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Jade Leaves Tea House

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3110 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA 512-687-0569 Website Owner?

Sun closed Mon 07:00am – 6:00pm Tue 07:00am – 6:00pm Wed 07:00am – 6:00pm Thu 07:00am – 6:00pm Fri 07:00am – 6:00pm Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm

Recent reviews

    • Forest

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      The hours are not correct anymore. They have changed them over and over and now are only open M-F 10-5 and closed weekends. The owners over extended themselves and unfortunately will be closing shop soon. Very disappointing as it had such great potential when it opened. Like the tea at the Boston Tea Party soon to be taken away with the tide. Truly unfortunate as the ambiance is spectacular!!

    • ed

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      They offer a good variety of teas, but no fine ones. The tea is mostly stale and not that great when its not stale. The food is average, but very simple and woefully over priced. The tea is served in large pots steeped with under warmed water. Service is very slow and inefficient. You often have to place your order more than once, even when your party is the only one in the restaurant.

    • BJ

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      I guess I'm spoiled by Ching Ching Cha in DC, but I like to have a kettle of hot water at my table. Also, they don't serve the oolong gung fu style. Lastly, the water seems to have been heated in a coffee machine, which does not serve you up with the proper water temperature. Nice decor and tea selection, but very much lacking in the area of tea prep, which is what going to a tea house and paying $5-20 a pot is all about.

    • Aimy Steadman

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      This place is kinda crazy. It has weird hours. Overall the staff are interesting and will talk to you about stuff. There isn't a lot of food, but if they have the longevity soup when you go in, definitely get it. It is by far the weirdest tasting soup I've ever had... sweet/spicy/bitter/tangy all at the same time.

    • Ana

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      Overpriced. Poor (almost complete lack thereof) service. It shouldnt take an hour to bring tea out. I will never go here again.

    • Nikki

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      Jade leaves teahouse is incredible! The aesthetics are unbelievable - like walking in to a little piece of China right in the middle of Austin. The food was delicious and I found it inspiring that there are still restaurants where people care about the food they are preparing and serving. Everything we had was organic and homemade, and though it was a bit pricier than the average lunch spot, I don't mind paying a bit extra for a high quality meal. The staff is very helpful- if you're like me and don't know a lot about green tea, or tea in general (but thoroughly enjoy it), they will give detailed information as well as make recommendations. What impressed me the most, however, was their dinner menu. The dishes I experienced had tremendous depth of flavor with great textures and interesting combinations. Also, the food is very clean. I felt fabulous eating it. Their dinner menu changes weekly, and is updated weekly on their website.

    • Amelia

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      I had tea at this tea room and thought it was so delicious. The food, service and hospitality was wonderful. I will definately return and bring my friends. FYI I think that Jim, who reviewed this tea room just wanted to let the whole world know that he thought he was a somebody and knew tea better than everyone else. WE had a great time regardless!!

    • Jim T

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      What P.F Chang’s is to authentic Chinese food, Jade Leaves is to authentic Chinese Tea. Walking through their immense collection of Chinese scholar stones (largest I have seen in Austin) and the wonderful decorative features in the building I truly expected something wonderful. What I discovered, however, was absolute tea mediocrity. I am an oolong and puerh tea drinker, and though the tea selection was large, oolongs and puerhs are the portion of the menu that I am most competent to comment upon. All of the oolongs were from fall of 2006—one year ago. Not only was 2006 a poor year for Taiwanese oolongs, but the fall harvest produces oolongs of the lowest quality. Further, most of the lightly oxidized oolongs only have a shelf-life of 3-6 months depending on how they are stored. I asked to look at the Li Shan (they called in “Pear Mountain”) and it had gone off—no doubt because of the age and the way it was being stored. Many of the oolongs and all of the puerhs are best prepared in a style called “gong fu cha”. Overpriced tables, used for gong fu cha, could be found throughout the teahouse-- however the tea is served in steeping baskets. This is completely incorrect as the time required to steep these teas is measured in seconds and would be bitter by the time the pot or cup made it to the diner’s table. Of course this is assuming that the teas were good to begin with. Despite the abundance of gong fu tea tables, none of these are ever used. This underlines the fact that Jade Leaves is all artifice and no substance. Someone visiting from Taiwan or China might not recognize the names of the teas. One tea was called “Orchid Oolong”. No such tea exists. Perhaps it is a Baozhong with an orchid-like aroma, but this is universally called Baozhong oolong. Li Shan oolong was called “Pear Mountain” which is a literal translation, yet this is odd since other names were not translated. Another confusing name was “Green Guanyin”. There is no such tea as a “Green Guanyin”, but there is a Tieguanyin produced in Anxi , China that is green. The names seemed to have been pulled out of a hat. Again, the naming was odd for the puerhs also. While it is common practice for domestic tea vendors to not describe the cake in enough detail that you can tell what batch it came from. However, it is common to describe puerh with some consistency, beginning with the two major puerh types “Shou” and “Sheng”. This is the same as dividing wines into Red and Whites. The ripe puerh was correctly called a “Shou Puerh”, however the sheng puerh was called an “Aged Puerh”. I have no idea why they didn’t call them Shou/Sheng Puerhs or even Ripe/Aged Puerh. This may seem trivial, but it is the exact equivalent of going into a restaurant and asking for a wine vintage and then told that they only serve an “Aged Red” and “Blanc” wine. The clerk was very nice and was willing to answer questions, but to her admission didn’t actually know a lot about tea. I settled on a ripe puerh since this is cheap and hard to mess-up. I left feeling that another great opportunity had been lost to bring a true Chinese/Taiwanese tea experience to the community. All the artifacts and scholar stones in the world won’t make bad tea taste any better.

    • Erika Mittag

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      at least four pages of tea selections. I had Yerba Mate and it was delicious. The food menu is relatively small, but every morsel is mouthwatering. The stir fried rice with tofu was outstanding. Very fresh vegetables and organic meats available. Top notch! Dining area has several more public tables and then several booths that are almost small rooms for privacy. Beautiful dark wood dividers. The back room is an art gallery of fine jade and other Chinese artifacts.