Exceptional Indian RestaurantThe food was very tasty. Majority of the ingredients are organic. My husband ordered lamb korma, I had chicken tikka masala. Both dishes were distinctive in flavor, very well balanced - not too salty. Naan was delicious, as well as cardamom rice. The service was excellent. We will definitely come back.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways wonderfulAjanta is one of my favorite restaurants. It is always delicious and the staff is welcoming and warm. The food is inventive and so fresh.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMUpscale Indian FoodWe always enjoy eating at Ajanta where the food is imaginative and and delicious. This time we had their prix fixe dinner which had multiple small dishes and is a great way to sample things. We came away with full stomachs and a real feeling of well being.
Now we are planning when next we will go back.6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways great food and serviceAnd some wonderful new dishes on the menu combined with a flexible policy regarding entree substitutions on the Special Dinner.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMReal Nice IndianWe had not been to Ajanta before but are experienced Indian food diners. The pickle was homemade. The breads were fresh and hot. The service was very attentive. When my wife ordered the hot, it was really hot and the waiter asked if she would like some yoghurt and they brought it complimentary. The wines were very well priced and a decent selection, not wild variety but that is not really necessary in an Indian food restaurant. It was not elegant but it was very good. The service was excellent although without much personality. We would go back.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMgood food, gourmet Indiangood food, gourmet Indian dining. Next month is 20 year anniversary, so they must be doing something right.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved Ajanta again!!!We used to live in Berkeley more than 10 yeaqrs ago and frequently dined at Ajanta at that time. We returned this past Saturday night to find Ajanta even better than before. Lachu Moorjani, the owner/chef has added many new dishes, as well asw a chef's tasting menu, which we ordered. Food was excellent, taste was outstanding.
Lachu spent time at our table, talking about Ajanta's evolution.
I can't wait to return.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMReview for Ajanta's FoodThis was our second visit to this restaurant, but we love the food so much that we recently ordered take out to share with other family in our area (we are about 1 hour's drive from there) and they licked the platter clean and were thrilled to know that they could enjoy delicious vegetarian and seafood Indian food when they are in the area! We also love the freshness of the food and lack of heaviness that some Indian dishes could have.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMAjanta is the bestI love Ajanta in Berkeley. The best Chapati I've ever had, I like the rice plate with the spinach in the center. Perfect tandoori fish served on sizzling platter. super yummy!!!! Terrific dinner!5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Indian in the BayThe flavors are incredibly fresh and authentic. The presentation was like nothing I've experienced at an Indian restaurant and they had a variety of dishes that I've never seen at an Indian restaurant, i.e., Tandoori portabella mushrooms... YUM! If may seem a little pricey at first but compared to most places where you have to order the rice and naan separately, this place extremely reasonable. Your meal comes with rice, naan, and either saag or chickpeas so you never have to decide between delicious meat and veggies. As an added extra, the food is cooked to your level of spiciness.
I will most definitely be returning.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMskip the tasting menuI've always loved Ajanta and was excited to read about their chef's tasting menu... but not so excited once I ordered it. The appetizers were nice and the lamb chops were divine, but the rest was "filler" that I would not order again. Service her varies widely -- this time everyone seemed more disinterested than usual One server wore a long scarf that trailed across tables (and our wine glass) as she walked endlessly around the room; not too appealing!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb vegetarian tasting menu!On our recent visit to Ajanta we chose the vegetarian tasting menu. For one price we received 3 starters, 4 main courses, relishes, naan, rice and a choice of two desserts from a long list of sweet choices. The serving sizes were smaller than regular entree sizes, but was still more than enough for the two of us. Each dish was filled with fragrant and complimentary Indian spices. We chose moderately spicy seasoning from an offered range of mild to extreme. The wait staff worked as an interchangeable team making sure our food was presented and cleared in a timely fashion. Overall a great Indian dining experience.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMOur lunch experience was justOur lunch experience was just great! Service, food, ambiance... we will be back many times. Next time for dinner. :)4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Food. Goat curryExcellent Food. Goat curry was teriffic as well as Tandoor Asparagus. Very good food and wonderful service4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe goat special was wonderfulThe goat special was wonderful and the Novaro Pinot was a perfect match4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMA fine experience, as always:A fine experience, as always: good, creative food (I love it that the menu is always changing and yet the great standards remain), gentle and reserved service, plenty of space for a working lunch. It's my go-to place when someone comes in from out of town and I want something a little up-market.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food, service andExcellent food, service and ambience. Great for vegetarians and vegans.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love Indian food and haveWe love Indian food and have tried lots of places. Ajanta is the best. The lamb chops were spectacular.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMI've been many times, andI've been many times, and it's always great - my favorite Indian restaurant. It has also won various Best Of awards. If you haven't been yet, go!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our second time atThis was our second time at Ajanta. The food has been superb both times, both in flavor and quality. My lamb korma melted in my mouth. The waiters are attentive without being intrusive. We will definitely return!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMOur table was ready as reservedOur table was ready as reserved on a busy Sunday night--we had a great corner table.
