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Samovar Tea Lounge - Yerba Buena Gardens

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$$ - $$$
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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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Oakland, California
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1,107 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Restful spot for tea and light meals. Good for food before a show at the Yerba Buena Center. Some pretty views.

Thank Thomas V
Oakland, California
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270 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely outside patio in Yerba Buena Gardens makes for a lovely place for a beer or wine (or other drink) on a sunny day. But beware of the host's attitude and the pretty slow service. Food platters are ok, but the other Hayes valley location had better food when I went there. If there's a convention at the Moscone... More 

Thank GPToak
Lorgues, France
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62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The location is great and on a nice day you may want to reserve a table in the patio though the samovar display deserves a look at. The choice of dishes is not extensive but far sufficient and diversified. The choice of tea is undoubtedly drawing some people there. No complaint about the food or the service are both were... More 

Thank Alain G
Imperial Beach, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was suprised that the tea quality was good and the wait staff actually knew how to brew tea properly.

Thank ibtim922
New York City, New York
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141 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 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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865 reviews
468 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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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439 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 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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366 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

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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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 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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457 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

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

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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Child-friendly
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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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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