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Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe
Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe

Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.talytara.com
  • Phone: (415) 751-9275
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: English, Afternoon Tea, British
  • Executive Chef: Philip Meakin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Please call 415-751-9275 or see our website talytara.com for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call 415-751-9275 or see our website talytara.com for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Philip Meakin (415) 751-9275

Getting there

  • Public Transit: 1 California
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe
Tal-y-Tara is San Francisco’s most charming hidden treasure! Step inside the warm and inviting shop complete with an equestrian store in the front and English tea room in the back. Browse through our selection of teapots, teacups, tea cozies and other whimsical tea-inspired gifts. Relax and enjoy your cup of tea with our “Motorloaf” tea sandwiches served on semi-sweet dark bread, a secret family recipe. Enjoy our award-winning scones, served with Devonshire cream and jam, which are deliciously moist and sweet. And don’t forget English trifle for dessert. You’ll feel as though you have escaped to the English countryside where they know exactly what it takes to make a proper cup of tea!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Been here many times...took a new friend...they added a Queen's Tea and other pre-set meals, I liked that."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "...a terrific place for lunch and afternoon tea . The motorloaf filled with sandwiches is excellent, as were the scones and jam."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The scones were shortbread were fabulous and we also loved the China Rose Petal tea...served piping hot and just right."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I really loved my experience here. Very different from previous flowery tea room experiences. Service kind of slow only due to the fact that the one server also prepared all the food as we waited. Worth waiting. Food was delicious and very fresh. The motor loaf sandwiches were unique and beautifully presented. Four different scone choices available as well as homemade biscotti. Atmosphere like being in a very comfy English shop in the country -- surrounded by polo supplies. Loved the relaxed pace, friendly feel, and tasty food."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "as a first impression it's cute and really cool the service was sad like negative sad. I would try again if in the mood but im was just a little shocked at the service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Ambiance is cute with the horse and polo theme. Very quiet so it was a pleasant, relaxing experience. Patio was closed. Service was so-so. The young male server seemed untrained and sort of confused. Food was OK -- out of shortbread -- imagine that -- especially because shortbread is the first item for every tea set on the menu! Licorice candy substitute really was not satisfactory. Iceberg salad was room temperature -- not very appetizing. Motor loaf is an interesting concept -- server did accommodate vegetarian guest by substituting more veggie sandwiches in place of meat. Service was not rushed, which was nice. Unlimited tea. Service really needs to be refined and food needs to be fresher to get more stars. By Food for Thought"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I asked my friend what he would like to do to celebrate his birthday, and he suggested Tal-Y-Tara for afternoon tea. It was a nice, very relaxed afternoon with a very traditional tea, and I hope that we will have the occasion to visit there again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were the only table of people, during the weekday, we could hear the microwave "dinging" several times before our food was delivered--so yes, the scone (probably frozen) was warmed (did not have that freshly baked aroma), but only for a few minutes. The salads were fresh, the presentation of sandwiches were nice, the fruit was fine but quantity was not even equal to a full apple. The service was not the most charming. We will not be returning."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "It's a good place to sip some tea and be around the neighborhood...although it is a small place, very quaint and the servers were very friendly."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I'd been here before on a weekend, when it was very busy, but brought my Mom back on a Wednesday afternoon. We practically had the place to ourselves! I highly recommend coming during the week if you can. The server was attentive and knowledgeable, the food was delicious, and the overall feel of the place was charming. We had a lovely tea for two, and left completely stuffed! It doesn't seem like much food at first, but we couldn't finish the "Will and Kate" tea (and we both love to eat). I would recommend this to anyone wanting a good, honest, tea. Nothing fancy, very few bells and whistles, but fantastic food and ambiance. Don't forget to pet the horse out front, too, he works hard. ;-)"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "A glorious spot for afternoon tea. The sandwiches are divine and the scones........decadent."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "What a lovely gem of a cozy spot to enjoy a very nice high tea. Went there on a raining day after taking a nice walk through the neighborhood. It's small, but quaint. It would have been nice if the temperature was warmer. The food and tea are delightful. My friend and I love the motor coach bread - very yummy tea sandwiches or with butter and marmalade!!!! The Queen's tea service starts with piping hot tea (the tea cozies add to the charm) & scottish shortbread (with little nuggets of chocolate & cranberries). The choice of 4 types of scones are served hot out of the oven along with potted creme and jam. The trifle at the end is rich and delicious! Overall I really like the place. The food is authentic!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We really enjoyed all of the little sandwiches. The egg one was the best. And their warm scones are amazing!!! We are more of coffee drinkers so we will be back when their coffee machine is fixed. Definitely a wonderful little place."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We used a groupon on the final day before expiration, and many others had the same idea. Perhaps there were some unexpected drop in customers, but the two people working were clearly overwhelmed. The food was very good but *very* slow to arrive (the staff apologized profusely for the delay). I imagine the service is much better on a typical day, and I do plan to come again."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Very nice setting and great sandwiches and tea. Only one server and he was working very hard. Another server would help."