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Golden Tea Garden

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22630 Main St, Hayward, CA 94541, USA (510) 538-4832 Website Owner?

Sun 1:00pm – 6:00pm Mon closed Tue closed Wed closed Thu 11:00am – 4:00pm Fri 11:00am – 6:00pm Sat 11:00am – 6:00pm
The Golden Tea Garden is a unique tea service experience. The Golden Tea Garden is a lavish indoor flower garden with crystal chandeliers, a large painted wall mural, dozens of gorgeous live flowers and plants, a substantial stone fountain, and antique garden furniture. The five star tea and dessert service includes nearly 300 tea choices, service on fine china with gold flatware and linens, and absolutely decadent desserts. The Golden Tea Garden is an opulent experience at an affordable price. Come and enjoy! Call (510) 538-4832 for more details

Recent reviews

    • M

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      Just an OK tea room. Could make an effort when it come to their food and service. Have been there quite a few times over the past few years and nothing seems to have changed.

    • Mimi

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      This is our favorite tearoom. We love the garden furniture, food and the desserts are the best! The china is fine, the tea (loose) perfectly steeped and the service attentive.

    • michelle

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      I so enjoyed myself. The atmosphere was very pleasant and High Tea is highly recommended-everything was delicious. (especially the petite four) I cant't wait to visit again.

    • Debra Watkins

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      This is absolutely my favorite tea room! I love it most at Christmas time and drive 30 minutes and pass several tea rooms to get here! I love the Christmas decorations and special menu. The three-berry tea is delicious and the sandwich and dessert selections are the best. I highly, highly recommend this special place!

    • Michelle

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      Cute venue. Friendly and accommodating service. Delicious food, treats and desserts. Great selection of teas. The scones were delicious!!! Definitely recommend this tea room.

    • Ida

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      Thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas Tea Party! The harpist was a wonderful touch! The tea service was fabulous as usually! If you haven't been to the Golden Tea Garden, you are missing out on a real treasure! Its simply Golden!

    • Ida

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      A perfect way to end your day; sitting down with my older sibling enjoying tasty sandwiches and a wonderful pot of tea. An afternoon of laughter, conversation, good company... all at a beautiful place! I just love this Tea Garden!

    • Stacy

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      My visit here today was perfect, could not ask for more...will be back again.

    • Marlene

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      I have visited the Golden Tea Garden at least five times and have always walked away with a smile on my face. The tea shop is beautifully decorated and spotless. The minute you walk through the door, you are greeted with a warm smile. Regardless of whether you order just a pot of tea and scones or their high tea, it is presented elegantly. Just as important, everything tastes delicious. Have to confess that I often take mental notes on what changes I can make in my own tea parties. I am a customer who can quickly drain a big pot of tea and my pot was always kept filled and piping hot. Have to confess that I often stay a bit longer after tea sandwiches, scones and desserts have been eaten and I have gone through several pots of tea. It is a special place to visit whether you are alone or coming with friends.

    • Anna R

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      This was my second visit and just as wonderful as the first. The pace is relaxed and unhurried . . . perfect for a tea room by my standards. My sister and I both ordered the Tea and Sandwiches and the presentation was as beautiful as the food was delicious. We're planning to return next month to celebrate my birthday and I'd really like to become a regular here, it's that good.

    • JANICE

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      MY FIRST VISIT TO THE GOLDEN TEA HOUSE WAS ON 12-10-11 WITH A GROUP OF MY SISTERS IN CHRIST.I WAS TOTALLY IMPRESSED WITH THIS TEA HOUSE IT WAS LIKE NONE OTHER.LORD WILLING THIS WILL TRULY BE A PLACE THAT I WILL PATRONIZE AGAIN AND AGAIN.

    • Letha Barnett

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      I took my granddaughter(10yrs)to the Golden Tea Garden on Saturday to celebration her entry into middle school. This was her first high tea experice. We both agreed that we will now make this an annual tradition to begin the school year and celebrate other special occasions. Execellent is the best way to describe our experience. My granddaughter stated'I would love to come here often'. The place is so beautiful and staff, services and food were exempliary. We will make this an celebration venue for many years to come.

