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Ajanta Restaurant, Berkeley, CA

Ajanta Restaurant

4.4
4.4
1028 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary Indian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 526-4373

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    South Asian/Indian

  • Executive chef

    Dhruva Thapa

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Cross street

    The Alameda

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,028 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Indian

  • East Bay

    Healthy

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  1. S

    Soozh

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My grandchildren picked Ajanta as their restaurant of choice (ages 18 and 16). We encouraged them to try the chef’s sampler. Needless to say, they ate everything and were delighted with the food. They are the next generation of happy customers!
  2. AO

    AOKAY

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The staff was very friendly and the naan was exceptional. We ordered our dishes medium-hot, but we were disappointed that they were not spicy at all, and the sauces were a rather bland. The red wine was not good. They would do much better if they offered higher quality wines.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Horrible food- what happened to the cook? I ate there about 15 years ago or maybe 20 years ago and the food was excellent. Everything was either horrible or just okother than the naan and rice.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered that Chef’s Tasting menu and absolutely loved everything. Perfect!
  5. Q

    Qguy

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I've eaten here many times, and the food is always excellent, as is the service. (I'm from India, and I have high standards for Indian food.) Had the tasting menu for the first time, and really enjoyed it. A really nice variety, and very good value for money, we felt.
  6. SF

    SFoodie

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The vegetarian tasting menu was delicious and had good variety. The staff were very friendly though language barriers with some staff led to a little confusion over some things. All was resolved with smiles and patience. My only complaint is that some of the food was not hot in temperature when it should have been. It was warm-ish.
  7. C

    Catherine

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Great service. Been coming here for years. Authentic Indian flavors
  8. DC

    DinerCH

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A neighborhood favorite! Delicious food, friendly service, good and reasonable wine list, lovely room. What else does one need?
  9. A

    Annabella

    San Francisco

    103 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Boring and tasteless sorry to say.
  10. a

    archeplan

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Too busy, not enough staff, too many take out orders, food not as good in the past and ambiance tired.
  11. G

    Giulie

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We had an early reservation and we’re seated immediately and given our choice of tables. We were one of only a few diners but it appeared that there was a busy takeaway business. The service was pleasant and friendly, the food was ample and decent, but not amazing. We had a lamb curry and a fresh vegetable dish. Both came with palak paneer and a choice of rice or naan. We ordered mildly spiced since you never know how spicy something might be. It was actually way too mild for me and I requested something to help spice it up. I was brought a dish of hot sauce which was ok but not ver imaginative. We had the kheer (rice pudding) which was wonderfully spiced, and the cardamom and pistachio gelatos - both very flavorful and worth the calories.
  12. MA

    MAC1

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This is one of the East Bay treasurers. Keep them in business.
  13. JD

    JonathanD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The Tandoori Portobello mushroom appetizer is one of the most delicious food items I have ever eaten. Every time I go to Ajanta, we start with this appetizer. Everything else is great as well (I am partial to the lamb chops), but definitely start with the portobello.
  14. T

    Tenaj

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ajanta is my favorite Indian restaurant. My husband and I drive 32 miles passing many other Indian restaurants to eat at Ajanta. The food is always memorable and the service is great.
  15. GW

    GraceW

    Sacramento

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Great intimate atmosphere, however limited appetizer menu
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great hospitality. Lovely ambiance. Delicious and creative dishes. A delightful evening.
  17. A

    Antonios

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very Nice place, best Indian food we have tried in the East Bay
  18. j

    jwpoon

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Ajanta!!! We’ve been going here for 8 years and can attest that it’s the best Indian restaurant in the Bay Area! Our kids love it and it’s a monthly staple on our restaurant rotation!
  19. D

    Dennis

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tasting menu was super worth it. Great natural flavors in every bite
  20. b

    bonnefourchette

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For many, many years, always top-notch Indian food, including this time. This is a slack period, with more take-out orders than diners in the restaurant, and we hope to see the place bustling with people next time, as it was pre-pandemic. The current owner-manager is very friendly and pleasant. There are excellent wines to accompany the food; our Navarro zinfandel suited it perfectly.
  21. AP

    ArleneP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noise level is important to me as I'm fairly deaf. At Ajanta, I always help finding a table that is most likely to be quiet. It's hard to express how much I appreciate this. Staff are friendly, courteous and accommodating. And of course the food is always wonderful! This is by far my favorite restaurant in the East Bay.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the best Indian food in the bay.
  23. BA

