Tisane Tea & Coffee Bar

★★★★☆
  • 537 Farmington Ave

    Hartford, CT 06105

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  • 860-523-5417

About Tisane Tea & Coffee Bar

Hours
Sun 8am-1am, Mon-Thu 7:30am-1am, Fri 7:30am-2am, Sat 8am-2am
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I was in there line for a cup of coffee today, there was one other girl behind me in line. One of Tisane workers (I don't know his name, but he's the little black guy that works there sometimes) saw a friend of his behind me in line and

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★★★★★

I was in there line for a cup of coffee today, there was one other girl behind me in line. One of Tisane workers (I don't know his name, but he's the little black guy that works there sometimes) saw a friend of his behind me in line and

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Our first visit to Tisane: going in search of a Sunday Brunch. It's 1:40 pm and brunch ends at 3- still a full house, and we weren't sure we'd get seated. But we got fine seats by the patio door, and unfortunately, a LONG wait for food.

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★★★★★

Our first visit to Tisane: going in search of a Sunday Brunch. It's 1:40 pm and brunch ends at 3- still a full house, and we weren't sure we'd get seated. But we got fine seats by the patio door, and unfortunately, a LONG wait for food.

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There are very few things as unfortunate as having a place you use to enjoy go downhill. I recommend that if you want to enjoy a place with good service and decent attitude, DO NOT go here. Don't bother unless you want bad service and an even worse attitude from the Assistant General Manager.

Specifically (1) The service has been slower and slower. When I mentioned anything about it, they appeared to just ignore it or not care. There is not as much regard to the customer service as they use to have. (2) We use to go for Sunday brunch but when we recently asked for a substitution, the Assistant General Manager got all snooty with my friends and I. This was never the case in the past. We'd just pay the little bit of upcharge and get on with it (without an attitude). I'm not sure what's been changing but something has. It's just not the same type of place it use to be. (3) The music use to be at a volume level where it could be enjoyed but over the last few weeks it's gotten loud and when my girlfriend and I said something or simply asked why it was so loud, we were told the general manager or asst gen. manager chose to put it that loud. No apparent regard for customers.

Too bad. My wife and I use to love them but now have been disappointed a few too many times now :(

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★☆☆☆☆

There are very few things as unfortunate as having a place you use to enjoy go downhill. I recommend that if you want to enjoy a place with good service and decent attitude, DO NOT go here. Don't bother unless you want bad service and an even worse attitude from the Assistant General Manager.

Specifically (1) The service has been slower and slower. When I mentioned anything about it, they appeared to just ignore it or not care. There is not as much regard to the customer service as they use to have. (2) We use to go for Sunday brunch but when we recently asked for a substitution, the Assistant General Manager got all snooty with my friends and I. This was never the case in the past. We'd just pay the little bit of upcharge and get on with it (without an attitude). I'm not sure what's been changing but something has. It's just not the same type of place it use to be. (3) The music use to be at a volume level where it could be enjoyed but over the last few weeks it's gotten loud and when my girlfriend and I said something or simply asked why it was so loud, we were told the general manager or asst gen. manager chose to put it that loud. No apparent regard for customers.

Too bad. My wife and I use to love them but now have been disappointed a few too many times now :(

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There are very few things as unfortunate as having a place you use to enjoy go downhill. I recommend that if you want to enjoy a place with good service and decent attitude, DON'T GO here. \r
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My friends and I use to love going there to

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★★★★★

There are very few things as unfortunate as having a place you use to enjoy go downhill. I recommend that if you want to enjoy a place with good service and decent attitude, DON'T GO here. \r
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My friends and I use to love going there to

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I love getting together with my friends at Tisane's, I don't feel like they are rushing me out the door after my meal. The waitstaff let you linger and chill out, which is a great thing since I usually feel rushed in other places.

Parking is sketchy, but the atmosphere is so laid-back that it's worth the hunt for a spot. It can get horribly busy though, so if possible EARLY is better than later!

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★★★★☆

I love getting together with my friends at Tisane's, I don't feel like they are rushing me out the door after my meal. The waitstaff let you linger and chill out, which is a great thing since I usually feel rushed in other places.

Parking is sketchy, but the atmosphere is so laid-back that it's worth the hunt for a spot. It can get horribly busy though, so if possible EARLY is better than later!

Pros: Teas, Service, Menu Options, Martini's

Cons: Parking

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Tisane has evolved over the years: boho/hipster joint, upscale teahouse/eatery, gay mecca, martini bar. It retains features of all of these but can't be readily pigeonholed as any of them. The entrees are quite varied, uniformly delicious and moderately pricey. Drinks are reasonably priced. Service can be spotty, though regulars do get noticeably better service and iffy service seems to be confined to busy evenings. Most common server sin seems to be "slow to approach". Minor peeve: music tends to be overly loud.

