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Samovar Tea Lounge - Mission/Castro

4.1
28 reviews
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$30 and under
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International
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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
International
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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
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(415) 626-4700
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What 28 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.1
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4.0
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Live2dine (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on December 29, 2013

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

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chaiaddict (San Francisco)
5.0
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!

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viphikers2 (San Francisco)
5.0
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.

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happyhuman (San Francisco)
5.0
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.

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Redcap (San Francisco)
4.0
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.

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vipfoodyforfivedecades (San Francisco)
3.0
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..

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vipCALM (San Francisco)
4.0
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.

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Sisterhalf (San Francisco)
4.0
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! :)

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0
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.

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caroleon (San Francisco)
2.0
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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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
International
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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
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Cross street
18th St.
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(415) 626-4700
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Catering
We are happy to do off-site catering, for inquiries please email us.
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Public transit
Muni L,M,K to Castro or Church, J to Church & 18th
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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