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Samovar Tea Lounge

Samovar Tea Lounge

Tea Room and Café$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
289 Tips and reviews
  • tea
  • healthy food
  • squash dumplings
  • moorish
  • scenic views
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  • Karla L.
    Karla LopezAugust 19
    Been here 5+ times
    Used to be great :(
  • Chat S.
    Tough to get to, but such a magnificent atmosphere once you get there!
  • Bridget S.
    Personally speaking, this place is more suitable for having lunch than dinner, especially with good weather outside. I liked the Egg-Salmon bowl, healthy and tasty.
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeJune 9
    Service is a bit slow as others have noted. But relaxing ambiance makes up for it
  • electrobabe
    hipster tea place in SoMa
  • Margot M.
    Amazing tea service and delicious food. I loved the butternut squash dumplings. Leaves you feeling light!
  • Shirin J.
    Try the desserts!
  • Dinakar T.
    Dinakar TumuApril 24
    Masala Chai is very good
  • Marcela P.
    Order the smoked duck side. You won't regret it.
  • WyldKard
    WyldKardApril 7
    They no longer do the smokey Russian tea straight from the samovar. So sad!
  • Sebastian G.
    Sebastian GonzalezApril 7
    Been here 5+ times
    Great sandwiches and tee
  • Fran M.
    Great atmosphere. Really original and quality food, and amazing variety of tea. One of the best places in the area to enjoy a relaxing time.
  • Caro S.
    Food was cold (Smoked Duck Joog) and service really slow. Even though it was not full, we waited 40minutes for our lunch!!!
  • Alyssa W.
    Alyssa WJanuary 16
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the Japanese tea service.
  • Heather R.
    Heather RodriguezDecember 20, 2016
    This is not Japanese food, but amazing, delicious vegetarian and organic food. Huge portions.
  • Nishant T.
    Nishant TotlaOctober 4, 2016
    The English tea service is my favorite.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeSeptember 10, 2016
    The tea and food pairings are so great and unique!
  • Rustem F.
    Rustem FeyzkhanovAugust 29, 2016
    California tea is one the greatest tea I've tasted. It has genuine combination of spice and green tea
  • Rustem F.
    Rustem FeyzkhanovAugust 29, 2016
    Russian tea service is definitely worth trying. For 21$ you get borsh, big chicken sandwich and nice salad, as well as tea.
  • Jones
    JonesAugust 22, 2016
    Ryokucha and the view
  • Agatha O.
    Agatha OnuchineAugust 10, 2016
    Big choice of tea, as it can be seen from the name. But borscht in "Russian service" was with overcooked vegetables and too salted, so it's not the best experience for the first meeting with the dish.
  • Simon T.
    Simon TanAugust 1, 2016
    The toast (especially the sweet coconut one) is well worth trying
  • Julianne A.
    Julianne AielloJuly 31, 2016
    Tea pairings with lunch. Fav spot in SF
  • David H.
    David HeJuly 28, 2016
    Smoked duck hook will change your life
  • Will B.
    Will BealJuly 21, 2016
    Nice location and great service. Food was pretty good too.
  • Tiffany Z.
    Tiffany ZhongJuly 9, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    rice porridge really good. masala chai. matcha tea. all must-gets 👌
  • Sydney M.
    Sydney MJune 24, 2016
    Tea, smoked salmon
  • Sophie H.
    Sophie HebdidgeJune 18, 2016
    If you really love tea this would be great. For us it was just a really expensive quick stop.
  • Maximilian H.
    Maximilian HoferJune 4, 2016
    California Rose tea
  • Shinal
    ShinalMay 20, 2016
    Tried the Sweet milk tea with almond toast which was great. Love the outdoor space!
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaMay 4, 2016
    Great tea selection! Pair it with one of their awesome dishes!
  • Alexei Z.
    Alexei ZouevMay 1, 2016
    The Greek yogurt is sweet, savory, and salty. An awesome trifecta. They need to work on their egg poaching though so be weary
  • The Taste Sheriff
    The Taste SheriffApril 27, 2016
    Excellent tea selection. I had the toast with avocado and egg, it was dope. The perfect lunch setting, it's a hidden gem of tranquility in this bustling town.
  • Tiffany Z.
    Tiffany ZhongApril 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    matcha iced tea = best thing ever
  • Saliem (Liem) C.
    Saliem (Liem) ChiuApril 3, 2016
    Sunday brunch
  • Jenya S.
