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Captain's Cottage

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2548 San Pablo Ave, Pinole, CA 94564, USA 510 724-1470 Website Owner?

Sun 11:00am – 1:00pm Mon closed Tue closed Wed 11:00am – 1:00pm Thu 11:00am – 1:00pm Fri 11:00am – 1:00pm Sat 11:00am – 1:00pm

Recent reviews

    • M

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      Captain's Cottage closed quite a few years ago.

    • staffordcastle

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      Unfortunately, the Captain's Cottage is no longer in operation. It's too bad, as they did a very nice job, in a lovely ambiance.

    • Paula

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      I brought my daughter for tea here, and we had a wonderful experience! We each ordered the four course tea, which comes with a scone/salad/4 tea sandwiches/fruit & sweets. I was told that they recently revamped their menu and I think they did a great job. The food was delicious and filling. I've been to many tearooms and in my opinion their scones and salads are some of the best I've had. They even serve real English Devonshire cream with the scones. The tea room is very sweet, and the ladies that run it are charming. I know we will be back. Thank you!

    • Winee

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      The ambiance is extremely charming, the proprietor very sweet, tea choice is abundant and very good. The first two courses are yum but the dessert is very very very scanty...that's the only problem I had. I have had tea at other places and some places have mini desserts which is fun and yum at the same time. Wish this place served something similar.

    • Elisa

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      I have been here a few times & it is always a wonderful experience. The variety of tea, the quality of the food & the employees are terrific. I love the different themed rooms it offers as well.

    • Tea Sisters Society

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      Several ladies from our tea society had the pleasure of having tea at the Captain's Cottage Teahouse on July 16,2011, and it was wonderful. The owner is absolutely delightful and made our tea time so much fun! We tried several teas that included Russian Caravan, Buckingham Palace Garden Party, Vanilla, and Monk's Blend. They were all very good. The tea sandwiches and savories were tasty and the scones delicious. We look forward to visiting Captain's Cottage again in the near future.

    • Winee

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      I went there for my birthday and I LOVED it. Nice quaint cottage, well decorated with tons of tea knick-knacks. Food was really good although the desert looks all store-bought but the rest is all tasty and warm, every course served separately. I would definitely like to go back there again.

    • Rebekah

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      Simply amazing! so elegant and charming! A++

    • Marcia

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      About a year and a half ago, I discovered the Captain's Cottage while looking for a place to have my daughter's 9th birthday party. I can't believe I've lived in the East Bay for so long and not known about it. Glad I do now. We had tea, crumpets and all the rest for a group of nine girls in the Captain's Room. They were all at one table and one other mom and I were able to also sit in the room but at our own table for two. It was absolutely wonderful! Lois, the proprietress, handled everything so spectacularly. Her demeanor, stories, etc.--all of it made it special and fun for the girls. At the end of the party, Lois even dressed up in different characters that went with the stories she had shared with the girls earlier. It was great! My daughter loved having a bell to ring (that summoned Lois) whenever they might need something in-between courses. Lois is so on top of things, you don't really need to ring the bell, but you know how nine year-olds can't resist. This past weekend, my daughter and I went for tea--just the two of us. She'd been asking to go back ever since her birthday. We finally made time and it was, again, just wonderful. From the crumpets and scones to the crust-less sandwiches to dessert. And there was a bell on the table. My daughter, again, couldn't resist. I let her ring it once but not until we really needed something. :o) One thing I haven't mentioned yet because it's hard to adequately describe is the atmosphere and ambiance. The cottage is too cute for words. I love every aspect of it. The decor is cute and fun. The background music is perfect. There are lots of things to look at and coo over. There is stuff for looking at and stuff for sale. Best of all, the prices are very reasonable. So that's my review. I'm glad I made time to do it. I don't usually do these, but I was really impressed. When we had our second trip to the Captain's Cottage, I felt like I should because I enjoyed it so much. I'd like others to have the benefit of my opinion because I think reading someone else's when I was looking for a place for my daughter's party is what made me check it out to begin with. I'm grateful to whoever posted what they did back then. Karma goes around!!!!

