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Samovar Tea Bar

Tea Room$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
115 Tips and reviews
  • chai
  • rosie palmer
  • healthy food
  • green tea
  • authentic
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  • Eater
    EaterMarch 30, 2017
    Sleek surroundings with high tech tea preparation produces a matcha shot, matcha cortado (a shot plus steamed milk), matcha latte, and a sweet matcha latte served hot or iced at Samovar Mission. Read more
  • Ashley Y.
    Ashley YueSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Japanese tea service was very good. I also love the Rosie Palmer tea which is only available at the tea bar (they also have baked goods) on Valencia. Sick decor and tea steepers at the bar!
  • Trucy
    TrucyMay 22, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Masala chai is great but don't miss out on the matcha shake! It is seriously sooo good, and especially refreshing when the weather is hot.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJune 27, 2014
    There's a shiny new Samovar in town, and this one's a lot different from the tea spot's 3 other locations. This spot is all about convenience, with ready-brewed cups available to go. Read more
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Camila M.
    Camila McHughSeptember 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Airy, off-white space with great teas and goodies. Try the turmeric milk chai or the roiboos blend created for the Dalai Lama with a homemade green tea mochi cake.
  • Kartik S.
    Kartik SathappanAugust 12, 2015
    Make sure you go to this specific Samovar tea lounge! It's tiny but I prefer it to the other locations. The iced matcha latte here is too good- it's one of the most refreshing beverages I've ever had!
  • The Mini John
    The Mini JohnMay 22, 2015
    The almond milk fits in to the chai taste nicely without overpowering like it does in a latte. Grab a chai and relax !! Awesome place.
  • Leering marsupial
    Leering marsupialJune 15, 2014
    The chai is spicy enough to satisfy even me, and mild enough to be marketable to other people :) Sweeteners on the table, folks. Now if only they had chai made with decaf black tea!
  • Vincent T.
    Vincent TangJune 12, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Cool machines, amazing decor, and epic teas. Visit the restroom and try out the wicked hand dryer. Delicious vegan chai!
  • James
    JamesAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Green tea is fantastic and the chai smells amazing! The bench inside is great for enjoying your drink and chatting with a friend.
  • Heather A.
    Heather ArnettAugust 9, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    If you wouldn't think to eat here, think again. Small, healthy dishes perfect for a quick lunch. My favorite is the warm greens with brown rice, sesame, yeast and avocado.
  • Moon L.
    Moon LimbMay 16, 2015
    Steampunk teas. Love masala chai, turmeric spice, but go for your own flavor. Try dandelion detox while it lasts, its cacao husk flavor may surprise you :)
  • Hanah
    HanahNovember 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Egg dish in a jar hits the spot and makes for a healthy breakfast. Avocado toast is also great!
  • Lyubava K.
    Lyubava KolernikovaApril 1, 2016
    Interesting place, great selection of teas, delicious food, which is prepared in front of you, but there are no tables.
  • Kidhack
    KidhackJanuary 17, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The white truffle sous vide egg with a whole avocado and toast is a perfect breakfast. Act fast though since the kitchen closes at 5pm.
  • Roshan V.
    Roshan VyasFebruary 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the masala chai with almond milk. The almond milk fits in to the chai taste nicely without overpowering like it does in a latte.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HJuly 27, 2014
    Check out the bathroom ceiling. Really. It's not what you'd expect from a tea lounge. Also, the Rosie Palmer is a delicate and delicious way to cool off.
  • Mitra S.
    Mitra SalaselSeptember 14, 2017
    Good chai, really rude servers who don't care that you're interested in the nuances of their chai-making. Buy some bagged chai and make it at home in peace.
  • .:. s.
    .:. sAugust 13, 2015
    Oh, so awesome. You have to see it to believe it. One of the coolest tea bars I've ever seen. Congratulations Samovar for taking things to another level.
  • Liang S.
