Marlene's Tea & Cakes

14677 Via Bettona Suite 100, San Diego CA 92127
$$$ California Top 10 Recommended Editor's Pick Private Room

Our tea experience is 2 hours. In that time you will enjoy a five-course meal starting with soup, a variety of tea sandwiches and savories, scones, fresh fruit to cleanse your palate, and a variety of delectable desserts.
Our afternoon tea menu changes monthly. At the time of your reservation, please select two teas so you can start your tea at arrival. Another tea may be selected when a pot is emptied. If no tea is selected, your party may have to wait until everyone is seated/served. The price for every person (whether adult or child) who takes a seat is $60.36 (includes tax and gratuity). We only offer a vegetarian option. We no longer offer vegan or gluten-free items.
We serve tea Thursday and Friday at 11:00 AM; on Saturday and Sunday we serve tea at 11 AM and 2:30 PM; Wednesdays **see booking notes below.

Parties with 20 or more, please call to book a reservation 858-756-4320. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to serving you!

Reservations

Booking Notes:

Wednesdays are open to parties of 8 or more, please call for a reservation/info.
Full payment must be received upon reservation.
Cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to the scheduled reservation to receive a full refund.
If your selected day is booked, go back to the reservation page and select Waitlist for the date and time you want. A credit card hold will be required to hold your waitlist reservation. If a table becomes available, we will contact you to confirm the reservation.

Business Info

  • Address: 14677 Via Bettona Suite 100, San Diego CA 92127
  • Cross Street: Via Verrazzano
  • Location: North County Inland
  • Cuisine: California | English | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Moderate
  • Category: Tearoom
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Required
  • Dress Code: Casual Elegant
  • Meals Served: Lunch |
  • Parking: Street | Public Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | PayPal |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 8587564320
  • Features: Catering Services, Outdoor Seating, Takeout Available, Wheelchair Access, Tea Service,
  • Occasion: Romantic Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Trendy / Hip,

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Events & Special Hours

Hispanic Heritage Tea 11:00 A.M. Indoor
Sept. 22, 2024 Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hispanic Heritage Tea 11:00 A.M. Outdoor
Sept. 22, 2024 Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hispanic Heritage Tea 2:30 P.M. Indoor
Sept. 22, 2024 Lunch 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hispanic Heritage Tea 2:30 P.M. Outdoor
Sept. 22, 2024 Lunch 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Philippine Merienda - 2:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. Indoor
Oct. 6, 2024 Lunch 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Philippine Merienda 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Indoor
Oct. 6, 2024 Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Philippine Merienda 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Outdoor
Oct. 6, 2024 Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Philippine Merienda 2:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. Outdoor
Oct. 6, 2024 Lunch 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Special Merry Christmas High Tea - 11:00 A.M. Indoor
Dec. 1, 2024 Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Special Merry Christmas High Tea - 11:00 A.M. Outdoor
Dec. 1, 2024 Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Special Event Reserved Only 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday
Tea Time - Inside 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tea Time - Outside Patio 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thursday Waitlist 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Friday
Tea Time - Inside 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tea Time - Outside Patio 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Friday Waitlist 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday
Tea Time - Inside 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tea Time - Outside Patio 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Waitlist 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tea & Scone To Go (Take-out) 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Sunday
Tea Time - Inside 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tea Time - Outside Patio 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday Waitlist 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tea & Scone To Go (Take-out) 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
Vegetarian is the only option offered.
We encourage you not to bring children under the ages of 4. Any child that can take a seat is a paying customer. Strollers are prohibited due to space and safety restrictions.
No, a reservation is required. Please use our online reservation system to book. If you are trying to book a reservation within 48 hours of your date, you must contact us via phone or at [email protected] to book.
Most tea rooms have a standard cancellation policy of 1 week. Ours is 3 days and there are no exceptions. We must be able to know the number of people we are serving, schedule staff, and prepare the food which is made to order in a timely manner. Leaving a voice message on our phone line is acceptable as long as it's in the time frame. If not, your options are the following: find someone else to take the spot or pick up and take the food to go. Please call us ahead of time to let us know
Either go to Tableagent: https://tableagent.com/san-diego/marlenes-tea-cakes/ or Marlene's website: https://marlenesteaandcakes.com/parties-events/ or call 858.756.4320
Please contact the tea room to make a reservation. Parties of 20 or more are subject to a $125 party fee. If you wish to book the entire inside or outside patio, a minimum of 35 people must be booked per section. A party contract and a 50% non-refundable deposit will be required to complete the booking.
Wednesdays are special event days and require a minimum of 8 people to book. If we do get a party of 8 or more that books on a Wednesday, then it will be opened up and available on our reservation system. If you try to book through our reservation system and it does not allow you to make a reservation then please call us to schedule (if you have 8 or more) or it means we do not have the minimum number of people to open that Wednesday.
Tea to Go is only available on Saturdays and Sundays. Pick up must be between 10-11 AM. Reservations can be made through our website. Please select Tea to Go on the drop-down menu. The tea to go package does not include the soup, hot savories, and fruit on the monthly menu. If you sit down with us all items on the menu are given served.
Gift certificates are handmade and must be purchased at our location. Please call to book your reservation if you have a gift certificate.
Dear Friends: Marlene’s Tea & Cakes has implemented a price increase on our afternoon teas due to inflated overall prices from our suppliers. This increase was necessary to maintain our current levels of high quality and service. Marlene couldn’t compromise on quality and she’s committed to preparing fresh, prime food items using only the finest ingredients, serving on fine China, preparing fresh flower arrangements and linens, while creating an experience our guests deserve. We thank you!
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.89 out of 5 stars based on 1813 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 13, 2024
Jeri S.
Delicious, beautiful place, superb service. Thank you!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 01, 2024
Sallay K.
My friends and I had such a lovely time enjoying tea in the beautiful garden surrounded by colorful flowers and pretty birds under a canopy of shade. Thanks a million for having us. We’ll be back again soon!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 23, 2024
Susie L.
Marlene’s is the most intentional, lovely, and delicious tea house that I have ever seen. Marlene and her team have it down pat!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Jun 18, 2024
Gloria D.
This is a fabulous place ~ My daughter and I love the great food the ambiance and the wonderful owner and staff. It's a treat to come here for tea.

