DOSA on Fillmore
DOSA on Fillmore

DOSA on Fillmore

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://dosasf.com/
  • Phone: 4154413672
  • 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
DOSA on Fillmore reviews from OpenTable diners
266 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (164)good for groups (107)neighborhood gem (97)special occasion (92)vibrant bar scene (90)hot spot (66)romantic (42)great for lunch (34)notable wine list (28)great for brunch (18)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (15)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Okay, but not great
    SavvySFdiner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We ate at the bar and it was good food but service was a little surly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunchie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Amazing cocktails! I must admit I didn't notice a lot about the food since I was full on drinks by the time it arrived. Definitely pricier food options and you have to know how to order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great family dining
    APRP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had an extended family dinner to introduce out-of-town relatives to a southern Indian dining experience. The experience was great and the relatives loved the food and the general vibrancy of the place. Everyone was very familiar with southern Indian cuisine, were pleasantly surprised with both the food and the ambiance and would definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dosa!! A Place for fine dining!! :)
    ravdosa
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The overall experience of dining at Dosa was excellent. The staff was very friendly, and timely. Food was great!! Will definitely go back to Dosa when we get another chance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food
    lsm50
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Very high-level quality Indian food. I do wish restaurants weren't so committed to noise! I hate it when my ears ache when I leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Dosafan
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Excellent and interesting, as usual--the food, the drinks, and the good suggestions from the server. One minor issue with one of the appetizers (not important enough to mention the exact nature and make an issue of it here); after mentioning it, the manager came over to discuss, and while we weren't asking for or expecting anything, the manager removed several items from our bill, not just the item in question. We would be back anyway, but he bought plenty of extra goodwill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice experience
    DlynchPR
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This restaurant is amazing. The food was great, but the service was outstanding!!! I would give it 6 stars if I could. The Manager, Todd Smith took the time to share his experiences and go through the proper way of enjoying the food. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable with a touch of comedy which made our experience fun and unforgettable. I would definitely return if I have a chance to try other items in the menu. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can visit once
    Sundy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food is average Indian...if your living in the bay area, food is comparable to here. The ambience is nice, however since we were a couple that went, there isn't enough space between each table...the next table couple was almost encroaching on us...it's not their fault, it's just the way the tables are laid out....if a party of 4 or over goes, then it's much better.. Avg food, not good for couples, great for party of 4 or more.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodyforfivedecadesVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Always very dependable and interesting Indian Fusion (!) food.. nice atmosphere until the drinkers start getting loud and louder..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dosa
    wakemom
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Wonderful as always--love southern indian food. Was pleased to find this location as I always had to wait at the Mission venue
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What's the big deal
    cabgoesleftVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    First time to this "destination" Indian restaurant and I didn't get it. I've had so much better Indian food without the pretense. It's a nice space. Service was quite bad and I was astonished when told that the bar tender refused to make any virgin cocktails. Only what's on the menu (drink by numbers? seriously?)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bring the heat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Everything was top notch. One of the most difficult things for a restaurant serving highly spiced food is to get the heat level right. It's so subjective. Even for a heat seeker like me, there has to be a balance between the level of heat and subtlety of the other ingredients. They nailed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    DinnerDateVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This place is always busy, but we were able to get a drink from the bar and our table was ready after about a 10 minute wait, with a reservation. Some days the wait (without reservation) is up to 2 hours. Two appetizers (dosa and shredded duck) and 3 entrees plus rice was plenty of food for 5 people. The Channa Bhatura was the favorite followed by the Kerala Fish Moilee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So so
    funtimes
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I have been to Dosa several times and had a great experience, but this time was pretty bad. The server gave us little help when we couldn't read the menu because it was so dark. I asked to taste one of the wines before ordering and she brought me a few drops in a wine glass --REALLY? I don't think I will be going back -- too expensive for what you get. There are better options out there with a lot better service than Dosa. I would not recommend this place again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for eating/drinking/not talk
    Frequentdiner1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food is different than DOSA offers in the Mission, a bit more creative perhaps but similar good quality. Watermelon salad, spiced lamb chops, fish and a vegetarian dish were all very good. Service was very attentive but not oppressively so. Our one complaint, and it was a significant negative, was that the crowded restaurant was simply too loud. We are accustomed to somewhat noisy dining experiences, but this was at the higher end of the scale. We don't enjoy having to yell across the table to communicate. In the end it greatly oppresses conversation. Those sitting directly next to one another at the bar seemed fine, but that isn't the dining experience. Strongly suggest accustic absorbtion materials for some walls and ceiling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    eatntalkVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Really exceptional Indian food. Nice atmosphere except for noise level which yes too loud to hold a conversation on many occasions. On Monday night it was quiet enough to make it a delightful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, but loud!
    GeneralMadness
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food, gorgeous place, but REALLY LOUD TECHNO is a bit overwhelming. I would love to bring some out-of-town guests here, but I know they will complain about the music, so we will have to skip it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We enjoyed our meal, but would probably not return because of the load music. It was excessive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was very slow and unattentive. They also squeeze way too many seats into the dining room, many seats have waitstaff and patrons constantly brushing against you trying to pass by.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    VdiningVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We enjoyed everything we had - the gunpowder scallops were excellent. The dosa was very good. The salad and sliders were delicious. Definitely a favorite spot in SFO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delish!