    • Tokiwa

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      The Golden Tea Garden is my favorite tea room in the SF Bay Area. I love their formal tea service, the great food, the relaxing environment and great service. Ever since my mentor brought me there a few months ago, I always love driving from Oakland and I bring someone with me. I've been back several times and every I bring say they love the tea garden and will be back again.

    • Sheila

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      Visiting the Golden Tea Garden has become an annual treat for my daughter and I when we come to California to visit family. The service is excellent and the food is always fresh and delicious. They are now serving over 400 teas! The blooming teas are my daughter's favorite. The Golden Brownie Dessert with 23 karat edible gold is a dream come true for a chocoholic like myself. We love the flower garden decor too.

    • Johnette Perry

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      This is a fabulous Tea experience! A lovely setting, gorgious decorations, delicious food served so lavishly! A real treat! I always enjoy it there! Queen Victoria cake was special!

    • Cindy Fairhurst-Thorpe

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      Oh My Goodness! A girlfriend and I visited the tea room last week and were totally thrilled by the whole experience from start to finish. We were fortunate enough to be the only patrons for the first hour of our visit. We had the undivided attention of Beneba and truly appreciated all the info this charming woman gave us about all things tea related...Thank you so much for the experience and all the info, you've truly spoiled us for our next month's tea room visit wherever that may be. Thank you!

    • Frances

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      I visited the Golden Tea Garden yesterday with a friend. Beneba and her staff are just lovely. The attention to detail made our afternoon tea wonderful. The food is so good and the desserts heaven. I loved the special tea you served us and the yummy bread pudding. Thank you so much!

    • August Tea Room -Lety

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      Dear Beneba, It was my pleasure to finally visit your tea room and love everything that you done to make this garden so beautiful. you have collected so many beautiful items and really show how much you love entertaining all your guests. The food was scrumptious and thank you for extra bread pudding. Your tea selection is extensive. I hope to see you again and bring some other friends.

    • Mary Ann

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      The ambiance, selection of teas, African harp live music, calendar of events (a book club that we're planning on attending in just a few weeks), and ease of reaching (just off 880 and very near Hayward BART) all make this a 'thought I died and went to heaven' experience!

    • Elizabeth Helsten

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      I had a very challenging week so it was my wonderful husband's idea to take me out on a date to Golden Tea Garden Tea House. We spent the afternoon there and it was so relaxing...it was the best afternoon I have had in so long!!! The service, atmosphere, teas, desserts, tea sandwiches are perfect..this visit to Golden Tea Garden made my weekend & lifted my spirit!!!! Thank you for a beautiful afternoon, we can't wait for another visit!!!

    • Patricia Bocsan

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      Ive been here twice, and I cannot wait to go back already! The owner is the sweetest person ever, and the sandwiches and tea are amazing. Plus the desserts are to die for! Must go!

    • Aimee Seaver

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      My mother and I had a wonderful time at the tea garden. Good food, friendly atmosphere and great tea.

    • Jennifer

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      My husband and I enjoy discovering tea houses as we travel. It is wonderful to have a local tea house with ambiance, delectable fare, and great service. Consistently excellent! Jennifer

    • Teri

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      I visit this tea house often and I love the relaxing atmosphere, the large variety of teas and wonderful deserts. I regularly attend the book club, and movie night. I also come for other planned events and I enjoy the creativity and personality of the owner. She always has something unique planned and she is so friendly and inviting. I don't live in the area but I make time to visit the Golden Tea Garden for a relaxing afternoon with friends and a hot cup of tea!

    • Annelee

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      My daughter and I have visited several tea rooms in the bay area this past year, and the Golden Tea Garden is now our favorite. It was as if we were having tea in a charming English garden decorated for the holidays. The owner was delightful, the tea selection was unbelievable, and the service was excellent. We both had the Victorian Tea Service, which included sandwiches, scone, fruit, a sweet, and even a small bowl of soup. All the food was delicious and the presentation was lovely too. We plan to make another visit in the near future.

