Tea Pavilion


Japanese, Tea Rooms

Price Range : Under $10 ($)

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    Yelp rating
    3.5 stars


Adress: 2215 Pan American Wy Historic Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 231-0048

Work Hours

Mon 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Business info

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    Takes Reservations
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    Accepts Credit Cards
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    Good For
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    Bike Parking
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    Wheelchair Accessible
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    Good for Kids
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    Good for Groups
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    Good For Happy Hour
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    Outdoor Seating
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    Has TV
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    Dogs Allowed
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  • Helen C.

    star star star star star_border 21 July 2021

    Why is this place only rated at 3.5 stars? The food was tasty and they have great iced tea. I got the Sakura cherry green tea and it was very pleasant on a hot day, with nice and clean floral flavor. Fine, it's not going to be the best Japanese food you've ever had but it's still tasty and a nice dining option at a tourist attraction.
    I got the potato salad, which I liked more than at other places because it's not overly acidic, and they topped it with what seemed like tonkatsu sauce. The chicken curry could have used a few more pieces of carrots and potatoes, and I don't like chicken breast so I want thrilled about the meat. The sauce was nonetheless tasty, and I liked the pickles they sprinkled on top. Speaking of pickles, I got their pickle tray and that was delicious as well.
    All in all, a good lunch option at a tourist attraction, and if you're just looking for a place to enjoy a beverage, it's nice for that too, especially if there's seating on the outdoor patio.

  • Sarah C.

    star star star star_border star_border 17 July 2021

    A nice hidden gem in Balboa park where you can get affordable food at a tourist park. I like that they have food that I would actually want to eat but quick and easy with good prices.

    We got a chicken curry sandwich, and large ice tea, and a seaweed salad to share. The chicken curry sandwich is pretty big and it comes with a scoop of mash potatoes. The ice tea was really refreshing. It was a good simple meal that lasted us until dinner.

    They also offer soup noodles.

  • Maya D.

    star star star star_border star_border 9 July 2021

    Solid lunch option in Balboa Park if you can't get a reservation at the main Mexican restaurant. The line was pretty long, but we seemed to order and get our food at a pretty reasonable rate. We were also able to find a spot to sit at one of the tables with an umbrella. The chicken teriyaki bowl was a nice portion size. The sauce was a tad too salty for my taste, but it got the job done. My family was fueled up again to continue exploring the park :)

  • Jeanne W.

    star star star star star 9 July 2021

    Lunch today at the Tea Pavilion was wonderful! My husband had the vegetable sandwich and I had the noodle salad; both were delicious! And don't forget the tea...it also hit the spot with lots of choices.
    I highly recommend this lunch spot!

  • Yonnie C.

    star star star star_border star_border 2 July 2021

    We came here for a quick snack before heading over to the Comic Con on 7/20/2019. Seating available outside, but it was very busy and we were lucky to find a table after waiting about 5 minutes. We got 1 box of pocky sticks, 2 red bean mochi, and 1 green tea ice cream. The total was $11 for everything which is quite pricey, but that's what happens when you want to snack in the middle of Balboa Park!

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