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "It was like traveling back in time and to a different place. I live nearby and always thought it was a store selling equipment for horse riding. Instead it has a quite cosy and very romantic tea room in the back. The waitress was the most helpful and knowledgeable about different teas, which was very helpful. She was able to explain the difference between teas to help us with placing the order, going as far as offering to smell the tea before placing the order. I'll definitely be back again."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Finally a good tea place! Though the decor is slightly surprising (in a store), the food is delicious. They make their own loaves, which makes it so much better. I've been to fancier and more expensive places that don't make their own food. The sandwiches are very moist and tasty. The scones are really good and the tea is delicious. Great service and very nice people. Though it way out of my way, i prefer Tal-Y-Tara to a fancier place that's only 3 blocks away from me. I would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "great spot for tea including a wide selection of teas; fresh scones, salads and finger sandwiches. The bread is especially good. The setting is relaxing, service is good and one never feels hurried to leave. You can linger over tea without being rushed out. This is a good place to come with friends to not only enjoy tea but to chat in a lovely setting."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I came across this little hole in the wall while looking for a nice place to go for high tea. I really enjoyed myself, and so did my mother, aunts, and cousins (ladies' day out). It's a nice, cute place and the tea is very good, as well as the scones!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The place to go to meet friends, or just relax and enjoy the ambiance. We love this place!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "A perfect place to have High Tea. Wonderful selection of teas, great small sandwiches, sweets, plus they serve a salad also. I also just realized they serve gluten-free items. Clearly the wait staff are knowledgeable about horses and tack, since half of the space is given over to a working tack store. That taxes the punctuality of the service."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "The restaurant was terrific in the face of a royal screw up by Open Table, who allowed a reservation for us when Tal-y-Tara had asked them NOT to that day, due to a large private party. Hence the restaurant owner had to call me and apologize profusely,made all the tougher as my party was unable to reschedule. Shame on you, OpenTable! - you owe both me and the resaurant a big apology."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Very special menu and setting. A unique place and not to be missed by dyed-in-the-wool tea drinkers."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The scones and motorloaves are made on the premises. So warm and fresh."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "The motorloaf is great. The tea is high-quality. The scones were terrible."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "This is a special intimate spot for those who enjoy an well prepared English tea experience. The food and the tea are excellent and the atmosphere friendly and unique."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "The best place to go for tea! The food was exellent and the shopping is fun too!"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "I really enjoyed my time at Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe. It was a gem and I love how fresh the scones and sandwhiches where. Very yummy."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "A family owned tea room. Great food. The motor loaf is so unique and delicious. Great for an afternoon stop or we go for a early evening meal. We love this place. A plus if your into Polo and all the accessories that go with it"
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "I went here for tea on a sunny afternoon with a friend. We sat in the back, outside. Great tea selection served on beautiful china. Scones were amazing; the best I've ever tasted. Delicious tea sandwiches as well."
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "The Motor Loaf is a specialty with sandwiches very filling, fresh scones and laid back atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "The atmosphere was a little weird. I was alone and sitting at a table not 3 feet from the one at which the owners, and apparently their adult son were seated having a family discussion. None acknowledged my presence, and so it felt like I was eavesdropping. The food, a light lunch was nicely prepared and served, but nothing special. I won't be going back"
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "This spot is a hidden gem. If you love tea, you must go!"
    Dined on 7/18/2013
  • "I was looking for afternoon tea in San Francisco and a lot of the usual suspects now only offer it during the Christmas Holiday Seasons. This was my first time at Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe and they do a great job. Finding parking is a bit of an effort but well worth it. The entry, thru the Polo Shoppe is charming. I was surprised and pleased to a back courtyard with seating - nice to have the option of inside or outside. Lots of choices, I was short on time and my server was helpful in meeting my schedule. I loved the Motorloaf bread with fruit and cheese plate & scones."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "I have been here 2 times and the food/tea are consistently good. It is a great place for a quiet chat and tea."
    Dined on 7/2/2013
  • "English Tea and horses - it doesn't get any better than that! I loved the atmosphere of the equestrian shop/tea room, with beautiful antique armoires holding the riding apparel and horse-related tchotchkes for sale, a huge antique mantelpiece surrounded by posters and prints of polo ponies, hunters and jumpers, and sweetly mismatched tables, chairs and loveseats all set up for English Tea. I was very impressed by the large selection of teas, especially the decaf black teas, since these are usually hard to find in tea rooms. The housemade "Motorbread" sandwiches were hardy and delicious, and the very helpful staff accomodated my request for all vegetarian sandwiches. The fresh-baked scones were perfect, as was the Devonshire cream and jam."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "It's super far from where I live but my roommate and I went anyway and had a great time. The couple who own the tea shoppe are super friendly and personable. They also bake their own bread!!"
    Dined on 5/20/2013
  • "I brought my friend from out of town to this place. What a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 5/9/2013
  • "I was able to see into the food prep area and I saw the person making the food answering the phone, touching other things and then touching the food again, without washing hands or using gloves. The owner came in and loudly talked on the phone for everyone to hear. You want it to be quiet and quaint when you go out to tea. It took over 20 minutes to get our tea on the table. Will not go there again. It is worth the expense to be treated better at a place like Garden Court. I had really hoped this would be our new spot too."
    Dined on 5/9/2013
  • "A charming family-run alternative to hotel tea service."
    Dined on 3/18/2013