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The Steeping Room

Tea Room, Coffee Shop, and Sandwich Place$$$$
North Burnet, Austin
  • This place is famous for their tea. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • James S.
    "The Buddha Bowl is the best..."(10 Tips)
    Kat M.
    "Try the Mojteato mocktail...amazing good and it won't get you drunk."(4 Tips)
    Josh A.
    "Get there early before they run out of salty toffee cookies."(3 Tips)
    Kasie Lynn C.
    "tofu napa rolls are a must!"(2 Tips)
121 Tips and reviews
  • tea
  • buddha bowl
  • vegetarian food
  • scones
  • chai
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  • Megan S.
    The jasmine lemonade is great, as are their cookie sampler
  • Debs
    DebsMarch 9
    Masala chai
  • Wael H.
    Wael HazzaziApril 19, 2016
    Their cold drinks are quite good and refreshing
  • Angela S.
    Angela SkeesMarch 1, 2016
    Went in just to see what it was like and fell in love. Only had a few minutes but was in awe of the menu and selection of tea. Got the Rose black tea iced and am still thinking about it.
  • Cat N.
    Cat NunneryFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Scones with clotted cream are my love language
  • Sam M.
    Sam MelnickJanuary 26, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The milk oolong tea is fantastic!
  • Aaron J.
    Aaron JohnsonNovember 3, 2015
    This quaint little place happens to be a smashing place for tea loves and food munchies. The people and smiles are very warming which is a total plus in my opinion.
  • craig d.
    craig didierJuly 4, 2015
    Try any bowl!
  • Joshua B.
    Joshua BingApril 15, 2015
    Spicy chai
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurApril 15, 2015
    The chipotle chocolate chai is the best chai on this planet. Very strong and spicy. It's perfection. I ordered the Buddha bowl. It's a super healthy meal but bland. Love the peanut sauce.
  • Brian
    BrianMarch 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Organic oatmeal with banana brûlée is heavenly.
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangFebruary 10, 2015
    Relax and sip some Beautiful Coconut Green Tea. I prefer it hot with some honey. Start off the the Napa Rolls and then get the Pork Tenderloin Tea Sandwiches :)
  • MARK M.
    MARK MFebruary 7, 2015
    ceremonial grade matcha
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle McDonaldJanuary 25, 2015
    I'm a tea addict - so far I like every tea I've tried! The food and desserts are on point as well. Lots of super healthy options.
  • craig d.
    craig didierDecember 27, 2014
    Teas and menu are amazing! Unfortunately the service is hit and miss...
  • Tiffany H.
    Tiffany HanOctober 13, 2014
    Mojteatos. So good. Highly recommend. :-)
  • Robin M.
    Robin MorrisOctober 11, 2014
    The Buddha bowl a pot of amazing tea to share and a cozy atmosphere adds up to make one of my all time favorite places to eat.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurOctober 7, 2014
    Loved the milky Assam tea. Just what I needed!
  • Brian
    BrianOctober 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    ALWAYS!! Ask for extra peanut sauce when ordering the Napa rolls. Add a beautiful coconut iced tea and finish off with a ginger scone.
  • Brian
    BrianOctober 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Java bowl, the egg is EVERYTHING!!
  • James S.
    James SideySeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The Buddha Bowl is the best... And their Masala Chai is the best chai I've found in Austin
  • Josh A.
    Josh ASeptember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there early before they run out of salty toffee cookies. Also good happy hour beer prices (at a tea shop?) though selection is so so.
  • Brian
    BrianSeptember 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a cafe au lait and ginger scone and just people watch and enjoy the goodness.
  • Brian
    BrianSeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the tofu napa rolls, wash it down with a beautiful coconut iced and tea and indulge in a ginger scone.
  • Jen S.
    Jen ShipmanAugust 23, 2014
    Love it here, be sure to call ahead though
  • Shriya S.
    Shriya SiripuramMay 28, 2014
    Buddha bowl is really good.
  • Maria W.
    Maria WoodsMay 11, 2014
    The Buddha Bowl is awesome! So worth the try!
  • Pedro A.
    Pedro ArroyoMay 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food! Ask for French Toast on Sunday brunch
  • Luisa S.