    • Josie

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      Lovely room and already decorated for Christmas. Took my daughters and they gobbled up the tea and sweets. The tea pots held at least 3+ cups and the date/nut bar was a pleasant surprise. Enjoyed everything and would come bank again. Warm friendly service.

    • Ruth Collins

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      My girlfriend and I casually stopped in for tea one afternoon and we had such a wonderful experience! The service was very personable. Beneba made us feel so comfortable...we couldn't pull ourselves away!

    • Jaci

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      A good friend had been talking about the Golden Tea Garden and had wanted to take my mother-in-law am me there for some time. What a fabulous way to spend an afternoon. Great food, great tea, great company. Enjoyed myself thoroughly. Thanks, Patricia!!!!! Next time we go it's my treat.

    • Jennifer

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      A friend invited me to a tea shop in Hayward of all places. I was a bit worried as I try to visit all of the local tea shops but I had not heard of anyone who had been there yet. However, after my first visit there I was more then surprised by this tea shop. The variety of teas is unsurpassed and the service is excellent. I have raved to all my 'tea loving' friends about the Golden Tea Garden. They also have the added distinction of all of their wonderful events such as the book club and movie night. This is a must for all tea lovers!

    • Helen Getridge

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      Every time I go to the Golden Tea Garden, I feel that I am in another place, not an urban setting. Beneba and the staff are just wonderful. My granddaughter still talks about the princess birthday party that I gave there for her with 6 of her friends.

    • Seva

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      I was driving through Hayward and saw this sweet tea shop from my car. I decided to stop and buy a cup of tea. The shop was closing but the owner decided to stay open for me. That was just the beginning of the magical experience I had at the tea shop. The tea selections were extensive and the tea services available met all of my needs and desires. The ambiance takes you away from the daily grind and places you in a light filled garden. I can't say enough about this hidden gem. You have to take the time to treat yourself to this charming place.

    • Sabrina J

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      I am a frequent patron and I'm pleased to say I receive the consistent level of service each time I'm there. This is extremely important to me, as I am sensitive to having a quality place to spend my money and my time. I recently took my elderly friend in to experience High Tea for the first time in her life. She is very 'set in her ways' and is not easily impressed with new things. Also she is an avid coffee lover. She was served a tea that was referred to her by Joann as a 'great tea for coffee lovers'. It was the white mocha something... At any rate, Ms. Joy loved it, as did she love the whole experience and the friendliness of everyone at the Golden Tea Garden. It's official, that place is MAGICAL! Thank you to Beneba, Joann, and all the fabulous staff!

    • Linda

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      I recently had the priviledge of visiting The Golden Tea Garden with a reunion of friends and collegues whom I had not seen in many years. The entire experience was a delightly fantasy. The tea and desserts were exquisite, the service and atmosphere were outstanding. We were there for several hours, and did not feel the least bit rushed. I will definitely return,perhaps next, for a princess party for my granddaughter.

    • bridget Morgan

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      The Tea Garden,adds a touch of class to Hayward,the atmosphere is lovely the food great the hostess very friendly ,I will be back for sure,thank you for choosing Hayward for your business

    • Lisa F

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      I was with my daughter and her friend just walking downtown when we stubbled upon this gem! We all just loved everything about this place. The service was fantastic and all the little details are amazing down to the rose petals on the floor!

    • K.B.

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      The Golden Tea Garden is such a awesome and memorable experience There are an overwhelming selection of teas. The lunch and dessert was amazing. The atmosphere was almost dream like, the only other place I can even remotely compare it to is the Madonna Inn.

    • M. Shapiro-London

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      My Husband and I visited the Tea Garden not too long age and had a wonderful time. The theme was an absolute dream to be surrounded by and something you must come and experience for yourself. The service was excellent, even while hosting a rather large party at the time of our visit and the food selection was great! I learned so much about tea in just one visit, it was both enlightening and delightful fun. We encourage you to put the Tea Garden on your list of 'must visit,' and enjoy one of Hayward's little treasures!

