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Queen Mary Tea Room and Restaurant

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2912 NE 55th St, Seattle, WA 98105, USA 206-527-2770 Website Owner?

Sun 09:00am – 4:00pm Mon closed Tue closed Wed 09:00am – 4:00pm Thu 09:00am – 4:00pm Fri 09:00am – 4:00pm Sat 09:00am – 4:00pm
Established in 1988, Queen Mary's is an authentic English tea room. Breakfast, lunch, and the traditional formal afternoon tea are served Wednesday through Sunday. All dishes are prepared by Queen Mary's professional chefs, including the exquisite desserts that are created from fresh ingredients and individually hand decorated. Queen Mary's is also proud to offer an extensive choice of fine teas. Every tea offered by Queen Mary has been taste tested in house and selected from a wide variety of worldwide sources.

Recent reviews

    • Carla

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      It is a very small space, but it is full of fun discoveries. The food is great for the money. My husband likes to eat here too.

    • CT

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      Have been to this location multiple times over almost a decade. It is very petite, and can become quite crowded, which does dampen the experience a bit. Fantastic selection of teas, staff seems to know their teas, interesting vintage tea cups are different at each table. High tea is enjoyable, food is always good (with the exception of their shortbread, which is more of a sugar cookie). It is quite clear that items are made in house, which is really nice these days as so many 'tea rooms' serve awful stuff out of a box. They serve a sorbet cleanser which is nice. They change their high tea menu by the season. Decor is nice, although too cluttered and fru-fru for my taste, it is done well by those standards and they do modify the decor by the seasons. Mary is often there, all though she looks harried most the time. Have had real difficulty with their staff though. They are often rude, constantly slow with items or paying attention to the tables. I don't know if this is an issue with training or if they don't have enough staff. (I've been going here for 7 years, and the service level has stayed the same). Because this establishment is popular, reservations are a must. A challenge is often that they can't seat you on time even with reservations (luckily there is a charming toy store next door to occupy the time). Another challenge is that at least half the time I'm here there is a party or event. Since the space is so small, professional photographers can all but be in your lap while they are photographing other clients, and the noise and flashes become distracting. Certainly worth the visit, but attend during the week if your schedule permits.

    • Janette Nuss

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      I love comming to Queen Mary's! The atmosphere is warm and inviting. Mary, the owner has always been there with an irrisistable and gracious charm that makes you feel you have just gained a new and very good friend. The food is excellent; as is the artistry in which it is diplayed. Most certainly this restaurant is well worth the trip from anyplace! Reservations are reccomended for a very good reason.

    • Matt

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      The decor and place settings were great. However, the taste of the food selections for the Afternoon Tea left somewhat to be desired. I'm also not too keen on the metal tea pots which get very hot.

    • Karen

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      They seated us and then when they took our order for tea told us we had to order food. They would've made us leave if we hadn't ordered (minimum $9),plus $5 for each pot of tea.If they had a sign to warn us but they'd already seated us. Rude!

    • Ruthie

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      I always love visiting Queen Mary when I'm in Seattle. It is the one 'to do' that is always on my list. This past time we went for breakfast, yum. I had the Strawberry Brie Omelet and Irish Breakfast tea. Great choice. Great atomosphere. Great time.

    • J

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      My mother and I had an excellent experience after dropping in with no reservation. The place was busy, but they were very accomodating. Food, service, everything, excellent. Thanks!

    • Engenee Conley

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      The first I came here I didn't enjoy it as much but this time I thoroughly enjoyed myself..they went out of their way to make my visit enjoyable

    • Jesse

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      The only bad thing I can think to say about this place is that it's very expensive. That's it. I love everything else about it, and it is by far my very favorite tea house to visit. I have to come here whenever I visit Seattle. If you get the afternoon tea, the dec out your tier with so much food you may not be able to finish it, and it is all DELICIOUS, gourmet, and can vary from season to season so it's NEVER boring. They also have a wonderful breakfast and lunch menu, though I've never gotten their early enough to try the breakfast unfortunately. They have a huge selection of tea, and their seasonal teas are especially divine. They bring it out in a silver pot with the strainer right in it so you can pull it out when it's brewed to your liking. The place is covered from top to bottom in decor, but I don't think it's tacky at all. It's gorgeous, and the baked goods you see upon entering will make you drool. They also have some adorable tea ware for sale. In the back, they have a little notebook you can write in and a map to pin where you're from. It's fun to see where some people who have been there are from. I saw people from Africa! And it might be odd to say, but you have to go in their bathrooms. They actually have things on the real Queen Mary in there, and they're so adorably decorated. You MUST visit here if you like tea.