    Luisa SansaloneMay 2, 2014
    The iced Beautiful Coconut Green Tea.. Is absolutely delicious and refreshing.. Can't get enough!! .. Refills are free.. Sweet!
  • Joycott
    JoycottApril 14, 2014
    Fresh, healthy, eco friendly, with tons of vegetarian options. Totally worth the drive to North ATX.
  • David C.
    David ChristopherApril 1, 2014
    Great service. I tipped over the bill. Well worth it.
  • Leslie C.
    Leslie CampisiMarch 13, 2014
    Delicious food and ridiculously attentive service. Had a flashback to Portlandia when the server confirmed yogurt of Bulgarian origin would be acceptable.
  • Sissi N.
    Sissi NieMarch 7, 2014
    Grab a table outside, chill out with some mojteado, start with the napa rolls, and enjoy a sandwich :)
  • James S.
    James SideyMarch 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a Buddha Bowl w Tempe
  • Zahir W.
    Zahir WaljiFebruary 24, 2014
    The best tea's selection I have ever seen. The scones are to die for (along with the fig butter and strawberry jam). Excellent salads and sandwiches. Our weekend spot in the Domain.
  • Alison S.
    Alison S.February 4, 2014
    Great Indian soup today!
  • emily b.
    emily blincoeJanuary 18, 2014
    the winter grilled vegetable sandwich is amazing. paired with genmai-hoji tea is even better.
  • Will K.
    Will KivinskiJanuary 11, 2014
    Try the mixed berry spelt scone!
  • Amber M.
    Amber MorenoOctober 27, 2013
    Feel free to freak out and order everything.
  • Jean V.
    Jean VieraOctober 20, 2013
    Rude as hell register lady. Yeah here's your zero tip to go along with your sass when a first timer comes in asking questions
  • Linda W.
    Linda WrightOctober 13, 2013
    Good is great. Dining room is small inside but cozy. So many great tea's to chose from
  • David G.
    David GreenOctober 13, 2013
    The food is quite good.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DSeptember 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food and tea. One of my favorite spots. Unfortunately, extremely slow service at lunch. Also, eat outside. The acoustics inside are deafening.
  • Bart L.
    Bart LauwersSeptember 6, 2013
    Try the Mojteato. Delicious and refreshing!
  • Janessa T.
    Janessa TomberlinAugust 15, 2013
    Tasty but skittles pretentious for me
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly AikenAugust 9, 2013
    Amazing food!!! Definitely coming back!
  • Cokie C.
    Cokie CraigJuly 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The mint tea is Refreshing
  • Eric E.
    Eric EstateJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat inside for air conditioning, or outside and watch all the shoppers go by.
  • Heather W.
    Heather WitteJuly 18, 2013
    The tomato coconut bisque is yummy!
  • Kat M.
    Kat MandelsteinJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Mojteato mocktail on a hot day. Super refreshing!
  • Sara N.
    Sara NicholsJuly 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Buddha bowl! With every possible combination. So good.
  • Corie J.
    Corie JohnsonJune 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't be a jerk to the people that work here. Also try the lychee black tea.
  • Maegen L.
    Maegen LindseyJune 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The coffee is strong! One glass and im wired ALL day. I however don't like that feeling as such others do.
  • Holly M.
    Holly MonnichMay 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Harmutty Assam is so delicious if you like strong, rich black teas.
  • Roxy R.
    Roxy RagamuffinMay 14, 2013
    They have this almond/amaretto blueberry peach cake that is ridiculous! Holy crap...that is SO good. Seriously...if you don't order it, I feel sorry for you. That is not living...just existing. :)
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HuffMay 3, 2013
    Try the almond pear cake! It's divine!
  • Angela G.
    Angela GeeApril 28, 2013
    The matcha smoothie, add in a banana and make it soy
  • Charles W.
    Charles WApril 7, 2013
    Always ask about the Soup if the Day; they are all amazing.
  • Jackie R.
    Jackie RomeroApril 6, 2013
    Talk to Jake! He's an expert on tea knowledge and knows his teas! A++ on my book!
  • Austin S.
    Austin StuartApril 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Daily tea is only $2.95 with a free refill. Say hello to Emily and her staff with a smile!
