Marlene's Tea & Cakes

14677 Via Bettona Suite 100, San Diego CA 92127
$$ California

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 to start with so they are ready when you arrive. During your service, you may select additional teas from our tea menu listed below. The price for Adults is $48.32 per person (includes tax and gratuity). The price for Children (4-11) is $40.68 per person (includes tax and gratuity).

We serve tea Thursday and Friday at 11:00 AM and 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!

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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.
Cancellation must be made 3 days 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 |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Tearoom
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • 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

Wednesday December 8, 2021 11:00AM seating Tea Time
Dec. 8, 2021 Lunch 10:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Special Very Merry Christmas High Tea (inside)
Dec. 11, 2021 - Dec. 12, 2021 Lunch 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Special Very Merry Christmas High Tea (outside patio)
Dec. 11, 2021 - Dec. 12, 2021 Lunch 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 11:00AM High Tea Time
Dec. 15, 2021 Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Special Very Merry Christmas High Tea (inside)
Dec. 18, 2021 - Dec. 19, 2021 Lunch 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Special Very Merry Christmas High Tea (outside patio)
Dec. 18, 2021 - Dec. 19, 2021 Lunch 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday December 22, 2021 11:00AM High Tea Outside Patio
Dec. 22, 2021 Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wednesday December 22, 2021 11:00AM Indoor High Tea
Dec. 22, 2021 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
Thursday Waitlist 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tea Time - Inside 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tea Time - Outside Patio 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Friday
Friday Waitlist 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tea Time - Inside 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tea Time - Outside Patio 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday
Saturday Waitlist 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tea & Scone To Go (Take-out) 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Tea Time - Inside 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tea Time - Outside Patio 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday
Sunday Waitlist 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tea & Scone To Go (Take-out) 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Tea Time - Inside 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tea Time - Outside Patio 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.88 out of 5 stars based on 224 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 28, 2021
Marilyn B.
Marlene's Tea and Cakes received a 10 in all areas from my guests and me. Our experience was wonderful and we'll return for another visit in the near future.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 23, 2021
Tammy S.
Wonderful atmosphere and lovely people making certain one has everything they need to appreciate the tea.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 21, 2021
Pat E.
Everything about our experience was wonderful. I don't know how you could improve anything.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 19, 2021
Judee T.
Perfection!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 16, 2021
Feng W.
It was great!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 16, 2021
Charlene C.
Lovely service, delicious tea and food, beautiful setting. Thanks for making my mother’s birthday so special!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 13, 2021
Cora R.
The food is so good, really loved everything. Those cranberry scones are to DIE for, I’m planning on ordering a dozen for my birthday :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Nov 12, 2021
Kate B.
It was my Mom's 75th birthday. I tried making reservations at Shakespeare's, Westgate Hotel, the Aubrey Rose Tea Room, & the Coral Tree Tea House. Marlene's Teas & Cakes was the only tea house accepting reservations on Veteran's day, thank goodness. Due to COVID I opted to sit outside. I am unfamiliar with the area & expected someplace to sit & possibly shop. The area is densely residential & the day was 80+ degrees. We arrived super early & wound up sitting across the street at the Italian & Orthodontic businesses. My Mom is not super ambulatory so stairs & long walks were not feasible options. Nothing a bench(es), misters & fire heat lamps could not fix. Sonja was our hostess. With consideration of how many tables/peoples to wait on all at 11 am she did a phenomenal job. There had to have been 75 people all at the same time- that's set-up/prep, serve, clear, wait, & clean-up/COVID clean at the same time. I have been in hospitality for 15 years & that is a tall order. Sonja and Marlene handled it as best as possible. I suspect interior and exterior hostesses could help with that. The food was delightful. The Mango & Friends tea was sweet & refreshing. It did not need anything - it stands perfectly on its own. The butternut squash soup- yum. The beef in the beef wellington melted in your mouth. I never thought to pair egg salad with ham and tomato. I will now. The cranberry, turkey & brie sandwich was out of this world good. As I moved my way up the tiered tray I was surprised at how full I got. The scones were not dry. They were the tastiest scones I have ever had; didn't even need the clotted cream (but I am guilty of eating that, too). The death by chocolate lives up to its name. I treasured the lemon tart with the miniature macaroon & merengue. Just absolutely divine. I was surprised Marlene came to our table. I appreciate her attention to detail, warmth, and pride. Her business is wonderfully executed, perfected, and truly a treat. Thank you!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 08, 2021
Arnie R.
The food, ambiance and presentation was exceptional. It was a great experience in the best tea room I’ve visited.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 06, 2021
Lani H.
I love coming to Marlene’s. The food is always amazing - especially the soup and scones, and the outdoor patio area is filled with plants and flowers attracting local birds and butterflies. It’s my go-to place for a special occasion or just tea with friends.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 26, 2021
Mary C.
Marlene’s T&C was amazing all around - food, teas, service & ambiance. The bite size food was wonderful. I enjoyed the beef Wellington & quiche. The pear scone was delicious as well as the desserts. I definitely plan to come back & bring friends & family.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Oct 16, 2021
CIndy K.
Delicious food and a wonderful ambiance.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 10, 2021
Kate S.
It was lovely. And very thoughtful… I had reserved an outside table but the weather was stormy, it had been raining all night so we were moved inside. The care of the customer was excellent.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 10, 2021
Kim L C.
My freinds and I really enjoyed our time together at Marlene's....everything was wonderful !!! We are making this one of our places to come and enjoy more often. Thank- you for a grate experience. Kim Caudel

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 08, 2021
Emily W.
Marlene’s was a wonderful delicious experience as usual. The online reservation system is convenient. Since we have to pay fully in advance, though, I would suggest a more flexible cancellation policy due to last minute issues (ie: health or other reasons) rather than a strict 72 hour notice requirement for full refunds. Thanks!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Oct 04, 2021
Casey R.
We loved our ladies tea at Marlene's. We will be back. The patio option was wonderful and the food was amazing! Highly recommend.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 26, 2021
Janice K.
Very classy, beautiful presentation Paris tea is sublime desserts were out out of this world delicious. Scones are to die for. Tea service and atmosphere is attentive & relaxing

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 26, 2021
Mary Ellen C.
My friend and I had a wonderful experience at Marlene's Tea and Cakes last week! The beauty of the table settings captured our attention immediately. The two different teas we selected, paired perfectly with the food. The soup, sandwiches, and pastries were amazing! Thank you for a lovely afternoon!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 24, 2021
Jan J.
a bit expensive, hate paying upfront

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 21, 2021
Pam N.
Marlene's Tea and Cakes is a delightful surprise that is both elegant and classy. The food it beyond expectations. The time for tea is two hours which is plenty of time to enjoy the company you are with and eat at leisure. I absolutely love the garden environment that Marlene has provided for you to enjoy your afternoon tea. This is my second time coming and anticipate many more visits!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2021
Terrya R.
Fabulous time!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 29, 2021
Sandra S.
Just be plain wonderful! The new patio area with humming birds, butterfly’s, birds, fruit trees and flowers is just perfect! Enjoyed visiting with Marlene about her passion for her business.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 22, 2021
Rosalie D.
Very nice

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 13, 2021
Michele G.
It was fabulous!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 11, 2021
THERESA M.
Great experience, would do it again!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 09, 2021
Debbie C.
It was a great day at Marlene's. The table was beautifully set, tea was wonderful and the food was fantastic. I have never been disappointed at Marlene's.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 01, 2021
Rewa Colette S.
I loved everything about my experience at Marlene’s Tea & Cakes! The ambience is absolutely lovely; either inside or out. Everything is made fresh on the premises, and is absolutely scrumptious. The attention to detail results in a delightful afternoon for everyone in your party. The service is superb, and I will continue to come back and share an exquisitely exceptional and truly memorable experience with friends and family – bravo!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 27, 2021
Melissa S.
Absolutely lovely!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 21, 2021
hedieh n.
Lovely atmosphere, beautiful table setting, delicious food… as always.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 18, 2021
uki M.
Best Tea ever.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 18, 2021
Brigitte H.
My experience at Marlene's is always excellent. In every way. And the venue is quite pleasant and unique. Whatever the circumstances, Marlene keeps the quality and her standards at the top.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 27, 2021
affaf i.
We had so much fun great grandma daughter granddaughter time!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 7/10
Oct 30, 2021
Nan K.
Lovely setting but at times the music was a little loud. I thought when my tea order was taken it was just for me so I only ordered what I wanted then that was all the tea we got. The other three guests may have wanted something other than decaf. In other words the tea ordering process, could be more customer oriented. Food was very good.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 17, 2021
Lynn N.
Always an outstanding experience!!! Delicious food and teas, exceptional detail and attentive service.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 13, 2021
Janis W.
Loved the variety of savory items rather than just tea sandwiches. Staff extremely attentive

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 22, 2021
Vicki L.
Nice place, good food and service. Very very loud! They add a tip to your bill when you book it. I would rather give my own tip.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 6/10
Oct 29, 2021
Nancy S.
One of our party was unable to attend due to her husband being admitted to ICU that morning. In cases of emergency I do not like your policy of no refunds.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 29, 2021
Reina W.
I am so glad you've switched to an online reservation system because every time I'd call to make a reservation or change it, I would have to leave a message and was unsure if it was going to be confirmed. I go to tea monthly to places, and always enjoy the change of menu here, but I was sad that Marlene didn't stop by at our table to say hello especially since this was my friend's first time, and I am proud to say Marlene is Filipina like us. The other 4 of us have been to Marlene's multiple times in the past. The male server helped clear our table and was nice to take photos. The female server seemed very busy and a little bothered if we had questions. I don't think we'll be coming back anytime soon unfortunately. The price is okay. We've been going to teas that are less expensive or if they are more expensive, it's because there's a theme, trivia questions, decorations, etc. such as at Shakespeare's in San Diego or at the Disneyland Hotel.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 3/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 5/10
Sep 13, 2021
angela r.
$96 for 2 people. Bad service. Our empty tea wasn’t refilled. Waited around for 45 minutes for someone to come by and no one did.