Overall: 10/10
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May 21, 2024
Kelly T.
Beautiful tea service setting!

Overall: 10/10
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May 20, 2024
Dorothy V.
Excellent in every way!

Overall: 10/10
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May 09, 2024
Ann L.
Marlene’s crew handled my daughter’s baby shower with such care and professionalism. They communicated clearly with me all through the planning process. And, when the big day arrived for me to pick up our order, it was beautifully laid out with instructions for preserving and serving. We were truly blessed by this experience!

Overall: 10/10
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May 08, 2024
Judy K.
The garden setting was beautiful! Marlene the owner was so gracious. What a delightful place for High Tea.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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May 01, 2024
Nancy C.
Wonderful food and service

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Apr 30, 2024
Kate F.
The atmosphere was fun and the food was really good as was the service. We enjoyed ourselves very much!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 20, 2024
Kristine W.
Marlene's was awesome! We loved our tea choices and the food was delicious. The ambiance can't be beat for a relaxing lunch. The only comment was that some of the food should have been eaten warm - it would have been nice if when the tray was brought out it was pointed out that it might be better to eat certain items first since they would be better warmed. We chose the sandwiches first and by the time we got to the other items they were cold. Other than that everything was great!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 20, 2024
Karen R.
Exquisite and glorious afternoon tea!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 17, 2024
MARY KAY G.
Extremely friendly & congenial staff. Beautiful atmosphere!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 17, 2024
Gina E.
My fav new spot! Special shout out to staff and the strawberry scones!! Mango and friends tea and Paris tea are RIDICULOUSLY good too. But truly everything I ate was not just good but great.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Apr 16, 2024
Joanna O.
Thank you so much for helping make my daughter’s bridal shower such a memorable experience! The food was a perfect amount and the setting was beautiful.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 10, 2024
TINA B.
We loved everything about our visit to Marlene's. The table settings were gorgeous and the food was delicious. The Paris tea was our favorite of the two we tried.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Mar 26, 2024
Ingrid H.
Beautiful and delicious. Just I was hungry an hour later. Not enough food.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 25, 2024
Carolina M.
Excellent experience!

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Mar 24, 2024
Tracey F.
Everything was wonderful. We really enjoyed the variety, as well as quality of every item included. The tea itself was delicious (we had Paris and Mango teas). The setting is very pretty as well. The outdoor section looks really good too. We’ll be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Mar 17, 2024
Leslie S.
We love this place so much. Hi quality, all around.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Mar 11, 2024
Bette D.
Loved it all ❣️

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 04, 2024
Cynthia F.
My best friend and I always come to Marlene's for special occasions. The food and staff are consistently amazing!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Mar 04, 2024
Susan S.
Food was fabulous. So much so that I'm going again next weekend with a different group of friends. Only thing I would have liked the delicious soup a bit hotter but it still was wonderful. Everything had great taste & my husband enjoyed the two sweets I was too full to eat while I was there. Will definitely be back again and again. Service was great too.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 04, 2024
Connie L.
Marlene never disappoints!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
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Value: 9/10
Feb 27, 2024
Misty C.
Great value and great food, in comparison to other tea houses. Consistent quality and wonderful attention to detail. Love their scones!!!! OMG!!! Super quaint inside seating, although it is small. There is overflow outside if you don't mind any weather conditions.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 24, 2024
Cassie K.
Everything was perfect! Will definitely be back

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 24, 2024
Wendy G.
What a special treat!

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 18, 2024
Leslie S.
Wonderful!

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 18, 2024
Paul R.
We celebrated a late valentines tea a few days after the 14th and service and food were fantastic. Best afternoon tea in San Diego!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Feb 13, 2024
Meg K.
We were there for Galentines, party of 6 (4 adults and 2 kids). The ambience and decor at Marlene’s is gorgeous. We used the online platform to rsvp, choose our two tea flavors, and to pay. ..very simple to navigate. The food was yummy ….but my favorite are the scones! Can’t wait to go back!

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 06, 2024
Gail V.
The Best

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 04, 2024
Gloria D.
Wonderful EVERYTHING!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 02, 2024
Colleen C.
We enjoyed the tea. The environment and food were both fabulous! It was a lovely experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 28, 2024
Sandra J.
Ambience, service were excellent. Food was excellent except for the Pineapple and ham sandwich.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 13, 2024
Pam H.
Excellent !

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 08, 2024
Marilu H.
I’ve been here several times now, the most recent for a friend’s baby shower. The service is always warm and friendly. The food is always delicious—everything perfectly seasoned and each morsel different from the last. The ambience is so lovely—lots of other lovely patrons all enjoying quality time with friends. Everyone’s always so happy and pleasant. The best tea time you will get in San Diego. I highly recommend!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Dec 28, 2023
Donna C.
Beautifully set table. Colorful. Delicious Beef Wellington. Wide variety of options. I miss the lemon curd. Tea is fabulous.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 24, 2023
Abigail N.
This was such a wonderful experience! The details in the ambiance, all the beautiful decorations, table setup and the food. All of this was just beautiful. I can’t wait to do this again

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Dec 23, 2023
Maureen I.
We had a wonderful time having tea at Marlene’s! The patio was so beautifully decorated. Service was lovely. We enjoyed every scrumptious bite. Thank you for making it a special holiday experience for our family!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 23, 2023
Elaine G.
It was amazing. The place is so cute and service impeccable without being snobby! It was our fourth time at Marlene's and it is beautiful each time. I was actually surprised to get seating as we were on the waitlist for the holiday weekend but it all came through and my daughter and I had the usual great time. I do like how there are seating times that allow for the leisurely time to talk and visit without feeling rushed or that you are being side-eyed by management wanting to turn over tables more quickly like in some places. I also like the pay ahead so that waiting for a bill isn't an issue. The soup is fantastic. The tiered sweets are so sweet that I find they are cuter to look at at least for my tastes but I get it; they are sweets! Great scones and sandwiches though still a bit sweet for my tastes. I love Marlene's and will keep coming back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 22, 2023
Rebecca M.
Wonderful place for Afternoon tea, especially during the holidays. Beautiful trees and decorations. The teas are excellent and the selection of food yummy!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 19, 2023
Gail V.
Amazing Place great service wonderful food and teas

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 18, 2023
Joan V.
Delightful original cakes and decorations. Delicious herbal teas. Lovely decorations. Friendly servers. Efficient reserving process.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 18, 2023
Elaine M.
The food, service and ambience always make for a memorable experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 16, 2023
Denise E.
Everything was lovely as usual. The staff was kind and efficient, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was calm and relaxed yet festive. Going to Marlene’s for tea with my friends is an indulgence that we look forward to in between visits.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 13, 2023
Debbie O.
Afternoon tea at Marlene's is always a wonderful experience. We dined on her beautiful flower-filled patio, staying toasty because of numerous heaters. The food is always superb, being completely homemade and presented beautifully on a china tier. Four teapots on warmers were kept filled by our smiling servers. My friends and I had a very lovely afternoon at Marlene's Tea and Cakes.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 04, 2023
Arnie R.
The Christmas tea was elegant and festive. I loved the fine china, fresh flowers, delicious food , ambiance, and outstanding service. The tea room was beautifully decorated and was the perfect setting to kick off the Christmas season.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 21, 2023
Diane C.
It is always a pleasure to experience "High Tea" at Marlene's Tea and Cakes. I go there quite often.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 19, 2023
Virginia M.
Had a wonderful experience. First time and plan to come back. The inside of your place was magical, it made you feel so special. The space inside , the decor and smell just felt like I was a young girl getting my wish on being treated like a princess. I had an enchanting moment. Service was hospitable and friendly. Your staff was ever attentive and professional. I liked that everything was taken care of ahead of time including payment. Also had no issue with changing reservation from outdoor to inside sitting. Impressed that our table was set up with the teas upon our arrival and that our host explained what tea we were served and the details on our lovely tray of foods. Delicious tea and the food was such a treat. Every single bite was a delight and was amaze that for small appetizer like food we could not eat all in one sitting. I was still full and only ate the rest of my dessert from your place for dinner. Thank you for making me smile the whole day.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 15, 2023
Aleta Y.
Wonderful setting, yummy food, and great service!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 13, 2023
Gail O.
Excellent food and service as always

