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Teaism Penn Quarter

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Downtown / Chinatown
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400 8th Street North West, Penn Quarter, Washington DC, DC 20004
+1 202-638-6010
07:30 - 17:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a work dinner for 20 in the lower level meeting space at Teaism and they exceeded expectations. The food was interesting and outstanding! Very healthy and flavorful. I would visit them again for business or pleasure!

Thank Jeff A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This restaurant doesn't have table service, but it does have vegan options which is uncommon in DC. The tea selection is good. I generally like their salmon dishes and frequently get their salted oatmeal cookies. The plain are just as good as the chocolate.

Thank Cara S
Linda N, Owner at Teaism Penn Quarter, responded to this review

Hey Cara- Thanks so much for visiting and posting. It's important to us to have good options for our vegan and also gluten-free friends. We're working hard to fuel people up with good healthy food! Find us on fb and yelp if you have time. Best, Linda More 

Rocklin, California
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I met friends here for lunch based upon their recommendation. When I walked in I saw just a few tables dining and a walk up counter to order. While waiting for my friend, I noted that they have a downstairs seating area that is quite large. I ordered the Chai tea and a fantastic burger. The Chai tea was absolutely... More 

Thank David M
Linda N, Owner at Teaism Penn Quarter, responded to this review

Hey David - you made my day! Thanks for the lovely review. We love taking care of our local regulars and being something special and unique for visitors to find. Glad you liked the chai - we cook it authentically like they've been doing in India for generations. Black tea blended with super fresh spices according to our own recipe.... More 

Boca Raton, Florida
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Stumbled upon Teaism on our last day in D.C. - what a fabulous find. Huge menu with something for everyone - way beyond tea. The Vegetarian curry was hearty and tasty. My son thoroughly enjoyed his brisket sandwich. The selection of teas are tremendous and my son indulged an salty oat cookie which he gave his definite stamp of approval.... More 

Thank Gottaluvsummer
Linda N, Owner at Teaism Penn Quarter, responded to this review

I'm so glad you found us! Thank you for taking the time to post. We love fueling up visitors before they explore DC! Best, Linda More 

Potomac, Maryland
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69 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

I work on the same block as Teaism and used to enjoy it. But over the last year, it has gotten steadily worse. They also keep changing recipes without notice. Today I ordered chicken udon noodle soup - something I get often - and found a bowl of mushy broccoli and huge hunks of raw onion, neither of which has... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Like anything/anyplace, if you know what to order, the experience usually is better...had the cabbage (yes, cabbage) pancake with chicken...a little too much sauce on the pancake and the chicken was dry, but the pancake was surprisingly tasty. My pot of tea just not hot, alas. Cheerful service. Still could use a deep clean/fresh face, but always is busy and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We were there at lunchtime on a national holiday so maybe the crowd was a little light, but line move quickly and there were so many choices that it was hard to choose. I had a Korean barbeque sandwich topped with slaw on ciabatta. The sandwich was piled high with big chunks of fork tender juicy brisket. By the time... More 

Thank Robin S
Linda N, Owner at Teaism Penn Quarter, responded to this review

Robin - thanks so much for the review - I'm so glad you all enjoyed your lunch. The afternoon tea menu is available from 2:30 to 5:30 every afternoon. BTW - we have lovely holiday gifts! More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

I had the vegan coco caramel cake with their homemade lemonade. So delish. It is a super crowded place at lunch. I would like to try their hot teas next time. Everyone enjoyed the food except the oat fritter was quite gross that one of my friends ordered.

Linda N, Owner at Teaism Penn Quarter, responded to this review

Hey - thanks for visiting and taking the time to review - glad you plan to visit again. I'm sorry the oatmeal fritter was disappointing - I'll look into that. Best, Linda More 

Washington DC
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Not exciting but reliably well-prepared asian-american food. Tuna bento box is a favorite but other good non-bento options. Lots of tea and other beverage options. Worth the line at lunch time. Look downstairs for more tables.

Thank worms2u
Linda N, Owner at Teaism Penn Quarter, responded to this review

Hi - thanks for reviewing - you know it's funny - just this afternoon I was thinking about making a sign for the door for lunchtime saying - don't worry - the line moves fast and there are more seats downstairs! Find us on fb if you want - menu changes, upcoming event, etc! Thanks, Linda More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

You come here for the tea. It's great that they also have food, but it is the tea in its special boxes that you can smell before ordering, the presumed and usual quiet, and just the variety of the tea itself that is so nice. In a hurried, coffee, A type world, it is great that tea made well is... More 

Thank NavyJunior
Linda N, Owner at Teaism Penn Quarter, responded to this review

Hey - I'm so glad you've enjoyed your Teaism experience. We try really hard to be a peaceful escape - to live up to the meaning of the word Teaism - thank you!!! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$15
Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 17:30
07:30 - 17:30
07:30 - 17:30
07:30 - 17:30
07:30 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 400 8th Street North West, Penn Quarter, Washington DC, DC 20004
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-638-6010
Teaism is one of three locally-owned tea houses in Washington DC. We're proud to cook from scratch with healthy, seasonal, gmo-free ingredients. Enjoy a relaxing meal or just a pot of tea by the fish pond in our spacious downstairs dining room.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?