Search for The Best Boba in the Bay Area

Search for The Best Boba in the Bay Area

You will not believe how many terrible boba places I've experienced for the sake of this list. I've tried some of the worst boba so that you don't have to. You're welcome.

What makes good boba?

  • Chewy, but firm boba
  • Customization of drink (ability to adjust sweetness, amount of ice)
  • The boba in the drink should have a naturally sweet taste

My preference: Jasmine Milk Tea, 1/2 Sweet, Creamy.

And with that... the best bubble tea in the Bay Area, so that you can have $3.50 and 300 calories well spent.

Explanation of Go/No-Go Status
Yes= I would go back to this place.
Maybe= If I was in the area- I may go back.
o= I would not go back.

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Venue

Where

Boba Rating

Drink Rating

Comments

Go/No-Go?

Boba Guys

San Francisco, CA

4

3

The milk tea was better than the jasmine milk tea (which was gross). The boba was good, but the drinks were average.

Maybe

Ten Ren Tea

San Francisco, CA

1

1

Inexpensive, but tasted awful. Should have gone to Quickly.

Never

Fantasia Coffee and Tea

Milpitas, CA

1.5

3.5

The tea was good, but their boba was bad.

Never

Tea Station

Newark, CA

3.5

4

This used to be my favorite place. Reccently, their tea and boba quality has become inconsistent. They also switched from fruit lychee jelly to some weird synthetic stuff.

Yes

Boba Loca

Concord, CA

4

3

Lot's of variety. Their boba is good, but often times their drinks turn out too sweet.

No

Coco Swirl

Walnut Creek, CA

5

4

The manager of this place is very knowledgeable about boba, and cares about delivering fresh product to his customers. Who would have thought a fro-yo place would make such great boba.

Yes, yes, yes

Kung Fu Tea

Livermore, CA

3.5

3

Inside of a Ranch 99. The drinks were deccent- with some unique options.

No

Boba Hut

Pleasant Hill, CA

2

1

I ordered Jasmine milk tea- confirmed it was Jasmine milk tea- and then tasted it. It tasted like milk tea- not even a hint of jasmine.

Never

Quickly

Concord, CA

2

2

The boba is often too squishy because it has been cooked too long. The drinks taste like they're made with powders.

No

Kevin's Noodle House

Vacaville, CA

3

3

Variety of slush beverages. The boba is deccent. They use fresh fruits. Because they're slushes it's hard for them to control the sweetness.

No

T4

San Leandro, CA

4

4

They have people in lab coats making your boba. I call them boba scientists. They have a lot of variety. Their fruit teas are a little too sweet, but other than that it's good.

No

Cafe Tapioca

Dublin, CA

3

3

This place is very inconsistent. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's awful. When it's good- it's REALLY good. I usually take the gamble - it's also across the street from a great sushi place.

Yes

Tea Breeze

Pleasanton, CA

3

2

The boba was nothing memorable.

No

Tea Island

Fremont, CA

3

2

The tea was too strong in the drink.

No

Purple Kow

San Francisco, CA

4.5

4

The boba was near perfect, except for the fact that it was a little too little.

Yes

Bambu

1

2

The cashier told me the boba was made two hours ago. I could tell it was definitely made 2 (if not 12) days ago...

Never

Sharetea

Berkeley, CA

4.5

3.5

Great boba, their drinks are a bit too creamy. And me saying that is ridiculous because I love cream.

No

Craftea

San Francisco, CA

4

4

Great ambiance, good boba.

Yes

Gong Cha

Milpitas, CA

4.5

4

Friendly staff, lots of options. Good boba.

Yes

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