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The Watts Tea Shop

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761 N Jefferson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3707
+1 414-290-5720
09:00 - 17:30
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Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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104 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

My first time at Watts Tea Shop, I ordered afternoon tea. It came with four different finger sandwiches, fruit, dessert and choice of tea. It was a fun experience.

Thank Marla H
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 December 2016

So very sad Watts Tea Shop is closing. So many trips there as a little girl 70+ years ago, all dressed up with the big ladies. Then, over the years, bridal showers, celebrations of all kinds. Just enjoyed my last lunch and the last Sunshine Cake.

Thank EdithWagner
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

This is a gem of a tea room open for breakfast and lunch. Several selections of tea. I had their own blend which was a black tea with citrus. I have had chicken with a mushroom sauce which was superb. I have had their chicken salad also which is a favorite. Unfortunately they will be closing at the end of... More 

Thank schoneman
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157 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Went twice with family. You walk through an interesting store up the lift, through an art gallery - with serious $$$ artwork and into the 1950s Pricing was surprisingly good and the lunch - excellent . Cakes the day before were tops

Thank insearchofit
Novi, Michigan
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433 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

The store is on the first floor, the tea room is on the second floor. We had some scones and some tea. It was nice. The tea was good. It is like being in a restaurant, more than a tea place. Nothing really charming. Modern. Service was good.

Thank Davidamy617
Owensboro, Kentucky
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Absolutely the very best English muffins we've ever had -- anywhere, anytime. Their scones were wonderful, too.

1 Thank MHS5744
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016

After looking forward to renewing some of the most pleasant lunches I have ever experienced this visit was a huge disappointment. The staff was pleasant but not very efficient. It was not very busy and we waited almost 30 min for our drink order. (All non alcoholic) Once we received our drink order the staff was very good about refills.... More 

Thank Jane Z
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Tea house needs an update! Food was just ok and the furnishings are dirty and worn out. The drapes (sheers) are pathetic ! The women's restroom is another story ! For the $ it needs to be much better . I would not recommend it sorry

Thank hendrica
Holland, Michigan
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116 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Michelle, our waitress, was excellent - pleasant, well informed and efficient. The location on N Jefferson was easy to find, the ascent to the second floor well marked and the linens clean. My husband's meal ( chicken and veggies plus a Caesar salad) was adequate, but my afternoon tea was most scrimpy- four 1/2 inch narrow too cream cheese sandwiches,... More 

Thank jane o
Brookfield, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

We went to Watts for a four generation ladies lunch on Saturday at 1:00. There were a couple of bridal showers, but there was plenty of room for us. It's a very nice atmosphere. Bright & open space. Our waitress, Patti, was excellent. She was busy, but still attentive to us. Our group ordered the quiche, chicken pot pie, Cobb... More 

Thank Cathy J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25
American, Cafe, British
Lunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 761 N Jefferson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3707
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 414-290-5720
Join us for Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, or your next Special Event!Milwaukee’s most historic tea room, perched atop the prestigious china and crystal store, serving homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. Serving Milwaukee's historic Easttown Neighborhood since 1870!Winner of a 2011 James Beard Award and named one of The New York Times 10 Greatest Old World Dining Institutions!

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