DOSA on Valencia
DOSA on Valencia

DOSA on Valencia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://dosasf.com/
  • Phone: 4156423672
  • Hours of Operation:
    DINNER Sun to Weds - 5:30pm to 10pm, Thurs - 5:30pm to 11pm, Fri & Sat - 5:30pm to 12am

    WEEKEND BRUNCH Sat & Sun - 11:30am to 3:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: South Indian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call the restaurant to make a reservation for 9 or more guests. Prix Fixe menu applies to parties of 11 or more.
  • Private Party Contact: Emily Mitra 4156423672

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st Street
  • Public Transit: BART Stop at 24th & Mission BUSES - Accessible via 26 on Valencia, the 14 (& 14L), 49, 33 running down Mission Street and 67 which turns on 24th Street (3 blocks from the restaurant).
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is an inexpensive and safe parking lot around the corner on 21st Street between Valencia and Mission. It's less than 1/2 a block from the restaurant.
A word from DOSA on Valencia
Dosa is one of the world’s great culinary delicacies made from rice & lentils (no wheat) & served with a variety of fillings that will offer you the most authentic & tantalizing flavors of Southern India. Of course, DOSA is not just about dosas but about offering the broad selection of South Indian fare to San Francisco diners using fresh ingredients that are primarily local, organic, natural & sustainable.

Here are a few reviews and awards...

