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Adonia Tea House

2057 West 41st Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6M1Y7
Tel: (604) 261-0049
Fax: (604) 261-8225
Neighbourhood: Shaughnessy

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Nice Little Place
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 12:22am [Dine in]

Came here for a bridal shower and booked the entire place. We ordered the set menu which came with Earl Grey tea and an assortment of sweet and savory bites for $26 / person. The food was fairly good, and it was definitely cooked in-house which was good. It was fresh and delicious although not the best I've had by far. Still, points for effort.

Service was good but not really polished. The servers were nice but silently did their jobs. There was no greeting or anyone to help us to our table when we arrived (we got there late and there was really only one table left but still would've been nice to be acknowledged. Instead, my friends had to drag an extra chair to the table for us etc... self serve?) We also had to tell the wait staff that we were there are also wanted to be served... which seemed... silly?

Ambiance is nice... Looks like a quaint little Victorian tea house. Wasn't a fan of the ducks as decoration but overall, it's a nice place to spend a Sunday chatting or something.

Value was ok for the quality and amount of food, I suppose. Compared to the Empress in Victoria (my favorite), I'd say it was solid value taking into consideration Empress is double the price (but it's also all-you-can-eat -- lots of people don't know you can actually ask for more food at no extra cost) =)

Might be back if I were in the neighbourhood, but will definitely try other places.

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Nice little place
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 26, 2007 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

Went here on a Sunday for some afternoon tea. It's a pretty little place kinda reminds me of an antique shop. It was quiet that day which was nice. We ordered the afternoon tea special for 2. We had 2 teas and some snacks (sandwich, dessert, croissant, etc). I had a good relaxing time there but it is a little pricey tho. I think the bill inc/ tips was $32. Oh well, it's a once a year experience.

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Has there been a changeover?
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2006 - 2:05am [Dine in]

The pastries and the fruit teas served is completely different from my previous visit. Admittedly, it has been a while, but I never forget whether it was good or stale-awful and same with the others in my party. The same group of us revisited the place and felt the same way. A different older woman attending the kitchen/counter area while an even younger duo of girls are assisting/serving. Some of the biscuits were noticeably stale, I mean, my companion has weak taste buds and even he can taste it. The once aromatic peach tea has become a somewhat "bastardised" version, all of us present agreed upon that observation. There was a mixture of red apple and pineapple with the peaches that brought about a "watered down" version of the original peach tea that was enjoyed at Adonia previously within the first quarter of their grand opening. None of us cared enough to inquire whether or not the previous bunch retired/gave-up/sold-out, etc. since it was so disappointing an experience, we couldn't bring ourselves to care either way... So there's always still Secret Garden down the street otherwise, time to hunt down a new high tea establishment since the craving is starting to hit me again especially once the weather clears up a little.

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intersting
By lovingfood of Kerrisdale (90 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

I think it's more expensive than Secret Garden. Food does seem a lot big Chinese to me like one review says. They don't taste bad but they are probably not very authentic.

It's not bad. Ambiance is good. Very relaxing.

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Traditional and unique teas
By whataview of yaletown (66 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

I have not had high tea here yet but plan to based on the many wonderful lunches I have enjoyed. The food is excellent and the soup, salad and sandwich lunch combo is cheap! A pot of fruit tea or green hopper tea with the combo for two comes to about $50. The homemade soups are all good; my favourite sandwich is smoked salmon. The menu is varied with lots of hot and cold options. The service is consistently great and the tea room is at least half full even on weekdays. They come around regularly to top up your teapot and the tea stays hot on its own tealight burner. The ambiance is great - one of the most comfortable tearooms in town - I've been to many!

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Worst high tea experience ever...avoid at all costs
By jazuresky of vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 23, 2011 - 10:47am [Dine in]

They can't handle the demand when it comes to group buy deals. This place is very small, so you are basically sitting shoulder to shoulder with your friends when you're at the same table. We made a reservation but there was no table at the reserved time because other customers were still there - doesn't that defeat the purpose of making a reservation? They had no time limit so we end up waiting 45 minutes after the reserved time.

The food was average, if not less. Most of the stuff was what I can make easily at home (cucumber sandwich? tell me you can't make that.) or taste store bought. The tea was ok but the service was REALLY bad. The waitress never came by to fill water and when we asked her, she forgot and we had to ask again.

Service: horrible, food: mediocre, ambiance: nice decor but the place was way too small.

Summary: not worth your time and money EVEN with a deal. Save your money for somewhere like Fairmont or other high tea places.

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Horrible Service
By lilac of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 11:43am [Dine in]

I wouldn't recommend coming here. It's supposed to be a tea house yet they serve chinese food...what's up with that? The tea is nothing special. I can definitely get better quality tea at The Secret Garden. I shared a pasta dish and sandwich with a friend and the pasta was overdone and the sauce tasted like it came from a jar. The sandwich was good but how hard is it to make a good sandwich? I have to comment on the service. I don't know if it's because the girls are so young or because they just don't have a brain. I had to repeat myself 3-5 times ordering, not to mention she brought the wrong tea out at first. She never came around to clear our table or refill our waters. I will not come back. I'm usually quite forgiving with little cafes but this one just left a bad taste.

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Tea-Lightful!!
By westernwilson of Tsawwassen, BC (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 8:46am [Dine in]

We are afternoon tea addicts and were very pleased to find this cozy little hideaway in Kerrisdale. The place is small and charmingly furnished in tea room style, lots of teacups on the wall and pretty tableware. The tea was unusually good (so many tea rooms inexplicably serve mediocre tea!), and we sampled some black tea based blends. Cream was available to our "must have cream in my tea" diner, which was very nice. The food was fresh, well prepared and the scones very tasty. The service was excellent, with proper attention paid to refilling empty teapots. We are bewildered by the poor review we read, below. Our time here was just lovely and we will definitely be going again next week when we have visitors. Adonia is a lovely tea room, serving lovely food and goodies, perfect for a wonderful afternoon tea or lunch.

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Wonderful place!
By hbelle of vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 9, 2006 - 1:05am [Dine in]

i was here for lunch, and it was absolutely delicious. they recently changed their menu, and the food was great. i had the Chef's sampler which consisted of italian chorizo with portobello antipasto, fried banana frittatas with lobster (yum), and some pasta with bacon. it was so tasty!! the place is a little pricey for lunch, but the food is something you'd find at a fine-dining restaurant for that price. the Fruit tea is soooo good. i had to ask how to make it! i'd definitely recommend the place.

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Beautiful Place. Else lacking
By gellerso8 of Toronto (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 1, 2014 - 2:21am [Dine in]

A friend who is from Vancouver recommended us this place for tea. Seeing pictures of it on my phone, I decided to check it out with some friends who were also from out of town.

I guess we chose to arrive as tons of other people because there was a line out the door. First strange or bad encounter was the staff turning people away. We decided to stay and after waiting for 30 minutes or so, got a seat at this coveted tea place.

Once inside, you felt like in some sort of movie. Cutesy china everywhere, which gave me a vibe of being back at my grandma's place. But that's where the fairy tale or whatever you want to call it ended. No one acknowledged us for a while. The place is tiny mind you, which is okay with us, but not the lack of proper seating arrangements. I do not want to be bumping elbows with strangers, thank you.

As for the food and tea itself, it was alright, but nothing to write home about. Tons and tons of options to choose from, and with no help from the waitress, I had to randomly go for the kalahari (not sure how you spell it). Not only did our tea take forever to come, but the waitress never came back to check up on us during our stay. It is okay to have a bad day, just dont take it out on your customers.

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Definitely Avoid
By tokoyo of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

I've been to Adonia 4 times since they opened, even though, at the end of each meal, my friends and I always say to each other, "Let's never come back." It's always with different friends, sadly, because they'd see the photos and want to try it.

Don't bother -- this is one of the worst tea places in BC.

First off, the place is cramped and dark. As you have your tea, the cranky manager/owner and one waitress basically stand two feet away in the open kitchen(?), chatting or staring at you. That doesn't mean, however, that they're attentive. As you can tell from the other reviews, service is TERRIBLE.

The food and tea are mediocre at best. Bland or over-sugary sweets, dry scones, grocery-store-quality teas. If you're really bent on goign to Kerrisdale, choose from any of the other places! They all have better food and tea. Secret Garden, for example, sometimes has lousy service, too, but at least they don't fail as a tea house.

Most importantly, if you are considering Adonia because of a group-buying deal, AVOID THIS ONE. The place is so small they simply can't handle increased business even if they keep selling vouchers everywhere.

I only purchased 2 because it's half price. Even at HALF PRICE, my friends and I were reluctant to go. Anyway, I called a week before the vouchers expired, and the manager/owner told me they were booked up but would honour all vouchers after expiry. Today, I called to make the reservation, and she denies ever saying so, and said the vouchers are only worth half the face value now. She now says she is being "nice" even to let us use the vouchers at all, and argues in her poor English that there is no way she or any of her staff could have given us misinformation.

How's that for shady business practices?

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The BEST Victorian style Tea House in Vancouver!
By Sacha of Kerrisdale, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

This little spot has fast become my Favourite little retreat and treat haven. I come here often after a hard day's chaotic work being a full time mommy, to enjoy a cup of tea in fine bone China, with home made scones and devonshire cream. There is always classical music playing, and with the ambient lighting of no less than 5 antique chandeliers and a few table lamps, the mood is always perfect. The owner herself is always there to serve and supervise, she's such a lady of sophistication and has come to know her regulars by name, so it the place has a real personal feel to it, unlike "the Secret Garden" up the road. I just love the antique furniture, but to be honest, it's those little scones with Devonshire Cream that keeps me coming back! For only $3 for three homemade scones, it's quite an affordable treat to go with my tea. :-)

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Disagree w/below
By brokentelephone of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 4, 2006 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

I recently dined at Adonia with my girlfriend and was extremely impressed. They have recently changed the menu to more food focused from tea/snack focused.