    Jenya SMarch 28, 2016
    Amazing tea lounge - ambient, trendy and with amazing tea selection. Both Russian service and the duck sandwich were really good.
  • Bérenger
    BérengerMarch 26, 2016
    A bit pricy, but totally worth it. The food+tea pairings are an incredibly good idea and amazingly delicious things to try!!
  • Vitalii L.
    Vitalii LevetsMarch 25, 2016
    Loved it. Just loved it. Great spot. Great food. 🍵
  • Wendy E.
    Wendy E.D.March 25, 2016
    What a nice SF gem... Tea place serving this unique brunch dish and an outstanding selection of delicious tea. Gt the salmon rice bowl with eggs. Mmmm with a view!
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonMarch 23, 2016
    Beautiful view- even in the rain!
  • Jane R.
    Jane RadstromMarch 22, 2016
    Great atmosphere with big windows overlooking Yerba Buena gardens. But, it's silly expensive! Both the food and the tea. Service can be really slow.
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolMarch 15, 2016
    Try their excellent green tea. Japanese ritual . Beautiful "terrasse" !
  • Michael R.
    Michael RoytmanMarch 4, 2016
    The Russian teas are actually authentic and as strong as coffee!
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah StrehlerMarch 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a Chai, and a cherry scone with jam and sweet cream.... heaven
  • Cristiane N.
    Cristiane NamiutiFebruary 26, 2016
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  • Roya S.
    Roya SabetiFebruary 21, 2016
    Go for the tea and city view on a nice day.
  • Ting S.
    Ting SFebruary 16, 2016
    Best hidden spot in the heart of the city.
  • James B.
    James BracyFebruary 13, 2016
    Great spot for a light brunch. If there is a conference in town it will probably be busy.
  • Amy C.
    Amy ChenJanuary 23, 2016
    The squash dumplings are delicious! The oolong tea pairs great as well. I became a fan of tea because of samavor! (Follow Instagram @foodaholic_anonymous)
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanJanuary 6, 2016
    Their masala chai and green tea cake are so delicious! However, this location is unnecessarily expensive and I recommend going to their other location on Valencia which is cheaper.
  • Seth B.
    Seth BannonDecember 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Modest and sophisticated design in a lovely location. Super vegan friendly. You won't be disappointed.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KhadikovaDecember 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place. Cozy and casual at the same time. Try Masala chai, matcha shake, matcha mochi ( more like a very soft cake), Japanese tea :)
  • Shannon
    ShannonDecember 1, 2015
    Their mint tea is great!
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱November 21, 2015
    I love everything about this place - food, service, atmosphere, interior design, high ceiling, music... Everything!
  • Todd N.
    Todd NilsonNovember 16, 2015
    There are Hawks in the area. Check them out.
  • 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).
  • Christophe L.
    Christophe LampertiOctober 27, 2015
    $15 for a cup of tea. lol.
  • D O.
    D OOctober 21, 2015
    Great location and the food is pretty good as well
  • timoni w.
    timoni westOctober 20, 2015
    Moroccan Tea Service forever
  • Alan H.
    Alan HOctober 19, 2015
    "Tea service" options are paired food and tea – and quite delicious
  • Ale
    AleOctober 16, 2015
    Any of the theme menus with matched tea
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenOctober 10, 2015
    Paleo service with masala chai makes a perfect lunch. Great view & vibes too!
  • Kelly I.
    Kelly IrvingSeptember 24, 2015
    Proper masala chai (no syrup shit). A lovely shady alfresco area with high chairs make it a great spot if you have kids - take them to the creativity museum first and they'll sleep while you eat here
  • yash
    yashSeptember 7, 2015
    Surprisingly rocking view.
  • Yiling D.
    Yiling DingAugust 30, 2015
    Delicious Greek yogurt with honey and dates.
  • S D.
    S DAugust 13, 2015
    Amazing place with amazing food. Waitress was on her game and made the experience all the more special.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FangJuly 9, 2015
    Smoked duck jook has so many toppings! Definitely not your regular duck porridge...
  • Stefan T.
    Stefan ThomasJuly 3, 2015
    Get the Matcha Shake!
  • Gurmukh P.
    Gurmukh PanesarJune 21, 2015
    Turmeric tea infusion is a must! Gorgeous views too
  • Gurmukh P.
    Gurmukh PanesarJune 21, 2015
    Timer if twist tea infusion is a must!
