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Pinecone Cottage Tea House

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1029 Burlington Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA (630) 963-9130 Website Owner?

Sun 1:00pm – 4:00pm Mon closed Tue closed Wed 12:00pm – 4:00pm Thu 12:00pm – 4:00pm Fri 12:00pm – 4:00pm Sat 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Recent reviews

    • Pam

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      Just got home from having tea with my D-I-L and Granddaughters. It was delicious and there was something for everyone. Homemade food and lovely presentations. They loved the decor - teapots and hats. The girls are already planning to come back when their cousin comes to town.

    • Gail Monick

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      I have been going to this tea room almost since it first opened in 2002. Although some things have changed through the years, the wonderful seasonally inspired foods from the garden of the owner, the homey feeling and charming decor of the tea room and the friendly and efficient service have stayed the same. I have brought family and friends here for many afternoon tea services and have had events catered from here all to the rave reviews of everyone who was lucky enough to partake in the creations from Pam Geralds. Many of the condiments used in the delicious foods offered are for sale along with the extensive loose tea offerings. In addition, a variety of interesting workshops and cooking classes are available. This is definitely the place to go for a relaxing afternoon with an ever changing and interesting beverage and food menu and I will continue to highly recommend Pinecone Cottage Tea House and Catering to everyone!

    • Julia Ann Miller

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      On June 2, 2016 our Downers Grove M.S. Book Club met to enjoy our last gathering before our summer break celebrating with a High Tea at your facility. Thirteen book club members were in attendance and all gave rave reviews to the experience from the minute each person entered your quaint tea house until sadly we departed for home. The unique table settings, tasty healthy food served and the welcoming personalities of the servers contributed to a pleasant afternoon. We appreciate you opening 1/2 hour earlier to permit a short book discussion. What a find you are in Downers Grove!!

    • Carol

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      The variety of tea choices was robust (just like the Highland Tay I had from Scotland). From white to green, black to Russian, decaf to tisanes, and more. Unlike a traditional high tea menu, there was soup and a lunch buffet ... but also scones, Devon cream, jam, and a sweets table. The coziness of the tea house was ladylike and fun. An eclectic collection of plates, cups, saucers, flatware and cream/sugar sets dotted each linen-covered table. Rustic chairs were comfortable with pillow cushions and decorative ribbons. Hats and teapots graced the walls. The owner, Pamela, her assistant and her mother were gracious and friendly. In a word, this tea house is 'perfect.' PS: Drivers will find lots of free parking, on the street or in a neighboring lot.

    • Sheila Tolbert

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      I hosted a Christian Tea Party and the service along with the Food were absolutely great. Pam and her Team did an awesome job and all the ladies were so blessed by their customer service. This Tea House in Downer's Grove is a hidden Gem!! I can not wait to host another Tea Party at this beautiful Tea Room!

    • Jessi

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      Had our baby shower here and it was just perfect! Our guests truly enjoyed the atmosphere and waitstaff. The food was just out if this world delicious!! Truly a hidden gem. Thank you!!!

    • Pam Kaprales

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      Went for afternoon tea and everything was wonderful! From the decor to the food! Loved every minute of my experience. Can't wait to go back!

    • Judy

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      Eat lunch before you go for a luncheon. Not much food served. Not much variety, only 3 items served. Out of luck if you have allergies.

    • Debbie

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      I took my daughter, future daughter-in-law and her mom. It is a delightful cozy venue. Paul and Pam were very attentive to us. We all enjoyed everything !

    • Deirdre

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      A friend and I went for afternoon tea and were delighted by the tea, the food, the hosts, and the ambience. Everything was excellent. We had a wonderful, relaxing, and tasty time. Recommend highly for the food, tea, and the charming environment and friendly hosts.

    • Mitzi

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      We did my sister's baby sprinkle here! Perfect for a small group! It was a soup tasting and brunch! Yummy:)

    • Mary

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      This is a small cozy place. It was very enjoyable. I would highly recommend. Make a reservation. We went with 2 teens, 1 senior citizen and 1 adult. All loved it! Enjoyed Paul, the server and host. He explained everything that he was served and how it was made. We all appreciated that. Our group likes to try different tea places (Drake Hotel, Pickwick Society in Frankfort, Russian Tea Room) and this was our favorite! We especially liked the different courses. They were brought out separately and when you are ready--not everything at once like the Drake.

    • Rosanne Ripper

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      Along with my daughter-in-law Kate I hosted a baby shower for my other daughter-in-law Morgan. the Pine Cone Tea Room was the perfect venue for this occasion. I love how they change the decor and the menu for the season. We enjoyed the beautiful Fall decor and the Fall menu. A favorite was the pumpkin soup and the caramel apple tea. There were other loose tea and tea bag selections. The tea savories and scones as well as desserts were all to die for! It is such a cozy atmosphere that you feel you are in your own home but everything is done for you!!! The service was fantastic. The server explained everything that was being served to each table but all in a timely fashion. the own er Pam is gracious and accommodating. I highly recommend this tearoom for a wonderful experience.

    • Kim L.

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      My mom hosted my baby shower here a few days ago, and it couldn't have been a more perfect venue for the event. The charming atmosphere and attentive service made all the difference, and a variety of teas (double lemon apricot iced tea, loose teas, and bagged tea) pleased a variety of palates. The gourmet food was incredible--made with fresh herbs and vegetables from the owners' garden. Even my foodie friends were impressed. I would definitely recommend this place!

    • Jane H.

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      I hosted a bridal shower for my niece last weekend. It was a HUGE success - the food and service were amazing and the setting was quaint and cozy for the 27 guests. Pam was easy to work with long distance! Hope to return soon!

    • Linda

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      A not to be missed experience in a quaint and comfortable setting. Tea, food, service,, ecor, ambience -- all perfectly lovely. Can't wait to go back for the Tussie Mussie event in July!

    • Ashley Orth

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      I hosted a baby shower here. They have a wonderful setting and the decor was perfect for the event. Everyone loved it and found the tea service unique and fun. I highly recommend it for any small event.

    • Ali

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      This was an amazing brunch event for my baby's baptism. The variety of tea and beverages was great and the food superseded our expectations. The atmosphere was intimate and perfect for the occasion. Highly recomend. Plus the hot cocoa was AMAZING!

