August (1) Five
Amazing food and service. The staff was great and treated our group with a lot of care. We’ll definitely return.
Excellent cocktail and wine list. Attentive service. Best of all was the food presentation,
variety and taste.
Just LOVE LOVE LOVE this restaurant..The food is always amazing...just so many nuances in the flavors..the flash dried kale is fabulous! Very innovative. Perfect for theatre dining, Asian art museum, ballet,...brunch or dinner.Or any other time. Second time we have had Patrick as a waiter.he is THE best!
Different ingredients and interesting dishes. High prices compared to value
Great service! Patrick is awesome. The food was delicious, we ordered mostly all of the appetizers and they were yummy and filling. he drinks were awesome too, get the holy cow drink.
The fish, blue cobia, and the lamb chops were delicious. The jackfruit tacos are tasty and spicy. The dal was nothing special, a little sweet. The waitress was having an off night, I hope. She seemed like she didn't want to be there, serving us was a burden. It's expensive, but lots of interesting flavors.
Appetizers of truffle chicken and Spinach chaat was decent
The Bison Kheema was good, not for kids due the spice level.
We also got Mushroom pot pie which was a BIG let down. It was not a pot pie, it was only mushroom masala with a NAN on top.
The NAN were ridiculously small.
Deserts we had kulfi, toffee cake, chocolate lava cake.. nothing much to rave about.
Overall ambience is good, food was a let down.
This is not your ordinary Indian restaurant. There are dishes that my Indian friends who are real gourmets have never seen - the chef has a California sensibility and uses things like truffles that probably have never been seen in India! But the food is so delicious - great lamb chops, wonderful salmon, and a jack fruit ‘taco’.
Nice wine list, and VERY creative cocktails. Tremendous service, walking distance to the Opera House, Davies and the Jazz Center. What’s not to like?
The food at best was adequate. While the descriptions sounds great, the food itself was not. Both entrees were over cooked and the presentations identical for each demonstrating the laziness of the chef. The drinks were quite good but expensive. Nice ambiance and central location. Wait staff excellent.
Very good Indian restaurant in SF. A new take on conventional chat or entrees makes August 1 Five to stand apart. The Chef is a genius. We tried all Chaat items so far and they are delicious. The mini bread sampler is a must try, it's simple and filling. The veggie entree with Mushroom was good. Fishes were cooked with style and taste. Overall very good restaurant. Go there and experience the Culinary experiments before they get the Stars !!!
Very different and interesting food. Especially recommend the Palak Chaat, Zucchinni, and Gol Guppa.
Excellent service we had but the don’t open their door till exactly is 5 pm. Also the food is in very small portions for the high price we paid for . Four people cost 400 dollars and we each had one drink only and no desert. I love the place and food but just too expensive.
A pleasant surprise at its location! Delicious Indian fusion cuisine.
This restaurant has a lot to improve in both service and food. The service tries their best but it feels some of the processes are not implemented/defined correctly. For example, 15 minutes wait in half-empty restaurant to get drinks order taken is a bit strange. On a good side - cocktails are very creative and interesting to try. Here is my feedback on some of the dishes:
Bread/Naan selection (side) - very good, however 2 chutneys that came with it were placed in bowls many hours before they came to the table. Chicken kebab (warm appetizer) - good but the chicken was over-marinated and has lost most of its structure. Pheasant (main) - bad, just really bad, cold and dry. Blue Cobia (main) - ok, this was very problematic dish, fish itself was very good, sous was very good but they do not work together (at all) and to make things worse, few pieces of marinated cauliflower were put atop that did not work with any of the ingredients of the dish. Saffron rice (side) - very good.
The Jaipur Emerald (cocktail) - great. Bengali Sour (cocktail) - very good.
MY Chicken Livers were great! I always enjoy the Dragon Glass and the other members of my party seemed to enjoy their drinks. The Goat Cheese Naan and the Biryani I wouldn't order again, but sometimes I strike out. I've been here several times and this was the first time I didn't like everything.
Creative fun & delicious but more gluten free choices would be nice.
very small portions. very expensive. zucchini $25 !!! was not good at all. lamb delightful. I've enjoyed my lunches much, much more.
Try the chaat, nan sampler and dal. Simply delicious.
Food was great but it came out cold and we had to send it back. Kitchen needs better quality control
Food was generally good. Service had some room for improvement.
Third visit here.
Palak chaat was AMAZING as was the DUCK.
The bar service is incredibly slow, waited 20 minutes for cocktails.... 2 martinis. This was the case on previous visits too.
Appetizers arrived before the first cocktail!
Long wait between the appetizers and main courses.
Sunday night wasn't too busy & they treated us really well. Loved the Dark & Foamy drink. Yum! The food is excellent--lamb biryani & the bison dish were perfect for a wet,cold night. This is not cheap Indian food--very well cooked & thought out. Love this place.
Wouldn’t go back
Food and service both very good. Would recommend to anyone looking for Thai food that’s not overly expensive.
The food was different and special. A great change from the usual French, Italian, American, etc.
For two people, doing the tasting menu was great to get a variety of dishes. They even substituted some options to be more vegetarian friendly for us. I would definitely return again but I know what my favorites are (palak chaat, the salmon, palak paneer, lamb biryani!) It’s a nice ambiance and cocktails are delicious. The prices reflect the upscaleness of the place so it’s definitely a treat to plan for!
Eclectic dining near Orpheum Theater. Great cocktail list.
Brent is an awesome server and host. I somehow always get his table and he makes it a great experience every single time. Food is incredible at this place and so are all the drinks. 10/10.
Not our first visit. Disappointing. Just disliked some things. The lamb ribs were just greasy. Overall, value not there. Drinks are fabulous. Service ok, but could improve. Although a birthday event, waiter just remembered after we ordered and ate our dessert. Then brought s second dessert. Questionable sincerity. I think s 5% health fee is excessive at $100 a person. Not sure it goes to health.
Great food, but service could be faster.
Great food and service
It is at a nice location for catching a show or concert nearby. However, one must allow 1.5 hours for dinning. They are not the fastest service. We had a 7 pm show to catch; we got there about 5 pm, and finished dinner at 6:45 pm.
We love the wonderful food! Always find special delights.
Good! Will be back!
Some of the best Indian food I've ever had. Mustard prawns are a must! Small gripe - appetizer portions are slightly on the small side.
The server was fantastic about orienting us to the menu and dealing with multiple food allergies.
Beautiful restaurant, outstanding service, amazing cocktails, delicious food!
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!
Recommended with reservation - though this is supposed to be one of the top 100 restaurants in San Francisco, I didn’t come away feeling like I’d been ‘wowed’. Everything was tasty, though the service was slow at first, and we were ready to have something to eat with our drinks.
Nice to try some fancy Indian food that you never thought before.