2011, 2010, '09, '08, '07 & '06 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants SF Chronicle
2011, 2010, 2009 & 2007 Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand & Recommended
2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Best Indian, Bay Readers Poll - SF Bay Guardian
2011, 2009 Best Indian Readers Poll Winner - SF Weekly
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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DOSA on Valencia reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)neighborhood gem (45)special occasion (27)hot spot (25)romantic (18)good for groups (18)vibrant bar scene (13)notable wine list (13)great for lunch (8)late-night find (5)great for brunch (5)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Always happy to return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Had drinks and dinner at the bar in June 14 and was luck enough to return for proper dinner 4 months later. Was not disappointed and was happy to see that there where many Indians also enjoying dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still the best
    sfbevster
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've been going to Dosa on Valencia for years now, and I'm never disappointed. Remarkably creative and consistent kitchen, remarkable presentation on the plate, attentive service in a very busy and crowded room, great wine and beer selection, reasonable prices for the quality. Even ordinary stuff like raita and dal taste better here than I've had anywhere else. Just a great restaurant. The kind of place that makes you glad you live in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vibrant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The ambience was very good but the best part was the service. Would like to come back here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambience; good food
    KappaxVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    great ambience and good food. Food had kick. reasonably authentic food. great drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Do Dosa
    zforfoodie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    If you love Indian food and want a different range of options than you usually get in the US, Dosa is for you! Also, if you like truffle, do not hesitate to order the white truffle dosa, it is divine! The cost is a little higher than a casual meal, so maybe save it for a special occasion or just be aware that it's a little more expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too loud.
    Lester
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The wait staff is too quick to pick up plates not empty. Place is too loud.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious Communal Eating
    RebeccaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went with a small group of friends. The menu is extensive and overwhelming, but the waitress was very helpful in orienting us and advising how much to choose. We shared everything, and it was all delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal!
    LV727
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were visiting San Francisco for the first time and came to this restaurant on the recommendation of a friend. The Summer Monsoon drink was fantastic, Truffle Oil Dosa was great, and the modern twist on the Chole Batura was good. If we make our way to San Francisco again, we most likely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm a believer
    Bribri
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The flavors were perfectly balanced . I can't wait to come back and try another Dosa .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great modern indian restaurant
    MontrealDave
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was great and very good ambiance. The staff were average, but the place was very full. A bit much on the hi end as far as $$.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • feux foody indian
    constantdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    "Locally sourced" chutney from a jar. Every dish comes with the same "dipping soup". Food and service that is wholly unimaginative. From the other reviews and the web site I expected creativity and preparation on par with other of SFOs finest. But was more like a child trying to be his impression of adult - or eBay money that bought a summer trip to india, and then ambitions for restaurant
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  • Great restaurant!
    JD123
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was delicious, server was attentive. Restaurant is relatively small and quite popular, so can be a bit noisy, but overall a great experience. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Stuff
    HollyO
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    2 of us arrived for an 8:15 reservation for 3. The hostess asked if we were all there, and we informed her that 2 of us had arrived early and that we would be ordering for the 3rd, who wouldn't be able to join us til later. She told us she couldn't seat us til our friend arrived. She just couldn't get it. So the table literally sat empty while we waited. Silly. Once seated the wait staff more than made up for the inexperienced hostess. WS was knowledgable about the offerings and made great recommendations. The meal was great - flavorful, interesting, great presentation, nice portion size. I was a little disappointed that some of the more traditional items weren't on the menu, but that forced us to try something new and we enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dosa is really really really good
    Youre2perfect
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Dosa was excellent!!! Seriously! We had issues with the service a couple of times before and was so happy that we gave Dosa one more try because Dosa's service have matched their food. So now we will be happily returning to Dosa with our friends and family from India.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food--a bit crowded
    fredarepVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I love this food & they really try to serve well but it's so crowded & noisy--I felt like I was in a cafeteria. They keep up a frezied pace but it would be nice to have less activity.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great culinary experience
    LilCarotte
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great place for small groups, dates and foodies as it encourages sampling and sharing between people. All dishes are distinctively different from traditional Indian restaurants so it's a good place to bring out-of-towners looking for new culinary adventures as well. Dosas and Uttapams always make an effect and I particularly loved the lamb curry during our last visit. Our waitress was very accommodating of our group and made excellent recommendations as the menu can be a bit overwhelming to new guests. It's a popular scene, met two other friends who were dining there also that night. Had an excellent time overall. The ambiance is rather high energy so if you are looking for something quiet, this won't be a good place though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Unique and interesting food. Great sauces, great wines, great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    intrepidramblings
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Dosa was recommended to us by a friend and we were very happy we found it. The food was exceptional. And the cocktails were great too. If given the chance we'd definitely go back and absolutely recommend it to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant if unspectacular
    WorldDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Was looking for some south Indian food and found this eatery on Open Table, so we decided to try it out as we were only a few blocks away @ a local watering hole. Enjoyed the cuisine, but nothing spectacular to detail or heap praise on. Our server was a bit aloof and it was noisy, but overall the ambiance was nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Debbiedoodles
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Best Indian I've had! Flavors we're complex and delish. Cocktails were amazing and unique. We also had a fantastic server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and way too noisy.
    Tunk
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The menu at Dosa is intriguing, and for the most part, the kitchen delivers some great flavors in its dishes. But I could not enjoy my meal over the din. My dinner companion and I were unable to converse in a relaxing fashion. I don't know why restaurants think a loud place makes it " happening." I won't be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Excellent South Indian Fusion food
    viradg