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 11, 2023
Patricia L.
Perfect in every way!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 07, 2023
Melody H.
Amazing tea!! It is the best tea I have ever been to. We look forward to going~ such a pretty place too. And the owner is the sweetest

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 06, 2023
Arlene D.
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. What a beautiful place for our gathering. The food was delicious & elegantly presented. Great tea selections. Everyone there was pleasant, helpful & attentive. Thank you! We will definitely be back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 02, 2023
Chelsea H.
Had such a wonderful time. Loved the holiday theme.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 31, 2023
Cheri I.
While my experience was very nice the dining room is on the small side so the seating choice is limited. Thank you

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 28, 2023
connie w.
What a lovely time we had! My daughter in law had a wonderful time, delicious foods and gorgeous environment.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 25, 2023
Olivia M.
Marlene and team did an amazing job creating the perfect tea experience!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 17, 2023
Andra M.
Marlene's has delicious food, wonderful service and outstanding ambiance!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 12, 2023
Karen B.
First time at Philippine Merienda and it was wonderful!!! From the tea, food, desserts, to the excellent service by Jackie, and meeting the lovely Marlene, we had such an amazing time. My feedback would be to have the Merienda event more than once a year.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 01, 2023
SHARON AND PAUL J.
We have visited Marlene’s Tea and Cakes several times. Each time has been a distinct pleasure and experience. We will continue to visit when we visit the area. Thank you Marlene!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 24, 2023
Suzette C.
Jackie and the other lady (my apologies, as I do not know her name) provided friendly service. Jackie was great, as usual. Delicious menu, very flavorful. Beautifully decorated tea house, relaxed atmosphere. A wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 23, 2023
Linda M.
Such a nice experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 19, 2023
Allison R.
Marlene's Tea and Cakes is the BEST tea in San Diego! Everything is so precise and you can feel the care in the table setting, the food, the tea, the service and the overall environment. Absolutely recommend if you want to have a special afternoon.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 12, 2023
ELZA M N.
Very classy decor, good quality food and the best scones I’ve ever had.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 11, 2023
Lauren F.
We had a lovely time celebrating my Mother's Birthday and enjoyed the patio garden setting so much surrounding by the chirping birds and beautiful flowers and plants.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 10, 2023
Dawn Y.
Loved being out on the patio. Perfect ambiance. Can be noisy inside with everyone talking at once. Lovely assortment of savories and sweets. Wish it was a little less expensive so I could enjoy it more often.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 15, 2023
Kathleen C.
Marlene's is our favorite tea parlor in San Diego. The quality of the food and the elegant surroundings really makes this a special tea parlor to come to. I always order scones to take home, as they are the best I've ever had.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 14, 2023
Marita S.
Marlene's is the best place for tea; I've been to so many different places in San Diego, and I always go back to Marlene's.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 13, 2023
Wendy H.
Excellent! Beautiful setting and delicious food. Always a treat to come to Marlene's!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 05, 2023
Golsa S.
Lovely day ♥️

Overall: 10/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Jul 25, 2023
Alythyslariel F.
The atmosphere is absolutely enchanting! Perfect place to enjoy a lovely tea. The nibbles were a bit to the overly-sweet, although all well-made.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 21, 2023
Judy D.
Everything was perfect. Exceeded my expectations. Lovely china, delicious food with generous portions, and the service was excellent. Especially loved the scones. Best I’ve ever had. I will return.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 19, 2023
Jirapon K.
Great place for afternoon tea experience. My family enjoyed the high tea experience. I wish there were more savory bites than sweet treats.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 17, 2023
Carrie J.
Our group of 11 were very pleased at the whole experience. The only thing that might be considered is the quantity, for the men in our group they were still hungry in the end