    • Kristie

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      I went to Captain's Cottage last week with my mom, dad and sister, and loved it! I didn't even know tea places existed until I visited one in Tennessee. I wasn't sure I would find one in California with the same charm and good food, but Captain's Cottage has it! The decor is cute as can be, and the staff is so friendly! I will definitely visit again and again!

    • susan

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      The tea shop has improved in decor. Before, it was cluttered with teddy bears on every shelf. The food, however is not that great. Everything including the tea comes warm not hot. There is no warmer for the tea. All the foods are soft in texture and equally bland in color and taste. Nothing is hot or crispy. No kitchen at the shop. foods taste like Costco items. Had to ask to have my teapot filled. the young server (been there several times) always forgets even though I might be the only customer there. The shop could be improved.

    • Kathleen

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      How can one complain about Captain's Cottage in Pinole Ca. The small, but quaint tea parlor is perfect for just about anyone and everyone wanting to enjoy a cup of tea. Located right off San Pablo Avenue, you enter an old Victorian house, and be immediately greeted by Lois, the owner and server dressed in a 19th Century outfit. Not only is she inviting, attentive, and pleasant, but she also provides you with history about Pinole, and its origin. For $17.00, you spend two hours having someone serve you 'hand and foot' by the sound of a bell. Although many tea parlors have extensive tea menus and food choices, Captain Cottage does its best to perserve what a tea house really is.

    • Bridget

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      Although it's true that this tea room is in a quaint old house, the very limited menu and food quality would keep me from returning. Because there is no real kitchen, there is no variety of items available. Cheese spread on crackers does not suffice as an hors d'oeuvre.

      Tearoom response:

      Melanie, we completely updated our menu in January of 2008, so that a consistent, high-quality service would be our trademark. No cheese and crackers here. I'm sincerely sorry that you won't return. Please look at the other recent reviews for confirmation of our well-received updates.

    • Jo

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      What an lovely experience! As we enjoyed the delicious food and, we were charmed by the elegant ambiance and enchanted by the exquisite service, which included delightful stories and engaging poetry. Having visited many of the tearooms listed on your top 100, I was surprised that this wonderful tearoom was not at the top of that list. I would encourage others to enjoy this best kept secret of the East Bay.

    • Lori Berry

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      I LOVE this place--and have been going there for the past 5 years or so. Ever since we had tea with Mary Poppins in Disneyland, my daughters and I have loved a traditional English high tea service. This is a quaint little place and the atmosphere is so relaxed--we can sit for hours and talk and sip tea. The selection is wonderful, and the owners are a delight. The rumor goes that the cottage was owned by a Portugese ship captain who's been long dead--but who still can be heard chuckling and drifting about the lovely ladies sipping their tea. Do order the Buckingham Palace Tea Party tea--it's a delightful cross between Earl Grey and a Jasmine type tea, and it comes with it's own special teapot and cup set. If you have a party of 7, ask to be seated in the Captain's room--they have special cups and saucers there and you'll hear all the old tales of the sea captain from the owners. The menu changes every time I've visited, but the experience is always a delight. Fun to go to with your girlfriends and have a pleasant afternoon talking and sipping. Do reserve your table in advance to avoid any problems about not being able to seat your party.

    • Anonymous

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      I highly recommend this place for those of you who want some TLC- because I really felt lovingly cared for by the waitress. The Devonshire cream was my favorite part of the food. I rated the quality of food as good instead of excellent because of one little thing- the salad greens were missing something little but I don't know what. I loved the special card and notebook I purchased to send to my aunt who loves tea. The recipe book I purchased was OK. Still, I am looking forward to finding more stuff to purchase on my next visit. I am even bringing several men in our family because I know they will love the food and drink. And they served apple juice in a teapot for my brother- the only non-tea drinker among us.

    • elisa

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      I am absolutly in love with this place. From the moment i walked in to the old victorian decorated, cozy little home, to the time i left, I had a blast. I find myself going back again and again. The woman who runs the place is so sweet and she even dresses up in old victorian clothes. She tells you stories about 'the Captain' and about the different teas. The food is great! i love the scones and the different jams. My favorite tea is the Monks tea. There is a good variety of food and teas and the price is good too. check it out, it is a fun place!

