Peacock Alley Tea

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Afternoon Tea
For a taste of the finer things, The Willard InterContinental proudly hosts Afternoon Tea in Peacock Alley. Seated in the grandeur of Peacock Alley, among the elegant sounds of the harp, guests to The Willard's traditional Afternoon tea can enjoy a tantalizing array of festive teas, sandwiches and seasonally inspired pastries. Long celebrated for its Afternoon Tea service since the 1920s, tea at The Willard is one of the hotel’s most cherished traditions.

Afternoon Tea
Saturday & Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Please note each tea seating is allocated 2 hours maximum)

Price:
$68 per person / $75 per person with a glass of champagne (plus service charge & taxes)
$30 for children 5-12 years of age (plus service charge & taxes). Children under 4 dine complimentary.

Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea
Friday, February 14, 2020

Gluten-free and vegan options available with 48-hour notice. Please note your dietary preferences when making your reservation.





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BonnieM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our afternoon tea was truly Unforgettable! The harpist, softly played that song and many other classics ! The service was very attentive without being bothersome.
The variety of tea sandwiches and little pastries were more than ample and each with their own bouquet of flavors. This was really a special afternoon with my daughter, that truly allowed us to immerse ourselves in the afternoon and forget about all else.

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vipdsilv
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. elegant. delicious. tea choices are great!

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vipSEDL
London
36 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Slow and bad service. I sat for 10 minutes and had to flag someone down for a glass of water. When the rest of our party arrived (on time), we waited 15-20 minutes and again had to ask for our server. No one ever checked on us during the 2.5 hours -- every time we had to ask for someone to come over. Food was just mediocre. Location is not the best as you have people walking through checking in and out of hotel. Truly disappointing, especially as there are not many places for afternoon tea.

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KerrieP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The historic Willard Hotel’s Peacock Alley is the perfect venue for afternoon tea with family and friends for any occasion. Not only do they offer excellent service and a delicious assortment of exotic teas to choose from, but they also have a harpist playing live music in the background to enhance the overall afternoon tea experience.

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vipLisaK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent tea service. Food was delicious and the extra touch of Happy Birthday on the harp and cupcakes for our two birthday celebrants took it over the top.

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LeslieB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed the tea but the chair cushions need to be replaced as we sat very low.

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MHOM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place to while away a hour or so on the weekend. A harpist played in the background , the tea & munchies were very good and the service was outstanding. So very civilized.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and we felt so cared for and celebrated!

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MaryD
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I attended the Valentine Day Tea. In all details our experience was outstanding except for hotel guests passing through Peacock Alley and creating some distraction. Upon arrival there was a confusing back-up to valet parking making us almost late for our tea reservation; however, upon departure the valet parking experience was perfect. Thank you for making our experience at The Willard so memorable. Lovely food, excellent service and much enjoyment of your historic hotel.

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JenniferS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I went for the Valentines tea and it was way over priced for the amount of savory things they provide. It was also cold in the alleyway and people rushing through. It's pretty place but the food isnt that great. Scones are cold, not enough little sandwiches (although there really were none on the Valentines menu). Sweets dont have a lot of flavor other than being sweet. Tea was okay. I got the black. Took a while to get teapot replenished and for price shoul offer you another choice.

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NancyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The Tea was in the hallway with lots of traffic. In addition, a couple brought little children which I realize you cannot control. They were not well behaved. Why anyone would wants to force children to sit still at such an adult event is total abuse. You should at least put them in the back of the room away from the other adults. It really ruined my Tea and I really looking forward to it. I had High Teas several times in London and saw little children at them. The tea and food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Went to celebrate my mom's birthday. This is a cute concept but it's expensive for only one allowing to try one type of tea per person and only a few selections of tea sandwiches and pastries, so it's not a hearty meal if that's what you are going for. You are really going for the experience not for food. One thing they don't tell you is valet I included in the price thankfully

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BarbaraM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I were celebrating our birthdays with Tea at The Willard. Everything was lovely. We appreciated the birthday cupcakes and birthday song on the harp- just wonderful

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RodH
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The presentation was very elegant. I found the food products and the tea that were offered to be high quality and very tasty. Because of a wedding in one of the adjacent rooms there was a wedding party walking up and down the hallway where we were sitting and consequently there was lots of traffic and noise.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely way to celebrate a birthday. We were a group of friends with birthdays very close together. We decided to treat ourselves to high tea and it was the perfect way to celebrate.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was lovely- my only comment is the choice of both "liver" and "blue cheese" as sandwiches since (although they were beautifully presented and tasty) not everyone likes liver and blue cheese is "jarring" especially when the "look" of the little tart is "avocado" - Except for these two little items, everything else was 100% perfection!

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IrmenH
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely old-world ambience. Greatly enjoyed the harpist. The only thing that detracts is guests walking through as Peacock Alley is really the connector between the front and back hotel entrances.

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vipTribecaNeighbor
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

1. The tea, finger sandwiches, sweets, scones were ok. not bad, not great either.
2. services - friendly and attentive
3. the entire place is dark, sad-looking alley (it is indeed an Alley - no windows, nothing much, and nothing really nice to look at)
4. free valet parking is good
5. the entire experience is not worth the $ -- I think for 2 people, we paid $200+ (including tips and Champgane).

