The Palm Court

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Afternoon Tea
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 Thursday through Sunday by our musicians dressed in classical evening gown attire.


Parties greater then 8, please call 312-932-4619 and leave a message.

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

Fantastic traditional high tea. Atmosphere and service were exceptional.

LB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

I was a bit disaapointed in the afternoon tea. Also, the hotel is very tired looking and needs a huge renovation. I expected something much more grand.

AB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Brought my mom, aunt, & 97 year old grandmother here for tea and we had such a wonderful experience! The service was beyond exceptional from the valet to security guard, who wheeled my grandmother around as well as the hostess and our server ALL were incredible and treated us like queens. It was a very special afternoon.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice day with my daughter.

LS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and ambiance. The scones were a bit disappointing but the rest was lovely!

JZ
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect as always.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a fabulous time with my girlfriends from out of town!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience, food, service.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We celebrated my niece/God daughter’s 4th birthday with afternoon princess tea! A tradition I’ve now done for two of my God daughter’s for their 4th birthdays. During this experiences, the servers/staff were so wonderful in making her feel special, announcing that the princess is arriving and leaving for the day and bringing a cake. I always enjoy the harpist’s beautiful music. Such a sweet experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Experience was amazing. Our daughters had an amazing time. Thank you for the lovely afternoon.

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance exceeded my expectations. The service was exceptional. It couldn't have been a more pleasant experience. The sandwiches, tea and desserts were elegantly presented and were delicious. I highly recommend tea at the Palm Court.

DJ
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious, relaxing afternoon tea in a beautiful setting! Would do it again without hesitation!

DD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I went for Afternoon Tea with six other women. We followed the suggestion to "dress to Impress" which made the outing special. Tuesday seemed to be an uncrowded afternoon; we were among a few. Some of us were early, but we were still seated and we didn't feel pressured to leave after the 1.5 allotted time had expired. Our waitstaff was very attentive and professional. Each of us chose a different tea but all of us were pleased with our selection. The food was delicious. We had a great time and look forward to another visit in the future.

k
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

We loved the setting and the food was great. The hostess who was seating people ignored our group for a long time and when I questioned her about our reservation she was very rude. We weren't seated until 1:15pm and the seating time was 1pm. The one who seated us was apologetic and nice. Our waiter was nice, service was a little slow but we weren't in a hurry.

HM
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So beautiful! Had a wonderful afternoon with my daughter!

GS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing ambiance and very classy setup. The concept of high tea is great, especially if you want to spend good quality time with someone.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience! I’ve been to high tea in some of London’s finest hotels and this was right on par. Well done!

EE
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

Our recent experience at The Palm Court is an example of why sometimes it is better to not risk disturbing great memories. We had a lovely tea there five years ago for our daughter's birthday weekend and she was keen to go back. My wife and daughter are both now vegan so she was very pleased that The Palm Court offers a Vegan Tea. What a disappointment. It consisted of a few finger sandwiches and a plate of fruit for almost $50 per person. Not even a vegan scone. When I asked about this, the waiter reacted as if the concept of a vegan scone came from Mars. Even my Tea was only fair with the scone being more like a hard biscuit than a proper scone. It's a shame because the ambiance at The Palm Court, particularly on the weekend with the harpist playing, is lovely. We will definitely not being going back.

AY
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Dessert all tasted the same, too sweet
The roast beef sandwich could use a condiments

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great time for tea!

TF
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The location of the tea was absolutely beautiful. The harpist added an elegant touch and the service was superb. The food was fair, not the best for the price, but the atmosphere made up for it. The scones were like dinner rolls and the cucumber sandwiches had little taste.

SB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The afternoon tea experience was exceptional. Easy location, perfect service and beautiful atmosphere. A must do while in the city.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Afternoon tea was a fun and elegant way to reunite with friends. Always wonderful!

J
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated my daughter’s 50th birthday at High Tea. What a wonderful experience! It was fun to pick out a favorite tea from the vast selection on the menu. The food was very tasty and offered a variety of options. The harp music added such a pleasant background for our conversation. It was an afternoon to remember!

G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely space, beautiful harp music. Great place for a special gathering!

MB
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

The Palm Court visually is truly a delight and the service was quite good as well. However, the food served wasn't a proper tea (no scones and true biscuits). Additionally, for the price you are paying I would like to believe more food options should have been offered.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were visiting from Charleston, SC. I took my 3 girls(5yr, 9yr, 12yr) for the oldest’s birthday celebration. Not only was it gorgeous, the staff were friendly and helpful and patient with the youngest. We only stayed an hour, as the youngest was getting antsy, but it was PERFECT! The food was wonderful. I had an herbal tea and the girls had hot chocolate. The pastries and sandwiches were lovely. We refilled a couple treats and they brought my oldest a wonderful chocolate mouse with a sweet chocolate happy birthday mold. It was just such a wonderful experience that we will all remember forever. If you’re considering doing it with kids and don’t know if it’s worth it, DO IT! The memories are priceless.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My mother and I came here to celebrate our birthdays, and we had a wonderful time. The service, the food, and the place were all fantastic. Would definitely recommend coming here for a birthday, anniversary, or just to celebrate.

PH
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience and very memorable. We had a wonderful time, our server was excellent and all the food was yummy. Great and plentiful choices of tea. The ambiance of The Drake Hotel and especially the Palm Court was a perfect setting for afternoon tea with the girls!

LM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful location with a great ambience. Highly recommend it

g
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The room is beautiful and the people are very nice and welcoming. We went on a Wednesday so the room was quite with just a few diners. Pricing is reasonable but food was stale and not fresh. Tables needed linen tablecloths and better china. Hilton should put money back into this icon, it deserves better and so do its employees.

NC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our server, Amir, was exceptional. The food was great, and the ambiance was perfect.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The teatime experience was delightful, especially with the harpist playing beautifully, it added to the ambiance. The presentation was very good, although a little over zealous with so many team members swirling in the beginning. The treats offered a good variety and we especially enjoyed the traditional scones with jam and cream, along with the cucumber sandwich. Mum enjoyed it very much and talked about stories she had growing up in England as we dined. Thank-you!

OT
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was amazing. We had a friend who was GF and another who was GF and DF and they were able to accommodate with amazing alternatives. The waiter was extremely nice as well. We had a wonderful experience!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service; the tea, sandwiches and treats were great. Very nice music and decor to set a relaxing mood. Everyone should try this at least once. My wife and I will return with our children at Christmas time.

d
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Nice ambiance , good value , excellent service .for a weekend afternoon tea it was good

Z
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I had booked this reservation with a request that the occasion was to celebrate my friend's birthday. The waiter did not do this.

JC
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience.

A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

It was once upon a time great. I loved to entertain clients there. Now, sadly,the food offerings are uninspired. The room lacked the beauty it once had. The entire experience was really just meh, and the price high. Will be trying another venue for tea in Chicago.

OT
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was very attentive, the food was delicious, and it was a memorable experience for my boyfriend and I. We will definitely be back!

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