Everything we ordered was great
This was my first time at DOSA and it really lived up to the hype. we had the calamari to start, followed by the paper dosa and the veggie curry. We finished dinner off with a couple of chai teas. Everything we had was very tasty. However, I couldn't really tell we were eating coconut rice (each curry comes with a suggestion of the type of rice to eat with it) because the flavor of the curry was so strong that it completely masked the taste of the rice. I would probably just stick with plain jasmine rice next time. Also, the restaurant is definitely an upscale indian place, so i was surprised that the chai tea didn't come with rock candy or something similar, instead we were given just regular packs of sugar to sweeten.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had the Goan Curry with
I had the Goan Curry with the dahi (yogurt) rice and it wae wonderful. My partner wanted a light meal and had the Dahi Vada, lentil dumplings topped with yogurt and a beautiful topping of tamarind and mint. My only issue is that my dish was not enough for a full meal.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
The 'Habanero Manago Masala'
The 'Habanero Manago Masala' Dosa....ooh la la la !! Yummm....will go back just for that. Warning for those who can't take spicy food, this one is definitely not for you !
The food is lovely, and the options are really good, I enjoyed the Dahi Vada as well, the service is warm and friendly.
Had a great time. Will go back again.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
I always enjoy returning to
I always enjoy returning to DOSA on Valencia. I find the southern Indian dishes a most delicious delight and treat.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went here to catch up with
Went here to catch up with an old friend and ended up staying for hours. I felt terrible for taking up a table for so long, but the staff was incredibly gracious and never made us feel unwelcome. Food was super-tasty too.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was amazing! Staff was
Food was amazing! Staff was very friendly. 5 Stars all around
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was quite excellent.
The service was quite excellent. The beer I ordered went missing for a while but did eventually turn up.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious! Perfect restaurant
Delicious! Perfect restaurant for all and especially those on a gluten free program. And the service was terrific!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went to DOSA because they
I went to DOSA because they were taking part in Dine out for Life--but I will go back, because the food was delicious.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
I recently treated a world-traveling guest from Europe to dinner at Dosa, and when we finished the meal he looked at me and said, "That is absolutely the best Indian food I have ever had the pleasure to eat." Enough said! Worth the wait, worth the price, worth the noisy dining room. Outstanding.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
New dining experience!!
I was not familiar with Dosa's style of Indian preparation. Every dish has an unique presentation ans it was really fun to see people around us reactions to their unique meals. Our meal was absolutely fabulous! Will be back next visit to San Fran!! And don't forget dessert.. We had lavender sorbet .
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Indian Food
Loved this dining experience. Everything that was recommended by the staff was incredible. A memorable dining experience.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We ordered all small plates
We ordered all small plates which we shared among 5 adults and one child. We loved the diversity among all the small plates.
All were somewhat spicey which the 6-yr-old could not eat.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious food. Great service.
Delicious food. Great service. Try the Bloody Mary!!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for Mother's Day since my wife really enjoys South Indian Food; the menu was extensive and the food was excellent. Great drink menu with some "new" mixes. Really recommend if you like to eat exotic meals.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, troubled by a few things
We reserved a table for my daughter's 18th birthday celebration. We were 3 50-ish adults and two young adults. Party of 5.
We were put in a table right near the kitchen; odd since I noted on the reservation that it was a special occasion.
The food was quite good. I had the 3 course tasting menu and had enough for my lunch the following day. Chicken dish "on the bone" was in a thick sauce, though, and small pieces of bone were floating in the sauce which was a surprising crunch.
My husband ordered a dessert and they brought that dessert to my daughter with a candle... odd again.
The most troubling thing was that when they presented us with the bill, they added 20% service charge without mentioning it to us- we just happened to catch it .
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great experience at Dosa.
Great experience at Dosa. I had never had South Indian cuisine and very much enjoyed all of the food, as well as the interesting cocktail options offered here. Some reviews I saw prior to dining at Dosa indicated particularly large or small portions, but a starter and a dosa or uttapam was a perfect amount of food.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
If heaven has a Dosa, I'm leaving tonight... always a memorable experience to dine here. Friendly, fast service in a beautiful space but the real star are the flavors this kitchen weaves magically into their dishes. To die for!