    • Allene

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      Celebrated my grandaughter's 12th birthday with a High Tea for her and 6 classmates. It was a delightful afternoon and Beneba made their experience fun AND educational.There was a selection of nearly 200 teas to choose from, the food was fresh and the presentation excellent.I recommend the Lemon Pudding Cake but the Orange Cream Layer Cake is more appropriate for a birthday. The surroundings are definitely Old English but the atmosphere is less formal. The Golden Tea Garden is one of those 'hidden' jewels which I guarantee will not be hidden much longer.

    • Krista Forbes

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      My aunt recently treated myself and a friend to the fabulous Golden Tea Garden. The tea was wonderful, the food was delicious and the service was great! The atmosphere is so relaxing. My friend had been to other tea rooms which she said were stuffy and uptight. The Golden Tea Garden was so welcoming and cheery. We felt as if we were in a dream. We will be returning soon with friends.

    • Laurel Biernacki

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      I was one of the lucky friends that were taken to this wonderful place by Robin Peterson. I had just suffered the loss of my mother. Robin took me to this wonderful tearoom where everything is beautiful. The decor is a wonderland, the tea beyond compare, the desserts so decadent that you will think that you are in tea paradise. I entered the tearoom in sorrow but found a place to leave that sorrow behind for awhile and indulge myself in a place straight from my childhood fantasies. I want to bring my sister there and look forward to bringing Robin there in kind. If you want to visit someplace far away from the troubles of the day, I highly recommend this wonderful, delicious place.

    • Ronnie

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      This is a lovely place with warm, friendly staff. The tea list is huge, the copious food is delish, and the presentation excellent. I'm working to round up some more friends to go back soon!

    • Lucinda

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      My sister and I enjoyed our High Tea at this charming venue. I felt relaxed as soon as I sat down due to the garden themed decor. The portion served was just right for the two of us. We will be back!

    • JH, Traveling Tea Tarts

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      Our traveling tea group of 6 ladies enjoyed high tea at the Golden Tea Garden. It was a wonderful experience. The food was delicious! The sandwiches were cut into heart and teapot shapes! The selection of teas is extensive! We all enjoyed watching the flower open up in the blooming tea!

    • Kathryn W

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      This is truly a special treat. Myself and two friends we treated our daughters (5-8) and one very young gentleman to tea at the Golden Tea Garden. Honestly, the experience transported us to a different time as we leisurely shared in conversation and many different tea selections. The girls were transfixed by the Christmas tree’s decoration. The sandwiches were beautiful cut into ornament shapes, the flavors were diverse and worked well together. It was more than I expected. Then, we were invited to take the girls upstairs to the parlor. It was all that a Victorian parlor should be and the girls all politely sat and had a sweet conversation. We can’t wait to go back again and again.

    • Toni Pace

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      My experience at the Golden Tea Garden was very good. I really enjoyed the tea, food and the service was excellent. Everything was very clean and that is extremely important to me. I will be going back and would highly recommend this location to anyone. If you are looking for a clean, inviting atmosphere, good Tea, food and service this is the place for you.

    • Nancy Pauly

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      You have to try the sticky toffee pudding. We fell in love with this dessert when we were in Australia/New Zealand. This is the only place we have found where the dessert is authentic and delicious. Everything is delightfully presented. My favorite tea so far is the vanilla chai.

    • Bernadette M.

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      The Golden Tea Room is a delight! So many teas to chose from and the food tasty. Staff and owner very warm and friendly. Very quaint place to go for great tea and yummy dessert's.

    • Jane C.

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      If you're looking for a place to enjoy the company of family and friends, then you must try the Golden Tea Garden. I recently had tea there with my grandaughter, her great grandmother, my daughters and my sister. My granddaughter (age 11) described the afternoon as 'Awesome'. We were able to select from a large variety of whole leaf and tea bag teas. It was difficult to decide upon a tea, but when we finally made our selections, we were thoroughly satisfied. The food was very tasty also. We chose to have the Tea and Sandwiches which was satisfying for a light afternoon lunch. The calm atmosphere with the soft music in the background allowed us to enjoy our family time together and make my granddaughter's visit to California memorable. The service was EXCELLENT. We were made to feel so special. The professionalism and friendliness of the owner and the staff added tremendously to the whole afternoon. A visit to the Golden Tea Garden is a must.