  • Kartik S.
    Kartik SathappanJune 20, 2015
    The matcha is super refreshing and the place itself looks cool
  • Marissa B.
    Marissa B.June 14, 2015
    Turmeric tea is like warm liquid sunlight! Such a romantic place to sit outside on a beautiful day... * *
  • Dylan M.
    Dylan McKeeJune 14, 2015
    Amazing selection of green and black teas!
  • Kathy 👩🏻‍💻 L.
    Expensive but fresh and unique lunch. Veggie frittata was good, warm chocolate toast was only ok.
  • Matt L.
    Matt LewMay 23, 2015
    Get the food. I got waffles for dinner. If it's too windy outside, you can continue drinking your tea inside.
  • Beerblondie V.
    Get their chai or their rose Arnold Palmer. Both are delicious!
  • Beerblondie V.
    Just introduced their new toast menu! Assortment of savory and sweet toast options served on Acme Pan Di Mie Milk Bread.
  • Ashok L.
    Ashok LalwaniMay 9, 2015
    I went with high expectations looking at the reviews. Tea options was good but i did not enjoy what we ordered (Ocean of Wisdom and California Rose). Food was also disappointing.
  • Devang G.
    Devang GandhiApril 10, 2015
    Perfect tea with a nice outside Sitting. Evening worth spending
  • Marshall S.
    Marshall St. ClairApril 2, 2015
    Smoked Salmon Rice Bowl with Poached Eggs
  • colazionearoma
    colazionearomaMarch 28, 2015
    drink tea.
  • Susanne K.
    Susanne KnollMarch 21, 2015
    Get the masala chai. It's awesome.
  • Mark K.
    Mark KupasrimonkolMarch 18, 2015
    It may seem pricey but they don't rush you. Take your time, enjoy your tea and soak it in.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KimMarch 15, 2015
    Tea nerdom at a 💯 here. Love having a drink by this view too.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.March 15, 2015
    Relax on the terrace and enjoy some Jasmine lemonade, it's delicious and refreshing. The antipasti platter is also great to share.
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonMarch 9, 2015
    A delicious masala chai is to be had here. Strong, hot, sweet... The way it's meant to be!
  • Egor H.
    Egor HomakovMarch 8, 2015
    I like it here. Lounge with decent teas
  • Alexander P.
    Alexander PosledovMarch 4, 2015
    Nice place, but nothing familiar with a russian food, just a russian name.
  • Jodok B.
    Jodok BatloggFebruary 28, 2015
    nice, quiet but pricy
  • Pooja
    PoojaFebruary 18, 2015
    Masala chai is good, tad milky as compared to the traditional style of making Indian masala tea. Good ambience and nice selection of teas.
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuFebruary 17, 2015
    Beautiful location on the garden terrace - great place to soak in sunshine on a nice day but the food and tea were simple and not that memorable
  • Bastian K.
    Bastian KoellFebruary 16, 2015
    Get some green tea, get the duck, get anything!
  • Eugene A.
    Eugene AeroFebruary 16, 2015
    Blood orange pu-erh tea: good flavor 8. Smoked duck 7. Vegetable stir fry 6. Brown rice 6. Squash dumplings: interesting, but not my thing 6.
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 10, 2015
    excellent jasmim pearl tea but pricey though.
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LFebruary 2, 2015
    decent japanese tea place :) paleolithic tea service was tasty. try their honey comb with cheese, crackers, n fruits plate! & squash dumplings. pretty good :D
  • Shamim I.
    Shamim ImaniJanuary 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Expensive but tasty.
  • Sascha K.
    Sascha KirchdörferJanuary 14, 2015
    Great teas and a beautiful view at the Yerba Buena Gardens - Like
  • Libby L.
    Libby Lee-EganJanuary 7, 2015
    Tuna sandwich is reeeeally messy but really delicious
  • Libby L.
    Libby Lee-EganJanuary 7, 2015
    Reservations via opentable have a maximum of 4 people
  • Irit
    IritDecember 28, 2014
    Toilets are super dirty. Yacks.
  • Utah S.
    Utah SeslavinskayaSeptember 10, 2016
    Кроме как в названии, самовар тут никак больше не фигурирует😂 Чай посредственный. Как и везде: какие-то ароматизаторы, пакетированная заварка (на чайник) и тп. Даешь нормальный Да Хун Пао и Пуэр💪🏼
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