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Samovar Tea Lounge

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498 Sanchez St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (18th St.)
Muni L,M,K to Castro or Church, J to Church & 18th
+1 415-626-4700
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating

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  • 28
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  • 34
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 7
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious tea- Nice ambiance

Samovar is a great place have some tea, eat something and relax. There is no pressure form the waiters. They will replenish hot water depending on what kind of tea you ordere. Different teapots for different kind of teas. Very nice. It is not cheap but it is worth it. The food is tasty. Love the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Samovar is a great place have some tea, eat something and relax. There is no pressure form the waiters. They will replenish hot water depending on what kind of tea you ordere. Different teapots for different kind of teas. Very nice. It is not cheap but it is worth it. The food is tasty. Love the eggs bowl and chai... More 

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Thank Cat_en_voyage
Pleasant Hill, California
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322 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Just walking by and liked the name of this place so stopped in on one of San Francisco's warm days. Sat outside and had the Caesar salad with smoked salmon with wasabi dressing for lunch. Great. Also had iced Masala Chai which I've been looking for since my trip to India so I bought a package.

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Thank travelwithpam
San Francisco, California
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78 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Ended up to this venue during a long walk around mission and castro, it looks like an oasis of peace in the desert. Well...I think water in an oasis is cheaper than tea in this venue. Hold on....the selection of teas they offer and the preciousness of the venue are absolutely outstanding but...the prices! I have some moral issues in... More 

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Thank Angelo P
London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Great English Tea- quiche was fluffy and the service was okay. Laid back atmosphere in a good location.

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Thank Em M
Providence, Rhode Island
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

While in San Francisco, a friend recommended this quaint spot for lunch. And while I'm glad I obliged, it was a tad pricey (for basic items such as tea and a turkey sandwich). Staying away from sugar, I opted for the basic black tea, at a stunning $6.00! While it was delicious, at the end of the day, it's just... More 

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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

I just went in for a tea takeaway which they have feTured on a sigh outside. It came to $4.52. I pulled out a twenty dollar bill and 51 cents, and there was no offer to make the penny difference. Fine. But then I'm handed three fives back as change. She sees I'm perplexed and tells me that they always... More 

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1 Thank chezCody
Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

Normally, we NEVER order tea. Normally yuck. This place converted us Into tea zealots. Not only is the tea fantastic, the food is simply pretty, nice and fun on your tongue! Listen people, forget everything you have ever been taught about tea and bad teaish behavior and scoot on down, pull up a cushion and relax! There is way too... More 

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Thank Parys8071
San Mateo, California
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I was finally able to visit this place after months of passing it by. I came for a lunch meeting and sat outside, as it was a nice day in SF. The menu was very interesting, as they had tea services which was a themed meal accompanied by the appropriate tea. They have a great selection and the food is... More 

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Thank apaxngh
Montrose, California, United States
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Thank Chaiselounger53
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 498 Sanchez St, San Francisco, CA 94114
    (18th St.)
  • Public Transportation: Muni L,M,K to Castro or Church, J to Church & 18th
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighborhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: +1 415-626-4700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: International, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in The Castro

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The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighborhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighborhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theaters and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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