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Imperial Tea Court

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1511 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
+1 510-540-8888
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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

There are MANY choices of tea here - so many that I usually choose their featured special or opt for a lengthy conversation with the server. They always bring the tea with a timer for steeping. Exotic teas, familiar teas, tasty snacks in a beautiful setting removed from the street. Lovely.

Thank minimuffinlover
Berkeley, California
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Nice outdoor seating, interesting variety of Chinese foods, primarily noodles, which are homemade. Slightly pricy.

Thank Freddd2013
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Regularly going to this place. It's very nicely located with the little garden, tucked away from the street noise. Any of their dim sums are well worth a bite but my favorites are the shrimp dumplings and pork shao mai. And of course, the classic handpulled noodles. To be traditional, go with the beef! Again, prepared with lots of care.... More 

Thank Ian M
Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

The Hong Kong yellow curry was good; the hand-pulled noodles and teahouse noodles were terrific. And such a lovely spot!

Thank MplsSEM
Berkeley, California
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

I love coming to the Imperial Tea Court. It's tucked away in a beautiful garden behind the main building. The food is delicious and hearty. The noodles are freshly made and chewy in a good way, not sticky or gummy. There's not a big selection on the menu but I like that. It's a simple menu and everything on it... More 

Thank Susan R
Berkeley, California
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143 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

Imperial Tea Court is just doors away from Chez Panisse--and, frankly, I far prefer the former over the latter. My most recent visit was my fourth, and I'm already wondering when I can go back. On this occasion, I introduced a friend to the restaurant at lunchtime. My favorite dish is the hand-pulled noodles. I always order the vegetarian version... More 

Thank Judith D
Boise, Idaho
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2015

I have visited the Imperial Tea Court three times over the past 10 years and had the same reaction all three times which is encapsulated in the title of this review. My guess is the Imperial Tea Court is financed by a stream of university people new to the area and dazzled by the setting's high asthetic, not on the... More 

Thank JylDee
London, United Kingdom
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19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2015

Excellent tofu soup, steam buns and green onion pancakes. Also the outdoor seating area was nice and relaxed.

Thank Em M
Berkeley, California
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16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

The setting is ideal; very calm and comforting; hidden so you have to work to find; but once there; great !

1 Thank MattKells
The Bay Area
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184 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2015

I have to admit I've only gone here for the tea but the atmosphere is nice (especially in the patio 'garden') and this is a great place to spend an hour with friends, catching up. One of those Berkeley gems.

Thank cuckatoo

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Chinese
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  • Address: 1511 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-540-8888

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