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Samovar Tea Lounge

Samovar Tea Lounge

(Now Closed)
Tea Room and Restaurant$$$$
Castro, San Francisco
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  • Trang H.
    Trang HoangMarch 3, 2013
    The Japanese tea service with smoked duck (not explicitly on the menu) is healthy, filling and yummy! If you're chilling further, chai tea is a great relaxing dessert tea.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DregerNovember 23, 2014
    Very nice vibe with a large collection of tasty teas. Their squash dumplings are especially good. Prices are steep though – $5.45 for a pre-made chilled chai, $6 for a tea lemonade.
  • AskMen
    AskMenJune 16, 2011
    At Samovar, the art of tea is the art of relaxation, and we recommend going with full-blown tea service. The Russian tea service brings you deviled eggs with caviar and other snacks. Read more
  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerJune 23, 2013
    The tofu curry dish is excellent and the masala chai is outstanding! A little pricey, but you get great service and delicious food for the price.
  • Ashley Yuki
    Ashley YukiMarch 29, 2015
    Incredible spot to get tea service and catch up with a friend! The Greek yogurt with dates, pear, and walnuts is incredible - delicious and refreshing!
  • Clara A.
    Clara AckermanApril 23, 2015
    A great tea place is a place to treasure, and that is why I am going in here every day of my life, that is how much I love the tea and the ambiance in here, suits my mood.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 12, 2010
    I use their teas obssesively in my desserts. Also sit and enjoy a pot of tea, relax, you'll feel your karma get lighter. -Yigit Pura, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Melon L.
    Melon LAugust 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A perfect place to spend an afternoon. Order tea service or lunch. Or both. Anything and everything on the menu is divine.
  • Shannon Z.
    Shannon ZNovember 2, 2015
    Updated menu in 2015, nothing is labeled clearly anymore but they have lots of vegetarian and gluten free options including gluten free sandwiches (just ask your server).
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie StiglerJanuary 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best chai in the city, great tea selection in general. Skip the food, it's mediocre and there's plenty of good options in the area.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SalinasAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    They don't like you to use laptops on weekends, but during the week it is a great place to get some work done (as you try to kick that coffee addiction).
  • Vlad S.
    Vlad SavelucJune 6, 2015
    This place is so relaxing. Their tea & food pairing are interesting. I had the Moorish and Japanese ones. They were both good.
  • Andrea R.
    Andrea ReynaSeptember 25, 2014
    I am in love with their food and tea. The ambiance is relaxed. The tea service dishes are delish.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HalewoodApril 15, 2013
    Sit at the table on the left, comfy cushions with your legs swinging free ^_^ Try the duck sandwich and chai tea
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AptekarAugust 9, 2014
    Hilariously overpriced tea, but the food is excellent! Try the Jook, super delicious~
  • Meghana D.
    Meghana DharDecember 2, 2012
    The rose infused yogurt (with mint, dates, walnuts, and strawberries) is a must-try
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HofffmanAugust 26, 2015
    Love this place and they have a great dog friendly, dog-friendly outdoor space!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanJuly 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Masala chai is so creamy and delicious. Also love the cheese plate. Great for dates!
  • Jole P.
    Jole PJune 22, 2015
    Really exotic teas! Velvet cacao is delicious! Same with chia pudding
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰June 9, 2013
    Japanese tea service is the best. If I could eat like this everyday, I would! But pricey...$24
  • EJ F.
    EJ FaustJanuary 14, 2014
    The duck sandwich is the platonic ideal that BLT's dream of growing up into.
  • Ava
    AvaAugust 30, 2015
    pricy, but high quality food and a lot of variety. something for pretty much everyone.
  • Linda B.
    Linda BergquistSeptember 20, 2009
    Ginger Pu-erh Tea- keep the hot water coming to pur over the tea. Try four refills of water. Reward yourself with the smoked salmon and poached eggs over steamed brown rice w/ hijiki, ginger-soy dipp
  • Sangjun L.
    Sangjun LeeOctober 24, 2011
    You can order the maki bowl from the japanese service a la carte and off the menu!
  • Adrienne H.
    Adrienne HealeyDecember 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Quinoa waffles if you get there before 3! They're really good.
