Pavilion - The Langham, Chicago

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Afternoon Tea
Located on the second floor, its soaring ceiling and
marvelous views of the city make Pavilion an elegant space to unwind and converse with a glowing fireplace and grand piano as a backdrop. Pavilion is home to an Afternoon with Wedgwood, a traditional tea service that first debuted at The Langham, London in 1865. An afternoon with Wedgwood includes proprietary Langham teas and an array of sweet and savory bites. All are served with traditional displays and flourish. Expect local talented pianists or harpists during weekend afternoon tea.
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EP
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High tea was special

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C
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit expensive for the quantity of food however great ambiance!

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GG
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I personally prefer a more traditional afternoon tea to the fancy, gourmet sandwiches featuring octopus, tofu, etc. Service was perfect, tho, and tea was quite good. Noise level was loud at my table because of a loud talker at the next table - I could hear absolutely every word she spoke!

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CB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had tea here with my eight year old daughter and it was a five star experience without a doubt!! The server took excellent care of us, the sandwiches, scones and pastries were absolutely perfect, and the tea selection was impeccable. I would recommend this for anyone looking to have a special tea experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The pavilion is beautiful, but it’s not worth the $75 for tea. The food was okay, and you’re only allowed what’s given to you. Other places that host tea time are much more reasonable price wise and give you unlimited food and tea.

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for afternoon tea and loved everything about it! Fantastic!

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LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I like that place and have been there a few times. My last visit was not quite to the standards of Langham, while ambiance and surrounding is spotless the food should have been improved. Tea Time sandwiches looked like there was standing open for very long time, the freshness of it was questionable. If i go to place and expect to pay, I am expecting fresh food and not prep night before. Overall, I like the place but would think twice to go again for Tea Time.

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great spot for a high end High Tea. Got the gluten free option and it was delicious.

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DD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely pkace

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JJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for afternoon tea. Food was delicious and service was impeccable!

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BS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Valentines Day tea was unacceptable. Ordered a salad as well as full tea and the grilled chicken that was ordered for the salad arrived 20 minutes after the salad. The waiter stated he would take it off of the bill. Usually the service at the Langham is top notch. This was bottom of the barrel

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RF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We were very excited about Tea at the Langham. And we were very disappointed. Mostly in the service. We were very much ignored, and when we asked a quesiton about getting an extra sandwich we were scolded. We had to get up and get our own water. And flag down a wait person to get some more hot water. I had to go through cabinets to find where they hung my coat. The worst part is that I asked to have a manager call me, I left my phone number and 5 days later no one has called.

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New England
34 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I'm an afternoon enthusiast. In terms of food and tea selections this was subpar at best compared to other offerings in this price point. The place is beautiful and the ambiance and service are excellent, however.

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KC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Hostess said “We’re not serving yet...I’m opening the doors at 1.” *It was literally 12:59* we had come down the hallway not noticing the gates/doors that opened to hotel reception.
-Instead-
How about “Welcome to the Langham Pavillion! Have you been here before? What’s the name on the reservation? May i take your coats?” or anything MORE welcoming!!!
That would’ve occupied us for the 60 seconds.

I asked for the table by the fireplace. Hostess response “that table is reserved”. You know who else had a reservation?! ME. And I was there first. I asked for that table because of the fireplace but ALSO because there was a HUGE loud birthday party in the center of the room.

(I saw later that the table I requested was occupied by a woman with two children.)🙄

The food was average for a $80 Tea.

HOWEVER, Paul, our waiter was fabulous. He almost made up for the other treatment...

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This tea experience was nothing short of lovely. The space looked exactly like the pictures. Every staff member we spoke to was more than gracious and willing to assist my mother and me. The service truly had all the flourishes, the food and tea was delicious, and the attention to detail, from tea temperature to place settings, was superb. We will definitely return to The Pavilion for tea soon.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful and we really enjoyed our holiday tea

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E
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely high tea at The Langham. The service and food were great, and they celebrated my daughter's birthday with an extra piece of birthday cake and a candle. Such a serene and relaxing environment and ambiance. We will definitely be back!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, delicious food and tea, and the service was excellent

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time!

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CC
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is my third time having afternoon tea here. The space is gorgeous, the holiday decorations are modern and beautiful. The service is always good and the tea is exceptional.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server. Remembered us from last year. Lovely experience

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i
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

My friends wanted to go for high tea for Christmas. I had been to your restaurant last year for Xmas brunch which was outstanding. However the high tea was extremely disappointing. First we were give 4 tiny petit four sandwiches. Next course was 2 scones- which were not good. And last course 2 tiny dessert petit fours and 2 cookies. For $110 with tax and tip- I think that is terrible!

Additionally there was no music and tables were not even set with table cloths.

You have a beautiful restaurant, with incredible service and I have experienced before wonderful food. So the capability is available. It was not evident for high tea. And I would not recommend.

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RN
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea was the best we’ve had yet! Delicious food and teas; wonderful service.

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HT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Just had high tea yesterday with girlfriends at the Pavilion. I have come to the conclusion that there are no great high teas in Chicago. Most recently I’ve tried the Drake, Virgin Hotel and the Penninsula. My benchmark is the High Tea at the Pierre in NYC. Here’s my review of the Langham high tea: very good assortment of food courses ( kudos to the chef), good tea menu. The decorations were nice. Champagne is a nice touch.
Areas for improvement are the ambiance, no music, white table clothes should be on the wooden tables, there should be some type of music. Flowers on the table would be a nice touch. It is the priciest high tea in chicago.

