4.7 rating over 5 reviews
Call 14 E 11th St
Chicago, IL 60605
Neighborhoods: South Loop

Cuisine: Cafe, Tea, Sandwiches

Hi Tea is a Cafe, Tea, and Sandwiches restaurant where most Menuism users came for a business meeting, paid less than $10, and tipped more than 18%.

Offer Available!
annie photo

annie

 Chicago, IL
Hi Tea 5.0
 

This will be on your Chicago exam.

Hi Tea is one of those places you must know about if you’re going to carry around a driver’s license with a Chicago address. It’s cozy and inviting with nice window seats where you can stare out at the masses while sipping on your tea. And it’s right off of an el line, so you know you’ll see some interesting locals.
Don’t ask me what kind of tea you got — how would I know? Go there and pick for yourself.

yappeeyayay photo

yappeeyayay

 Chicago, IL
Hi Tea 4.0
 

Urban Tea House that serves REAL Tea

I walked in to Hi Tea expecting the usual bubble tea bull sheet, sweetened with hi frutcose corn syrup,and geared towards amatuers. Instead I discovered a pleasent oasis that does not bastardize what has been the number one drink for 4000 years. Colorful paint, cool music, and LCD monitors showing everyhting from classic home movies to documentaries on Tea. I asked for a green tea and the person behind the counter explained all the greens and the differences. I chose the Gen Ma Chai which has toasted rice and popped corn. The delivery was slick, love the cork cup sleeves. The person behind the counter waited for the water to be the right temp before dropping the tea in. Another sign of true pro’s. I also ordered a turkey grilled sandwich which was awesome. The slaw is totaly different and was a nice addition to the sandwich and tea. The gelato looks good. They also sell all kinds of tea pots and some weird antique stuff. Neato I say > NEATO! I will be back Nice to see another option in semi dead zone known as the Soutn Loop.

Grilled Turkey at Hi Tea

Grilled Turkey

Nice sandwich. Well toated, perfect amount for lunch. Excellent price point.

tulips500 photo

tulips500

 Los Angeles, CA
Hi Tea 3.0
 

loose leaf teas galore

i walked into this new tea shop mistakingly believing that i could get boba drinks – instead i found a casual loose leaf tea shop offering oodles of tea (i felt total sensory overload fr/all the teas available to choose from). if you’re a tea buff, you might want to check it out.

Green Tea Gelato

i love green tea ice cream, so i thought i’d give this one a try. the green tea flavor was quite powerful, almost overpowering the gelato sweet & creamyness. i’d try something else next time.

justin photo

justin

 Los Angeles, CA
Hi Tea 5.0
 

Hooked on the tea and sandwiches

While the tea is the focus here (and they do know their tea), it seems like almost everyone gets the sandwiches. The location is cozy and a great place to get some work done since they have free wi-fi.

When I first saw the tea list chalkboard I felt intimidated, but after closer inspection the organization of the teas actually makes it pretty easy to choose (or just get the tea of the day if you can’t choose). The teas are split by type of tea and amount of caffeine. You can order by the cup or the pot and you can get hot water refills, which is a huge bonus since places like Argo don’t let you do this.

Similar to Canady Le Chocalatier around the corner, the service is very personal and friendly.

Grilled to crunchy perfection - Roast Beef with Gouda at Hi Tea

Roast Beef with Gouda

The key to the tasty sandwich is the right combination of meat, cheese and crunchiness – nothing overpowers the other. The jicama coleslaw on the side is nice and refreshing too.

Gunpowder Green Tea

I went through 2 pots and now I’m wired.

Hi Tea 4.0
March 9, 2008
 

Excellent Small Meal...

The food is great, though a little on the stingy side of the portions scale. Great soups and panini's! Big fan of the apple infused slaw. The dining experience (if you chose to eat here) is a little cold... definitely could use a little…

Read 5 reviews on Citysearch »

Tags
Cafe Tea South Loop
Tips
  • All teas can be made hot or iced, so let your barista know if you want yours on the rocks.
  • Owner John Daley has Chicago running through his veins as the grandson and nephew of two Mayors and the son of the Commisioner of Cook County. This heritage is shown on the walls of Hi Tea.
  • Popular with the lunch crowd, the spot makes for a quieter experience in the evening.
Website
Video
Hours
Sun 05:00PM - 09:00PM
Fri-Sat 05:00PM - 11:00PM
Tue-Thu 05:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 02:30PM (Brunch)
Sun 10:00AM - 02:30PM (Brunch)
Contact Business
hitea photo
hitea, the Owner, says:

At Hi Tea, we offer over 50 private labeled teas, gourmet sandwiches, soup, salads, fresh-squeezed juice, gelato, unique tea accessories, and vintage gifts.

From CityGrid:
Cxi0fk-p8r4ktmeje4bmuj
justin

Chicago, IL
+902 useful

Ajwumo6ycr4ie0eje4dzty
john

Seattle, WA
+735 useful

Small_foodha_square
pmlector

Groton, MA
0 useful

Small_foodha_square
pmlector

Groton, MA
0 useful

Hi Tea  Restaurant Reviews

Copy the link below and paste onto your website or blog to display badge.

Hi Tea is located near the cities of Pilsen, Armour Square, Near South Side, Mc Kinley Park, and Near West Side.
People found this by searching for: Tea In South Loop Chicago, Tea Sandwiches Chicago, Hi Tea, Loose Tea Chicago, Chicago Loop Tea, Great Place For Tea In The Loop Chicago, Hi Tea Cafe Chicago, and Hi Tea Chicago.