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
very tasty Indian food. wonderful
very tasty Indian food. wonderful dosa's, loved the mustard greens. The breads come to the table very large and impressive, fun to share. WE had a vegetable curry which was really tasty. Had a lamb dosa which was excellent. The dahl was a bit too salty.
We all really enjoyed our meal there and it was veyr reasonable.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were met with a very friendly hostess who was polite and saw us to our table right away. The food was very good. Everyone at our table enjoyed their meal. Our waiter was great and very upbeat. The only thing about his place is that it is quite noisy so it's hard to have a conversation without talking over each other. Other then that this is a super place to try and the yelp reviews were dead on. It a must try if in your in the neighborhood.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great indian place
So, I've just arrived in San Francisco and this was one of the first places I've been to. Nice atmosphere, not too loud and some great indian food (was the first time for me when I had indian food). Overall I think it's a great place.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dining out can be a challenge
Dining out can be a challenge for me because I have wheat and dairy allergies. But at Dosa, the waiter offered me a special menu to help direct me to what I could eat. There were a multitude of options, whereas a lot of restaurants will only have a few. The food was absolutely delicious, and I was so happy to be able to join in the fun of eating a Dosa ! this place is great and I will be back again and again !!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
It has been a long time we had not been impressed by any restaurant' food...Dosa offers a very innovative and different experience. We did not know southern Indian food and we really enjoyed it! Staff is helpfull and nice, noise level too high and tables too close to each others.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice surprise
Honestly, I thought the food would be like other indian food, I've eaten, however I was pleasantly surprised. When we looked at the menu, our waiter was very helpful and friendly and agreed with our suggestion of ordering of the'dosas'. We enjoyed sharing our dishes with sauces. The wine was very nice and had a nice chat with host, who also happened to be the sommelier. The food was favorable and not heavy. The restaurant was crowded, the atmosphere was energetic and friendly. We will definitely go back to try the other 'dosas'.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a very good overall
I had a very good overall experience at Dosa. The wait staff is very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. I ordered the tasting menu without the wine paring.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite restaurants in SF! I bring all of my out-of-town guests here. The service is always attentive and informative. I've been multiple times for brunch and dinner and I've never had a less than excellent experience here. It's fun to order 2-3 small plates for the table plus a dosa and an uttapam. The bartenders are all terrific. Tell them what kind of spirits you like and they'll mix up an original cocktail for you.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mini plate masterpieces
We started with a round of creatively mixed coctails--our favorite was the one with beet juice! We munched on pappadoms with an array of chutneys while people-watching and waiting for our tasting menu. The 3 of us shared all of the delicious dishes from the tasting menu, passing each around and savoring every bite. The staff was friendly and helpful, always making sure we had everything we needed. Made for a very special evening.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A whole new take on Indain Food
The food at Dosa totally blew my mind. It's much fresher and lighter than North Indian food. If you are two people I would recommend spiting the tasting menu (and maybe adding on an appetizer or two) so that you can try lots of food and still stay within your budget. It's high on my list of places to take out-of-town guests and people I want to impress.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a wonderful meal. Monday night there are street food specials that I have never had in the
United States. So it was an unusual aste treat.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was just divine. Everyone in our party was convinced that their meal was better than the rest. I would recommend the chef's special which gives you a taste of a number of their specialties. It was delicious!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful and Unusual Indian Food
On Monday nights they serve a small selection of
Indian Street food in addition to the regular menu, most of which
I haven't seen at any other Indian restaurant. There are also
other unique dishes such as the watermelon salad with paneer.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm a South Indian (Bangalore) and I'd almost given up on dosas here in SF Bay Area. They were usually sour (old batter) or tasted very bad. This is the only place I can connect to some of the "Darshini" and "Bhavan" type local restaurants in Bangalore. The quality is top-notch, right up to the chutneys and sambar. The service is also impeccable (the waitress removed knife and fork from our toddler's place without even asking). Thanks "Dosa"!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy South Indian Cuisine
I'd always heard of Dosa but had never been. So when my friend said she wanted Indian, I finally got the chance to go. I can't believe I hadn't come sooner as the food and service were both fantastic. The staff provided great recommendations which we took but we also ventured on our own with a habanero Dosa which was yummy (they let us taste test the habanero first and it was HOT so we knew what we were getting into). Staff also were very responsive and helped provide cookbook suggestions. Every dish was an explosion of flavor. Just wish the two of us could have eaten more!
Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant for a great experience.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious, fresh and inventive
Had a wonderfuk dinner here before attending a play across the street.
Had not been before but will definitely go again. In the past I've liked Indian food but not loved it. At Dosa, I loved it! Fresh, seasonal ingredients, nothing greasy, and quite an inventive menu, along with the more familiar Indian dishes.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
the food there is really good-
the food there is really good- i just find that particular type of indian food a little starchy. too much potatoes etc. the main courses we had were great- the lamb outstanding.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love Dosa. I love this Valencia location because it serves the habanero dosa. If you love crazy hot food like I do this is the dish to get!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
all around good experience
food was great - waiter had helpful suggestions - fun and energetic crowd - perfect for a celebration or romantic evening
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite restaurant
Everything about Dosa (both of them) is so awesome.
They serve the best South Indian food, so much so, that when I return to India, I don't eat south indian any more
They have impeccable service, delicious food and beautiful presentation :)
Thank you Dosa!
9/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great South Indian food
If you're looking for a more upscale Udupi palace this is the place for you. Great South Indian food, dosas are pretty tasty so are the appetizers, they also make killer cocktails~
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thoughtful host and waiter
We arrived for lunch on a Saturday, immediately upon opening. The host and waiter were very accommodating and patient, taking time to explain the various menu items and answering many questions. They even turned down the music a notch upon request. Our meal was beautifully presented and delicious!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly, helpful, attentive
Friendly, helpful, attentive staff. Great ambiance, every dish got better and better. LOVED the Shrimp Marsala Curry.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Flavorful southern Indian Cuisine
My wife and I had dinner on a Tuesday evening and Dosa was packed. We chose the Prix Fixe menu as all options sounded good. Service was well paced and each dish was distinctive, well presented and very flavorful. Will definitely be back.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delish and Friendly
the food was to die for, we had a couple of small plates, one with scallops that melted in the mouth and some fantastic potatoe patty sliders. The plain Masala Dosa was the best I have ever had. We also had the hibiscus/coconut mixed drink, which should not be missed.
also the wait-staff was extremely kind and attentive.
We can't wait to go back!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous curries, great small
Fabulous curries, great small plates, excellent service in a comfortable setting. Only the delicious watermelon salad was missing - it's out of season...
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food without the fuss
This restaurant is a gem in what is otherwise an underserved segment. Indian restaurants tend to be poorly managed and have a difficult time with the "customer experience" thing. Dosa appears to be able to balance quality, cost, ambiance and innovation very well with great variations to traditional Indian dishes.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Diwali menu was great
Wasn't expecting a three-course menu (three savory courses) for Diwali, all for $45. Did it with wine pairings ($20), which was pretty good, considering.
Would definitely dine again. Only complaint is with hostess, who was unclear. We asked for a table that wasn't so central, as she had initially placed us in a high-traffic area, and we were only the 2nd table seated for the evening!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Gourmet South Indian Food
Dosa serves mouth-watering South Indian food with a gourmet twist. My husband and I had the tasting menu with the wine pairings - an excellent way to try different dishes. We started with the seafood vada and the squash pakoras. Both delicious with a variety of dipping sauces. For our second course we had the pumpkin masala dosa and the trumpet mushroom uttapam. Amazing! We were also eyeing the spinach fennel masala dosa and the spicy mung masala dosa (see what I mean by getting creative?). For our third course we had the lamb pepper fry (free range, organic lamb) and the prawn masala with the Louisiana shrimp - both spiced just right. The wine parings were generous and the service was very good. A must for foodies and the adventurous.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The most spicy indian food ever!
They have the most spicy meal I've found in an indian restaurant in SF: mango-chili-habanero DOSA!! They will not recommend it to you. So, you need to insist and then you will get it. It is awesome, but be prepared for intense heat!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Indian food
Authentic southern Indian cuisine in a contemporary space. The handful of spicy dishes are only mildly spicy, but can be made hotter upon request. A great place to go for vegetarian dining.
The wait can be long: make a reservation, and the music can be loud.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Must-have: Paper Masala Dosa!
I love masala dosa and recently read that Dosa's PAPER MASALA is not to be missed. It was huge, unusual, delicious and I enjoyed it tremendously. Everyone in my party of five loved their meal. There was even a simple egg and cheese dosa for a picky 15-year old.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM