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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.

600 5th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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.

Cross Street:
Balboa Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 668-9292

Website:
http://www.katias.com/

Entertainment:
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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Katia Troosh

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact us for further details.

Private Party Contact:
Katia Troosh: (415) 668-9292

Additional:
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

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4.8

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4.5

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4.5

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100% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (5)
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Worth the Drive (1)
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Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on October 6, 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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 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.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 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:)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

A pleasant experience overall- delicious food, delightful employees.

Tags: Great Beer, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea
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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (Seattle)·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Comfort Food, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 13, 2017

A quaint little restaurant with very friendly and entertaining staff. My favorite item on the menu was the beef Piroshki. It is a must have if you go.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2017

We always love Katia's. Katia herself is a gem. Food is always first class love being able to carry on a conversation without shouting. Always save room for dessert--the Napoleon is heavenly.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Very quaint, good food, and they even had live music (accordion player).

Tags: Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Very nice dinner and service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Very fresh seafood. Value for the dollar. Wine pour was a little light but the meal and service were great. Will return to this restaurant.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2017

The Napolean dessert was excellent! Parking was extremely difficult. Spent 15 minutes looking for parking.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Katya,s is a small city gem with authentic Russian food, I don't even like Russian food but we eat there frequently for the warmth and the charm and the truly wonderful man who waits tables.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Delicious food.warm atmosphere and friendly service.ive been coming here for years and they never let me down.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2016

This is very romantic, private, upscale small restaurant. With authentic Russian food it is very tasty. Owner is very friendly and talks to you herself. Candlelight and decor make it a good place for a date or conversation.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2016

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 31, 2016

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Charming, casual place with friendly service, which was a bit swamped once the restaurant filled up.
Great blini.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2016

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 .

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2016

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2016

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2016

for 30$ a person we all expected a little more, there were not even enough appetizers for everyone.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Russian done w/California Twist! I can't get past Chicken Pezarski (sp?!)...and pickles...Appetizers fun to share. Napolean makes me go off diet! Guest loved stroganoff...beer interesting Russian selection. Wines fun to try.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2016

This is the first time I have been back in years. This is my grandmother's comfort food. The service was friendly and the food was quite nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2016

Very enjoyable time with good Russian food. Owner and waiter were both very gracious and engaging. Warm, friendly atmosphere.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on March 25, 2016

really good experience, love all the foods

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 20, 2016

wonderful for getting authentic Russian food: caviar and blinis , delicious borsht, etc.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 20, 2016

Katia has excellent Russian/California food. Simple storefront location. Great personal service and they have old style musician on Saturday nights. Great value.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Nice neighborhood restaurant with authentic Russian food. Very hard working staff is sweet and accomadating. Will return to try the rest of the menu. Excellent blinis and do not miss the Napoleons.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2016

After years of living here we finally went in. It's a friendly, warm, neighborhood Gem and the food is delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2016

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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