tea between petaluma & berkeley? (been to Jacqueline's?)
A friend and I are looking to connect over some girlie tea somewhere between Petaluma and Berkeley. Slightly out of the way is OK ~ I guess this means mostly Marin County and the corridor from the Richmond Bridge down towards Berkeley, but if you have a compelling location a little out of reach I'm ok with that. :)
Any suggestions? The only thing I've found was Jacqueline's (in Petaluma) which was mentioned a year ago on this board as a no-go. It has 3 stars on yelp. Not totally convincing. I don't care what kind of tea, just something girlie. Price not too big an object for this one time event (but no $100 bills, lol).
Reviews on Yelp sound like the place and proprietress are cute and wacky (respectively) but the food's not great and some is even store bought.
Of course there's the tea standard, Lovejoy's in San Francisco, which is my all time favorite. There are also some places I haven't tried in SF like Secret Garden (there might be a Marin Co. location), Leland Tea Co., and the less frilly Tal-Y-Tar Tea and Polo Shop. (I couldn't get links for all these but they're all on Yelp.)
Ooh - here's a place about halfway (again I haven't tried):
Camellia Tea Room:
Lovejoy's Tea Room
1351 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Camellia Tea Room
828 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510
Secret Garden Tea House
721 Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA 94122
Haven't had time to read the yelp reviews, but I'd only say that anything outside of the past few months might be incorrect. It is hard to tell on yelp if people are reporting recent visits or something they ate months or even years ago. I'm not really recommending it, but i'm just saying I know it changed relatively recently.
I suspect it isn't food greatness still, but it might be better food-wise than on my visit. If you want girly though .. yep, this is it.
In Albany, Buttercream has tea. However, it is not girly and more casual. The address and some reports are on this link
If you want girly, there is nothing girlier than Captain/s Cottage in Pinole. The good is that the woman who runs it uses heirloom family china and and the furniture is antique. They have nice tea itself. When I went on my visit a few years ago, the food was pretty underwhelming. Since then, the daughter-in-law has stepped in and supposedly the food is better, but I haven't tried it .
If coming from Marin on 580, take the 23rd street exit and just keep going until it hooks on to San Pablo and follow that until you get to PInole. There's another exit that is before 23rd that would also get you there but I'm blanking on it right now.