All the Dallas Girls Are Sipping and Supping at These High Tea Spots
And if you don’t like tea, there’s always bubbly
Dallas has a reputation for being fancy (and we kinda like it that way). And so it should come as no surprise that tea parties are making a comeback. From unique local blends to fine Champagne pours and tiers of delicate baked goods, tea-ing has become the chicest way to spend the afternoon. Here are the current top spots.
Taschen Library at The Joule
Modern meets traditional at this elegant spot nestled smack dab in the middle of a luxury bookstore. The Joule Hotel’s executive chef and pastry chef work together to prepare a seasonal menu complete with both exotic and rare tea blends, savory and sweet tantalizing treats, and Champagne (but of course). Tea is served on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and costs $59 a person. Private events can also be booked for up to 25 guests. Reservations are required.
1530 Main St.; 214-748-1300 ext. 4363 or thejouledallas.com
DeGolyer Tea Room at the Dallas Arboretum
This daily, three-course tea is one of East Dallas’s most cherished traditions. Tea service begins with a demitasse of select soup, followed by assorted tea sandwiches and sweet treats. All three courses are accompanied by scones and fine teas. The price is $49 per person (or $59 for Champagne) and includes general garden admission and parking, so be sure to allow time to enjoy the gardens. Again, rezzies are a must.
8525 Garland Rd.; 214-515-6500 or dallasarboretum.org
Chocolate lovers may opt to have tea at this lively Oak Lawn lounge that often has live jazz. The afternoon tea parties feature tea, pastries, chocolates, tea sandwiches and Champagne for $42 per person. They also have a bridal tea option ($52 per person), which offers the same goodies in addition to higher-end pastries, cakes and confections. Reservations are always required.
3926 Oak Lawn Ave.; 214-252-9801 or mychocolatesecrets.com
Potpourri of Silk
Whether you’re getting the girls together for a baby shower or a birthday, tea at this lunch spot in the Bishop Arts District is unpretentious. Reservations are required, and pricing is available upon request.
317 N. Zang Blvd.; 214-941-9941 or potpourriofsilk.com
Lavendou Bistro Provençal
This North Dallas eatery does high tea right. The most affordable of all the Dallas teas ($19 a person) lets guests enjoy finger sandwiches, mini pastries, breads and tea galore. Tea service requires a reservation at least 24 hours in advance (because everything is made fresh to order) and is available Monday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
19009 Preston Rd. #200; 972-248-1911 or lavendou.com
Coming (Back) Soon: The Adolphus Hotel
The highly sophisticated tea service at one of Dallas’s most storied hotels is taking a temporary hiatus due to an extensive hotel face-lift, but so many Dallasites eagerly await its return. Afternoon tea is expected to resume, hopefully with the antique Steinway intact, in early 2017 when renovations are complete.
1321 Commerce St.; 214-742-8200 or hoteladolphus.com