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Samovar Tea Lounge

Samovar Tea Lounge

(Now Closed)
Tea Room, Snack Place, and Restaurant$$$$
Lower Haight, San Francisco
  • Don't forget it is Thanksgiving Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
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  • Grant H.
    Grant HeltonSeptember 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Rice Porridge with Duck
  • Josh P.
    Josh PolcharSeptember 29, 2014
    Wonderful green tea, oolong tea, black tea, and everything else you can imagine. Worth the time and money to fully appreciate.
  • Maykel L.
    Maykel LoomansAugust 23, 2014
    Get the Green Ecstacy. Or the matcha shake. And come grab the Jook for brunch.
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PolettoMay 26, 2014
    Delicious, if expensive, tea. I frequently come here by myself to read a book and drink a pot of the breakfast blend black tea.
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WangApril 6, 2014
    This place is super cute and cool. Can't wait until our food comes out!
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KongMarch 23, 2014
    Getting a tea service is great value, especially since the portions are enough for two!
  • Crystal W.
    Crystal WarnerFebruary 15, 2014
    Yelp Check-In Deal: get 10% off your online purchase at (not valid at the Tea Lounges).
  • Suraj S.
    Suraj SavaliaDecember 22, 2013
    The chèvre-stuffed dates are sooo good! Get them alone or as part of the Moorish Tea Service.
  • Samovar Tea Lounge
    Samovar Tea LoungeDecember 12, 2013
    Beginning Monday, 12/16, Zen Valley's hours will be 10am - 10pm M-F, and 9am - 10pm Sat/Sun. See you soon!
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaDecember 10, 2013
    Tea Soup blows my mind.
  • Evelyn R.
    Evelyn RusliNovember 14, 2013
    Turmeric tea and salmon tea soup!
  • John S.
    John SjölanderSeptember 17, 2013
    The Japanese tea service can be made vegan 👍
  • Michael N.
    Michael NordmeyerAugust 22, 2013
    Try the Green Ecstasy. It's awesome.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroAugust 14, 2013
    Quite possibly the cutest little tea house in the Lower Haight and SF proper!
  • Quentin Z.
    Quentin ZervaasMay 20, 2013
    Smoked duck jook with a cup of chai = awesome
  • Samovar T.
    Thanks to customer feedback, the Tea Lounges open at 8am now!
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰April 22, 2013
    Pricey but tasty Asian fusion dishes! They are generous with proteins....get the tea soup and smoked salmon! Healthy and delish
  • Natasha
    NatashaMarch 31, 2013
    Fun, relaxing, beautiful place to have awesome conversations with friends and enjoy yum yet expensive tea!
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BuhrMarch 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Turmeric tea is good for your heart and has very potent anti-cancer and anti-arthritis properties.
  • arjun b.
    arjun bMarch 20, 2013
    it's all about the duck jook
  • Brad Z.
    Brad ZickafooseMarch 11, 2013
    Their tea soup with smoked salmon is excellent. It comes with green tea that you can pour over the meal or enjoy separately as it's own drink.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HollmanJanuary 17, 2013
    Scones is good
  • Trucy
    TrucyJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The soy matcha shake is delicious! Smooth, creamy, and not too sweet.
  • Cecilia T.
    Cecilia TomJanuary 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    It's unpleasantly warm in here. Like a geriatric facility with no ventilation.
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithDecember 29, 2012
    Make sure to get a hot (or cold) Masala Chai to drink. Yum!
  • Arthur C.
    Arthur ChangDecember 20, 2012
    It's really nice here. Tempe is good and replaced all their tofu dishes.
  • Kim T.
    Kim TsangDecember 19, 2012
    Super nice place to bring someone you like and hang out at. Get the tea soup and chai! And what smells so good??
  • Annie T.
    Annie TengDecember 11, 2012
    Treat yourself to brunch paired with a soy matcha shake.
  • Heather F.
    Heather FrankDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The Matcha tea shake is bomb!
  • Dan S.
    Dan SimmonsNovember 17, 2012
    Get the Russian Service, it's amazing!
  • Rajiv D.
    Rajiv DoshiOctober 21, 2012
    Try the Japanese tea service
  • Shamone J.
    Shamone JeffersonOctober 7, 2012
    Love the Wasabi Caesar Salad with Tea Lemonade
  • Sophia Y.
    Sophia YenSeptember 23, 2012
    Jook. Wow yum. So many condiments. Smoked duck = bacon like. Yum.
  • Anne N.
    Anne NguyenSeptember 15, 2012
    The cherry scone is very good! The Russian Tea Service was very earthy.
  • Robert S.
    Robert ScobleJuly 7, 2012
    The Cacao Mint smells amazing, like Girl Scouts' Mint Chocolate cookies. It doesn't taste anything like that, though. Try it, but other teas are better.
  • Volary
    VolaryJuly 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The ginger quinoa waffles are amazing, but are only available until 3pm
  • Allison F.
    Allison F.April 27, 2012
    Quinoa waffles were amazing and get the squash dumplings!
  • Vandana N.
    Vandana NairFebruary 25, 2012
    The wasabi salad is a bit overrated. Try the moorish salad instead if you have a hankering for a salad.
  • Charlobo s.