Things to bear in mind about Tisane:
- The place tends to fill up fast in the evenings, especially Tu, Th, Fr, and Sa.
- The immediate parking lot is quite small and also tends to fill up. After 8.00 PM, parking for Tisane is allowed on the Wash Tub side of the parking lot; prior to this, you risk being towed. The parking lot of the set of stores across Farmington Avenue has designated parking spaces for Farmington Ave. businesses, including Tisane.
- While Tisane is anything but a "gay bar" in the old sense of the term, the surrounding area has some of the features of a gay village and Tisane does tend to draw many gay, lesbian and transgender customers. Specifically, Tuesday night is traditionally "Boys' Night" and the first Sunday of every month is traditionally a lesbian get-together, though neither occasion is a privte affair or even particularly exclusive. At other times, gay/lesbian/trans vibe is muted but seldom absent. Whether this is a pro, a con, or not an issue is for you to decide

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★★★★☆

Tisane has evolved over the years: boho/hipster joint, upscale teahouse/eatery, gay mecca, martini bar. It retains features of all of these but can't be readily pigeonholed as any of them. The entrees are quite varied, uniformly delicious and moderately pricey. Drinks are reasonably priced. Service can be spotty, though regulars do get noticeably better service and iffy service seems to be confined to busy evenings. Most common server sin seems to be "slow to approach". Minor peeve: music tends to be overly loud.

Things to bear in mind about Tisane:
- The place tends to fill up fast in the evenings, especially Tu, Th, Fr, and Sa.
- The immediate parking lot is quite small and also tends to fill up. After 8.00 PM, parking for Tisane is allowed on the Wash Tub side of the parking lot; prior to this, you risk being towed. The parking lot of the set of stores across Farmington Avenue has designated parking spaces for Farmington Ave. businesses, including Tisane.
- While Tisane is anything but a "gay bar" in the old sense of the term, the surrounding area has some of the features of a gay village and Tisane does tend to draw many gay, lesbian and transgender customers. Specifically, Tuesday night is traditionally "Boys' Night" and the first Sunday of every month is traditionally a lesbian get-together, though neither occasion is a privte affair or even particularly exclusive. At other times, gay/lesbian/trans vibe is muted but seldom absent. Whether this is a pro, a con, or not an issue is for you to decide

Pros: Great food, fantastic variety of teas. Very friendly and relaxed during off-hours (mornings, afternoons). Very kind to regulars. Good drinks.

Cons: Can fill up fast, tends to be quite loud in the evening, moderately pricey. Service can be iffy, especially in the evenings (I love the place, but it's true). Parking can be chancy.

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Like another reviewer, I am a local and love independent coffee/tea houses, so I really want to love this place, but I just can't. I actually used to love it more until they made the menu more pedestrian. Gone are the days of the pu pu platters and strange fondues on the menu. Some of the good stuff remains, like the calamari, but in general it's degenerated into mostly run of the mill fare. The last time I went there I couldn't even find a decent wrap on the menu. I pine for the Tisane of the old days.

The martinis are still first rate and there's an extensive selection. My all time favorite is the Almond Joy martini, but many others are great too (like their purple haze). I have eaten here for breakfast, lunch, dinner and after dinner and it has mostly never failed to disappoint, but I agree with the others that the service is not always the best. I have never had a rude waitperson, though. Flighty and scattered, perhaps, but never rude. Still, where else can you find what is essentially a Starbucks/Teavana/Bistro/Martini Bar in your own neighborhood? The concept is awesome and there should be more establishments like this one around.

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★★★☆☆

Like another reviewer, I am a local and love independent coffee/tea houses, so I really want to love this place, but I just can't. I actually used to love it more until they made the menu more pedestrian. Gone are the days of the pu pu platters and strange fondues on the menu. Some of the good stuff remains, like the calamari, but in general it's degenerated into mostly run of the mill fare. The last time I went there I couldn't even find a decent wrap on the menu. I pine for the Tisane of the old days.

The martinis are still first rate and there's an extensive selection. My all time favorite is the Almond Joy martini, but many others are great too (like their purple haze). I have eaten here for breakfast, lunch, dinner and after dinner and it has mostly never failed to disappoint, but I agree with the others that the service is not always the best. I have never had a rude waitperson, though. Flighty and scattered, perhaps, but never rude. Still, where else can you find what is essentially a Starbucks/Teavana/Bistro/Martini Bar in your own neighborhood? The concept is awesome and there should be more establishments like this one around.

Pros: Great martinis, good tea and coffee

Cons: iffy service, lack of inspiration on the new menu

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poor service, we had extremely rude waiter. He was so annoying.

the location is so close to west hartford center so please do not waste your time and go to some other cafes or restaurants in west hartford center. Cafes over there will be way better than this cafe.

Needs to improve its service and whole service staff to compete with the other cafes or it is destined to lose customers more and more

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★☆☆☆☆

poor service, we had extremely rude waiter. He was so annoying.

the location is so close to west hartford center so please do not waste your time and go to some other cafes or restaurants in west hartford center. Cafes over there will be way better than this cafe.

Needs to improve its service and whole service staff to compete with the other cafes or it is destined to lose customers more and more

Cons: service service service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!does it have one???????

