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.
Always a wonderful place to stop and dine; you are always made to feel special.
We had an incredibly lovely time at your tea room this weekend, and are already planning a second visit sometime soon! :)
The atmosphere, food and service were all lovely. The entire experience was a treat. Thank you!
Enjoyed it very much! The service and staff were wonderful and although we were at the last sitting of the day, we were not rushed at all. Compared to other places in the world I have experienced High Tea it was right up there. The variety of sandwiches were different from the standard high tea fare and very tasty - everything was yummy - a lovely way to spend an afternoon!
Honestly the signature afternoon tea was so disappointing. It just basically consisted of sandwiches, some desserts and a scone and it costed me $42??? My friend and I both agreed that it’s not worth it to revisit!
Delightful place, nicely decorated and the food was delicious (everything made from scratch). Would come back again!
We thought we had already experienced the best afternoon tea in London .... wow , who would have thought we could find tea just as good in Victoria!! Amazing selection of sandwiches, fresh, artistically prepared, and some unusual combinations. The desserts next to none, Swiss pie, Egyptian cakes, lavender shortbread, French puff pastry.. our only regret is we couldn’t finish it all. The teas are so flavourful and interesting, made for a great leisurely afternoon. Not too high end, classy and welcoming, it is just right, and excellent service.
Our experience was lovely. The presentation was the best part. We enjoyed a large majority of the food we were served and the tea selection was fantastic. There were a couple food items I didn’t care for but I do think it was just me as my partner thought they were tasty. The service was quite good but seemed to be trying too hard to be proper. The staff were friendly and pleasant but that did make it seem a bit awkward.
We had an excellent experience. The tea and the pasties were delicious. And there was plenty of variety as well. We had a super courteous host. I would definitely go back. One small suggestion is to ensure the guests are served matching tea sets, that would take it to the next level.
I don’t live in Victoria, but I’ve visited twice. Both times I’ve gone to Venus Sophia for their signature afternoon tea. It’s amazing. I love this place - the atmosphere, the tastes, the antique style saucers and cups - it’s all a part of the delicious experience. When we were there, it was a little too busy for the staff (the place was full and they were all so warm and genuine) so there is a llittle room for improvement in staffing during peak times. But otherwise 100% fantastic. Highly recommended.
Thanks for a lovely time!
The food was lovely, but the service was not up to par with what we would have hoped. I had to get up and ask for service several times (i.e. 'can we have more hot water for our tea?' and 'can we have more jam?'). The staff were very friendly, but it was obvious that they were quite busy and possibly understaffed. It would have been nice to have been checked on more often. Other than the service, the tea room is beautiful and we found the winter tea to be delicious!
We ordered the sandwiches and scone combo. My friend is an avid high-tea drinker and she found the presentation and food lacking. The portion size was quite small for the price, and the sandwiches lacked the perfect cuts you would normally expect. I liked the space and ambiance but wouldn’t return based on the food and slow service.
We had a wonderful experience. The teas were amazing as was the food and service. We would highly recommend Venus Soohia for high tea in Victoria.
Ordered savoury tea the tea was expensive for the price. For $27 you get 4 little sandwiches and little quiche and scone. Would rather go to government house during the summer for tea, best value and good lunches available in the quaint gardens.
What a beautiful quaint place. Very relaxing with soothing music in the background, sandwiches and desserts expertly presented and so tasty, and the teas tantalizing to my tastebuds. 90 minutes went by fast but we were able to leisurely finish. Our server smiled all the time and spoke in a calming voice adding to the atmosphere. The price was much better than those tea rooms closer to the downtown core with no sacrifice in quality. Highly recommend this gem of an establishment for afternoon tea.
The Holiday Afternoon Tea sweets and savories were delicious with a perfect balance between the two. The tea was aromatic, served in beautiful English bone china, and presented by extremely friendly staff. In my opinion,however, the tea room was not decorated in holiday spirit. And given that the holiday afternoon tea was quite a bit more costly compared to regular afternoon tea, I would have expected at least some winter holiday decor. Generally, the 1970's recycled (?) formica and steel tea tables detract from the atmosphere of a tea room. They made me think of an American diner more than a Canadian tea room. So, tea and treats are great, the atmosphere is what is disappointing. Sincerely, a traveler that loves your city
Thoroughly enjoyed my delicious GF tea goodies....thank-you! Have been eating at V-S since the owners bought it many years ago but this was my first 'afternoon tea'. Service was excellent even though V-S was quite busy the afternoon we were there over the Xmas holidays. I prefer the eclectic look/function of softer surfaces for all the tables/seating........as it was when V-S first opened. But I can understand why some changes were made to accommodate the space. All the best in 2019.......... SM [initials only, please]
Lovely visit, service and food were excellent. Very understanding and accommodating of my 9 month old.
My mom, 2 sisters, my brothers-in-law, and I came for high tea after booking through their website. It was amazing! The tea selection was broad enough for everyone to find something they liked. While our tea steeped, we compared china patterns - a couple teacups and saucers matched ones that we had sipped from at our great grandmother's house as kids. The cream melted into our still-warm scones, the sweets were decadent, and the cranberry pinwheels were universally voted most delicious by the table. The only thing I would have changed was having sugar cubes instead of packets on the table, but that's just because my great-grandmother always had cubes for tea.
We really enjoyed ourselves, the scones were lovely and the desserts fantastic. Having said that, not all of us enjoyed the mushroom sandwiches. Another option would be nice.
The food was delicious, the atmosphere was charming, and the service was excellent
We loved it here, the staff are kind and the decor is beautiful. We went all the way with the $45 Royal afternoon tea, so many different loose teas, so good. Our server was attentive without making us feel rushed or intruded on. Other tearooms over charge for what you get like the famous one in Victoria for $80 or more. The price is reasonable at Venus Sophia and the experinece and food were spot on. We’ll be back for sure!
This is the 2nd time at Venus Sophia, the prior, a couple of years ago. I like warm & fuzzy when it comes to my afternoon teas, i.e. feeling pampered along with tea. Full high tea food was good, ambiance was ok, service was polite but altogether not enough going for it to push ratings to 'excellent'. Cost is to the higher side so i rather expect more of an 'experience'. If bumped up a notch, with some additional effort & attention, ratings would increase too.
Cheery atmosphere warmed by fresh smell of steaming hot teas in china teacups and brightened with tiers of delicious fresh sweet treats—a memorable experience eating and leisurely talking and laughing with my family on a rainy afternoon.