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Cynthia's Tea Garden

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4071 Bay Street Fremont, California 94538-4307, United States 510-490-7760 Website Owner?

Sun 11:00am – 4:00pm Mon 11:00am – 4:00pm Tue 11:00am – 4:00pm Wed 11:00am – 4:00pm Thu 11:00am – 4:00pm Fri 11:00am – 4:00pm Sat 11:00am – 4:00pm
We offer the most authentic English High Tea experience. No one can come close to the taste of our traditional English Scones, Shortbread, and Tea Sandwiches. Stop by for lunch, a date with your girlfriends, or let us spoil you of your special event. We specialize in Baby and Wedding Showers. Any time is Tea Time at Cynthia's.

Recent reviews

    • M

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      It is a pretty location in a old cottage. The food was beautifully presented and was delicious. The tea was properly brewed. The service was warm and personal. It was as if I was 'Queen for the Day'. Walked out with a big smile on my face. Be sure to make a reservation before you go as it is a small place. I'd recommend Cynthia's without reservation.

    • Maria

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      Location closed

    • Elizabeth

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      This is a charming little cottage tea room. It is small -- literally one table in the former dining room of the house! The owner is also the cook and server, and she's a lovely, friendly English woman. The house is decorated with antiques, dolls, and teddy bears, and there is a little gift shop in the front room. The tea selection was not huge, but included loose-leaf tea, and the menu is pre-set and includes fruit salad, tea sandwiches and savories, scones with jam and cream, and a dessert. Pricing is about on par with Lisa's Tea Treasures and most other afternoon places that I've visted.

    • Marlene

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      My tea experience this afternoon was nothing short of perfect. The setting in a small cottage was beautiful and not the least bit cutesy. Although I was alone, Cynthia went out of her way to make sure that my teapot was full and whether or not I needed anything else. She is an English lady and knows what afternoon teas are all about.As for the food and the tea, both were excellent. My tea was brewed properly not the weak brew you often get. The sandwiches were made with excellent quality of bread (I received three different fillings for the high tea) and the fillings were delicious. Even with something as simple as a cucumber with dill sandwich, Cynthia made it better than any other place I have visited. As for the desserts, I especially loved the tiny lemon curd tart in a filo shell. Brought the chocolate dipped shortbread cookies as I was pretty full. Cynthia's also serves lunch 11:30-2:30. Do not know if she is open 7 days a week or has some days off. She also has a lunch menu. Might opt to try her quiche lorraine next time.It is best to call first to make a reservation. For high teas, they are by reservation only. The small gift area has some very pretty teapots, cups, jewelry, handmade crocheted tea cozies (made by Cynthia) and other items. High tea prices are currently $22 which is a normal. Parking is on the street but is easy to find. Cynthia does not accept credit or debit cards. It is a wonderful tea shop and I will certainly return.

    • Andrea Kuan

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      It was my first time going to a tea party like place, and I'm so glad I did! the plate settings were very cute and the service was excellent. Cynthia would always ask if we needed anything else and was really sweet. great place for baby and bridal showers. it was a great experience!

    • Michelle Nguyen

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      Excellent service, food, and tea! I had a blast at my very first tea party! Five stars :)

    • Nihla Gracey

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      Cynthia has a selection of fine, loose leaf teas. She is staying close to the authentic English tea served in her home area of England. The foods being served are also what she grew up. I especially enjoy the privilege of relaxing without the need to rush out so the next group of customers can be seated. Cynthia works with you when you want to bring in a group for any reason - parties or just to visit.

    • Fremont Local

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      I went to Cynthia's place with a few friends. Hate to say it but it's sad that she called warm Koolaid tea. Yes, that's what her tea tasted like - warm kooliad. The scones were the sice of a quarter, not very good at all along with the tea sandwiches. I suggest going to Tyme for Tea, cheaper and better tea and food.

    • Vida

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      For those familiar with Fremont, it is all about chains. This is a very unique place for Fremont. Although I am sure there are alot fanciers places in the Bay area, for Fremont, this is a gem. Cynthia is very friendly. Her tea selection is adequate and her portions of sandwiches, desert and fruit is very large. I hope for many people to visit her tearoom and support her business. My husband and I will be regulars!

    • dee

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      I would put a negative 'poor' if I could for the service quality and cheer-thats how awful it was! I was given the menu to decide what I wanted and after giving me sometime Cynthia (I believe thats who she was) asked what she could get for me. I almost ordered a tea with sandwiches and scone... but upon asking her how many sandwiches come in one order she told me she was out of all except chicken something sandwiches. She did not offer any suggestions or seemed interested in being friendly or helpful. The quickest visit to a tearoom ever and I felt very unwelcome. The place is very tiny with two tables very close to eachother and no privacy. It was a very warm day with no air condioning and felt very stuffy inside.