    • Ms. C.C.

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      From the moment you step into this tearoom you know you are someplace special. To describe this space is to say it is as if a small corner of heaven has dropped down for our enjoyment. Everything about the place is rather unique. The decor, the desserts, the staff and the proprietor, herself. Smiles, unlimited. Service complete and attentive. Do not let this special treat pass you by. Go...go again...and schdule returns often, you will not regret it.

    • AB

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      This is the hands down the best tearoom ever! The service and food were wonderful and we were allowed to sit and enjoy for as long as we wanted. The variety of teas was mind-boggling and each variety was better than the last. It is good to know that there is somewhere in the Bay Area were you can have an excellent 'spot' of tea along with a scrumptous dessert at a reasonable price.

    • Robin Peterson

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      The Golden Tea Garden is the perfect place to go and unwind and feel pampered. The owner is friendly and outgoing with the most charming and bubbly personality. I have been to this lovely tea room several times and I just cannot get enough of it. My college age daughter and I have been as well as all my best buddies and some of my siblings. It is a most enjoyable and relaxing place to be, peaceful and calming. I even took my brother here and the owner cleverly has 'man' tea cups for those bigger hands. I've brought young children as well and Beneba, the owner, even treats the little girls to tiaras and wands with the matching jewelry.What doesn't she do at this lovely tea room?She sends out email monthly newsletters with all the upcoming events, has tea and movie nights, a tea themed book club,tea education nights,fall dessert teas, chocolate and tea nights,girls night out tea nights and more. The tea sandwiches are fabulous and the desserts are beyond divine.The presentation and the beautiful tea sets are too lovely for words.The decor includes a beautifully painted mural, fountain, white iron garden tables and chairs, a fireplace, flowers and frills everywhere,lovely tea pot collection encased along one wall, a basket of hats and a beautiful ladies room.Beautiful music compliments the scene. The collection of teas are amazing, unique and delicious and I like to try a new one each time I go. The next will be a blooming tea that blooms into a flower right before your eyes.I've had excellent service each and every time I go.

    • Phyllis Sloan

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      This is an outstanding Tea Garden, with an atmosphere filled with soft and smooth music, tasty finger sandwiches, wonderful desserts and outstanding customer service. If anyone is looking for a tea garden in the Bay Area, this one is a must see. The staff at this garden welcomes all comers and I was impressed with my experience. This is a cute and formal place to have a hot or cold tea.

    • John Hart

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      'Life's not fair: let's open a tea room!' My wife and I had been loyal customers of Antioch's 'Something Treasured' tea room for several years. It set the bar by which we judged other rooms, and after it closed its doors (which was a sad day for Antioch since it was the only culture in that pathetic) little town) we never found any place that lived up to that standard. With the Golden Tea Garden we have finally found a place that measures up. Our hostess, Beneba, and the rest of the staff offer up much-needed smiles from the moment we arrived. In fact, Beneba has such a bubbly personality it's hard to believe she was once a litigator. Guess she decided the rat race just needed one less rat and that her way of making the world a better place was to open a tea room. It's a small, intimate place located in downtown Hayward -- not exactly the first place I would think of putting a tea room, but Beneba and company have done their finest to create an oasis in a cultural cesspool. From the soft music in the background, the large fountain in the center, the chandeliers hanging overhead, the hot towels offered to clean our hands, and the English garden mural on the wall she has certainly done her job well. As for the tea: too many to choose from (that's meant to be a good comment, not a bad one!) and brewed to near-perfection. The food is excellent, but I must caution you about the lemon cake on the dessert menu: I'm not fond of lemon, but I fell in love with it immediately. It's tartness is just perfect, and you'll find yourself ordering a second one.

    • Barbara

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      I have been to the Golden Tea Garden three times this year and each time I have experienced good service and consistent good food. I always get the tea and sandwiches, which is plenty. The presentation is very nice. The owner now has monthly events like tea and a movie which is a great idea. The tea selection is unbelievable and vast. I would definitely recommend this place! Also, the champagne cake is the best!

