This location has permanently closed. It’s a huge loss to our community.
I had just picked up a friend visiting from Texas and we had some time to spend before meeting friends for dinner. We were recommended to Samovar Tea Lounge by a clerk at Cliff's Variety on Castro. I was not sure that it could live up to the superb recommendation that he gave it, but I underestimated! Samovar is DELIGHTFUL! I found a new favorite tea here (Lychee Black) and we throughly enjoyed a relaxing afternoon of sipping tea, enjoying some cookies, and visiting, visiting, visiting. The staff were attentive but not intrusive and I have since shared the location (and the way we found this delightful spot) with several friends . . . some of whom are planning a visit from the East Bay! Of course, I also love the fact that there is a wonderful yarn shop just across the street --- I can 'feed' two addictions with one trip to the City! Tea AND yarn --- could it be better? My friend has shared that this is one of the high points of her visit to San Francisco!