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2912 NE 55th St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810547.668523 -122.295625
Neighborhoods: Ravenna, Northeast, Northeast Seattle
Okay, but I'd try somewhere else next time instead – I've been to Afternoon Tea in a number of cities and at a number of different places, so I was looking forward to trying QMT. After going to Afternoon Tea there yesterday, however, I'd try somewhere else next time instead of going back.
Unlike other reviewers' experiences, the service was friendly and good. However, for $30, I would expect that real cream be served with the tea instead of 2% milk. The fruit served was fresh and good quality, but the tarts and other sweets were okay, but not nearly as good as other places I've been. And their ratio of tea sandwiches to sweets was not what it should have been IMHO (too many butter cookie-type things and only two types of sandwiches, which they gave you only half a sandwich of each - other places I've been had more fun little dainty sandwiches, which I liked better). They also had a weird food-colored sugar on the table instead of normal sugar cubes - not sure if it was the milk or the sugar or a combination of the two, but the good tea was made lesser by using both.
Overall, it's a cute enough space (albeit a bit tight) and the service was nice. If you'd like to take someone to tea as a special treat that's really memorable, I'd probably try somewhere else.
For regular breakfast and lunch, though, the dishes looked good and the prices were reasonable and I'd go back for that sometime - just not for Afternoon tea.
What is it about this place? – We also encountered very rude service! Our server was practically pushing us out the door telling us that others are waiting for our table. Couldn't she be more tactful? It's not our fault their restaurant is so small, or that they schedule reservations too close together. I read somewhere that this is a good place for gatherings or special occasions. Perhaps, but NOT if you want to finish your meal or sample a few more items from their tea menu.
Terrible Service – I went to this restaurant for my birthday, and the service was shockingly horrible. From start to end, my friends and I were rushed through the entire lunch. We were not even allowed to select dessert because they had cleared the table and told us to leave for the other people waiting to be seated. If the servers were apologetic or even somewhat polite, I would not be writing this comment. But they were downright rude and offensive, even after being told (from the very beginning) that this was a birthday celebration. I will never return.
Pomp and circumstance. – To walk into the Queen Mary is to enter a wonderland of English Romanticism. One would be hard pressed to find anything in the establishment that could have any more lace, flowers, or tea in or on it. This is not a minimalistic Japanese Tea house or a hearty Scottish Tea house. This is an English woman's tea room, pure and simple. Although the service is often a little lacking (servers are oftened distracted by other tables...getting seated can be difficult), the cullinary delights that await you are worth most bumps on the way to your table. A small room, the Queen Mary can feel a bit cramped, and certainly during the busy days it can sound like a gaggle of women talking non-stop; a dull roar of them to be exact. The afternoon tea is delicious, but their standard fare of soups, sandwiches, and pastries should not be overlooked. Men be warned, you will be severely outnumbered, and many of the women around you will be wearing rhinestone tiaras.
Serving up a proper English tea every afternoon in cozy Ravenna. – The Scene
A lovely statue sporting a nifty crown watches over the patrons at Queen Mary who bask in the cozy, warm parlor atmosphere amid red walls, flowery chintz, bric-a-brac, one-of-a-kind silver teapots and dainty porcelain cups. Attentive servers offer direct suggestions on the five-page tea list, and treat everyone like a princess (or prince).
Sandwiches and small treats are available a la carte, but the real reason to come here is the generous high tea. Enjoy crust-less cucumber, tomato or chicken salad sandwiches; real crumpets and currant scones with jam, butter or clotted cream; lemon curd tartlets; tiny cookies; and slices of a very English chocolate cake. Pots of tea, lovely sorbets and fresh fruit help make this an occasion.
Hats and Pearls are always in style! – I took my grandmother and mother for a special treat this weekend. I recommend booking for 3:30 just to have a little more room and a bit more attentive service. Little girls get tiara's to wear, big girls can too!... I showed up in hat and pearls and felt like a princess eating dainty food that was beautiful and tasty!
A great way to spend a couple of hours and feel like the queen! Excellent gift for female family members at a value oriented price.
LOVED the fact the directions on the website include landmarks and were definately written by a woman for women to follow!
Cozy with great tea and food! – Queen Mary is the perfect place for friends to meet for breakfast tea (or coffee). They have wonderful scones and very good breakfasts. Vegetarians do fine here also. There is fresh fruit served with many of the breakfasts and it is prepared beautifully and very tasty!
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