The Taste of Tea

4.6
33 reviews
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The Taste of Tea, as it should be. Plus, the TASTE of Japanese Cuisine, Sake and Beers all served with Omotenashi; the spirit of Japanese hospitality, in the Heart of Healdsburg, Sonoma Wine Country. Dreams of Ramen, Yaki Soba Noodles, Tonkatsu Pork, Chirashi Sushi Bowls, Japanese Curry and Salmon Ochazuke come true at The Taste of Tea. Executive Chef Nozomu “Nez” Tokugawa born in Japan, developed his passion to nourish people at a young age. Family and travel resulted in the authentic Japanese Food served at The Taste of Tea, bringing the Taste of Japan to Sonoma Wine Country. Following your meal, consider slipping into a green tea foot soak in the relaxation spa lounge, inhale the scents of Japan and enrich your Japanese experience while in Healdsburg, CA.
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DR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere with great service and exciting & delicious food!

MB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience at taste of tea. Cuisine and service both excellent !

AJ
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Excellent lunch, staff very attentive and made great recommendations on menu selections.

TC
San Francisco
109 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service very nice and friendly. The tea was okay, a little on the weak side. The Sake tasting was great. The pork gyozas were delicious, we ended up ordering another one. The cold soba was not very good; overcooked noodle with raw vegetables, and uninteresting sauce.

GW
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taste of Tea has a very fresh and flavorful menu. The husband and wife team pay great attention to detail, making sure the whole experience is outstanding. I must return for the green tea foot soak sometime!

RM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The staff was very knowledgeable in the food and tea. Had a Matcha latte - very good. Purchased a bag of Matcha tea made in Japan. Pork ramen bowl with noodles very filling. Could not finish.

r
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious. Customer service is so comforting. The place itself, lovely. All in all a perfect comfy place for lunch or dinner.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was just ok. The chirashi was only tuna and shrimp. The service was very nice though.

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an Awesome place! I can’t wait to take my daughters and granddaughters there💞
The food is amazing and the tea, what can I say Wow there is none to compare Incredible!

DT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had high expectations....this was an average lunch....nice presentations but not too much flavor...The yaki udon noodle was tasty...the Buta Don meat was somewhat over cooked and needed flavoring..The chirashi had a nice presentation and the Tuna was freash and flavorful...overall it was ok.

P
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

One of the more under rated dining establishment in HBG. Authentic Japanese food and carefully curated sake and Japanese craft brew list. Dishes are beautifully presented and service is attentive. The chirashi is particularly good. Owners make frequent trips to Japan to meet with sake makers and brewers and refresh ideas for the menu. Perfect for a dinner after a day in the wineries.

CM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely, creative food was enjoyed by our party of four. Wait staff, as well as owner, extremely attentive.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Japanese food and service in a surprise location. We can't wait to go back and enjoyed the Rice Bowls and small bites immensely!

BB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing night. Took my girlfriend there for V day and the staff and food was amazing.

SB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If one is looking for authentic Japanese food, this is the place in Healdsburg. How would I know I'm Japanese and grew up eating tradition food such as this. Their ramen is the best.

H
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We've had lunch here several times, and appreciate their expanded menu and amazing tea selection. The ramen is beautifully presented and delicious. The delicate floating fish cakes and perfectly cured eggs in miso broth with tofu, ramen noodles, vegetables and nori blend together beautifully. Service is attentive and helpful and the space is relaxing and welcoming. Will continue to dine here!

SE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a Birthday lunch which was perfect! Food and service excellent. We both tried new teas and loved sll recommendations from our waitress. Great!

GS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, great food, great value!

N
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The place was small, but they weren’t very busy so that was okay. We were greeted with smiles and seated immediately. We started with the most anemic edamame I have ever had. The beans were so small you could barely see them. Each of us ordered something different. I had the Teriyaki Donburi with chicken (5 small pieces), one had the Yaki Soba and one had Yaki Shirataki. None of the 3 dishes had any flavor. Zip, zilch, Nada. We tasted each other’s meals hoping to have some flavor, but nope. For an $80 lunch, we sure could have done better!

BM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, was able to give great recommendations for tea pairings with meals. When it wasn’t dinner time yet, our waitress still placed our order so it would be the first thing to go out when the chef was prepared. The food was absolutely delicious; ordered the sukiyaki ramen with a sake cosmo and a duck ramen with the honeybush tea.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this hidden gem in Healdsburg. I stopped in for a bowl of ramen and hot cup of tea on a cold afternoon. They offer a large variety of green, black and herbal teas as well as sake cocktails and tea mocktails. The bento box is a great option if you want a variety. Can’t wait to go there for dinner.

SG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute setting, delicious authentic ramen and sake. Attentive staff who will remember your name after just a visit or two. Awesome tea and tea "cocktails". Super delicious bento boxes. Delicious food. So so worth stopping in.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch on Saturday with friends

n
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love it here. The service, food , and ambience is wonderful. The best Japanese food in the North Bay. It is very authentic. Nez strives fir the best like a Japanese.

S
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. The food is quite different from your traditional Japanese restaurant. Very creative and delicious! In addition, the plates presented were beautiful. We ordered the chirashi and it was so fresh and lovely. They also have a delicious Japanese stout that was yummy! Service was excellent!

c
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a town full of fancy restaurants, Taste of Tea is one of my very favorite places to enjoy tea and Japanese cuisine. The service is fantastic, and the setting relaxed and attractive. I love meeting friends here for lunch or dinner, and savor each meal. It is a real gem.

C
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband said that I could choose where to eat dinner before the show at the Raven Theater. By chance, I chose The Taste of Tea. He thought that they only served tea there, but I read the website and it said dinner as well. So, I made a reservation and what a wonderful experience! Everyone was welcoming and helped to make this a restaurant one that we want to return to! The service staff was attentive, the food excellent and the saki, divine! We are looking forward to another visit to TToT with some friends so that we can share our new find!

P
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hidden gem in HBG. Authentic Japanese comfort food. Don't expect mega-sushi rolls or typical menu items. Excellent and flavorful noodles, donburi (rice bowls), and ramen. Thoughtful and well-selected list of sakes and hard-to-find Japanese craft beers. Quiet and serene atmosphere. Good choice for quiet interesting meal.

TJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good Japanese food, great teas, great service and very interesting Japanese beers!

TA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Taste of tea is awesome!! Our food was delicious and fresh, and the service was wonderful as well!! Great local gem, do not miss this special place in healdsburg!! Great for lunch or dinner service on the weekends!
Tasty food and endless options for tea! They also have beer and sake (sake cocktails too) and a fun happy hour!! :)

JK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef nez explained the specialness of each dish, tea, and ingredients. Wonderful experience of some of favorite authentic Japanese cuisine and teas.....all deliciously prepared!

P
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We reserved an early time, as we had theater tickets, and we're given the lunch menu. The selections we're varied and the portions more than adequate for an early dinner. The service and presentation were terrific. The food was excellent, each dish unique in both flavor and appearance. We will definitely go again and again.

S
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The variety of tea is amazing and the food so delicious