August (1) Five

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1029 reviews
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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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JW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We truly enjoyed our brunch before going to the opera. The food was delicious and the ambience and service were fantastic. We will definitely be back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, great service & phenomenal food!

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P
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant, with many different tastes of Indian food not usually found in standard Indian restaurants. Also has great cocktails.

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Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing drinks and food.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

August 1-5 is just wonderful. They change the menu a lot but the food is consistently excellent. A great way to experience some nontraditional Indian food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting spices. Great drinks, great service

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b
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, fun people, great place to eat before shows. We went to SFJazz, but both sides were off to Opera. Jolly.

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WM
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

go here often pre-opera and ballet and the experience is usually very good but this evening the service was AWFUL. our waiter hardly paid any attention to us thought others tried to step in. I had to ask for a fresh napkin about 4 times after mine was removed for the table. For the prices charged service should be far superior.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met with a friend who I haven’t seen in a while so we ended up chatting a lot before ordering. No one ever rushed us and still gave us amazing service. The food was delicious and we had a wonderful experience since it was both of our first times in San Francisco!

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JD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Interesting flavors and spices. Great service.

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food . Service was amazing

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j
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

PERFECT FOR A PRE-THEATRE OR CONCERT MEAL. STAFF IS SO HELPFUL AND THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS

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m
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

I have been here before! Love the food service and ambience! Unfortunately my husband suffered from a stomach issue overnight after we ate here :( not sure about which food caused it.

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RW
San Francisco
145 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place should be jammed, this was my third time and again the food was terrific, atmosphere fun and service exemplary (Patrick, you are a gem!). My friend and I both exclaimed, almost in unison, that we wished the food in India, where we both were recently, was as good as August 1 Five. It was even air conditioned -- a rarity in SF, but very welcome on a sweltering night. And very reasonably priced for the level of the food and service.

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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was fairly good, the portions and prices were not. The food did have some interesting flavors, and was fairly well cooked, but it wasn't anything special. My only real food complaint was their naan. I don't think they even own a tandoori oven. Service was fairly good, and ambiance was a bit noisy for my tastes, but OK.
My husband and I each had a cocktail, and they were also way too expensive for size and price. He had the dragon glass, and it was alright, but not great. I had the "glamping" and was unimpressed. I guess I expected a blend of ingredients, but instead I received a stack. There was a marshmallow on a cookie on a glass of graham cracker bourbon. I can see that interpretation reading the menu again (although the cocoa nib was missing), but I think of cocktails being a combined drink.
If you don't care at all about price and want something fairly tasty close the the opera or symphony, this may work for you. If you want something special for your money, then skip this spot.

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and experience. I’ve been here a dozen times and still not tired of it!

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

We selected August (1)Five to celebrate a family get together. Our intention was to enjoy a full dinner service. The menu revealed it is more akin to a tapas style dining experience and we were very disappointed. The mixed drinks were excellent, but the food was mediocre and the prices ... were very, very high. Not worth it.

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual fantastic food. The palak chaat was sensational, and so was the chicken kababs.

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NM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, prompt and courteous service, and a contemporary, fresh ambience. We had 7 dishes in total and everything was excellent. Can't wait to go back again.

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JH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful food, lovely service. great atmosphere. my one suggestion is that the restaurant invest in better descriptions of its menu items. it was hard to imagine them from the list of ingredients and it undersells how delicious and unique they are.

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

Great food and atmosphere! They also have a very cool cocktail list with great drinks. Don’t skip out on the Naan taster.

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. The cocktails were very fun, service was attentive, and everything was wonderful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Took 45 minutes after the reservation time to be seated. Then the food was slow to come out as well. Terrible.

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CL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good upscale Indian food. They play with flavors and cuisines in a thoughtful way that leaves you wanting more. This ain't your auntie's food ... and you will be grateful for that.

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WC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Either the Keema or daal was not kept at the right temperature. Sooooo, our party of three got sick. Buy a food thermometer for Food safety

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R
San Francisco
153 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

My wife and I split on this. She liked it and would go back, I did not like it and would not go back. The food was good, but I have had much better Indian food, including at much cheaper places and certainly at other fancy places. I thought the food was just ok, and the service was less than ok. The value was poor. I had one beer, my wife had two cocktails, while our friends drank water. We had one appetizer, some naan, and five main courses (pheasant, salmon, another fish, and two paneer. That came to almost $300. We barely had enough food for four people.