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maryb
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

seriously slow service, teapots too small, food average

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ElaineS
Perthshire
9 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very accommodating of one of the group's wheat intolerance. The food was flavoursome and the environment special

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vipKenA
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went here for our anniversary. It was very nice food was good service excellent and everyone was great. The only down side is that it was very noisy and being in a major hallway there was constant traffic of now hotel guests and congregants many headed the the restrooms. This definitely took away from the experience. However the harpist was exceptional and we still had an enjoyable time despite the interruptions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The hotel staff is very helpful and friendly. The parties are tasty. They also have a good selection of tea. We were a little disappointed about the "tea room". It's a hall way rather than a proper afternoon tea room. While we were having our tea, staff, travelers, and hotel residents were walking pass nonstop. I just think customers should know about the location.

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LadyElaine
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I attended. The tea menu was vast. Lots of choices. The food was delicious. Everything was beautiful. It is located in a hall with guests walking through which was a bit distracting. Overall it was a nice experience and would do it again.

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JillR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our experience was overall very nice. Our server was very good. However, based on the high price - there was a very disappointing aspect. Our reservation was at 3pm and I understand it is a 2 hour tea service. However, around 4pm, a hotel staff person began loudly and aggressively breaking down the empty tables and chairs around us. It was loud, disruptive and rude.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter’s 6th birthday. The experience was spectacular.

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CCMA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Just had holiday tea with my 9 year old and was disappointed! The staff is not well trained to serve a proper tea. So if that is what you expect look elsewhere. To top it all off, we went to the bathroom and when we returned we found the staff clearing everything from the table. She gave us an "oh you're still here look". They apologized, but come on there was still tea in our tea cups and champagne in my glass and we hadn't paid the check yet so they really should have known better! It is just too pricey and they have been doing tea for far too long to to get it that embarrassingly wrong! Yes it's the Willard and iconic, but service is what will keep people coming back! We will certainly try one of the other hotels for tea next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience3

We had to call a waitress after waiting for 20 mins. Eventually our tea came out as well as our snacks. The only thing we enjoyed was your scones and spreads. I paid for the champagne package but only received 1 glass. I assumed it was bottomless. That part was not explained to me. Our reservation was scheduled at 3 and at 3:45 they started packing up making us feel like we had to rush to get out. We eventually took our leftovers to go. Not worth the money, mediocre service. Please let those who have tea at your establishment know that they can park and be validated at your hotel. I parked 3 blocks away. I’d think several times before returning. Trip advisor review to come

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vipVimax
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Family get together.

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JohnA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The service was great and the tea delicious, but it is grossly overpriced. After tip and tax for 2 people during holiday season, you’re looking at $200. That’s to eat crumpets and finger foods and sip tea. You can have a great meal at a nice dining establishment in the city with some drinks for this price or less. Take a spin through Peacock Alley, as that doesn’t require a reservation, and check-out the scene, but save your money.

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KristenS
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, relaxing and beautiful atmosphere! A great Christmas treat—book well in advance.

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vipCarolineD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Our annual family tradition has been to attend the Willard’s Holiday Tea usually before or after the Nutcracker performance. This year was more disappointing. The desserts for tea were not as tasty as usually and tried to be too fancy instead of normal petit fors and small holiday bites. The sandwiches and scones were still delicious as was the tea and the service.

The ambiance was not as nice this year either. The Tea should be done in the Crystal Room if the hotel is not willing to keep the Peacock Alley Hall closed to the public. When you are paying $80++ per person and dressed in your holiday attire - dresses, jackets and or nice business attire, it is not pleasant to have tourists and others walk by staring at your table, food and you with their big bags, coats and wearing jeans and sweats. It really ruins the experience and makes you wonder why you are spending the money for a nice experience - as these passersby ruin it!

I’m honestly not sure if we will return to The Willard Tea after this year. We may need to look at other options that are in a more intimate setting to truly enjoy the full High Tea Experience!

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CarlW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come every year at the holidays to this wonderful event as a way to celebrate once we have finished our preparations for Christmas, or just after the big day, and in the past few years have been introducing friends to the tea as well. The food and teas are delicious and the service and presentation always good, and we love the harp music! A few years back it was possible to try the scent of the teas before choosing - please bring that back!

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Bertie
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Disappointed that this legendary D.C. Christmas high tea experience is in the main hallway of the hotel especially at $400 for the four of us. The food was superb, a little too much to the sweet side and could use a little balance in the desert tier. We had a great experience.... but will not repeat nor recommend unless it’s in the room

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vipRaymondFH
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely Christmas Event. We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday tea. Food was amazing and harp music lovely!

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LaurieY
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made our reservations 11 months ahead for my daughter’s birthday. We had such a lovely time and she received a special birthday cupcake and the harpist played the birthday song. Thank you for a cherished memory.

JM
JacquelineM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chic, nice, adorable, wonderful and beautifully decorated

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Pooh
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place for Christmas yes especially with the harpist.

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MicheleG
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Based on this year's experience, I would encourage others to find another place. The Williard was hosting a wedding reception at the same time as afternoon tea, which seems lovely, but the noise level from the DJ was too much. We could not hear ourselves talk. The manager did comp us 1 of the 4 teas. Peacock alley is just that, an alley. People, dressed all sorts of ways, walk through which on an average day is not upsetting, but when you're all dressed up, expecting a lovely, relaxing, holiday-ish afternoon tea with dear friends, the people traffic detracts. For $75 per person, I expect more.

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mrsopera
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I was very disappointment by my overall experience for tea this past weekend. The food was underwhelming and the service was lacking. My biggest complaint was the noise level. There was a wedding next door and the bass completely drowned out the harp music, making it not a relaxing experience. For $240+ (for two adults + plus one child) I was expecting a higher standard from the Willard.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally worth making reservations way in advance. Tea sandwiches were delicious, as was tea. Service was impeccable. We had a lovely waitress, named Mercy and she was attentive and kind. Can’t wait to go again

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