This quaint, yellow cottage is perked on a descending hill that leads down to the Branson Landing. It might be small but it’s simply overflowing with the warm charm of the Ozarks.
Many of the tables in the dining area look as though they are repurposed side tables or desks and the placemats look home-sewn, creating a cozy “Grandma’s kitchen” feel. Antiques and framed, vintage photographs fill the walls, and as a bride-to-be, I can’t help but think of what a perfect venue this tea room would make for a bridal shower.
The service you get here certainly compliments the homey atmosphere. I never once felt rushed to make a selection and I felt more than comfortable asking as many questions as my heart desired about the menu items.
My server was the only one handling every table in the dining room, which in most cases would mean rushed sloppy service, but she delicately managed to be attentive to all her tables while making sure food and checks were delivered in a timely manner.
Did I mention she was answering phones and cashing people out at the register as well? Superwaitress? I think yes.
My mid-day meal opened with an ice cold Raspberry sweet tea, which was extremely refreshing and light without being watery.
The menu wasn’t extremely large but it featured a wide selection of quiche, salads, sandwiches, soups and homemade desserts. The lunch special was warm Chicken Pot Pie and a salad of mixed greens topped with a homemade vinaigrette dressing.
It was another one of those cloudy, rainy days so I went with the lunch special, thinking some comfort food would hit the spot. And boy was I right.
The Chicken Pot Pie was a delicious, creamy mixture of cooked veggies and chunks of savory chicken, all encased in a thick, fluffy breading. I was always taught to eat my salad first, but I definitely violated that rule in this instance. I still feel like it was justified.
Once I finally did move on to the salad, I was delighted with the vinaigrette’s perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. I’m not very fond of vinaigrettes that are so tart that you find yourself clenching your jaw so I would definitely recommend that choice of dressing if you feel the same.
I also ordered a side of chilled strawberry soup, which had a smooth, milky consistency that reminded me of melted ice cream. It was heavenly and would make the perfect light dessert for anyone who wanted something sweet without the twinge of guilt.
Even still, I couldn’t get out of there without trying the warm baked fudge that’s advertised on the billboard out front.
Perfect for two, the warm, baked square of fudge comes served with a dollop of rich vanilla ice cream that perfectly melts over the chocolate fudge and creates one gooey, chocolate-y bowl of bliss.
Overall, my meal left me more than satisfied. Afterwards, I cashed out at the register and nursed my food baby while browsing the other side of the restaurant’s hodgepodge of distinctive antiques.
There wasn’t one part of my dining experience at Ruby Lena’s Tea Room & Antiques that I didn’t enjoy. I highly recommend Ruby’s for casual brunches, mother daughter dates, bridal showers, baby showers and pretty much any other excuse to stop by this place.
Ruby Lena’s Tea Room & Antiques is located at 224 West Main Street, Branson, just up the road from the Landing. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Be sure to bring some cash because credit and debit cards are only accepted for purchases over $10.