Venue for Bridal Shower (Tea?) in SF??
HELP! I need to plan a bridal shower in San Francisco for about 15 women. I was thinking maybe an afternoon tea would work well. Any ideas about reasonably affordable places to do something like this? I once went to one at Zibibo in Palo Alto and that was perfect because they had a small room that we used and weren't charged for... something like that would work well. Ideas???
I second Lovejoy's, no question that would be my first choice. They make your group feel like it's a private party in how they arrange the tables. It's also got a laid-back atmosphere that mititgates againts the negative perceptions some partygoers might have about attending a "tea."
The first thing that came to mind when I saw your post was Lovejoy's - it's PERFECT for a bridal shower. My cousin had a luncheon there for her bridal party when she got married a year and a half ago and it was fabulous. Rockridgechow is right - they arrange the tables in such a way that you totally forget that there are other people around. Great sandwiches and wonderful tea selection. A great spot for a bridal shower.
Yep, Lovejoy's is the place. We had a table right in front for the 9 of us for my 40th birthday (surprise tea party). Most of the women had not been there before, and they all loved it.
Lovejoy's is sooo '90s. It's fine if you want standard (boring) food and mediocre tea (they tend to oversteep & the tea is often old-tasting) but classic "English" tea but really, its such a been there, done that worn sort of place. Sometimes I think the only reason it gets recommended is because everyone has been to an event there, its okay and nobody knows any better so they just keep recommending it -- now that there's real competition in the Tea House field, Lovejoy's really should drop to the bottom.
If you want some place really fresh, try Poleng Lounge. Or Imperial Tea Court for a more Asian and refined experience.
Or check out this list of Tea Emporiums...
Just went to Lovejoy's today with a reservation for 4 (no special event) and it was wonderful. They have a wide assortment of sandwiches, hot crumpets, decent scones, and many other good nibbles. They have the first petit four my palate has liked. We all had different black teas which were not oversteeped, and not steeped with too hot of water (though that would be harder with the blacks than the greens, which I will try next time). I should also mention that the service was WONDERFUL. They were polite, friendly, and inviting. They really polished off a nice tea service.
Poleng Lounge, while it has an assortment of teas, isn't really a place to go to have "tea". For an English tea experience, I would definitely recommend Lovejoy's. For Asian tea, then I would recommend Imperial Tea Court, but I don't think the two styles are comparable.
There are *lots* of places far worse than Lovejoy's. Teavana comes to mind (the water is *always* too hot!).
Nice to see the article you point to mention Red Blossom.
Lovejoy's Tea Room
1351 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Imperial Tea Court
1411 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Red Blossom Tea Company
831 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108