Food was great but the wait to be served and the food preparation was very slow. Took 2 hours to have a dinner for 2 people.
Over the past ten years, Katia's has become THE place to go for pre-Lenten traditional Russian Blini dinner for me and my lady-companion. The attention to detail and special little touches compensates for the slightly higher cost of the whole meal with libations. The blini are more like French crepes rather than the usual "pancakey" ones that are served in an ethnic-Russian home or at a church luncheon. A pleasant option available to my friend and her daughter (who joined us again for Blini , after being introduced to Katia's last year) was to get extra caviar instead of the marinaded herring (my preference - Katia's herring is exquisite..!) While waiting for the Blini we had a portion of braised Pilimeni and the Zakouski assortment with beet salad option. Instead of dessert we had hot black tea with jam served in authentic tall glasses nestled in silver-plated filigree metal holders - the house specialty apricot jam for the gals and the usual strawberry for me. Katia herself had given some very serious thought to retiring last year, but we are very fortunate in her still being here for us..! Thank you, Katia..! Katia's is the last of the "Old World" Russian restaurants in San Francisco - when she does indeed retire, the "party" will be over: ..."the room will go silent, the silence punctuated only by the single echo of a distant door slamming shut..." GB
Disappointing, soup was cold Service slow. Understaff. We were waiting for the food for ever in total and between meals. Small portions and over priced...
I had been to Katias a few times. She normally was a great host and her and team was always relaxed. This night I was basically ignored, had a reservation and was treated as if i didn't... No hello or nothing first question ”do you have a reaervation” ...”don't recall your nane” instead if welcoming.
She did found my reservation after checking, She started prepping my table and then left it in the middle of it... Table there waiting to be fixed, didn't delegate it to anyone.
Then continued serving the others some napoleon... Because that was super important.
Then the musician arrived and she started talking to him while we were waiting and waiting... standing... We saw one if the weiters dropping some food items in the floor and picking them up as nothing has happened near fge kitchen.
that is when we left. No one cared we did... The Katia restaurant as remember it, no more. Just FYI we drove from Sunnyvale for this and found something else in the city.
Katia's was an absolute treat! My date and I enjoyed dinner there on Valentine's Day this year and were beyond thrilled with our experience. The food was absolutely delicious, so homey and comforting. We loved the salads, herring, salmon, lamb and stuffed cabbage. Katia came out to bring us some chocolates and dessert recommendations, all were just perfect. Our meal was so special and so reasonable, we can't wait to come back to taste the rest of the menu.
Awful experience. Seated without enthusiasm and then we sat, and sat. waited for water, drinks, anything. there were only 3 other parties there, one of which apparently contained friends of the owner, and she chitchatted with them and brought the man back to the kitchen while we sat. and sat. no one spoke to us, took drink orders, or even said it will be a few minutes. and we sat while they ignored us.
finally, 20 minutes later, one of us asked the owner chitchatting with her friend if she could take our order and she was flat out rude about getting to us when she felt like it. the whole place heard her and everyone seemed embarrassed. she proceeded to lecture us about a "story" involving a comment someone else (apparently another she made wait) who said waiting wasn't as bad as being in an accident. WTH? we finally left. not sure what happened to a well reviewed place, but time to hang up the shingle. lot of anger and bad service and nothing to justify any of it.
The only great spot for Russian, old time recipe, delicious food in San Francisco!
Piroshki, Borsch, Pelmeni, Napoleon, Vareniki with sour cherry and so much more!!!
Charming neighborhood restaurant with good food; however, because they were short staffed that night we had to wait over an hour for our food. We will probably go back for the ambience and food.
Katia's provides delicious food and a warm ambiance.
Katia's Russian Tea Room was a wonderful find. Everything we had was like a home-cooked meal! I would have swarn grandma was back amongst us, cooking in the kitchen. We found it comfortable, casual and relaxed. If I lived in the city this would be a home base.