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Ajanta Restaurant
Ajanta Restaurant

Ajanta Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ajantarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (510) 526-4373
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
    Dinner: Daily: 5:30PM - 9:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary Indian
  • Executive Chef: Lachu Moorjani
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: The Alameda
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ajanta Restaurant
Ajanta features regional dishes from all over India, offered through a menu that changes every month. We feature organic chicken and vegetables. When possible, we use local and sustainable products. All seafood is sustainable, obtained from Monterey Fish Market. All meats are hormone- and antibiotic-free.

Ajanta has been voted best Indian restaurant in the entire San Francisco Bay Area by Zagat Guide from 2009-2014. We were also voted best Indian restaurant in the Bay Area A-List contest from 2009-2011 and 2013. In addition, we have received top reviews in several publications, including the East Bay Express, Diablo Magazine, and the Contra Costa Times. We are also included in Michelin Guide.

Our elegant dining hall features art inspired from the famous Ajanta caves in India.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerIndian
Diner Reviews
  • "Ajanta serves the Indian food I've ever had. If you like Indian food, this restaurant is the place to go."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "OK for an American audience that has not had real Indian food."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The dishes are consistently good, they'll explain the levels of heat, tandoori always enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This has been our family's go to for all special occasions since it opened. And it is reasonable enough so it doesn't have to be a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Ajanta is one of our family favorite places to gather for Birthdays, special events, or just a delicious dinner out. The food is great, the service outstanding, and we always enjoy ourselves. The curry prawns and lamb dishes are an all time favorite, and the condiments are great. We love this place!!!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Ajanta continues to be the best Indian restaurant we have found outside of India and London. Menus choices change periodically but are always interesting and delicious. The service personnel have remained the same throughout the years and are always professional and courteous. We go here for special events -though every meal at Ajanta is a "special event"!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Lamb kabob was tasty, vegetable dishes seemed generic, aloo paratha very good. Overall an ok neighborhood restaurant, but not someplace I would go out of my way to eat at."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Best Indian Food in the Bay Area. Ajanta takes itself very seriously (food & service) and its diners reap the rewards. Also the wine prices are well below market - clearly priced to encourage complementing outstanding food with appropriate drinks."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Ajanta has been providing diners with the absolute best in Indian cuisine for twenty years. The menu rotates specials every month. Food is from various regions of India, unparalleled with any other Indian restaurant anywhere. I have eaten here hundreds of times and am never disappointed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food and the experience. This is something rather special in an Indian restaurant. Interesting menu and exquisitely cooked food at very reasonable prices. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I loved every dish that was served. The tasting menu was great for me as I'm haven't had much Indian food. Really good! Would go back for sure...except next time I'd bring friends! The service was great too!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I've been going to Ajanta for many, many years. I used to live in Oakland but now live in east Contra Costa county and can't get there as often as I would like. The food is amazing and well worth the drive!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This family-run restaurant provides the best of Asian Indian cuisine. Recipe listings have a solid foundation of classics with innovative recipes from various regions rotating in and out with the seasons. There is a story to accompany the featured dish, letting you know its history and how it came to be a part of the chef's repertoire. It never disappoints. providing options for the omnivore and vegan alike. It is truly a neighborhood gem, the staff making you feel like one of the family."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have eaten at Ajanta for years, and seek it out as one of my favorite go-to places in Berkeley. My main course was delicious, however the appetizer we got (veggie pakora) was awful. Bland, every piece seemed to be zucchini, just like zucchini fritters rather than pakora. Also we had a reservation that got confused by the maitre'd. And it wasn't clear at first who was going to be helping us at our table. Things just seemed a little more disjointed and not as put together and outstanding as they usually are."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Ajanta beckons whenever we return from a trip outside the Bay Area. We just have to go there and enjoy some great Indian food. It has become a tradition for us."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We discovered recently with friends that Ajanta is also one of their favorite restaurants, so met up last Sunday for dinner. Always fun with 4 or more (we were 5) because we could eat family style and try lots of new dishes. Our servers were gracious and non-intrusive - especially important as we were together to catch up. The lamb dishes (new this month and the kadhai gosht) as well as the chicken pistachio, the tandoori salmon and the paneer kofta were all tasty, not too spicy for us to enjoy with wine and not a bite left over! We chose the brown basmati rice, and our meals came with fresh naan and traditional condiments of salted vegetables, seasoned carrots and mango chutney. We shared our favorite kulfi and a mango sorbet for dessert."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We have been coming to Ajanta for several years. They have never disappointed us. The only reason we don't come more often is we live in Walnut Creek so it is not so convenient. They are very cooperative about adjusting the seasoning to our tastes so it is never too hot."