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 15, 2023
Lita M.
We had so much fun. We always have memorable experiences here. As always, the food was wonderful and so was the service. Thank you, Marlene and team !!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 13, 2023
Rebecca B.
100% the BEST experience!!! We had a lovely bridal shower and everything was perfect!!! Fabulous service, delicious food and tea, extraordinary atmosphere!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 03, 2023
Dianne C.
Marlene’s never disappoints, food is delicious, ambiance is lovely, service is great. A little pricey but a real treat for a special occasion.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 01, 2023
Aimy F.
Jackie was wonderful! We had a wonderful time :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 20, 2023
Suzette C.
I had tea with the ladies in my family a few months ago to celebrate a birthday, Jackie was very attentive. It was a delicious and fun experience - I had to order Tea To Go. Jackie was just as friendly when I picked up my 2 Boxes To Go.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 18, 2023
Keller J.
Always a lovely time. The attention to detail is amazing. Each delectable treat is hand made and you can really taste the dedication that goes into each item. The table settings are so pretty and the fresh flowers are the crowning touch. The entire staff could not be more friendly and welcoming. We just love going to Tea here, highly highly recommend.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 29, 2023
Judy L.
Lovely day and tea service. Exceptional!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 23, 2023
Barbara G.
Absolutely love Marlene's! Have been several times and will definitely be going back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 22, 2023
Sue P.
Very lovely. Beautiful setting, delish food pleasant servers. Fun day!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 10, 2023
Kelly B.
Amazing experience. The setting with roses on every table, flowered china tea cups, saucers, and teapots. Tea came hot and you could taste all of the notes. You could smell all of the notes. Inside had chandeliers and wallpaper with light music playing in the background. Our server Alma did a wonderful job! She was very welcoming and looking after our every need. And Marlene came out and talked with us. The food was very tasty! We had a wonderful time. Would definitely recommend to friends.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 07, 2023
Sandy G.
Excellent!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 03, 2023
Renee R.
Always a lovely experience with delicious treats and a beautiful atmosphere!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
May 02, 2023
Phuong P.
The food is really tasty and consistently good. I suppose, I only wish we could have more than one tea variety per person during the tea service. Marlene's is probably the best afternoon tea service in San Diego in my opinion! Lovely ambience, the ladies who serve the tea are friendly and really prompt with the tea & food. You won't be disappointed.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 22, 2023
Catherine F.
My husband and I took two of our granddaughters for their first hi tea. They are 5 and 9 years old. It was so magical for them. They loved it! They enjoyed the food, but didn’t drink much tea. Maybe some lemonade next time(?)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 21, 2023
Michele W.
Marlene has a gorgeous tea house with Jackie and the rest of the team being on top of everyone’s needs. Highly recommend for a great tea time!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 15, 2023
Marcia G.
It could not have been any more delightful! Everything was done to perfection. A hidden treasure for sure.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 12, 2023
Julie S.
Had a great experience Marlene’s!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 12, 2023
Cynthia F.
This was the fourth time at Marlene’s and just as my previous visits, it was perfect! Excellent food (best scones I’ve ever had!), amazing service, and an overall wonderful experience!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 11, 2023
Donna A.
Excellent all around. Have been there many times and always a lovely experience

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 07, 2023
Irna M.
We had a FABULOUS time! The food, tea, ambience, decor and staff couldn’t have been better. We even met the owner, Marlene. She was gracious and took the time to chat with us. I have already reserved another tea time!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 07, 2023
Mary R.
My friends and I had an absolutely wonderful experience at Marlene Tea and Cakes. The food was delicious and the service and atmosphere exceptional. I highly recommend giving them a try sometime.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 03, 2023
Melissa S.
Marlene’s has it all! Elegance and class with divinely scrumptious treats!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 19, 2023
Mary C.
My husband and I had an absolutely delightful experience in the outdoor setting. We were seated near the birdfeeders and enjoyed the sound of the birds chirping and watching the hummingbirds. The service was friendly and paste in a way that we could enjoy our two hours. The food was really delicious. I took many photos to capture this wonderful experience! We hope to return again next year when we are snowbirds from Minnesota in California. Thank you for such a charming and lovely experience. Mary C.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 16, 2023
Gail V.
My new favorite place to go and bring family and friends the staff is amazing the food awesome the teas wonderful this place is priceless.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 0/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 15, 2023
Maria G.
Lovely place!