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DOSA on Fillmore
DOSA on Fillmore

DOSA on Fillmore Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://dosasf.com
  • Phone: (415) 441-3672
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH / BRUNCH
    Wednesday to Friday - 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Saturday & Sunday - 11:30 am - 3:00 pm;

    DINNER:
    Sunday to Thursday - 5:30 pm to 11 pm
    Friday & Saturday - 5:30 pm to Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Senthil Kumar
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Dosa offers catering options for those interested. For more information please go to our Website http://dosasf.com/catering.htm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Post Street
  • Public Transit: Fillmore - 22
    Sutter - 2, 3, 4
    Geary - 38, 38L
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are two convenient parking lots within short walking distance

    Fillmore Street Annex Garage (Below Sundance Theater)
    1650 Fillmore Street (at Post Street)
    San Francisco, CA 94115

    Japan Center Main Garage
    1610 Geary Boulevard (Also an entrance on Post at Webster)
    San Francisco, CA 94115

    For more information please check
    http://www.japantownparking.com/Rates/
A word from DOSA on Fillmore
DOSA is the foremost Indian restaurant in the Bay Area. We employ seasonal & organic produce, and fish, poultry & meats from natural and sustainable sources. DOSA represents the rich & diverse culinary traditions of Southern India, a vast & geographically varied peninsula bound by three oceans & a population that parallels the size of the United States! DOSA's menu reflects the diversity of this vibrant cuisine.

Here are a few accolades!