    • Candy

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      I hosted my daughter's baby shower here. What a wonderful afternoon! The tearoom was beautifully decorated for Valentines Day. The food was delicious. The service was attentive. My family raved about the event.

    • Denice

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      My friends and I first went to this tea room for my birthday. The decor is so beautiful and unusal. I recommned a late PM visit as the ambiance is so enhanced when dusk arrives and the sparkly lights shimmer and the lights are dimmed. The food is amazing and also unique to what I've had at other tea rooms. Pam, the owner, is a creative & inspired cook (and has quite a fashion flair with her gorgeous vintage hats and clothing). She and her husband Paul, are gracious & attentive hosts. We went back for a soup class last night and learned how to make 5 AMAZING soups. We helped to chop and dice along with Pam in the kitchen and then, when the soups were finished, we got to enjoy each of them with a pot of freshly brewed tea and Lucy's (Pam's mom) famous sweet bread. We had a wonderful time and took home some great recipes. Both visits were exceptional. This place is a gem and I will continue to return for the food, the atmosphere and the experience!

    • Lou Ann

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      The cozy environment was perfect for the baby shower we had here. The room was seasonally decorated with snowflakes and many lovely teapots. The 4 course tea menu included a great winter lentil soup, savories, and sweets. There was a choice of a seasonal tea [cinnamon vanilla] as well as a hot bishop [warm fruited beverage]. Everything was freshly made. Pam was very flexible to work with and the service was very personal. Would highly recommend. We were worried about parking but there are two free lots very near.

    • Jane

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      What fun! and perfect for my daughter's baby shower. The whole atmosphere was exactly what we wanted plus the food was very special. I've had many calls from the people who attended - they will be going there on their own. I'm so happy we found this gem. Thank you!

    • Marilyn Ludwig

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      The owners, Pam and Paul, have a real gem here. We hosted a Bridal shower for our niece at the tea room and it was wonderful!!! The service was great! Paul and Robert did a superb job beginning with the welcome punch which was offered to guests as soon as they arrived. Once the tea began, they went to each table explaining the many teas offered and followed up with prompt attention and service. The atmosphere of the tea room is magical. You feel like you're in a cozy cottage tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life having a wonderful tea experience on grandmother's china; and the food was fabulous! Pam is extremely creative with her menu and presentation of each course. She uses as many fresh ingredients from her garden as possible to create mouth savoring delights. She delivers each course personally, explaining each dish to her guests. From the unique salad she served that day to the wonderful variety of tea sandwiches, to the bubbly buttery brown sugar plum tarts, everything was delicious! Our niece was thrilled with the shower, to say the least, as were the guests. I would definitely recommend the Pinecone Cottage Tea Room to anyone wanting to make a memory for a special event in their life OR if you'd just like to have a nice afternoon tea.

    • Marcia Gaspari

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      My sister's arranged a wedding shower for my daughter--absolutely perfect. The Tea Room, food, ambiance could not have been better! My friends and family loved it. Kudo's to Pam and Paul--you made the day so special.

    • Renee

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      My sisters planned my baby shower at the Pinecone Cottage and it was PERFECT. The decor is absolutely beautiful and the food was outstanding. Great teas. What a perfect party I will never forget!

    • Jill Petranek

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      CONSISTENTLY well prepared and served food and tea is what you will find at Pinecone Cottage Tea House. The details that have been put into the atmosphere and decor add so much to the experience...like Martha Stewart herself would do.

    • Meg H

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      Lovely experience. The food was delicious, especially the Scottish style scones with gooseberry jam and lemon cream. What a cute place. Would definitely go back.

    • Christine Zuncic

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      We had a small group for tea and mini-bridal shower here. The food was so delicious and the tea as well. The ambiance is really special and the service was great.

    • Caren H

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      I enjoyed a fun Halloween afternoon tea with friends last Saturday. The cottage has a cozy, country ambiance which was creatively decorated for Halloween. We enjoyed a vast assortment of teas, squash soup, tea savories, scones, pumpkin cake and brownies. Everything was excellent! The owners have put a lot of love into the Pinecone Cottage Tea House. We'll be back.

    • Cindy Witschorik

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      The perfect combination of warm and welcoming ambiance is a hallmark of fine dining. Pam and Paul create a delightful atmosphere for guests at their Pinecone Cottage Tea House. On a cold and snowy Saturday afternoon, December 4, 2010, Pam hosted a memorable holiday bridal shower for our son Mark and his fiance' Molly. Lovely holiday decor and sounds of the season complemented aromas of warm Wassail and Spicy Christmas Berry Tea. Bushia's Polish Mushroom Soup, Potato Pierogi, Tea Sandwiches, and fresh baked scones with home made jam were prepared by Pam and her Mom the morning of the event. The traditional Holiday Sweets Table was definitely, the 'icing on the cake.' Paul and his gentleman assistant's professional and entertaining table service amply filled our hearts with happiness and good cheer! The bridal shower gift table and cozy space around it made for an intimate gathering place for the bride and groom to-be as they read messages and opened their gifts. Our family and friends are grateful to Pam and Paul for the best Christmas Tea-Time Shower EVER! 'God bless us every one.'

    • Mary K.

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      My sister and I hosted a bridal shower at the Cottage last weekend. All of our guests were impressed with the cozy atmosphere and the detail in the decor. The food was unique and plentiful. The hosts were very gracious as well. A good time was had by all!

    • Judy

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      Pinecone Cottage was the perfect atmosphere for our bridal shower. The bride-to-be was so thrilled by the setting and our guests from their 20's through 80's raved about the theme, food/teas and comfort of the tea house.

    • Felecia Boyd-Wilson

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      My intentions have been to write this MUCH deserved review way before now, but life has happened and keeps happening.....However, it's been over a year and my friends and family are STILL raving about how much fun we had at the Pinecone Cottage for my 50th Birthday Celebration. The food and tea was very tasty & delicious and the service was EXCEPTIONAL!!!

    • Sue M & Diane B

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      We hosted a bridal shower here and it was splendid! The atmosphere was intimate and made you feel like British gentry or out of a page from Alice in Wonderland. The proprietors, Pam & Paul Geralds, are professional and work with you to make sure the agenda moves smoothly. The beverages were presented in true “tea service” with description and selection. The food was delicate and delicious. It was the easiest and most elegant shower we have ever hosted. Bravo Pinecone Cottage!

    • Janet Bilder

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      This tea house is adorable! I've been here several times now. The food I had today was absolutely delicious; it tasted much more gourmet than the typical tea sandwich. I would definitely recommend this tea house and plan on returning.

    • Diana Southard

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      I attended a bridal shower in this adorable little spot and was taken back 40+ years to a dreamy childhood afternoon fantasy but in the flesh, tea party! I browsed at a few of the cookbooks which invited me from the shelves and sipped strawberry tea from a unique pot. We were treated as if we were a princesses while nibbling our way through the 4 course tasty fare. Well done Pamela and crew!

    • Mary LaRocca

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      My daughter's bridal shower was Fairy Tale Perfect from start to finish. The food * Divine *, the service *we all felt like princesses and queens! The most charming and inviting environment we could have wished for. Nothing but rave reviews from every guest! The bride is still on cloud nine. Thank you for making her dreams come true!!!!!!

    • Cathy Mead

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      I have had afternoon tea and loved both the food and tea service at this homey and quaint teahouse. We held a Bridal Shower tea and all the guessts raved about it. Thank you to Pam for providing the perfect afternoon tea for our bride. Can't wait to have another event and enjoy an afternoon at Pinecone Cottage.

    • Nancy G.

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      Each of the guests at the bridal shower I hosted loved the atmosphere, the decor, and the food. It has a cozy and calm ambiance-very pleasant. A special 'tea of the month' and a seasonal menu offering makes each visit special. The scones were lovely, and everyone enjoyed the sweets table afterward. Attentive service capped off our experience. I would choose the location again for any other special showers or occasions. We all loved the display of dozens of unique teapots.

    • J Platt

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      My mom, brother and I had a lovely afternoon! We had a wonderful variety of home-made, delicious savories and sweets (my favorite was the choc. chip scone with strawberry preserves and devon creme), and each of our excellent teas was in a unique teapot (I had a subtle Russian tea in a vegetable teapot with a pumpkin lid.)

    • Grace D.

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      The food was delicious. The atmosphere was so sweet. I recommend this for anyone who would like to spend a pleasant afternoon with family or friends.

    • H Gagen

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      My daughter's bridal shower was held here yesterday and everything was great. Pam, Paul and the rest of the staff were wonderful. The food, teas and other beverages were scrumptious. Would recommend Pinecone Cottage to all tea lovers.

    • Nicole Hoadley

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      My girlfriend hosted my baby shower here last weekend and we had a fabulous time. Pam and Paul were amazing hosts, everything from taking guests coats to presenting them with a beverage before they were able to say hi to other guests. Service was prompt and Paul is quite the server. We had a buffet brunch and the food was amazing. There was PLENTY to go around. The Strawberry French Toast Casserole, Strata, tea breads, Rosemary Potatoes and specialty teas and hot cocco we amazing and out of this world. My guests are still talking about it today. Pam and Paul went out of their way to ensure we felt at home and that all our needs were met. I would HIGHLY recommend this location for any baby/wedding/bridal shower, holiday party, or lunch. Thank you for a memorable experience!

    • Leah Cybulski

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      My mother hosted a baby shower for me last weekend at the Pine Cone Cottage. Pam and Paul were the most gracious hosts and the shop was beautifully decorated. My guests still are raving about the quality of the food and service. We felt like we were in someone's home rather than in a 'restaurant.' Everything was perfect!! I highly recommend this location for tea service or for a bridal/baby shower. Many of our guests are planning on coming back for Mother's Day.

    • ac

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      I just hosted a baby shower here and the food and service was wonderful!

    • Carol Macha

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      I had the joy of having tea twice at the Pinecone Cottage this Christmas season. First time was a mother-daughter tea...the service was excellent, selections superb for both the moms and the 9-10 year old daughters and everyone had a great time. Based on that experience I brought two out of town girlfriend's to an afternoon tea service. It was even better! The care and joy they have for the tea is amazing--they explain all the available teas to you in detail, the menu (which changes monthly) has seasonally appropriate food and it is all fantastic! And the setting is really sweet...a truly great experience! Two other notes: while this was afternoon tea, there are 3-4 generous courses, so it will really fill you up. And also, the store owners are really good to the Downers Grove community. In the summer, the owners will frequently put out a cart in front of their store with free homegrown vegetables; and at Halloween when kids in DG can trick or treat at the downtown stores, Pine Cone cottage always has a gourmet spread out for all to partake of, for free. Great service, amazing food and tea and caring community members...Pine Cone Cottage is awesome!

    • Mandy Prendki

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      Thank you for such a wonderful afternoon! AnneMarie and I really enjoyed tea last Sunday and cannot wait to come back. Your food was great and we were so comfortable relaxing and talking. I have been telling all my friends what a nice experience it was. I wanted to take the time to thank you and hope my family will decide soon if we can make it for Wigilia.

    • Elizabeth Carroll

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      Pinecone Cottage Tea House successfully delighted two adults and nine 7 and 8 year old girls while they earned a Brownie badge for manners. The choices of tea and delicacies for both adults and children were wonderful!

    • Jennifer

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      I had my sister's wedding shower here and everyone had a great time. The service and food was excellent. Many of the guests loved how cute and charming the place was.

    • michelle

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      I held my sister's wedding shower at the Pinecone and we had a truly wonderful time. The guests all raved about the food and the service and my sister was delighted with the charming atmosphere. I highly recommend the Pinecone.

    • Karen O'Leary

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      I was pleasantly surprised with this tearoom. The owners are truly dedicated to presenting excellent tea and foods. I would highly recommend this tearoom for personal or bridal showers.

    • Mary Paula

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      We recently had my daughter's Bridal Shower at The Pinecone Cottage and I can't say enough about them. It was a raining dreary day and yet Pam made the entire experience so wonderful that the rain didn't even bother anyone. The decor was very charming and delightful. The food was simply devine. Presentation was wonderful and it all tasted so delicious! We had several children attend the shower as well and had commented on how wonderful the food was. We received so many compliments from the guests and most of all from my daughter who said the day was just perfect! Thank you Pam for taking care of all the details, food, drinks etc and making our day beautiful! I would highly PineCone Cottage if you are looking for somewhere different and special for your next event!

    • Genevieve

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      I held my sister in law's baby shower at the Pinecone Cottage. We had a wonderful time. The menu was creative and each course was delicious. We were all impressed with our individual tea pots and all the different teas on the menu.

    • Edie Rago

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      I had a very pleasant experience. The peolpe working theree are very friendly, upbeat and helpful. I will be going back again.

    • Jeff Swearingen

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      I first discovered the Pinecone Cottage Tea House in 2008 when looking for a place to send my mother-in-law, my wife and her sister for a family celebration. The reviews I read at the time were A+, so I took the plunge and made plans. The 3 girls had an absolutely wonderful time, enjoying the tea, food, friendly personal service and atmosphere. Since that initial visit, it is now a monthly tradition for them. Sometimes my wife and I go on special occasions. In fact we're attending our 2nd annual soup making class together this very evening. The location is perfect, in an easily accessible downtown area of a western Chicago suburb. There are always things to do in the area before and after to make it a fun day. Ask Pam and Paul for their recommendations. Favorite teas include Marzipan, Irish Mist, Christmas Cookie, Chocolate Truffle and Chocolate Covered Strawberry. The mixed tea drinks are always good too. And the food is excellent, creative and presented well. Thank you Pam, to you and your family for creating such a special environment to enjoy quiet conversation and delicious tea.

    • Mary

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      I had a wonderful experience at the Pinecone Cottage Tea House. It was everything a Tea House should be. The food was delicious and the menu was very creative. They had a large variety of tea and the Butter Cookie Tea was delightful. The atmosphere was relaxing, clean and very cozy. The owners were friendly, hospitable and attentive. They have done a wonderful job of providing their guests with a memorable experience. I will be sure to visit again soon as the Pinecone Cottage Tea House is a very special treasure.

    • Sue

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      I had my daughter's baby shower at the Pinecone Cottage yesterday. My experience at this charming tea house was all that I had wished for and more. The atmosphere, food, hospitality and service were fabulous, we were never rushed and my guests were very impressed. From the moment we arrived, Marty took our coats, hung them up and placed the gifts on the gift table. Paul explained each course before serving it and Pam was very pleasant and easy to work with. I was able to relax and visit with our guests and never look back. Go there for your special occasions, you will not be disappointed.

    • Janet Grashoff

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      I had a baby shower for my daughter at the pinecone cottage and thought the entire presentation, food quality, uniqueness and absolutely lovely atmosphere to be wonderful !!Paul even showed a video prepared by my daughter who could not be present to the delight of all attending !! Thanks, Pam, Paul and Emily, We loved the afternoon !

    • Laura

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      Had my daughter-in-law's baby shower at the Pine Cone Cottage and it was just delightful! It is the perfect setting for that special event. The use of their garden in the preparation the food makes it very special. Pam and her husband Paul did a wonderful job and the service was great! Also, Paul was very helpful in explaining each course. Thanks for a wonderful time!

    • Mike

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      On both occasions that I visited the Pinecone Cottage, I had a wonderful time. The food and service were very good. Pam and her family made my experience memorable. Thanks, Pam.

    • Jennifer Hall

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      Very warm and cozy. The owners of this shop really enjoy their work and do everything possible to make you feel right at home.

    • Gwen Luce

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      My first experience was in Feb. 2009. I went with a group of gal pals for bday tea/luncheon. Service was great, atmosophere perfect for a relaxing chat time with the friends. Loved my tea, had comfort soup, the staff was engaging and personable. Huge fan of the comfort soup, asked for a private cooking class. Cooking class was my 1st experience, we had the entire place to ourself. The class was organized and recipes were explained. after cooking, we had tea, soup and the company of freinds and staff.

    • Suzanne Poortinga

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      I hosted a brunch bridal shower at Pinecone Cottage. The food was delicious(everyone loved the raspberry French toast), the atmosphere was warm and inviting, and Pam and her staff could not have been more helpful. The lemon basil tea was a favorite! We had a wonderful experience.

    • Theresa Clarke

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      I have had the opportunity to visit the Pinecone Cottage Tea House several times in the past year. In each instance, I have had a wonderful experience. Pam changes her menu each month and it is always very creative and I have yet to taste anything that was anything but delicious. She always has two types of tea's as specials of the month, but there is also a separate tea menu to choose from. Pam creates all of her dishes herself and the atmosphere is small and cozy. I have recommended the Pinecone Cottage Tea house to others and with 2 people or a larger group, you can't go wrong.

    • Emma Wood

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      I had a small bridal shower here. It was lovely and the ambiance was so sweet. The owner and other staff were kind and unobtrusive and incredably accomodating. If I wasnt moving out of state this summer I would be a regular here. Also the shortbread cookies were TO DIE FOR, the best I have ever had! Thanks so much Pam!

    • Donna Siefer

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      My daughter's baby shower tea party was held at the Pinecone Cottage Tea House. The service was excellent, the variety of tea preparations and flavors were unique and delicious and the food was FABULOUS!I would definitely have another event there!

    • Brenda

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      I came from Michigan to visit my cousin in Northfield. One of our favorite things to do is to visit different tea houses. We had a wonderful time at the Pinecone Cottage Tea House! The food was great and everyone was so kind. If you are at tea lover or just want a time to relax, this is a must. You won't be disappointed. They also host showers and parties.

    • Melinda

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      I have now been here seven times over 2008/2009. On my own, with my sister's red hatters and for there Thanksgiving sides class. While not overly comfortable on there types of chairs, my size, i think it is a charming place. You are first served, buffett style, a cheese-fruit-cracker course. Then everything else brought out to you. Fresh, tasty, plentiful. Seperately they offer classes on various types of sides, desserts etc. throughout the year. Price for them is reasonable and you get to eat what you make. GO TO THEM, informative and fun.

      Tearoom response:

      Hi Melinda !<BR> <BR> Sorry for the delay, but although the economy has had it's problems, we've been very busy at Pinecone Cottage.<BR> <BR> I just wanted to send a note to let you know how much we appreciated your kind comments. You don't, or maybe I should say you do realize, how much this helps our business.<BR> <BR> We hope to see you soon, and thanks again !<BR> <BR> Pam

    • MJ Calas

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      I love this tea house! Very clean, cozy and relaxing. Owned by a husband and wife team with attention to detail. Very gracious and attentive customer service. Tea was great as well as the food. I purchased some of the curds and loose tea for home. Nicer than downtown Chicago because you don't have to pay exorbitant parking fees. I highly recommend it.

