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Samovar Tea Lounge - Yerba Buena Gardens

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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SALAD
12
Wasabi Caesar Salad With Wild Smoked Salmon
organic hearts of romaine, wild smoked salmon, shaved parmesan, garlic, croutons, caesar dressing with a wasabi kick
12
Moorish Mint Greens With Halloumi Cheese & Veggie Kebabs
mixed greens, tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, feta, tarragon vinaigrette
12
Grilled Portabella Mushroom Over Spring Greens
marinated and grilled portabella mushroom, mixed spring greens, cucumbers, sun-dried tomatoes, tarragon-balsamic vinaigrette
12
Braised Tofu Over Spring Greens
tamari-mirin braised tofu, mixed spring greens, cucumbers, sundried tomatoes, tarragon-balsamic vinaigrette
SANDWICHES
Served With A Side Salad With Tarragon-balsamic Vinaigrette
12
Tlt (tamari-mirin Braised Tofu, Lettuce, Tomato)
served on leadbetters handmade english muffin with mayo
11
Curry Egg Salad & Sliced Fuji Apple
served on whole-wheat ciabatta with mustard and mayo
12
Grilled Portabella & Onions With Gruyere Cheese
served on whole-wheat ciabatta with mustard
11
Grilled Agor Cheese, Sun Dried Tomato, Pesto
served on whole-wheat ciabatta
13
Turkey With Fresh Basil, Tomato, Red Onions & Gruyere
served on whole-wheat ciabatta with mayo
SWEET TREATS
8
Rose-infused Greek Yogurt
with medjool dates & fresh mint
10
Chocolate Chip Brioche Bread Pudding
17
Platter Of Tea Sweets
8
Fudge Brownie
with green tea mousse
7
2 Cherry Oat Scones
with devonshire cream & jam
5
Coconut Rice Pudding
5
Handmade Assorted Cookies
cracked wheat rooibos shortbread, lavender butter cookie, oat crumble mini-cake, matcha swirl butter cookie
WHITE
9
Bai Mudan
the best bai mudan weve ever had. fujianese white tea made from two leaves and one bud. a hidden sweet maltiness, with notes of dark marin redwood groves and mellow muscatel. a golden, amber infusion, sip to soothe monkey mind and to savor the darkest of the whites
12
Downy Sprout
velutinous, thick downy sprouts. honeysuckle hints linger amidst a mellow nuttiness. sip to clean your palate and quiet your mind. the most ultra-fine white tea we could find
GREEN
9
Ryokucha
genmaicha, samovar tea lounge-style. japanese matcha powder blended with roasted brown rice and sencha. a meal in itself, nutty, grassy and ideal for breakfast
10
Fukamushi Sencha
deep steamed take refuge in this fourth deep-steamed jewel. buddha, dharma, sangha, fukamushi. a shimmering, viridescent jade infusion with vaporous aromas of fresh baked bread and summer sea breeze. ecstasy on the tongue. clarity in the mind, flight of the spirit. a mr. ko speciality, made solely from the prized asatsuyu tea bush in kagoshima, japan
10
Hand-whisked Matcha
(traditional or nouveau with hot sweet soymilk) four ounces of ceremonial grade, topof-the-top, hekisui matcha. a heavenly, cloud-like froth served straight or dessert like with hot soymilk
7
Houjicha
roasted green tea from japan. malty, chocolatey, clean and the perfect dessert brew
11
Jasmine Pearl
so succulent and aromatic. tea pearls blended with baby jasmine flowers
10
Nishi Sencha 1st Flush
induces the alpha state like no other. clean, mildly vegetal, ocean and kombu, served in a glass pot and truly first flush
14
Green Ecstasy
the name says it all. asamushi-style first flush sencha touched with superior grade matcha deliver an abundantly rich mouthfeel, and a persistent umami-laced grassiness. l-theanine loaded, explore the elusive quality of energized relaxation
OOLONG
9
Royal Garland
taiwanese oolong technique and minimalist chinese white tea processing merge in northern fujian. as this regal rarity meets your lips, luxuriate in notes of darjeeling muscatel black tea and much, much more
9
Monkey Picked Iron Goddess Of Mercy
sip, penetrate your issues and dissolve them. kuan yins classic elixir offering transcendence via the tealeaf
10
Sweet Tie Kuan Yin
straight from mr. ling in anxi province, china comes our deliciously smoky aged tie kuan yin. a dark, yet floral and haunting taste. venture into this tea and explore the center of the center of the here and now
8
Wuyi Dark Roast
a climactic eruption of tea intoxication. hauntingly ambrosial with an evolving complexity of caramelized raisins, roasted barley, smoked bittersweet chocolate and aged peat moss. wuyi harks from the remote and ancient cliffs in northern fujian province, china
14
Golden Phoenix
tea as aphrodisiac for the tongue. this dancong oolong is fresh but the craftsmanship dates back nearly 1, 000 years. complex and woodsy, roasty and incredibly honeyed, fruity and floral. 12+ infusions give this tea super long life, and you utter joy
BLACK
8
Earl Grey
frisky and brisk. superb citrus to incite your taste buds
8
Lapsang Souchong
zealously tarry, ancient and smoky. delicious with milk and sugar
8
Samovar Breakfast Blend
kindle clarity and banish stupor. full malty flavor with delicate dryness
5.45
Samovar Masala Chai
sweet, spicy, creamy and simmered for hours. house blend of cloves, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, indian and chinese black tea, organic milk, palm nectar
14
Samovar Russian Blend
smoky, strong, sweet, fruity, caffeineloaded and certain to warm and to wake
8
Lychee Black
lychee fruit naturally sweetens this light, salubrious brew
8
Scarlet Sable
sultry, sweet, smoky and, yes, seductive. houseblended by esther herself, black tea with the most silky mouth feel, lingering notes of lychee, pine smoke and citrus
PU-ERH
9
Blood Orange
blood orange artistically blended with our classic loose-leaf pu-erh yields notes of citrus, spice and raindampened earth
9
Maiden's Ecstacy
rapture and reverie. consummately captivating, deep, dark, sweet and smooth
17
Royal Palace
deep, bittersweet espresso and chocolate notes. wild-crafted from ancient tea trees, the highest maiden leaf grade around with a creamy and rich body and a long smooth finish
HERBALS
10
Ocean Of Wisdom
custom blended for his holiness the dalai lama. silken, malty mouth-feel lingers blissfully. south african rooibos, honeybush, ginger, licorice, cloves and cinnamon. sail from an ordinary moment into a regal, contemplative one
8
Earl Red
bergamot infused rooibos for the earl grey lover who wants a caffeine-free alternative. yummy with milk and sugar, this herbal is loaded with antioxidants and citrus
8
Orange Ginger
a mildly spicy and warming brew. adroitly blended with ginger, lemon myrtle, orange and mandarin peels. naturally sweetened with licorice root
8
Samovar Moorish Mint
the tonic of the ancient moors, san francisco style. robust and rich, with cardamom, peppermint, ginger, black pepper and a touch of green tea
9
Samovar Yerba Mate
straight from paraguay and served traditionally with a bombilla. bittersweet, vegetal and brimming with antioxidants, and highly caffeinated
8
Wei Qi Cha
your energetic force field wei qi, protects you from lifes dangers. sip this herbal elixir to soothe your soul and recharge your system. fruity, sweet, spicy and pleasingly tart
8
Nocturnal Bliss
honeybush, lemon myrtle, lavender, corn flowers and stevia blended harmoniously to chill-you-out. sip this and assuage fear and worry, soothe frazzled nerves and go to sleep blissfully and effortlessly. sleep is the new panacea for productivity, vitality, libido and joysleep a lot and sleep deep
CHILLED
6
Jasmine Tea Lemonade
incredibly floral, sweet, citrus, refreshing
6
Chilled Black Tea
varies seasonally. please ask your server
5.45
Samovar Masala Chai
8
Schizandra Berry
2000 years ago shen nong first identified this potent elixir as an adaptogenic tonic ie, it gives you whatever you need: energy, relaxation, beauty, sexual prowess
8
Soy Matcha Shake
grassy, sweet, caffeinated. yummy
8
Vegan Thai Iced Tea
earthy, smooth, creamy, rich, sweet
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
CUISINES
Cafe
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service
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Reviewed April 3, 2019 via mobile

