The Taste of Tea

4.6
104 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
The Taste of Tea is The is real Taste of Japan; A hidden gem in Downtown Healdsburg, loved by locals and tourist for 7 years. Serving the best Ramen, prepared by executive Chef Nez Tokugawa and his passionate team, using family recipes with the finest local and imported ingredients. Mixologist crafted beverages; Adult tea cocktails, sake, beer and tea reimagined. Our sophisticated indoor and outdoor dining spaces are spacious and comfortable. Online reservations are limited, please call for full availability. Online ordering and retail shopping available www.thetasteoftea.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @thetasteoftea

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 104 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Very nice people, excellent service, convenient location. Unfortunately, our food was bland and tasteless - from appetizers through dessert. Hoping it was just an off night.

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vipSandraW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was absolutely delicious and the chef came out to check on us. Such a casual, tasty and enjoyable atmosphere.

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vipnozzydiva
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here for authentic Japanese food. They don't serve sushi and I'm glad they don't. If I want sushi, I will go to a Japanese sushi restaurant with Japanese sushi operators. I love their ramen and everything they have here. They use excellent Japanese ingredients from Japan. Service is always excellent. The chef is very creative.

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KonaGrrl
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely outdoor eating setting on a warm Healdsburg evening.

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DustinBoswell
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every time I go, it just gets better. While they don't have a wine list(!), their Sake and Beer menus are really wonderful. Wonderful food, great, attentive service. A favorite!

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vipYoli
San Francisco
131 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the Ramen! Good sake selection as well as amazing tea selection too. We will return!

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vipSteph1818
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely spot! Never would have found it without Open Table, because it appears to be a tea store. But it is a delicious Japanese restaurant with authentic cuisine. We went with discerning Japanese friends and they were impressed and we all want to return. Oh, yes, and the tea is delicious.

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SoCoJMK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! So looking forward to my next visit!

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vipJuneW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff were super helpful, with advice and options if requested.

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vipLewisK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Ramen around and one of my favorite restaurants in Healdsburg! The service is great and they so nice. They have indoor and outdoor seating. A must go if you go to Healdsburg.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and helpful staff, very good food, lovely dinner date place for quiet conversation

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ger3sf
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time dining at this Japanese restaurant. Enjoyed the food and service and will return.

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Fanny
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food -- Japanese corn, Osaka style gyoza (crisp & lighter than the basic dumpling), salmon poke, cold ramen, & sake. This was a heavenly meal. Friday night dinner was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice conversation with the Owner and his daughter.

We really enjoyed our meal.🙂

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Ramen

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pjusterdub
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing, great service, awesome food and drink!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Japanese food since being in Kyoto. The sake selection was excellent. The tea selection was best ever. Great staff too!

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niraS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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Julia
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Taste of Tea do a great job every time. Their specials are delicious additions to an already stellar menu. The sake list is fantastic and the staff is very knowledgeable. About their food prep and sake offerings.
Thank you again for another memorable evening.

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VikramS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem in the crown that is Healdsburg.
Tucked on the less traveled street just behind the busy square.
The food and livery of taste of tea is always a step into the realm that is Japanese cuisine. Their teas are a must have as they offer a variety that would tantalize any tea Connoisseur. The vegan option is what got us to go and has had us coming back for 4 straight years. Thank you to the team and chef! A delight as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ramen ever! Fantastic tea selection and very knowledgeable staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the service was fantastic. Our new favorite location!!

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Fanny
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taste of Tea is consistently delicious from appetizers (salmon poke & corn), salads with it's very special dressing, chicken shoyu ramen & chirashi, plus sake!!! Overall excellent

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Good
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Impeccable service. Food was good- even better once we added the homemade carrot blend sauce. Fantastic Japanese beer selection.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Chefs special ramen was bland in my opinion.
Sashimi In Chirasu was fresh and delicious!

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vipnozzydiva
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to come see Chef Nez and Tai. It’s been a while because of the Pandemic. Food is still good and service is excellent as usual.

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DianeM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The favors were outstanding in all the dishes we had. The handmade gyoza are spectacular. The sushi bowel was great and had lots of variety. The garden salad was so crisp and fresh with a wonderful dressing. Definitely would recommend this gem of a restaurant.

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SueN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We thought the food and ambience at Taste of Tea was extraordinary. Delicious. That being said, it saddens me to say that the service could have been better. Three of our 4 entrees were brought out but we had to wait a long time for my daughter's entree. She's 10 and had to sit there while we either ate or let our food get cold. My husband ended up giving her his entree. I do believe the restaurant felt bad about this. The chef - a lovely man - came out twice to talk to us about general stuff (where we were from, etc) but never offered any apology for the service. All of this being said, we would go back again to give them a second chance as they were very nice people overall and the food was good.

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xinaangel
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful. Can’t wait to tell everyone about it. Will be back.

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JennyLorantGrouf
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taste of Tea is medicinal! So clean, delicious and feels so good!

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Chris
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is super helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. The food is delicious and comforting. The tea and sake list is amazing.

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JillS
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The food was good, not a lot of protein in my dish, but it was cooked beautifully and the broth was excellent. We had a wonderful server who was not afraid to recommend dishes or saki, and that was very helpful. All of the waitstaff was very attentive. I would definitely recommend The Taste of Tea restaurant.

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PaulP
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good japonese food with a very friendly and knowledgeable staff!

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vipLizD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I think we just got unlucky with the service and they sort of forgot us. Other tables seem to get better service. The food was good, but not great. It was disappointing. I would not go back.

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Fanny
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time since pandemic restrictions that we have dined inside. It was a treat. The space has been refigured and it is beautiful. The food, gyoza, cold noodle ramen and chirashi were spot-on delicious.

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SusieD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sobi noodles are wonderful - paired with a hibiscus/lemon cold tea!

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Bosworth73
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, all fresh ingredients and a great sake and tea list. We will be back.

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TamilynB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food as always. love the new outdoor space. comfortable, quiet, and beautiful.

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hannahh
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time and the food was wonderful.

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vipDesigner11
Portland
60 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely spot for a delicious, light, healthy & satisfying dinner. We started with Gyoza’s and both were perfectly cooked & fresh. We both ordered the Bento Box which was perfect. Let me also tell you that we started with a “mango Tango” cocktail which was incredibly delicious!!
Can’t wait to go back there!

FAQs

The Taste of Tea offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 431-1995.

The Taste of Tea is rated 4.6 stars by 104 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.