    • Rosemary Meyer

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      Our bridal shower received many complimentary comments about our choice of location and the tea service. The cream of cauliflower soup was outstanding, the Hot Bishop beverage cozy and tasty, the savory course a delightful variety of foods. Paul was so friendly and informative about each item we were tasting. Pam was very easy to work with long distance. We never felt hurried and staff were nearly invisible. Our bride was delighted.

    • Mary J. Foley Kastenholz

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      I have both attended and hosted work and personal functions at the Pine Cone Cottage and each event has been an utter delight! The menu is marvelous and changes with the seasons so you can go back again and again without repetition(unlike some of the downtown Chicago places which have served the same menu for decades now). The atmosphere is perfect! You feel that you have stepped into a more gracious time and place and you leave eagerly awaiting your next visit. With clients, colleagues, friends or relatives, for special occasions or just 'because', the PCC is an excellent choice!

    • Fran Fleming

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      Since it's opening in 2002, Pinecone Cottage has been a favorite spot for the girls in our family to get together, whether to celebrate a special occasion or to just catch up with one another. From Sweet Sixteen to 85th birthdays, cousin's reunions and welcome home parties, Pam and Paul have made each and every event a wonderful experience for us. We love the beautiful room, the elegant table settings and the wonderfully delicious meal. From savories to sweets, each item on the menu is delectable and the wide assortment of teas is amazing. Thank you Pam and Paul, we'll see you again real soon.

    • Julene Kmiecik

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      My daughter hosted my surprise 60th birthday party at this quaint and charming establishment. From the moment I walked in the door I was taken with this wonderful place. From Robert taking my coat and handing me a glass of punch to the other fabulous service and great food. The scones were outstanding as was the Cauliflower soup. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect place for my special day. Absolutely 5 stars and 2 thumbs up and I will certainly be returning.

    • Kathleen Juskie

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      I had my mother's surprise 60th birthday at this beyond cozy and adorable establishment. I walked into the most picture perfect place. They had so many teas to choose from and the food was delicious. We didn't walk away hungry at all. I couldn't have picked a better place to celebrate my mothers birthday. The people were wonderful and took great care of everyone who attended. I give this place 5 stars and 2 thumbs up.

    • Lynda Fergus

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      I hosted a baby shower for 20 at Pinecone Cottage. My guests felt we had arrived in the home of friends and everyone was delighted at the creativity of the menu and teas. My guests are still talking about the wonderful experience. No one wanted the afternoon to end! It is a must do when in Downers Grove!

    • Meghan

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      I have brought several groups to this very cute tea house. The food, presentation and staff have been first rate each and every time and the group always asks to return Excellant job to Pa and her staff!

    • Carrie Hernandez

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      I just had a surprise 60th b-day for my mom and it was great. The 4 coarse's were delicious! So much detail so cute and comfortable. The Pinecone Cottage is a place I will certainly return to.

    • Leann Ciesla

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      The Pinecone Cottage Teahouse was way beyond my expectations!! My friend was so excited when she found out that her baby shower was going to be there! Pam is such a wonderful hostess. The tea selection was out of this world. Everyone was raving about it. I can't wait to go back. I would highly recommend the Pinecone Cottage. It is a very homey and welcoming establishment. I didn't want the evening to end.

    • Jennifer Breen

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      We hosted a Bridal Shower for approximately 20 guests who all had a wonderful time. We had special dietary needs which were addressed. Every course was very flavorful and unique. Everyone was very welcoming, friendly and cheerful despite the dreary weather outdoors. We were able to take as much time as we needed to have a relaxing and enjoyable time together. The setting seems small when you first enter, but it is very comfortable and intimate, the perfect setting for a gathering of friends and family. I am not much of a tea drinker, but I found that the special house blend was very light and refreshing.

    • B. Mullarkey

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      We had a bridal luncheon at Pinecone Cottage and it was wonderful! Every item in the four course lunch was better than the next. While I confess to not being a tea connoisseur, the cinnamon plum hot tea was the best! The atmosphere is lovely, the food is fabulous, and the service was first class.

    • Gail Wetta

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      I have been delighted by Pam's creative and tasteful teas and her amazing tea menu's since Pinecone Cottage opened. Last week my sisters and I hosted our niece's wedding shower there to RAVE reviews and a another delicious tea menu. The prices are fair, the atmosphere is so charming and the proprietors are knowledgeable, firendly and professional. Pinecone Cottage is a MUST for any visitor, and should be strongly supported by all of us locals. Set a date with woner Pam now, or call or e-mail for a gift certificate as a thoughtful present.

    • Kate W

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      We had a lovely time at Pinecone Cottage, although we were the only customers on a Friday afternoon. We were served promptly even though we were twenty minutes early for our reservation. Service was excellent and so was the food, although the salad was sopping in its dressing, thus the 'good' rather than 'excellent' rating. The scones and deserts were especially good - not too weird, not too pedestrian. The teas we ordered were FABULOUS - one herbal, one flavored black - and we were pleased that we could purchase the blends to take home. The monthly menu available online or in print just outside of the shop is very enticing and helped us choose when to visit and who to bring along. Great location right next to the public library and a lovely country-french-cottagey room with plenty of privacy for each seated party. We're planning to take out-of-town visitors just as soon as someone comes to visit!

    • Patti Capen

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      We celebrated my daughter-in-law's baby shower at the PineCone Cottage.It was wonderful!! The atmosphere is delightful, the staff is welcoming and so eager to please, and the food was outstanding. It is a pleasure to recommend this teahouse to anyone wishing a unique and memorable event. Thanks to Pam and her family.

    • Dawn Burrell

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      I just had my daughter's bridal shower here and it was excellent. All of our guests enjoyed the food and teas. Acutually the food was outstanding. Pam and her staff are very professional. I would hihly recommd the Pinecone Cottage Teahouse to anyone!

