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Samovar Tea Lounge - Yerba Buena Gardens

730 Howard St, Upper Terrace Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA 94103-3119
+1 415-227-9400
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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730 Howard St, Upper Terrace Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA 94103-3119
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On our first day in San Francisco we had an exceptional lunch at the Samovar Tea Lounge at the Yerba Buena Gardens. We started with butternut dumplings and shared interesting combinations of foods that we wouldn’t have imagined would taste great together. The service was...More

Thank Arthur G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect place to have a delicious lunch, enjoying the sun on their terrace with a beautiful view over Yerba Buena Gardens and SF skyline.

Thank yara_globetrotter
Reviewed 19 August 2017

There are many things to choose from here, a great selection of teas, and a wide range of food choices from snacks and a pick me up to a meal and dessert. service was attentive and helpful; we did not have to wait too long...More

Thank janetperlman
Reviewed 13 July 2017

The tea lounge is a perfect spot for a light lunch or snack. The restaurant and plaza are comfortable and well laid out, with lovely views of the gardens. There were good vegetarian options which is always a bonus. The tea was so expensive no...More

Thank BookishS
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

This is the perfect spot to have a pick me up of tea and a bite to eat. I really enjoyed the turmeric spice and butternut squash ravioli. The view is also really nice.

Thank Jen L
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Lovely, interesting atmosphere. Great views from the windows. Nice, relaxing place to take a little break while spending the day in the city. I had the "Chinese Service Food & Tea Pairing" and thought everything was delicious. The space was smaller than I'd expected from...More

Thank PamelaWright
Reviewed 9 June 2017

I took a Russian Tea Breakfast. It was excellent! I'm still thinking about those eggplants (I think that's what it was..) but really, the whole plate was good! Egg with Caviar, smoked salmon, beets, strawberries & kiwis, you can't go wrong with this! However, I...More

Thank Caroline L
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

This restaurant was a remarkable find. The food menu is diverse both in variety and ethnically. The tea menu is large and encompasses many tastes. Staff are friendly. All in all, very charming!

Thank Ruah13
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

This lovely tearoom sits next to the fantastic Yerba Buena gardens. It has a great terrace that offers one of the nicest and relaxed spots in San Francisco on a sunny afternoon. Service is helpfully and friendly. If you don't know anything about tea, they...More

Thank EuroMaverick
Reviewed 8 May 2017

I ordered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, but when I tasted my friend's Masala Chai--I ordered that too. Their Masala Chai is piping hot with the right level of spice and not too sweet which I love. The food, however, was completely underwhelming. My friend...More

Thank Anna L
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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