I had a terrific sandwich which was presented probably better than any restaurant i've eat at in Vancouver in recent memory. The food was all extremely fresh and most was free-range/organic. I cannot reiterate enough how good the plating is.... and the food was all very delicious with my ceasar salad tasting exactly like the one i had the previous night.... at Chartwells (four seasons hotel).

The slushie mango drink is excellent as well... actually, everything was great. And according to my girlfriend the taiwanese food there (on a seperate menu) is very authentic and excellent.. she said her dish was the best preparation she had ever had of that recipe.

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Afternoon Tea was OK ... I Guess
By Abbeydoodle of Ladner (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 6:57pm [Dine in]

I indulge in afternoon tea about once a year only. I usually go to Secret Garden but thought I would give this place a try.

First of all, make a reservation (we did). Saw a lot of people get turned away at the door.

Food was inconsistent. The sandwiches were basic at best. If you like plain ol' luncheon meat or boring cucumber sandwiches then you're in luck. But at $25/person, I expect the sandwich fillings to be a bit more 'gourmet'. Scones were excellent (really warm and fresh!). Sweets were only okay (a couple of the items seemed a bit stale).

The place is decorated quite nicely. Very cute and seems quite clean in there. Service is slow and servers are a bit aloof.

It wasn't a horrible experience but I don't think I'll ever go back.

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A Cozy Little Tea House
By Bezyazin of New Westminster, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

I used an Indulge coupon for high tea and am very glad that I did. A small and busy establishment (make reservations!) with a great atmosphere. The food was delicious and the service good. You have to note that the servers respect your privacy, so if you need something, flag them down. They noticed we were running out of hot water and offered us more, and when we declined, they left us to bask in the afternoon sun. I'm not a regular patron of high tea, so I'm not going to comment on the value, but it was certainly a worthwhile indulgence.

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The Little tea House that tries.
By deneen64 of Richmond (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

I have been to Adonia 5 or 6 times. Various days of the week and the one thing that is consistent is the lack of FRIENDLY service. They are far too quiet, not welcoming and the girls seem a bit apprehensive.
Now all that being said, the food is good, I like the shrimp appetizers. (although afternoon tea is generally started with fresh fruit).They do not provide enough scones and definitely do not provide enough cream and jam!!(They will bring you more scones if you ask but there is an extra charge. My thinking is...how much CAN a 1' scone actually cost and wouldn't it be nice to provide a few more within reason before adding to the bill?)
My favorite tea is the strawberries and cream flavour and it's nice that they refill the hot water for you..BUT...when you have been there over an hour chatting with your freinds, I THINK it might be nice to offer fresh tea leaves instead of the constant watering down of the "used" ones.
I will admit I am a regular at The Fairmont Empress(6 or more times a year) but I am NOT a tea snob, even in Victoria we will attend tea at little out of the way places where the service, and food varies.I am always excited to patronize a small business but I DO have some things that would cause me to not return.bad food, cold tea and TERRIBLE service. Adonia doesn't hit 10 on a 1-10 scale....but at least they make a 7. Worth a return occasionally.
One thing I will admit.I was a little put off on my first visit when everyone that worked there was Asian.("what do they know about English tea ?!" , I thought.) That was an instant and unkind thought and I immediately put that out of my head and gave them an honest go. They do "OK". NOT outstanding, but OK. They COULD be outstanding with more outgoing servers!(and more cream and JAM!) =)
oh ya!....some of the art work on the walls makes me smile because it has NOTHING to do with England or tea but the furnishinggs are quaint and lovely.

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Interesting little place
By piffany of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 6, 2005 - 1:52pm [Dine in]

Perhaps I'm a little biased, but after having gone to Secret Garden, I cannot really enjoy this place. The high tea is nice, but not very delicate. and its not cheap either. The other food offered are chinese, so it's not traditional English tea. I would recommend Adonia for Chinese people, and Secret Garden for, everyone :)

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Absolutely Fantastic!
By dinerj of Kerrisdale, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 4, 2005 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

I was recommended by different friends about an English tea house in Kerrisdale. It turned out they were all talking about ADONIA! From the moment I stepped in until I left, it was an experience I havent had since the last time I went to England. The food was delicate, freshly made in front of your eyes, and the service was friendly and gracious. I could tell the owner must have spent a ton of time to design the tea house because every part of the store embedded details (i.e., crown malding, and antique furniture) that truly amazed me. They even use Macintosh's stereo system!

The tableware is all sterling silver and the cupsets are bone china from Royal Albert, Polygon, etc. I cant emphasize how fine their figure foods are and the way they present them.

If you love afternoon tea, coffee and fine dessert, but have never been to this place, it is definitely worth the try.

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