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Vital Tea Leaf

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Address: 509 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415.544.9838
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10:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 7:00 pm

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Free Tea Tasting with No Pressure to Buy

We stopped in here after our Sidewalk Food Tour of Chinatown (see my separate review of that) and had a great time with their free tea tasting. "Stephanie" (not his real name - he... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rich S
Denver, Colorado

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in here after our Sidewalk Food Tour of Chinatown (see my separate review of that) and had a great time with their free tea tasting. "Stephanie" (not his real name - he was goofing around with us, I think his name might have been Kenny and was the owner), was very friendly and humorous as he gave us... More 

1 Thank Rich S
denver, co
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought I'd buy a hostess gift for the person we were staying with, so we sampled a few teas and picked three to bring her. $120! We settled on two bags for $80. I wasn't sure if we got gyped or if their tea is always $40 a bag.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Want to learn how to make and drink tea...go to Vital Tea Leaf in San Francisco. There are two locations on Grant street. Both appear to be run by the same owner. Sit down, try teas and have great conversation to relax and unwind especially if you're on travel and just getting off a plane. In addition to being educated,... More 

Thank Iknowtravel2012
Porto Alegre, RS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If walking in chinatown you should stop here and taste some Teas. .. Nice place, very friendly staff and the owner prepares Teas for everyone. Try it!

Thank rfmilanez
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

My family and I stopped by this great store on Christmas Day. Ming was very accommodating and knowledgable about tea. My family learned a lot and had a lot of laughs along the way. Ming treated us as family. We also learned he owned a local restaurant and ended up cancelling our dinner reservations to dine at Begoni Bistro Wok... More 

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Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

If you're in SF Chinatown, you MUST stop here, even if you're not crazy about tea. So much fun, and you'll learn a lot sampling cups of as many teas as you would like. Uncle (owner) and Mark are the most gracious imaginable hosts, answering every question patiently, with no pressure to buy. But chances are good you will buy... More 

Thank Mark G
Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We stopped in to Vital Tea years ago to sit down, take a rest from walking around Chinatown, and get a little pick me up. Well, little did I know that years later I would be buying tea from them. I drink some of my favorite tea every afternoon without fail. The person behind the counter will educate you in... More 

Thank ed o
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

One of the best family memories of our trip, was sitting down and tasting all sorts of different teas! The gentleman that owns the shop conducted our tasting. We learned so much about tea and Chinatown and had a blast talking to other patrons doing the same thing. We were all experiencing something for the first time and he did... More 

Thank Stephanie M
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I made it to Vital Tea Leaf in Chinatown. I enjoyed my visit immensely. The young lady there was knowledgeable about the types of tea I was looking for and offered many suggestions. I was able to sample some of the teas before I made my purchase. I got the Red Robe. There was also a ginger tea I would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Happened to stop by here while we were in China Town and what a wonderful experience. Tasted various teas while getting an education about them and what their purpose was. Was able to get a Groupon and purchased two different teas. The black tea and the rosebud tea were both awesome!

Thank db16

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