La-Tea-Da has been a long-time dream of its owner, Maureen Becker, or “Lady Maureen,” as many of her patrons know her.  Maureen is the former co-owner of Lady Victoria’s Tea Parlour in Spencerport.  She, along with husband and chef, Al, have created a thoroughly unique dining experience in Rochester.  They have just celebrated their restaurant’s third anniversary in the Victorian-style purple house located  on the corner of Alexander Street and Park Avenue. 
La-Tea-Da is great for lunch, tea...

La-Tea-Da is great for lunch, tea...

The interior is styled after a traditional Victorian house with rooms filled with comfy chairs, Victorian-inspired curios and  tables creatively set with lace tablecloths and eclectically-matched china.  On each table you’ll also find a one-of-a-kind teapot, a bell to call your “nippy” (server), and a book of inspirational quotes. 

Their luncheon menu includes homemade soups, delicious salads, tasty quiche and wraps, all prepared by Chef Al.  On Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., La-Tea-Da serves a wonderful brunch.  But many of La-Tea-Da’s patrons go there for “High Tea” or jump straight to dessert which are, as they say, “to die for.”

But patrons don’t go to La-Tea-Da for the food alone, they go there for the fun as well!  Lining the hallways is an amazing collection of hats and accessories.  You’ll find patrons sporting everything from fedoras and bonnets to boas, making the restaurant a favorite with the Red Hats crowd. 

...and birthday parties!

...and birthday parties!

It’s also a delightful location for young ladies’ birthday parties.  At my daughters’  recent party there, Lady Rose (Maureen’s Mother) gave a lesson in Victorian Etiquette which the girls promptly adopted.  After heart-shaped sandwiches and strawberry lemonade, Nippy James brought out a tower of sweets that made the girls’ eyes pop.  It was hard to tell which were the tastiest!

Don’t forget to stop by La-Tea-Da’s gift shop offering a selection of Victorian-inspired ornaments, jewelry, accessories, dolls, teapots, and of course, tea!

La-Tea-Da Tearoom and Parlour is open Mon. – Wed. from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurs. – Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for brunch.  Dining is on a first-come, first-served basis except for parties and groups of six or more, in which case you may make reservations by calling (585) 262-4450.

La-Tea-Da Tearoom and Parlour is located on the corner of Park Avenue at 258 Alexander Street, Rochester.

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