Boston patriots turned the harbor into a teapot in 1773 in a protest that sparked the American Revolution. Today the city still revers tea in tea rooms all over the city in one of the best British imports: Afternoon Tea.
Besides tea, menus typically include finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, jams, and even chocolate dipped strawberries. Some offer special menus for children. Each venue has a personality of its own: from fine china and champagne to informal family atmosphere. The following list is ordered from upscale to informal. See each website to view the menus, and call ahead to see if you need reservations.
Four Seasons Hotel
200 Boylston St.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Public Transportation: Boylston (Green line)
Yum Factor: Also offer a Children’s Georgetown Cupcake Tea that comes with hot chocolate or juice and a special cupcake.
15 Arlington St.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays with two seatings: 1:00-2:30 p.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Public transportation: Arlington Station (Green Line)
Yum Factor: Also offer a special Children’s Tea that includes a sandwich, hot chocolate, cookies and a chocolate covered strawberry.
774 Boylston St.
Hours: Fantasy Tea, Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Public transportation: Prudential Station (Green Line) or Boylston (Green Line)
Yum Factor: In addition to Fantasy Tea service there is a monthly Sunday Tea Tastings at 2 PM. Guests are invited to join L’Espalier’s Tea Sommelier Cynthia Gold for a tea service around a specific theme; each will be served and discussed along with a selection of tea sandwiches, pastries, and petit fours.
250 Franklin Street
Hours: Metropolitan Tea, daily 2:00-7:00 p.m.
Public transportation: State Street (Blue Line)
Yum Factor: The Langham, Boston continues the tradition of London’s original Langham hotel offering a three course Afternoon Tea.
Rowes Wharf Sea Grille
Boston Harbor Hotel
Hours: Daily 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Public transportation: Aquarium (Blue Line) just a few minutes along the “Harbor Walk”
Yum Factor: The hotel’s all-day restaurant makes for a more casual setting than some other teas, offers wonderful views of the harbor, and rose petals scattered on the tables set for tea lend a slightly decadent touch.
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St.
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Public transportation: Copley (Green Line)
Yum Factor: Overlooking the beautiful Italianate courtyard in the Boston Public Library’s historic McKim building.
Abigail’s Tea Room
Boston Tea Party Ships Museum
Congress Street Bridge
Hours: Daily 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Public transportation: South Station (Red Line and Amtrak)
Yum Factor: The Boston Tea Party Ships Museum is one of Boston’s top rated museums and what better place to enjoy a cup of tea. Abigail’s Tea makes for an enjoyable and affordable option après museum.