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For 2
Sat, 2/17
7:00 PM
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You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant.
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Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant

157 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Katia's serves classical Russian cuisine with a light California touch. We use fresh local ingredients and allow them to shine in popular dishes such as Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Pozharski, Shashlik and Golubtsi. Our Blini with herring, caviar or smoked salmon, Pel'meni and Potato Vareniki will satisfy any 'flour' food lover! Start your meal with 'zakuski' (little bites) of appetizers like Olivier or Vinaigrette salads, eggplant caviar and our house made dill pickles and marinated mushrooms. Our beef-based Beet Borsch or tart Green Borsch, and the Vegetarian Mushroom Barley soup will warm you on a cold day and, served cold, will cool you on a hot day. Finish your meal with a glass of our brewed tea in a silver podstakannik with a piece of Napoleon (some say the best dessert in the City), the meringue torte, blinchiki or cherry or cheese vareniki. We serve California wines, award winning Georgian wines and a selection of Baltika beers from St. Petersburg that complement our menu.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Russian, Eastern European
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM.
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Phone number
(415) 668-9292
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Katia Troosh
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Private party facilities
Please contact us for further details.
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Private party contact
Katia Troosh: (415) 668-9292
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Cross street
Balboa Street
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Parking details
Balboa Street has parking meters operating from 9am to 6pm, Monday thru Saturday, so day time parking is very easy. In the evening, diners arriving before 6pm can usually snatch a parking place. After 6pm parking gets more difficult.

We have attempted to join forces with our neighbor restaurants to arrange for valet parking but the City has not allowed it. For large private parties valet parking can be provided.
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Alex Yaskin, our accordion player, has been with Katia's since we opened. He is a popular Saturday night fixture and adds a great dimension to your dining experience. Alex likes to announce to his audience: 'You will never hear this on an accordion anywhere else!' And, true to his promise, he plays from his repertoire of classic accordion pieces, Russian songs, show tunes, the Beatles and Stones, and some very current popular music. Make a request--or a 'wish' as Alex calls it--and prepare to be surprised! Alex is available for private parties at Katia's and for other private venues as well.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 158 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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.

vipElsie (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

vipJamesMiller1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

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!!!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Katia's provides delicious food and a warm ambiance.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

vipBostonGurl (Little Rock)
4.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Friendly service, live music and the best pastery crust ever!!!

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

Very comfortable. Tasty food. Amiable host and wait help. Great background music.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2017

Absolutely stellar cuisine. Fantastic Russian food. Reminds me of home. Everything was tasty. I am craving it a week after I have had it.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

The best Russian food I've had in a long time! Katia was so kind and friendly I honestly felt like I was walking into my aunt's home. The food came out quick and hot and phenomenal! Conversation also flowed easily and endlessly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice, warm, hearty meal and great conversation.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

A special Find since our friend and guest that evening, Ralph Butterfield, went to UC with Katia's Dad and studied under the same professors. Both became architects in SF. Ralph designed the Bank of America Building based on the basalt cliffs he saw in South Dakota. The granite used was found and sourced from South Dakota. After a wonderful meal and great service, the Katia photos were brought out and memories restored. A small piece of SF history remembered that night. We will be back.

vipmillievanillie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

Group dinner and everyone enjoyed the food and the fact that we could have conversation without a problem. Katia is very friendly and was helpful in our ordering -- sometimes joining in with our conversation. It's a casual atmosphere, with white tablecloths which made it nice. We shared some appetizers and each person ordered an entree trying out the different items. The beef stroganoff wasn't what I thought but was OK. The poached salmon was very good and cooked perfectly. The lamb dish (not kebabs) looked like the beef stroganoff and the person who ordered it said the meat was tougher than the beef. We shared a couple of desserts; the napoleon is what to order! It was good and not too sweet.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 21, 2017

By far one of the best Russian restaurants I’ve been to. My girlfriend described Katia’s food as if it were her mothers cooking... Need I say more:)

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Katia's was a fantastic surprise. The service was delightful and the food was absolutely delicious. Flavorful and interesting choices for me, a vegetarian.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 26, 2017

A pleasant experience overall- delicious food, delightful employees.

Jaybellan (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

Old school feel and hearty comfort food. I found a gem that I will be returning to again and again. Only improvements I could ask for is a little low background music would be nice and the bread was just sliced loaf bread and was a little stale. Other than that the good was delicious and the atmosphere was cosy, cute, and relaxed.

lebanesefoodfan (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2017

It's a really wonderful place. Everything is done with TLC. Katia spent time with us and that was great. The waiter was very nice and attentive. The food was delicious. I highly recommend Katia's!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Got there for mothers day celebration for my wife and 2 kids at 525 for a 530 reservation. They pointed us to our table that still had the last party's dishes. 5:45 still nothing so i bused the tables myself. Sat there until 6:05 and then went and got water and menu's by myself. Waited until 6:20 and still no one came to our table (meanwhile they made rounds to everyone else).

We left at 6:30 and I had to find another place (sushi bistro right next door luckily) and salvaged the celebration.

CaptainPanther (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

We love authentic (preconmunist) Russian food and Katia serves it up with a friendly smile. What a wonderful little gem. We will be back.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

Katia's is a delightful and authentic Russian Tea Room and Restaurant. It's intimate dining room is hosted by Katia and her staff.
The Saturday night music was lovely and engaging. A nice trip to another culture.
Loved the Napoleon with Russian tea!