    • mb

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      I have been to several tea rooms in the bay area and the United States, and was not impressed with Cynthia's Tea Garden. For $22, the high tea included a pot of tea (from a choice of only 5 teas), a fruit cup, 3 types of sandwiches, and a plate of desserts. The sandwiches were not particularly memorable, and the desserts were average. Unlike other tea rooms that allow you to eat your scone as you like, Cynthia cuts the scone in half and smears preserves and a dollop of cream on it. For about the same price or less, you can have a much nicer experience at other tea rooms in the area.

    • Christine

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      I came here for the first time with my cousin, and the place is adorable! It's in a house turned to a teahouse, so the setting is very warm and 'homey'. The food tasted great and we were given a lot of food for what it was worth. From all my experiences, Cynthia's Tea Garden is definitely the most inexpensive afternoon tea I ever had. I'll definitely be returning for more!

    • Katie

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      Excellent place to enjoy a high tea. I went with my 5 year old daughter and met two friends and we had a very relaxing time!! Cynthia was very gracious and was more than willing to work out a plate that met my lactose intolerance issues. Reservation is recommended for high tea!! Excellent time!!

    • Holly

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      I took my daughter(28 years old) and 7 of her friends for a birthday tea and we all had a great time.The food was great,had a fruit cup,three different types of sandwiches,and 5 different types of dessert and Cynthia brought out a small birthday cake for my daughter with 3 candles on it.One for the past,present,and the future.Cynthia was very nice and made us feel very welcome.When I asked how long we had for the tea,as we had already been there for two hours she said we could go ahead and stay for another hour if we wanted to.We will be back.

    • Alicia

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      Very disappointed in the Owners actions, quoted my friend a different amount. Party was for children, craft was very disapointing and cheap, food was not standard for tea, scones were burt!!!

    • Cakelady

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      Enjoyed High Tea today with a group of 20 red hatters. Cynthia went out of her way to make our special luncheon extrodinary! Lovely edible flowers on each serving...homemade sorbet served in a meyer lemon...special dessert treats...nice quiche... Wonderful experience today! Thank you Cynthia. :) My suggestion would be perhaps a more varied tea selection, including an iced tea choice.

    • Linz

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      This was my first outing for tea in California, and I assumed high tea service would be the menu, so I think I was a bit disappointed with an entree and some extras. The tea was lovely, except we weren't offered a warm-up, so I didn't feel like I was really out for afternoon tea, it felt like a quaint lunch. The offerings were four types of teas, mostly herbal, and two entrees to choose from, a quiche and a ceasar salad. The salad which I decided on was a very generous portion, and scrumptious. The delicate sandwiches served to the side left something to be desired, as well as the devon creme and jam mini english muffins, which hadn't flavor nor flair. The lovely victorian house and garden were lovely atmosphere, except the two-tabled sitting room was a bit strange, although cozy. I would perhaps try again, and speak up for a warm up (but I would hope for more delicious tarts and desserts).

    • Helen

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      I have to differ with the 3 reviews. While the tea was delicious (Darjeeling and a fruit flavored tea) the quality of food was lacking and did not meet expectations. The tea lunch at $12 is very reasonable and includes a choice of 3 salads. Presentation was nice for spinach salad with mandarin orange segments, sliced strawberries w/raspberry dressing but when I dug into the middle of my salad the leaves were wilted. My companion had a colorful Caesar salad served with red bell peppers and green olives. The presentation of tea sandwiches were served all on one plate (for two people). Tea lunch comes with what the menu described as Mediterranean sandwiches but got a mini croissant w/chicken and pineapple chunks. The flavor was bland and the croissant could have come from Costco. Normally with tea sandwiches I expect the crusts to be cut off but this was not the case, a pear and cream cheese on wheat. The spread was very thin and also lacking in flavor. Dessert consisted of two small half-dollar sized scones spread with a jam and topped with unsweetened whipped cream. Shortbread cookie was the winner-served in a pie shaped form and very good. What should also be noted is that the tea room shares the same space with thrift /consignment shop, separated by a white picket fence and a few china cabinets strategically down the center of the building as a divider. The decor is tastefully decorated with Victorian and floral designs and antiques for sale, but to hear people going through the clothing racks detracted from the overall experience.

    • Monique

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      I've had tea at Cynthia's three times now and each time the service has been as lovely as the food. I really like the way she fixes up the tables and the salads. The food is great and the service is good too. It's an enjoyable place to visit.

    • Helen

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      I recently enjoyed a very relaxing afternoon tea with my Tea Club at Cynthia's and would recommend it as a fun getaway for the world weary in need of a moment's respite!

    • Fern

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      I have become a regular at Cynthia's Tea Garden. The food is excellent. The service is provided by the owner personally. She is the hostess, cook and waitress. The food is prepared on site. I have heard two different chefs/caterers talk about the Tea Garden, comments on how good the food is and the kitchen being class 'A' . They were both very impressed.