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About Samovar Tea Lounge - Mission/Castro

Here at Samovar Tea Lounge, it’s never simply business as usual. For us, serving highest quality teas and sumptuous complementary cuisine is an art and a vehicle for the greater good. Making people feel good, feel healthy and attain happiness is our bottom line. And, challenging as it is, seeing our guests beam with joy and express their heartfelt gratitude is worth all the effort. What we do is an expression of our values, the high ideals and essence of the tea experience, and we thank you for joining us.

498 Sanchez Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
International

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast: Daily 10:00am-10:00pm

Lunch: Daily 10:00am-10:00pm

Dinner: Daily 10:00am-10:00pm

Brunch: Daily 10:00am-10:00pm

Cross Street:
18th St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 626-4700

Website:
http://www.samovarlife.com/lounges/mission-castro/

Catering:
We are happy to do off-site catering, for inquiries please email us.

Public Transit:
Muni L,M,K to Castro or Church, J to Church & 18th

Private Party Facilities:
At the crossroads of 18th and Sanchez Streets, between the Castro and the Mission, our original location hosts a separate private room for up to 15 friends, family, or coworkers. Or, for a party up to 10 guests, you can reserve the platform.

The Mission-Castro Tea Lounge accommodates groups of 1-75. You can reserve a table, a portion of the tea lounge, the back room, or the entire tea lounge.

Additional:
Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Samovar Tea Lounge - Mission/Castro Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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4.0

service

4.2

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4.1

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (57)
Fit for Foodies (41)
Great for Lunch (34)
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Romantic (23)
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Great for Brunch (20)
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Hot Spot (3)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2013

Variety of tea, great place to spend the time with friends, quality food at reasonable price.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2013

I've come with girlfriends, sister, husband, and kids. Everyone loves this place! I've tried practically every food item on the menu and everything is delicious. But my favorite is the Japanese Tea Service, Smoked Duck Jook, and Masala Chai. My son loves their Quinoa Waffles. The service is always superb and the atmosphere is inviting and pleasant. I always look forward to my next Samovar visit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2013

I brought a couple of friends to San Francisco to experience Samovar. We first went to Imagine Knit to buy some delightful yarns and then across the street for lunch. This was a perfect day! We all enjoyed a different tea along with our entree. The staff was vibrant and friendly as well as knowledgeable about the teas. We were treated to a sample of their freshly brewed cold tea which was fabulous.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2013

We both had the Moorish service and then rose-infused greek yoghurt paired with Californian Persian.

The service friendly and attentive. The mint tea refreshing and the Californian delicately perfumed and delicious. The food very good. The only disappointment was the bland eggplant dip, a far cry from the smoky garlicky baba ganoush we were expecting. But the stuffed walnut was really tasty and more than compensated. The rose yoghurt, dates and syrup was perfect with fresh strawberries - the portion size generous and easily big enough to share.

The ambience pleasant with a low buzz of conversation and the relaxing bubble and occasional clink of the samovar tea pot lid in the background.

Overall I highly recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2013

Samovar's is great for conversation, and the food is delightful. The only reason this isn't a higher rating is because the portions are small. If you order a platter you'd best keep it for yourself. Samovars has a great, sophisticated-yet-cozy atmosphere; but Lovejoy's Tearoom will feed you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2013

the particular night we were there seemed to have alot of newbies in charge...one of the dishes was far too greasy . &.service was far too slow....overall therefore not as consistently good as i have come to expect in the past..

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2013

Local convenient location with fast friendly service. I came in to enjoy a nice quiet peaceful moment in the evening to decompress from a stressful day. The tea is soothing and the food is delicious, not too heavy just enough. Great service, friendly, peaceful, and serene.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2013

Such a great experience dining here! The tea selection is fantastic, and the food options were both healthy AND tasty--double win in my book! Will be coming back soon! :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2013

Food was excellent - they seem to have lighter snacks and sandwiches. Also - they don't serve wine... "yet" as the waitress mentioned. so not the best place for dinner - better for lunch. If you are vegan or veg it's great... and if you're not, its still good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2013

I was so disappointed. I've had lunch there twice and both times it was an lovely experience. Dinner was not. The food was the same, the service was fine, but the music was loud and jittery and completely wrong for the place...very unpleasant. When the music is too loud, the people need to speak louder and louder...I really didn't want to know all the details of the life of the woman who was at the table next to me. Sitting at a regular table next to the upper cushioned area isn't very pleasant, either...the other people's feet are too close to one's face for comfort. Not a pleasant view and an unpleasant dining experience. I got out of there as quick as I could. And I doubt I'll go back. Too bad for me, because I liked it, before.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2013

love the wide selection of teas and eccentric menu that has a full range from healthy entrees to decadent delicacies.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2013

very civilized meeting with new acquaintances during the week, the menu is an interesting talking point. food and tea both interesting and varied (teas more so) and great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 12, 2013

Sitting on the mats with pillows at the short table was fun, especially for my mom on Mother's Day. We ordered 2 tea sets plus a mini-Middle Eastern plate. There was a lot of repetition among the plates (e.g., same smoked salmon on the Japanese and Russian plates; same eggplant spread on the Russian and Middle Eastern plates; same crackers on the Russian and Middle Eastern plates). I don't know if I'd need to go again but if I was looking for a neighborhood tea spot with food, I might try some of the other menu offerings.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on March 2, 2013

I love Samovar! I only wish that their chai was made with almond milk instead of cow's milk. But aside from that, the tea and food is exquisite and the vibe, although a bit noisier than I had hoped, was fantastic. Now they just need to come to San Diego and all will be right in the world!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2013

Refreshing to find a place where tea is treated with the love and reverence it deserves. There are many interesting teas to try and the staff is knowledgeable and helpful in assisting with menu choices. My family and I wanted to have an unhurried Sunday brunch in an ambient atmosphere and enjoy healthy interesting fare at the same time. This place scored on all those counts! My only criticism would be it is fairly expensive and the food portions are not large. However everything is lovingly prepared at the time by hand so I guess you get what you pay for and I think it is worth the splurge.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2013

This is the type of place to hang out at the end of a long day and just unwind. Let the servers bring the tea and have the aromas and scents overwhelm your senses. Order some food for pairing with the tea and enjoy time by yourself or with company. no complaints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2013

Fabulous experience overall. Make sure to order one of the tea pairing dishes. Our group of seven each ordered something different and each were pleased with our choice. The presentation of the food is exquisite and the staff took additional time to explain the teas and how to steep, pour and taste to enjoy the tea at it's best. Put this on your list for an exceptional dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2013

A great oasis in the city with a calm, relaxed vibe. Held a business meeting there and everyone enjoyed themselves. The pineapple tea was the talk of the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2013

Fun menu items with different "themes" . Lots of tea options for the connoisseur. Location makes for people watching ease. service was very attentive and encourages a full enjoyment of the experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2013

Their tea really is excellent. The staff are very friendly and helpful without overwhelming, and the food is excellent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2013

Nice but way too expensive for tea. Chai was 7 bucks and no refill, and that is one of the cheapest items. The brunch was good, but not spectacular. They also really want to turn tables over so not super relaxing, which you might want when spending 10$ on a pot of tea...

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 5, 2013

I have always enjoyed the tea and food at Samovar. I highly recommend the chai tea and the scone with clotted cream and jam. Sit, sip, enjoy and relax.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2013

What an amazing find this tea spot is. It is spotless, bright, and cozy. I dream about coming back and finding refuge on a wintery, rainy day. Best of all, the food is not only wonderful, it's interesting and creative. Presentation is exceptable. The service was the best! I brought a friend with me and we're already planning our next visit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2012

A civilized, quiet place to enjoy some wonderful tea and nibbles with friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2012

The food was amazing! My friend and I looked at the menu and wanted to try everything. There were only two of us, but we went ahead and ordered whatever we wanted to try... English Tea Service, Japanese Tea Service, Jook with Smoked Duck and in addition to the tea we had, we added the Masala Chai. We loved everything! We ended up with leftovers for dinner, which I enjoyed very much. The service was great too. The servers were very friendly and helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 1, 2012

This is a great place for sipping outstanding teas and just relaxing a bit. However, one should be mindful of what time one goes since it can be a bit noisy at certain times of the day due to the close proximity of tables. However, the services is excellent and the staff is quite friendly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2012

The tea selection is amazing. The food was great. I was surprised at the quality and the wide variety in the menu. Great service - wonderful experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2012

I went for my birthday dinner here. They have thematic dinners--for instance I had a "Paleo" dinner. This consisted of artfully arranged kale, roasted turnips, and smoked salmon with a tasty dipping sauce. My friend had a cute dinner. The teas are delicious--I got a curry herbal tea and my friend got a good iced tea. Overall, not fancy, but a cute place with a nice unusual ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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