  • Marco
    MarcoMarch 24, 2013
    Be ready to wait for breakfast inside. Outside is always open. Cheers
  • Andra N.
    Andra NickersonMarch 22, 2013
    The Buddha bowl, TLT, Tao salad, and coconut tea are musts!! Happy hour prices are amazing too :)
  • Kimberley-Marie S.
    Bacon strata! That's all!
  • Jenny J.
    Jenny JonesFebruary 21, 2013
    Blackberry Patch tea is amazing!!
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin CraigheadDecember 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The salted toffee cookie is the answer to all your problems. I seriously didn't know what true happiness felt like until I tried this piece of heaven.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BecknerDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Tomato coconut soup. That is all.
  • Trina H.
    Trina H.December 2, 2012
    Mexican Hot Chocolate is a must-have-in-your-life!
  • Sujei S.
    Sujei SierraNovember 26, 2012
    The club sandwich w gluten free bread is amazing. The beautiful coconut iced tea is my favorite.
  • ben r.
    ben robbinsOctober 21, 2012
    go for Sunday brunch and try the chai-spiced french toast. it's amazing.
  • Anthony G.
    Anthony GomezOctober 11, 2012
    Very nice place. Great food & teas. Lots of Gluten free & Vegan options.
  • Prince W.
    Prince WilliamSeptember 9, 2012
    The Goomtee First Flush Darjeerling with a bit of agave nectar is incredible. Also, the TBLT sandwich is both filling and delicious. Come early, or be prepared to wait. It's definitely worth it.
  • Vivian Q.
    Vivian QuintanillaSeptember 2, 2012
    Make a reservation for Sunday Brunch and the Morning Tea Service is so worth $15.
  • Debra E.
    Debra EvansAugust 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The best gluten-free lunch spot in north Austin: Fresh, delicious, and almost everything is available in a gluten-free version
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HaywoodJuly 1, 2012
    Chocolate chai is great frozen! Had the Buddha Bowl with Tofu. So good!
  • Sujei S.
    Sujei SierraJune 16, 2012
    They are Dog-friendly and hace gluten-free bread!
  • Jill B.
    Jill BrockmannMay 27, 2012
    Try the iced jasmine tea! Perfect for these hot summer days! It won't keep you up, either!
  • Aly C.
    Aly CollinsMay 18, 2012
    The salty toffee cookie is seriously the best cookie in Austin!
  • Rick R.
    Rick RedfernApril 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is wonderful! Service is AWFUL!
  • Kat M.
    Kat MandelsteinApril 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Mojteato mocktail...amazing good and it won't get you drunk.
  • Cassandra 'Cassy' O.
    Tomato coconut soup
  • Ajay W.
    Ajay WaghrayApril 3, 2012
    The coffee here is way better than the Starbucks next door for about the same price. Fresh when you order, taste is as smooth as a baby's bottom.
  • Nora M.
    Nora MausMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Reservations are key! Weekday lunch and weekend brunch are especially busy. If you don't want to wait 40+ minutes at these times plan ahead a bit and call in a reservation.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew ShogiMarch 8, 2012
    Sakura sencha gong fu style is a COMPLETE treat. Sit down for an hour or two with a good book and enjoy~~~
  • Karlie D.
    Karlie De YoungFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the blossoming jasmine peach white tea. Divine!
  • Anne V.
    Anne VFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you walk in and see that there is only one cupcake in the case, ask your waitperson to hold it for you until dessert!
  • Carey L.
    Carey LenssFebruary 21, 2012
    Just love going there for a business meeting.
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WenzlerJanuary 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great gluten free options!
  • Amanda H.
    Amanda HernandezJanuary 16, 2012
    Love the Chocolate Chipotle Chai tea.
  • Lynz S.
    Lynz SonnierNovember 27, 2011
    Hostess was rude but the place itself is nice for an avid tea lover such as myself
  • Britty H.
    Britty HambyNovember 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Vegan BLT on the planet!
  • Bethany P.
    Bethany ParkerNovember 7, 2011
    Salty toffee cookie + Mexican Coke = bliss
  • Alex W.
    Alex WolfeSeptember 18, 2011
    The kitchen is ham handed with their salads. Order the dressing on the side, or risk being served a gloppy mess instead of a crisp salad.
