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“A really nice change for a business lunch” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Samovar Tea Lounge - Yerba Buena Gardens

Samovar Tea Lounge - Yerba Buena Gardens
730 Howard Street, Upper Terrace Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA 94103
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Ranked #512 of 4,918 restaurants in San Francisco
Cuisines: Tea Room, Sandwiches
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 4th Street
Transit: Muni J,K,L,M, N at Powell St
Avon, CT
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“A really nice change for a business lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Being near the Moscone center, this place has been mobbed at lunch every time I have gone there during a show. Doesnt matter.....the scenery is gorgeous, the tea service is great, and some of the food is really nice. I've gone with one of their tea soups as my favorite over the years. Was not impressed with the sandwiches. Definitely worth a visit if outside seating is available. Yerba Buena is just so relaxing.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A welcome oasis!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Really pleasant place to take a break from touring SF and re-energize. I could linger over a pot of their unique tea -- I recommend the Turmeric tea -- for hours at one of their outdoor tables. I'm pretty sure they'd be ok with that.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Breesport NY
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“Treat yourself”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

Excellent, interesting menu with good vegetarian/vegan options. Lovely teas. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. A pleasant view. Outdoor seating for good weather.Yes, it is on the expensive side, but my $25 lunch could have fed two. I will definitely go back.

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“Decent but overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We came here for tea alone. The tea service is nicely presented and the tea was good. However, it definitely overpriced. One service would have been enough for two people, although we were led to believe otherwise by the waitress.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Simi Valley, CA
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“Just go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

If you want to find a relaxing break away from the city, come dine and drink tea here! This place has everything: a lovely tea list, nice wait staff, and a beautiful garden, all in the middle of the big city! It's so quiet and calm, you'll forget where you are...

Visited December 2012
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