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Dinner and a Movie (and don’t forget the Tea!)

First Comes Yoga, then Comes Dinner and a Movie
First Comes Yoga, then Comes Dinner and a Movie

This week, I’m all about dinner and a movie at Yerba Buena.  I definitely watch what I eat.  I like to know that careful attention is paid not only to where the food is sourced from but how it is prepared.

So, when the Yerba Buena location opened, my movie nights came back at the Metreon’s theater because most of the food at the Metreon is just too quick, too loud and too who knows what, when, where and how.  I also enjoy a small jolt of caffeine if I am going to a movie at night.

A green tea is just right for me on those evenings.  I don’t like to rush through my meal and absolutely love to sit and slack for a while after eating.  It makes such a difference to be sitting in a movie after eating and continue the nourishing sensations of food tasting great on the tongue and feeling good in the belly and knowing it won’t disturb my sleep later on that evening.

Also, I have had the opportunity to experience Samovar, Yerba Buena during weekdays.  It is so clear that there was a need for a space to be created where folks could step back, relax and enjoy each other’s company in the midst of the hustle and bustle that is downtown San Francisco.  One day, I was attending a Caroline Myss conference and we only had one hour for lunch and a ten minute walk on either side but I knew that the Samovar oasis was what I needed.  As is with the other locations, the staff took great care of us and it was a busy day and the weather was amazing so we sat outside.

So, if you’re looking for healthy choices, a relaxing atmosphere at lunch, take a few extra minutes for yourself.  It will help your office mates for you to come back from lunch more relaxed and rejuvenated too.  But more important if you’re looking for a great place to have dinner and then head over to a movie, Samovar Yerba Buena is the spot.  Take your friends/family – tell your friends/family.



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Jennifer Sauer’s Interview with Jesse of Samovar (Part 1)

Tea Guy Jesse Jacobs
Tea Guy Jesse Jacobs

Jennifer Sauer, photographer, Bon Teavant, author of Way to Tea, (the beautiful guide to tea culture in the San Francisco Bay Area), shares her audio interview with Samovar founder, Jesse Jacobs.

See the original post at Sauer’s blog Bon Teavant

Media Contact:
Jesse Cutler, Samovar: (415) 655-3431 / [email protected]

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Yerba Buena Gardens

Yerba Buena GardensWe are open…
Sunday – Wednesday: 10am – 8 pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 9 pm
(415) 227-9400

Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, above the waterfall on the Upper Terrace in the Yerba Buena Gardens.
730 Howard Street (between 3rd and 4th Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103

For Directions to Samovar, Please use Get Directions Link in the map below:
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Directions on foot from Union Square
1. Walk South towards 4th St, to Mission St. (2 minutes)
2. Take a left on Mission St, and walk East to the entrance to the Yerba Buena Gardens (2 minutes)
3. Take a right into the Gardens, and follow the path which parallels the Sony Metreon.
4. Walk up the stairs to the upper terrace, above the Martin Luther King waterfall, and come on in!

1. Street Parking:
Street parking is metered with a two-hour limit.
After 6 p.m. there is no need to plug the meter.
Always check for and carefully read the parking restrictions posted along the surrounding blocks. Most streets have street cleaning from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.

2. Moscone Center Garage
255 Third Street (between Folsom and Howard Streets)
Phone 415-777-2782
Open 6 AM to 11:30 PM Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday

3. 5th & Mission Yerba Buena Gardens Garage
833 Mission Street (between 4th and 5th Streets)
Phone 415-982-8522
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

Bike Parking
Please park your bike on one of the bike racks that have been installed around the perimeter of Yerba Buena Gardens
(There is one at the garden enterance on Mission St. between 3rd St. and 4th St.)
Unfortunately, if you lock your bike to a random pole or railing within the garden, it may be cited or removed by Yerba Buena Gardens management.

Public Transport
1. Take either MUNI or BART to the “Powell Street” station, and exit onto Market Street.
2. Walk South on 4th St, one block to Mission St. (1 minute)
3. Take a left on Mission St, and walk 1/2 block East to the entrance to the Yerba Buena Gardens (1 minute)
4. Take a right into the Gardens, and follow the path which parallels the Sony Metreon.
5. Walk up the stairs to the upper terrace, above the Martin Luther King Waterfall, and come on in!

Samovar’s Reservation Policy
Samovar is a walk-in only establishment, so we are unable to take reservations ahead of time. Parties of 2-4 are usually very easy to accommodate at any time. For parties of 6 or more, you are welcome to call ahead 20 minutes in advance to see if we can accommodate your group at that time.

If you would like to ensure seating for a large group, we also offer meal reservation packages which include a reserved table, meal, and teas for everyone in the party. This special reservation is available for $60 per person. You can pre-select food and tea from our menu to have them specially prepared in family-style platters. For more information, please email [email protected] s a m o v a r l i f e. c o m .

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Yerba Buena Gardens

Location Yerba Buena GardensIn the heart of San Francisco’s hectic hustle and bustle, yet quietly removed from the din of city life, is our largest location. Settled above the Martin Luther King waterfall in Yerba Buena Gardens. Perfect for large gatherings of up to 300 guests. For corporate parties or personal ones.

Guidelines for Hosting Your Event

If you have a group of friends or family and you want to create a really special experience, let us arrange a private event for you. Below are the guidelines for setting up an event for Bridal Showers, Office Parties, Weddings, Birthday Parties, Corporate Receptions, and more. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

Please review the following guidelines and then submit an event enquiry to discuss the details.

We have three location options, that can fit different party sizes:

@ Samovar Yerba Buena Gardens

@ Samovar Fillmore Street

@ Samovar Valencia Street

Reserve the Entire Tea Lounge – For 25 to 300 guests, we close down our business and focus just on your event. For groups of this size we require that you reserve our entire space… and invite all of your friends and family to an event they will never forget. A flowing tea bar, platters of our tea delicacies, live music, flower arrangements, an outdoor tent, and more. Let us help make your event amazing and unforgettable at our flagship location in the heart of San Francisco.

Submit an event enquiry here, or if you just want to get in touch, contact us.