this was the perfect afternoon. i can only add to all the wonderful reviews already posted here by saying that this was an all around terrific experience. i have been to the high tea at the bel air hotel and after that experience was a bit turned off. bad food, packaged teas and the service was terrible (not to mention sky high prices). but at high tea cottage all the many details -- from the flowers to the delicate china to the lush hanging vines out back -- all add up to make this the real deal. the best part is jenn, the owner, who makes you feel like a personal guest in her home. she's warm and lovely and engages you in conversation about the teas and her homeland that is so fun. this is a place to go for special occasions as well as those much needed breaks from hectic LA . an intelligent tea house with great food and the perfect atmosphere.