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Rose Tea Cafe

Squirrel Hill South
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5874 1/2 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217-1602
+1 412-421-2238
11:00 - 21:30
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 22:30
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Singapore, Singapore
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150 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited a few times. Decent food, simple clean premises, reasonable prices, but an agro boss who's throwing ur utensils at you at times; the older lady server seems nice, but at times too eager to collect payment before we can even finish our food.

2 Thank geraldchan
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220 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

I had never gotten lunch here before. Usually I just get bubble tea. I like that they don't make their bubble tea syrupy sweet! Anyhow, I got their lunch special. It's a great deal! For under $6, you get a huge portion! I had to have some self control and not eat it all in one sitting! I had the... More 

Thank SGcvn69
Houston, Texas
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

We make sure to come here every time we visit. The best Boba tea. We always end up getting the same thing even though we always promise to try something new. In case you were wondering, we always get the taro boba and the house special crispy fried noodles. It is big enough for 2 people to share.

Thank LinneGQ
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234 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

We were visiting Carnegie Mellon Univ (adjacent) and stopped in for lunch. Service was efficient but not unfriendly. We all loved our meals from soup to curried noodles. Seemed homemade. We did not order any of the many many beverages on the menu. I'd go back.

Thank santonez
Houston, Texas
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

Got the Taro and Coconut Boba Tea. they were very good. We stopped here 3 times on our Pittsburgh visit. Loved the House Special Pan Fried Noodles. This place is always very good and there is a reason why we make it a point to eat there every time we go to Pittsburgh.

Thank LinneGQ
Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2015

We were quite excited when we saw it was Taiwan cuisines that was served here....but we were quite disappointed that the food was just very ordinary Chinese food. I would not go any further.

Thank HOTChillyPadi
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2015

The dining room is quite small so it is a bit noisy if it is packed. However, if you are there during lunch or late afternoon, it is good to have a meal with your peace of mind. Try pork chop with rice for less than $10, pork roll, or squid ball; all are good. Don't forget to try milk... More 

Thank WaLNUTTo
Vienna, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 October 2015

Love it! We are from VA and tried these drinks. The bubble, I can tell, it is homemade and not from store. The taste and texture of the bubble is very good. The milk tea is not too sweet and just a good taste for us. Even we made another trip to the cafe on second day. VA also has... More 

Thank ViennaMom68
Chicago, Illinois
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2015

The shredded beef with Chinese hot pepper is one of my favorite dishes here. I always request to have take out from this restaurant when I visit my sister. Even with all the delicious Asian food in Chicago, I haven't found anything that quite matches up to this place for that dish. The bubble tea is also always delicious.

Thank aWANana2
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2,742 reviews
1,088 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,501 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2015

We ordered a couple of bubba teas to go, taro and mango. Both were really good. Very refreshing. And legit. As others reviewers mentioned, service is awful. Servers are rude.

Thank HelenaGuerra

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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
Asian, Taiwanese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5874 1/2 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217-1602
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh>  > Squirrel Hill South
  • Neighbourhood: Squirrel Hill South
  • Phone Number: +1 412-421-2238

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?