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Japanese Tea House

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Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
10:30 - 15:00
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Mon 10:30 - 15:00
Tue - Sun 10:30 - 16:00
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Boulder, Colorado
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped for a quick bite and tea after exploring the Japanese Gardens at Balboa Park. The soba noodle salad was fresh and delicious but the black, iced tea was served from a pre-made bottle and was quite pricey. I thought that was a little odd being a tea house.

Thank Chierri
New Brunswick, New Jersey
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231 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

My wife and I needed some light nourishment while walking around Balboa park and found this great tee house. In addition to a large assortment of teas they also serve coffee, soups, salads, rice bowls and sandwiches. There was plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy our rice bowl, coffee and a tea.

Thank RU4NJ
New York City, New York
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39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Great place to have a light bite while visiting the park. Great location and the gardens are absolutely stunning.

Thank Jackie B
Murrieta, California
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565 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

We were visiting Balboa Park and stopped in to the Japanese Tea House for a quick drink. I ordered a chai latte and when I took a sip I realized it was only lukewarm. I went back to the counter and asked for it to be heated up. The barista put it in the microwave for 2 minutes!!! I had... More 

Thank Alexandra T
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

We had the chicken udon noodles and the beef teriyaki rice bowl. The flavor was alright, but both the chicken and beef were tough as shoe leather. We will not return.

Thank Eric H
Henderson, Tennessee
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

What a vast offering of teas! My friends and I visited here twice during our six day San Diego vacation. Tables and chairs are provided for outside dining.

Thank Susan E
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2015

they serve so many kinds of tea so me and my sister could not make a choice so they gave us to taste , the tea is amazing, the best tea i ever tried....

Thank אינה ג
San Diego, California
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2015

Every time I go to Balboa Park, I stop by the tea house for a drink and some udon. The menu is small, but meals are tasty and there is a nice area to sit outdoors in the shade.

Thank Coral A
San Diego, California
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2015

New Owner needed Went there once when they were to be open. Someone was late and we had to wait thirty minutes. Went again for our daughters birthday. They had closed early and not updated their website. Very poorly managed place.

Thank Patricia T
Imperial Beach, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 August 2015

Perhaps it was because we went on a "Free Tuesday", but we were a little disappointed in the Japanese Tea House and Garden. It was over-crowded with long lines of people ordering food. I didn't like that they did not have a separate line for people who only wish to purchase a drink and prepackaged snack (no cooking required). I... More 

Thank Rita P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Japanese, Cafe, Asian
Restaurant features
Seating, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
10:30 - 16:00
10:30 - 15:00
10:30 - 16:00
10:30 - 16:00
10:30 - 16:00
10:30 - 16:00
10:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?