Destination Tea: Gryphon

Updated: March 2023

Where: Savannah, Georgia
Style:  1920s apothecary cum tearoom
Tea Selection:  10 loose leaf teas by Harney & Sons, 5 specialty drinks
Teatimes:  Monday to Saturday 11 to 6; Sunday 11 to 3
Reservations: 24-hour notice required for 11 to 4 seatings Monday through Saturday; otherwise, walk-ins welcome
Contact: 912-525-5880
Cost:  $20 Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tip: Invite the fellas to the Gryphon. It’s ideal both for the ambiance (after all, the building was designed by a fraternal organization) and because you can spontaneously order brunch or lunch items along with your afternoon tea, to satisfy the hearty appetite.

Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Georgia afternoon tea directory for the latest details.

Destination Tea Notes: By now, our followers know we adore the romance of taking tea in a historic venue, but we say the Gryphon’s afternoon tea menu merits our praise independent of its architecture and interior design. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) runs the Gryphon, weaving past and future together by employing SCAD students to design, cook, bake and serve in this historic space. Our young waiter proudly answers our questions about the building. We learn Freemasons originally designed it as a Masonic temple (ballrooms still remain on upper floors), whose construction was completed in 1923 and deeded to Scottish Rite, at which time the Solomon brothers opened an apothecary on the ground floor, which finally in 1998, was converted to a tearoom. The afternoon tea here focuses on doing the traditional elements well, from quality teas to freshly baked and prepared scones, tea sandwiches and pastries. On a return visit, several of our reviewers express how amazing it is to discover a beautiful afternoon tea experience that costs only $20 per person. And at both of our visits, there are definite gasps as our server presents the dessert course. Finding that the Gryphon’s pastries are as delicious as they look, we dub them the star of the Gryphon’s afternoon tea.

exterior Gryphon in Savannah, GA
About to cross this threshold and step back in time…
We think the lucky diners get seated on one of two dais by the windows.
A perfect tearoom for large groups looking for an affordable tea, the wait staff effortlessly served tea to our group of 12 right alongside another group of 20.
interior Gryphon in Savannah, GA
Wow. Where to look first? The stained glass pendant lights or apothecary border over the bar? The dark wood wall-to-wall bookcases with ornately carved embellishments or the ceiling’s centerpiece: an inset floral stained glass dome?
A piano is tucked behind a loveseat in the waiting area. Beyond, a coveted low tea seating arrangement on the dais.
Ceiling at the Gryphon in Savannah, GA
Eclectic decorating choices, combining vintage lighting fixture, gorgeous stained glass, and patterned multi-colored fabric wallpaper — designed by a SCAD student.
Booth once an ice cream parlor counter at the Gryphon in Savannah, GA
On our first visit, our booth table was once the site of a 1923 apothecary ice cream parlor counter.
On our return visit, gorgeous bouquets of violet, fuschia and white in brass mint julep cups as centerpieces

Tea Service

Gryphon table setting in Savannah, GA
Did a SCAD student design and make our napkin rings? We think so! We are each invited to choose a tea and happily deduce that these are Harney & Sons flavors.
Pouring tea at Gryphon in Savannah, GA
We choose one pot of Caribe and one of English Breakfast.
Tea table at Gryphon in Savannah, GA
Generous pitchers of honey for sweetener
Indian spice chai tea at Gryphon in Savannah, GA
Our third tea is individually served – Indian Spice Chai
Enamored of our fresh floral bouquet, and examining the choice of specialty drinks, available to substitute for a pot of tea.
For our larger party on the return visit, we chose four teas which our servers kept on the bar, keeping our cups filled and allowing us to try some of each tea throughout the meal.
We recommend the Ooh La Lacoste, so yummy: Harney & Sons Earl Grey Tea with lavender, vanilla and steamed milk (aka London Fog Latte).

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Crepe with side salad at Gryphon in Savannah, GA
On our first visit, our two growing tween reviewers elect to add a spinach-mushroom crepe with side salad to our afternoon tea, giving us an opportunity to explore the brunch menu and determine that freshness and scrumptiousness are universal qualities of the Gryphon kitchen.
Afternoon tea tray at Gryphon in Savannah, GA
Afternoon tea curate arrives.
Tea sandwiches at Gryphon in Savannah, GA
Cucumber and chicken salad finger sandwiches
Scones and devonshire cream at Gryphon in Savannah, GA
Warm orange blossom scones are served with yummy mock Devonshire cream (we’re told mascarpone factors into it), jam and fruit
Delicious desserts at afternoon tea at Gryphon in Savannah, GA
On our first visit, French macarons, dark chocolate cups, pecan tart, raspberry tea cakes and apricot windows each divinely blend just the right amount of sweetness, moistness and indulgence.
On our second visit, the savory course is again two delicious finger sandwiches in double portions (Cucumber Cream Cheese on White and Curry Chicken on Pumpernickel), followed by a Black Forest Scone with cream and jam.
On our return visit, six desserts are presented for two to share, which works perfectly for us. We split each in half and go on a fabulous tasting escapade through their homemade Hazelnut Raspberry Tart, Blueberry Lemon Tea Cake, White Chocolate Cheesecake, Blackberry Chocolate Tart, Passionfruit Mousse and Banana Cream Pudding.
Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.


  1. Fantastic place! Would highly recommend it. We had my daughter’s bridal High tea here and were treated so nice. Food, teas, and service were excellent!

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