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food was bland, service was non-existent. simple dishes like daal makhani were watered down and flavorless. The tandoori chicken tikka although moist was devoid of any masala. The lamb chops and tandoori fish saved the dinner, although the portions were small. At their prices and the zagat rating I expected much better. Would go to amber over this place anyday"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "They offer a variety of healthful, organic food that represent different parts of India."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This north Berkeley neighborhood restaurant still turns out high quality Indian food from multiple regions."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Just tried Ajanta for the first time. The food was delicious! We had a wonderful meal and attentive waiters in a calm, soothing environment. It was perfect after a long day at work. Can't wait to go back and try a number of their dishes. I liked the fact that they want you to choose your hotness level and check in with you to see if you are happy."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "food service was 1. take order 2. put food in front of you 3. that's all. Food: was FANtastic as usual. Not sure what we felt was missing? Maybe a bit of acknowledgement that we were humans behind the credit card? Hard to sound appropriate because the proper things happened, from wait staff, but there was no passion or emotion there.... Did I say the food was fantastic?! lol. Yes, it was. normally I give this place 4 stars...."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Disappointing that this is rated as (one of) the best Indian restaurants in the Bay Area. It now has the feeling of a place that is a little tired. The service was discrete and the food was tasty. The kitchen tried to add a little something with presentation but it clearly is not their forte. This was not our first time, and to be honest it hasn't changed a lot. It could have changed for the better, but seems to be content with staying at good rather than striving for excellence. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. Appreciated being able to choose the "heat" level."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "From our greeting to receving our check this restaurant is a gem. A menu with endless options and executed to perfection. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The tasting menu is excellent--really varied and interesting, very reasonably priced. For under $30 apiece we tried small portions of scallops, asparagus, eggplant, pistachio chicken, fish, tandoori lamb, rice, naan, and condiments. Everything was delicious. Dessert came with it too."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "went for mothers dsy had the chefs pick for 4 wonderful!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Although we no longer live in the Bay Area, we go to Ajanta as often as possible. Ajanta is, hands down, the best Indian food we have ever eaten. Not only that, their service, quality and ambience are consistently excellent. We love that they use such fresh, sustainably sourced produce and that they make notes to alert their customers who may have dietary restrictions. My only complaint is that they are so far from my home in Sacramento!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Enjoyed the evening, good food, shared a salad that was tasty and fresh. I had two different Indian beers that were good. Service was very good. Enjoyed the fact that you could talk without having to raise your voice. We would go again and recommend it to others.............thank you"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Wonderful food graciously served, menu changing monthly to include seasonally available foods"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Delicious, charming, natural ingredients, high quality Indian cuisine."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The number of Indian people who were customers was the first indication that in a city with many Indian restaurants, the food here was bound to be good and it was! The food was really, really flavorful and delightful : )"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "They do need to polish the service. The food is average at best. The presentation is mediocre. Came from Concord and was not worth the trip. Not planning to go again anytime soon."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We we lived in the Bay Area, we were frequent visitors to Ajanta. Every visit would introduce us to a delicious dish we had never seen at any other Indian restaurant. When our travels brought us back to the area we quickly headed to Ajanta where we ordered the tasting menu (non-vegetarian). Starting with the first offering, wonderful scallops, each dish was outstanding. The food at Ajanta is not just fantastic Indian food, it is fabulous food regardless of its origins."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our celebratory (birthday) dinner with friends here...thought that medium spicy was hot enough...beware of the pickles."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "This place is a find. Solano is a really fun neighborhood with a lot of Asian restaurants, but this one stands out. Very nice staff, very lively and fun. Food was excellent - I had chicken dish with medium spices, my wife had lamb in a mild sauce - all very good. Veggie pakoras good, but not too much. Naan was OK. Had to flag down a waiter."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food is wonderful! We typically order too much but the wait staff always warns us when we are ordering too much and makes helpful suggestions. Also, we stayed too long because we were talking with an old friend. We were the last to leave and they were utterly gracious even though we really should have left sooner."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed the experience - efficient Indian restaurant with great tasting food!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Excellent and varied menu with specialty dishes from both northern and southern India."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Beautifully arranged plates with high quality ingredients, but all dishes overly salted including one which was inedible due to saltiness. We are accustomed to salt in foods."
    Dined on 4/4/2014