a long-time customer
I am shocked by some of the mediocre reviews I found here. Camellia Tea Room has been a consistently wonderful experience for my friends and me. The owners are true chefs and the food is absolutely excellent. Not shipped in from another kitchen or even from Costco. Be sure and try the incredible house-made soups and desserts. If there is any failing here, it is that I would like MORE of this fantastic food. Would love to see savories added to the menu. The service has never been anything but warm and welcoming. I have hosted large parties here, and the rule in that case is that everyone has the full afternoon tea. For the lady below who complained about this, I'm sure her hostess was informed at the time she made the reservation. However, as noted, the waitress broke the rules to accommodate a demanding customer. The decor is authentic Victorian including Bradbury & Bradbury wallpapers, rather than the tastelessly overdone fake Victorian you'll find at some tea rooms. I am a local who has brought many friends from around the Bay Area to Camellia Tea Room, and they often return with their own friends, which says to me they had a fabulous experience.