A Review: The BonBonerie Afternoon Tea

Posted October 9, 2017 by shooting in Cincinnati / 31 Comments

Eleven years ago, my mom had a kidney transplant and almost every year since, my sister and I have done something special for my mom for her anniversary (October 6th). This year, we all went to The BonBonerie, a bakery and cafe in Cincinnati, Ohio, to have their afternoon tea. We went on Saturday, October 7th at 11 a.m. The other tea time is 2 p.m. but I think 11 was a good idea – it started to fill up more by the time we were finished – around 12 p.m. Our tea only took about an hour, but if you were chatting/catching up with someone, it could easily go longer!

When we arrived, this was the place setting we each had: plate, teacup and saucer, knife and fork, and a postcard with a fun cupcake on it. I think I know who I’ll be sending a note too! I thought this was a really cute set up and it immediately made you excited for the tea. An adult tea is $25 and this includes all of the food, a beverage, tax and gratuity. Isn’t that awesome? It’s nice to know your full price going in – including tip! My sister is the tea drinker so she got that, but my mom and I stuck with water and diet coke. My mom did try my sister’s tea and loved it though, so I’m sure she’d get that again. I’m one of those crazy people that don’t like warm drinks.

Sister and Mom

I do, however, love the food aspect of afternoon tea! We got a three-tiered tray loaded with goodies, so there is no waiting for each section. The top had things like cucumber sandwiches and egg salad, the middle was all the sweets from macaroons to cookies, and the bottom was bread, fruit, scones, and quiche. We ate the top first, then the bottom, and finally we tackled the middle and all those yummy sweets! You can, of course, eat your food however you like!

We all thought the food was lovely. My mom was a big fan of the sandwiches. She could easily go back and just eat those. Being a sweets person, I was all about that middle tier. I did really love the cucumber sandwiches and quiches too though! Most of the items had a piece for everyone, but for things like the scones and macaroons, we decided to split so everyone could get a taste. One of the macaroons was a chocolate peanut butter flavor and oh my goodness, melt in your mouth good!

This was such a fun experience! My sister and I had afternoon tea in London, and my mom and aunt had their own tea there too, so I knew if I could find a Cincinnati based tea, that it would be a great idea. It didn’t take long to come across The BonBonerie – I know of their baked goods, but I didn’t realize they did tea – and I knew it was the perfect place to go! It was such a cute little cafe. I loved that you got all of the food at once so you could eat at your own pace. We also had to visit the actual bakery attached after we ate!

If you live in or around Cincinnati, Ohio, I highly recommend The BonBonerie Afternoon Tea. You are sure to love it; it would make a great girl’s day out! This is definitely something I will do again in the future. At our tea, my mom was already talking about how her own mother would love it and it might be somewhere we bring her the next time she’s in town. Of course, your own city might have afternoon tea, so do a little online search and find out! It’s a fun experience.

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31 responses to “A Review: The BonBonerie Afternoon Tea

  1. RO

    I used to be the social media person for a company that catered special events and tea parties, and it was always fun to see the tables set up and to try the different foods and tea flavors. Sadly, they went out of business, so I may need to travel all the way to Cincinnati for a tea party! (lol) I really like the design of the teacups, plates and the tiers in your pic, and everyone looks so happy! The sweets look pretty yummy, too. Glad it was a fun time for all. Hugs…RO

  2. Neely Moldovan

    I went to a tea once when I was little with my mom and it was so nice! I would love to do it again!

  3. What a fun way to celebrate your mom’s transplant anniversary! I love the idea of afternoon tea! I have only done it once with a friend of mine, but I’d like to do it again sometime – especially if I could get lots of yummy food like that!

  4. What a nice tradition! Going to a tea sounds like so much fun too! I’m not a tea drinker (do they have coffee? ha!) but I’d do it for the food for sure. I’m like you–I’d be all over that middle plate πŸ™‚

  5. This looks like so much fun! I’ve always heard of places like this but have never stumbled upon one! I would love it. Even though I’m not a tea person. I just think it’d be a cool experience.

  6. What a fun outing. The food looks amazing. Yeah for another healthy anniversary for your mom. Enjoy this moments. I sure miss my mom.

  7. What a charming little place! Going for afternoon tea was on my bucket list of things to do while in London but sadly we never got to it (just stayed too busy). And I like the prix fixe aspect, too. That makes it easy. So neat that you do an annual outing like this with your mom every year.

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  8. Oh my goodnessβ€”how cute is this?! I’ve always wanted to have a tea time and love that you were able to try little cucumber sandwiches πŸ™‚ adorable. What a fun day for your family and looks like you girls had a fabulous time!!

  9. This sounds like so much fun and a lot of yummy! I have never heard of this place though I suppose it’s not all that shocking since I live quite a few hours away. But it makes me curious about maybe taking the plunge and going there one day–it’s roughly four hours from my home, but something about this is calling my name! I’m glad you guys enjoyed it. And seriously, I’m swooning over those sweets. YUM.

  10. Wow, that is a great price for a tea time, especially with all that you got! I live in St. Louis, MO and I have never been to Cincinnati, Ohio, but it isn’t too far. If I ever visit, I’ll need to remember this place!


  11. Thank you for such a wonderful review of our cafe! We are thrilled to hear that you selected our Afternoon Tea as a way to celebrate your special anniversary with your family. It looks like you all had a great time! We hope to see you again in the future!

  12. That’s so awesome that you do that! I really want to take my parents out for a meal, but I don’t think I’ll be seeing them for at least several more months. That looks like an amazing time! <3 If I ever make it over to Cincinnati, I'm definitely gonn ahave to check this place out!

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