I’ve been to the Tea Room a lot since it recently reopened with a new owner and I really like it! It is owned by the same person who owns Kris’s Restaurant in Palmetto Bay. I live nearby, so we usually go there several times a week. I was surprised to read GK3’s review, but then I realized that must have been from when the previous owner ran it a few years ago. Obviously, things have changed! My husband and I enjoy dining at the Tea Room, and so have guests that I have brought at various times. The food is made with fresh ingredients, from scratch and prepared in a flavorful and sometimes unexpected way. The sandwich I like best is prepared on a fresh baked baguette with fresh roasted vegetables, goat cheese and a pesto sauce. I’m a vegetarian and I wish they had more vegetarian entrees, since I don’t really eat things like quiches, but at least the chef has been kind enough to modify some of their menu items like the cheese quesadillas to include all sorts of roasted vegetables to my liking. I really love the soups too. There’s a good assortment of vegetarian soups, as well as meat based ones. As I said, the food is really good, but the décor is enchanting. If you go, you really need to check out all of the distinct rooms, decorated in vintage style, with different themes and memorabilia. Cauley Square is a historic place and the Tea Room is a perfect part of it. If you like freshly prepared GOOD food with fresh in season ingredients, that's very affordable too, it’s definitely worth a drive to try it out!
The setting is a qualified "nice" but the raccoon and cat droppings everywhere have created a nightmare of biting horseflies unless you first cover yourself with insect spray. The few remaining shops are nice, but the place is so poorly managed and so poorly promoted that they are undoubtedly starving. We made the mistake of doing one of their events with their misleading contract suggesting they do extensive advertising and promotion, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. My ultimate opinion: There isn't a reason on earth why I'd recommend this place to anyone for anything. Their ultimate rating is really below "0".