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Japanese Tea House

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Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
10:30 - 16:00
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Mon 10:30 - 15:00
Tue - Sun 10:30 - 16:00
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Murrieta, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

We were visiting Balboa Park and stopped in to the Japanese Tea House for a quick drink. I ordered a chai latte and when I took a sip I realized it was only lukewarm. I went back to the counter and asked for it to be heated up. The barista put it in the microwave for 2 minutes!!! I had... More 

Thank Alexandra T
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

We had the chicken udon noodles and the beef teriyaki rice bowl. The flavor was alright, but both the chicken and beef were tough as shoe leather. We will not return.

Thank Eric H
Henderson, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

What a vast offering of teas! My friends and I visited here twice during our six day San Diego vacation. Tables and chairs are provided for outside dining.

Thank Susan E
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

they serve so many kinds of tea so me and my sister could not make a choice so they gave us to taste , the tea is amazing, the best tea i ever tried....

Thank אינה ג
San Diego, California
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

Every time I go to Balboa Park, I stop by the tea house for a drink and some udon. The menu is small, but meals are tasty and there is a nice area to sit outdoors in the shade.

Thank Coral A
San Diego, California
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43 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

New Owner needed Went there once when they were to be open. Someone was late and we had to wait thirty minutes. Went again for our daughters birthday. They had closed early and not updated their website. Very poorly managed place.

Thank Patricia T
Imperial Beach, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

Perhaps it was because we went on a "Free Tuesday", but we were a little disappointed in the Japanese Tea House and Garden. It was over-crowded with long lines of people ordering food. I didn't like that they did not have a separate line for people who only wish to purchase a drink and prepackaged snack (no cooking required). I... More 

Thank Rita P
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

very good for a snack and iced tea, in between museum visits--small tables and chairs in the shade when you wish to relax--

Thank irving s
Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

Was quite expensive to get in and walk the gardens. Although the Jasmine was in full bloom most of the gardens were not even fully finished. We walked to the bottom but did not have the tea, I was quite disappointed in the whole tour!

Thank gajanshe
Brooklyn, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2015

This attraction is not that special but pretty. Expensive tea and garden that are not too great. Not wot=rth the charge to go in

Thank maidele

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Cafe, Asian
Restaurant features
Good for
Open Hours
10:30 - 16:00
10:30 - 15:00
10:30 - 16:00
10:30 - 16:00
10:30 - 16:00
10:30 - 16:00
10:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego

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