  • Christina M.
    Christina McCoySeptember 1, 2011
    Worst, most expensive iced chai ever. Seriously tasted like nothing.
  • Danielle O.
    Danielle OrtegaJuly 11, 2011
    The salted toffee chocolate cookie is amazing.
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa ReidJune 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The cheese plate is excellent, as is the selection of teas. Almost too many to decide! Our waiter was knowledgeable and personable. Great place to relax.
  • Yen-Hong T.
    Yen-Hong TranMay 21, 2011
    I've taught Chinese here WHILE eating the Croque Monsieur !
  • Kasie Lynn C.
    Kasie Lynn ClouserMay 14, 2011
    tofu napa rolls are a must!
  • Diane C.
    Diane CApril 17, 2011
    The Chinese green tea is delicious !
  • Cinzia L.
    Cinzia LuciaApril 15, 2011
    Must have Ginger scone!!
  • Marina B.
    Marina BravermanApril 11, 2011
    Don't come if you're in any sort of hurry!
  • Emily G.
    Emily GossenMarch 22, 2011
    I've not been to many places slower than this. Be prepared to wait a while even if you're the only one in there. Overpriced but decent food. Deserts are pretty excellent
  • Anna M.
    Anna MentzerJanuary 25, 2011
    For the days when there are no cucumbers at the market, not even for ready money.
  • Kitjer
    KitjerDecember 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Emily and fam are greatness&local. Tea: vithanakande, kenilworthOP, Assam-all single estate. Ginger scone=legendary. Cent oaks tea w/BLT, roast beef or pork tenderloin tea sands. Honey butter.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Apple cinnamon Rooibus is win
  • Kari S.
    Kari StaffordOctober 30, 2010
    I recommend a pot of their tea anytime, any day. Great way to try what you might want to buy. The menu is great!! Their curry changes daily and is DIVINE
  • Kat M.
    Kat McCulloughOctober 26, 2010
    Love this place! I can't stop thinking about their goat cheese, tapenade, and arugula sandwich and their Genmaicha. Great place!
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew ConstantineOctober 24, 2010
    You can't go wrong with the Buddha bowl at The Steeping Room paired with the Rooibos Chai.
  • KiWaon K.
    KiWaon KimOctober 10, 2010
    Little expensive but, you can have fresh food, and lots of attractive tea. Just excellent!
  • Alyson
    AlysonOctober 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretend calories don't count and get the Caramel Chocolate Cake.. Rich, moist.. Heavenly!
  • Claudia A.
    Claudia AdamsApril 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Big Red Robe Oolong is pricey, but worth it. They also have a great selection of Anxi ball style oolongs like Tieguanyin. Great stuff.
  • Ben K.
    Ben KogutApril 10, 2010
    Try tropical freeze. Tea freeze for a vacation in your mouth.
  • Anne V.
    Anne VApril 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    For evening low-caffeine tea choice, try the White Magic with a spot of honey.
  • Holly R.
    Holly RichApril 1, 2010
    Cashew Caesar salad is huge! Plenty for 2 to share.
  • Spenser C.
    Spenser ChenMarch 27, 2010
    Patio umbrellas are a must when the sunlight is intense. "Tea-tails" are good. And the Easter Bunny is across the street at Aldo this week.
  • H. S.
    H. StackhouseMarch 25, 2010
    Oh my heavens-new to Austin or not, you've gotta check out this place. Fresh food, healthy choices and a great staff to-boot! Read more
  • janice n.
    janice noskeFebruary 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    My top three teas: immortal's blend, lychee black, and summer sun.
  • Mary Ann T.
    Mary Ann ThomasFebruary 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Tea with Terry is great. Sign up early to get a seat.
  • Mary Ann T.
    Mary Ann ThomasFebruary 7, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The Mexican hot chocolate is the best thing ever!
  • Hiro P.
    Hiro ProtagonistDecember 15, 2009
    The Lemon Lavender cake is to die, resurrect, and re-die for...
  • Ian C.
    Ian ClarkeSeptember 27, 2009
    croque monsieur is excellent
  • Janie C.
    Janie C.September 27, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    they have gluten free sanwiches
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