    • T. McEwen

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      My friend and I visited the Pinecone Cottage today. This was my first visit and my friend's second. I loved the cozy, charming quaint atmosphere immediately. The service was excellent, the teas fabulous and scones delicious. We had the 4 course tea and found the salad delicious. I was impressed because I have very discriminating taste and am not easily satisfied. My only desire is the tea sandwich plate offers more tea sandwiches and fewer appetizers. We had 1 tea sandwich and 2 tiny appetizers. I will still return because I really enjoyed it! No complaints, just a suggestion.Great place....

    • Margaret Rehwinkel

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      My sister and I hosted my mother's 80th birthday at Pinecone Cottage for 27 close friends. Everyone had such a fantastic time and the 4 course luncheon was so delicious.Your black tea/lemonade/english cucumber tea was the best ice tea I've ever had . The desert buffet was truly amazing, and the coconut cake was the best. Pam, you have 27 new friends who are looking forward to celebrating there own special events with you.Thank you for making Mothers birthday so special.

    • Patricia Meekma

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      The Baby Shower my sisters and I gave for my niece was delightful. My many questions before the event were given a prompt response via phone or email. On arrival, Pam poured punch for each guest as we walked around the quaint, garden-like setting enjoying the menagerie of place settings and teapots adorning the tables. Bag teas were available but the special brewed tea of the month was a must. Pam explained each course as it was presented. Fresh spinach salad with vinaigrette, stuffed phyllo wrapped in prosciutto, carrot/cream cheese sandwiches, melt in your mouth scones with unsurpassed cream spread were a few of the offerings. The dessert table displayed incredible chocolate strawberries, lemon cake, cookies, etc. which we nibbled on throughout the gift opening. Tea and coffee were plentiful. So impeccably clean, we decided we could have eaten off the bathroom floor. A wonderful experience that my sisters, friends and I will share again and again. Thank You Pam

    • Karen Johnson

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      Having been to the Pinecone Cottage for other events, I was pleased to hold my niece's bridal shower at this special location. The owner worked with me in regards to seating and a selection for a child who would attend. The guest of honor, her family, and all who attended had nothing but rave reviews for the decor, food and staff. The dessert table was a particular favorite as was the variety of available teas. We were able to take our time and enjoy our afternoon in this charming, quaint setting. I highly recommend the cottage for special events as well as a special afternoon for friends.

    • Diane Vaughn

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      We found the Pinecone Cottage to be a warm, delightful and charming Tea House. To Start, each of us had a great blend of tea, The Soup and salad was most tasty. We had assorted Savories and great homemade desserts. I'ts my recomendation for a fine eating experence Diane 4-4-08

    • meg p

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      My mother In-Law and I threw my sister in-law's bridal shower at pinecone tea cottage this past saturday. When we first had the idea of choosing pine cone we made reservations the week before christmas to give it a try. AMAZING the green tea infused devilled eggs, the traditional polish cream of mushroom soup, the scones...it was great and the ambience, perfect! at the finish of our tea we asked pam to sit with us, we picked a date and signed a contract to hold the shower at pine cone. saturday april 5th arrived faster than we imagained and the service, food, and experience were wonderful again! the spinach quiche, prosciutto tarts and the carrot cumin tea sandwiches were incredible! guests were raving and my mother who has taken my sisters and i to tea each holiday at the drake, is hell bent on going back asap! my only wish for pinecone tea cottage...take out options for pam's wonderful food! my sister in-law had a beautiful shower and guests have already begun to book their events at pinecone tea cottage! looking forward to my next visit and thank you again pam, paul, and robert for an amazing time!

    • Serah F

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      After hearing rave reviews of the tea service, we opted to hold one of our book club meetings at the Pinecone Cottage. Reservations were made 5 weeks in advance with amendments made to the number of guests in the days prior to the event. The day of the event we all made special efforts to arrive promptly. Most of our group drove over 30mins to get to the location only to find that no one was there. One of my friends called and a male answered and promptly disconnected the call when we said that we had reservations that were now 15 mins past due. We waited around for another 15 mins and left. We ended up at Dali's Café, around the corner, which was absolutely fabulous. We would all drive out there to eat at Dali’s again but I don’t think I am headed back to Pinecone cottage again.

      Tearoom response:

      Serah,<BR> <BR> We are EXTREMELY sorry for the miscommunication !<BR> <BR> As we discussed, when you called about your book club, we always need a firm count 24 hours in advance, so we may prepare the correct amount of food.<BR> We tried several times the previous week, including up to the day before, to confirm the number of people in your party.<BR> <BR> Since none of our calls were returned, and no message was on our voice mail the morning your book club was to come, we were fortunate to receive an oppertunity for a last minute off premises catering event. When we returned, we were very upset to hear that only 1 hour before you were scheduled to arrive, you had finally returned our calls.<BR> <BR> Please have your friend check the number she called, as you know, no one was available to answer the phone. <BR> <BR> Again, we are extremely sorry for the lack of, OR, miscommunication.<BR> <BR> We would appreciate the oppertunity to live up to the rave reviews you mentioned by hosting your next book club gathering, Compliments of Pinecone Cottage Tea House.<BR> <BR> Please call us at your earliest convenience.<BR> <BR> Best regards,<BR> <BR> Paul & Pamela Geralds<BR> Proprietors

    • pat moran

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      I hosted my daughter's baby show at Pinecone. I was very satisfied with the quality of the service and the food. I believe the guests enjoyed the afternnen. The staff got a little anxious when uncounted guests arrived. The problem was solved and the afternoon flowed smoothly.

    • Katie H.

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      We hosted a small bridal shower on the coldest day of the year at Pinecone Tea Cottage, but everything inside was cozy, warm and inviting. The service was wonderful and the food was excellent. A good time was had by all and many people went home with business cards and would definately keep them in mind for upcoming events. We stayed later than we had anticipated and they were very accomodating. The Scottish scones were excellent as well as the Cream of Parsnip soup. I would definately reccomend them for a lunch or a private event.

    • Ann P.

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      We hosted a baby shower at Pinecone Tea Cottage. We were impressed with everything; their loose tea menu was excellent( I sampled both their Marzipan creme and Hot Bishop Tea), their 3 course tea offerings were excellent (the first course Cream of Parsnip soup was out of this world) and the overall service, hospitality and ambience were outstanding. The shower lasted 30 minutes past their closing time and the owners very graciously insisted it was okay. Their website is up-to-date and we will definitely be attending one of their upcoming special events.

