Ajanta Restaurant
Ajanta Restaurant

Ajanta Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ajantarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5105264373x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
    Dinner: Daily: 5:30PM - 9:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Indian, 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerIndian
Ajanta Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)neighborhood gem (62)special occasion (35)good for groups (23)great for lunch (17)romantic (16)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (8)hot spot (3)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Ajanta
    TommyT
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This IS the best Indian restaurant in the bay area. The owner takes pride in his food and it has been consistent for the 20 years I have been going there. Outstanding!
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    late-night find, scenic view
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  • Not a Zagat 27
    PHILIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Not bad for California Indian but nothing special. Main courses were average -we had a Chicken tandoori curry and vegetarian dish that had identical sauce. Tandoori scollop appetizer was OK but chicken wings were completely bland and unexceptional. We much prefer Viks and Lotus Cafe in Marin.
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  • Outstanding Indian
    homechef
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were running a few minutes late for our reservation on a busy Sunday night, but the host called us to see if we were still coming before giving away our table. This was much appreciated! The staff was friendly and courteous when we finally arrived and we were quickly seated. The dining room was stylish and nicely appointed. We decided to get the chef's tasting menu, and we were not disappointed! Our appetizers arrived quickly and were delicious. Our main dishes arrived after an appropriate interval and were also exquisite. Desserts were a delicious and refreshing end to a wonderful meal. Even though the restaurant was filled and busy, but we never felt rushed nor abandoned. It was a memorable meal, and we would love to return!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • long-time Ajanta customer
    stinsonguy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This restaurant is characterized by an attentive and professional staff, excellent cuisine, and a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    A wonderful restaurant with organic food! What more could we want? Inspired, delicious home made tasting dishes!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AuntieMVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was good, but not as amazing as other reviewers indicated.
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  • skatina
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Every time we're in the Bay Area visiting our daughter - we've made certain that one of our dinners winds up at Ajanta. However, for expecting the highest presentation, we found our favorite scallop appetizer over-cooked ... and our other dishes while good weren't up to their usual distinctive deliciousness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Ajanta serves the Indian food I've ever had. If you like Indian food, this restaurant is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre food and service
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    OK for an American audience that has not had real Indian food.
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  • Beckster
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The dishes are consistently good, they'll explain the levels of heat, tandoori always enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • remains our favorite
    kuni
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Esta
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maintaining its excellence
    QuietVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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"!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good not Great
    David911
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Best Indian Food in the Bay Area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Indian Food
    likediningVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really great Indian Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian Food in the SF Bay Area
    EatWellLaughOften
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    1derfuleats
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed...
    readytoeat77
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent evening out with friends
    SaraE
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a favorite
    FoodMavin
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Completely sub-par
    spiceoflifeVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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
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    late-night find
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  • Great Indian food
    allezmikeVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    They offer a variety of healthful, organic food that represent different parts of India.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • still good after all these years
    Mojo
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This north Berkeley neighborhood restaurant still turns out high quality Indian food from multiple regions.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    MaggieC
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic food - bored staff?
    MaineiacLook
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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....
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    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Needs a lift
    eastbayfoodie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sonora Fooodie
    sonorafoodie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food was fantastic. Appreciated being able to choose the "heat" level.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    ac50
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    From our greeting to receving our check this restaurant is a gem. A menu with endless options and executed to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasting menu rocks
    oaktownlady
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine indian
    phil
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    went for mothers dsy had the chefs pick for 4 wonderful!
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great
    maritabonita
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night dinner
    Pickyeater
    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
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    fit for foodies
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  • cmmh
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Wonderful food graciously served, menu changing monthly to include seasonally available foods
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 60 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 504 reviews are from the Ajanta Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Excellent High Quality
    jlelandVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Delicious, charming, natural ingredients, high quality Indian cuisine.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Reallllllly Good Indian Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    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 : )
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only if you are in the area
    AK19VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate