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Tea Room, Breakfast Spot, and Asian Restaurant$$$$
Penn Quarter, Washington
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  • Teresaheart icon on user image
    TeresaAugust 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The salty oat cookies are deliciously filling. Also, the grilled salmon entree is great, but it comes in a curry sauce, so prepare yourself!
  • Lena J.heart icon on user image
    Lena JanimovaAugust 22, 2014
    Soulful and quite place. One of my favorite spots in DC. Seriously great tea! Lavender-lemon-mint hot tea is divine. Food is good as well. Totally worth it stop here for a lunch or nice cup of tea
  • Gelinda
    GelindaJanuary 28, 2014
    Enjoyed the chai tea with a salty oatmeal raisin cookie. Both were delicious. The atmosphere is nice. I would like to revisit for the food.
  • Steven A.heart icon on user image
    Steven AndrophyFebruary 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The bubble tea is fantastic, and the bento boxes are great deals. Nice relaxed atmosphere with more than ample seating between upstairs and downstairs.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CNovember 21, 2018
    Cafe is super cute... pricey but great asian themed food and quick service!!! Amazing tea choices, esp with the store next door
  • kazahelheart icon on user image
    kazahelDecember 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place if it's not too busy--the veggie bento box is excellent, particularly when coupled with Japanese sweet green tea (which you can buy the mix for in the shop next door). Highly recommended.
  • Morgan T.heart icon on user image
    Morgan ThomasMay 20, 2011
    Really like the Thai Chicken Curry, I want to try the Shrimp curry too. The Japanese sweet tea & bento boxes are good. Loved the chai shake. Love the koi pond downstairs.
  • Sara Z.heart icon on user image
    Sara ZFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Their chai is great--it's not overly sweet, and it has a bit of a spicy bite to it. I've never been disappointed by anything on the menu, either.
  • Abi O.
    Abi OlveraJune 23, 2012
    The Moroccan mint tea is very good but not as sweet as a real Moroccan tea! It's lightly sweetened like it says. The Chai shake is my favorite.
  • Melissa L.
    Melissa LongAugust 14, 2013
    Was excited about the French toast until I opened the to go container. Edges were burned and was soggy from all the apples and juice underneath. Apples are great touch but package them separately.
  • Katarina K.heart icon on user image
    Katarina KatsmaApril 11, 2015
    Fantastic tea! Looovveee their genmaicha, and their ginger baked good are sweet with a bit of a kick!
  • Gilles B.heart icon on user image
    Gilles BoeykensDecember 13, 2014
    Great food at an affordable price! I'll come back in a second. Try this place and you won't regret it.
  • Kirsten S.
    Kirsten SNovember 8, 2012
    Great lunch spot with one of the best chai teas in DC. Get the bento box and eat downstairs; it's much quieter.
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BarrettJanuary 24, 2011
    Chocolate salty oat cookie is fabulous. perfect place to hang for some peace and quiet on weekend. Haven't tried the sushi or noodle bowls but it all looks really yummy.
  • Briana B.heart icon on user image
    Briana BaileyFebruary 26, 2017
    Very casual eatery. Vegetable udon was very large and good for a cold day. Not the best I've had, but it was still pretty good and they didn't skimp on the vegetables.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HendricksonMarch 1, 2010
    If you're a loose tea person, this is a great spot. And if you like oolong, you have to try the Baozhong - amazing. They have tea sets, strainers, and other neat tea related things as well. Read more
  • Jen K.
    Jen KarrApril 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Really decent breakfast for only $10. The cilantro eggs are always tasty and the naan warm. Big mug of tea and you are fueled for your morning.
  • Jecee M.
    Jecee MedeirosNovember 17, 2013
    Teaism is tops when in the district. Try the miso sweet potatoes with bento box for lunch.
  • Morgan T.heart icon on user image
    Morgan ThomasNovember 11, 2014
    Love the Bento boxes! You can't go wrong with most of the menu.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca M.June 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The spinach curry is fantastic. Plus, don't forget to get an order of the the ginger scones!
  • Sree B.
    Sree BhandaramJune 22, 2013
    If you haven't already, try their Imli Cooler. It's a refreshing tamarind based drink with a hint of cardamom. Deliciously refreshing!
