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Samovar Tea Lounge

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The Castro
Asian, Eclectic, Tea Room, Pan-Asian
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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: Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 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
Tea for Two (But Bring Your Wallet)!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
JayInProvRI
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Providence, Rhode Island
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English first
San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Providence, Rhode Island
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

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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Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 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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San Mateo, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 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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Montrose, California, United States
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3 restaurant reviews
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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82 reviews 82 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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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: Asian, Eclectic, Tea Room, Pan-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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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