    • Paula

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      We had a great time.... It's nice to see a new business doing so well in town.

    • eric

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      This little tea room on Main St. in Hayward is a peaceful oasis in a hectic world. On each of my visits to this charming establishment, I am swept away to another time and place. The teas available are too many to mention, and I have barely put a dent in trying all the different types available. Each time I go, I get to experience a new taste. I will be hard pressed, after trying all the teas, to choose a favorite, as they are all splendid. The service is perfect, with the staff willing to tell you about the different teas and menu choices. And those decadent menu options are to die for! They take me back to the time I lived in England and enjoyed an afternoon tea there, but this is better, because it is right in my own town. The owner is a hands on person, greeting any and all who enter this little bit of heaven, willing to let guide them on the tea taste adventure they will be partaking for an afternoon away from the worries and stress of our hectic lives.

    • Ron

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      If you seek a unique experience, I strongly suggest you check out this wonderful tea garden. I was there for a movie and tea. I am not really a tea drinker, but the whole experience with a movie, popcorn, food and dessert was a great time. The movie was Tea with Mussolini. I enjoyed it all and look forward to my next visit. Beneba the proprietor and company were great. The Golden Tea Garden is a great addition to downtown Hayward.

    • Barbara

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      I had my first visit to the Golden Tea Garden today. The food, service and decor are all outstanding. I look forward to many more visits. The propritor is very gracious, and a delight!

    • Kimi

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      I discovered this tea room a while back, and have been back several times! The food is tasty, the tea (all bijillion varieties) are wonderful, and the service is fantastic! Our Tea Society has started meeting there once a month, and we love to soak up the atmosphere with the lovely mural, the tinkling fountain, and the enchanting decor. The crowd is very mixed, too - everyone is welcome!

    • Karen

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      A most delightful place in downtown Hayward- I felt as if I were in a garden setting- Excellent presentation of food and a nice variety of sandwiches and goodies A large variety of both loose and bagged teas- The Toffee Sticky Pudding is a hit!! It was a wonderful way to spend part of an afternoon!

    • Julia Salas

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      Customer Service is above and beyond any other tea room I have been to, even the Empress in Victoria, B.C. We had my bridal shower there in March and all of my guests were truly impressed. I still get comments to this day about about beautiful the setting was and how exceptional the teas were. We have been there since the begining and will continue to support the Golden Tea Room.

    • Kesia

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      The Golden Tea Garden was GREAT! I celebrated my birthday ther it was wonderful. I love the tea sets, food and the service. I'll be planning many more events or just dropping by for a good cup of tea.

    • Laurie

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      My daughter, her friend and I went to this charming little tea shop this afternoon. The shop is located on Main Street in the old downtown area of Hayward. When you walk inside, you are in a garden setting with lots of plants, an indoor fountain and a beautiful mural on the wall. The place has plenty of natural light, the tables are spaced far enough apart that you can walk through freely and there is quiet background harp music with birdsong. Even though most of the tables were occupied, the owner Beneba greeted us at the door and found us a table upstairs that looked out the window. She brought us the menus, which had an astoundingly large selection of teas, and two full pages of different meals and desserts. My daughter ordered the red velvet cake, and her friend and I opted for high tea, which came with a scone (including clotted cream, lemon curd and jam), tea sandwiches, fruit, nuts, and several cakes. The food was great, the tea was wonderful, and the atmosphere was soothing. A quick visit turned into over two hours as we chatted with Beneba's visiting friend who owned a tea plantation in Sri Lanka. He explained about the different processes that goes into preparing the tea leaves. I had no idea that there is basically only the same type of tea plant all over the world, and it depends on the environment and harvesting that accounts for the myriad varieties of tea! When the crowd thinned out, Beneba joined us and we all had a lovely conversation. Now that I know the Golden Tea Garden is here, I can't wait to go back!

    • Dayle

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      Our tea group tried this new tea garden. It was beautiful and relaxing. Our service was very good, as was the lunch & tea. The only thing I would recommend is the gardener spend some time each day attending to the needs of the garden.We will come back again.

