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fdb Jun 17, 2007 09:37 PM

I haven't read much about afternoon tea on this board. My friend suggests Palace Hotel but the website says they only serve on Sat. Any suggestion for a weekday afternoon tea?

  1. Lori SF Jun 20, 2007 10:18 AM

    I bookmarked this page a while back, gives some places not mentioned, see link below -
    I have only been to Golden Gate Park-Japanese tea house, Ritz, and Neimans..
    I too like Samovar Tea Lounge..
    The Secret Garden Tea House scared me, way too girly laura ashly for me.. might be cute to take little young girls there that are girly.


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    1. re: Lori SF
      Carrie 218 Jun 20, 2007 10:24 AM

      Lori, you crack me up -- that is exactly why I haven't gone to Secret Garden! I can only handle so much chintz... And besides the fact that a lot of bridal showers seem to be held there (read: they can handle small crowds), I have never heard anything about their food!

      1. re: Carrie 218
        MoFoodie Jun 20, 2007 10:54 AM

        Check out http://www.teamap.com/states/state_CA... for user-based reviews of tearooms all over California, and the country!

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      brokergal Jun 18, 2007 08:36 AM

      Silks in the Mandarin Oriental offers a very nice and distinct tea service (no cucumber sandwiches and scones at this one).

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      1. re: brokergal
        fdb Jun 18, 2007 08:45 AM

        what do you mean by "distinct"?

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          brokergal Jun 21, 2007 08:31 AM

          Asian menu

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        Pinkster Jun 18, 2007 12:04 AM

        The Neiman Marcus Cafe on Union Square serves afternoon tea every day from 2-5 pm I believe. I also believe you can have it every day at the Fairmont, the St Francis and the Ritz Carlton. For a less chi-chi version, I'd recommend Lovejoy's in Noe Valley.

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        1. re: Pinkster
          foodyonthego Jun 18, 2007 08:29 AM

          The Ritz does have it daily, I believe, and is a great experience. Less fancy but fun is Samovar Tea Lounge in the Castro.

          1. re: foodyonthego
            fdb Jun 19, 2007 03:33 PM

            Lovejoy's and Samovar look fun. Will try to go if we are in the area. Thanks.

            1. re: fdb
              LAWoman Jun 19, 2007 03:52 PM

              Samovar IS fun (and delicious) and also has a location in Yerba Buena Gardens (good outdoor seating if it's a nice day).

            2. re: foodyonthego
              Carrie 218 Jun 20, 2007 09:40 AM

              Thanks for the heads-up on The Ritz -- I didn't realize they had a tea.

              I'm a big fan of Neiman-Marcus for the classic high tea and Samovar when I want more. I have eaten through Samovar's entire menu and it is still my favorite place to bring someone for lunch because it is so different and special. Their Moroccan and Indian tea lunches totally rock. In fact, I may just head over there today....

              1. re: Carrie 218
                larochelle Jun 21, 2007 08:50 AM

                Actually, Neiman-Marcus serves afternoon tea, not high tea -

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                  grocerytrekker Jun 21, 2007 02:50 PM

                  Not in the city, but I had tea at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay on Tuesday. Choices are "The Royal Tea", "Traditional Tea", "Spa Tea" and a la carte. I had "The Royal Tea" but the "Spa Tea" menu perhaps looked more interesting. ($38 per person)

                  Spa Tea

                  Your Choice of Tea
                  Pequillo Pepper, Buffalo Mozzarella and Walnut Pesto on Foccacia Bread
                  Feta and Zucchini Frittata on Olive Crouton, Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade
                  Roasted Portobello, Tahini Hummus and Arugula on Brioche
                  The rest are the same as "Traditional Tea".

                  I took some pictures.

                  1. re: grocerytrekker
                    Lori SF Jun 21, 2007 02:56 PM

                    wow that is some blog serious trekking, great blog! I know someone else that just said The Royal Tea and enjoyed it very much.

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