Just what I was looking for
I actually prefer the mission/castro location's ambiance, but this place is simple and relaxing. I only had tea at this Samovar, but the service was nice and it was a great environment to catch up with a friend.
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was a fun place to try
This was a fun place to try for something a little out of the ordinary. It was on the expensive side. We ordered the tea and food combinations which included the tea with a good number of items in small amounts which made for a fun tasting experience. Some items were delicious notably the dates with goat cheese and the onion while others were just ok or good. Would go back again but probably not on a regular basis because of the cost. The green tea was wonderful. Lastly, the service was excellent. The servers were friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Samovar never disappoints
We love Samovar, and Zen Valley is our favorite location. They have a wide variety of unique teas and tea services, with a la carte options that easily suit vegan and gluten-free requirements. This is not your usual tea shop-- the menu leans toward whole grains, fresh vegetables, and a mix of ethnic dishes. Plus, they brew their tea correctly. That's not a small thing.
Samovar is always a great place to slow down, converse, and share quiet reflections. It was even quieter and more mellow at dinner. Our server was, as usual, friendly and helpful without hovering. Of course we will go back. People outside of SF who buy Samovar's tea online beg them to open tea lounges elsewhere, so we consider ourselves lucky to live nearby.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Samovar Tea Lounge is a great place to just be relaxed and enjoy some good food with great tea. I enjoyed my time there and will be back for more later. I recommend it to others if you want a change in scenery and want more of a relaxed atmosphere and hang out with a friend or two.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The teas were excellent, a tad on the expensive side. My fiancee and I enjoyed her 17 dollar Oolong, but was equally as tasty as the 10 dollar Oolong I had ordered. The food was awesome, I loved the sweet marinade and sauce on the tempeh. Nice ambiance but a bit on the pretentious side, when all the servers were so genuinely down to earth. In short I would go back and planning on it next time in S.F.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was the entire group's first time coming here on a double date. We were all pleasantly surprised. The food is clean, healthy, well-made with decent proportions. Tea is BOMB. My boyfriend said their mint tea reminded him of his time in Morocco.
Will come here again, and already planning on how to bring more people to this gem!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Funky, Eclectic, Enjoyabl
Eclectic is my best descriptor for Samovar Tea Lounge. Good food, excellent service, unusual dishes.
We had the Japanese Tea Service (smoked salmon) and the Jook (smoked duck), having only the Japanese green tea that came with the tea service (we shared it). The tea was flavorful, though with a slight bitter aftertaste. The seaweed salad was forgettable, though the other things on the Japanese tea service were wonderful: flavor smoked salmon, a nice ginger carrot soup, kale salad with miso dressing, and very sweet, flavorful squash. We also enjoyed the jook, and both agreed that the smoked duck was the highlight of the main courses.
The true highlight was the pot de crème and the chocolate chunk cookie: ESPECIALLY the cookie!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
delicious, healthy, lovely
Samovar remains one of my favorite restaurants in SF after many years. Try all three locations!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tea with a Flair!
My husband and I brought our friends here for their first time, and they loved it. We've been here once before and have been waiting for a good excuse to return. I had the Middle Eastern-themed entree, our friends had the Paleolithic, and my husband enjoyed the English one. We were sharing bites and commenting and how good everything tasted. The presentation is exceptional, also. Go and enjoy your tea with a flair!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM