Victorian Tea at the Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan Restaurant is currently closed. We will reopen when it is safe to do so.
“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things.”
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
– Henry James
There is no other place in San Diego more appropriate to enjoy the Victorian ritual of Afternoon Tea.
The Cosmopolitan itself has its roots in the Victorian era, having been built to its current configuration in the late 1860s as a hotel and restaurant to serve stagecoach passengers on their way to and from Los Angeles. The Cosmopolitan has been meticulously and lovingly been restored to its glory – a seamless blending of Old West and 19th-century European elegance with touches of the Spanish influence reminiscent of San Diego’s transition from a Mexican pueblo to an American city.
The chefs at the Cosmopolitan have taken the traditional variety of tea foods – small sandwiches, cakes, and pastries – and reimagined them with the Spanish and Mexican influences native to San Diego’s past. The result is a savory and sweet journey into the elegance of two very different worlds.
To experience Afternoon Tea at the Cosmopolitan is to experience the blending of cultures that is the hallmark of San Diego’s past and present.
Afternoon Tea at the Cosmopolitan. $25/person
Open face brioche + skirt steak +
mango salsa + avocado cream
Sandwich “roll-up” + smoked ham +
garlic herb swiss + spinach
Spanish egg salad + lettuce cup + chipotle aoli + mayo + mustard + fresh dill + asparagus
Scone + manchego + roasted corn + red pepper
Cucumber bite + smoked salmon +
crème fraiche + dill
Gazpacho shot + parmesan crisp
Churro + chocolate
Red velvet flan
Blackberry + mango mousse phyllo bite
Seasonal fruit garnish
Earl Grey Tea
Green Mango Tango
Sicilian Lemon Love
Tropical Passion Fruit
Scone of the Day – $2
Assorted Spanish Tea Sandwich – $6
Individual Side Salad – $5
Gazpacho Soup Cup – $5
Coffee – $2.99
Milk – $2.99
Juice – $3.95
** Wine & libations menu
available upon request **
18% service charge will be added
to parties of 8 or more.
Hours: Tea service at the Cosmopolitan is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 crisis. We will reopen for Tea service when it is safe to do so.
For Tea reservations, call (619) 297-1874