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 to start with so they are ready when you arrive. Another tea may be selected when a pot is emptied. The price for Adults is $53.40 per person (includes tax and gratuity). The price for Children is $44.50 per person (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 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!

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.

Gift Cards & Vouchers

Marlene's
Gift Certificate "Tea for 2"
Good for high tea for two people. Can not be used for the month of May or December or for Special Tea Events. Reservation required. Please call to book a reservation. Currently cannot be used on the reservation system to book.
Price: $ 114.22

Marlene's
Gift Certificate "Tea for 1"
Good for high tea for 1 person. Can not be used for the month of May or December or for Special Tea Events. Reservation required. Please call to book a reservation. Currently cannot be used on the reservation system to book.
Price: $ 57.22

Business Info

  • Address: 14677 Via Bettona Suite 100, San Diego CA 92127
  • Cross Street: Via Verrazzano
  • Location: North County Inland
  • Cuisine: California | English |
  • 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

Tea At Tiffany’s - 11:00 A.M. Indoor
Sept. 24, 2022 Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tea At Tiffany’s - 11:00 A.M. Patio
Sept. 24, 2022 Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tea At Tiffany’s - 2:30 P.M. Indoor
Sept. 24, 2022 Lunch 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tea At Tiffany’s - 2:30 P.M. Patio
Sept. 24, 2022 Lunch 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Philippine Afternoon Tea (Merienda) - 11:00 A.M. Patio
Oct. 9, 2022 Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Philippine Afternoon Tea (Merienda) - 2:30 P.M. Inside
Oct. 9, 2022 Lunch 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Philippine Afternoon Tea (Merienda) - 2:30 P.M. Patio
Oct. 9, 2022 Lunch 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phillippine Afternoon Tea (Merienda) - 11:00 A.M. Inside
Oct. 9, 2022 Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Special Halloween High Tea (inside)
Oct. 30, 2022 Lunch 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Special Halloween High Tea (outside)
Oct. 30, 2022 Lunch 11 a.m. - 4:30 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.

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
Vegetarian is the only option offered.
While we do only have 1 booster seat, 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 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.
GO to https://tableagent.com/san-diego/marlenes-tea-cakes/ and scroll to the bottom to purchase either Tea for 1 or Tea for 2. Give the recipient the approval code located on the confirmation email. OR go to the tea room during business hours to purchase. Currently, the reservation system does not accept GC yet. 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

4.88 out of 5 stars based on 729 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 07, 2022
Arnie R.
Marlene’s Tea & Cakes is the best and my favorite tea room. The ambiance, attention to detail, fresh flowers, beautiful china, amazing staff and incredible menu items. This tea room is truly one of a kind and stand apart from all the rest. You can choose indoor dining or enjoy tea in the most relaxing and serene garden setting, while listening to the sounds of lovely fountains and watching hummingbirds and butterflies. My happy place!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 07, 2022
SUSAN A.
Beautiful place settings, flowers, amazing soup & tea sandwiches! The scones & pastries are out of this world! Attentive staff. Always a lovely experience at Marlene’s!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 03, 2022
Sharon R.
We loved everything from the ambiance, friendly service and food to the beautiful flowers with butterflies and hummingbirds flying amongst them. Thank you.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 02, 2022
Denise P.
This is my second time in to have tea at Marlenes. It is such a wonderful experience in every way. The food the service and the environment is superb. I will be going back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 27, 2022
Jenniffer C.
Have a beautiful first time experience! Would definitely come back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 26, 2022
Theresa G.
I'm a recurring customer. Brought my sister, who is visiting from Hawai'i, for her birthday

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 23, 2022
Elizabeth A W.
Always a lovely experience! Did seem a bit short handed and could have used more frequent water refills, freshening up of tea but overall, a wonderful outing!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 23, 2022
Madeline P.
Wonderful, relaxing tea in beautiful patio setting. Took home Marlene’s delicious scones. Highly recommend.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 19, 2022
Jennifer G.
Marlene's food and atmosphere cannot be beat! Her outdoor patio is lovely, and afternoon tea is the perfect place to catch up with friends.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 15, 2022
Gail V.
Amazing I can’t wait to go back

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 09, 2022
Peggy F.
I always love Tea at Marlene's! Delicious array of hors d' oeuvres and teas. The last couple of times I've had the pleasure of a patio table. The setting and beautiful flowers all around are such a delight! I don't want to leave! Peggy Foster

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 08, 2022
Alison R.
The girls had a nice time. My friend's 1st experience and her niece thought it was so elaborate... thanks!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 29, 2022
John Z.
Fantastic experience. Only suggestion would be to serve more clotted cream for the scones. A single pot is no where near enough for 4 people.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 29, 2022
Kelly S.
Classy and adorable decor. Loved all the different tea sets. The food and teas were delicious.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 20, 2022
Nicol M.
It was much better than I had expected!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 15, 2022
Mary Ann T.
We had a delightful time and will definitely go back again Mary Ann

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 13, 2022
Carole M.
Excellent all round! Loved every minute of this delightful place!!! The food was outstanding. The tea could have been kept a little hotter The service was great

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 12, 2022
sheila f.
The best tea experience I have ever had. The best food, wonderful ambiance and excellent service. Will be coming back very soon, thank you!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 12, 2022
Susan R.
Marlene’s is a treat. The food and atmosphere are superb. I enjoy high tea and no where beats Marlene’s for quality and ambiance!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Jun 05, 2022
Mila P.
I love this teahouse ! Its my third time there and I would go more often , if it was just a little less expensive ….definitely a “special occasion” place.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 29, 2022
Carlyn I.
Wonderful service, fantastic food, great attention to detail. Will definitely go back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 27, 2022
Ellie S.
Lovely, peaceful location, outdoor seating on garden patio , beautiful table settings, delicious tea fare with gorgeous presentation and Wonderful service!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
May 25, 2022
Nila S.
Awesome experience! Definitely will be back with friends! I wish there was more savory selection… thank you

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 24, 2022
Jenn R.
The most beautiful place! The entire tea service was lovely, the staff was so kind and the ambiance was perfect. A wonderful afternoon tea.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 16, 2022
Mary A.
Absolutely wonderful in every way!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 15, 2022
Henry T.
Everything was wonderful. I had a magical time!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
May 14, 2022
charlotte f.
Wonderful experience! Will absolutely return and tell all of our friends!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
May 13, 2022
michelle l.
SAvory were excellent. Sweets were too sweet , scones would be better if can make English tea scones instead . Would love to go back more often if the menu can be altered . A lively place and excellent service .

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
May 13, 2022
Nicole P.
Loved this tea place! Took my mom here for Mother’s Day and she really enjoyed it!! I did as well and will definitely be coming back again!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
May 11, 2022
Jacqueline S.
Amazing!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 06, 2022
Darlene S.
Everything was absolutely perfect! The four of us (3 who had never been there before) so enjoyed the experience! My only suggestion—have some cakes... that we could purchase to take home with us, spontaneously, without having to pre-order! Thank you for a wonderful day!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 30, 2022
Nancy G.
Beautiful experience in beautiful surroundings.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 29, 2022
paula b.
Fabulous place! Well done! Definitely be back and recommend this to everyone.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 27, 2022
Hedieh N.
We always enjoy our experience (and menu) at Marlene's! The food, the atmosphere, the service and the tea are exceptional! If I lived closer, I'd be there every month. :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 27, 2022
Jeanette H.
This is my second visit to Marlene's and the experience was as exceptional and consistent to my first visit. I've gone to many different places for tea and Marlene's is far and above the best across the board, from food, service, ambience etc. I reserve sharing this gem with too many people for fear it will spread like wild fire and I will never be able to get a reservation again!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Apr 13, 2022
debbie b.
Absolutely delicious PERFECTION. All the flowers, fountains and plants on the patio are just gorgeous.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 11, 2022
Leslie M.
We thoroughly enjoyed are tea at Marlene's. Highly recommend and will return soon.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 11, 2022
Kathleen C.
My boyfriend's mother and I had a table for two on a Saturday during the 2:30-4:30 timeslot and it was such a lovely experience. The tea, food and service were all exceptional. Marlene's attention to detail is apparent from the moment you walk up to location. It is clean, beautifully decorated, and everyone was so friendly. The food was delicious, fresh and ranged from light to decadent. I have never had a scone that was so moist and delicious. The hand-cut sandwiches included a variety of cold and warm options, the fruit was in season, sweet and fresh. The desserts were decadent and so good! We ordered an English Breakfast tea and an herbal tea that included flavors of toasted almond and fruit. Both were steeped perfectly and the almond fruit blend was wonderfully aromatic. There were several women who provided us service, including Marlene's sister, and each of them were genuinely friendly and we received timely customer service. We will be booking more time at Marlene's and would recommend it to anyone interested in having a classy, delicious high tea experience. Would give it more than ten stars out of ten if that was an option!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 09, 2022
Leechun W.
We loved the ambience. Service is also friendly and non intrusive. It would be better if the food is slightly less rich so we would feel less guilty!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 06, 2022
Sandy U.
The food are delicious and there are many selections of teas. We were surrounded by so many beautiful flowers. Wonderful service too.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 29, 2022
Michelle P.
My mom and I loved our Sunday tea at Marlene’s. It was our first time, and we weren’t disappointed. We will be coming back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 19, 2022
Lynn L.
Enjoyed every moment, bite, and taste.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 25, 2022
Laura S.
None of us liked the creamy dessert in the cup with fruit on the top. We all also, independently scraped the pink frosting off the shortbread cookie for the same reason. Both were beautiful, however. Each vegetarian entre was delicious! The little quiches was a BIG hit as was the chocolate. The fruit was beautifully displayed and fresh and delicious. The soup…yum! Would love that recipe! We all felt like you serve more substantial, good food…more than other tea houses …where we usually go away hungry. Your ambiance and china and service beats all. Thanks! We will be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 22, 2022
Heidi S.
Marlene's is perfect in every way, beginning with the beautiful and elegant ambiance, the friendly and attentive staff, and finally the impeccable treats and tea. Highly recommend for any occasion or just a sweet respite. We loved every moment and can't wait to go back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Feb 20, 2022
Marie G.
Little heart cookies were cute but dry. The chicken pot pie was delicious.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 18, 2022
Katie S.
The food and e setting are divine! I’m spreading the word!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 14, 2022
Julie L.
Such a wonderful and delightful tearoom. The food is always divine. Marlene is a wonderful hostess; she always stops by each table to greet her customers.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 11, 2022
Connie S.
Took my friend to celebrate Galentine's. She and I loved the location. Worth the drive. We met Marlene and were instantly taken by her lovely soul. All the staff was very attentive and sweet. We really enjoyed the tea selections and purchased extra to take home. We are major foodies so they're were 2 items that were dry, I would have preferred more flavor to the cucumber sandwich and beef wellington would be more enjoyable with bite size meat inside. When ordering online Is there a selection that prompts you if you have food allergies? I didn't notice. Maybe just a comment section so that was my mistake forgetting to mention it. Most definitely would come again and bring my daughters. Had a really relaxing time with my girlfriend, which was just what we needed. We never felt rushed at all. So peaceful. There were no screaming children which was also a plus. Thank you Marlene for a creating a perfectly indulgent tea!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 08, 2022
Jessica B.
The outdoor dining area is beautiful, great food and service.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 31, 2022
Aileen C.
Everything was delightful! I can't wait to go again. Sitting on the patio really added a special touch. The only thing was the seat of the chair I had was a little uncomfortable because it was an antique and some of the padding had flattened. Nothing that a pillow wouldn't fix. :) And it didn't take away from the overall experience. Loved everything!