Food was wonderful at a reasonalbe price. Service was attentive and cheerful.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently excellent foodConsistently excellent food and service. The best Indian food in a nice atmosphere.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMBerkeley's Best!I'm a Berkeley diner since the '60s and spoiled by the abundance of good restaurants; nevertheless, Ajanta deserves special kudos for consistently wonderful food, organic ingredients, attentive service, and a varying, fascinating menu. At the top of our list for Berkeley dining.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMFresh, healthy, and very tasty!Ajanta serves very good Indian food that always tastes fresh, well-spiced, and delicious. I highly recommend the chef's tasting menu, and especially like the vegetarian version. Don't pass up the house specialty--kufti-- for desert. It's excellent!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was fantasitc.Everything was fantasitc. The Chefs Special Tasting Menu is the way to go to get a taste of everything. Service was impeccable. Ambiance was relaxing3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is one of our favoriteThis is one of our favorite restaurants. We love the food and we eat there once a month or so.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMAjanta is one of the bestAjanta is one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. We loved every morsel and the staff was so wonderful.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMBeen to Ajanta many times,Been to Ajanta many times, and will continue to be a patron. Had lunch today for the first time. Outstanding, again. They had a portabello mushroom appitizer. It was grilled and so tasty.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Indian restaurant in Bay AreaThe extensive menu specializes in regional Indian cuisine, wonderfully prepared. You can specify heat levels. The prix fixe menu is a bargain. Service is excellent. It's a classy place to enjoy food with friends.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Cuisine by any standardNot only the best Indian food in the Berkeley area, but rivals the best restaurants in all categories. Consistently excellent, and a fine value. My only suggestion for improvement would be to let the dishes arrive in a more relaxed manner. The service is almost too prompt, though always attentive.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently excellent, interestingConsistently excellent, interesting food that is a whole level above the cooking at most other Indian restaurants.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMBest in the Bay AreaAjanta is simply the best Indian restaurant in the SF Bay Area.
We have been coming here for years and are never disappointed. Each month, the menus rotates in several new dishes from various parts of India while continuing to feature old standards.
If you want better Indian food, you'll have to travel to India or London!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food, amazing flavors!Excellent food, amazing flavors! And largely organic! Great ambiance and friendly service.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistent wonderful godsConsistent wonderful gods with a changing seasonal menue3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMFood of the GodsTook my kid for her 25th birthday. Told the owner to rename restaurant food of th Gods. All great. We did tasting menu, divine. bought the cookbook for her at th end. Yummmmmmmm!3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food - some organicWe have been going to Ajanta for years and they always do a great modern take on the various cuisines from India. They also have some organic items which is very progressive.2/15/2013 12:00:00 AMLast-minute group dinnerWe managed to get a table for 7 the day before an important group dinner, and the staff at Ajanta worked with us to accommodate 8 instead of the 7 we booked. We shared several family-style dishes and finished with delicious kheer. The staff were always ready to fill our glasses and entertain our requests for more food. It was a great dining experience!1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM