The Tea Room Restaurant at Cauley Square is a hidden gem not everyone knows is there, although it’s just a 10-minute drive from Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay and parts of Kendall.
New owner Veronica Gobin and her husband have put a lot of work into restoring the area classic.
“The Tea Room has been through a lot of stages in the last 37 years, with different owners,” Gobin said. “People who may have forgotten that it’s here or those who have never tried it will really be surprised. Everything is nice and the quality of the food is great.”
White lace tabletops and a Steinway piano decorate the main room, along with artful china plates and fine art on the walls. The atmosphere is Victorian and cozy.
The Tea Room Restaurant at Cauley Square was established by Martha Wade, survived Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and had different owners for a time. Restoring the place’s character and charm and its reputation for great food has been a labor of love for the Gobins.
“We refurbished the furniture, painted the whole building, we did the floors and now we’re doing the landscaping and the sitting area outside,” Gobin said. “With the trees and vegetation, it’s beautiful year round and it’s always cool here. Now we have a full breakfast menu and a full lunch menu.
“We do cater to the afternoon tea you would typically find in a British house. We have finger sandwiches and quiche, and sweets because people love cakes and cookies. We have a variety of loose teas that can be enjoyed here or people can buy it and take it home.”
There are six separate rooms at the restaurant. The Wicker Room has a dining capacity of 35. The Green Room seats 20 and the Pipe Room, which is more for gentlemen, seats 12. The Red Room seats 22, the Rose Room holds 21 and the Butterfly Room accommodates 15.
“Because of its décor, the Butterfly Room is often used for children’s parties,” Gobin said.
There are more than a dozen different teas. A variety of salads are available and they offer a diverse range of sandwiches. Banana bread, blueberry muffins, assorted scones and cookies are among the bread and pastry items offered.
Bridals, baby showers, garden clubs and other groups use the restaurant for special events and meetings. Afternoon teas are by appointment only since the scones and other pastry items are made fresh right before the guests arrive.
The Tea Room Restaurant at Cauley Square is located at 12310 SW 224 St. It’s closed on Mondays.