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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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Salt Lake City, Utah
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342 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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402 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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114 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

Thank AFitnessFoodie
Mill Valley, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If it's warm enough, the outdoor seating offers beautiful views of Yerba buena gardens and the city. The interior is quite comfortable and cozy, especially on cold days. Fantastic tea selection, but the menu is unusual and outstanding. The salmon egg bowl (ask for extra nori) was my favorite. My husband enjoyed the toast menu and the tea smoked duck.

Thank Amykalish
Pleasanton, California
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128 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had lunch here before our visit to the MOMA, and it was perfect. The food is good and the setting is lovely. On a nice day, the outside seating is lovely. Make a reservation, though--this is a popular place.

Thank CWanlin
San Jose, California
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195 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

What a great choice South of Market, near Moscone Center and Yerba Buena Center. First off, you'll get a great education on tea. I loved my Moorish Mint Green Tea. The poached egg and smoked salmon bowl was wonderful. The waiter was very patient and caring with a very specific order. This place is unique in menu, style, and attentiveness.... 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, 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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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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