They’re a bit snotty if you don’t have reservations (which we didn’t). But you’ll get seats either way (they were practically empty), and the waitresses warm up to you after a few pots of tea and cocktails. Why, of course.
Regardless of what you order, settle in for the seats are cozy. Even better if you’ve brought afternoon reading material. Pierre had a magazine, and I, a notebook. We lingered at the tea cellar for a good two hours while it was pouring rain outside. If you get hungry, there is an afternoon tea buffet. Buffet! For afternoon tea! Smoked salmon, poached chicken, classic cucumber and butter. Pretty neat right? Less refined for sure, but all you can eat tea sandwiches?
Alas, if only we had not devoured an Ethiopian feast at Das the hour before! I’m wasn’t sure if I could do $30 worth of tea sandwiches and scones, so had to pass this time.
But we’ll be back. That humongous jar of devon cream is surely impossible to resist.
Tea Cellar at Park Hyatt Washington
2400 M Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20037