This is a wonderful place. Food is unique and delicious and there is a wonderful selection of teas from all over the world. Service is attentive and super friendly. What a great place!

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank johnwS6386IS
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

Was sorely dissatisfied. It might have been a better experience if our server had returned to our table even once to inquire if everything was all right. The tea’s were good and the food was good. We went and got some pizza after we left...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Joshua J, Owner at Samovar Tea Lounge - Yerba Buena Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2018

Hi amtac, thanks for taking the time to share your experience at Samovar. Our goal is to treat every customer with exceptional attention to detail throughout the experience -- and it sounds like we missed the mark during your visit! We'd love to get in...More

Reviewed November 10, 2018 via mobile

It was only 55 min break for lunch during our convention on liver disease. I was just walking towards our hotel , plan to have light lunch in the hotel lobby. I saw the sign of the place just next to Moscone Convention Center South....More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Khondker_Islam
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Quality variety of teas and food to match them. It's a nice place for a light lunch or tea time break. This place is fairly new on the upper level of Yerba Buena Gardens. A little pricey but a pleasant place to sit and savor...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank TravlsSometimes
Reviewed October 9, 2018

Called here for a snack and drink after a visit to MOMA - food options healthy and tasty and nice relaxing place to sit out ,service was friendly although a bit disorganised.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Brian W
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Was in town for a week long conference and I really liked this place several years ago. It’s a little pricey but good quality tea and food in a great relaxing location. I enjoyed the rooibos tea. Also returned later for a turmeric tea. The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank RAR1126
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Great place to go have Exotic tea , I tried Masala Chai it as very refreshing and relaxing, the view is amazing , every time I visit san Francisco I would definitely go visit Samovar tea lounge.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ajit D
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

We ate lunch here on a recent trip to San Francisco because of a recommendation from someone in the city and we were not disappointed. We enjoyed our outdoor table but we’re doing some construction work and every now and then smelled asphalt. But other...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank pianoplayerheather
Reviewed September 12, 2018

Nice ambiance and service. We had the borscht (lukewarm and insipid), moondrop white tea (watery and lukewarm rather than hot) and other teas, which were similar. The Early Grey was the only standout. Go here to hang out with friends in a nice setting, not...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Guruprasad R
Reviewed September 9, 2018

I'm not a big drinker and I'll take a tea over a wine any day! But the beauty of Samovar Tea Lounge is that I could have the tea and my friend could have the wine. And we both shared the cheese plate! Fresh air...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Paul S
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