2011, 2010, '09, '08, '07 & '06 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants SF Chronicle
2011, 2010, 2009 & 2007 Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand & Recommended
2011, 2009 Best Indian Readers ' Poll Winner - SF Weekly
2010, 2009, 2008 Best Indian, Bay Readers Poll - SF Bay Guardian
2010, 2008 Best Eats in San Francisco, SF Examiner
2009, 2008 & 2007 Best Indian, The Eat + Drink Awards - 7x7 Magazine
The Top 10 (New) Restaurants of 2006 -Michael Bauer, SF Chronicle
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerIndian
Diner Reviews
  • "This was my first experience eating Indian cuisine and I can happily report that the results were fantastic. Our waiter was really helpful and guided us through the extensive menu providing much needed suggestions with a genuine and courteous attitude."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "prepare your palette for divine flavors of india. Food is outstanding, interesting and exciting. Server was excellent, explaining everything to us with care and patience."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Been to the mission dosa and food was excellent. Every dish here at the Fillmore location left my mouth on fire. It was far from enjoyable because I couldn't taste anything but fire! Jalapeños? Habineros? Whatever it was they need to cut back!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Had forgotten how good the food was at Dosa's. The special goat chops cooked the way they usually cooked lamb chops was outstanding. We had the white truffle dosa, masala potato dosa, lentil fritters with yoghurt, pulled duck and two types of bread. All were excellent. It is a very noisy restaurant which also decreases my ratings because I don't like have to yell over the ambient noise to hear your dining companions. The waiter was very good, suggested some pacing re the breads, recommendations. Food was presented efficiently, dirty plates and flatware replaced appropriately. Going back next week!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I'm usually very generous with my ratings and reviews but Dosa just disappoints. If you are looking for a fun evening out and don't care about the food or price, Dosa can pass as a hip place with nice ambience & creative food. But if you are looking for Indian food with any authentic taste or a decent service (without arrogance or courtesy) or care about value for money even when eating expensive food, then skip Dosa. There are tons of better alternatives in SF. We ordered the dosas, idli & sambar, dahi vada etc. which is usually pretty hard to screw up. The dosa would get 3/5 rating and the sambar + chutneys will get 1/5. The entree sizes are decent but appetizer portions are quite sad. I wouldn't be going back there again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "we had friends from Hawaii and the 4 of us shared several plates...we are newbies to south Indian cuisine and were pleasantly surprised by the texture, taste and comfort of the dishes we ordered.....very patiently tutored by the wait staff and the dishes were excellent...we are looking forward to coming in again...we found the prices high...but after review...we would still like to return and try some different Masalas and other dishes..we are not drinkers so we took our sugar through deserts....very decadent...we like it...the upstairs seating by the stairs was great for people watching..we are close enough to walk down to Fillmore St.so we consider Dosa a neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Very Hot and tasty sambhar, very generous portions..great appetizers and main course...try the bhel puri...it was very good !!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Outstanding food, friendly attentive service, beautiful décor - what more could you want?"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Dosa serves fantastic food of the southern India region. Today, Todd and Terry provided fantastic service. Of particular note was their knowledge of India, the native ingredients and how the food fits into the culture. They are always happy to share their knowledge which adds greatly to the experience. With their expertise, we have tried new dishes. Everything has been delicious."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Review of the restaurant experience: Bland flavors - different kind of indian food than what I was anticipating. Very over priced. Service was great however. Bummer: We didnt get our dining points and were counted as a no show."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I enjoyed my dining experience, but I was not blown away by the food. Everything was very good and the service was nice. I wasn't a big fan of the atmosphere. I went with three girlfriends and its a good spot for sharing plates and trying new things."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My husband is Indian and we love eating dosa. Dosa on Fillmore has been our number one choice for a few years. There are many choices, the service is good and staff very friendly. We hadn't gone to Dosa in some time and went ther for Father's Day and ordered a very reasonable meal on terms of the size. We didn't feel like we were overrating or drinking, however we both came out feeling very heavy and bloated for the rest of the day. We have no idea what it was in the food that made us feel this way as it tasted really good. I can only think of the fat being used for cooking as being the issue here. That said, it may work just fine for other people, so do give it a try. I recommend Brunch rather than lunch, this food will last you all day."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food is definitely a notch above the tired old Indian standbys. The sheer volume served is a bit huge for the price, but if you want a little extra style in your setting and menu choices, it's a nice choice. I like the party factor. It's a nice spot for dinner in the middle of a big weekend."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "High priced Indian street food in a nice location. Have had much better in many other places in the SF Bay area."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is my second time dining at this San Francisco gem. Excellent authentic food. We sat at the communal table, which turned out to be fun, chatting with other diners. Order the Dosa Masala - it's fabulous and unusual."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "For the first time I was disappointed - nothing obviously wrong, but it didn't taste as good as usual. I am a regular there, and maybe I was in an off day, or Dosa was in an off day, but I went out wondering if like many this awesome restaurant will lose its charm over time."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Dosa is always a delight. Delicious food, great atmosphere, knowledgeable and attentive wait staff. Head upstairs for a quieter dinner."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great dine about town menu with generous portions. The scallops are a must! Food was delicious but had to wait 30 minutes for a table even though we made reservations."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I love Dahi Vada, and the Dahi Vada I got here was gorgeous. It was really good too, although I think I would have dropped the cumin balance just a smidge. I also got the lamb, which was tasty and fairly spicy. It's a little too fancy of a place to feel like sharing is appropriate, which is a bit of an odd vibe for Indian cuisine. I definitely recommend getting one of the dosa dishes as an entree, and try not to stuff yourself silly."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We loved our server! Indian cuisine was new to us and she gave us a lot of background and tips on what to order, how to eat it and what the sauces were."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great Food and Service. Delicious Dosa and Curry. Will come back for sure."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Dosa had been recommended to me by numerous co-workers and I was excited to see it on the Dine about Town list. The service was great, the lamb was incredible and everything was just the right amount of spicy and flavorful."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the service couldn't have been better! "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Wonderful, yummy southern Indian food. So many good flavors to choose from and everything was absolutely terrific. Definitely a keeper."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food as usual was delicious but today the service just felt meh. Drinks came 10 mins after entrees, the table we were seated at in the middle of the floor meant me and my husband were constantly being bumped into by the servers - which meant after a while we had to keep scooting in and then back out once the server walked away. Ugh. No papaddums at the table either- everyone else around us got them.. Won't come back for a while- might as well try a regular South Indian restaurant where the food is better for half the price and I go in expecting bad service - at least I won't be disappointed. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We dined at Dosa on Fillmore during Dine About Town week. The menu for the evening was well worth the price. The staff was extremely helpful and provided us with very interesting information about the food, its preparation and its background in India. every course was presented beautifully. The scallops were the most taste-filled and perfectly cooked. The second course spicy dosa was incredible. The third course was tamil lamb curry. The lamb was high quality and tasty."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I've been to Dosa many times at the bar--this was my first time sitting at a table. They put us on the top floor next to the kitchen and dirty dishes cart. Very noisy and not fun. Food OK that night and surprise charge on the bill. Not sure I'll go back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great service, food and experience. Knowledgeable waiter made it an excellent dining experience for a varied set of palates. Everyone from "don't like spicy" to "love spicy" was happy. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant three times and it gets better and better. Great decor, amazing cocktails and great flavor as well."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I have been eating at both Dosa locations since they opened and the food has always been great and consistent. And they knock it out of the park with their presentation and cocktails! The Peony is not to be missed. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Decor first-rate. Bartenders and waitpeople extraordinary. Food superb."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Made a reservation for 2. Brought a date and thought it would be a nice romantic evening. Unfortunately upstairs is where they seat all the families who brought all of their kids. Turned into more of a Chuck E Cheeses than a romantic evening. Not sure why they seated us upstairs..."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food was great, but service was poor and rushed. I bet they turn the tables four or five times a night on Friday and Saturday evenings."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Dosa is perfect for a large group as the plates are meant to be shared and its great to be able to order a wide assortment of appetizers, doses, and entrées."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This outstanding South Indian restaurant offers an extensive menu. Half is dosa or uttapam dishes; I did not know about these dishes before, and the variety and tastiness surprised me. For you Celiac's patients who can't have gluten, dosa and uttapam are gluten free breads made from fermented lentils and rice that make Dosa my Celiac-wife's favorite restaurant. The other half of the menu includes small plates and main courses ranging from lamb chops to vegetarian curry. The sprouted mung bean salad is to die for. Warning, south Indian cuisine can be spicy--e.g., the sambar served as a dipping food with the dosa and uttapam. If you don't like spiciness, ask your server how spicy, and if it can be prepared less spicy. We love this place. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We love this restaurant! It has great food in a chic, eclectic atmophere! "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "My husband and I ended up via recommendation from a friend who lives in San Fran. It was easily one of the two best meals we had in San Fran, and we were there for over a week. The fish is out of this world, order a Dosa, fantastic cocktails and all a great price for San Fran!! Can't wait to be back on the West Coast and eat here again."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I love Dosa. I go there often. Just had a celebratory dinner with my family after graduation. The ambiance is very nice, the food is great, my favorite is Chili Garlic Dosa. Their Chole Bhature and Vada Pav is excellent too. Service was great! Very busy weekend nights so be sure to reserve a spot earlier. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food here is phenomenal. The service is friendly and prompt. Lovely atmosphere. Excellent choice for date night or special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant - high ceilings - modern decor. I use a mobility scooter to get around. They were great about letting me bring in the restaurant and making sure I was helped to and from the table. I love spicy but for those who don't, the waiter will help you pick a mild dish. Everything I ate was fantastic including Samosa, Prawns Masala, Poori and Kale Pakoora. My friends had Dosas and really thought they were fantastic. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014