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B
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I have been to this restaurant several times, both with one other person and a group of six or so. This was the first time that I thought that service was quite inattentive. It was almost as if our table was not assigned to a server. We had to flag down a host to take our order after 15 minutes. I was very surprised because my friends and I love this restaurant.

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RA
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

AMAZING DRINKS but wasn't blown away by the food....I love fancy food but I was missing real Indian flare!

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AK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Always gave full 5 star but this time service was pathetic. They might have many excuses but somehow other tables were getting good service but not us.

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P
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This was our 3rd visit. I seriously doubt if we go back for a 4th. The stuffed cheese kebab with pesto ((Paneer) was quite good, but it took 30+ minutes to arrive. My wife's coiba (a white fish $32) was also quite good if a bit over-cooked. My pheasant ($29) was seriously over-cooked, bone dry with almost zero flavor. The plate garnishes (for both dinners) helped saved the experience, but in the case of the pheasant, just barely. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. She provided detailed (and accurate) descriptions of each dish we asked about. I have no idea if the extremely slow food service was a server or a kitchen issue. But, it was annoying as hell. It was not like the restaurant was packed and jumping; it less the 1/3 full shortly after opening. Wine mark-ups are on the high side. The least expensive wine on the list is a 2016 Chateau Auguste Rose ($52) , a fairly nice, very low-key blush that probably should be on any list for no more than $45. Oh, I should mention that the greeter has a serious attitude issue. All-in-all not a pleasant, yet an expensive ($186.32 before tip) experience.

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TJ
Detroit
50 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time and liked it even more. Accommodating to our vegan granddaughter. Music both good and not too loud. The food is really good. A lot of "authentic" (though what do I know?) Indian flavors in different presentations. I would call this a terrific place for a multi-age family before or after some Hayes Valley event.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good but really small especially given how expensive they were.

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PP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and the ambience serene and inviting. The shrimp were succulent and the pork chop, moist and well spiced. The desert, toffee fig cake was the perfect end to an amazing meal. The only criticism is the service was a bit rushed and the server was not as attentive as she should have been.

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MM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our first visit was 5/5. The food, drinks, service were all incredible.

On our second visit, they must have been understaffed because the service was very slow. Nonetheless, I would recommend this restaurant without hesitation. The cocktails are out of this world.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Really disappointing and over priced. Decor was fake fancy. Bathroom was gross. Food very disappointing.

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SR
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was outstanding. The server was personable and described the dishes and even counseled us that we may have ordered too many dishes unless we were very, very hungry. The problem was that we wanted to try all of the dishes. I would drive to the City just to dine here. And, it was NOT a loud restaurant and it was easy to have a conversation with the dinner guests.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Beautiful design. Fun experience. We did the chefs tasting so it was a little pricey but a lot of food.

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ES
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was great...as was the food. The vegetable dishes were my favorite. The fried spinach was amazing. We didn’t get drinks but those around us who were drinking art. A glittery sparkly drink and another drink served in a lite bulb!!

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San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating a birthday after attending the Art Market exhibition at Fort Mason. I’m originally from London and my husband is from India so we’ve eaten a lot of Indian food. Have to say August (1) Five exceeded expectations and was the best Indian food I’ve ever had. We started at the bar as our table wasn’t quite ready. Great, because it encouraged us to try one of their craft cocktails which were fabulous. My husband had the Patiala Peg (it’s his birth town) and our daughter and I had a gin drink named ABCD or something like that and we were most impressed. At the table we ordered the pheasant (me) and the ribs (my husband) and the zucchini side and several other dishes to share. None disappointed. Given that it was our son-in-laws birthday we ordered deserts they were all really good. Mine had cardamom and orange flavored kulfi and it was sinfully good. We will definitely be back and I will recommend August (1) Five to all our friends. Well done, congratulations and thank you to all the staff front and back of the house.

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TA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A couple of friends and I showed up early for our reservation. They were still able to seat us right away for dinner. Very cute place. The food was tasty and the wait staff friendly. A little pricey, though. I ordered the salmon and would recommend it!

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