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Had dinner with 6 friends and had a blast! Although on the loud side and fairly crowded, the ambiance was great for a Thursday night out. Very reasonable drink/food prices. The food could use a little kick in the spice section, but pretty decent and nice variety. This was a pleasant change from expensive dinners in the Center. Will definitely go back!

One suggestion - car pool as their parking lot is tiny.

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★★★★★

Had dinner with 6 friends and had a blast! Although on the loud side and fairly crowded, the ambiance was great for a Thursday night out. Very reasonable drink/food prices. The food could use a little kick in the spice section, but pretty decent and nice variety. This was a pleasant change from expensive dinners in the Center. Will definitely go back!

One suggestion - car pool as their parking lot is tiny.

Pros: Great drinks

Cons: Limited Parking

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The waiter was cute, courteous, and charming. The atmosphere was soft, relaxing, and comfortable. The food was to die for - I had the ahi tuna w/wasabi mashed potatoes and my friend had the chicken & polenta. It was DELICIOUS. Not enough room left for dessert after our blueberry/pommegranite smoothies. Very reasonable prices I thought considering the quality and quantity of food. Neither of us could finish our meals and we so wanted too because the food was so delicious. The wine menu was also very accomodating. I don't have any negative comments (excpet I wish the parking lot was larger). Go and enjoy!!!

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★★★★★

The waiter was cute, courteous, and charming. The atmosphere was soft, relaxing, and comfortable. The food was to die for - I had the ahi tuna w/wasabi mashed potatoes and my friend had the chicken & polenta. It was DELICIOUS. Not enough room left for dessert after our blueberry/pommegranite smoothies. Very reasonable prices I thought considering the quality and quantity of food. Neither of us could finish our meals and we so wanted too because the food was so delicious. The wine menu was also very accomodating. I don't have any negative comments (excpet I wish the parking lot was larger). Go and enjoy!!!

Pros: Great Atmosphere, Food, Value, People, Drinks, All Good!!

Cons: Parking lot a bit small

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I would like to love Tisane. I'm a local and have a sweet spot for indepedent coffee- or tea-houses. However, it just doesn't measure up, in most ways. The good: the food is very good, their tea menu is extensive, and their alcoholic drinks are creative and tasty. The bad: the service is very spotty (we had an *extremely* rude waitress, not once but twice - and they were different people), the food is way over-priced (even for being very good), and they have few dessert selections. Overall: mediocre, at best. I've heard their Tuesday gay nights are lots of fun.

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★★★☆☆

I would like to love Tisane. I'm a local and have a sweet spot for indepedent coffee- or tea-houses. However, it just doesn't measure up, in most ways. The good: the food is very good, their tea menu is extensive, and their alcoholic drinks are creative and tasty. The bad: the service is very spotty (we had an *extremely* rude waitress, not once but twice - and they were different people), the food is way over-priced (even for being very good), and they have few dessert selections. Overall: mediocre, at best. I've heard their Tuesday gay nights are lots of fun.

Pros: Drink menus, quality of food

Cons: Spotty service, food is too expensive

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I recently ventured out to Tisane to enjoy a hot cup of Joe. Upon glancing at their drink menu we could not help but order one of their many martinis. I ordered the Hibiscus martini, which was absolutely delicious. We ate their calimari and fried wontons which are also highly recommended. The atmosphere was warm and relaxed- a great place to chat with old friends. We finished the night with their rich chocolate fondue adorned with fresh fruit and french toast sticks. A great way to end an enjoyable experience.

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★★★★★

I recently ventured out to Tisane to enjoy a hot cup of Joe. Upon glancing at their drink menu we could not help but order one of their many martinis. I ordered the Hibiscus martini, which was absolutely delicious. We ate their calimari and fried wontons which are also highly recommended. The atmosphere was warm and relaxed- a great place to chat with old friends. We finished the night with their rich chocolate fondue adorned with fresh fruit and french toast sticks. A great way to end an enjoyable experience.

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I love this place. They have the best martini's and the staff are very friendly and attentive. If you want want great drinks and a very interesting atmosphere - this place is a must. Oh, and their steak frites are very-very good!

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★★★★★

I love this place. They have the best martini's and the staff are very friendly and attentive. If you want want great drinks and a very interesting atmosphere - this place is a must. Oh, and their steak frites are very-very good!

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I have lived down the road from this place for years and it is by far THE best place for tea around. They have something like 96 different teas that they steep in a pot at your table. The presentation is amazing. They carry exotic teas, seasonal teas, blends... I go for the coffee and the food, which is also good (getting better). The coffee is amazing as well. Great place all around.

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★★★★★

I have lived down the road from this place for years and it is by far THE best place for tea around. They have something like 96 different teas that they steep in a pot at your table. The presentation is amazing. They carry exotic teas, seasonal teas, blends... I go for the coffee and the food, which is also good (getting better). The coffee is amazing as well. Great place all around.

Pros: Ambiance, Great Day/Night out, Great Breakfast

Cons: Service w/ "Attitude", Food is "sometimes-y", TOO Crowded at night

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Offering over 100 choices of tea to choose from, specialty coffee drinks are also served at the tea house.

 

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