Whether you are looking for a unique dining experience, the city’s most romantic restaurant, a beautiful celebration venue, or a relaxing atmosphere to meet a friend, The St. James Tearoom provides you with two hours of comfortable elegance in which the hectic pace of the world melts away.
Come away to a place where beauty reigns, relationships deepen, and lives flourish.
Delve into conversation and the joy of those shared moments that draw us closer to one another, all during a full afternoon tea, seated in your own, private parlor area. With a different theme and menu served each month, every visit is something new to share with someone dear.
What is Afternoon Tea?
Served on the elegant three-tiered tray, afternoon tea is a full meal which includes savories and tea sandwiches, scones and breads, and a variety of sweets, all handmade on site by our chefs. Our St. James Traditional Cream Scones never miss an appearance on a menu, and a traditional, but unique, tea sandwich is a delightful essential.
The food is truly indulgent: sweet pastry crusts, butter-rich scones served with our homemade lemon curd and clotted cream. The dainty morsels are rich, but meant to chasten the appetite, not conquer it. This rich fare is balanced by the equally traditional sandwich with a slice of cucumber or sprig of watercress. All together, it creates a truly unique dining experience.
Afternoon tea is a resplendent affair, reflecting a more serene and gracious age. It is meant to be enjoyed slowly, savoring each bite, each sip. It is a comfort, an indulgence, a sweet respite from our work-a-day busyness.
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
Seatings for Teatime Reservations
By Reservation Only (48 hour cancellation policy)
Tuesday – Wednesday 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm
Thursday – Saturday 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:30 pm
Sunday 11:00 am, 1:30 pm
Always closed on Mondays, unless we specifically announce that we will be open for the holiday. The following is a guideline of our usual holiday hours (subject to change). Some holiday reservations may require prepayment.
Mother’s Day: 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:30 pm
Independence Day: 11:00 am & 1:30 pm seatings only
Halloween: 11:00 am & 1:30 pm seatings only
Thanksgiving Day: Closed
December Only: Extra 6:30 pm seatings on specific Tuesdays and Wednesdays (December 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27)
Christmas Eve: 11:00 am & 1:30 pm seatings only
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 11:00 am & 1:30 pm seatings only
New Year’s Day: Closed (Monday)
Cozy Parlors Small Parties
Enjoy your teatime in one of our cozy parlor areas for small parties, each with its own style. Every Nook is named for a historical or literary place, with a historical figure we admire, and whom we name as one of our “St. James Greats.” Call us to request a particular Nook for your reservation (subject to availability). (Please note that parties with children under 11 may not be seated in The Nooks. See our Guidelines for Parties with Children for more information.)
Versatile Parlors for Intimate Groups or Large Parties
Settle into one of our larger parlor areas, each with its own style. The luxuriously thick tapestry curtains that separate the areas may be opened to combine more than one parlor for your parties of seven or more. Every Library parlor is named for a historical or literary place, with a historical figure we admire, and whom we name as one of our “St. James Greats.” Call us to request a particular Library parlor for your reservation (subject to availability). (Please note that parties with children ages 4 – 10 must be seated in The Library. See our Guidelines for Parties with Children for more information.)
“Escape the tyranny of the urgent.”
“To feed the soul as well as the body.”
“Be transported to a different time and place.”