Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Tea House

1800 Lakeside Ave, Henrico VA 23228
$ American

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 1800 Lakeside Ave, Henrico VA 23228
  • Cuisine: American |
  • Cost: | Very Inexpensive
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Public Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Apple Pay | Android Pay |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 8042629887
  • Features: Wheelchair Access, Healthy Options,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Dining Alone, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite,

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Business Hours

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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.76 out of 5 stars based on 363 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 05, 2022
Margaret A.
We love the Tea House! We have been going there for years and the food and service is always exceptional. Looking forward to our next visit.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 04, 2022
Carol L.
The food was great very fresh salad and interesting choices, setting with all the light a glow was wonderful. Excellent service.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 03, 2022
KATHLEEN K.
We had a wonderful evening! Everything was perfect The server was great and the warm friendly atmosphere was just as we hoped! We were concerned with eating inside but you all controlled the amount of diners so as to make us feel much better about eating inside during this difficult time. And having everyone masking added to that feeling. And our food was very enjoyable. Thank you so much We plan to do it again next year!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 03, 2022
Nancy S.
What a lovely spot to have dinner. My friend that I haven't seen in a year and I met there for the Festival of Lights. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and drinks. Our waitress was super friendly and efficient! I can't wait to go back.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 01, 2022
Annabel G.
The service was great. Our waitress, Tammy, was prompt in welcoming us and taking our orders. We didn't wait long to get our food. The food was scrumptious. Everyone enjoyed their dinner. Dessert was delicious. That cheesecake with chocolate cake and ganache and chocolate chips was out of this world! There's quiet atmosphere in the restaurant. A great experience.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 31, 2021
Brenda K.
Everyone was friendly. They made sure we had a table with a great view. The food and drinks were delicious! We recommend the total experience to our friends.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 30, 2021
Madeline B.
We had a fantastic experience! The fig and brie salad was delicious.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 28, 2021
Anna B.
It was awesome ! Great food, service, very fair price ( we will be back soon!) And of course, a beautiful setting in the midst of the garden fest of lights!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 25, 2021
Caledonia D.
I wasn’t too sure going in what to expect and I can happily say my whole family was very pleasantly surprised. Wonderful service, quality food, fun festive drinks. Will be recommending this to all.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 23, 2021
Mary C.
Was wonderful, so festive! Everyone very welcoming and helpful !

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 23, 2021
Vivian W.
Perfect!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 23, 2021
Judy T.
We had a large group,of 14, and a baby. I talked with Linda and Michelle who were so helpful in making the arrangements. We ate after walking through the gardens. The food was delicious, everyone had a variety of different dishes and had only good things to say. Our server was Tammy. She was efficient, personable, and kept the "teen table" laughing and talking. Thank you so much for helping to make the Taylor Family Christmas memorable.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 22, 2021
Melton J.
All was good. Our waitress was excellent. Food was delicious, but could have been warmer. Overall a good night.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 21, 2021
Brenda B.
The staff went above and beyond to accommodate the needs of our annual family Christmas dinner. The service and the food was 5+ star. Can’t wait to visit again!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 19, 2021
Daphne C.
Wonderful evening with excellent service and a simple menu to meet all needs of a group of six. Food was tasty, well presented and great value. Holiday drinks were refreshing! Desserts are excellent. It was a first experience for our guests who are eager to bring their friends next time! Keep up the great work!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Dec 19, 2021
Calvin H.
SInce we had an early reservation, we had a table next to the window to look out at the lights. I had the steak for dinner. It had a great flavor but was a little tough and gristley. My date had the chicken and loved her whole meal. Other than the steak, everyting else exceeded our expectations.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Dec 17, 2021
Pattie S.
We had a wonderful experience! The food was delicious and the service was great. We’ll be back!

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 15, 2021
Andrew W.
Had a great time! Great setting and the service was very good. Food was great.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 13, 2021
Howard T.
Dinner at The Tea House was the perfect capping to the Christmas Lights Display!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
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Dec 12, 2021
Diann R.
The meal was delicious, although the brussel sprouts were a bit over cooked and only slightly warm when served. The service was excellent! Beautiful setting and we thoroughly enjoyed!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 12, 2021
Denise F.
The food was so delicious! It was by far the best meal we had during our visit to Richmond. We especially liked the variety of the menu and the desserts were phenomenal! Hostess was most accommodating and gracious. Looking forward to dining here again!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Value: 8/10
Dec 12, 2021
Peter F.
We (2) were pleasantly surprised about the quality of the restaurant. From the Ass't manager who greeted and seated us, to our server, the service was excellent. Entre was better than I expected and dessert was excellent.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Value: 5/10
Dec 05, 2021
Richard C.
Food, service and ambience were excellent. Poor value for the portion of food for the price.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 04, 2021
John B.
Great way to kick off the holiday season with beautiful light displays, good food and friendly staff. My husband and I had a very nice time.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 03, 2021
Sharyn D.
Nice menu, and food was perfectly prepared for all 6 of us. Wait staff was cheerful and attentive. We will be back again!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 03, 2021
Suzanne S.
The wait staff at the Tea House was wonderful! The steak needed more seasoning, but we still had a great time!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 03, 2021
Irene S.
It all was awesome, the people, the food and the atmosphere.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 02, 2021
Lou G.
We could not have asked for a better dinner experience. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. It was a beautiful night surrounded by lights. We enjoyed our food choices and even got our coffee and hot chocolate to go to enjoy the lights.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 27, 2021
Cindy M.
Everything was great. Service & food

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 24, 2021
Linda G.
We were so pleased with everything and can’t wait to come back! The food, the service, and the atmosphere were all wonderful. Thank you for an evening to remember!

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 22, 2021
Dina P.
The food and atmosphere here never disappoint. We were a party of 4 and everyone was very satisfied with their cocktails, main courses, and dessert. We will be returning!

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 22, 2021
Laura O.
Server did great job, food just delicious and nice environment.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 22, 2021
Marshall N.
Food was very good and service was excellent! Would like for the tea house to be open more often.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 21, 2021
Rebecca B.
Dining in the tea house made our Christmas experience wonderful. The tea house coordinator came by our table and offered to take our picture in front of the the beautiful lights. She was so kind.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 21, 2021
Carol H.
My husband and I enjoyed the dinner out together with a great view of a lighted forest. Thanks for allowing us to split the steak entree, then we had room for dessert. How about table clothes? That would make the ambience warmer. Glad the Tea House is open for the holidays.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 20, 2021
Ronald L.
The food and the service were excellent. I hope to visit again during the holiday season and I hope the Tea House remains open after the holiday season.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Dec 15, 2021
June C.
The food was very good although a limited menu. Our server was nice and very efficient. Dining at the Tea House is a special occasion for us.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
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Value: 9/10
Dec 12, 2021
JoAnne S.
Wonderful to dine here surrounded by the lights from outdoors. We arrived a bit early for our reservation but the hostess was able to seat us after only a short wait.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 9/10
Nov 28, 2021
Janet T.
Great food and service. Highly recommend!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: 5/10
Jan 02, 2022
Stephanie B.
Service was great. Menu was limited with choices and far too expensive for what was offered. Ambiance sorely missing in Tea House. So many opportunities to make it better.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Dec 19, 2021
Catherine J.
Great service! Nice place. Food portions wee a little in the small side

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Dec 17, 2021
Meriwether G.
Very chilly in dining room. Service was fine. Steak was on the tough side, salmon was very good, Brussel sprouts were excellent.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Dec 15, 2021
Juanita A.
The cider glaze on the salmon was delious. The downside was the mashed potatoes were cold.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Nov 27, 2021
Alexandra R.
What they had was wonderful, however I was surprised they didn't have tea sandwiches or other such things on the menu. It was a very limited selection. The food we ordered was brilliant, and the service was amazing.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 1/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 1/10
Dec 05, 2021
Ned C.
Our server, a park ranger by day, did a good job. The food was ok at best. The menu was VERY limited. I ordered the steak cooked at chef's suggestion. It was one of the toughest steaks I have ever had. The taste was fine, but after cutting from different sides, and being unable to chew any of it I gave up. It was replaced with the chicken which was not worthy of a good restaurant. My husband had the salmon which was dry, and not tasty as described on the menu. The cubed sweet potatoes looked like something you would see on a child's plate. No effort had been done to make them interesting. The green beans needed to have been cooked more, and again nothing had been done to make them interesting. My husband had the same sides, and said the same thing. Overall, a very disappointing dining experience. Our waiter was able to bring us a good gluten free desert that was delicious - the best part of the entire meal. In hind sight, if we had known how bad meal was going to be we would not have wasted the time or money dining at the tea house. We were really looking forward to it, but left very disappointed with our meal.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 4/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 5/10
Nov 21, 2021
Carol B.
Menu better than before, food dry & tough . Obviously a staffing problem has you in a bind along with a computer problem. We did enjoy the space between tables, clean windows to see the lights,bathrooms clean . Love Ginter and the The Tea House, despite last Thursday s experience.