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Rowena's

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758 West 22nd Street Norfolk, Virginia 23517-1925, United States 757-627-8699 Owner?

Recent reviews

    • Helen

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      I'm so disappointed to learn that Rowena's tea room in the back is now closed. I know I can still order her wonderful cakes and sauces but Rowena's tea room was the very best in Hampton Roads. Wish I knew why this happened if there is a chance the tea room will once more open.

    • Aurora Livingaton

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      This tearoom is closed

    • miss y

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      this tea room is closed.

    • Lady Caitlin

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      I love going to Rowena's for the most wonderful luncheons.But alas Rowena's Tearoom has closed.It is going on two years now and I still remember that beautiful room and the scent of fresh brewed tea and fresh baked scones pop in my head when I visit the Gift shop.

    • Sophie

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      Maybe we caught this place on a bad day, but we had some issues. We were the only people there, but they stuck as at the smallest table ever! There was a large dinning area, but we were crammed into a corner. The decor, however, was lovely and very whimsical. The cakes were good (this place is primarily a bakery) but our sandwich's were dried out like they'd been made too early. The staff was very friendly. The location and outside appearance of this shop is very industrial, but they've gone to a lot of effort to make the inside charming. Definitely a lot of room for larger parties and events.

    • A

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      I love Rowena and wish her well. The tea room is not longer in existance. Please visit her retail shop!

    • Barbara

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      I have been to Rowena's several times now and I must admit that everytime I'm there I get the most amazing treatment. The ladies that work there are the sweetest ladies and are always catering to everything we want. They are quick to serve us and refill our tea so that it is hot and that our pot is always full. The sandwiches are tasty and the cakes delicious. The ambiance is calm and relaxing. I live in Hawaii and this is a lovely treat I am able to enjoy with my sister when visiting Norfolk. I would definitely recommend Rowena's to anyone looking for a nice place for tea and fantastic friendly service.

    • Mariel Endres

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      I'm a regular at Rowena's (regular as in I go at least once a month)...and I have yet to get poor service or poor food. The ladies at Rowena's tend to my every whim and every guest I've brought over there is treated like a star! The teas are wonderful and they make sure to renew the pots so they are always hot. I often show up almost at closing time and yet the ladies make an effort to make me fresh sandwiches and serve me. The cakes are delicious and the setting is quiet and condusive to conversation. I would recommend Rowena's to anyone looking for a pleasant experience with yummy tea and treats topped with super friendly service.

    • Sue Silvers

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      I went to Rowena's because of her great pound cakes. The service was poor, sandwiches were on bread that was hard (like them made them at 5am--we were there at 12noon) and served on rusty tier trays. Also,the scone was like a muffin and no coddled cream. Tea was barely warm not hot. The pound cakes were good as usual.

    • Barbara Sutton

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      My friends and I visited Rowena's and were very disappointed in the service. The server made us feel as if we were bothering her and she seemed rushed. The tea was good and the food was delicious. Overall we were not impressed.

    • Brittany

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      Had my bridal shower here and had a reservation. The party arrived before the reservation but it took more than an hour for us to be seated. Our servers rushed through the tea, we weren't offered to choose teas and were given a tea without being told what it was. The service was sloppy, many people had tea spilled on them or on their plates. The sugars were not refilled, no spoons were given to us. It was a let down after hearing so many good reviews. I also found the dining area to be over crowded, too many tables in small areas.

    • Aurora Livingston

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      I am the Director of The Virginia Tea Society. We returned to Rowena's Tea Room once again. We had out of town guests and knew they would love a fabulous tea at Rowena's. Once again it was beyond belief. There was comforting music playing in the background, beautifully set tables with a vase of fresh flowers on each table. It is still the best tea, in this area. We chose bottomless pots of Liz's Blend and Apricot tea served with lemon and oranges slices and sugar cubes. We were also offered goblets of water with lemon and glasse of red grape sparkling cider. There were various types of sandwiches and their signature carrot jam chicken salad served on endive leaves, cherry tomatos, two scones, (the best I have ever tasted) served with lemon curd and assorted jams, three slices of Rowena's's famous cakes, three slices of various melons, strawberries, kiwi's, grapes, and two raspberry chocolates. All of this was served on three tier trays...not one for each table but one three tier tray for each guest. It was just everything you expect at a Royal Tea and beyond. They even provided containers for take home delights. It was simply Marvelous!!! I recommend this Tea Room highly to everyone who reads this review. Thank you Rowena, Andrea and Daffney for a remarkable event! We will certainly be back soon! Lots of Tea Love...Till our next cup of tea... Aurora Livingston, Director, Virginia Tea Society, www.virginiateasociety.com

    • Ruth

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      What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with my daughter-in-law and granddaughter. The jasmine tea was wonderful and the choice of tea sandwiches, scones and cakes were phenomenal. I will be sure to return when I am in Norfolk!

    • Chels

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      Recently a girlfriend and I dined at Rowena's and we both really enjoyed the experience. As frequent Tea House visitors we were very impressed with service. Our 'Tea Expert' was the best I have ever had at any other Tea House. The atmosphere was adorable and the food was good and there was ALOT! I really enjoyed my time there and have already recommended it to many!!

    • Geri Brown

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      I could not wait to get home to write a review on this wonderful tea room. The Virginia Tea Society met here this afternoon for tea & the 3 tiered trays were to die for. I have never seen so much variety in food at any other tea room. Our server was kept busy & she was very attentative to our large group. Which was very much appreciated. This is one tea room I can't wait to come back to visit.

    • Lee

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      my friend and I enjoyed ourselves very much, we had a lovely afternoon tea. We did not have reservations but we still were seated. Before we went into the dinning area, the owner greeted us and they had samples of their cakes for their guest to taste, they were quite good. We shared a 3 tier dish of tea sandwiches sweets and scones, it was very nice. Will be back again, thanks!

    • Gabrielle

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      Hi I am 9 years old and I went to this tea room with my g-ma not too long ago. The place was so beautifully decorated and it was very kid-friendly and it was very delightful. It had a wide selection of tea and the food was very good. The way that they set it up was super! It had lots of things to choose from, like the gummies and desserts at the top, to the sandwiches on the bottom. The waiters and waitresess were very nice. The tea was very good! Overall, everything was 'tealightful!' (delightful)

    • kristina

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      I love this place. I had a wonderful time at Rowena's. The server was very friendly and offered excellent advice on menu items. She was wonderful I hope I have the pleasure of her being my server next time I go. The food was wonderful and very filling. It incorporated a few of Rowena's classic items as well as some wonderful tea sandwiches. I look forward to going back with a larger group next time.

    • rmhairston

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      I will return every chance I get for the overall joy of tea at Rowena's. The menu is excellent and the tea hostess knows how to mingle warmly without being invasive.

    • Rebecca

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      I love to go to tearooms and I was excited about trying Rowena's, however, when I got there I waited for a very long time for someone to seat me. Eventually I stopped a server and asked about being seated. Even though there were empty tables she told me they were too busy and that I should come back another day. Needless to say, I did not return and have told others about Rowena's lack of customer service.

    • meadora

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      I've been to Rowena's twice and both time had a wonderful time. In fact, the first time I went they were about to close but when I told the lady at the register what an awful day I'd had, they setup a special table for me and treated me like a family friend. The pound cake is absolutely divine and oh! The rasberry sauce! I have already converted several friends to this establishment and will recommend it again.