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Samovar Tea Lounge

Samovar Tea Lounge

(Now Closed)
Tea Room and Restaurant$$$$
Castro, San Francisco
105 Tips and reviews
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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
    Been here 5+ times
    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).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HofffmanAugust 26, 2015
    Love this place and they have a great dog friendly, dog-friendly outdoor space!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Adrienne H.
    Adrienne HealeyDecember 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Quinoa waffles if you get there before 3! They're really good.
  • Ava
    AvaAugust 30, 2015
    pricy, but high quality food and a lot of variety. something for pretty much everyone.
  • Sangjun L.
    Sangjun LeeOctober 24, 2011
    You can order the maki bowl from the japanese service a la carte and off the menu!
  • elisa
    elisaMarch 27, 2016
    The goat cheese dates aren't on the menu anymore, but they'll prepare them if you ask!
  • 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!
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DraczynskiOctober 4, 2012
    The moorish mint tea goes nicely with the brownie & green tea mousse.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BillsJanuary 6, 2016
    Expensive but interesting selection of food and tea. The rice porridge is very good.
  • 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!
  • Crystal T.
    Crystal TaylorOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The cold chai in the metal vessel is refreshing and delicious!
  • 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.
  • Jack P.
    Jack PhamJanuary 12, 2016
    Smoked duck anything, I got it in the porridge and really loved it.
  • 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!
  • Alexa R.
    Alexa RhoadsSeptember 27, 2012
    Get the egg bowl and a side of kale, mix together, and enjoy. A good combo!
  • 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!
  • David B.
    David BullAugust 25, 2014
    Chill environment for some pricy and exotic tea. It's very good.
  • Jason
    JasonFebruary 26, 2012
    Try the Chai Tea - is having a lovely scone and tea date with a lovely woman.
  • cyn k.
    cyn kOctober 18, 2011
    this is how chai is supposed to be. smooth, cardamony, and warming. not overspiced or sickeningly sweet.
  • Meenal T.
    Meenal TambeJune 25, 2012
    Get the salmon quiche with your English tea service!
  • Marcela E.
    Marcela ErazoFebruary 18, 2016
    Butternut squash dumplings and matcha shake were unbelievable
  • 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.
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