Located at 24 Front Street in Ballston Spa minutes from Saratoga Springs, our retail store offers the true tea experience with a great menu of diverse, high quality dishes. We also offer most of the teas on our web site by the pot or in packages. We also have a large assortment of pots and accessories to brew at home.
The Whistling Kettle
24 Front Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURSDAY & FRIDAY until 7pm
*NOTE - We stop seating approximately 30 minutes prior to close. For full service and menu availability we recommend arriving at least 45 minutes prior to close to allow time for ordering and full menu availability.
CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY, JULY 4TH, THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS
FOR EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS, SUCH AS SNOW STORMS, PLEASE CALL FIRST.
Do you take reservations?
We do not take reservations, however you can call ahead 15 minutes or so prior to your arrival. This will put you on the waiting list if there is one and reduce your overall wait time. We recommend this if you are a party of 3 or more and are planning to arrive during peak hours (11:00 - 2pm) and especially during holiday weeks or weekends. Please note that during busy periods we may require all members of the party to be present before being seated.
Do you accomodate large parties?
We recommend that large parties arrive prior to 11:30 or after 3pm for guaranteed seating. There may be extended waits during other times especially during certain times of the year. Give us a call or send us an e-mail and we'll be glad to work something out. Very large parties may require seating at several tables. We ask that large parties tell all their members to arrive on-time and not to arrive extra early. On certain days we may require that most/all of the party be present prior to being sat.
I'd like to host a shower. Is that something that is available?
We don't have a seperate banquet room so there is limited space available for these types of events. If your event requires private facilities or space to decorate tables and to store gifts, we recommend finding a banquet facility. We are unable to accomodate decorations at the tables and there is very limited space for gifts.
Do you split checks?
Splitting checks takes a lot of time away from other customers. To provide timely service we provide one check per table. For example, a party of 12 requires a server to spend 2 minutes per guest seperating, printing out, & making change. That would be over 20 minutes, which creates problems for other customers that are waiting for service.
Can I bring my own food or tea?
Is there a gratutity?
There is a 20% gratuity on parties over 5.
I am a party of 2 and would like to sit at a booth.
Would you like to serve our tasty tea sandwiches for your next party/event? To Order a Tea Sandwich Platter for in store pickup, visit this link.
Are you looking for fresh baked scones for your next gathering? To Order a Scone Platter for in store pickup, visit this link.
Would you like a fresh salad platter for your next gathering? To Order a Salad Platter for in store pickup, visit this link.
If you want fresh tea or coffee for your next event, consider our insulated disposable boxes. To Order an Insulated Box of Tea or Coffee for in store pickup, visit this link.
If you would like to know what our specials are today, please call (518) 884-2664. Because we are a popular destination, we go through ingredients quickly. We are unable to let you know what our specials are going to be days or weeks in advance. Sometimes, if we are busy, we may switch to a different special later in the day. That is why we recommend you call closer to your arrival time to learn about the most up to date specials. To prevent misinformation, we do not post our specials on Facebook or on our website.
Soups: Every day we feature a soup special. Typically, we run two soup specials. People have come to love our soups, so we typically stick to what our customers crave the most. If there is a particular soup you have tried and liked, there is a good chance we carry it quite often.
Scones, Dessert Special: We bake scones fresh every day, served with preserves and cream. We will typically run one or two scone specials, depending on the level of business. We may also serve a dessert special, i.e. crisps, cobblers, scone puddings, tarts, etc... Like our soups, we go through our dessert specials quickly, so we recommend you call before you arrive to learn about them.
Cakes: We serve a variety of cakes throughout the day. We have found that certain cakes are requested over and over, so we tend to have a similar selection every day. We also serve a flourless chocolate cake for people with gluten allergies.
Quiche Special: Our delightful quiche specials change day to day. We typically run one or two quiche specials, depending on the volume of business. You may order our quiche special alone with a side salad, or as part of our Afternoon Tea Special.
Panini Special: We may run a panini special, which will be different from our regular panini selection. The panini special is priced the same as our regular paninis, and can be ordered on its own with a side salad, or ordered as part of the Afternoon Tea Special
Hot Tea, Iced Tea Special: Every day we run hot tea and iced tea specials. We always run an unsweetened plain iced tea special with unlimited refills. We will also run one or two more flavored iced teas, unsweetened. You may ask for simple syrup to sweeten your iced tea. Our hot tea specials are served by the pot. They are exciting seasonal teas and have a limited run. We offer them for sale in bulk while supplies last.
Beer and Wine: We carry a premium selection of beer and wine. We typically rotate our beer selection to include new and interesting premium brews.