Samovar Tea Room

San Francisco, California

3.6 / 3 votes

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Organic, fair-trade, tea shop with labeled vegan sandwiches and snacks

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice, Caterer

All vegan options are labeled and include things like tofu sandwiches.

Added by earlapricot on Nov 30 08 (last updated Jun 17 11)

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While Samovar has nice decor and can be called either a coffee/tea shop or a casual cafe (you'll find people working on their laptops, as well as others who look like they're on dates), I was unimpressed on a whole.

My biggest problem is with the prices. Their cheaper single pots of tea cost $8. Seriously? $8 for a pot of tea? I've never been charged that much for gourmet tea, and I'm a long-time tea drinker and amateur expert. While the selection they have is good, it's just an unjustifiably high price to pay.

I like that they offer some vegan food items, though the prices on food are also quite high ($12 for a sandwich, $20+ for more complicated dishes).

Given that this isn't an exclusively upscale joint, their prices are simply misaligned. If they rebranded as a posh teashop rather than trying to pretend to be a laptop-user hangout, maybe I could give them another star.

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Neighborhood

Castro

Directions

On the corner of 18th and Sanchez.

Non-Smoking

Prices

$$ - average

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Eclectic (Fusion)

Features

  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Brunch
  • Romantic

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Hours

10am - 10pm

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