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10 Places to Enjoy Extravagant Afternoon Tea Around D.C.

Tea time, anyone?

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A tea tower at the St. Regis
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Afternoon tea might be rooted in English traditions, but the elegant pastime lives on in many of D.C.’s most luxurious hotels (and a few other special spots). According to legend, Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford, popularized afternoon tea time in the 19th century because she got hungry between meals. The practice really became fashionable among England’s upper classes during that same century.

Here are 10 places around D.C. to find spreads of scones, pastries, and tea sandwiches served with steaming pots of tea.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Washington National Cathedral

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3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 537-6200
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The observation gallery of the Washington National Cathedral offers a high tea with one of the best views in the city. On most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the room hosts a proper afternoon tea that includes a variety of finger sandwiches, scones, and sweets for $40. A tour of the cathedral is included in the price.

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2. The LINE

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1770 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-0525
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The trendy Adams Morgan hotel offers daily tea service at Brothers and Sisters in the lobby from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The $40 fee includes updated savory finger foods and snacks, plus small baked goods and desserts under the direction of renowned pastry chef Pichet Ong. Reservations recommended.

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3. Lady Camellia

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3261 Prospect St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-2308
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This dainty, pink-hued Georgetown jewel serves an elegant tea service from morning until early evening every day but Monday. Nestled just off the bustling main commercial drags of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW, Lady Camellia has options ranging from an $18 children’s sandwich tea menu to $39 high tea filled with all the usual finger sandwiches and pastries.

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4. Four Seasons

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-0444
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After a decade-long hiatus, a formal high tea service is back at the Four Seasons. It features finger sandwiches and fancy pastries developed by English chef Andrew Court. Tea ($60) is served Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For $15 more, the tea comes with unlimited Moët champagne.

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5. Ching Ching Cha

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1063 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-8288
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Afternoon tea may skew English, but unassuming Ching Ching Cha makes an excellent case for a Chinese experience. Locals and tourists alike enjoy selections from the extensive food and tea menu while busy servers keep cast-iron tea kettles brimming with hot water. A $16 Tea Meal (noon to 7 p.m.) that comes with three vegetables, a soup, and featured entrees like mapo tofu or mustard miso salmon, is a steal.

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6. The St. Regis

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923 16th And K Streets N.W
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 638-2626
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The St. Regis serves one of the District’s most sumptuous teas. Offered daily in the hotel’s grand lobby, guests indulge in fancy pastries and seasonal tea sandwiches, along with Palais des Thés teas and optional Champagne. Reservations are required, and the price is $55 per person.

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7. Kingbird

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2650 Virginia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
(866) 709-6910
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The Watergate Hotel’s Kingbird restaurant got into a bit of (ahem) hot water a couple years ago when a $400 tea appeared on the menu. Now there’s a weekend afternoon tea that’s a much more reasonable $55 for adults, and $25 for kids. It features retro bites and bottomless tea.

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8. The Willard

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-9100
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Taking afternoon tea in the Willard Hotel’s plush, red-carpeted Peacock Alley is a D.C. tradition. In addition to traditional afternoon tea service — complete with live harp music — the Willard also hosts special seasonal teas. Make a reservation; afternoon tea often sells out far in advance around Christmas and cherry blossom season.

9. Mandarin Oriental

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1330 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-8588
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For those needing a break from sightseeing on the National Mall, the Mandarin Oriental offers afternoon tea on weekends (Friday to Sunday) in the Empress Lounge. Choose from a selection of teas from around the world, served with savory bites, scones, and sweets. Advance reservations required.

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10. The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

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1250 S Hayes St
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 415-5000
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Ritz-Carlton properties in Pentagon City and Tysons Corner offer afternoon tea every Saturday and Sunday. They serve a selection of premium loose leaf teas designed in collaboration with Dammann Frères, along with seasonal pastries, canapés, and tea sandwiches. There are also scones, of course, served with clotted cream, lemon curd, and fruit preserves.

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1. Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
Washington National Cathedral All Hallows Guild [Official]

The observation gallery of the Washington National Cathedral offers a high tea with one of the best views in the city. On most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the room hosts a proper afternoon tea that includes a variety of finger sandwiches, scones, and sweets for $40. A tour of the cathedral is included in the price.

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

2. The LINE

1770 Euclid St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The Line [Official]

The trendy Adams Morgan hotel offers daily tea service at Brothers and Sisters in the lobby from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The $40 fee includes updated savory finger foods and snacks, plus small baked goods and desserts under the direction of renowned pastry chef Pichet Ong. Reservations recommended.

1770 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Lady Camellia

3261 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Lady Camellia [Official]

This dainty, pink-hued Georgetown jewel serves an elegant tea service from morning until early evening every day but Monday. Nestled just off the bustling main commercial drags of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW, Lady Camellia has options ranging from an $18 children’s sandwich tea menu to $39 high tea filled with all the usual finger sandwiches and pastries.

3261 Prospect St NW
Washington, DC 20007

4. Four Seasons

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Four Seasons [official]

After a decade-long hiatus, a formal high tea service is back at the Four Seasons. It features finger sandwiches and fancy pastries developed by English chef Andrew Court. Tea ($60) is served Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For $15 more, the tea comes with unlimited Moët champagne.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

5. Ching Ching Cha

1063 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Lisa K. Ruland/for Eater D.C.

Afternoon tea may skew English, but unassuming Ching Ching Cha makes an excellent case for a Chinese experience. Locals and tourists alike enjoy selections from the extensive food and tea menu while busy servers keep cast-iron tea kettles brimming with hot water. A $16 Tea Meal (noon to 7 p.m.) that comes with three vegetables, a soup, and featured entrees like mapo tofu or mustard miso salmon, is a steal.

1063 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

6. The St. Regis

923 16th And K Streets N.W, Washington, DC 20006
St. Regis Hotel [Official]

The St. Regis serves one of the District’s most sumptuous teas. Offered daily in the hotel’s grand lobby, guests indulge in fancy pastries and seasonal tea sandwiches, along with Palais des Thés teas and optional Champagne. Reservations are required, and the price is $55 per person.

923 16th And K Streets N.W
Washington, DC 20006

7. Kingbird

2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Kingbird/official photo

The Watergate Hotel’s Kingbird restaurant got into a bit of (ahem) hot water a couple years ago when a $400 tea appeared on the menu. Now there’s a weekend afternoon tea that’s a much more reasonable $55 for adults, and $25 for kids. It features retro bites and bottomless tea.

2650 Virginia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

8. The Willard

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Taking afternoon tea in the Willard Hotel’s plush, red-carpeted Peacock Alley is a D.C. tradition. In addition to traditional afternoon tea service — complete with live harp music — the Willard also hosts special seasonal teas. Make a reservation; afternoon tea often sells out far in advance around Christmas and cherry blossom season.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

9. Mandarin Oriental

1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
Mandarin Oriental Hotel [Official]

For those needing a break from sightseeing on the National Mall, the Mandarin Oriental offers afternoon tea on weekends (Friday to Sunday) in the Empress Lounge. Choose from a selection of teas from around the world, served with savory bites, scones, and sweets. Advance reservations required.

1330 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

10. The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

1250 S Hayes St, Arlington, VA 22202
Ritz-Carlton Hotel [Official]

Ritz-Carlton properties in Pentagon City and Tysons Corner offer afternoon tea every Saturday and Sunday. They serve a selection of premium loose leaf teas designed in collaboration with Dammann Frères, along with seasonal pastries, canapés, and tea sandwiches. There are also scones, of course, served with clotted cream, lemon curd, and fruit preserves.

1250 S Hayes St
Arlington, VA 22202

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