Samovar Tea Lounge

498 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114 Directions
Today 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Closed All Hours
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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Tea, Coffee, Cafe, Asian, Japanese
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Price
  • Hours
    Sun-Sat 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Cuisine
    Tea, Coffee, Cafe, Asian, Japanese
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Alcohol
  • Parking
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  • Takeout
  • Reservations
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Catering
  • Good For Kids
  • Good For Groups
  • Vegan Options
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Report | 11 months ago
A little on the pricey side, but if you're hungry they have great choices that include a meal and tea, which you can sub for other teas on their list (and pay the difference, if there's any). Great place to sit and relax!
Report | a year ago
Light and flavorful fare. Very quiet.
Report | a year ago
Keep up the good work.
Report | 2 years ago
Great meal. Too much salt masks the flavors of the kabobs.
Report | 2 years ago
Report | 2 years ago
Most excellent attentive friendly and helpful staff.
Report | 2 years ago
I can't wait to make a return visit. Wish there was an East Bay location.
Report | 2 years ago
Report | 2 years ago
very unusual menu and atmosphere
Report | 2 years ago
A fine place to go and slow down: excellent teas, excellent food, great service, nice decor. I go there every chance I get! We need a Samovar or two in the East Bay!
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From Our Editors

Your senses seem stronger inside Samovar Tea Lounge. Warm sunlight streams through tall windows and hushed conversation mingles with the sound of tea flowing from nubbly iron kettles, their contents perfuming the air with hints of herbs, smoke, toasted rice, flowers, and revolutions in Boston. This is owner Jesse Jacobs' vision, what he describes on his website as "an escape from the overflow of information" into an intimate space for human interaction, carved out by the global ritual of sharing tea.

This global emphasis inspires an artisanal menu of small plates and sandwiches that could conceivably be served during tea services in India and Morocco, or, in a playful turn by the chef, the Paleolithic era. It is the tea, however, that enables guests to get acquainted with international terroir without sneaking small shrubs through customs. Small, family farms in countries including Kenya, Paraguay, and Nepal, many of them organic, send their whole-leaf brews to fill Samovar's carefully curated collection. Each of its three locations serves the entire menu, which is comprehensive enough to classify oolong and pu-erh separately and boast vintage blends dating back to 1989.

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