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“Fantastic Tea With The Best View of Urban Life In San Fran”

Samovar Tea Lounge - Yerba Buena Gardens
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: SoMa
Cross street: 4th Street
Transit: Muni J,K,L,M, N at Powell St
Reviewed 23 April 2014

We were suggested this place by a hotel concierge, and it did not disappoint. The spot is a little bit hidden and has very few seats, so going during off-hours of lunch was a good idea. But when you do get a spot, ask to sit outside. You will be treated to a fantastic view of Yerba Buena Gardens, along with delightful people watching.

The tea was great. Hot and cold, we enjoyed the lemonade blends with the tea that fit perfectly for a hot summer day. The food took a little bit of time to cook, but we were not disappointed with our meals. We left with smiles and comfort at having such an enjoyable experience, that we recommend this restaurant to anyone who visits the area.

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Thank Valerie T
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

For true tea lovers, the selection and attention to detail here will not be wasted. I had three visits here in a short amount of time, mostly for the convenience of the location for the Moscone center. There is very pleasant outdoor seating, both in sun and shade. The food menu is relatively short, but the selection is unique and pleasing. Prices are on the high end, especially for some of the teas, but they are arguably very fine and rare, if that value isn't lost on you. No coffee is available for the non-tea drinkers, which threw some of my cohorts off.

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Thank Dustin B
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Three of us had lunch and sat outside on a sunny day with a view of the gardens. They have a small menu and pair the meals with teas they suggest. I had what was called the Paliolithic, smoked duck with a cold salad of squash, beets and kale paired with a tea. It was a really good meal. My wife had a Ginger and Quinoa Waffle w/ palm nectar syrup. Our neice had a curried egg salad sandwich. They have such a varied menu that just about anyone could find something they would like. It has a pleasant, trendy atmosphere.

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Thank OshkoshTraveler1
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

If you like tea, you will like this place. They have a huge variety and a unique presentation for each type of tea. Good for a lunch date or an early evening get together.

Thank KateFied
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

If it is a nice day, I can't imagine a better place to sit and have tea. They have devoted a lot of time and expertise to selecting the teas and serve them correctly so that you can enjoy tea to the maximum. The food selection is very idiosyncratic. I suspect some (like me) will enjoy it and others will just scratch their heads.

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Thank Buckaroo52
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