Drink Tea at a San Francisco Tea House

Drinking Tea at a San Francisco Tea HouseTea Pots at SamavorI have this fascination with drinking tea, having High Tea like the English, with snooty women, eating frilly bite-size sandwiches and our pinkies held way out out as we sip our Earl Grey. I have now learned that HighTea (“meat” tea) is actually meant to be served as a light dinner in the early evening and reserved for the lower classes. The earlier, more formal engagement that I have admired since I was a child is actually called Low Tea. Hmm…

So, consider me lower class, I don’t mind, but we were were going to have high tea, not low tea.

This was mostly due to the spontaneity of this goal and the hour we had to kill before dinner at Luce. I spotted Samovar Tea House as Peter and I were walking through Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco and there was absolutely no question in my mind that we were drinking tea, fancy tea.

I may have seen the husband roll his eyes, but he is now more than aware of my “having-every-new-adventure” tactics and was easily persuaded, knowing there wouldn’t be any other option.

Walking into Samavor competed with any uber-luxurious wine bar in Scottsdale, Arizona; plush lounge chairs, jaw-dropping interior design and the “pretty” people were in abundance along with several business men who obviously had just attended a convention of some sort. You would think that they would have opted for a ice-cold beer at the local tap room, but drinking tea must be how the sophisticated live.

We waited briefly to be seated, though it wasn’t the cushy parlor-style seating, it was a comfortable table. The server was extremely knowledgeable about the tea selection, which was to be expected. The prices were equivalent to those of a glass of wine, ranging from $7 to $14, which would seem a tad expensive except that you have to realize that you are paying for the experience. We opted for the Nocturnal Bliss $8  (a blend of honeybush, lemon myrtle, lavender, etc) for our tea drinking experience. And added on a coconut rice pudding $6. Both were exquisite.

I could have stayed, people watching and drinking tea, at Samovar for hours, which is exactly what I plan to do in the future.




2017-03-11T23:41:21+00:00 April 4th, 2011|Categories: California, FOOD, North America, TRAVEL|Tags: , |

11 Comments

  1. 101 Things to Do Before You Die April 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    I've never had high tea at all.  Maybe I should add it to my list.  There are several nice tea rooms in the area so I'll have to get some girlfriends and we'll get all dressed up and head out!

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  10. Kerry July 8, 2014 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    I have not done this. I don’t know about tea and would have a lot to learn. My sister did it on a girl’s weekend on Niagara on the Lake. She said it was an interesting experience, a place to get dressed up and feel fancy. 🙂

    • Annette White July 9, 2014 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      I am a huge fan of tea. During the winter I will spend several evening drinking cups of flavored tea on the couch while watching movies.

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