    • Aileen

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      The food and tea at Pinecone Cottage was excellent! I anjoyed everything on the menu. The owners were very personable. They told me that they menu changes every month, therefore, it's tempting to come back each month to try out the new menus. This tea house has a really cozy atmosphere, which was an added plus.

    • Cecille

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      I had the pleasure of having afternoon tea at this teahouse on a Sunday with some friends. We had such a wonderful experience here - the hosts were very welcoming and accommodating, the atmosphere was cozy and comfortable, the tea was excellent, and the food was absolutely delicious! I especially enjoyed the roasted parsnip soup with truffle oil and the scottish drop scones with vanilla bean devon cream and muscadine preserves. I definitely will be back to visit this charming little teahouse again! I highly recommend this place.

    • Donna Olsen

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      My two daughters planned a special birthday celebration here for me with some surprise special friends. The atmosphere was so wonderful and welcoming. The teas were better than I have ever had. The owners are personable and prepare everything with their own tender loving care. I especially loved the parsnips cream soup and the scottish scone prepared with whippped cream and jam. I am looking so forward to visitng this charming tea house again. This was a very memorable day spent with my two wonderful daughters and five dear friends! I recommend Pinecone Cottage Tea House to anyone hoping to make a special memory!!

    • Gayle Rusch

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      This is the best afternoon tea I've ever had! I am from California and decided to have a birthday party for a relative who lives in the Downers Grove area. The grace and caring with which Pam helped me plan this party was remarkable. And the food was delicious! All of our guests loved the sherry mushroom soup. The warm, cozy atmosphere was exactly what our guests needed after braving the December snow. If you are a tea lover visiting the Chicago area, don't miss this magical tea room where good people will take wonderful care of you. And if you live in Chicagoland be sure to visit - I'm envious you can visit any time you'd like! I have been to many, many tea rooms including posh hotels and small businesses and this is the best! The owners are truely creating something very special. Enjoy!

    • Peg Johnson

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      My son was sure he would get '2' inch sandwiches with one cucmber on it. What a great surprize for all of us. The food was excellant and plentiful, delicious, and beatuifully presented.We had a wounderful family afternoon!

    • Barb & Shannon Drobney

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      My daughter and I have been going for our mother-duaghter day outing for the holidays for the past 5 years. Its something we both look forward to starting off the holidays right.Its fabulous, quaint and cozy. Highly recommended.

    • Sharon Guilfoyle

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      Tea at the Pincone Cottage has become an annual holiday tradition with my friend and me. It's quaint setting complete with falling snow and extraordinary tea-time service is perfect for intimate gatherings. Extremely highly recommended - Treat yourself and a friend soon . . Sharon, Joliet, Il

    • Diane

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      Very cozy and charming, with a delicious menu that changes monthly.

    • Jackie

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      I attended a bridal shower at Pine Cone Cottage and everything was wonderful! The atmosphere was quaint and cozy and a perfect setting. The scones were so good! Pam and Paul were so accommodating.

    • Holly O.

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      The Pinecone Cottage was the perfect location to host a bridal shower. The food was wonderful and the decor made you feel so special. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a lovely afternoon.

    • Mary Kay

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      this is a first rate tea room. It is quaint, cozy and special sicne it is run by a mother and daughter team. Some ot the furniture is the grandmothers (it has pinecone hardware on it).The seasonal tea orange gingerbread was delightful. A first course of creamy and flavorful mushroom soup was soothing and warming. Hot pastries were special as were the peppermint scones. A very relaxing, delicious tea. Mary Kay

    • Marianne

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      What a delight! Former colleagues gathered for Tea on a Sunday afternoon. It couldn't have been better. A wonderful,extensive 'tea list', delicious food, friendly, helpful and nicely paced service, made the event perfect. Not quite as formal nor expensive as the downtown counterparts. Far more enjoyable. The cozy,Tea Room is right near the train station in Downers Grove, a western suburb of Chicago.Visitors to Chicago, should consider making the trip on the Metra/Burlington Northern RR out of Union Station. Great shopping in Downers Grove as well. Couldn't ask for more.

    • Carole/Itasca,IL

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      My friends and I enjoyed our experience at Pinecone... will definitely go back.

    • S. Madrigal

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      I was visiting from Florida and took my mother-in-law to the Pinecone Cottage Tea House for a treat. She had never been to 'tea' before. We had such a lovely lunch. The food was excellent, the tea we selected was wonderful, the atmosphere just what we needed: quaint, quiet and restful...I visit tearooms all over the country and the this is one of the most enjoyable I have been to...my mother-in-law has thanked me over and over for taking her there...

    • Denise Warren

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      I waited a long time to go to this tearoom and was really disapointed by the server and food. Appetizers were served as two of the tea sandwhiches and the dessert was also lacking in presentation. The Scones were good though.

    • Vicki Sundin

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      What a charming experience! The food was wonderful. One of the courses was a creamed corn bisque that could not have been more tasty. This is such a pleasant change from the overly noisy eateries that are so common now. I can't wait to have tea again.

    • Geri Skelton

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      Last month was the first time I visited the Pinecone Cottage Tea House. My group of four friends and I had a most enjoyable 'high tea' experience. We received excellent service and the atmosphere was so friendly.

    • Mary Anne Foley

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      I reside in FL and met six friends in October on a trip to my cousin's wedding. A five star restaurant experience. We visited for four hours and enjoyed the quaint surroundings and positive service. A true delight I hope to be repeated in the near future. We found the site on the internet. I was born in Chicago and lived there 29 years. Enjoy your afternoon of high tea. Not a complaint.

    • Becky Heneghan

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      My mother, sister and I come to the Pinecone Cottage a few times a month to get together for some good quality girl time. I absolutely love the environment there. I feel like I'm having tea in my living room, it so homey and the hostess is so warm and inviting. She makes us feel as if we're a part of her extended family. The menu and the variety of teas are unique and delicious! They also have a catering business as well and I've ordered picnic baskets and entire holiday meals as well. I always get rave reviews from family and friends. The food is outstanding!! I highly recommend the Pinecone Cottage for an intimate, relaxing gathering and a heavenly teas and food. You will NOT be disappointed!