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Dosa is our favorite restaurant to visit on special occasions. We specifically like the 'Lamb Keema Dosa' which is unheard of and hard to find even back in India. The Sambhar and Chutney are awesome too, which reflects the true South Indian food taste. A bit expensive but highly recommended for celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in the city
    Dosafan7
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Excellent authentic South Indian choices and the quality if food is one of the best Indian cuisine in the Bay Area. Will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Southern Indian food
    LoveDosa
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great southern Indian food with a reasonable price. Especially appetizers were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning food, nicely presented
    FoodGuySacto
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Indian food is my favorite - after 12 trips to India I'm seldom fully satisfied by Indian food in the US. That changed on Saturday night. I often peruse the menu online in advance but didn't have time so my surprise and pleasure were immediately known to my dining companions! The small plates were all unique, flavorful, wonderfully spiced, and fresh - We had five and all were excellent - especially the lamb chops! And the dosas - Oh, my they're truly authentic - we had four of them and all were perfection - Dosa, Masala Dosa, Mung bean/fennel dosa, and asparagus/cheese - all were perfection. I tried to order the habanero but our server cautioned me and brought a taste - STAY AWAY unless you can swallow fire. This is amzaing Indian food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mission Gem
    MaggieSFVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This restaurant is a wonderful Mission gem!!! The food & service is great!!! It gets very crowded & a bit noisy but worth the wait!!! It's a must try eatery!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Spicy
    Hafikyy
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The food was awesome. I wished there was some warning about the amount of heat in the food. We eat pretty spicy foods and the meals made us sweat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great southern Indian
    crepric
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Been here several times, after it was recommended by a group of Indian friends who described it as "authentic" southern indian cuisine. Very different from all the traditional americanized Indian food you generally find around. Good choice for mixed veggie/non veggie groups, they have good selection of lamb and chicken plates. The Dosas are the signature plates, but the menu is a lot richer and if you want to pay a bit more (~30 bucks) their entrees are superb. On Mondays they have Indian street food (enjoy them with your fingers) appetizers. They're great and very very interesting. Better make a reservation, they are generally packed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Indian I've had in Bay Area
    tblasko
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was fantastic. The dosas were perfectly cooked, and the vegan meatballs were incredibly flavorful. Our waiter offered us a great wine and a healthy pour to test it with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow service and below par food...
    urbanfoodmavenVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    I hate to review negatively like this but this is not the first time that we have gone there and received service that was quite slow and food that just wasn't that good. We ordered drinks as soon as we sat down which never came. Was another 20-25 minutes at least until someone came back to check in or take our order from the time that we sat. Food came out and it was not very good. I did not even eat one of the dishes after tasting it and granted I should have said something, but given the lack of service & attention already, we just decided to cut our losses, pay our bill and just never go back to this location. As an aside, this does not include their other Japantown location which has always been good.
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  • flavorful fusion
    b4theatre
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I hadn't dined at this Dosa location before and was a little surprised by the bustling, elbow-to-elbow ambience, but the food was quite excellent and we were able to have a nice conversation over diner. This is not authentic Indian, but more east-meets-west, with good wine-pairings and fusion dishes like truffle-potato dosa. Over all a nice experience, but I prefer the other, more spacious location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not real Indian Food
    IwantAutentick
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    What this city needs is a really good Indian restaurant--Dosa ain't! If anyone can remember Taj of India(real ambience)--they had great chutneys (homemade) and they know what a Pimm's Cup #4 IS--not what the bar at Dosa concocted. Dosa is not ANY value for the money. The dosas are terrible and a waste of time. The only authentic dish was a Dahi Vada. Actually, Dosa is a joke restaurant--all hype! I will never return and certainly won't recommend Dosa to anyone (except to warn them)! I don't like surcharges added on either--so they can give their employees healthcare--Dosa can afford to pay--why should I be the one. I am going to make dining in SF much cheaper, because I will just reduce the gratuity on my credit card.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 733 reviews are from the DOSA on Valencia reviews archive.
  • MferVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Love the tasting menu! Provides a few choices in each category so you are not overwhelmed. I'd recommend the beer or wine flight as well because the pairings are inspired
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indian food with lots of innovation
    Timbo
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Tasty and delicious indian food with lots of innovation.Impressed !! but for some spicy food like mango habenero dosas, the waiter should aware customer about its spicyness or else there should be a waiver for customer to sign when they order any spicy dosas like Masala Mango habenero dosas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Yummy + healthy!
    Ondina
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Nice to have food that not only tastes good it is good for you... Also very festive.. This restaurant is great for both casual and special dining events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Southern Indian cooking
    sfbevster
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Dosa is one of the best SF restaurants I've ever enjoyed. The southern Indian cooking is completely different from the standard curry-and-vindaloo offered at most local Indian restaurants. It's fresh, creative and beautifully presented. Even the dal and rice are unique and outstanding. And they do a great job matching beverages (both beer and wine!) to food. The Valencia street spot is very hip, happening and casual (and small, crowded and loud). Overall, you get food, drink and service that would be a bargain at twice the price.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dosa
    davec
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Fantastic front of the house staff. The food was hit and miss. But overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thanks!
    maggiej
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Thanks to the amazing staff, my sister had a most memorable party-- the bartender serenaded us, and the waitress gave all sorts marriage advice. A wonderful start to the night. Thank you all!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Dosa good Southern Indian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Excellent fare, served with flair and a decent value. The only minus was the size of the wine pour - a bit skimpy for a $12 glass. Otherwise a great time here.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service
    sfeateries
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The service is not good, with the exception of the bar and at brunch. The waiter never came over to our table while others who came much later were getting their food. We had two children which were counted towards a party of 5, with a minimum 20% gratuity. If the service had been provided we would have been happy to pay. Even the kids asked about why the person seemed upset. We got the wrong order but decided given the attitude, it was better to eat whatever we got. This is not the first time I have experienced such service at this location.
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