Walnut Room, Marshall Fields (4 reviews)
This is no longer a tea, since Macys took over Marshall Fields.
The setting is fancy, the staff is fancy.. but the tea service.. totally lacking.. the sandwiches were bland and tiny. The desserts were like quarter-size tart shells with lemon curd in them. The scones were hard and we were only given a spit of cream and curd to work with.. the teacups were thick and bulky.. the tea selection was of 3 types.. it was just all really horrible
My daughter and I made this our 2nd stop in our of 'Tea Room Tour' of Illinos and Massachusetts. We found it by surpise as it wasn't yet on this website. The dining hall was beautiful, despite our being seated without a window view of which I later saw that many were available. As to the tea, it was properly served and quite good. However, the scones were extremely dry and hard. The sandwiches did not taste good to either of us, despite the variety. We had ordered one full tea and one with scones and fresh berries (those were fresh and wonderful.) Overall, it is a beautiful location (sit by a window for a great view of the city), but a little pricey for the quality and the fact that dirty dishes were never removed from the table as they were left to one end.
The Walnut Room, on the 7th floor of Marshall Fields on State Street, is one of the oldest restaurants in Chicago, dating from 1907. It has brilliant and complex parquet floors and beautifully carved walnut wood ceilings. Tea is served until 5 p.m. Having attended a matinee, we arrived breathlessly at 4:55. At first the waiter laconically told us that 'the woman who did tea was gone', but with a little cajoling he agreed to take care of us. He resat our table, adding a vase of roses, brought our Tea, and checked on us regularly. Teas are brewed loose, from Whittard's Teas [and Whittard's of Chelsea's Teas are sold in the Gourmet Foods section in the basement of Marshall Fields]. The sandwiches consisted of chicken salad, egg salad, cucumber, and salmon. Large scones, one of cinammon & one of raspbery were served with lemon curd, strawberry jam, and devonshire cream. [the scones were toasted & a little dry, but that may be due to the fact that it was 5 pm on Saturday -- but the flavor was delicious]. Desserts consisted of chocolate covered strawberries, white chocolate cups with chocolate mousse filling, dark choclate cups with white chocolate mousse filling, dried apricots dipped in chocolate, and a lime tart. [one of each per person, no need of sharing, as is too often the case]. Don't miss this Chicago landmark!