    BrianA

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I have been to AJANTA perhaps 15 x's the past few decades, but this was the first time the past five years with pandemic and more... COVID has clearly impacted all restaurants... However the welcome greeting, table waitstaff services from start to finish.. the overall quality of food... cleanliness of the restaurant, utensils, and restrooms etc... continues to be 4.5 to 5 star! My only complaint is that the: COOK BOOK and the SPICE BOX is not available LOL ... since it was the previous owner/chef's proprietary property. It's time to support fine local restaurants again like: AJANTA and local N. Berkeley/Albany establishments again! We will definitely be back to AJANTA.. we still enjoy eating the> Samosa, garlic naan, lamb chops, and soup!
  24. JO

    JulieO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meals. They were super friendly and accommodated a last minute change in party size.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Wonderful meal, and friendly attentive staff! Delicious skillfully crafted food. Good wine selection. Ate every bite. Only disappointment was the they seem to be cranking out the pick-up/delivery meals, and thus the restaurant dining was nearly empty, no table linens, etc. It felt a bit post-Covid apocalyptic. Looking forward to the return of a romantic indoor dining experience. The meal was excellent though. Would order for pickup anytime.
  26. E

    Elvis

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very friendly family feeling staff. Food was excellent and a good value - waiter recommended an excellent entree (Laal Masala Murgi). Casual atmosphere made for a great dinner - the neighborhood is great too. Parked right in front of restaurant
  27. DT

    DianeT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My regular favorite restaurant all around. The food is magnificent! Lovely atmosphere with courteous and attentive staff. I love this place!
  28. r

    reachfar

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ajanta continues to shine as our favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food is excellent and they use only organic, premium quality ingredients. The Tandori lamb chops are still my all time favorite.
  29. M

    Mikey

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great options for vegetarians. Slightly fewer for vegans but it was delicious
  30. AP

    ArleneP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Ajanta, from the super friendly staff to the wonderful food. I’ve gone many times and certainly plan to return.
  31. AJ

    AJacob

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Sadly the food was poor the place is filthy and the energy stagnant. Needs a total over haul and a new chef terrible
  32. PE

    PickyEater

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant. Wonderful food. Wonderful people.
  33. d

    dineoutoften

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve enjoyed the tasting menu every twice now and it’s terrific! The second time was my birthday, and they helped me celebrate. I’ll be back!
  34. S

    Sandi

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was tasty with just the right amount of spice. I appreciate that the entrees were not greasy, the paratha and naan were excellent as were the saag paneer, chicken chaat, chicken tikka masala, and pakora.
  35. KG

    KarenG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meals prepared with mindfulness and skilled craft. Amazing combination of flavors in each dish. Presented appealingly. Gracious and prompt service. Charming, unique and well considered ambience. Enough selections but not an overwhelming menu. Continues to be amongst my favorite restaurants.
  36. DH

    DouglasH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food, highly recommend. Ambience is low key, a bit dated.
  37. SC

    SCpc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Light, airy atmosphere with excellent service and food. What more to ask for? Yes! We could hear each other, too! Highly recommend this tasty, well-appointed, quiet Indian restaurant.
  38. H

    Helene

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant! So glad I found it! Excellent, personable and professional service. The food was so flavorful. Lovely decor! I will definitely be back!
  39. LE

    LouiseE

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Indian food ever! Very helpful and attentive staff, Partik and Suijena were the best! A true dining experience. We’ll be back!
  40. RM

    RobbieM

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    I have been going, pre-Covid, to Ajanta for many years. It was arguably one of the best Indian restaurants in the Bay Area. Sadly, this is no longer the case. Apparently they had an ownership change for the worse. Their beautiful cook book that presents Ajanta and all the wonderful dishes that were presented and is displayed for sale should be removed. What is offered up today is a joke. The restaurant has been remodelled and the ambiance changed from being in an upscale Indian parlour into almost being in a cafeteria. The menu went from 8 or so Pages to a simple broadsheet. The choices went from a wide variety of interesting and exotic dishes to few and mundane. The food went from memorable to bland and tasteless. The chicken tikka masala could have been prepared by the Salvation Army. The prawns were 2nd rate. Indeed, most of the ingredients were not top of the line. The presentation was very uninspiring. Whoever is in charge of the Kitchen and whoever is the Manager should be fired. The restaurant was more than half empty during prime time on Saturday night. Apparently the people of the area, who know something about fine dining, know now not to patronise Ajanta. They are not wrong!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ajanta Restaurant using the Order Online button. Ajanta Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Ajanta Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 526-4373.

Ajanta Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 1028 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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Google Map for Ajanta Restaurant

1888 Solano Ave., Berkeley, CA 94707

Additional information

  • Cross street

    The Alameda

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    South Asian/Indian

  • Executive chef

    Dhruva Thapa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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