We've done most the big hotel tea's (Bel Air, Biltmore, Four Seasons, Peninsula, Regent Beverly Wilshire) so Ritz Carlton was the last on our hit list. So to do something different for our anniversary (6 years), I made the reservation about 3 weeks ago. The room is quite pretty as is the rest of the hotel. We arrive and the room is about half full, but there is only one person working the room (other than the overly loud piano player) and it takes 10 minutes to get the one persons' attention. We are seated and given one menu (they only have one they tell us). After about 10 minutes we are visited by the waitress who takes our order and the speed of the rest of afternoon is just fine. What isn't fine, is by the time we get our food, the room is now 80% and LOUD. So loud I can barely hear my husband across a tiny table. I have never been to a tea like this before. It wasn't relaxing, it wasn't feeling particularly elegant.
The tea sandwiches were tasty, the scones and cream quite good, disappointment that there was no lemon curd. The sweets were disappointing to the point that we barely finished them. They seemed quite stale and overly done with butter (and not in a good way).
After paying the bill, over $60 with tax and tip, I realized going forward, I'd rather get a good steak.