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The Avalon Tearoom and Pastry Shoppe

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2179 4th St, White Bear Lake, MN 55110, USA 651-653-3822 Website Owner?

Sun closed Mon 10:00am – 3:00pm Tue 10:00am – 3:00pm Wed 10:00am – 3:00pm Thu 10:00am – 3:00pm Fri 10:00am – 3:00pm Sat 09:30am – 4:00pm
The custom of afternoon tea is centuries old, yet the finer points of this graceful tradition have been forgotten in the blur of our fast-paced lives. The Avalon Tearoom recaputres the ambience of a quieter era where good conversation is shared over delicate foods and a rejuvenating cup of tea. Taste the food that everyone raves about-our delectable bakery items, especially our moist, perfectly-sized scones, available in three varieties daily. As the perfect accompaniment to our scones, try our rich Devon Cream, homemade lemon curd, or jam. The Avalon Tearoom will create a personalized party for you and your guests with a delicious menu featuring fresh salads and quiches, gourmet sandwiches and soups, homemade pastries and sweets and a wide selection of fine imported teas. Host a bridal luncheon, wedding shower, mother-daughter tea, birthday party, or a small business event in our delightfully unexpected setting. Semi private functions may be held during regular business hours Mon- Sat. Takeaway Tea Parties allow for a unique and memorable party at home or office. Lunch is served daily. Reservations are suggested. Formal Teas are served daily. Reservations are required. A credit card guarantee is required for formal tea and events. Visit our unique gift shop filled with objects of desire for every tea enthusiast and gifts for any occasion. We carry new as well as vintage teacups and teapots. Find tea brewing accessories and tea related items that are essential for any tea party.

Recent reviews

    • Amy Thorpe

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      I have always had excellent food and service at the Avalon Tea Room. The atmosphere is charming and welcoming. The staff are all knowledgeable about tea and very accomodating. I love the Swedish almond scones! This is a lovely place for place for lunch and there are also several nice shops located right in the mall where the tea room is located. You won't be disappointed!

    • Ashlee

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      I came here with my mom one Saturday afternoon to use the Living Social coupon and we had a great time! Such a lovely atmosphere, delicious food, and the staff was super friendly! We even got to talk with the owner for a bit afterward, very nice lady. We'll definitely be back soon!

    • Jessica

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      I have been going to the Avalon tea room for the past couple of years and it's one of my favorite tea rooms. They have a nice selection of teas and they will brew any of them for you. The food is EXCELLENT! I've only had their afternoon tea and every time I've been there they have different tea sandwiches & desserts. With the exception of one time (and one particular server, who I have not seen there since), the servers have always been friendly and helpful. The tea room decor is very quaint and charming and it's a very relaxed environment. I'm sorry the previous two people who left reviews had bad experiences, but I would highly recommended this tea room to anyone who enjoys afternoon tea!

    • nb

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      wouldn't recommend this this dull place to anyone. unfriendly service and the owner was rude. it's obviously a place for whites only. i never experienced such prejudice people in my life.

      Tearoom response:

      The afternoon that these women came in, we were also serving tea to other customers. The children (in particular one little girl) was running around, broke some china, and in general not behaving like you would expect in any tearoom or restaurant. Two women who were having tea complained and said they would not want to come backbecause of the disturbance that was going on. It had nothing to do with race, it was about being respectful to other people.

    • hk77

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      me and afew of my friends went there on someones recommendation but sorry to say we did'nt have a good experience. they were very unfriendly towards us, infact were very rude before we left.... that is no way to treat ur customers u should be fair to all ur customers. i would not recommend this place at all, unfriendly to kids. i wanted my girls to have a fun tea experience but will never go back...

      Tearoom response:

      We are a very kid friendly tearoom. We encourage children to learn about tea and manners. We do expect parents to explain to their children that a tearoom or any restaurant is not the place to run around. In consideration of other tearoom customers, sometimes we need to step in and say something.

    • G.P. Clem

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      I took my daughter to this tea room and had a blast. We invited a friend and the four of us had a wonderful time. Our daugheter were 3yrs old and were all dressed up for tea. They had hats at the tea room for them to try on and pretend play. The food was just right for them and past the taste test too, as did the tea. Which was served in tiny tea cups and served from a Mrs. Pots, tea pot (from the beuty and the beast). It was enchanting for them and a heart warming memory for us. We will be coming back for Christmas.

    • Mary Jo

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      Bev & Jan helped me plan my future daughter-in-law's Bridal Tea! It was so pretty and classy. Everyone raved about the food and the tea. The staff did such a wonderful job. We had 22 ladies and they kept the tea going and had the food presented beautifully on the plates. Please visit this tea room. It is my favorite place. I love to come here and sip tea and read. It is so relaxing.

    • Lori

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      Great little tea shop. My only complaint is that by the time I got there at 12:30pm, there was not a large selection of food items available. The tea selection is fabulous and the gift shop next door is awesome.

    • A.C.

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      My recent visit with my mother was excellent! The courses were presented with beautiful dishes and linens. Each item served was delicious--especially the wide variety of finger sandwiches and the warm rhubarb cake! Our tea was brewed perfectly and the atmosphere was relaxing. Thank you for a lovely afternoon. We will return again soon.

    • M.H.

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      My husband and I loved this tea room! A very nice variety of teas to choose from; and a gift shop across the hall for everything related to tea! The food was excellent (try the quiche..yuummmm) and our tea was served perfectly steeped, with a cozy to keep it warm. The only thing I found a little disconcerting was eating outside of the tearoom (busy place) in a narrow hallway which proved a little uncomfortable. However, our server was wonderful and the food was excellent!!

    • Charlene

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      The service here was great. It's a bit small if you're planning a large party, but our little group enjoyed it very much.

    • Amy

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      I really haven't been there yet, but they do have a website and I wasn't sure how else to let people know. http://www.avalontearoom.com/

    • Lisa

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      I have been there many times with my mom, with my daughters and with friends and daughters and each time it is so fun and relaxing. They do remember us (I don't live close) and have wonderful food and the selection is fantastic!

    • Katherine S.H.

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      I love the Avalon, and go there as often as I can. The staff is wonderful, and always remembers us; the selection of teas is great both for tea novices and for old hands, the quiches are not to be missed, and the baked goods on the whole are great. Non-tea drinkers will not feel out of place, and the atmosphere is simple, nice, and not too frilly.

    • Lori Ritter

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      The Avalon is my favorite! Once I'm seated in their enchanting, not too 'cutesy,' tearoom, I silently breath an '...ahhh.' It's my respite spot - a relaxing get-away, accompanied with an array of delightful food. Whether you're in the mood for a full course tea, a filling (or light) lunch, or just a pot of tea and a scone, the Avalon can accomodate you. Their scones are the BEST in the state! And do save room for a cookie or pastry. The gift shop, a separate store across the hallway, offers a wide array of china pieces, gift items and an wonderful selection of tea frills, including tea kettles, tea cozies, and unique accessories. And...when the teapot is empty, check out the cozy bar around the corner for a glass of sherry or wine :)

    • Dee Meyer

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      Becky and Jan are wonderful!!! I have booked many group and individual events. Their Murder Mystery tea is so much fun. In each of their teas, the presentation and food are faboulous. This tea room is a 'must' for any tea lovers. The tea room has a very inviting cosy atmosphere. And, you are treated as a welcome guest.

    • Ellen

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      We love the Avalon tearoom. It is comfortable, the service is great and they are always so nice. The tea and food are wonderful and the gift shop is full treasures.