nice variety of tea sandwiches, and everything was fresh. The scones were super delicious and served warm to all 26 of us! Beverly could not have been nicer, and so was her staff. We lingered long after the shower in the gift shop, there are so many cute items to purchase.

    • Jacki

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      Today, I told my workmates in Austin, TX that I miss the Vintage Tea Leaf very much. I was a regular there for months and love the place and Beverly. My entire family has been tea drinkers for years and years but not until I met Beverly did I begin to learn about tea and develop a palatte for tea. Much to my surprisde, I was able to discern very often which tea Beverly used in her mixes. I liked that her tea room is casual and unstuffy and the tea and comradeship was the best. The atmosphere was always relaxed and instant service was never uppermost in my mind. I usually had a book and thanks to Beverly's informality, I could spend the afternoon reading and drinking tea and, very often, chatting w/Beverly. Beverly is quirky but I enjoyed that and miss it.

    • Elsa

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      I was told this was a lovely tea room by a friend, and I must say, that I think my friend has lost her mind!! It is horribly dark and dusty with a musty smell. There were cob webs every where one looked. The cups were dusty. The food was soggy and old looking. Tea pot was served with a cozy over it and I made the mistake of looking underneath at the pot!! OH MY GOSH, I saw three different colors of tea splashes on the sides, so just how often are the pots washed????? How this tearoom is ranked #19 of 259 tea rooms is just beyond me. The service was awful and very slow on a week day. Beverly I believe is the owner, and she is not a pleasant person, maybe you should retire and let someone that can smile serve the customers. What a grouch!!! And making us walk through that so called gift shop to enter tea room was just to much, I've seen better gifts at the 5 and dime. I WILL NEVER GO BACK!!! The place needs a good scrubbing!!!

    • LF

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      This tea room had the biggest selection of teas that I have seen however, the service was really poor. I know afternoon tea is supposed to be relaxed and not rushed but it took 15 minutes just to get waited on and then Beverly didn't bring our tea for another 15 minutes! We sat there for half an hour with nothing! The tea was good but not hot enough. The food left something to be desired. The bread was stale, sandwiches bland, and the desert boring. Not to mention that the strawberries served with my desert were wilted and poor quality. The decor was pretty but the place was musky and didn't feel clean. The teacups were also very dusty and some were chipped. There is so much potential here but the service, food, and cleanliness need some improvement. And Beverly needs to warm up a bit.

    • MJ

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      My husband took me there for my birthday, and I was delighted...right up to the end. I wanted to purchase some of the tea to take home, but 'the Mistress' had already delivered our bill, and turned her back on us to chat up the only other customers there, at the very next table. Believe me, the tea blend was good enough that I waited a full ten minutes in the hope she'd turn around. She did not, and thus my opinion of this place turned around instead. I won't go back, even though I love a good afternoon tea experience.

    • Vicki

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      Judging from some of the other reviews, things may have changed recently at the VTL. Perhaps Beverly has taken some of the comments to heart. She has been very gracious on each of my visits, stopping by the table to say hello, chat a bit and take our order. I have been to the VTL three times in the past three months and have had a wonderful experience each and every time. If the scones were cold, I didn't notice, perhaps because they were so fresh and delicious. The tea sandwiches, some of which are served on soft white or wheat bread, arrived fresh. But if the humidity is low and the sandwiches are allowed to sit for very long, they do stale up a bit. I would never blame the tea room for this, as it is beyond their control. The variety of teas and tea sandwiches is far greater than I have found elsewhere. And the quality and taste of the tea sandwiches and scones are exceptional. On one occasion, the wait staff accidentally brought our sandwiches before delivering our scones. They generously compensated by sending us home with a supply of the loose leaf teas we had been drinking. It would be nice if the scones were served with a berry preserve, as well as the lovely lemon curd and Devonshire cream that are provided. I especially appreciate the quiet, relaxing and decorative atmosphere of the tea room. And we have never felt at all rushed. This is the tea room I have been looking for, and I can't believe I found it in my own backyard. Thank you, Beverly, for opening the VTL!

    • Julie

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      Interesting to see the range in the 'service' view in particular. If you're undecided, it may help you to watch the 'Soup Nazi' episode of 'Seinfeld.' The hostess isn't stereotypically nicey-nice all the time, no, but she absolutely knows her tea and wants to make sure everything is up to her standard (meaning: good enough to serve to YOU, honored guest). She does warm up to people, too. Many, many varieties of black and green tea - the most choices I've found locally. The atmosphere is lovely, and the food is fresher and more traditional than I have found elsewhere. We always have a wonderful time there and go back on a regular basis.