  • elisa
    elisaMarch 27, 2016
    The goat cheese dates aren't on the menu anymore, but they'll prepare them if you ask!
  • Mike Meyer
    Mike MeyerMarch 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you want something a bit heftier than just tea, the English Tea Service is super delish.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BillsJanuary 6, 2016
    Expensive but interesting selection of food and tea. The rice porridge is very good.
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DraczynskiOctober 4, 2012
    The moorish mint tea goes nicely with the brownie & green tea mousse.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WSeptember 13, 2011
    Get the Blood Orange Pu 'er. It was quite delicious and it was still going strong after *5* pots!
  • Jack P.
    Jack PhamJanuary 12, 2016
    Smoked duck anything, I got it in the porridge and really loved it.
  • Alexa R.
    Alexa RhoadsSeptember 27, 2012
    Get the egg bowl and a side of kale, mix together, and enjoy. A good combo!
  • Caterina
    CaterinaNovember 4, 2014
    They put raisins in the rice that comes with the Indian tea service. Something to bear in mind if you're not a fan as its not specified in the menu. It wasn't to my tastes.
  • Crystal T.
    Crystal TaylorOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The cold chai in the metal vessel is refreshing and delicious!
  • Annemarie I.
    Annemarie IJkemaNovember 15, 2010
    Their quinoa waffles are amazing & the chilled vegan chai tea is sooo yummy! Just love SFO!
  • Ezekiel G.
    Ezekiel GorrocinoAugust 9, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Not so hungry? Try the Butternut squash Dumplings with a dipping sauce and a hot cup of Masala Chai. Delicious!
  • Mike Meyer
    Mike MeyerMarch 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Breakfast blend with a cookie plate is my go-to combo.
  • Leo Z.
    Leo ZhadanovskyFebruary 6, 2013
    The stuffed dates are great!
  • David B.
    David BullAugust 25, 2014
    Chill environment for some pricy and exotic tea. It's very good.
  • Rafael T.
    Rafael TellesNovember 2, 2012
    Just love the place and the wide variety of teas available
  • mcldiebel
    mcldiebelMay 20, 2012
    Try the Dates Stuffed With Walnuts, Rose Water-Infused Yogurt
  • Tea D.
    Tea DoughSeptember 30, 2011
    Try their "jook" bowl or quinoa waffles with the scarlet sable tea!
  • Jason
    JasonFebruary 26, 2012
    Try the Chai Tea - is having a lovely scone and tea date with a lovely woman.
  • Marcela E.
    Marcela ErazoFebruary 18, 2016
    Butternut squash dumplings and matcha shake were unbelievable
  • Meenal T.
    Meenal TambeJune 25, 2012
    Get the salmon quiche with your English tea service!
  • cyn k.
    cyn kOctober 18, 2011
    this is how chai is supposed to be. smooth, cardamony, and warming. not overspiced or sickeningly sweet.
  • Jason S.
    Jason S.June 15, 2012
    Tofu jook & masala chai. No, wait, why are you looking at the menu still? I just... trust me on this one.
  • Jina A.
    Jina AnneSeptember 3, 2011
    Hungry? The English Tea Service will definitely fill you up!!!
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganFebruary 26, 2012
    Peaceful place to sit and sip tea. I love the pillows!
  • Tonia D.
    Tonia D.July 30, 2011
    Rose infused Greek yogurt with medjool dates and mint! Try it.
  • Andrea K.
    Andrea KuszewskiApril 15, 2013
    My favorite chai in the city.
  • Samovar T.
    Starting May 1, the Tea Lounges now open at 8am every day! http://www.samovarlife.com/#visit
  • yigal r.
    yigal rabinApril 22, 2013
    Very nice place to lounge on a Sunny day in SF
  • Adam D.
    Adam DebreczeniMarch 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the off-the-menu green or white pu-erh. It's like normal pu-erh but less earthy.
  • Ryszard S.
    Ryszard SzopaJune 21, 2015
    The matcha shake is to die for!
  • Christie H.
    Christie HeikkinenNovember 2, 2012
    Love the Indian tea service - a great place for a quiet lunch
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.January 1, 2012
    Jasmine pearl tea for the best relaxing 10 minute sips of your day.
  • Smilo
    SmiloJuly 27, 2014
    Best. Chai. Ever.
