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Roji Tea Lounge

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108 E Washington St, Syracuse, NY 13202, USA (315) 428-0844 Website Owner?

Sun 3:00pm – 11:00pm Mon 3:00pm – 11:00pm Tue 3:00pm – 01:00am Wed 3:00pm – 01:00am Thu 3:00pm – 01:00am Fri 3:00pm – 01:00am Sat 3:00pm – 01:00am
An intimate space, tastefully decorated. The menu is varied enough to hold one's interest, yet focused enough to avoid confusing the novice. The owner/operator is a charming young girl from Kyoto with an obvious passion for tea. The Roji tea lounge is a tranquil, inviting escape from the downtown bustle.

Recent reviews

    • SJ

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      One of my favorite places within the city. An inviting atmosphere with a wide selection of teas to try. Excellent snack/dessert choices and vegan-friendly. Most of their staff is prepared to answer some of your most complicated questions about tea. They are well-trained and knowledgeable. They make sure that even their newest associates are excellently trained before engaging with customers. A worthwhile place to visit.

    • Julia

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      Roji is a wonderful tea room. Such attention to detail in the presentation and serving of tea, wonderfully dreamy atmosphere. The selection of teas is very broad, and the green tea cake is delicious!! I spent many an evening with friends here, and it holds so many great memories for me! I have since moved to NYC, and I can say that nothing here surpasses Roji's spot as my favorite tea room of all time. The others just can't compare!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you so much for the comment. We felt our mission was to become an oasis to the urban and cultural people in this area so your comment means a lot to us. Thank you and our door is always open for you if you pass this way. Have fun in NYC. :)

    • Matt

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      This lounge made me a fan of tea as I never really took much interest before coming here. I go there 2-3 times a week to do homework or just get out of my apartment. The only thing more impressive than the taste of the tea is the care that goes into preparing and presenting it. The the staff is simply awesome, engaging when I am being social, letting me be when I am isolating myself with headphones to do work. They are also really helpful, which is great since I know nothing about tea. Its one of the few places I will really miss in Syracuse when I leave.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you for your comment. It means a lot to us. Since I don't know you that well... which means my staffs are doing awesome job! It is always hard to say good bye to great people we meet through this place.

    • Erica 2

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      I love this teahouse. The staff are wonderful, and very helpful. I, and a group of loud knitters, occasionally take up some space at the Tea Lounge, and we always feel so welcome. The staff actually have started to recognize us. Such a great asset to Syracuse.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you. You guys are not loud at all. roji is for everyone so feel free to take up some space. :D Tea and knitting always looks like a perfect match. (if I could only knitt...)

    • Ali

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      The tea was excellent and couches were comfy. The staff was more than willing to chat and make recommendations. Roji even had something my non-tea drinking boyfriend could enjoy with their bubble tea. It was a great experience and worth going to. I'll definitely be going back there.

      Tearoom response:

      We are glad to hear that you both enjoyed your time at roji. Yes, non-tea drinkers are welcome as well. They all have different reason to come back, like music, atmospher... or just because. ;)

    • Joseph

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      This place is a hidden gem in the heart of downtown. Quality service and tea with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. If you can, go there sometime during the week and take advantage of the step-up corner seating area; very cozy.

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for your comment. Now we have an expanded room that all seatings are on tatami floor mats. (so people won't get jelouse?) I hope you can check it out in the future. :)

    • Anita

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      The staff is incredibly polite, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. The cozy environment is comfortable and the snacks delicious! They go out of their way to be vegan friendly.

      Tearoom response:

      We will keep working hard to maintain the good service. We are now eco-friendly also! Thank you for your comment!

    • Alicia

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      This is the best Tea Lounge ever. Everyone that works there is so nice and helpful. I go about once a week at least. It's really nice because the people that work there remember you, and there's so many different teas to try you'll never get bored. I LOVE ROJI!

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for your comment. We love you for supporting the unique scene in Syracuse.

    • Dan B.

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      The owner is the most charming girl on earth. Her mother is a grand master of the Japanese tea ceremony, so tea is in her blood, so to speak. I only know this because they hosted a demonstration of the complete tea ceremony once - what an amazing ritual! The variety of teas they have available is easily on a par with any hip, urban tea lounge in any real city, like NY, San Francisco, etc.... It's an astounding thing to find in Syracuse, and should be considered a valuable local resource. I try to stop in whenever I'm in town. Where else can I get a cup of Silver Needle this far upstate?

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you for participating in the ceremony. We had fun too. And also thank you for your lovely comment. Any comments means a lot to us and keep us going. We're glad that you enjoy the time at roji. TM

    • aya

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      What a wonderful place to have tea. I love the tea and music there. Itfs a must go place when I feel stressed. My favorite place in Syracuse!

    • Jen

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      This place is amazing! With the main focus being on quality even their bubble teas are the best I've ever had.

    • Eric

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      The selection of tea is a wonderful compared to the other places in the area. The atmosphere is comforting and warm. With also, great music to relax to

    • whitney

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      this is probably the most hip happenen' place in syracuse. it has the nicest staff and the best tea on this side of the world! enjoy good tea and good music!!!! :D

    • a.y.

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      i can:t believe there is a place like this here!!! music is amazing and the teas are the real deal..definately my new favorite place

    • Chad

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      This is a great place to go if you have never experienced tea before. The staff is very informative and cheerful. Everything here is amazing from the people to the tea. Great place to go with friends for a quiet, relaxing night.

    • Melinda

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      Tea room is very small. Staff un-attentative. I ordered hot bubble tea which was served warm-cold.Selection of tea was limited compared to other tea rooms.

      Tearoom response:

      I apologize for the incident. I finally logged-in to this page as an owner today so sorry I couldn't get back to you sooner. I remember the order of 'warm bubble tea' because it was unusual to me. English being my 2nd language, I precisely ordered my staff to make warm tea. Believe it or not, some customers order 'not too hot' teas and we do everything we can to personalize the service to you. Of cause I learnt soon after that 'warm' means 'hot'...! I understand that people have different niches, however, should you ever decides to give us a chance, please stop by again. I owe you a Bubble tea! Thank you.

    • Dave

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      Equisite & peaceful. Aromatic & divine. Kind & courteous. The entire experience at Roji is fantastic. The service is impeccable & kind. The teas variety is amazing & traditional. Step into a sanctuary of delight...

    • Richard

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      This is the best place to sit down and relax over absolutely amazing teas and snacks. Many vegan options, and bubble teas are great! The chai with a scoop of ice cream, and the bagel with cream cheese and adzuki beans would probably be my two favorite menu items.

    • Dee

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      Love the tea, love the people, love the food. What else could you ask for. Its a great place to relax and learn about tea.