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Madeline Garden Bistro is Just Your Cup of Tea

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 8:28 PM


The newly minted Green Street Village District is a charming district filled with unique shopping and dining options. Madeline Garden Bistro is the fixture of area and offers an elegant yet unfussy approach to high tea.



As Pastry Chef Jeffery explains, “It’s a true high tea experience,” which includes a tiered assortment of cold bites, warm snacks and miniature desserts. Pair these towering trays with a pot of tea like the popular Rose Green or a classic English Breakfast tea.


Madeline Garden offers a high class tea experience, complete with artfully arranged canapes and darling dishes of clotted cream, but without the fuss of other tea rooms. “There’s no ‘right way’ to eat a scone here,” he said.


Speaking of scones, these small fluffy triangles are made in the English style, they’re served with Madeline Garden Clotted Cream and jam. Although flavors vary from Lemon Poppy Seed to Coconut Pineapple, Blueberry is always available.



Expect elegant, tasty food in petite portions like a Quiche Lorraine and a savory Salmon Eggs Benedict. In addition to entrees, dinner tapas and brunch, Madeline Garden is known for their tea services. The afternoon tea is considered more of a snack size while the high teas are meal-worthy.


“We want to provide really tasty food in the European tradition – in health conscious portions,” said Juan Ugarte, Madeline Garden Bistro Coordinator.


Madeline Garden’s most popular high tea is the Princess Madeline, which includes a choice of six savory bites, two sweets, soup and a scone with clotted cream and jam, and the Prince Charming – a vegetarian version of the Princess. They also offer a Children’s High Tea with a choice of chicken nuggets and peanut butter and jelly, which Jeffrey describes as “the perfect primer to high tea.” Gluten-free and a vegan high tea option available with prior notice.



Madeline Garden is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate – admire the French Quarter style architecture and luscious decor as you sip on rose tea and dine on blueberry scones.


This historic building was constructed in 1927 by renowned designer, Edgar J. Cheesewright. This building’s distinct characteristics include the two of his famous doorways, identical to those in the White House. The large murals are 1834 Zuber woodblock prints and can also be seen in the Diplomat’s Receiving room at the White House.


Presidential similarities aside, the building is also noted for its role affiliation with Albert Einstein and quantum energy. Due to the sensitive nature of his work, a tunnel was dug between Caltech and so that Einstein could have a secret lab the building’s basement. Some patrons say that they can feel Einstein’s intelligence steeping from the walls.


“I am really trying to build a beautiful place for everyone,” said Michelle Frost, General Manager.


Madeline Garden is a maze of a venue; each room offers a distinct personality. From the stately VIP Room to the stunning Grand Room, there is a venue for every party. Madeline Garden is known to host weddings, receptions, baby showers and bridal parties as well as corporate events and other celebrations.


“The best part of the experience is to share time with loved ones, friends and people you will become friends with – we want people to leave with a very happy memory,” said Juan Ugarte, Madeline Garden Bistro Coordinator.



Madeline Garden Bistro is located at 1030 East Green Street. Call (626) 795-5599 or visit for more information.



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