    • Karen Isaacson

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      Service was excellent; wait staff is very knowledgeable about the teas on 'tap'. Food presentation was superior, comparable in quality to any fine restaurant. A table companion's Smoked Turkey Sandwich entree came with fruit, but not the usual cantaloupe, honeydew and grapes; there were <10> different kinds of fruit, and this was early October [!]. Everyone enjoyed the food [yummy pea-basil soup and a tasty Cornish pastie for me], the ambiance, and the decor. Every one of us in our party commented on how delicious their meal was. We'll definitely be back!

    • Jacqueline

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      A wonderful place to go. One of the finest tea rooms I've been to, with a large selection of teas, from which to chose, as well as waitresses coming to our table to offer small glass cups to sample other teas, which we didn't order. I have very high standards as to what I expect from a 'Good' tea room, and they exceeded my expectations. Congrats and thank you for the experience!

    • A. Sheehy

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      My husband and I had the Formal Afternoon Tea here this afternoon. It is a delightful place with cozy ambiance. The service was attentive but not hovering. The tea service and choice was excellent. I liked the individual metal tea pots with a very usable tea strainer. The sandwiches were very good, and there was plenty of food. We prefer a traditional scone rather than theirs. Also, they serve whipped cream instead of clotted cream. Other than that, it was perfect!

    • Saxifrage

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      We began a tradition of taking our daughters to High Tea when our oldest was going into kindergarten. She is now a Junior in HS and it is still a cherished tradition that began at the Queen Mary. What a lovely place, with elegant three tier offerings of finger sandwiches, sorbet, and tiny scones and delicious Irish breakfast tea.

    • Lynette

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      I have been bringing my daughters here for many years. When my oldest daughter comes home from college for a vistit,Queen Mary's is on our list to vist and sometimes we will go directly from the airport. The atmosphere and the tea and food menu is moderate but really good and with a beautiful presentation. Recently we celebrated with my niece the week of her wedding. The breakfast was wonderful although we all agreed we missed the desserts! Thanks for the memories we have had and continue to have.

    • Michelle

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      Absolutely amazing, I will never stop coming to this adorable tearoom. It's so, so fabulous. Everyone gets their own individual china teacup that's different from the rest from the owner's own personal collection. I love sitting by the doves in the window!! The prices are VERY reasonable for the quality of food you get, and the amount! The tea is great -- make sure you get honey with your tea! The little honey server is to DIE for!

    • Alison

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      It is by far my favorite tea room in the Puget Sound area. I have been visiting this tea room for years and have fallen in love with its charm. I obviously love to go with friends, however, do venture there sometimes on my own to sit at one of their more intimate tables for two and enjoy tea and a book. The food is always yummy and the tea is as they as--spot on. I have known Mary, the manager, for many years and she is as warm and fun as she has made her tea room to be.

    • Sharon Harbeck

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      It is always a treat for me as a fellow Tea Room owner to visit the Queen Mary Tea Shop. 'Tea as it should be' is served here. The food is alway wonderful and the staff are attentive and friendly. Mary the owner has the gem of Seattle in this little tea room. Her love and passion for tea and food is so evident, and there is a warm, comfy feeling to the place. l will continue to look forward to my enjoyable, but o to few visits here. Thanks Mary for providing us with this special place for really great tea.

    • Karen

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      The atmosphere is wonderful! It is the cutest victorian tea house I have seen, but also very comfortable. The food is beautiful and delish. The service is fantastic - everyone is very knowledgable and friendly. Don't be afraid to ask them questions about teas. They will even bring you samples!

