Teaism Penn Quarter

Teaism Penn Quarter

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+1 202-638-6010+ Add website
Hours
Sun
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Mon
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tue
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wed
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thu
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
3.7 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$13.00 – $20.00
CUISINES
Asian, Fusion, Healthy
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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About
Teaism is a locally-owned, asian-inspired restaurant. We cook from scratch with fresh, healthy ingredients. There are lots of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options on our menu. Teaism is a great place to meet a friend but also a welcoming environment for people dining alone. We love to cater breakfast and lunch for close-by offices. Our menu features close to 50 different teas and herbal infusions and we make one of the best boba teas in DC.
PRICE RANGE
$13.00 – $20.00
CUISINES
Asian, Fusion, Healthy
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles196 reviews
Excellent
80
Very good
91
Average
13
Poor
8
Terrible
4
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

paxa
Washington DC6667 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 none
On a rainy day after a visit to the National Gallery (now both east and west wings are open with timed entry) it wasn't easy looking for a place nearby to have a bite since both the Starbucks and the Paul Bakery on Penn Ave I've been to before are now closed. But then we stumbled upon Teaism at the corner of 8th and D. I wasn't really expecting anything more than a drink and pastries but it turned out they have bento boxes which were just perfect for a late lunch (they also have cookies but they look rather dense and hard). Service was pretty quick - counter ordering and food was ready for pickup in less than 10 minutes. The place is not big so for seating there are a few distanced tables inside and two small tables outside with umbrella cover. We had the beef and salmon bentos, which came with rice, sweet potatoes and pickled cucumbers. The beef was a bit tough but the salmon was tender and delicious. My friends also raved about the iced soba cha which was quite refreshing. Considering the lack of food options in the vicinity of the museums this is a pretty good find so will definitely keep it in mind for our next visit to the area. Aside from the teahouse there is also a small shop next door where you can get loose leaf tea as well as a variety of Asian gift items.
Written June 27, 2021
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1Venus
Corvallis122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 none
I loved this little quick service restaurant. It was between the National Mall and our hotel, so it was easy to stop there after a day of touring museums. I'm so glad we found it because it was affordable and had healthy choices for vegans. We loved it so much that we ate there 4 times during our 12 day trip! My favorite thing was the Beet Patty Bento ($15) with a bean & quinoa patty, steamed broccoli with orange dressing, and a sweet potato drizzled with miso sauce. For dessert they had vegan ginger scones. So yummy! It's hard to eat healthy and on a budget when on vacation so this was the perfect place!
Written March 14, 2022
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Maggie McKneely
Washington DC197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 family
I'm always pleasantly surprised by the food here. It's unusual - they have scrambled eggs and smoked salmon but also Okonomiyaki pancakes and other Asian inspired dishes. But everything is always very good. The interior isn't very comfortable but there's lots of seating since they have the basement available in addition to upstairs. And the service is always pretty fast.
Written March 13, 2024
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mychai m
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 friends
ALERT! Is your Chai Team Is prepared in a Microwave? I caught them cheating the customers. There are two ways of preparing chai tea at Teaism Penn Quarter, DC. One method uses a boiler (the better way), while the other heats it in a microwave (the worse way). In the latter method, they put hot water, hot milk, and some spices in a cup and heat it in the microwave. The chai prepared in a microwave is light brown with less taste and flavor. I have seen this several times but didn't pay attention to how they made it until recently. As soon as I caught them preparing chai tea in a microwave, I confronted the employees. I engaged the manager, who was not surprised and hesitated to apologize until I pushed him to do so. I refused to drink the first light brown tea, and later they gave me one from the boiler. The employee who made it didn't even apologize. It seems to be a common practice at Teaism Penn Quarter, DC i would regularly watch them how they prepare my tea.
Written May 16, 2024
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girlswonder
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 solo
i have been a customer since the first one opened in DuPont circle. they are always consistent with their menu and portions. i have ordered repeatedly from the Penn Quarter location and no one seems to get it right each time. I called and asked for a dressing to be delivered with my order because last time I ordered, I received my salad without it. the manager said “i will give you a dressing this time, but we usually do not” “not all locations are the same”. Poor, poor customer service. DuPont location will always get my patronage. Too bad. Next time don’t make it my problem that I asked for one single dressing with my order. Management needs to check theirselves.
Written August 16, 2021
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Gary F
242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 couples
This place was great! Service was very efficient. We were there at lunchtime and they were very busy, but they kept the orders moving at a very efficient rate. Prices were also very fair. I had a Thai curry which was probably the best Thai curry I ever had. And the Boba tea was also probably the best I ever had. I left feeling very refreshed. You also must try the ginger scones. Incredible! If you are into tea like me, their selection was massive. Do yourself a favor and check them out!
Written September 7, 2023
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brmusicman
