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Rose Tea Cafe

Squirrel Hill South
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5874 1/2 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217-1602
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Houston, Texas
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

We make sure to come here every time we visit. The best Boba tea. We always end up getting the same thing even though we always promise to try something new. In case you were wondering, we always get the taro boba and the house special crispy fried noodles. It is big enough for 2 people to share.

Thank LinneGQ
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116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

We were visiting Carnegie Mellon Univ (adjacent) and stopped in for lunch. Service was efficient but not unfriendly. We all loved our meals from soup to curried noodles. Seemed homemade. We did not order any of the many many beverages on the menu. I'd go back.

Thank santonez
Houston, Texas
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Got the Taro and Coconut Boba Tea. they were very good. We stopped here 3 times on our Pittsburgh visit. Loved the House Special Pan Fried Noodles. This place is always very good and there is a reason why we make it a point to eat there every time we go to Pittsburgh.

Thank LinneGQ
Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We were quite excited when we saw it was Taiwan cuisines that was served here....but we were quite disappointed that the food was just very ordinary Chinese food. I would not go any further.

Thank HOTChillyPadi
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The dining room is quite small so it is a bit noisy if it is packed. However, if you are there during lunch or late afternoon, it is good to have a meal with your peace of mind. Try pork chop with rice for less than $10, pork roll, or squid ball; all are good. Don't forget to try milk... More 

Thank WaLNUTTo
Vienna, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Love it! We are from VA and tried these drinks. The bubble, I can tell, it is homemade and not from store. The taste and texture of the bubble is very good. The milk tea is not too sweet and just a good taste for us. Even we made another trip to the cafe on second day. VA also has... More 

Thank ViennaMom68
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

The shredded beef with Chinese hot pepper is one of my favorite dishes here. I always request to have take out from this restaurant when I visit my sister. Even with all the delicious Asian food in Chicago, I haven't found anything that quite matches up to this place for that dish. The bubble tea is also always delicious.

Thank aWANana2
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

We ordered a couple of bubba teas to go, taro and mango. Both were really good. Very refreshing. And legit. As others reviewers mentioned, service is awful. Servers are rude.

Thank HelenaGuerra
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

Four of us ordered different meals. Started with awesome hot&sour soup and Spring Rolls. After that we received 4 huge plates with different noodles and meat. We shared it and get stuffed before finishing. For sharing there's not enought room for additional plates but we managed that. We finished out meal with Bubble tea. Great meal. Loved all four dishes.

Thank Ucho777
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We stopped in to order bubble teas and were considering this place for dinner. We walked in and the man at the counter gave us a stern look instead of a welcoming smile. He told us to go to back to order tea. The lady at the back counter took our order grudgingly and wore the same stern look. Needless... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Asian, Taiwanese
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5874 1/2 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217-1602
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh>  > Squirrel Hill South
  • Neighborhood: Squirrel Hill South
  • Phone Number: 14124212238

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