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Teahouse Kuan Yin

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1911 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA 206-632-2055 Website Suggest Changes

Sun 09:00am – 10:00pm Mon 09:00am – 10:00pm Tue 09:00am – 10:00pm Wed 09:00am – 10:00pm Thu 09:00am – 10:00pm Fri 09:00am – 10:00pm Sat 09:00am – 10:00pm
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Recent reviews

    • Michael


      The new owner,Marcus, has become quite knowledgeable about tea since taking the business over in 2005. Good quality teas and snacks. Homey atmosphere and friendly serving staff.

    • Rebecca


      I've met friends here several times--the service is friendly and unobtrusive, and I've discovered some wonderful teas based off their recommendations. This is not a 'high tea' kind of place, but as a casual place to meet, drink good tea and have a good chat, it's great.

    • Linda


      This tea room has been around for over about 20 years and has changed hands many times. It's Asian in feeling but very down on its heels in decor. The new owners and their staff don't have the same enthusiasm that the place once had. Definitely not your English tea room! Teas are made with loose tea in an infuser, and care is given to warming the pot and steeping for the correct amount of time. Tea can be covered with a tea cozy. The last time I was there having a black tea, it was very weak, and the staff didn't seem concerned at all when I complained about the lack of tea in my tea. I just left it and walked out, leaving them nonchalant and chatting with each other and continuing their conversation. So much for customer service!

    • Aaron


      The teenager at the counter was completely ignorant about tea, and manners. The tea selection is vast, but they are, for the most part, old and stale. This place has gone downhill in the last 10 years. The new owner seems insane.

    • Jennifer


      i love to spend time at Teahouse Kuan Yin. the staff is knowledgeable, and the tea selection is large and varied. the service is all whole leaf teas, served with timers, a prewarmed second pot (to avoid overbrewing), etc. the experience is focused on tea drinking, and the atmosphere is quiet and warm, with fish tanks and imported textile tablecloths. the available food is of the snack and sandwich variety, good to nibble on as you chat or read a good book. highly recommended.

    • Silas


      The best teahouse I have ever been to. Anyone who doesn't think so obviously doesn't get tea. Some of the best quality tea in the nation (and I have tryed alot) and the owner is among the most knowlagable tea people i have met and is very ready to share this knowlage. The atmosphere is awesome and as soon as you step in everything else on your mind stays outside. This place is great

    • Alicia


      I have visited Kwan Yin very few times. The atmosphere is neither warm or inviting. However the tea selection is okay. Otherwise I'd recommend the Queen Mary.

    • Anne


      The variety and quality of their teas is quite excellent. The decorations are rather sad, with shipping boxes piled high, wobbly tables, and unstable chairs, so I often buy my teas and brew them at home, instead of sitting down.

    • Robyn


      A very nice variety of teas from black teas blends to aged Oolongs. I've been going to Teahouse Kwan Yin for almost 15 years and through several different owners. My pet peeve with the teahouse in its current state is the stacks of tacky and stained plastic bins that hold bulk teas and whatnot. Every time I go in, my hopes are dashed that they finally got rid of them or at least moved them to a less prominent place. With the addition of the stainless steel cannisters to store the retail teas, I eagerly awaited the removal of the plastic bins and a restoration of the comfortable atmosphere to the place. Alas. It was not meant to happen and the current feel of the place reminds me of warehouses and back rooms. The service is usually pleasant and I greatly appreciate the 2nd teapot into which I can decant my steeped tea. It remains one of my favorite places to stop for a pot of tea but I no longer recommend it to others. I certainly hope there are changes made in the future.

    • Isis


      The best Tea House in Seattle for people who appreciate a truly refined and delicate tea, relaxed, informal atmosphere in combination with quiet ethnic music and generally pleasant ambiance. Courteous, friendly staff is always ready to serve fluffy coconut cake or dainty cucumber sandwiches, along with tea recommendations. Both for people who are living in the last century and those who cannot live without Wi-Fi. Excellent place for both the tea connoisseur and a curious novice.