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Samovar Tea Lounge - Yerba Buena Gardens

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730 Howard St, Upper Terrace Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA 94103-3119 (4th Street)
+1 415-227-9400
10:00 - 21:00
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Thu - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

For breakfast I ordered avocado toast on gluten free bread so that it would be vegan. Toast had butter on it. Very expensive, breakfast for 3 was $50 plus tip. Not impressed with veg choices or prices (English breakfast tea $9) but the setting is lovely and the outside seating is very nice.

Thank rajalance
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Let's get this over with: this place is ridiculously expensive! (The teas shouldn't cost 12 or 15 dollars!?!) I've been to high quality tea shops in the U.S., and I've never seen these kind of prices. Now, having said that, the patio is amazingly beautiful ... so in part you're paying for the ambiance. The service was slow at the... More 

Thank Bryan H
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is amazing range of teas available. I tried the Moroccan Mint green tea. It was tasty and refreshing. Excellent service in a lovely setting.

Thank Elizabeth_and_David
Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tea offerings are wonderful (many to chose from) and I appreciated the setting, the friendly service, the presentation of the tea and the music. A very nice way to start a morning or wind down a day.

Thank sfdann
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In the Yerba Buena area above the Dr MLK memorial... Very tranquil A nice time out from walking the gardens and museums. They offer a fantastic assortment of teas and healthy foods as well as a lovely view

Thank Sally R
Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed the egg toast and the toast with anchovies, roasted peppers and arugula. Duck sandwich was tasty. Disappointing "corn beef potato hash"- small cubes of corn beef with potato halves- not the usual cut up in small pieces for hash. Pastry basket was fresh and OK- Did no realize this tea lounge does not serve coffee. Good services.

Thank DeborahandAndy
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

On the way to SFMoma stopped for lunch with my daughter & her friend. A great selection of teas from around the world. I ordered a hearty vegetarian sandwich, with fresh avocado, roasted red pepper and pesto on Ciabatta. I could have shared half or saved it for later. A basket of warm scones, muffins and biscuits with strawberry jam... More 

Thank Divatrails
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Our small party had dinner before our show at Yerba Buena. Creative menu and good selection of teas. Wait staff was very attentive and friendly. Good option to catch a bite next to Moscone and Yerba Buena Centers. Will definitely return when in the area. Everyone enjoyed their selections. The Smoke Duck Jook was full of chopped duck. However, my... More 

Thank worldseeker2014
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

This tea-bar has amazing views, is centrally located and easy to get to from transit or car. Amazing selection of tea (try the Tumeric) and have some sweets!

Thank rxdxt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Met up with a friend here and had a great time. The food was good but I expected steamed dumplings rather than fried. I totally enjoyed the tea. Servers could have done a better job of explaining the menu. I felt rushed initially as the waiter came back multiple times to ask if we were ready. I imagine this spot... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 730 Howard St, Upper Terrace Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA 94103-3119
    (4th Street)
  • Public Transportation: Muni J,K,L,M, N at Powell St
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighbourhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-227-9400

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able to do more than just business - museums, top quality restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call this neighbourhood home. Most of its freeway-sized streets may not capture the same character as other neighbourhoods in the city, but pockets of charm, like South Park, can still be found throughout its side streets.
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