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Gryphon Tea Room

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337 Bull Street Savannah, Georgia 31401-4520, United States (912) 525-5880 Website

Sun closed Mon 08:30am – 9:30pm Tue 08:30am – 9:30pm Wed 08:30am – 9:30pm Thu 08:30am – 9:30pm Fri 08:30am – 9:30pm Sat 10:00am – 9:30pm

Recent reviews

    • Saverio Perugini

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      If you are visiting Savannah and looking for a spot to enjoy afternoon tea, you will not be disappointed with the Gryphon Tea room. The atmosphere is very classic and the service was amazing. The servers are mostly SCAD students and our server, Azzar Bubb, was awesome! Her service was great and she went out of her way to help us navigate our stay in Savannah. At one point, she went across the street to the SCAD admissions office to get some information for us. The selections of teas available on their menu for afternoon tea was a little short (about 6 teas or so), but sometimes too many choices is overwhelming. Also, they put the tea in the pot without an infuser and then used filters over the tea cups. I would have preferred an infuser in the pot because it makes subsequent steeping a little easier. And the china was a little too plain vis-a-vis the beautiful decor --- but now I am getting really nit-picky and sounding tea snobbish. The Gryphon Tea Room is awesome. Check it out if you are in Savannah. I only wish we had one in Dayton, Ohio. Cheers.

    • Sara Gardner

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      My friends and I ate lunch at this Tea Room on Friday, the food, service, and the atmosphere were great. Our server was Brian and he was excellent. Our only complaint was that we did not see the tea meal menu, saw others having it.

    • Disapointed Deb

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      When visiting Savannah for the Southern Lady Celebration I visited several of the 'Tea Shops'. I chose your tea sandwich and assortments. I was so disappointed - the sandwiches were hard and dry, no taste to the scones and no clotted cream or jam to add any moisture or flavor to them. Besides being cramped and loud, you had to wait in line for the one restroom.

    • Kristi

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      I went to SCAD and enjoyed the Gryphon tea room because of its atmosphere and its unique food. The place is popular and can get quite crowded with group teas and bus groups. The service depends on the day but the food and the interior I think makes up for it! And SCAD students can pay for it on their ID cards!

    • Jef

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      Had a perfect breakfast at Gryphon's. It was a wonderful ending to the best vacation I've ever had.

    • V. M.

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      Incredibly negligent wait staff. Stopped for a quick bite at lunch. The lunch menu did not have much of a variety and the 'courtesy' of the wait staff was all but nonexistent. We had regular iced tea, which is their in-house unsweetened apricot tea. Definitely a highlight of the meal, however the waiter couldn't bring himself to stop lounging at the bar to refill our glasses. We ordered simple sandwiches and salads and it seemed to have shocked the kitchen as it took an inordinate long while for the food to arrive, even though it was late afternoon on a weekday. Although set in a gorgeous place [SCAD had much to do with the restoration], maybe they should put as much attention into keeping their guests happy as they did detailing the trim.

    • Kathy

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      Gryphon has great tea (Harney's and some others). The food was good and staff was courteous and efficient. I would definitely stop in there again. The shop is an old pharmacy and has some fabulous wood carving and stained glass.

    • M. E.

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      After going to the Tea Room the Gryphon had some big shoes to fill. We weren't there for afternoon tea though, just a quick bite to eat. I ordered the soup of the day and was horrified to find a roach in it. I've filed a report to the health department.

    • Dr. Bruce Collins

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      My family's experience at the Gryphon was quite enjoyable. The service was pleasant and prompt, the food was excellent and the teas delightful. I love the space as well. Well worth the visit. Management ought to be commended.

    • Kimberly

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      Unique looking, but overall lacking in service and in food.

    • cinrellarn

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      My friends and I visited Gryphon tea Room our first day in Savannah. The place was packed, but our waitress was extremly polite and helpful in picking out teas for us. The quiche was to die for. The tea room was the one of the best places we went to in Savannah, and I would go back in an instant!!

    • Jenny

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      The gryphon tea room is in a great location and is unique inside (located in an old pharmacy), but the service is always poor. At best, the waitstaff is indifferent and slow.

    • R Burgess

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      This was the worst service I have EVER had. I dropped in with my cousin for tea around 5 p.m. The place was near deserted. We ordered high tea. It took 30 minutes to get a couple of dryed up cucumber sandwichs and petit fours and no tea! After watching our waiter stand and talk with one of his colleagues for another 10 minutes I walked over to him and asked him to interrupt his chat and bring us out tea, Now! A minute later a young man identifing himself as the 'MANAGER' came over to our table. I though he was going to apologize for the bad service but instead he told us to leave 'HIS' restaurant and never come back! So much for the hostess city and SCAD hospitality training! Trust me. We will never come back to this place and have never, ever been treated so rudely.

    • Kim Coleman

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      I had heard some not so great comments about the Gryphon Tea Room before I ever went... it turs out they were true. I was treated by a relative to High Afternoon Tea for 2, but the food selection was very limited (ham & butter and cucumber & cream cheese sandwiches; fruit that looked as if it had been sitting for some time [2 orange slices & 3 grapes], thre was only one type of each dessert on the tier instead of one of each for both of us), and the tea selection has about 12-15 types. We had to move from our first table because it was crawling with several flies. Our table setting was not clean (had to send the plates back because they had dried food on them) or complete when we arrived (no spoons), in spite of the fact that we had reservations. The tea was served in 'well-used' (i.e., chipped/cracked) pots and cups and was never piping hot. The best part about the afternoon was the scones, which are quite good. I could have skipped the rest. I strongly suggest that you skip the Gryphon and go to the Savannah Tea Room on Broughton - you will have a REAL tea experience there!

    • Brian Davis

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      The tea service was excellent. The Scones and condiments were top notch, and I loved the fact that they used paper tea socks. The strainers over the cups at most places are fine, but this is just so convenient.

    • Sherry

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      Everytime I visit my daughter in Savannah we come to your tea room. It is the best place to eat lunch in Savannah

    • Erin

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      The atmosphere was average. We were stuffed into a small area and were very close to our neighbors. Everyone in the restaurant was unhappy with the service. Some of the worst service i have ever had. Don't waste your time.

    • Allison Richardson

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      I am a native Savannahian and although I have moved away, I never fail to make a trip to the Gryphon Tea Room every time I come home. The atmosphere is wonderful and the food is delicious. I have also purchased bags of the Passionfruit, Rising Sun mixed with Vanilla, Apricot and Raspberry to enjoy in my own home. It is certainly not the only tea room in Savannah, but it has such charm along with its exceptional menu of food and tea.

    • Kitty

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      First time ever in a tearoom. Atmospher ok. Decor was nice. I loved the ceiling! Our waiter was exceptionally polite. He went out of his way to make us happy. My daughter, granddaugter and I ordered shrimp salad. Wasn't what we expected. We were expecting more like a toss salad with lots of shrimp but it was like chicken salad.My nephew and I had the Madasgacar and vanilla tea. It was good. Try a lemon twist and it was better. I will probably go back. I know my daughter will.

    • Susan from the Tea Parlor

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      My husband and I stopped in on our first visit to Savannah. The room is beautiful and the prices reasonable, but I still don't see how they get anyone to return for a second visit! Our server was sullen and apparently had better things to do than wait on us. The tea was delicious, but since the leaves were still in the pot, it got very bitter by the 3rd cup. The scones had a good flavor, but were dry as sawdust. The clotted cream and jam made them go down.

    • Jane

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      My aunt and I sat by the bay window overlooking Madison Square for afternoon tea (which the waitress agreed to serve to us 20 minutes before the actual scheduled time). The cucumber sandwiches were nice and light for a very hot afternoon and the scones were delicious. I enjoyed the Madagascar Vanilla Tea and my aunt drank a chilled apricot tea. Both were average (nothing to write home about), but we enjoyed each other and the laid back atmosphere; however, the orange chairs are hideous!

    • Matt

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      one of the best restaurants in town. im not a big salad person but Id take the Baby Blue any day. The prices are amazing and the selection is excellent. The staff is uncommonly friendly for the savannah area. My only complaint is their hours, wish they were later and open on Sunday.

    • Marsha

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      altho sometimes a bit slow I've always looked forward to having tea in this lovely historic tea room..... the atmosphere made up for any shortcomings in the wait staff.... I never complained about the time I had to sit and wait because I rather ejoyed soaking in their unique atmosphere.... now I see they've changed the interior.....why mess with such a charming room??????!!!!!!

    • Robert Langdon

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      My wife and I ate at the Gryphon just the other day and let me tell you it was such a wonderful treat to come in and relax which is the very nature of Savannah within itself. The wait staff was incredibly polite and informative about the history of the building as with information on the Savannah College of art and Design which restored the old pharmacy back in the 90's. Overall, one would think that you were walking into a fine dining atmosphere, but as you stroll across the menu you find that it is fine dining food at the cheapest prices in town. I can not think of another restraunt where I can get a Salmon Steak for 11 dollars. It was so good that we came back in the afternoon where we had afternoon tea. Our server, offered us a special tea blend of the African Red Tea and Vanilla tea. We enjoyed it so much, we bought 3 ozs. of it for the way home, which was only 2.50 a oz. I highly recommend this place to any and all who come to savannah.

    • darcy

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      I have gone to this tea room twice, and both times the service was slower than slow... and somewhat rude. BUT, their scones and vanilla tea are the BEST.

    • Anne Marie

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      I went on 8/27/05. Customer service was excellent. I did not care for the leaves staying in my tea, when asked why they didn't use a tea sock, the waiter looked confused, after explaining he said it was for a bolder taste. Sometimes teas get bitter when they sit too long. After all is no for guzzling. Each tea has a steeping time for a desired flavor. The room was small but well used. However, I felt rushed, because people from the streets were coming in and standing as I was eating, it was a distraction. The meal had excellent presentation, but lacked in taste. Chicken salad was dry and chunky and the tea sandwiches over buttered. For my first experience, it will definitely e my last. However if you're interested in mixing with the locals it's a great place to chat while you wait and stare at those dinning. Luckily, we knew to call for reservations. Needless to say I've been to better.

    • Laura

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      I dined at the Gryphon Tearoom two weeks ago. My friend ordered off the menu and enjoyed her meal and I had the afternoon tea. The tea consisted of several finger sandwiches (ham and cucumber) two almond scones, a fruit topped cookie, a mini eclair (sp?), and a cream filled puff pastry. They leave the tea leaves in their pots, but the waiter was willing to decant it for me, though he seemed confused by my asking this. I guess most people don't mind, but I think the tea gets too strong and if it's a green tea, bitter. The atmosphere is unique and it is definately a nice place to stop for a bite as you're meandering down the gorgeous Savannah streets.

    • Julie

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      My mother and I stopped on our way home from a Savannah visit and really enjoyed the ambiance and the dessert - what a great nook! I am definitely going back on my next trip!