I give this place kudos for having a separate vegan menu (albeit only containing drinks, not food) and for having a decent array of loose-leaf teas. I also like that they have pre-packaged vegan cookies (though freshly baked ones are better).
However, I don't like the ambience in there. It's a bit too spartan and unwelcoming, in my view. And it doesn't fall into the hip, retro-modern look, either. It just looks plain, with a slight twinge of grime, the likes that accumulates when tables aren't cleaned off regularly.
Their worst offense, by far, is that they don't have mugs or in-house cups. Everything comes in paper cups, with those cardboard holders, and un-recyclable lids. This is inexcusable given that they're in the eco-mecca of Uptown, and that almost every other independent cafe in the Twin Cities offers re-usable cups and utensils. Tea Garden has a long way to go in terms of being eco-friendly.