  • Linda G.
    Linda GlennMarch 19, 2016
    Velvet cacao pu-erh and torte
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 9, 2014
    I want to get some food there next time! The green tea was a lot to drink.
  • Anna T.
    Anna TimofeevaSeptember 1, 2014
    Impeccable tea and food pairings that will make you taste buds dance happily!
  • Mere G.
    Mere GoldsmithNovember 21, 2009
    I know this place is all about high-end tea (their sencha is amazing), but try their chai on a cold day.
  • Austin H.
    Austin HastingsDecember 15, 2012
    Egg bowl with Duck. Chai tea. Can't get enough.
  • Klassy G.
    Klassy GoldbergMay 2, 2012
    Must-try: Soy Matcha Green Tea Shake!
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HardyMay 3, 2010
    Its all about the honeycomb/blue cheese plate! Have it with some Ryokicha tea. Yum!
  • mkohpotts
    mkohpottsSeptember 10, 2014
    Rice bowl with poached eggs and smoked duck
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy ChenApril 28, 2015
    Any kind of tea broth.
  • Sebastiaan H.
    Sebastiaan HooftApril 7, 2013
    Book early, it's always crowded
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithFebruary 12, 2016
    Try their Almond butter and jelly toast
  • Melaina
    MelainaSeptember 20, 2011
    Japanese tea service & today's featured spicy hibiscus lemonade FTW!
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.March 9, 2015
    The masala chai is legit 👌
  • jonathan g.
    jonathan gettingerJanuary 10, 2012
    vegetarians try the braised tofu jook
  • Diane T.
    Diane Tate (Bisgeier)July 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Japanese Maki Bowl w Salmon
  • Anjali A.
    Anjali AlbanJanuary 10, 2014
    Ask to sit in the window on the platform with pillows.
  • Courtney C.
    Courtney CaccavoMay 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the curry egg salad sandwich. It's amazing.
  • Kaat v.
    Kaat vLFebruary 19, 2013
    Hibiscus Bliss: spices with a savory touch
  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderAugust 1, 2014
    Great masala chai!
  • Chris
    ChrisOctober 14, 2013
    Get the Chai to warm up!
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonFebruary 6, 2016
    The chai is amazing!
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongMay 12, 2015
    Over priced tea and lunch items. Food was decent, but potions are small.
  • Maya Z.
    Maya ZJanuary 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Love the egg bowl - fav breakfast ever:)
  • lara l.
    lara longApril 23, 2009
    Go to Samovar Tea Lounge - Castro and sit at the raised table have honeycomb and cheese with bottomless Russian tea and chill
  • JenMarie
    JenMarieJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The schizandra berry tea is like the elixir of life.
  • Runqiu C.
    Runqiu CaiJuly 7, 2014
    Over-priced tea and food
  • Ty M.
    Ty MartinNovember 27, 2011
    Take advantage of bad AT&T signal and no wifi- being a book!
  • gigegy
    gigegyDecember 5, 2010
    Best masala chai in the city.
  • michael s.
    michael sharonFebruary 5, 2012
    Get the jook! It's the best thing evar.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyJuly 17, 2014
    Quinoa Waffle.
  • Mo K.
    Mo KudekiJuly 23, 2016
    this one is very zen
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaNovember 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the Nishi Sencha 1st Flush. OMG.
  • Jim R.
    Jim RNovember 15, 2009
    Try the egg bowl with haloumi (a variation that's not on the menu).
  • Nargiza
    NargizaJune 29, 2013
    Tea soup...delicious! :)
  • Sam W.
    Sam WellerApril 20, 2013
    Try the Scones
  • Yosuke K.
    Yosuke KoikeJanuary 25, 2010
    try the salmon jook! and Moorish mint tea is awesome :)
  • Ganesh K.
    Ganesh KumaraswamyNovember 23, 2009
    Get the chai and the honeycomb cheese plate.
  • Caelyn M.
    Caelyn McAulaySeptember 17, 2014
    Chamomile tea
  • gladys💗
    gladys💗December 26, 2010
    squash dumplings are delish!
  • Darrell R.
  • Renato V.
    Renato Valdes OlmosOctober 10, 2011
    Chilled chai.
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BownsMay 5, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Samovar, you are missed.
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