August (1) Five

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August (1) Five is a modern Indian restaurant named for the date commemorating India’s independence from British rule. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood, we invite our guests to explore the nuances of Indian cuisine rarely seen in the West. Owned by Hetal Shah.

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

PLEASE READ: On Valentine's Day, August (1) Five will only be serving a special 4 course chef's menu at $75 per person + an optional $45 wine pairing. We will be offering vegetarian options. NOTE: This will be the only menu served that evening.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Food, service, settings, environment, the patrons, servers, restroom cleanliness & location. Keep up the good work!!

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EL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Booked table for 6.30pm, no table was ready! waited 15 minutes & decided to accept a bar style table which was pretty poor for my wife's wedding anniversary! Will not be returning to this place EVER!

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GK
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Six of us dined here before an event at the Nourse and it was outstanding in every way. Most of the party had never been here and they were all knocked out by the quality and creativity of the food. We shared a variety of plates and everything was spectacular, but I particularly enjoyed the scallops, sunchoke and lotus root chaat, pulled pork (served taco-style in spinach phulka), spinach and paneer (it's layered similar to a lasagna), and ground bison keema (which comes in a crock and resembles a chili; it's terrific over rice). The service from Patrick and Ezekiel could not have been more pleasant, fun, efficient and considerately attuned to our time constraints. Cocktails here are inventive and all were a sheer delight. This continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in the city and a definite go-to before an event in the area.

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KJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

Over priced and tasteless excuse for Indian food. Recommend not to waste money. Waiter trying is polite but trying to up sell.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was great and they’ve really invested in a stylish yet comfortable ambience. I didn’t find the food particularly flavourful or well done, but it might be a nice place to get drinks.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always

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A
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch menu is fantastic. Tried the new drinks and food items. Loved the chicken liver and shrimp appam. amazing!

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ON
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Six of us decided to celebrate a birthday here, after reading that the restaurant was vegetarian-friendly. The service was wonderful, the noise level tolerable, and the food easily shared and very tasty.

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Party of three so we tried the tasting menu ($75) but felt it was way over-priced especially since once we ordered the tasting menu, we pretty much kept having to flag people down for help (drinks, water, etc...). Naan was listed on the Tasting Menu as included as a side but we actually had to waive someone down to ask for it. The person we asked, who was the same person who had been bringing us our tasting menu items to the table, questioned us on whether or not we ordered Naan. We had to show him that Naan should have been included and the Naan finally came after we were done eating. We eat Indian food often and was looking forward to eating here but felt that all of the food was too spicy for all of our tastes and way overpriced. Great location with nice bar for pre/post Theater but would have been nice to have a less expensive Pre-Fix Theater option like many of the restaurants in the neighborhood do.

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G
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We would never wonder .....sooner or later they will get a michelin star! We thought they just need to step up their service , though it was really good ...ww’ll be back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Some of the dishes were good, and some were not. We enjoyed the desserts, but we’re disappointed by the drinks, the sweet potato fritters and the black cod. The service was irregular - for example we were never asked for a drink order, and the drinks came just before our entree and well after the appetizers. There were long breaks between courses and the staff were not as attentive as other places. We ended up roughly $100/head for what was a fairly average experience.

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AL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

I have been to August1Five multiple times and found the food to be good. New Years Tasting Menu was the worst tasting menu I have had. We are vegetarians and the main entree was 4 egg plants with a puff bread. For $350 me and my son both walked out disappointed and would never recommend this restaurant to any one. They did not give you the experience of a tasting menu and looked like they were in a hurry to get us out.

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RB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had some creative cocktails along with our New Years multi course meal. Every dish was excellent. Bartender was friendly.

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P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location is appealing. Pleasant decor, inviting and quiet. Food was excellent. Seemed pricey, especially wine by the glass, like $16. Service was prompt and courteous. Overall very nice, a little sticker shock with a $64 wine bill for four glasses and not "big pours."

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RK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

Food tasted ok. Paneer Kebab, Palak Chat, Lotus root appetizer was good. The vegetarian options are limited. The price charged vs quantity served is atrocious , the serving size is very small. I came here as I heard about it from a friend for a one time visit with my family. This is an upscale restaurant but I dont think its worth the money. I dont think I will ever come back.