    • Stephanie

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      I experienced my first tea ever at the Captain's Cottage, and I loved it! In fact, I have been back to the Cottage several times. The hostesses are always very warm and attentive, and if you have a listening ear, they are always ready to share stories about the Captain which really adds to the atmosphere of the cottage. I do not drink black or green teas, so I’m always thrilled by the variety of delicious herbal teas on the menu. The food is always mouth-watering delicious. I live in Idaho now, but whenever I am back in the area, I make a special effort to get back to the Captain's Cottage! I highly recommend it!

    • Jessica

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      The Captains Tea Cottage is a great place to go any time! It has a very relaxing atmosphere and the people who work there are very kind and welcoming. There are so many cute little things to buy! The tea is marvelous! It's served with a smile too!Personally, my favorite tea is Vanilla. The Catains Tea Cottage has a great vanilla tea! Whoever finds anything wrong with this warm friendly experience must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed! I will definitely spread the word about the Captains Tea Cottage!

    • Megan

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      The Captin's Cottage is one of my favotite places to have tea with my family. It is a wonderful place to have tea and chat with your friends. The crew is always cheerful and a pleasure to talk to.They also sell bears,tea pots,tea holders,etc.It is the perfect place to have a day of tea.

    • Tracy

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      Captain's Cottage has been a treasured haunt for the female members of my family for years. We have hosted an intimate bridal shower for my sister-in-law in the Captain's Room and given each other numerous 'gift certificates' at birthday or mother's day time. The atmosphere is intimate, cozy and delicate. The decor is an attractive and ecclectic mix of pieces, with many fun items to purchase (both tea related and otherwise) nestled in the nooks and cranies. 'The Captain' is a very real presence in the tea room, with the pleasant staff more than willing to discuss his last voyage or his favorite tea with you. Each person selects their own loose tea, with an array of green, black, estate, and even an herbal tea that works for those who must avoid caffeine. The food is appropriate 'tea' food with delicious lemon curd, jam, and devonshire cream accompanying the first course, followed by tea sandwiches, savories, and fun desserts. You leave satiated. I've been to many tea rooms throughout the Bay Area, but this is my favorite one.

    • Danica Azarin-Burdine

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      The atmosphere is great. Everyone was very friendly as we all moved around to see all the different items for sale. My Mom, Sister, Sister-in-law and myself had a wonderful 2 1/2 tea...free from children and husbands and housework...etc. It was very relaxing and and laid back. The food was great. I thought I would still be hungry when it was done, but when we left we were all stuffed. I am planning to go back in the next few weeks...and I can't wait!

    • Cindy Ferguson

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      I have been to many tea rooms, and this one is one of my favorites. There was a nice variety of loose teas, and the food was excellent. The rooms had pretty decorations. There was a large group in another room, and the hostess was able to close the door to that room so we could visit quietly at our table without being disturbed. The music being played was nice.

    • Betsy

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      The Captain's Cottage is our favorite place to celebrate with friends. The atmosphere is so warm and friendly it feels like coming home. The decor changes often and it is always fun to see what is new and different. There are so many unique items for sale at very reasonable prices; it is like a treasure hunt. The tea is delicious with a wide variety, something for everyone's taste. Our favorites are the Captain's Treasure Chest, Vanilla, and Ginger Peach. The food is good, tasty bites with lots of variety. The leisurely pace allows for good conversation with friends. Be sure and ask for a story about the Captain. It is great fun!

    • Marion Smith

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      I had high hopes when I saw the cute exterior of this house, but couldn't have been more disappointed. The gift items scattered about are poor quality and over priced, the table we had by the window had patio chairs to sit in, and the menu was dictated by what the owner had on hand that day to serve. If you want choices, quality tea, and more than cheese spread on crackers for savories, go somewhere else.

      Tearoom response:

      Maureen, it sounds like our style just doesn't connect with you. I'm sincerely sorry that you were so disappointed.

