SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.--
Samovar Tea Lounge at Yerba Buena Gardens isn't an obvious place to come
with a little nudge, you'll find your way to the delightful, bright and open
dining room where tea is supreme, and sandwiches, soups and salads are fresh
The 2nd story restaurant includes huge glass windows overlooking courtyards, fountains and city buildings. Down some stairs and across the street is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The restaurant seating is elegant cafe and bistro style, with tables for two or four, and a small counter. The interior has high ceilings and earth-tones, and is simply decorated with tea and tea gifts items lining the wall. There's not clutter, however.
Pillow cushions serve as table seats in this business casual or tourist friendly affordable dining option.
Coffee is not served in the tea house, and all the meals are vegetarian, with organic ingredients used.
San Francisco is known for its quality breads and breads do steal the show, coming in various textures and shapes, and often made with healthy grains. Add to them curry salads, fresh fruits, and fresh greens that don't require dressings and you end up leaving satisfied without having consumed tons of unhealthy stuff.
You can take in a show, drop by with just a quick escape from conventions at Moscone Center, and meet up with friends, or go by yourself. It is one of those restaurants you grow to love and embrace when you feel like you want to lighten up and begin a healthy regimen of dining.