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PB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Brent, took wonderful care of us. We needed to get to the ballet by 7:00. He made sure we were able to do so. My daughter has a mango allergy. Brent asked about allergies, let her know which items she could eat or could be modified for her, and even had the kitchen change something she really wanted. He was cheerful as well as efficient! The food and drink were delicious too!

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AB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service excellent. Our server suggested that we should have one less appetizer and one less main dish then the # of people in our group. We were 4 so we ordered 3 appetizers and 3 mains. And that was perfect quantity. Only a trained and experienced servers do that. So kudos to our server - sorry I don’t have her name but she was great. Ambience was cozy. Not noisy but that could be due to weekday right after Christmas when most people are on vacation. The presentation of food was so nice and appealing. The taste and flavor of each dish was unique.
All four of us are vegetarian so we ordered all vegetarian dishes. We can’t wait to go back.
August 15 can easily be 1 Michelin star but why it is not and Rasa (Burlingame-1/2 as good) is, remains a mystery!!

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AK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food with limited veg options, and good service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Usually I don’t write reviews specially bad reviews but this was really a poor food experience. The food was pretty average and for the pricing they have it’s not worth it and would not recommend this place to anyone. They should either take Ghevar off the menu or change the name to something else. What they serve is an insult to the dessert ‘ghevar’. Fusion does not mean you can serve anything you feel like. Other food also did not have an Indian flavor or feel. Only silver lining their service was good.

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RH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! We had a great time and will be recommending this venue to everyone we know.

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UK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful food, intelligent service.
Somebody in the kitchen knows how to cook!
Will certainly go back.

P.S. Just stay away from the ridiculously expensive wine list.

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good, in particular, the chicken tikka masala. Reasonable variety where most folks should find something they like. Service, however, was exceptional. Attentive but not overly so, responded nicely when asked for recommendations. Really made me feel comfortable.

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BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great time at August (1) Five! Really special food and cocktails.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good drinks. Tasty food.
The portions should be a bit bigger, it’s not truly family style.
Great environment and interior design.
Cool cocktails.

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always fabulous food. Our guests said it was “ memorable “. They came from Paris!! High praise.

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f
San Francisco
163 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Indian food & this is excellent Indian food. We had the Bison Kareem & the lamb ribs, sweet potato fritters. Everything was perfect!! Such good tastes. The service is very attentive, nice folks. It could be a bit less noisy. Love the decor. It's not cheap Indian food. They really do cook!

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GW
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food ; interesting cocktails; very nice wine but small pours

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o
San Francisco
115 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food. Service a little slow.

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SR
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Best food i have had in a long time. The place was packed so make resevations early!

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D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good enough, not 100% authentic, but close. The value however is seriously lacking, some portions are ok and others are complete robbery. The service is inattentive and lacking for an establishment positioning itself as a fine dining restaurant.

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FL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very tasty. Cuisine is Indian-inspired in many of the ingredients and spices but many of the form factors are original or more Western. Ambiance contemporary and western. Excellent service. Delicious. Pricey.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at this place the very first time for my birthday. Ambience, service & food were all amazing! We can’t wait to go back!!!

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JJ
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was amazing!!!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always.

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not a fan of you automatically putting 20% tip on the bill for 5 people and not flagging it to us.

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LV
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delighted that this is literally a two-block walk from me, lovely addition to the neighborhood and quite an adventurous and creative play on Indian Cuisine. The cocktails too are truly inventive and presented beautifully plus pack a punch --- kudos to the geniuses behind this enterprise. Service is a bit hurried at times, slow during others; nevertheless forgivable given the popularity of the place. Only bad mark is the bathroom, need to work on the upkeep a little more often ;)

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good but expensive

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v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Cocktails are interstitial but the food is mediocre.

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e
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for Sunday brunch before a matinee. Did not have high expectations and was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful dishes. Great flavors, unique presentations, I will definitely return. Don't miss the chocolate lava cake.

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J
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Chef came out to greet us. Classy. Nice brunch with Indian influences. Everything was well-executed.

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