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Samovar Tea Lounge

498 Sanchez St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (Castro)
+1 415-626-4700
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Ranked #699 of 4,947 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Asian, Eclectic, Tea Room, Pan-Asian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Castro
Cross street: 18th St.
Transit: Muni L,M,K to Castro or Church, J to Church & 18th
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  • English first
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  • Russian first
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English first
Montrose, California, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Loved this little tea shop with its bright ambiance and open entry way. The tea was excellent and presentation amazing for both the food and drinks. The portions are good for sharing for two people if you wanted a snack before your next meal. If you are looking for traditional high tea you might be a bit disappointed because they... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Wonderful location to start with. We tried three different teas and they were all lovely. Pouring the tea was nice as well you simply had to take your time, nice way to start relaxing ;-)

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I ate the restaurant that is near the Mission District, and it is located in a quaint neighborhood. The waiter was very helpful in explaining the menu and providing options. I had the salmon tea dinner and it was a wonderful blend of flavors from the fish, roasted yams and kale. For dessert, we shared the chocolate brownie which was... More

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Perth, Australia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Samovar came highly recommended by my local mate- who cautioned us that the success of the establishment has lead to it doubling it's prices. After playing around in Delores Park on the swings and slide we scampered up to Castro and Samovar. Seated speedily, with the afternoon light gently streaming in our seats, i found it very relaxing. The shocker... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Don't let the name fool you, this is not a Russian place - they have food and tea from everywhere. It works like an English tea room: you choose the dish of your wish and get a pot of tea with it. Each meal has a recommended tea that suits that particular food best. I ate in Samovar Tea Lounge... More

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Joshua J, Director of Sales at Samovar Tea Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you visiting our Castro location. Coming with friends is a wonderful way to taste our menu and get the full Samovar experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More

San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I thought the cost for tea was expensive ($10) and I didn't find it any better than other teas I've had that cost less. I got about 4 cups out of it though. The environment was nice, there were big windows that let light in and pillows to rest on. Service was fast and friendly.

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Joshua J, Director of Sales at Samovar Tea Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. A lot of people are surprised by the price on the menu. But once they talk to our servers and the tea is delivered they get it. A pot of loose leaf, hand-crafted organic tea brewed to order and served by the pot is actually a great value. Please note that if you are looking... More

Bethesda, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

This is one of my daughter's favorite places to go to eat healthy California and relax. Nothing to dislike.

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Joshua J, Director of Sales at Samovar Tea Lounge, responded to this review

And, I hope plenty to love -- thanks for visiting! More

Pinckney, Michigan
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84 reviews 84 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

I showed up here one afternoon on a whim when Foursquare recommended it to me. I was surprised that it was so... swanky. Usually tea places are casual, but it was kinda fancy. Dress is casual, though! I ordered the Chai Masala as zillions of Yelp reviewers recommended (also, it was the cheapest tea... at $5.75 a pop, I won't... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Being a wandering boyo of the blue grey hills of the brecons I am always partial to a nice hot tea on a sunny afternoon. So on a recent visit to San Francisco I was strolling along 18th street just above mission park with a cple of friends when we decided to stop at Samovar for a cup of tea.... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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74 reviews 74 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Nice spot on a sunny afternoon to stop off and refresh with a tea. They have quite a variety depending on your mood. We had a tumeric tea which came with some yummy sesame seed cakes...see photo They have a food menu as well, but we did not eat here. It looks very good and there are several vegan options.... More

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