Washington DC: Tea Cellar at Park Hyatt

My parents are visiting from Hawai’i for the week, but before we dash off to dinner (where I’m introducing them to Pierre…ahhh!)…how about a cup of tea?

The Park Hyatt Washington DC is home to The Tea Cellar. We stopped in on a Sunday afternoon last weekend while visiting DC. A clean cup of Earl Grey for me, and cocktails for him.

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.

The tea menu is expansive, starting at $8 a pot, and up to $300 for certain “rare” teas that seemed to be there more for the ohlala factor than actual intention of serving.

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
(202) 789-1234

  • Ethan Nicholas
    May 6, 2011

    I love the teapot stand and setup. I just did my first afternoon tea "buffet" in Cape Town last weekend and although it was certainly nontraditional, something about unlimited scones and cucumber sandwiches seems just right!

  • anonymous
    May 6, 2011

    OMG… I would LOVE an afternoon tea buffet! I always feel like the sandwiches are never big enough!

  • K and S
    May 6, 2011

    sounds like it will be fun when you go back :)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    May 6, 2011

    Hi Ethan!Thanks for your comment – I've actually been reading your blog for awhile now. Love the your posts, especially the ones on Podunk in NYC! :) The idea of a buffet tea is sort of neat, isn't it? I would stuff myself still on cucumber sandwiches ahaha. Hi Stephanie!This was seriously ALL you can eat…I saw one woman go back up at least 6 times (granted the plates they give you to use are on the tiny side haha).Hi Kat!I can't wait! Also went to Capital Teas (thanks for the recommendation! :). They didn't serve tea, but it was beautiful to browse the store and just oogle their huge selection of teas and teaware!

  • anonymous
    May 18, 2011

    Hi, Ethan, Hi Kathy YL Chan:I love you both and you both know why, but maybe you DIDn't know that we have tea buffets at Podunk a lot, whenever there is a large group (8 or more) and some sort of indecision among those guests. For me, it's a riot–something about the bottomless bowls of jam and cream–that reminds me how we all turn into children when it comes to tea: "More, please!"

  • Kathy YL Chan
    May 19, 2011

    Hi Elspeth! That is fantastic – I'm just picturing the bottomless bowls of jam and cream, what a sight! :) Will keep that in mind next time I'm organizing a big get-together tea.

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