Experience afternoon tea in a beautifully designed, chic space with warm, boutique-style service. Our casually elegant take on afternoon tea will make you want tea time to be a part of your regular rituals. Come with us on a journey to celebrate the absolute best of European tea room and cafe culture. They say Venus Sophia has that irrisistable je ne sais quoi and really, really delicious food.
- Disabled Access
- Free WiFi
- Outside Seating Area
- Families and Children Welcome
About Venus Sophia Tea Room & Vegetarian Eatery
Venus Sophia is a modern tea room in Victoria's historic Chinatown. A hidden gem that will surprise and charm you with its beautiful decor, warm ambience and delicious, local forward house made food. Venus Sophia is where the locals go for an authentic Afternoon and High Tea experience in Victoria. Our Afternoon Tea has everyone talking, from Conde Nast Traveller to Forbes Travel and a recommendation from the Globe & Mail 2017 Royal Tour coverage. Proud winners of the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for three consecutive years since 2015.
Staff was curious and friendly but the waitress was very green and had to be asked multiple times to do something. The pricing was outrageous for what was given.
Not really a great place for a High Tea; pricey and no atmosphere.
Outstanding food and tea. Great service and atmosphere. I would highly recommend Venus Sophia for a great experience and we will definitely be back again.
Excellent selection of tea services. Great high tea but also is a very good option if you want to do tea and a few sandwiches and a scone. Good variety of selections on the menu!
My dining experience was quiet and relaxing and my waitress was wonderful
Loved the choice of tea and the tea sandwiches were incredible. Very cute setting and lovely staff.
Great tea selection. Cherry blossom is the best
Great waitress and lovely place!
We had the afternoon tea. It was yummy! A great thing to do with my mom
We had a lovely experience and the food was delicious.
Such a great experience. Love your place.
This is a lovely spot for a traditional high tea. The menu is laid out really well so that one can order as much or as little high tea as desired. There are non-high tea items on offer also such as panini's and other tasty sounding lunch items. The traditional high tea has very yummy vegetarian finger sandwiches, quiche, scones with cream and jam, cookies and cakes all served in manageable portions. The selection of teas is varied, offering a good opportunity to sample different blends. You will leave the restaurant feeling very satisfied, not over fed.
I also know that afternoon tea culture is expensive and extravagant because it is a British aristocratic culture. But this place was not really worth it either. The sandwich bread was dry and the ecclesiards were awful. Both amount and quality were not so good. I did not expect a lot of desserts, but I expected it should be good at dessert and tea quality. It was not very good for the price. I'd rather have a dessert and a tea each. don't try afternoon tea set, it is wasting money.
I cannot say enough about our wonderful experience at Venus Sophia. My sister and I had Royal Afternoon Tea, and my mom had the West Coast Tea. Every single sandwich and treat on the 3 tiered tray was delicious - each one tasted fresh and was served room temperature allowing all the flavors to come through. They weren't overly sweet either. The Provence scone and Date Cake were to die for, as was the Cream Earl Grey tea. Our server was friendly, kind, and helpful. My mom is allergic to corn and pepper, and after checking into other places, we didn't think she would be able to have tea with us because they couldn't accommodate her, or she would have had to pay just to sit with us and not eat anything! At Venus Sophia, they have multiple options rather than the normal treats, so my mom was able to sit with us AND eat lunch! The West Coast Tea is a great alternative for someone in my mom's position! We will definitely come back here every time we visit Victoria. It was a highlight of our trip! The atmosphere is charming and welcoming, full of mismatched chairs and vintage china. It's a lovely place to spend some time while you're in Victoria!!!
Loved it! Thank you!
The food and tea was tasty. There could have been a little bit more cheese and artichoke in the sandwich, otherwise tasty. The salad could of had some craisins or nuts on top instead of just plain greens. Would of like to have tried the carrot cake we were too full.
Really enjoyed our time here, though we had an afternoon reservation at 3:15 and felt rushed near the end. I wouldn't suggest anyone booking reservations past that time. It is a very lovely space, and nice service with gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions!
The tea and food was lovely! What a fun experience!
I took my mom for high tea, and she really liked it! The food was delicious, and the staff helped us choose a tea (we were a bit lost). We had a good time, and it was great to get out of the rain and into a cozy space.
A wonderful, afordable, delicious high tea experience!
An elegant yet understated afternoon. Delightful!
We had a lovely afternoon tea! The atmosphere was cosy and elegant, the service was prompt and friendly, and the food and tea was delicious. I love that all the food is vegetarian. Strongly recommended!
A little pricey for tea and snacks but we love the place and the service is lovely.
I had the Gluten free Mother’s Day tea. Although all the food was excellent it lacked any variety. All sandwiches and far too many desserts. Missing was one of my favourite parts of high tea. A scone with jam and Devonshire cream. I’ve had excellent gluten free scones in other afternoon teas. This addition would have been the perfect addition to my tray. It was hard watching my daughter enjoy this on her regular non gluten free tray.
Could not have been more perfect