700 Boylston Street, Boston
The Courtyard restaurant is set within the gorgeous Boston Library courtyard, which is one of the most beautiful places to have lunch - quiet and serene, as if transported to another era.
It was before 2pm and tea hadn't officially started (Wed-Fri from 2-4pm) but they seated us graciously and even made vegetarian accomodations for my sister who is vegetarian (and I also don't eat chicken, but my niece does). They were able to switch out the smoked salmon canapes for more cucumber/cheese ones.
Our server was really sweet.
The teas were excellent - ranging from Earl Grey (who else?), Ceylon Indian and Raspberry Herbal.
Although the sandwiches were tasty, we were surprised at the quantity, which was very little. We each perhaps got 2.5 sandwiches (that's in the quarter size that it's cut into) and 2-3 tiny pastries each.
For $22.50 per person, we were expecting a bit more. Even the scones were small. My sister who has had afternoon tea all over Boston (and Toronto) and I, who's had it all over Ontario were not satisfied with the portions.
Might have worked well for someone like my niece and her friends and their doll-size proportions of high tea.
Seems like their lunch portions are much larger, but for a high tea experience, this is probably not the best place in Boston for it.