    • Renae

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      If you love taking tea, you are in luck at Queen Mary. The tea room is nicely decorated in traditional Victorian style and tables are set with real bone china and linen. No cold glass tops or paper napkins here! We have been coming to Queen Mary for over 10 years and the food is consistatly mouthwatering. Attention to detail, attentive service, and expert presentation makes every visit one of the most enjoyable things to do.

    • Jennifer

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      the food at Queen Mary is delicious. the space is bustling (even on a weekday afternoon) and cramped, packed with knickknacks and flowered everything. i'm sorry to say that most of the tea service keeps the leaves stewing and ultimately destroys the flavor. i have been there with both large and small groups and have found the service to be moderately attentive and not particularly knowledgeable about tea. highly recommended for the pastries, tea sandwiches and sorbet.

    • Marie, Judy, Angie

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      Though we have had tea at many places including London, there are few that can match Queen Mary Tea. We are retired teachers who love to spend our afternoons enjoying afternoon tea. The owners, staff and attention to detail of this tea room is the best we have ever found.

    • Beca McIntosh

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      Our visit to Queen Mary this weekend was tea delightful experience. We have been in before and were somewhat surprised the extremely busy atmosphere. Part of it, we were told is typical for a weekend. And adding to the effervesces was a wedding shower. The four of us ordered the formal afternoon tea which comes with the tea of your choice from a menu that is probably around 60 or 70 different teas. Part way through the meal, the waiter brought samples a new tea that Queen Mary has blended. That was probably the most fun we’ve had as a group. The tea is actually a Rooibos. We had never heard of Rooibos. The waiter generously spent time explaining what Rooibos was and since the tea is brand new, invited us to help pick a name for the blend

    • Georgette White

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      This is without a doubt my favorite place to enjoy Afternoon Tea. Very busy on weekends, so if you want to avoid the crowds, you have a better chance on a weekday. The food is wonderful, the staff very knowledgeable about tea and everything is artistically presented.

    • Chantelle

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      I was not very pleased with the last time I came to this tearoom. I was not at all impressed with my food, it was cold and somewhat plain. The music overplaying was skipping and no one did a thing about it after awhile I was beginning to get a headache! My tea I had ordered was an Orange Spice, it was not orange spice but the waitress tried to tell me that sometimes black tea's can get a 'chocolatey' flavor, which I know to be wrong. I just felt like there wasn't much effort put into making their customers feel comfortable.

    • c.j.

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      a bit on the loud and busy side, tables too close to each other. food presentation was wonderful, the sorbet was out of this world. tea was good and staff nice.

    • Patty

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      We both had the high tea and enjoyed everything. I only wish we had each had our own fruit and had not had to fight over who got what. I plan on taking my mother for tea very soon!

    • SH

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      What a Birthday treat this was for my friend and myself. There were 4 of us, all English, on a day trip to Seattle from Vancouver WA. We chose the Queen Mary to celebrate our special day as we had read the wonderful reviews on Teamap, and quite honnestly wanted to see if this place actually lived up to the reputaion of being in the top 5% of all Tea Rooms in the state of WA. Well, we were very impressed. Mary the owner was so nice to us. We had tiaras placed on our heads, and birthday candles with our tea. We all had a different item on the menu and everything was superb!. Each mouthful was savoured by us all. The variety of Teas was vast to say the least, and the wait staff were polite and attentive. Yes, the room seemed crowded as there were alot of tables in a small space but it did not interfere with the enjoyment of the meal.We are planning to return again in the summer to enjoy This Gem of Seattle.

    • Stephanie

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      I visited this tea place on a recent business trip to Seattle (I found it on teamap.com), and let me tell you, it was excellent! I came back for a second visit, and would go again, anytime I am in Seattle! I had the 'afternoon tea' on my first visit: the tea selection was very good, the fruit served was amazing (the assortment was truly impressive, considering I went in early Feb), the sorbet was good, the sandwiches were good (the salmon and also the cucumber were excellent, but I didn't like the almond chicken one), the deserts were very good. What made this place so outstanding was the excellent service, food quality, atmosphere & menu selection! The only things I would change: I would cut the sandwiches into smaller portions (at least for the afternoon tea), and I would do something about the bench seating to make it more comfortable (it had padding, but was still a mite too uncomfortable)...all in all, an excellent experience at a well-established tea room, who clearly knows how to give a good afternoon tea!