    • Janice M

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      My husband and I (yes, he likes tea rooms too - I'm so lucky!) literally stumbled onto this wonderful little tea room in Hayward one day. It was lunchtime so we stayed to try it. WOW!! Everything including the service was wonderful. The little tea sandwiches are even cookie-cutter cut into the shape of a teapot. The attention to beautiful details in the table service and the ambiance is remarkable. The tea selections are copious, even including 'blooming teas' which unfold into bouquets before your eyes. The sandwiches and sweets are yummy. You can even pick out a hat to wear while you are in the 'garden.' (No, my husband didn't wear one!) We've been back several times since that first day and have even taken our little granddaughter who was in 7th heaven when they brought her a little tiara and a wand. She keeps it on her nightstand to remind her of our grand time at tea. We've been to many tea rooms around the world, including London, and this one holds its own with the best of them.

    • Holly

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      Three of us came here to check it out for our Red Hat group and we were very happy with this tea room.The garden setting with the wrought iron furniture and the fountain in the middle of the room makes you feel like you are in someones garden.The tea settings are beautiful,many varieties of tea to choose from.The service is wonderful,Beneba is a gem.We had the High Tea and had to take some home.The food was great.We will be back.Best of luck to you and your shop.

    • Jon

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      I never thought of myself as a tea drinker, but I walked in out of curiosity and ended up staying for a few hours sampling the menu. There is a surprising variety and some very excellent teas and desserts there. The owner was very friendly and a joy to talk to. In the background, classical music was playing, and the decor is varied enough that there is plenty to look at while you sit back and relax (It tends heavily towards butterflies and doilies, so not exactly a masculine hangout, but quite pretty).

    • Debi McFerren

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      What a surprise to find such an elegant tea room in Hayward! When it comes to High Tea I'm hard to please, but the Golden Tea Garden met and in some ways exceeded my standards. The atmosphere is wonderfully calm, the music delightful but the tea service itself was perfect! I loved the full tea menu with hundreds of teas to choose from. It's a must go!

    • Cindy B.

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      What an enjoyable experience! I've been twice now, and will certainly go again. The atmosphere is wonderful. I truly felt like I was in an English garden. The variety and quality of teas was excellent. The Sticky Toffee pudding was so good it was almost indecent. Beneba and staff were wonderfully welcoming. My 12-year-old daughter now wants to have her birthday there. Its not often you get to be pampered and wear pretty hats!

    • Melissa L

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      We went to Golden Tea Garden on Sat., May 30 to celebrate 2 belated Mother's Day moms, for my mother and my sister, and a birthday for my little Nephew(just turned 8yrs old), and my dad and little Niece came along to celebrate as well. We had 2 High Teas, 1 Tea & Sandwiches, 1 Light Tea , 2 Wee Tea($7 ea., what a deal!). The food was great and the service was excellent very friendly and welcoming, atmosphere is absolutely great like a beautiful garden great for both women and men.. This was actually my 4th time having tea(1st time here) and first time ever for everyone else in our party. My Niece(6yrs old) had chosen the hot chocolate(white chocolate - pink in color) I tried it as well, and was quite delicious, my Nephew(8yrs old) had the Honey Peach tea, he really enjoyed it. I had the Four Fruit which was a recommendation I asked for from Beneba that was a great tea. We all had a blast, and the kids loved it too.. They even gave my little niece a little plastic jewelry set to wear and a special treat for my nephew too. We'll definately be coming back to visit again soon! =) Thank you!!

    • Colette

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      A friend and I visited the Golden Tea Garden on a Sunday in early May. First of all to have a business such as this in Hayward is wonderful for the residents of the East Bay who do not wish to oommute to San Francisco and pay tolls and unrealistically high parking fees it is a blessing. The decor was lovely and the food and tea excellent, the owner and wait staff were friendly, efficient and welcoming. I have traveled all over Europe and done a lot of teas; The Golden Tea Garden may not be the Savoy but it is a very good start.

    • Debbie

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      My sister & I had the wonderful pleasure of afternoon tea & sandwiches on Saturday. Plus indulged in a dessert sampler. The decor was fantastic, the service 5-star. Not to mention the teas, so many differnt teas. It was wonderful, food tasteful & beautifully displayed. This is a must try experience.

    • mary

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      A friend and I visited this delightful tea room on May 31st and we were impressed. We were warmly welcomed and made to feel at home. The decor is English garden and very relaxing. We sampled the delicious tea sandwiches and the to die for deserts. The sticky toffee pudding served warm with fresh whipped cream is the best I have ever tasted. I am looking forward to tasting their other deserts and plan on being a regular. Save my table .... I'll be back soon!

    • Gracey

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      I went to this tea room on May 20th with a Red Hat chapter. It was very pleasant. There were 33 of us and we had a good time. Considering the number of ladies each getting their own teapot the service was very good. And the service with the food was the same. I'm sure it won't be my last visit.

    • Dwyla Jourdan

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      The Golden Tea Garden is a gem in Downtown Hayward! The ambiance is so wonderfully relaxing and beautiful. The moment you step through the doorway of this teahouse, you are enveloped by this soothing, whimsical indoor garden-- complete with a huge, lovely garden mural, 'grass' under your feet, a stunning running fountain in the dining area, and white wrought-iron garden furniture (some chairs are even shaped like butterflies). Each table has a beautiful lace tablecloth or runner and fresh flowers and there is beautiful instrumental music playing. This is definitely a place to slow down, relax, think, read ( if you are by yourself) or enjoy the company of others if you want a special place to be with family and/or friends. The finger sandwiches are excellent and the desserts, such as the Red Velvet Cake, are spectacular! You also will be amazed and delighted by the impressive array of teas to choose from (from whole leaf to tea bag, from holistic to fanciful to practical)! You should definitely make a reservation before going because this Teahouse can be very full and is already very popular! The proprietor and her staff are wonderful and very accommodating. Enjoy!

    • La Rhonda

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      A fine tea experience! Both whole leaf and tea bag teas are available and with over 200 teas on the Tea List there's no room to list them all. If you can imagine it, it is probably on the list! Recommend High Tea, a sampling of yummy deserts, sandwiches, scones and perserves. Atmosphere is magical; in the midst of downtown Hayward, CA, once you walk through the door you are transported to a classic English tea garden, with fountain, fresh roses on every table and soft music playing in the background. Make reservations so you are guaranteed to have a place because once this place catches on getting a table will be hard. Thanks to proprietor, Beneba Thomas for reminding some of us and introducing to others the beauty of tea time!

    • Marga

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      The Golden Tea Garden is a wonderful new tea house in downtown Oakland. Service is great, there are dozens upon dozes of teas to chose from, and the food is out of this world. I really couldn't have hoped for anything better, specially so close to San Leandro (where I live).

    • Dawn

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      My friend and I went to this tea room on a Friday night and enjoyed the High Tea. The decor is wonderful... it really is like an indoor garden. It was busy that night, but nobody made us feel rushed in any way, and we ended up sitting there for over two hours enjoying our sandwiches and treats immensely. As we sipped, we saw many desserts plates go by. The red velvet cake looked good, and the size of the slice was enormous. I was pleased to see a lot of couples. Men seemed more at ease with the garden concept than the usual frilly linens and things. I think the size of the cake helped things along, too! A great place for tea or even for the end of a date... Nothing says romance better than the crystal chandeliers and beautiful decor. I can't wait to take my husband.

    • Fern

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      I went to this tea room with a friend. We were both favorably impressed. To be exact - upon opening the door we both had an automatic exclamation of 'WOW'!! It is very elegant. The pictures on their website give you a good idea of what to expect. BUT - I was still surprised when I saw it in person. The tea list was presented in an attractive folder. The list was so long it made a quick selection impossible for me to make. I finally settled on the 'Midsummer Night's Dream'. I will make a different choice on my next visit. We both chose the High Tea for our first visit to this tea room and were pleased with what we were served. Each of us had our own three tier tray stand with our tea foods. If you want a lovely, relaxed time of feeling pampered do visit this tea room.