Vegan dining in San Francisco: Samovar Tea Lounge

When I was in San Francisco for Litquake last fall, I enjoyed a lovely post-event lunch with friends at Samovar Tea Lounge. It was a perfect spot for a tea-infused mimosa and a bite to eat on an autumn weekend — and there are myriad vegetarian and vegan options.

I ordered from among the dishes that pair tea with food, and in this case my “Japanese Service” came with a Ryokucha Green Tea.


The Japanese Service itself was delicious, with seaweed salad, brown rice, kale, butternut squash, nori, and handmade tempeh.


One friend enjoyed toast with almond butter, banana, and sesame seeds…



…and another had the veggie sandwich, which included avocado, roasted peppers, arugula, baked zucchini, red onion, olive oil and basil pesto.


The location was lovely, with outdoor seating and open-air indoor seating, all overlooking Yerba Buena gardens and a short walk to the Museum of Modern Art and many other wonderful places to visit.