    Liang ShiJuly 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Rosie Palmer is a delightful treat for summer. Pair it with a scone and some butter!
  • Caterina
    CaterinaOctober 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The vegan chai is amazing. Try all their brews with the little cups they have out on the counter.
  • Stephany
    Stephany2 weeks ago
    Get the dragon pearl jasmine tea or a matcha shake.
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DavisMay 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    An Iced Matcha + Egg Jar leaves you feeling clean and healthy and full of goodness. 👍🏻
  • Ashok L.
    Ashok LalwaniMarch 3, 2015
    Comtemporary setting in Mission serving awesome teas including Masala Chai. Try Maiden's Ecstasy.
  • Mark K.
    Mark KupasrimonkolMarch 9, 2015
    Don't let the overwhelming smell of chai distract you from the rest of the menu. Everything is good.
  • Steven H.
    Steven HMay 11, 2016
    Not a great fan of their food outlets (overrated), but the Masala Chai here is outrageously stunning and the Pumpkin Cake is like a sweet orgasm of yumminess!
  • Kathrine
    KathrineJune 24, 2015
    Masala chai is great! Love the copper pots they brew it in
  • Amy Beth N.
    Amy Beth NolteSeptember 5, 2017
    Tasty chai, but note that this is the limited Tea Bar, not the full Tea Lounge. It's small without a lot of seating or full tea service.
  • Rob A.
    Rob AtkinsonJune 30, 2016
    I'm more of a coffee person but this tea bar is so delicious and cool that I make an exception
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LeggettJune 17
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything’s good, but the chai that’s simmering in big copper pots on the counter is 👌
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueDecember 22, 2016
    Lovely tea lounge, with a pleasant vibe and a good selection of leaves.
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan MJune 17, 2017
    Zen out with a match latte 🍵
  • William F.
    William FergusonJuly 6, 2015
    Best almond chai you can find. A great place to get tea to go.
  • Kartik S.
    Kartik SathappanAugust 19, 2015
    Make sure you go to this exact location, the other ones are fancier and have more options but pale in comparison.
  • Rob M.
    Rob ModzelewskiAugust 8, 2014
    Really good tea. Seating isn't very well thought out though. Impossible to fully face your companion.
  • Jonathan E.
    Jonathan EatherlyFebruary 5, 2015
    Come during the evening and they'll offer you a free pastry.
  • Ansell
    AnsellAugust 13, 2014
    Green Tea Ecstasy is a beautiful blend of sencha and matcha 🍵
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MeyerJune 11, 2014
    Just a smaller selection of tea and scones, no lounge. Great to go!
  • tina h.
    tina huangApril 12, 2015
    nothing more satisfying than a Rosie Palmer on a rare warm day. only samovar with the vegan chai!
  • Justin S.
    Justin SalsbureyFebruary 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Come for the chai and read for a while.
  • Danielle R.
    Pineapple coconut oolong tea is the best I’ve had! However, customer service is lacking.
  • Chelsea L.
    Chelsea LaSalleOctober 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    don't be a dummy; get the Rosie Palmer
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfJuly 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The Iced Green Ecstasy is off the hook!
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaApril 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Green ecstasy is so smooth. Sit on steps and read.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PlutzerDecember 26, 2017
    Actually really good breakfast. Get the egg jar.
  • Mamie R.
    Mamie RheingoldAugust 9, 2014
    The Rosie Palmer is a delicate delicious delight.
  • Mark C.
    Mark CialoneFebruary 12, 2017
    Tea is quite good. Small place but an awesome parklet outside
  • Ronald D.
    Ronald DLSeptember 23, 2016
    Not much seating space however offering extensive tea selection. The coconut toast is sumptuous
  • Raquel M.
    Raquel MunozMay 16, 2015
    Their chai or iced black tea are the best.
  • Cait L.
    Cait LeaveyJune 14, 2015
    Amazing almond milk chai!!! 😍. Seriously, best chai in SF.
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