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Jun 17, 2007 09:37 PM

afternoon tea in SF

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?

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  1. 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

      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

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

        1. re: fdb

          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

          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

              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

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

        3. 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

            what do you mean by "distinct"?

          2. 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

              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

                Check out for user-based reviews of tearooms all over California, and the country!