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

Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.talytara.com/
  • Phone: 4157519275
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, English, 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 4157519275

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!
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Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (8)special occasion (7)kid-friendly (3)good for groups (2)fit for foodies (2)romantic (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • One of a kind!
    alisonalisonsf
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Quintessential tea room run by a family of interesting background. They will engage you for a chat about Polo or tea or if you just want to bring a book leave you to you peace. Try everything!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lots of fun locally
    localTraveler
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It was a very interesting experience to enjoy afternoon tea and lunch sitting in a tea room/store with an equestrian theme. All around are horse items for sale as well as tea cozies. I loved finding this place in the Richmond district and my mother and I enjoyed our ample lunch that included choice of salad, a tasty array of sandwiches on dark bread surrounding by pieces of fruit and a choice of a very large delicious scone with all the fixings. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • high tea great find!
    joy2eat
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Really enjoy the high tea. The food was good. The atmosphere fun. Make sure you have plenty of time as service can be a bit slow. But the food worth the wait. Yummy sandwiches, scones, fruits, etc.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • English tea
    sincere18
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Surrounded by Equestrian equipment and horse-abelia, Tal-Y-Tara is a cozy place for high tea and quiet conversation. I highly recommend the motor loaf with all of those delicious different kinds of little tea sandwiches tucked into their own style of fresh bread, complete with a bit of fruit. The lapsang souchong was especially fragrant and well brewed. On street parking.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Experience
    anon24
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our tea at Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe. The atmosphere is unique and quaint. We have been to several tea rooms in SF and other locations and Tal-Y-Tara is one of a kind. We especially enjoyed the motor loaf sandwiches. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • British Tea
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Tal-Y-Tara Polo Shoppe is a small quaint tea house situated in a peaceful San Francisco neighborhood with moderate street parking. When you enter, you're greeted by a replica of a great brown horse. The interior is decorated with antiques and resembles a quaint boutique as brand name purses surround the grand elaborately carved fire place. The tea pots and plates are of various colors and designs...it is a true tea party. The sandwiches are innovatively served within a banana bread loaf...very clever. Everything is small portion, but filling. Overall it was a cozy brunch experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I would not recommend this place.
    Saturna
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were seated closely next to a table of 4 who were quite boystrous in their conversation. My friend and I could hardly hear ourselves speak. There were only two tables out of 5 or 6 occupied in the whole place, ours being one. The tea sandwiches were so so. I had to find the waiter to give my check. When we left our table, not even a thank you acknowledgement was extended to us. Not a welcoming place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tally Ho of a Gem
    JadeGal2
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is a charming neighborhood tea cafe which sells equestrian items as well. Tal Y Tara is a small tea cafe with a about 6 tables and a small menu consisting of an assortment of tea sandwiches, scones, trifle and salads. My party of 3 had a plate of tea sandwiches, a plate of 3 different scones (blueberry and currant), and 3 pots of tea. We had a very enjoyable time with our tea and the host Phillip kept us entertained with his stories of his English heritage.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food, but...
    ElkieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food is great, but it takes forever to get to the table! In an effort to create homey atmosphere, the furniture is from someone's home but some of it is quite old and soiled. The man who prepares the food talks almost the entire time which is quite distracting and also slows down the process of getting the food to the customers.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • To Die For
    drBphd
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I took 3 friends to have High Tea at Tal-Y-Tara. We ordered the Motorloaf, which is several different types of sandwiches on specialty bread. We also had Bacon Scones with Cheese, Scallions, and Brown Sugar on top, and Lemon-Lavender Scones. Tears were streaming from my eyes because the scones were so delicious. The entire place is charming and they have a lovely patio. I wanted to stay all day and just chat with my girlfriends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great British Tea and Ambience
    tessluvstea
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Relaxing, unhurried tea at a true British "Shoppe". BEST Scones ever tasted!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Filling and wonderful atmosphere
    shanna
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I came here to have tea with friends and it was a wonderful little tearoom in a residential neighborhood. The motorloaf was delicious and filling. We all left stuffed and ready for a nap. The servers did not rush us and we talked and ate for about two hours before leaving. Definitely come here for a unique take on high tea.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 41 reviews are from the Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe reviews archive.
  • GwennyThePooh
    foodjunkie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Been here many times...took a new friend...they added a Queen's Tea and other pre-set meals, I liked that.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • morgan
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    ...a terrific place for lunch and afternoon tea . The motorloaf filled with sandwiches is excellent, as were the scones and jam.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • tea and scones
    suzykate
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The scones were shortbread were fabulous and we also loved the China Rose Petal tea...served piping hot and just right.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm sure it was just a fluke
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tal-Y-Tara
    FoodForThought
    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
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  • Successful birthday tea
    Laura
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Microwaved food
    niniVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Eats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tea For Two
    SFJen
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    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. ;-)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful tea and food
    Hollywood
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow when busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charming & delicious
    Ceatsout
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for motor sandwiches
    Billyboy
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Very nice setting and great sandwiches and tea. Only one server and he was working very hard. Another server would help.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and interesting
    OksanaVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place
    Fahlou
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great setting
    bpsf
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Afternoon Tea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    A glorious spot for afternoon tea. The sandwiches are divine and the scones........decadent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice hole in the wall!
    TeaPrincess2014
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely neighborhood gem
    arises
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The place to go to meet friends, or just relax and enjoy the ambiance. We love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A perfect place to have High
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable screwed up royally
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place!
    OutofTowner
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Very special menu and setting. A unique place and not to be missed by dyed-in-the-wool tea drinkers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The motorloaf is great. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    The motorloaf is great. The tea is high-quality. The scones were terrible.
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  • Love having lunch here.
    SFnative1960s
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    The scones and motorloaves are made on the premises. So warm and fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • authentic experience
    Mary
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tea Anyone?
    Loride
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    The best place to go for tea! The food was exellent and the shopping is fun too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy high tea and polo shop
    ABCFOB
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet