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About Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant
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.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Eastern European, Russian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM.
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact us for further details.
Private Party Contact:
Katia Troosh: (415) 668-9292
Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loved the borch (beet) soup! The menu has some rare finds with authentic Russian dishes. We had the special treat of talking with Katia while there. The waiter made a special trip to have the rye bread available to go along with our meal. He offered tastings of the wine offerings. Their German riesling was very good -- not too sweet, not too dry. Katia was bringing her special Easter bread out from the oven while there causing for us to drool.
We had friends from out of town and we decided to go to Katia. We live in the neighborhood and had always wondered about going there. I'm so glad we finally did. It was a pleasant experience..good food, good people, and a beautiful place to take friends. We would definitely go back there.
We planned this dining experience for a while. It did take us over 4 hrs to get from Sacramento to S.F. Parking was a real MOFO but we parked a block away. Service was great. The bread & butter served before the meal was out of this world. My date had the stuffed cabbage & I had the chicken croquet's (Sorry, not using Russian names for dishes) We both enjoyed the dining experience and would go again.
As a visitor to SF, I was interested in experiencing food new to me and Katia's Russian Tea Room was just that. My meal began with the Eggplant Caviar which was a yummy spread, followed by the Pel'meni. The dumplings satisfied my appetite and the sour cream gave an extra dimension to the broth, making the entree the perfect comfort food for enduring the cool temperatures outside. The traditional Russian style tea with milk topped off my supper. I had a late reservation and was the only one the entire night, and received great service. My server was cordial, warm and helped me make my selections. It was near closing yet I did not feel rushed throughout. Towards the end, I could hear the kitchen staff wrapping up their evening in the back, then out came Katia in her apron and gloves. She came over to my table and it was such a treat to speak with her! Her down-to-earth personality felt like I was chatting with a favorite relative. What a wonderful evening and experience overall!
Being Russian, I have wanted to check out Katia's for a while and it did not disappoint. The service was excellent-we were given water and bread without having to request it. The food was mouthwatering and better than most of my dining experiences in Russia. It was home cooked and in perfect portions. The prices are very reasonable. My boyfriend, who has little experience with Russian cuisine, absolutely fell in love with Katia's and it's now one of our go-to restaurants in the city. I highly recommend the blini house special, the pelmeni, and vareniki with cherries .
This was a very special occasion; my nephew with his family came from oversea to visit us in San Francisco on their tour to the United States. My wife and I decided to take them and our family out for a dinner at a Russian restaurant. After conducting some search on the internet, we came across many reviews of Russian restaurants on Yelp. We chose one; we made a reservation at Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant. We enjoyed their style of Russian food, nice atmosphere and the owner’s friendly disposition. Katia (the owner) came out several times to great us offering her personal suggestions. The food was delicious and in particular their Napoleon cake was excellent. Overall, the service was great and we highly recommend this place!
Eating at Katia's was a special experience. Classy white tablecloths and excellent service, we thoroughly enjoyed our food and couldn't get enough of their bread and butter. We've been back a few times and have ordered different combinations of appetizers and entrees each time and each combo has been delicious! If you're craving hearty food look no further than Katia's... perfect on a cold SF night in the Inner Richmond.
We were told the food here is authentic Russian. It feels like a family run place: we could hear someone chopping veggies in the back kitchen (probably our only complaint for the evening), and the older gentleman was quite sweet and adequately attentive. Love their Borscht soup! We were there on a rainy evening, so the place wasn't busy, and it was perfect for leisurely conversations. I think they will have more business if they lower their price a bit, so neighbors can make it a regular place for dinners, without having to think twice.
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