The Palm Court

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Afternoon Tea
Top tags:
  • High Tea
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
Tea has been a long tradition at The Drake. The Palm Court began serving Tea during the holiday season of 1982 and has welcomed the worlds' most prominent guests such as Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth, and the Empress of Japan. We look forward to adding your name to the distinguished list.

The uniqueness of the beauty of the room centers around a gorgeous limestone fountain with a giant urn as its center motif dating 275 years old, this French bronze by designer David Williams. Most importantly, the ambiance of this afternoon affair is greatly enhanced by the live harp music performed Wednesday through Sunday by our musicians dressed in classical evening gown attire.

Join us Friday and Saturday evening to dance the night away with a live band, starting at 9pm. Check the entertainment schedule: https://www.thedrakehotel.com/explore/entertainment
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HK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Palm Court at the Drake Hotel is the best “high” tea in Chicago. It’s not cheap, but the experience is one to enjoy.

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JA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance is beautiful. The desserts were not the best, but the teas were amazing and so were the sandwiches.

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GB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The Palm Court is a beautiful venue for a Friday or Saturday night. The crowd has a lot of locals who know how to dance to the great live music provided. The service is amazing. Would definitely recommend if you are in the area. They also have a authentic "High Tea" which is a must to try. Very nice especially around the holidays. GB

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I
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Atompshere was very romantic and the tea was amazing.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The dining room is lovely and makes the tea time feel very special. The tiers of scones, sandwiches, and sweets look lovely. The sweets were fine but left room for improvement. The harpist was a wonderful treat. I would definitely go again.

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AC
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

This was a beautiful place for an afternoon tea. The lovely decor and the harpist gave it a very relaxing vibe. If you want more of anything they bring it to you and keep coming around to refresh your water. I would like to go again sometime.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My mom and mother

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AC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing time. Our server, Amir, was wonderful and attentive. Loved the Tropical Garden and The de Vahines (vanilla/almond). Great time with my mother and daughters.

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m
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyable place for a drink and dancing

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AA
Denver
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful place settings for afternoon tea. Lovely staff, delicious teas and food. Pricey, but a memorable experience. Note, they will replenish cakes and sandwiches if you ask for them.

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KK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice afternoon tea-we were seated quite near the harpist which was great, but sometimes difficult to converse. Tea selection was great.

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CB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day a month late!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Bachelorette and birthday celebration.

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C
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We took our 2 granddaughters. They thought it was great. They rated it 10 out of 10.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful setting and harpist played beautiful music. It was very energetic and packed with people for high tea. Some of our friends having hearing issues so it was a bit loud for them. We loved our time there.

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JR
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience!! Felt like a queen for the day!!

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LP
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, this is a fabulous place to have a classic high tea. Fabulous savories, tender scones, and wonderful sweets. We had about 20 choices of tea. I am a huge fan of Darjeeling; this variety was excellent.

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ML
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great! Service was fantastic and afternoon tea perfect! More than enough food!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovley! Our waiter Azmir was knowledgeable and delightful. I celebrated my 26th birthday here and felt like a lady. Thank you 💙

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CH
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

THE HIGH TEA WAS DISAPPOINTING. THE TEA SANDWCHES WERE NOT REALLY TEA SANDWICHWS.- AS AN EXAMPLE, THE ROAST BEEF CAME ON A RLL AND WAS VERY FATTY. THERE WAS ONE SCONE AND ONE POPPPY SEED CAKE. THE SCONE WAS NOT GOOD AND THE SECOND COURSE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ONLY SCONES. MY FRIEND LOVED HER TEA. I WAS NOT THRILLED WITH THE CHOCOLATE TEA AND THE ENGLISH BREAKFAST TEA WAS VERY STRONG.
THE SEVICE WAS WONDERFUL ALONG ITH THE HARP PLAYER.
OVERALL, I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT. I HAVE HAD MUCH BETTER HIGH TEA AT OTHER PLACES.

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KN
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and ambiance. I highly recommend the Saint James tea! Also, the harp playing is beautiful!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my daughters and niece to afternoon tea and it was wonderful!!! My niece is in a wheelchair and the staff was so accommodating and honestly extremely kind and helpful. We had a fantastic time!

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KW
Key West
25 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Afternoon Tea is spectacular. The sandwiches and desserts are scrumptious and the teas are delicious. A very sophisticated and fancy afternoon.

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CB
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely place for afternoon tea. Great selection of goodies and so relaxing!!

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LD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the best time; the food was awesome, the ambiance so serene and elegant and the service by Emir was the absolute best. He made us feel like the queens we are. Loved It! and will be back again.

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t
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Still a nice experience, but it's looking a bit tired. Cobwebs on fountain floral arrangement. There is an alternative menu choice, but if you select it, those foods don't come on the elegant tiered tray. The sandwiches looked pretty and tasted fine but the flavors were not special as I have experienced at teas from other venues around the US. It was a nice experience, but not a delightful experience. Our server, however, was most congenial, proficient, and attentive.

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KS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tea at the Drake/The Palm Court is an absolute must if you're visiting Chicago! It's the third time I've experienced it and have thoroughly enjoyed it every time! It's always been a 'girl's trip' visit, however, it would be great for a date as well! The service, cuisine provided, and tea has always been consistently superb! Also, I have a dietary restriction and they asked prior to me even having to mention it and accommodated it specially!

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LP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous as always, the food is delightful, the service, the ambience is excellent. Despite the crowds the attention offered was exceptional because it is so well organized and thorough. It was good for a king.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most beautiful high tea I’ve ever been to

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Thoroughly enjoyable throughout. Very attentive waiter. Would recommend for anyone who desires a special day.

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LM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was absolutely lovely. The room was beautiful and the service was great. Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My mom and I go to the Palm Court twice a year and it is always such a lovely experience. We have been going for so long a waiter knows who we are and stops by and says hello. The staff is SO NICE, always. The good is good now (at some point it took a little turn down but it’s back up!). I would highly recommend it. It isn’t casual dining but it is a fun girls afternoon out or for a special occasion! Enjoy the tea, the atmosphere, and the pleasant staff. Always a positive experience that will make you want to come back.

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NC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service was beyond wonderful! Our waiter was so attentive and friendly. Also, the floral arrangements and harpist were spectacular.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Such a lovely and relaxing experience! Would definitely go again next time I’m in Chicago

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DC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had a wonderful experience and I currently looking to book my next tea.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The service was EXCELLENT but the food and presentation was mediocre at best. I expected much more for formal low tea service.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely afternoon celebrating my Mom's 87th birthday. The service by Sead was impeccable who surprised her with a candle adorned slice of cake. Beautiful setting and tea!

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SV
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had Afternoon Tea with my team and it everything was perfect!

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AT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were at The Palm Court, and it was everything we would expect from such a historic property. The service was outstanding, and we would certainly attend again. If you are considering making a reservation, hesitate no longer!

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EC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome experience, all around special I’m every way.

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