While we love accommodating all the reservations we can, we try to be mindful of our space and the needs of all our guests. Some days are quiet and you’ll have the place all to yourself, while other days are filled with the clacking of teacups and lively conversation.

Seating Time Limits

Full Traditional Tea, with a group of friends, usually takes around 1.5 hours. If you have been seated at your table for 1.5 hours, and guests are waiting, please free your table. We ask you to be courteous to fellow guests who are waiting for their reservation. Our small business needs to accommodate as many guests as possible, in a timely manner. Thank you for your support and understanding!

*Please do not bring the following items to SIP: feather boas, glitter, confetti, flamed candles or glue guns.  Lovely, but messy!

Considerate Guests Only, Please: When you make a reservation and don’t show up… a table remains open. Other guests may have been turned away and our local business loses money. For a small place like ours, this can be crippling, particularly on a busy weekend. Please be considerate. If you must cancel your reservation, do so at least 24 hours in advance. Thank you!!!

Walk in Guests

Walk in guests are welcome anytime; tables subject to availability. *We hold confirmed reservations for 15 minutes. No-shows are then released to walk in guests.

Parties of 1-4: Reservation Times: 11am, 1pm & 3pm

To ensure that we’re able to support our walk-in customers, SIP offers limited reservations with seating’s at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. This means that we’re keeping part of our tea room non-bookable. Our goal is to make sure that our customers who want to plan ahead have an option without shutting out our neighborhood customers who just want to pop in for tea.


Parties of 5-8: Reservation Times: 11am, 1pm & 3pm

To help us optimize the best use of our space and provide excellent service to all our guests, we request that parties of 5 or more book reservations in advance. Additionally, we require a credit card to hold 5+ reservations. Please note that your card will be charged during last-minute cancellations. All cancellations must occur at least 24 hours before your scheduled seating. Failure to cancel 24 hours prior will result in a $40 charge on your card. In scheduling your reservation, you are agreeing to this charge, should you cancel. If there is a waiting list, we will hold your table for 15 minutes. To avoid disappointment, please let your guests know to arrive on time and plan extra time for parking.

Children’s Parties (under 12 years old)... Small parties, for five or less children, may be held in our main tea room. We use fine china and serve hot tea. Therefore, we require at least one adult be seated with the children.  If you wish to host a child’s party with more than 5 children, you will need to reserve the private party space – more information at Private Events.

Parties of 9-16

If you have 9-16 people joining you, it’s a proper “party”. FUN! Thank you for considering SIP for your tea party destination! If you are coordinating a large group for tea:

  1. Review our Agreement & Reservation Request Form for full details.We strongly suggest that you plan well in advance of your requested date as our group reservations fill quickly, especially on weekends and holidays.
  2. Print and complete the Agreement & Reservations Request Form to inquire about booking. If your desired date is less than four (4) weeks out, please call to inquire about availability. Forms may be dropped off in person, submitted via email (SipReservations@, or mailed to: Sip Tea Room, 721 Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA 94122.
  3. Our reservation specialist will respond to let you know if we can accommodate your request.
  4. A detailed summary will be provided for your review. After your approval, you may submit your deposit to confirm your party reservation.  Your reservation is not confirmed until you have paid the deposit and receive confirmation.

Private Parties & Groups of 16+

Please see our Private Events page for more details.


Our reservation specialists can be reached at (415) 683-5592.

Reservations are subject to availability.

Located in San Francisco's Inner Sunset district