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Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant
Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant

Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.katias.com
  • Email: katiatr@earthlink.net
  • Phone: (415) 668-9292
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
    Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Russian, Eastern European
  • Executive Chef: Katia Troosh
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us for further details.
  • Private Party Contact: Katia Troosh (415) 668-9292
  • Entertainment: Alex Yaskin, our accordion player, has been with Katia's since we opened. He is a popular Saturday night fixture and adds a great dimension to your dining experience. Alex likes to announce to his audience: 'You will never hear this on an accordion anywhere else!' And, true to his promise, he plays from his repertoire of classic accordion pieces, Russian songs, show tunes, the Beatles and Stones, and some very current popular music. Make a request--or a 'wish' as Alex calls it--and prepare to be surprised! Alex is available for private parties at Katia's and for other private venues as well.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Balboa Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Balboa Street has parking meters operating from 9am to 6pm, Monday thru Saturday, so day time parking is very easy. In the evening, diners arriving before 6pm can usually snatch a parking place. After 6pm parking gets more difficult.

    We have attempted to join forces with our neighbor restaurants to arrange for valet parking but the City has not allowed it. For large private parties valet parking can be provided.
A word from Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant
Katia's serves classical Russian cuisine with a light California touch. We use fresh local ingredients and allow them to shine in popular dishes such as Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Pozharski, Shashlik and Golubtsi. Our Blini with herring, caviar or smoked salmon, Pel'meni and Potato Vareniki will satisfy any 'flour' food lover! Start your meal with 'zakuski' (little bites) of appetizers like Olivier or Vinaigrette salads, eggplant caviar and our house made dill pickles and marinated mushrooms. Our beef-based Beet Borsch or tart Green Borsch, and the Vegetarian Mushroom Barley soup will warm you on a cold day and, served cold, will cool you on a hot day. Finish your meal with a glass of our brewed tea in a silver podstakannik with a piece of Napoleon (some say the best dessert in the City), the meringue torte, blinchiki or cherry or cheese vareniki. We serve California wines, award winning Georgian wines and a selection of Baltika beers from St. Petersburg that complement our menu.Continued
Diner Reviews
  • "While I love the foodie scene in SF, I always come back to Katia's for just plain good food. Borscht redolent of fresh beets and fresh dill -- shashlik you can cut with a fork -- pavlova with fresh berry compote ... it just tastes good. Quick, friendly service. Only suggestion? Chairs could use round pillows ... though I guess that keeps guests from lingering all night!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "There's live music, provided by Alex and his impressive accordion on Saturdays. We didn't know, so it was a great surprise. The food was great. Katia came out and chatted with the room a few times -- she is lovely, too! Between Alex, Katia, and the server (who I think is Katia's husband), the folks could not be better. Alex encourages conversations and it was a fun group of tables. Maybe we got lucky, but it was a really nice evening. Plus, they serve all numbers of Baltika! Fun!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I enjoyed my time here, especially the live music."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had the Cutlets (Kotlety) Pozharski, Shashlik (lamb), and the Zakuski tasting platter. Very tasty, fresh, tender, and mouth watering. The atmosphere was nice and comfortable. The presentation of the food was wonderful."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I think we arrived to this cute neighborhood restaurant a bit too late for the waiter and cook. We did end up being the last table - and we should have taken a hint when the waiter said "We stop taking orders at 9" ... and it was only 8:30! We all ordered the lamb which had delicious flavors - but the portions were tiny and tasted like they had been cooking for hours. The bottom of the pot perhaps? I'd go back with someone who knows the place and knows how and when to order!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "After waiting 45 minutes to be served 5 of our party of 6 had meals but the 6th had to wait another 10 minutes. 2 diners were very disappointed with the beef stroganoff. Other diners were very happy with Pel'Meni, Salmon and Chicken dishes. The owner came out and graciously greeted us and the waiter apologized for the delays; however, the overall experience was very disappointing."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We had a lovely meal at Katia's and enjoyed the friendly attention of the staff. Easy yet elegant and a perfect spot for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Nice spot. Hard to find parking. Nice food. Reasonably priced."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I am married to a Russian and she approves of this place. Katia is a warm and welcoming woman who made sure we were well taken care of. The Borstch is spot-on. The pate has just the right amount of excessive butter -- Katia makes sure you don't leave with too few calories. We almost convinced her to take Bitcoin, and I'm almost sure she will next time. :) I love this place. Eat here."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Comfortable settings, friendly service, fresh and delicious food. It's a small family restaurant, makes you feel at home. It was a little slow to start with because one person was late, then they said the cappuccino we ordered was on the house. When we ordered wine, they let us taste it first, and even filled up our glasses when our bottle was finished. We will go back when we are in the area."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Unique, authentic, home-style Russian food. Everything was good. The beer exceptional. Pick the wine carefully. Saturday night accordion player adds great atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "A neighborhood joint with tablecloth. Piroshki was cold and bland. Beef Stroganoff was too salty and served was like a cheap lunch plate with rice. Blini with herring was just ok. The only server (probably owner) was hard to find even though there is only one other table there on a Saturday night. Was he working as a cook in the kitchen, too? When he appeared, he placed the dishes on the table or fill the glass from four feet away by leaning over with his tall body and long arm. He was rushing it so much and so carelessly that water would splash over to our food. There is a guy playing accordion. The music was lively but too loud to carry a conversation, given such a small restaurant."
    Dined on 3/23/2013
  • "I really had not considered Russian food "gourmet" in the past but dining at Katia's was a delicious, palate expanding experience! The sturgeon was extraordinary, the blini wonderful...my husband loved the herring. We're already thinking about what to try next..."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Katia's has the best borscht anywhere!! Other specialties, such as pelmeni and vareniki are the ultimate in Russian comfort food. Katia and her staff take wonderful care of you when you eat there."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The food was ok but the prices were very inappropriate for what was served this is not a gourmet restaraunt."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "We were a party of eight and treated like family. Katia is a gracious host. If food can be fun!?! This was!!! Don't miss the homemade pickles and the homemade rye bread. Everyone loved their dishes. For dessert order the Napoleon. By the way...the accordion musician was a big enhancement to the experience."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Great food. Nice service. Friendly atmosphere. No hype."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I took my parents here to try Russian food. My parents normally are not thrilled getting out of their comfort zone, but surprisingly, my mom was surprised and delighted with the food at Katia's. We were kind of confused with the tea service menu, which ended up not getting after all."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Katia's is a very special Restaurant - Food has always been delicious and never had to wait for Service - staff very attentive. I always look forward to going there. I have recommended this Restaurant to Friends and have also enjoyed their experience"
    Dined on 10/26/2013