    Charlobo s.November 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for the communal table in the back.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CaoNovember 6, 2011
    Try the Nocturnal Bliss - "Sip this to soothe nerves and sleep blissfully." - menu. Here's to another crazy Saturday night.
  • James W.
    James WhittakerOctober 16, 2011
    Try the green ecstasy green tea with matcha. It's almost fluorescent green!
  • mayu-chan
    mayu-chanSeptember 15, 2011
    Great place to stretch your legs. Teas galore.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ConradSeptember 11, 2011
    Green ecstasy is... Ecstasy.
  • Beau S.
    Beau SmithAugust 13, 2011
    Schizandra Berry ice tea is very refreshing. If you find it a little sweet, cut it with your spring water and double your tea!
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SantascoyJune 18, 2011
    Get the organic Jasmine Pearl tea to brew at home. Lasts about 3 mos for $37.
  • Richmond E.
    Richmond EscolarMay 15, 2011
    The egg bowl with smoked duck is really good. Runny eggs!
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HarrisonMay 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come in on a lazy Saturday & get a Chai and some scones. Use twice the amount of cream and jam they initially serve you. Leave happy :)
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria StarrFebruary 13, 2011
    Schizandra Berry Tea...mmmmm...
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin CunninghamJanuary 10, 2011
    Try the Japanese service with smoked salmon and green tea! Fudge brownie desert is perfect sweet for 2!
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RoseDecember 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    tea soup is bomb as hell
  • Mike D.
    Mike DeweyDecember 6, 2010
    The chai is one of the best I've had.
  • Wen H.
    Wen HuangNovember 20, 2010
    Try the Pork Belly Sushi
  • 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
  • Billy F.
    Billy FNovember 12, 2010
    Yoshi and the entire staff are great. Just ask for suggestions! They have so much tea knowledge to share with you.
  • Nelson M.
    Nelson MurrayOctober 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Ginger quinoa waffles and a Soy Matcha shake. Make it so.
  • Jack S.
    Jack SpilbergOctober 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Four Seasons Oolong, Nishi Sencha are my go-to's here
  • Jennifer U.
    Jennifer UsherSeptember 14, 2010
    Try the coconut rice pudding, it's incredible. Loved the Ocean of Wisdom and the Bai Mudan tea.
  • Gary R.
    Gary RSeptember 13, 2010
    Indian curry is excellent. So is Rebecca the ballerina waitress.
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GravesAugust 4, 2010
    If you chilled w/ a tea, you'll probably want to chill in an UberCab as you leave. Get the app here:
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LatimerJune 13, 2010
    The Blood Orange is very nice.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HertzJune 10, 2010
    Read a chapter of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind instead of checking your email.
  • Daniel
    DanielMarch 31, 2010
    Best. Tea. Ever.
  • Allyson S.
    Allyson ScharpfMarch 22, 2010
    wtf does it want me to type?
  • Matt C.
    Matt ChristiansenMarch 14, 2010
    Tea soup was awesome!
  • Brett B.
    Brett BullingtonFebruary 28, 2010
    If this is Kevin, buy the next girl that come in some tea!
  • Jo T.
    Jo TongFebruary 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely try the masala chai
  • Tammy C.
    Tammy CampJanuary 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Squash dumplings and 4 seasons tea are amazing. Enjoy :)
  • Yvette O.
    Yvette OlladaJanuary 18, 2010
    The bread pudding is to die for!
  • Cecilia T.
    Cecilia TomDecember 22, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    The tea soup is awesome. Also, get the brownie dessert - the brownie is so-so but the green tea mousse that comes with it is light fluffy happiness.
  • Edward K.
    Edward KingDecember 3, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    Get the Tea Soup
  • Anne H.
    Anne HeitOctober 31, 2009
    Black tea from Yunnan, China. Spices from United States. Broad flavors of cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and other ancient secret spices. Translation: Ecstasy in a cup of tea! Read more
  • Anne H.
    Anne HeitOctober 31, 2009
    I had the best ever Masala Chai Tea and turkey sandwich! It was definitely a Zen experience. I highly recommend this place. Read more
  • Erick X.
    Erick XicumSeptember 16, 2009
    try the downy sprout is supper fresh ..
  • Erick X.
    Erick XicumSeptember 16, 2009
    try the downy sprout is supper fresh
  • Erick X.
    Erick XicumSeptember 16, 2009
    try the downy sprout is supper fresh .,.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RoseAugust 15, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    try the new "bi how" oolong, it might not be on the menu yet, but ask!
  • David ☕️ K.
    David ☕️ KleinJuly 9, 2009
    Try the poached eggs with salmon, brown rice, and soy sauce.
  • Glenn M.
    Glenn McKennaJune 17, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    eat the Maki Bowl! but when ordering, say "maki" 3x louder then the rest of the words you say. it's tradition!
  • Matt V.
    Matt Van HornJune 7, 2009
    Bottom-less Russian samovar tea is the way to go for a most productive day.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaMay 17, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    if they're out if the aloe/cucumber, try the "citron". very refreshing!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaMay 17, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    on a hot day, the aloe cucumber drink is excellent.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RoseApril 14, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're new to Samovar, try the Chai or Tie Kuan Yin. Also, the squash dumplings are a must. Enjoy!
  • David ☕️ K.
    David ☕️ KleinApril 11, 2009
    I want to get a tea lesson from Amy while discussing our industry.
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