Destination Tea: The Tea Room at Cauley Square

Where: The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Style:  Classic charming teahouse
Tea Selection:  24+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Tuesday to Friday, 11 to 4; Saturday to Sunday, 9 to 5
Reservations: 24-hour notice
Contact: info@tearoommiami.com
Cost:  $33 Royal Tea; $30 High Tea; $30 Vegetarian High Tea;  $27 Afternoon Tea; $15 Nursery Tea
Destination Tea Tips: Leave time to explore Cauley Square’s cottage shops and galleries, and snap some group portraits in the garden courtyard across the street.

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

afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida

Destination Tea Notes: We say The Tea Room at Cauley Square needs to be on everyone’s destination tea bucket list. What a delightful treat to come to afternoon tea at this quintessential teahouse that checks all our boxes: homemade food that is so yummy, quality teas in many varieties and flavors, top-notch customer service, reasonable pricing, and beautiful china and ambiance. To make us feel even more regal, it’s our first time taking tea surrounded by peacocks!

Originally developed by produce shipper William Cauley in the early 20th century, Cauley Square is a historic railroad village in South Miami-Dade’s agricultural district, “The Redlands.” Devastated by the 1926 Miami Hurricane and following Great Depression, Cauley Square’s buildings were saved from demolition in the ’50s by an interior designer. She began restoring the village cottages and brought in additional handcrafted pioneer houses from the surrounding Redlands area, to house new restaurants and shops. The Tea Room Restaurant opened in 1979, and has since switched hands several times, now owned by Veronica Gobin, who carefully refreshed the furniture, paint, floors and landscaping. You may have to plan several return visits here, not only to experience the various tea menus, but also to take tea in the shaded front garden and each of the themed tea rooms inside.

afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
garden seating at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
The front garden seating area is turfed beneath mix-n-match outdoor and upholstered furniture sets.
peacocks at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
The peahens and peacocks perched in the trees and watching over our garden teatime at The Tea Room are a fitting addition (a group of peafowl is called a “party”). The wild peafowl population has been growing in southern Florida, but they originally hail from tea nations India and Sri Lanka. A proper tea mascot?
frilly tearoom at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
The frilly Wicker Room features lacy curtains and tablecloths, chandeliers and white wrought iron and wicker chairs.
masculine tearoom at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
The Pipe Room is decorated to appeal to the gentlemen diners, with black and ivory color scheme.
the parlor at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Lit by delicate chandeliers, the walls in the English Parlor are covered with framed prints and ornate mirrors.
the butterfly room at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Popular for children’s parties, The Butterfly Room sports a mural running the length of the room, as well as golden brown wicker chairs and dining tables with green sewing table bases.
the rose room at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
At front of the teahouse, a few tables are tucked into the Rose Room, which also displays part of The Tea Room’s vast teacup collection.
teacup collection at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
A teacup collector’s dream. Teapots and teacups at the ready!

Tea Selection

champagne and smiles at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Though it’s always a happy moment when the champagne and bellini arrive, it’s the smile on a dear friend’s face that is the true cause for celebration.
teapot at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Each guest may choose two teas during their visit, and our server, General Manager Vivian Santamaria is an expert on recommending teas to match our tastes. The Wedding Blend — a white tea flavored with roses and vanilla by Harney & Sons –is fabulous as always. Vivian offers a small dish to hold the steeped tea leaves.
Nina's paris teas at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Nina’s Paris Teas are served in large French presses. We try the Des Hiver (winter) black tea blend with rose petals, blue mallow, vanilla, cinnamon and apple.
pouring tea at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
French presses can be a bit messy at afternoon tea, but this one is sturdy. We still prefer the beauty of a china teapot.

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

al fresco afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
In The Tea Room’s garden oasis, our footed tea table is the perfect size to hold all our afternoon tea treats.
savories at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
The Royal Tea is the Afternoon Tea tiered tray with the added choice of Sangria, Bellini, Mimosa or Champagne. Afternoon Tea savories are fresh and tasty, including: Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad with Mixed Greens; Cucumber with Cream Cheese and Capers; Prosciutto with Tomato, Kalamata Olive, Swiss Cheese and Pesto; Deviled Egg, and Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese and Capers.
scones at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Served with The Tea Room’s pink clotted cream, these freshly baked blueberry scones are so warm and scrumptious that it’s hard not to gobble them down too quickly. Must save room for dessert!
desserts at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Perfect miniature desserts allow us to happily explore the homemade goodness of The Tea Room’s Macaron, Key Lime Pie, Carrot Cake, Banana Bread Cupcake and Almond Tea Cookie.
3 tiered trays at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Ornate china tiered trays add another level of elegance to our afternoon tea experience.
tea sandwiches at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Vegetarian diners need plenty of veggie alternatives so they don’t leave hungry, and we happily note that the Vegetarian Afternoon Tea offers two additional savories, plus a soup course to the scone and dessert courses served at the traditional Afternoon Tea. Vegetarian savories include a Caprese Sandwich; Avocado-Tomato with Pesto and Swiss Cheese; Cucumber with Cream Cheese and Capers; Roll with Cucumber, Tomato and Mixed Greens, Deviled Egg…
quiche at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
…plus two hand Spinach-and-Goat-Cheese quiches served with greens. Look at that flaky crust!
soup at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
The soups of the day are announced and we go with the Lentil Soup (included in the Vegetarian Tea), which is presented in a mini tureen on a china plate. These thoughtful, extra touches make teatime feel special at The Tea Room.
gentlemen at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Note in the background: The Tea Room at Cauley Square (which also serves a full breakfast and lunch menu) is popular with the menfolk too.
vintage brooches at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Vintage jewelry for sale in the teahouse foyer
children's teasets at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Children’s teasets and china figurines for sale
ceramic dog jar at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Is this ceramic tea jar the famous British Yorkie? Dog lovers, please help.
the Courtyard afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Across the street you’ll find the Cauley Square courtyard, with lush garden paths that lead to a tiny chapel and shops.
fountain at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Our quiet stroll passes by hidden fountains.
flowers at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
Beautiful flowering plants make the perfect backdrop for portraits.
dreamy tree room at afternoon tea at The Tea Room at Cauley Square in The Redlands, Miami, Florida
One’s imagination runs wild at this sight, a dreamy “tree room” for a children’s tea.
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