Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe
6439 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94121Neighborhood:
EnglishPrice: $30 and under
Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe
- 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: 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
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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Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since July 25, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (19)great for lunch (12)great for brunch (9)special occasion (9)romantic (5)good for groups (4)fit for foodies (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
- AwesomeRoadhouseDined on 11/1/2014I absolutely loved everything about it. The only disappointment I has was that they make everything from scratch, and I couldn't purchase their shortbread cookies, which were also awesome. They actually gave a a wedge salad with a real wedge. Everything from the wedge salad to the strawberry trifle was excellent. I almost forgot about the tea, with the tea cosy, and all of the items which either decorated the place or were for sale. Thank you.Special Features:
- Great date with my daughter!tessabellaDined on 11/1/2014I took my six year-old out for tea for girl time together. We had great fun dressing up and practicing our "royalty" manners. (Pinkies up!) Unlike other tea houses, this on actually served enough food to be a meal. The bread was just amazing, and the presentation so neat that I actually took a picture! The fact that is is also a polo shop was a great conversation started, as I shared my limited knowledge of English horse riding/sports. This is a destination spot, as there isn't much around it and the parking is a challenge, but it was well worth the time investment for a special occasion.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Traditional tea serviceJolieAnnDined on 10/30/2014Good old fashioned tea service at a reasonable price is hard to find now, so this little place is a unique and relaxing spot to refresh oneself of an afternoon. Good variety of teas and comestibles for such a small venue, and the horse-riding atmosphere is so English you might imagine yourself in a small village shoppe. Altogether a lovely experience.Special Features:
- Needs informed & experienced staffOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/28/2014Only one person working that day. She was clearly not well-trained before left to fend for herself to cover service, prep, clean-up, phones, cooking, sales of gear, register, etc. She was very earnest and was working very hard but got overwhelmed by a rush. She needed more education regarding types of teas, and the food prep is clearly too involved for one person to manage in a reasonable time while trying to provide good customer service at table and the myriad other tasks needed. The classical music station playing through speakers was too loud and was in pledge-week, so it was unpleasant. An iPod shuffle of classical music would manage that. Service was very slow and fraught with errors due to lack of training/time.
- Just okFoodieVIPDined on 10/25/2014I was not impressed with the food selection. The motor loaf bread they use for their sandwiches taste awful and they did not give much foodSpecial Features:
- AlfieVIPDined on 10/23/2014This is a charming place to experience high tea - loved the egg salad and the cheese and chutney sandwiches.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of a kind!alisonalisonsfDined on 10/18/2014Quintessential 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:
- Lots of fun locallylocalTravelerDined on 10/18/2014It 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- high tea great find!joy2eatDined on 10/14/2014Really 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- English teasincere18Dined on 10/9/2014Surrounded 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:
- Wonderful Experienceanon24Dined on 9/13/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- British TeaLove2EatDined on 8/30/2014Tal-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:
- I would not recommend this place.SaturnaDined on 7/26/2014We 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.
- Tally Ho of a GemJadeGal2Dined on 7/26/2014This 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:
- The following 45 reviews are from the Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe reviews archive.
- great food, but...ElkieVIPDined on 7/23/2014The 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.
- To Die FordrBphdDined on 7/19/2014I 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 British Tea and AmbiencetessluvsteaDined on 7/17/2014Relaxing, unhurried tea at a true British "Shoppe". BEST Scones ever tasted!Special Features:
- Filling and wonderful atmosphereshannaDined on 6/28/2014I 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:
- GwennyThePoohfoodjunkieDined on 6/14/2014Been here many times...took a new friend...they added a Queen's Tea and other pre-set meals, I liked that.Special Features:
- morganVIPDined 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:
- tea and sconessuzykateDined on 5/30/2014The scones were shortbread were fabulous and we also loved the China Rose Petal tea...served piping hot and just right.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unique and TastyOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 4/25/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I'm sure it was just a flukeOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 4/5/2014as 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:
- Tal-Y-TaraFoodForThoughtDined on 4/5/2014Ambiance 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
- Successful birthday teaLauraDined on 3/29/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Microwaved foodniniVIPDined on 3/25/2014We 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.
- Good EatsOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 2/27/2014It'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:
- Tea For TwoSFJenDined on 2/19/2014I'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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful tea and foodHollywoodDined on 2/7/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Slow when busyOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 2/7/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- charming & deliciousCeatsoutDined on 2/7/2014What 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great place for motor sandwichesBillyboyDined on 2/5/2014Very nice setting and great sandwiches and tea. Only one server and he was working very hard. Another server would help.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious and interestingOksanaVIPDined on 2/4/2014It 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very nice placeFahlouDined on 1/31/2014Finally 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:
- great settingbpsfDined on 1/29/2014great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Afternoon TeaOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 1/27/2014A glorious spot for afternoon tea. The sandwiches are divine and the scones........decadent.Special Features:
- nice hole in the wall!TeaPrincess2014Dined on 1/11/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely neighborhood gemarisesDined on 1/10/2014The place to go to meet friends, or just relax and enjoy the ambiance. We love this place!Special Features:
- A perfect place to have HighOpenTable Diner Since 2002Dined on 1/2/2014A 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable screwed up royallyOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 12/9/2013The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.