    • Kristi Ellis

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      I have been to the Vintage Tea Leaf several times and have always had an amazing time. My first time was to host a Bridal Shower, and since our experience was so great, we have planned an annual Ladies Christmas Tea. We have tried other tea rooms and they don't measure up to the experience, atmosphere, service, and food we receive at the Vintage Tea Leaf. They also have an amazing selection of tea!!

    • TeaLover

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      The Tea Mistress is a legend in her own small mind. I think she needs to take some cooking courses and learn how to prepare tea properly. I witnessed her scratching herself and then handling the food. We also found a fly floating in one of our tea cups! Perhaps the Tea Hostess should have her staff dust her sadly chipped and dirty tea cup collection more often. My friends and I had a hard time eating our bland tasting food while being forced to look at Beverly's overflowing cleavage. A little class would go a long long way! I would not send my mother-in-law to this tea hole in the wall.

    • Adriana

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      The Vintage Tea Leaf has become a Christmas tradition for the ladies in our family! They even offer a 'Princess Tea' for the little ones! It's posh, but not stuffy and much thought and consideration was put into every detail! We love it and you will too!

    • Judith

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      This was one of the best tea experiences I have had. I was amazed at the selection of green teas. The lemon curd was excellent. The atmosphere added to the experience. The seating was so comforting, we could stayed the whole afternoon. I will make this my regular stop!!

    • Sherri

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      WOW!There are few Tea Houses in Southern California I have not been to, especially if they are Victorian, British or Country. Been trying different houses for years as a hobby. I have taken tea with Beverly, 'The Tea Mistress' and her wonderful staff, multiple times and it is a wonderful formal tea experience. The homemade mushroom soup is so good you want to take a bath in it! The sandwiches are always fresh and delishes (the chicken salad is like none other, anywhere), there is a large selection and you get to choose! Scones could be warm, but are good and come with yummy lemon curd (would like to have a berry preserve also). Go with the finger desserts, you won't be disapointed (especially the raspberry linzer type). Huge, outstanding tea selection and it is prepared perfectly. You are never rushed and atmosphere is a tea room classic, just beautiful. There is also an attached gift shop, one of the best I have been in (and I used to be in the giftware business), I spend a chunk of $ every time. No, I am not related to Beverly, this is just truly a great tea house and listening to Beverly explain some of the teas and their history, really adds to the whole experience!!!

    • justwondering

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      Why are you so rude Beverly?

    • Deb

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      The best tea around, unfortunately, because the service and the food is not even close. I have been three times and the owner has also been curt and superior in her behavior. (The other waitstaff were fine.) The scones where cool and had that fridge staleness to them. Such a disappointment! The tea is great! Do what I do, buy it by the bag and take it home.

    • R. Richards

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      I TRULY wanted to love my tea experience here! But thanks to the owner and her lack of PR etiquette it was a horrible experience. From the time we were seated (tucked away in a space around the corner where you could not enjoy the ambiance, and where another party was already seated, DESPITE practically the whole 'main' part of the restaurant being open) we felt like we were homeless people walking into the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills wanting to be served. Nothing about the owner, Beverly was welcoming. She was snippy and rushed us through our order. When we had questions about the menu she curtly answered back impatiently, when I asked to explain the sandwiches she condescendingly quipped, 'They're triangles! They're TEA sandwiches'. I was embarrassed! What Ms. Beverly doesn't know is that I've taken tea at all the most famous tea venues in the world. I knew what tea sandwiches were! She must have sensed my growing dissatisfaction because she eventually explained away her attitude saying that she was distracted because '100 of the most important people in the tea industry are coming to MY tea house at 6pm!'. Okay, fair enough...but, In my opinion that was NO reason to treat other paying customers with such disdain and making us feel like we were a bother. IF this event was so important to her, she should have closed down her restaurant for the day. What could she possibly have gained from those extra few tea sales that would have made up for the stress she brought on to herself and then passed on to us, her paying customers. in the end, even more disappointing than the owner (I've endured rude service before, for the honor of sitting in some very famous places)was the food which was adequate. Stale sandwiches, hard scones and unimpressive desserts. I certainly hope this wasn't the food she was hoping to serve those '100 important people'. Sadly, I was hoping to find a regular tea spot without having to drive up to LA. Sadly i will never go back, or recommend this place to my 'tea' friends...all of whom host numerous tea functions each year.

    • Scarlett

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      The owner served us and was rude, curt and made us feel as if we were an imposition! Spoke to two other friends that got the SAME service! I'd never go back! AND the food was sadly disappointing.

    • Gwenevere

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      My mom and I have visited many tea houses in So Cal and this is definitely one of the best. Like all the other reviews, parking can be hard...but the tea is totally worth it!

    • Sue

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      Went to this tearoom for the first time, I really enjoyed it. A beautiful tearoom, excellent service, and so many teas to chose from. Get there early to find parking.

    • L

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      The ambiance is awesome. This place has a great selection of teas. The scones from my experience were not so great because the few times I had them they were cold. The sandwiches are alright. However, hands down for the quality of teas. I think Beverly is an extremely classy lady but she does try to enforce what tea she feels the customer should select. I believe she should allow the client to select her own type of tea. Overall, this is one of the greatest tea houses around.

    • hadashi

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      The VTL is a great little find! The teamistress and her staff are very helpful in helping you choose from the huge selection of teas, and are very gracious about making sure you end with one you like! The prices are reasonable, especially considering that you do not feel hurried, and the ambience invites you to linger for a few hours and catch up with those you came with. A fun addition is choosing a vintage tea cup to drink from, and the variety of hats and boas to dress up in, if you so desire (and do it -- it makes things a lot more fun!)

    • MLOtmail.com

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      This is THE best tea room in southern california, and Ive been to my share. the area is not so great and parking is sometimes hard but the atmoshphere is whimsical, the food is delicious, and the variety is great! I took my mother to a mothers day lunch and she LOVED it. Theres also a cute shoppe attached. Yu can also pick your tea cup to use during your experience and dress up in costume! creative and beautiful.

    • V Yepez

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      My sisters invited me to this tea house last year to celebrate my 50th b-day. Absolutely the BEST, I have been back several times with friends. Most recently yesterday!We had the nicest time & my friend was also impressed! thank you Beverly!

    • Denise

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      My friends and I frequent this teahouse often and love it. With reservations, we always get great service. On a busy day, we have waited a while to order, however that's without reservations and when approached its always with a smile. Lady Beverly is always helpful and will recommend yummy options if you're new to the whole experience. This place has a great variety of teas, sandwiches and patries and has the best soup ever. This is also a great place to take children. The option to pick you're own hat, boa and tea cup is always a hit with them.

    • Tina Tessina

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      The Vintage Tea Leaf is my favorite place to relax and restore. I have been there alone, with friends, hosted my birthday party there for the last three years, and am about to host my daughter-in-law's wedding shower there. We are so blessed to have such a splendid tea room in Long Beach! Miss Beverly is a knowledgeable, accomodating hostess, and the food is fabulous! They make the best soups you ever tried! Go there to take your time and relax -- not when you're in a rush.

    • K

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      The VTL has a great selection of teas. I have visited on several occasions and found the food to be inconsistent, the cups dirty and the tea mistress inconsistent in how she treats guests. I will not return!

    • Joan Smock

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      I have visited the Vintage Tea Leaf for years. Each experience has been fabulous! The food, atmosphere, and attention to details has been wonderful! The pace of service is slow and relaxed, which is what taking tea is all about. I'm am appauled that anyone would rate this tea room anything but excellent in all area.

    • Rosemary Watson

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      My friend and I enjoy meeting for tea, talk, and relaxation every other month. We have been to several teahouses in the O.C. area. However, we feel this teahouse is by far a 10!! We loved everything about it. The food, service, down to the fine details are to perfection. Thanks for the memorable time. Plan to come again and again.

    • Barbara

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      Don't be fooled by the rather unimpressive exterior to this tea room! My friend and I visited here today and were absolutely enchanted by the ambience and fabulous food. I felt pampered and completely relaxed. The service was excellent and food even better. Definitely a place I'd recoommend and visit again...and again.

    • Tricia

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      I was taken to VTL a few months ago by a friend, and I must say it was a wonderful experience. Walking into the tea room was like leaving the grimy rat-race of reality behind, and entering a fantasy world of traquility and beauty. Miss Beverly was gracious and attentive, the service was very prompt on a day that was quite busy, and the food was superb! Not normally a fan of scones, when I took my first bite I literally shivered with pleasure. The tea was delicious, the sandwiches were light and flavorful, and dessert (an orange coconut cake) made me kick myself that I didn't save more room for it. Definitely tops on my list of places to relax and be pampered.

    • Judie & Franklin

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      Lovely Victorian setting. We were greeted by Beverly who explained the tea choices and menu items. Best selection of tea and finger sandwiches so far. Service was amazing and the sandwiches were tasty and fresh. Beverly is extremely knowledgable & available for any questions. We loved the food, service and atmosphere. We will definately return to this one. What a special treat.

    • D.J. Barton

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      My wife and I visited the VTL on a recient Sunday morning and had a most enjoyable experience. The Tea Mistress was very gracious and helpful in her suggestions for both our food choices and teas. The servers were quite attentive and were quick to make sure that we had selected a 'clean' cup. We were well pleased with the house specialty mushroom soup and our finger sandwiches were of selected high quality ingredients. We would highly recommend this tea room to anyone.

    • C.P.

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      Why do people write such mean reviews? At 34 years old, I was always taught to reconcile a situation with the owner or manager of an establishment. If the owner knew that you were offended, or did not receive the service you expected they would want to rectify this ASAP. Owners do not know that there is something wrong unless YOU let them know. I have been a customer at the Vintage Tea Leaf for 3 years and drive 100 miles round trip to have an awesome cuppa tea! If I have ever had a problem, Beverly has been more than generous in rectifing it. I have never had a bad cup of tea and the food is always excellent! The teacups are antiques and have shared many cups of tea themselves. So they become tea stained. If you believe that one or two is dirty, have the staff wash it. They will be more than happy to do so! Please sign me 'A Tea Lover of The Vintage Tea Leaf'!!!

    • Jennifer

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      Visting from FL, I was trying to squeeze in as many tearooms as possible. I found this one as they were close to closing time but they said there was time for tea and scones. It was such a great victorian setting, complete with wingback chairs, long tablecloths, and period appropriate artwork. However, my scone was horrible - I couldn't finish it. I had the chilled berry soup which was decent, but not one of the best I've had. I am not a tearoom owner but I visit them whenever I can. The setting was perfect and I enjoyed my time there, but they should find a new scone recipe. Chado and The Tudor House are examples to follow in the scone department.

    • Judy Duvall

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      My Southern California Welsh Choir had a private party at the VTL. I was unable to attend, but afterward I was amazed at all the positive talk by the others that had attended. So, about 2 weeks ago, I took my attorney to have tea and near the end talk some business. What a surprise I had! Pam and I picked out hats and boas and took so long trying everything on! Then we picked out our own cups and saucers. I noticed that all were quite clean and a few had some tea stains as any person would expect from tea cups that ranged in age up to 100 years old. After we (actually me) finally decided what cup/saucer, we were ushered into the tea room itself. How amazing it was to go back in time to what I would think to be the 1920's and '30's and a very traditional, sophisticated decor. Every little nuance is just perfect. Miss Beverly greeted my friend and I and I must admit, she recommended a good tea, but she must have come back for our order about 3 times before we actually ordered. She never acted like she was put out or inconvienced, even though she was; we apologized each time. I believe the menu selection we choose was called the tea of decadence; and it was! The mushroom soup was a house specialty and it was creamy and delicious. The sandwiches were good some were better than others. The selection list of sandwiches is large. The desert was so yummy (an orange/cocoanut very moist cake) that I wasn't disappointed that we didn't get the two tiers of tiny deserts. We were really full when finished. I know many times I've went for tea and it's quite expensive, i.e., the Laguna Ritz Carlton and everyone goes out hungry even after ordering more ala carte sandwiches. We were not hurried along in the least as we had a reservation. In fact we were there for over 3 1/2 hours! We had so much fun with our hats and boas as did the other tea takers. One table of 4 women got up 1/2 way through their tea and left and then came back with different hats! On the way out, I bought two gifts and I've stopped for a baby shower gift last Saturday on the way to the shower. I've taken tea all over the world including, England, Wales, and Scotland, but I've never had as much fun as I had that day. I've already booked a reservation for another friend's birthday in two weeks. There will be 3 of us that day and we will have more fun than I did at 5 and 6 years old playing tea in the backyard playhouse with mudcakes and water! One more thought: After reading the other reviews, don't always believe a negative review when there are so many positive ones. Sometimes, competitors leave nasty reviews for obvious reasons. Judy Duvall 8/16/05

    • Anne Marie

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      I'm A Georgia Girl who had to try this place out while in CA on a business trip. I loved every bit of the time I spent there. Ms. Beverly and staff gave me the most wonderful experience. I truly felt at home. I'd go back in a heartbeat just to enjoy the ambiance. The moment you walk in, every care seems lifted. I’ve since ordered 'Lady B Southern Comfort' Tea online, just so I can take a walk down memory lane. Thank You Vintage Tea Leaf for making my experience memorable for my co-worker and me.

    • JK

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      Ms Beverly the owner seems to know her tea well. I had an EXCELLENT pot of tea. The owner pays meticulous attention to service, with a teapot arriving in a cozy, varying time of brewing depending on the type of tea, and tea selection is better than I have seen in the area. I had a 'typical' menu of tea, sandwiches, dessert, and a scone. Sandwiches were average in taste and presentation. The scone was good - warm, crisp outside, softer inside. The recommended dessert (lemon cake with blueberries and whipped cream) was again average in taste and presentation. Each component of food is served separately, with scone first, then sandwiches, then dessert; I always thought, at a traditional English afternoon tea, one eats sandwiches first, then scone, and then sweets. The room is kept rather dark, full of fluffy cushions and upholstered chairs. One fun part of this tearoom is that you get to choose your own teacup/saucer from impressive beautiful selections located in adjacent store. I would say this tea parlor is above average given the quality and selection of tea, ambience, and the unique part of choosing one's own cup.

    • Eunice

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      I am not one to fill out reviews but I feel I must!!! I highly recommend everyone who is looking for a wonderful tea experience to come, rest,enjoy a cup of well prepared tea, scrumptious sandwiches, salads, and desserts in an atmosphere of peace and calm. Our reservations were for 3pm and we lost track of time and ended up leaving with Rachel as she locked up for the day!!!!! We learned alot about tea from Beverly, Rachel, and Melissa who were so helpful and knowledgable. I plan to put The Vintage Tea on my list of favorites

    • blayne

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      I recently visited this tea room and I had a horrible experience. The desserts were awful, the scones were horrible, the service was even worse! 'Miss' Beverly was unfriendly and very slow. The only positive I can say is that the tea was good along with the salad. I would not recommend this tea room to anyone, nor would I ever go back!

    • Joan

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      i am being generous by giving the service a poor rating! we sat at our table for 45 minutes before anybody came to welcome us. after ordering, my luke warm tea was brought to me in a somewhat timely manner. the sandwiches were rather sub par. if any of you are planning on going there, i strongly advise you to stay away from the chicken salad. Then we were greeted by the infamous lady Beverly. this woman is so rude and i cannot believe how she treats her customers. i am accustomed to teaing at the Gilded Rose Manor, where i am greeted by a smiling Pandora every time I go. The only positive i can find in the Vintage tea leaf is that it is in Long Beach, and i never have to go there again! P.S. i am English and i know what a tea house is and should be and this is a far cry from it!!!!!

    • Megan

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      I must say this was a wonderul experience!! miss Beverly and Miss Rachael were so welcoming, and helpful. At times the service was just a bit slow, but this was ok because they just let you hang out and let you feel welcome and comfortable, rather than trying to hurry us to the next course. Miss Beverly made an effort to recommend menu items, etc... and I felt she directed us to great choices. The additional servers had incredible manners, and were extremely friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend spending a couple of hours here to enjoy your Tea of Decadence, we were stuffed! We had a great time picking out our hats, and tea cups. I can't wait to visit again.

    • Craig

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      Sometimes I wonder how some people could be going to the same establishment as I am. I see *most* of the reviews showing excellence in all or most areas, while a very small number of people seem to have not had an enjoyable time. I truly think the availability of hundreds of *antique* teacups is a wonderful thing. Do some of the cups have chips? yes, a few do, they are antique after all. Do a few have age-old tea stains? Yes a few have, they're antique after all. The charm of this lovely tea house is that recognition of the 'art' of tea, the 'heritage' of tea, and the multi-generational qualities that this establishment allows us to enjoy and pass along to our younger generations. I for one, don't mind the occaisional tea stain in my cup when I realize that someone's great grandmother might have handed this cup and saucer down so that I could enjoy it today.