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Reviewed June 12, 2020

I don’t usually write reviews for any businesses, but I highly dislike when individuals are disrespectful and rude, when there is no need to be. I’ve been ordering food from this place for a couple of years now, it’s really close to home and one...of the few places in the vicinity that I absolutely love, however, I will probably not be returning. Due to COVID 19 we are all getting use to the idea of having to wear masks and it has happened to me where I walk in to a store completely forgetting to wear a mask, and this happened today while I was picking up my order. The young lady that attended me was very very rude, solely because I forgot to have a mask on when she could’ve politely asked me to wear one and it would not have been a problem, she was loud and demanding in front of other customers. I didn’t respond to her or retaliate in a disrespectful manner I simply stepped outside and put a mask on and went back in. As a business owner myself I find this type of behavior unacceptable, and wouldn’t want to have my employees treat any of my customers in this manner.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed October 19, 2019 via mobile

Varied teas, most of which are perfect hot or cold. The rest I’m sure are great, I just haven’t gotten around to trying them all! The whole menu is great, the food is fresh made to order and the novelty drinks are beyond a treat....Good atmosphere, close enough to the university to feel like a college spot but aside enough to welcome those who no longer attend there! Discounts with loyalty app and student/faculty IDs is a plus!!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed October 2, 2019 via mobile

I drove over half an hour to come get some food here (still pretty good) because I used to like the place when I was an FIU student. As soon as I walked in with a friend around an hour and a half before closing...time the guy that took our order was super rude. Made us feel bad for even coming in, and was very attitudy when speaking. I asked him about a drink and he said word for word “I don’t know anything I don’t drink any of the 💩 in here except coke” to which I said “great, can you ask someone that might know then”. Afterwards, he proceeded to ask us to eat outside because we had food from somewhere else as well, even though I clearly bought an entire meal. Later on he came outside to remind us that they were closing in 20 minutes and looked at me funny when I went inside for some water right before closing shop. Point is screw that guy and his stupid flannel. I normally give people benefit of the doubt and try to put myself in their position but some people are just helpless and spread negativity 💁🏻‍♀️ hope you end up bald and tasteless so you can never have another coke again 🕺🏻 p.s we both have worked in restaurants for years now, if you don’t like working late get another job. Its no reason to make a customer feel badMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed May 8, 2019 via mobile

Very warm place to study. It’s a little small but I think it’s perfect. The food, tea and coffee selection is well-priced. The team is very friendly and welcoming. Could get a little loud since it is a very small place but aside to that,...it is a great place to studyMore

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed February 2, 2019 via mobile

Near the FIU south campus, the matcha latte was delicious, but already sweetened. The matcha chocolate cookies are good too. We also ordered a mocha mudslide. Cozzy place with also great choices of salads, sandwiches and wraps.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

Was very surprised by this little coffee shop that has really tasty food. Service is swift and friendly and again as I mentioned the food is great. Went twice in a week as it was such a good place. Will be returning.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed April 21, 2018

So glad I decided to come here last night! My boyfriend and I were starving around 11 pm and through Yelp found that this coffee shop was open that I had already heard good things about from friends but didn't think was going to have...the type of substantial food I was looking for-----boy, I was wrong! Located in a small strip mall right near FIU SpecialTEA is a wonderfully cozy coffee shop for those looking to relax over a cup of coffee/tea, hang out with friends, or study away. The ambiance of the restaurant is unique and a nice change of pace then most luxury coffee shops in Miami. My boyfriend and I quickly browsed through the menu and decided to order a couple things to all share. The first item we tried was the coco-curry wrap $8 (garlic herb wrap, spicy masala chicken, mozzarella, fresh greens, tomatoes) served with a beautiful coconut lassi dipping sauce that was INSANE. I've never tried anything quite like it but the closest thing I could think of was something in Thailand. Next we had the Hunny Brisket Panini $8 (smoked brisket, goat cheese, spinach, house made honey mustard balsamic vinaigrette) which was DELICIOUS and of gourmet quality. We also had their Tapenade Toast which I was very satisfied with; same with the house made avocado. For desert we tried some of their cookies and croissants that were scrumptious and even vegan! Highly recommend to anyone living near FIU or students because I'm sure you'll become a regular like most others after trying SpecialTea once! IG: @KFitzEatsMore

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Every time I come to SpecialTea I am never disappointed. I almost religiously get a large Boba tea with the black tea base and vanilla flavor, along with the coco-curry chicken in a wheat wrap. The flavors are always fresh and taste exceptionally good— while...also being really healthy. I would recommend this place 100 times. As I’m writing this review, today is my first time ever coming on a Monday!More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed April 25, 2017 via mobile

A little while in the wall but very calm and great for a business meeting or working on school work. The food is delicious especially the teas.

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed March 21, 2017

Ever since I stumbled on this place in 2013, I've been coming back. It's a cute little nook, perfect for FIU students looking for a place to eat and study. I highly recommend the Chicken Bacon Ranch Pa, chocolate chip cookies and their strawberry banana...smoothie. They have board games and a bookcase filled with literature, all of which can be used/read while you are there. The only con to this place is that sometimes it's incredibly packed and finding seating is sometimes an issue; but other then that its great!More

Date of visit: February 2017
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specialTEA Lounge is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4