  • Dan F.heart icon on user image
    Dan FoyFebruary 20, 2015
    Tuna bento box is perfect. My favorite lunch spot in Penn Quarter
  • Jaime W.
    Jaime WojdowskiFebruary 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The chocolate salty oat cookies are SO GOOD
  • Irena P.heart icon on user image
    Irena PierovaJanuary 29, 2017
    love their berry beauty. it tastes like karkade from egypt
  • Nicole S.heart icon on user image
    Nicole SheaMarch 31, 2014
    I would climb mountains to get to the salty oat cookies. They are perfection.
  • Wahid M.
    Wahid MohiuddinMay 6, 2013
    The only DC location serving Imli Cooler. A perfect cooler for ur hot summer DC walks.
  • Breon R.heart icon on user image
    Breon RandonJanuary 6, 2016
    Love the sweet potatoes and shrimp kebob
  • Jaime W.
    Jaime WojdowskiJuly 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The udon noodle soup is enough for delicious leftovers!
  • Hallie M.
    Hallie MindellOctober 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You cannot leave here without a salty oat cookie. All of the variations are great!
  • Babelfishlyheart icon on user image
    BabelfishlyApril 24, 2017
    Bubble tea is great and cheaper than most places!! Highly recommended.
  • Jon-Carlo C.
    Jon-Carlo CanezoMay 19, 2011
    Any of their cocktails are delicious and can get you sufficiently tipsy. Recommend the Beijin Sling. But they're all good.
  • Jim M.
    Jim MaloneFebruary 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Sunday brunch here is a ritual. The scrambled eggs & salmon is the usual for me. For cold beverages try any of the Lassi drinks or the Japanese sweet green tea.
  • Brian H.
    Brian HolleyAugust 7, 2011
    Scones and two giant mugs of tea for $10. Not bad. Charging me 50 cents for two tiny packets of jam because they only gave us one for the whole plate of scones...priceless!
  • Jackie
    JackieMay 20, 2011
    Try the Tofu Noodle Salad - Good kick to it from chilies. Cold salad, which means tofu is cold, but delicious.
  • Lucia T.heart icon on user image
    Lucia TheresaAugust 1, 2018
    I always get the chicken bento box. It’s so yummy!!
  • April W.
    April WaldenOctober 12, 2010
    Veggie bento box was good (especially the rice), but sauteed (I guess) veggies were soggy & cold (very unpleasant). Substituted tofu 4 xtra edamame. Iced Morroccan mint tea was good w/ free refills.
  • Megan P.
    Megan Pagado WellsMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The cilantro eggs and tea cured salmon for breakfast/brunch are amazing.
  • Hillius E.
    Hillius EttinoffeFebruary 20, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    I've gotten the waffle and chai so much that when I drink chai at home I crave a waffle
  • Michelle O.
    Michelle OlenoskiDecember 17, 2013
    Must have the salted oat cookies. Don't order the chicken noodle soup!
  • Close G.
    Close GitmoJanuary 11, 2012
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  • Dmitri M.heart icon on user image
    Dmitri MehlhornDecember 2, 2015
    Chai latte in the "for here" mugs. Also salmon egg scramble.
  • Omari A.
    Omari AllenJuly 19, 2014
    The Korean beef tacos are bomb.
  • Riley L.
    Riley LynchApril 20, 2013
    Try the Smoked Oysters - #Oysters #seafood #appetizers
  • Robyn O.
    Robyn OrthFebruary 23, 2012
    Salty oat cookies are great, bit it's really all about the ginger scones!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MelcherSeptember 26, 2011
    The cilantro eggs are great, as is the ginger limeade. Love this place.
  • Ananda L.
    Ananda LeekeJuly 8, 2011
    Was at Teaism last week & hosted the DC She Writers Meet Up. Enjoyed the seaweed salad and sweet potato salad. Yummy!
  • Derian Q.
    Derian QuickMarch 18, 2016
    the food was good, i had the egg sandwich and chai tea
  • Megan H.heart icon on user image
    Megan HannonDecember 22, 2012
    Make sure you try the ginger or the carrot cake scones!
  • Vika
    VikaJanuary 9, 2012
    Chicken apple sausage is awesome. Served in the am until it runs out.
  • Teresaheart icon on user image
    TeresaJuly 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The salty oat cookies are amazing! 🍪
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