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ST
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I treated two of my SILs and a friend to the holiday tea at the Langham. It was palate exhausting, too many too clever riffs on traditional tea. It’s fine to do some new and interesting but it was too much. Each of the little tea “sandwiches” were fighting to outshine the other. There was no harmony in flavors, just lots of clashing. They should have mixed a few more traditional offerings with the innovative ones. For example, the scones were fruitcake with a lemon glaze and a gingerbread with chocolate chips. Too much. One or the other paired with a traditional scone would have been far far better. Also, I have a huge bone to pick, the Devonshire cream came to us rock hard. That should never have been. Even refrigerated, it should still flow. As my 12 year old would say, this tea was a “fail.” And it was a expensive one at that.

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C
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday High Tea with our grand daughter was wonderful!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Tea options are varied and unique to the Langham. Their pastries are delicious. The sandwiches were superb. We went during Christmas season and the decor was
awesome. Truly great experience to celebrate a special occasion.

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AD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The savory sandwiches and the scones were really good. The tea selection was not to the same level and I wish that for the price value we can have some additional sandwiches. The service is good and really passionate and knowledgeable about what is served. The scones and Jam were delicious but overall the price was really steep for what we can get. It is a beautiful hall for the tea but would not recommend it to my friends. Perhaps some live music and a little bit more food would be nice. The sweets (gingerbread, tart, chocolate) were a little bit too sweet for my taste but I am from Europe.

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JJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We looked forward to tea at the Langham on Christmas Eve afternoon as a beginning to our celebration. I expected to pay up for the experience, so expected the experience to be worth it. It wasn't. Little things matter in an experience like this, and many little things done poorly, or missing, added up to making it a disappointment. What things? Melted chocolate on the white cushion of my chair greeted me. Took staff so long to deal with it that we finally took a chair from another table ourselves. (the place was only about one-third full - staff was inattentive, not busy). There was a hole (maybe for electrical cords?) under the carpet that was under the chair of one of our 80+-year-old guests, and he almost fell over when the leg of the chair went into the hole. Our waitperson wore a dingy uniform and was slow throughout. The champagne that was included in the $80 per person price was never served. The tea itself was very flavorful but the scones were overbaked. The savories were okay, not great. I thought there was supposed to be live music. There wasn't, so I must have been wrong on that. I bring it up, however, because I've had tea at the Peninsula and live music was played there. Overall, a must miss experience.

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KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had the Christmas Tea. It was lovely, but I would not go back. I've had tea at other hotels and the value for the price was much better. The Langham was not as cozy as I'd hoped, even at Christmas time.

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e
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Really disappointed in the holiday tea at the Langham. Have stayed there and loved it but tea not good. The tea sandwiches were dry and the sweets unimpressive. The service, while okay, was a bit "canned". All around, not great and far from meeting expectations. Back to the Peninsula for their tea next time.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tea at the Langham Chicago is divine. I was there with my two grown nieces. We spent three hours talking while enjoying fanciful treats in a sublime, cheerful setting. It is a fantasy experience.

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DR
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good High Tea. Savories well matched and tea selection well covered. Very nice atmosphere and superb service. Thank you

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D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

All the food was excellent but for the price more sandwiches should have been offered. Four very small finger sandwiches compared to two scones and a plate of beautiful and delicious desserts. All was presented beautifully. Excellent service and lovely atmosphere.

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MC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I have been going to Christmas Tea for upwards of 23 years. Initially, we began the tradition by going for mammograms first (not fun, but necessary) and then tea, to pamper ourselves. There were four of us originally, but one has lost the breast cancer battle eight years ago. Of the remaining three, two of us are BC survivors.
We went to The Drake for many years, but found it disappointing the last few years: crowded, noisy, same menu, less service, etc., so we decided to try someplace new. The Langham exceeded our expectations—you have a beautiful room, wonderful service, tasty treats. We were especially happy to get to-go boxes because we had tried so many things but there were still more. The complimentary wine and chocolates were really a nice touch. Afternoon Tea is never going to land in the column of “good values” just because it is an extravagance but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thomas took excellent care of our table as did the entire staff.
We’re hoping that word doesn’t get out about the Langham, but it probably will, so good luck.

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l
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our annual tradition is Holiday Tea at The Langham. The food is amazing, delicious scones and pastries and the best service in town. The entire team makes you feel so special. A hidden gem for high tea in the big city. Highly Recommend!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday celebration

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JK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have only been there for the afternoon tea - it is lovely. For some reason, I got an email asking
why I wasn't there on Friday - I certainly but a few minutes late due to traffic! The valet parking
came in handy!

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S
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly the Langham is very kid friendly. The kids' menu was adorable and relatively accessible for our not so picky children (fancy PBJ, nutella banana, cucumber cream cheese with sun dried tomato and turkey and cheese). All designed beautifully. The price was also great for the kids as it is a very elegant restaurant. The children's menu included the same dessert plates as the adult options. There are hot cocoa or children's tea options all served in the same beautiful china. I was expecting the adult plate to include a few more sandwiches (4 included), but the dessert and scones on top of those little bites was more than enough food we could consume. The Christmas decorations are beautiful and the room is filled with natural light and festive. Service was impeccable.

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EB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Sandwiches for high tea disappointing. One sandwich was tuna on a cracker! Not impressed. Service was fine. The gingerbread man was excellent. For a special Christmas tea, the event was disappointing. We will be returning to the Four Seasons tea service.

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