Chicago3070 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 solo
Tasty bento box lunch. Delicious fried chicken with great sides...sweet potato and soy, broccoli, great sauce. A wonderful little midday boost. Delicious ginger limeade to accompany. Very busy, but seating wasn't hard to find. Only thing preventing the top rating was the rude staff member taking orders, who couldn't be bothered to do anything but stare and you and punch buttons. "Hello" and "thank you" seemed not to be in his vocabulary.
Written June 12, 2024
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Ahmed_Ishrad
Birmingham18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 none
Very nice vegetarian vegan restaurant with thoughtful food and flavours! really appreciated the service and decore! Keep up the good work!
Written June 20, 2020
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lindan121
Thanks Ahmed - it's always been important to us to take care of our vegan and vegetarian friends - as well as mother Earth! We also have lots of gluten-free options and a full chart with answers for people with dietary issues. Hope you are staying safe and please visit again.
Written September 29, 2020
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LA4man
Honolulu291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 none
Stopped in for a quick lunch; wasn't expecting much. Was really surprised by the menu choices and the quality of the food. I had okonomiyaki which, while it's not the same as eating in Japan, was really good! A friend had the curry and gave it thumbs up, too. I'd definitely go back again.
Written December 9, 2019
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lindan121
Hey - I'm glad you found us - I hope you will visit again!
Written September 29, 2020
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jaseaton
Silver Spring2500 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 friends
After a visit to see the Judy Chicago exhibit at the Women’s Museum, we walked over to Teaism for some light dinner. It has the gestalt if a Starbucks but MUCH better food options, both breakfast and lunch/dinner. I got the Udon Noodle soup with chicken: tasty and hot...very satisfying with rich noodles. For people who absolutely require very quiet dining space,they have a large downstairs area.
Written November 10, 2019
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lindan121
Thanks for visiting - we cook from scratch with lots and lots of love - and perfect that you found this women-owned business after visiting the women's museum!
Written September 29, 2020
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RandiFayeC
Longwood995 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 none
Best part of the menu - "trash or treasure" - wish every restaurant would do this. Disappointed though - I ordered the "cabbage butts" - I was served bok choy and broccoli. It's okay if they were out of cabbage butts but they should have said something. I also ordered the salmon belly and collard stems - portion was really small, I thought I would get more stems at least. Everything tasted great. Fantastic selection of teas (obviously) and staff was very friendly and helpful. Nice casual atmosphere, cool Koi pond.
Written November 5, 2019
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Luaj C
Tirana181 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 none
Interesting place. Not fancy or nice and not cousy as well. However interesting combinations of tea and of Bubba tea
Written August 21, 2019
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BrianJonestown
Scottsdale230 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 none
These guys know what they are doing. Strangely put together dishes which all seem to work. The Korean Brisket Sandwich, Our Dream Salad and the Vegan cheeseburger (in no way am I vegan!!) all hit the mark. The coconut mango rice pudding is ........ seriously just try it! And the tea! So many, so confusing but if that's your thing, one of these concoctions is as good as the next. I can drink a pot of the stuff with no real idea of what's in it. That's why I say .... these guys know what they're doing.
Written August 14, 2019
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Linda N
We're really touched Brian - thanks for the review. It's so surprising - the number of non-vegans who are in love with the vegan cheeseburger. I hope you'll visit again soon - try the okonomiyaki - it's sooo good.
Written August 16, 2019
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comet421
Georgia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 friends
While in DC for a quick vacation we ate at your Penn Quarter restaurant one evening last week. All of the food was great but the Original Salty Oat cookies were AMAZING!!! We had to buy a couple more to take with us!
Written July 28, 2019
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Linda N
I'm so glad you found us and enjoyed the salty oat cookies. We bake them here in DC but the lady who developed and perfected the recipe makes them in Cape Cod and she ships - so if you are ever missing them - her website is kayakcookies.com.
Written August 16, 2019
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cszostak
Doylestown516 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 couples
My daughter wanted to find a DC tea shop near the hotel. There were 2, one without a tea shop (with tea and tea items) and one without. We obviously, had to visit the one where we could eat and shop. When you walk in the restaurant you'll find yourself with a seat yourself, go to the counter to order, go to another counter to pick up and even bus your table at the end. Normally, we might not appreciate that type of environment, but it works here. The chef and staff are passionate about the selections and gave each of us a thorough rundown on our food options. And as for the tea...wow, the tastes were all over, from light and airy to dark and heavy. The good news is that each of us ordered a different kind and they made sure we knew which was which when we picked up our meal/tea. Afterward, it's a must to go to the tea shop where you can by the ingredients to brew at home.
Written July 2, 2019
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Linda N
I'm so glad you found us - we love being something special and unique for people to discover in DC. Thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely review - and please remember that we ship - so if you really enjoyed a particular tea or two - just call 202-638-7740 or go to teaism.com and place an order!
Written August 22, 2019
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