Afternoon Tea at the Palace Hotel San Francisco

Palace Hotel San Francisco
Palace Hotel San Francisco

Situated in the Palace Hotel in central San Francisco, The Garden Court is a lesson in turn-of-the-century grandeur.

A magnificent glass atrium, grand piano and luxurious proportions set the scene for this traditional high tea venue.

On a foggy afternoon, we left the bustle of Market Street for the soothing sound of Moon River and sight of grandparents celebrating a grandchild’s birthday with cupcake and candle.

We enjoyed The Garden Court Tea, which is $40 per person.

High Tea at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco
High Tea at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco
High Tea at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco
High Tea at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco

For dessert, the fruit tart with custard was memorable as well as the chocolate covered strawberries and dipped shortbread. Not to forget the coffee eclairs, hazelnut tart and raspberry and lemon curd tart.

Each tea is accompanied by a good selection of black, green and herbal teas. We tried the Oriental Spice (orange peel, vanilla, ginger and cinnamon) (black), the Red Vanilla Rooibos (caffeine free) (Herbal). The Garden Court Roses (a blend of Chinese green tea and Guatemalan red rose petals) is also recommended.

For children 12 years and under there’s the Prince and Princess Tea.

High Tea at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco
High Tea at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco
High Tea at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco
High Tea at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco

The Garden Court Tea Menu

Includes: sandwiches, homemade scones, assorted pastries with a range of Devi Tea blends. The sandwich selection:

Kate Kendall at High Tea at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco
Kate Kendall at High Tea, Palace Hotel
  • Smoke salmon – caper mousse, chopped dill and caviar
  • Sliced Turkey – cranberry butter and asparagus
  • Cucumber – sun-dried tomato mousse
  • Smoked Duck Breast – foie gras cream and raspberry
  • Sliced Bosc Pears – pointe reyes blue cheese cream, honey

Other menu options include the Sparkling Wine Tea, The Royal Tea and Tea for Two – the main differences being the addition of a glass of sparkling or champagne. Couples on a romantic sojourn may like the Perrier Jouët Brut in the Tea for Two service.

For those looking for a classic high tea sitting in a diverse city like San Francisco – The Garden Court at the Palace Hotel is the place.

Palace Hotel San Francisco:

2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

When:

Weekends

Cost:

The Garden Court Tea, Prince & Princess Tea $40 USD, $32 USD (for children under 12 years of age), Sparkling Wine Tea $48 USD, The Royal Tea $54 USD and the Tea for Two $98 USD.

Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.

About
Kate Kendall

Kate Kendall is a British-Australian entrepreneur and writer based in San Francisco. She's reviewed high tea services across multiple continents, and was an early contributor to High Tea Society. Her favorite teas include black with vanilla, Mu, and Dragon Well green. Nothing makes her happier than almond chai lattes. To follow her personal and professional pursuits, follow her blog at www.katekendall.com.