    • Susan Van Veen

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      I used this wonderful place to cater my 60th birthday tea party. I had some ide of what to expect from having had tea at the tea house. I couldn't have been more pleased or surprised by the quality and beauty of the tea sandwiches (the salmon and cucmber just disappeared) and sweet treats. My guests were amazed and thrilled to actually be at a tea party with terrific tea food. Pam delivered on everything promised - she was a great consultant as we planned the menu. I couldn't have asked for better food or a better tea party with girl friends to celebrate with me.

    • Kay Cahill

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      We had a bridal shower here. It was perfect. The room is decorated uniquely. Service was personal and caring. Sandwiches were delightful, original, and indeed tasty. Wonderful teas!

    • Becky P

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      The hostess was charming, friendly without being intrusive. The food was absolutely delicious. I was somewhat apprehensive that it wasn't going to be your typical tea sandwiches but I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised.

    • Krista Vittone

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      I LOVE this place. It is so charming and offers a wonderful atmosphere for showers and tea parties. I have been here numerous times and have loved the food and service every time. -Krista Vittone 8/27/07

    • Carol Trojanowski

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      Absolutely love Pinecone Cottage! Attention to detail, unique menu offerings make it a very special place. We've had many showers and parties here, and have had wonderful experiences every time.

    • Karen

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      Wish this place would have been better.

    • Karen Donar

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      I chose Pinecone Cottage as the place to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday. Since it was a milestone birthday, I wanted to take her somewhere that would be special and memorable. I could not have made a better choice. As I had already enjoyed the tea room before, I knew the treat that was in store for us. My friend was delighted with the loose 'Tea of the Montth' and thoroughly enjoyed the five course meal that accompanied it. All the food is made by the proprietess, Pam Geralds, and we eagerly looked forward to each course as it was served. We were overwhelmed by the finale - a sweet table with many different choices. My friend and I were pleased to see that our hot tea was replenished often, and kept the perfect temperature over a candle warmer. The ambience of the room is warm, inviting and comfortable. We had a delightful afternoon!

    • Charmaine Reynolds

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      The Pinecone Cottage is a fabulous place to come and relax and enjoy the great food and ambiance. The food is excellent, and tea courses change monthly. The tea of the month is hand dried and compliments the monthly menu. I have been here three times, and each time had a wonderful experience.

    • Cindi Bracher

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      The Pinecone Cottage tea house is so quaint and the food is ALL homemade and is wonderful. Everyone makes you feel like you are part of the family and the service is excellent.

    • Cindy Van Kampen

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      We hosted a surprise b-day party for my sister-in-law at the Pinecone Cottage Tea Room in February 2007. The owner Pam was a delight to work with and very helpful! It's a small, cozy establishment decorated in an elegant country style. There are all different kinds of teapots around and used for serving. The watercress soup was incredible (never had it before!) and finger sandwiches were delicious. The Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Tea was fabulous and served at the perfect temperature. The staff was so friendly and accomodating. We will definitely be back!!

    • Jill Zownorega

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      We had a bridal shower at the Pinecone Cottage Tea Room on July 16, 2006 for my daughter-in-law. It was so delightful! The sandwiches were absolutely delicious and the lemon scones were the best I have ever tasted. The service there was excellent and the featured tea had a pleasant, fruity taste - perfect for a hot summer day. Cold tea was also offered. We were allowed to bring our own cake and sweets to the shower. So many of our guest commented on what a pleasurable afternoon they enjoyed.

    • M Hood

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      This tea house has great food and is a bit different than a traditional tearoom. The focus is less on the tea itself and more on the entire meal and experience. The food varies each month, and the tea service includes several items you would not ordinarily have in a tea setting, which I really enjoyed. We had a baby shower there which was a wonderful experience. The owner seemed a bit scattered on the phone, but when we got there our service was excellent. She let us stay as long as we wanted, we got the whole place to ourselves, she entertained the member of our party who was under 5 years old, and actually ended up charging us less than we had originally agreed on for some reason! The atmosphere is cozy and quaint, with a beautiful interior. Every course was well-made, and although I didn't personally like the selection of desserts she had that day, I loved everything else. It was a refreshing alternative to the traditional predictable tea service, and a great place to have a party!

    • Joane Ramsey

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      I have been to lots of tea house, but Pinecone is an experience in itself! From the warm and cozy ambience to the attention of details and the food! Oh mine, the food! The food is incredible. This tea house offers and experience in gourmet tea food, if such thing exists. Every month the menu is different and I will definetely make this a monthly stop with girlfriends. The food is so delicious and surprising in flavor and texture that I was looking forward to the next item on the Menu. I just couldn't stop eating! I highly recommend Pinecone for anyone that wants good food, cozy ambience and great service!

    • Barb Duke

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      Quaint, cozy tearoom. Great service, extensive tea selection, menu changes monthly. Each item on the menu is an wonderful adventure in taste, texture and presentation. Highly recommended! Everything I've ever had here has been fantastic! If you're looking for a special place and a delightful experience, you've found it!

    • Gail Monick

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      Adorable tea room with fabulous food, great service and reasonable prices. Everything is quite original and done just a bit differently than the norm. Seasonal offerings from the owner's garden at home with all food homemade. An ever changing menu with monthly themes-according to seasons and holidays and menu selections taken from the owners extensive cookbook collection. Offers a unique newsletter with a personal touch. Also does catering,private parties,provides carry out meals and offers cooking and crafting classes. Extremely nice experience whatever you go there for.I've been to many local tea rooms and this is one of the best.I don't know where these other people have been but this is one place to go to for a wonderful and homey experience.

    • nancy

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      Quaint tiny tea room. More on the woodsy theme with large pine cones set around, pine cone wallpaper border, twig chairs which are cute but not comfortable. Not what I would consider an Afternoon Tea. Savories were blintzes, filled red potatoes and triangle chicken salad sandwiches. Although tasty, not what I would expect. Scones too cinnamony and dry, cream mixture to apply to scone not creamy. Sweet was a Pavlova with a swan cream puff on top. Not exciting.Uses loose leaf tea in tea balls but also has tea bags on table. Would I go back again, no.