Pasadena >Food & Dining > Chado Tea Room
79 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110334.147320 -118.148918
Neighborhoods: West Central
Citysearch Editorial Review – This Old Town Pasadena spot is where you can have afternoon tea minus the pretension. A trickling fountain sets a serene vibe while white tablecloths and ficus trees adorned with white holiday lights are sophisticated enough, but far from stuffy. Popular for luncheons, showers or just a leisurely afternoon meal, tea service includes four finger sandwiches, a cookie, slice of cake and scone served with cream, fruit and jam--all presented on a traditional three-tiered rack along with a pot of tea for $18. You can also order soup, salad, sandwiches or dessert a la carte. The impressive tea selection includes more than 300 varieties, organized along the wall by region: India, China, Japan and beyond, including around 100 in-house blends. The selection can be overwhelming, but helpful servers are happy to make recommendations. The retail space opposite the dining area is well-stocked with everything from dainty floral cups and saucers to sleek Asian teapots, and there's a little something to suit just about any tea drinker's style. Beyond the teas and accessories, you'll find delicate thimbles, preserves, shortbread cookies and the like.
NOT VERY CLEAN – I went to this with my lovely and beautiful girlfriend. I was not really into the whole tea thing, but I decided to give it a try. While we were sitting there, I was welcomed by a small insect critter (the type that begins with a "r")--this site won't allow me to type in the entire name, that was crawling on the table! I was so grossed out. Never would I go there again.
The silverware was pretty dirty as well. It was not a good experience.
Great atmosphere, food portions, and tea selections – I took my mom, dad, and boyfriend here for Mother's Day and they had a blast. The service was prompt. Their portions were very generous (we even had enough food to take home) at a reasonable price of $15 per person. They even gave each mom a red rose. Its great for groups, catching up with your girlfriends, and very guy-friendly. Try their Chado Afternoon tea. Its a great mix of strong and subtle taste which makes a good pairing with their afternoon tea menu. Make sure to call ahead for reservations. Its a great modern take on an old repast.
OK for what it is . . . – While I am impressed by Chado's massive collection of teas (over 200 varieties, all of which you may choose for your Afternoon Tea) - they are horribly watered down with barely any flavor left.
The food is decent, they have some interesting take on traditional tea sandwiches (curried egg salad, shredded chicken with cranberries, for example) and the scones & sweets are decent, but unremarkable.
So all in all, not bad - but there are better tea to be had in Pasadena area.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Pasadena location of popular WeHo tea room; high tea offers traditional British-style scones, finger sandwiches and cakes; more than 250 teas served.
Great tea shop with lots of selection – Chado offers lots of teas, with an in depth description of each one. So if you like green tea, black tea, even white tea, you will not be disappointed. Since it is heating up during summer, they were even able to recommend a fruity black tea which they turned into a tasty ice tea with a few slices of strawberries. It is nice and mellow but sometimes can get quite busy, so you might want to call ahead to see what the atmosphere is like that day. If there is a baby shower group going on, you might be expecting slower than usual service. The interior is a simple wood and white scheme, with the most colorful items being their tea pots for sale.
User review by tulip333 – This was my first visit to this tea room and unlike the other tea rooms that I frequent, this room was lacking the charm and ambience of a more English style place. Chado is very reasonably priced, and must be praised for their incredible tea selection. Unfortunately, serving the tea in a coffee mug type cup takes away from the beauty of a true tea experience. Despite the lack in charm, Chado offers very tasty sandwiches and the strawberries with cream were fantastic. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the desserts. Both the carrot cake and upside down cake were dry and bland.
User review by jeanstrr – Scones were disappointing...crunchy on the outside and they seemed to be toasted, which is NOT how scones are supposed to be served. Also the atmosphere was not like one would expect in an English tea room...the cups and saucers were coffee shop coffee cups. The imperial earl grey tea was relatively good, as was the cranberry and salmon tea sandwiches...but these did not make up for the lack of atmosphere or decent scones. If you want an authentic experience, go elsewhere...it is worth the five or so extra bucks you would pay. If you really don't care about scones or the atmosphere, and just want to have tea without worrying about the price, come here.
must visit – wide selection of teas; excellent staff and delicous food. every thing was outstanding
a disappointment for afternoon tea – I've been a fan of afternoon tea for years. Hoping to find a good LA teahouse. Sandwiches were uninspired and the bread had been toasted long before it was served. Sliced strawberries were days old! The tea didn't show up until 15 minutes after the food. The clotted cream was too sweet; no butter for the scone. A combo of iffy service and poor quality food. Scone was good textured, soft, yummy. The tea was also good, but arrived too late for the meal. A disappointment.
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