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Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant

4.3
162 reviews
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$30 and under
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Russian
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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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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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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.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 162 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.0
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OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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

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PninaE (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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...

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vipElsandro (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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vipElsie (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 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.

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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!!!

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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.

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

Katia's provides delicious food and a warm ambiance.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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