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Samovar Tea Lounge - Zen Valley

36 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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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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Hours of operation

Breakfast: Daily 8:00am-10:00pm
Lunch: Daily 8:00am-10:00pm
Dinner: Daily 8:00am-10:00pm
Brunch: Daily 8:00am-10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 861-0303
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Centrally located, yet nestled in the quiet residential neighborhood just outside Hayes Valley. A roaring fireplace, long communal table, and several nooks for sipping and chatting make up this tranquil gathering space. The Zen Valley Tea Lounge accommodates groups of 1-60. You can reserve a table for $60 per person, or a portion of the Tea Lounge: Entire Back Room: Minimum reservation fee of $2500 Entire Tea Lounge: Minimum reservation fee of $10,000
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We are happy to do off-site catering, for inquiries please email us.
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Cross street
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Public transit
Page and Laguna South Van Ness
Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Teahead (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 8, 2014

Yes, I am a tea snob, and Samovar has some of the most wonderful teas in the world. What amazes me, though, is their style of service. While they manage to properly serve each different type of tea, they do it without being pompous or hovering over you. Love this place!

vipjuanita (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 28, 2013

Definitely not worth the price.

vipzukefresh (Portland)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2013

Samovar is for when you want to slow down and just enjoy the good stuff in life. Perfect for chilling or with company that you want to talk to.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2013

I took a group of friends and family for a light dinner before a performance. The tea service was a bit of theater itself; we each ordered a different tea (and associated meal), and it was fun hearing the server describe the history and characteristics of each. Most of menu options are vegan/veg- which we liked but maybe is not for everyone. Relaxed atmosphere, relaxed service.

vipDelightful (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 19, 2013

If you enjoy tapas, you'll enjoy the exotic and varied tea ervices and rice bowls offered here. Everything was well-prepared and fresh, service was prompt and accommodating. We arrived later than expected due to traffic, but the food arrived quickly and we made the performance. Hope to revisit when we have more time!

Angel (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2013

This place is great for vegetarians. They do not serve your typical high tea snacks. They have unique food options that challenge the taste buds and were delicious. I brought my children here and the staff was extremely friendly towards them.

Montana (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2013

My husband and I brought our friends here for their first time, and they loved it. We've been here once before and have been waiting for a good excuse to return. I had the Middle Eastern-themed entree, our friends had the Paleolithic, and my husband enjoyed the English one. We were sharing bites and commenting and how good everything tasted. The presentation is exceptional, also. Go and enjoy your tea with a flair!

vipburrata (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2013

Samovar remains one of my favorite restaurants in SF after many years. Try all three locations!

vipammPilot (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2013

Eclectic is my best descriptor for Samovar Tea Lounge. Good food, excellent service, unusual dishes.

We had the Japanese Tea Service (smoked salmon) and the Jook (smoked duck), having only the Japanese green tea that came with the tea service (we shared it). The tea was flavorful, though with a slight bitter aftertaste. The seaweed salad was forgettable, though the other things on the Japanese tea service were wonderful: flavor smoked salmon, a nice ginger carrot soup, kale salad with miso dressing, and very sweet, flavorful squash. We also enjoyed the jook, and both agreed that the smoked duck was the highlight of the main courses.

The true highlight was the pot de crème and the chocolate chunk cookie: ESPECIALLY the cookie!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2013

It was the entire group's first time coming here on a double date. We were all pleasantly surprised. The food is clean, healthy, well-made with decent proportions. Tea is BOMB. My boyfriend said their mint tea reminded him of his time in Morocco.

Will come here again, and already planning on how to bring more people to this gem!

CorneliusRedenbacher420 (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 23, 2013

The teas were excellent, a tad on the expensive side. My fiancee and I enjoyed her 17 dollar Oolong, but was equally as tasty as the 10 dollar Oolong I had ordered. The food was awesome, I loved the sweet marinade and sauce on the tempeh. Nice ambiance but a bit on the pretentious side, when all the servers were so genuinely down to earth. In short I would go back and planning on it next time in S.F.

lovetea1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2013

Samovar Tea Lounge is a great place to just be relaxed and enjoy some good food with great tea. I enjoyed my time there and will be back for more later. I recommend it to others if you want a change in scenery and want more of a relaxed atmosphere and hang out with a friend or two.

Toby (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 29, 2013

High class veggie for tea connoisseur.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2013

We love Samovar, and Zen Valley is our favorite location. They have a wide variety of unique teas and tea services, with a la carte options that easily suit vegan and gluten-free requirements. This is not your usual tea shop-- the menu leans toward whole grains, fresh vegetables, and a mix of ethnic dishes. Plus, they brew their tea correctly. That's not a small thing.

Samovar is always a great place to slow down, converse, and share quiet reflections. It was even quieter and more mellow at dinner. Our server was, as usual, friendly and helpful without hovering. Of course we will go back. People outside of SF who buy Samovar's tea online beg them to open tea lounges elsewhere, so we consider ourselves lucky to live nearby.

cece89 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on May 12, 2013

I really liked the food and the tea complemented the whole meal. I also like the overall decoration of the place. However our waiter, Alexander, rushed us out after we paid the bill. And even mentioned that they needed the table for other customers. (after he got his tip). If you go there and want to take your time make sure to ask for a different waiter.