    • Bianca

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      so cute! and a great variety of tea. we had the vanilla honeybush (red) and the blueberry white. wouldn't recommend the blueberry to anyone but the honeybush was excellent! try to white dover cookie too. the service was great, our waiter had a lot of knowlege and was very helpful. i'll definitly be coming back!

    • Debbie Terrill

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      A top notch tea room. Tables are perhaps a little too close together, but this is a minor quibble after having their warm chocolate cake! Excellent food and tea, all well-prepared. If you are a knitter, you can then browse the knit shop down the street afterwards. A perfect day!

    • Edie Laird

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      Queen Mary's became a tradition for my daughter and her friends at the end of 8th grade. They have no graduated from college, but we still visit Mary's together at least once each summer. Tracy & I have had tea from Hong Kong's Peninsular to London's Ritz and Connaught including tea in Cairo, Egypt; Auckland, New Zealand, Boston & New York. And Mary's is still our favorite. We'll be back soon!

    • Elias Ross

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      The tea is served in large glass 'coffee press' style containers, so you have a good quanitity to drink. I think the best way to go, however, is to decant the leaves after steeping. The dregs, although mostly isolated with the press, tend to still generate a lot of bitter taste as the pot sits. It is a fun place to go on a date (a little too feminine for my taste) and you get excellent food and service. If it's crowded, it may be a little noisy if a lot of females congregating. Next time I'll try the afternoon tea service and post a new review.

    • Isolde

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      The menu at the Queen Mary is excellent, as is the tea. It's a fairly small tea room that does a lot of business. Frequently, I feel rushed to finish when dining there and it's not a relaxing experience. The staff are generally very nice. I much prefer the Empress Fairmont in Victoria.

    • kay sargent

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      I love the menu and the teas. Usually Mary herself is quite charming and her waitstaff very competent. My last time there was very dissapointing and I have not felt moved to return for another tea at her establishment.

    • Marge Lindberg

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      Absolutely Smashing! The atmosphere, the service, the food was fabulous. I can't wait to bring back more friends and family!

    • Nancy 08/03/05

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      The Queen Mary Tea Room is heaven to me. I have been there so many times and brought so many of my wonderful friends there. I feel vary pampered there with the English Bone China cups and their incredible food. Her selection of tea is so vast now that you have a hard time making up your mind which tea to order. Mary when she can, comes around to each table and visits and I feel that is just a real special touch. I feel I have really gotten to know her well because of it. I highly recommend this tea room.

    • Britta

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      We love Queen Mary! Our experiences there have always been wonderful! The owner is so nice, she even helped us over the phone when we got lost the first time we came. I just wished we lived closer!

    • Adam

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      My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here, on Valentines day, and while we came later in the day, the staff were friendly, and in no way rushed us. The tea was exquisite, and the cozy table by the window was greatly appreciated. The high tea was above average, and while I am a large man, entering hungry, I left quite satisfied. I am also a chef, and the food would pass muster in any kitchen I ran. If in Seattle, this is a must stop by.

    • tealover

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      Very unimpressed. As a former owner of a tea room, i would give this a so/so rating. The wicker chairs are uncomfortable and the room in general is very 1980's florals and feels claustraphobic. The tea is good and the price is also good for what you receive. One thumb up, and one thumb down.

    • Debbie

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      I have been to this my favorite teahouse more times than I can count. It always have a great time. The food is some of the best and the staff is always happy and accomidating. I can happily recommend this tea room, whether you are by yourself or with a group of best friends.

    • ST Woodland WA

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      I originally took my fiancee to the tearoom for his birthday. He had lunch and I had afternoon tea. The food is scrumptious and the service was nothing short of perfect. We HIGHLY recommend you visit the tearoom. Every guest is treated like royalty. We even had the honor of sharing a moment with Queen Mary herself! I got an extra surprise when my boyfriend proposed to me next door at Beyond the Garden Gate prior to our tea time. You never know what's going to happen at the tea room!