    • Cathalean A. Maher

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      A group of friends brought me here as a surprise for my birthday and I just loved it, the food is wonderful and the atmosphere is fabulous. I am coming back with my sister as I know she will love it.

    • Mariah Grunseth

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      This Victorian Tea House is more like a cozy home. Very relaxing atmosphere and very accomodating to vegetarians and diabetics. The hosts are always cheery and friendly. You leave the tea house rejuventated and satisfied.

    • Harriet Sheppard

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      Despite a set menu it is different each visit and the warm hospitality is the best. The setting is perfect with differnt theme rooms that can accomodated 1-40. The Captains Cottage is the perfect escape from a hard and in pefect world. The Cottage is small but their personal service wins over the larger and more commerical tea houses. Their prices can not be beat either.

    • Dr. Esther Rice

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      I thoroughly enjoyed this second visit to the Captain's Cottage. The sunny rooms, their decor, the tableware, and of course the food all were lovely. We were treated as if we were the only customers there! The number of rooms make it a good place for a cozy talk.

    • Dalyte

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      This tea shop is just wonderful. The atmosphere is very charming, and you can't help but feel tickled by the decor. I've never seen so many cute little frilly things in one place before. The tea is divine. There are days when I just dream of having another cup of their strawberry green tea. The service is equally amazing. I took my mother here for Mother's Day, and she adored the prim and proper manners of Lois, the proprietor. The food is not amazing, but it's well presented, and it's a satisfactory compliment for the amazing tea. I highly recommend this tea house. Time stops when you go there, and all that's left to do is savor your delicious tea and good company.The intimate setting within this tea house makes Captain's Cottage the perfect place to catch up with close friends.

    • rl

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      Check the East Bay Express' review--they sum it up best: Captain's Cottage takes the old New England tea shoppe theme to its zenith. The setting is picture perfect: a restored Victorian in Old Town Pinole furnished in turn-of-the-century fashion and Lois Boyle, the proprietor, decked out in period costume. The front room is a sunny parlor, with a few cozy tables and sofas; the back room is done in a nautical theme. Tucked here and there throughout are tea knickknacks for sale, from teapots to cozies to Christmas ornaments. But besides the quaint setting and welcoming host, it's the food and generous selection of teas that keep you coming back. Boyle's version of English high tea, unlike most, is spread out over five courses. For your $15 per person ($18 on Sundays), you get a pot of tea -- 21 to choose from -- with delectable scones with jams and Devonshire cream, tea sandwiches, 'hot savories,' assorted desserts, and more. If modern life has you down, Captain's is a welcome step into the past.

    • Diane

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      Yes, the food is not top notch. However I have visited many tea places in the San Francisco area and rarely find food that is close to better. I would rather go to this place over the King George Hotel in SF anytime! The atmosphere is fun and relaxing. The service is great. The server talks about 'The Captain' as if he is real and makes up great and wacky stories that have to make you smile. She even wears appropriate dress. You can tell that she loves what she does and it is inspiring. It is like visiting your crazy aunt. Many, many great tea items to dazzle the eye and purchase at decent prices. The victorian atmosphere is alive here. Go to this place and know that the food will be good but not great. There will be plently of it though. 4 courses compaired to the 3 every one else serves and they are brought out one at a time. No rushing you here! The price is only $15 per person and there is no tipping allowed. This is one of the Bay Area's better tea experiences.

    • Abigail

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      The upside: *beautiful Victorian house *warm atmosphere/cozy *great service *easy parking *fairly good tea selection The downside: *food is a bit 'Costco' (salty, pre-packaged, small servings) but edible. *gifts are a bit 'downmarket' but cute regardless *the food is a little expensive for what you get.

    • ET

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      This place is cute, but the food is terrible. Everything came from a can or the freezer and there was a lot of fish. It was all salty, too. Our server was really sweet and interactive and her grandson came in for a cup of tea while we were there. Also, there was the smell of not-so-stale smoke in the air and it gave me a headache. There are loads of cute things for sale, but mostly made in China. This place just misses the mark for me.