    NikiL
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    always consistent, Dosa was delicious! Would definitely return. The fish special was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a great choice
    CgaarVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Four of us let the waiter select a delicious assortment of interesting and flavorful dishes. Combined with the fun cocktails, Dosa is a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great before the show!
    Richard1960
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We wanted a great dinner before seeing a show at Yoshi's - Dosa on Fillmore was perfect...! We sat in the bar section with views of the street scene and the restaurant scene too. Their themed drinks were delicious, the food came promptly and was wonderfully presented and with the help of our waiter everyone at our table had a grand time. We made our show on time feeling well cared for....
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poorly trained service staff
    reviewswhenneededVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I've been to this Dosa a few times and recently had a horrible experience with their service. The server messed up my order in two separate ways. When we tried to correct it, we couldn't flag her down. After telling other servers or runners of the issue, we would get an affirmation, but in fact they never communicated it to our server. Another minor but hugely irritating action was the server pouring wine. We were seated at one end of the room, so it was hard to reach two of us. Instead of filling the almost empty glasses, she fills the already full glass of the person sitting closest to her, and then walks off! Sadly this was a celebration dinner marred by such horrible service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Loud in Spicy Environment!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Tables too close in a noisy environment with spicy and aromatic food made our date experience painful as we could not hear each other or even comment about food we were sharing. The aroma from the adjacent table food caused sensory discomfort for my wife. We had to leave early. We have been to this restaurant before with much better quality. Unfortunate that good fortune for DOSA is causing greed to add so many tables too close to each other to ruin a dining experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dosa has declined in quality
    JRKV
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I have eaten at Dosa several times, I am sorry to say that the quality of the food has seriously declined. I will not be going back to the restaurant again. I noticed the coconut chutney was old and had an off taste, the mango lassie was also stale, and the Chloe bhatura appeared to be made from canned garbanzo beans. The food was ordinary and did not display the freshness in perpetration that I had experienced in my first two visits, when th restaurant was new. I am not sure if management has changed, the quality of the food certainly has. Sorry to see that happen.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AD15
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent food and a great bar. Will certainly come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful service
    outwithfriends
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    the staff made our outing a real pleasure by being very knowledgeable about the food, portions, pairings,etc. They were very helpful. The food was amazing. We've eaten there many times and the quality remains high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Fun place ,great food, and excellent for sharing! Our group enjoyed the restaurant after watching a movie across the street. Portions were great for a late night dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    SFFoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The wine pairing menu is fabulous. Great for foodies and date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some Tables Are Better Than Others
    extremehumanoid
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were on time and waited just a few minutes before being seated. Unfortunately, we were seated in a waiters'/bussers' station by the bar. It was about $400 for the 4 of us, and I expected better than the worse table in the restaurant. The food was amazing. We've been many times and have seen the menu evolve. It would be nice to have kept some of our old favorites, but the taste sensations were terrific. Easily some of the best food in the city, nothing like your neighborhood Indian (Punjabi) restaurant. The lamb chops and fish are highly recommended, but they did run out of lamb chops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!!!
    HDStP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was the best meal of our trip by far. Don't miss the fish cakes, chicken app or lamb chops. Highly highly recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    musicfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Huge menu. Had excellent lunch. Only challenge was that I needed waiter to explain the different items. Beautifully prepared Indian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dosa delicious and great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    fish is spectacular and get the basketball sized inflated bread!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique & Delicious
    Coco
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was unique & delicious while still keeping Indian flavors. The service was prompt, helpful & friendly. The ambiance was lively & the crowd eclectic. We will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For a reason
    nurealam
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We've been 2 Dosa before (live in the East Bay). We chose Dosa this time because we had friends attending a conf. in the City and they r vegetarian. Dosa (or another Indian rest.) is about the best option 4 vegetarians who are serious about food. Friends were not disappointed but I also don't think they were overwhelmed (quite familiar with Indian food, even South Indian). The noise level (OpenTable doesn't have a category for this) was beyond the Chron's bomb level. Interestingly we were seated upstairs which helped in the noise category but between the couple of times that we've been here, I don't think we'll be back soon though I do love (and know) South Indian food. Waiter was excellent. Food was not spectacular but very acceptable.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food
    Portlandia
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was my second visit to Fillmore DOSA. I had a great experiences with my two visits. Fantastic food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Probably SF's best Indian place
    DisappointedCustomer
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was a unique mix of both authentic and innovative Indian cuisine. We had the classic masala dosa (which frankly would hold its own in most restaurants in South India), the dahi vada and the idiappam(which was good, but very different from the version that I grew up with). The serving was staff was great and we almost never had to wait for someone to attend to us, even during the busy night. The only reason I haven't given a 5-star rating is the dessert menu didn't look as inviting as the rest of the menu. Still a great place to go for both families and young couples.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Antlers
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a great Sunday lunch with our kids and granddaughter. The staff was friendly and welcoming and quick on the draw every time our 16-month-old (or teenagers!) pitched a utensil on the floor! We always love the food and the interior.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For a intimate night out
    Afoodiesf123
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Dining at Dosa was a pleasure, my love and I enjoy the intimacy that food brings, what better way then a romantic dinner of innovative, beautifully constructed South Indian dishes. I love the amount of heat and Vegetarian options made out dining out a night to remember, Adrian was a delightful server and always brought a smile to our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.