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Ajanta Restaurant, Berkeley, CA

Ajanta Restaurant

4.6
4.6
1091 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 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,091 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Indian

  • East Bay

    Healthy

  • East Bay

    Neighborhood gem

1,091 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    They were very sweet and san Happy Birthday for my son’s birthday. They held the cake for us at the back and brought it out with a lit candle. Everyone was sweet. I appreciate them.

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  2. AndreD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location and I had ample parking. The staff was very friendly and helpful when I arrived. My guest was late, so the staff decided to bring over some crackers and dip while I waited. The menu was solid and had plenty of choices. We went with the lamb and rice and it was really good. The lamb was tender and a tad spicy which I love. I would recommend this spot and revisit.

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  3. LovesFood

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, friendly service. We visited this restaurant with our son after almost 20 years- its still warm, friendly and very good. Loved the homemade chutney, the samosas, fish curry, lamb curry, eggplant. Good level of spice and quantity. Great experience!

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  4. srussell3

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I don't eat Indian food often, but really enjoyed both dishes ordered: the mixed Tandoori platter and the Chicken Pistachio Korma. I ordered both of these as very mild spice level and there was no spice, but was warned the low medium spice may be a bit spicy. The restaurant was surprisingly quiet with only 2 other tables filled. Serving sizes were good (these two dishes were shared among 2 people and we finished them without being stuffed or hungry). Prices were reasonable. The staff was very attentive and friendly.

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  5. SanMateoDiner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    For those who want an inkling of the taste of Indian cuisine, Ajanta is perfect for its Berkeley location, its decor and ambience and attentive service. Unfortunately the staff are not well trained in offering suggestions and to ensure the heat level of the dishes. The breads were great and so were the raita but main courses we ordered failed to impress.

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  6. LindaI

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four of us had a lovely dinner. We chose the full meal option that included appetizers, main course with naan, rice and vegetable and dessert. Portions were generous but not overwhelming and everyone enjoyed their meal. Service was very attentive, and the ambiance was just lovely—elegant without being fussy.

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  7. DinnerChic

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    If someone is looking for authentic flavorful Indian food, Ajanta is not the place to go. Other than the garlic naan, the rest of the food was bland. It may be ok for the locals that live there. But, it wouldn’t satisfy anyone looking for authentic Indian flavors. The restaurant is expensive yet run down and in need of updating.

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  8. Foodie53

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our second time eating here, and although it was good, the first time was outstanding. I will still continue to eat there, and recommend to friends.

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  9. JohnK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good Indian Food in a cozy atmosphere. Outstanding pakoras paired with yummy chutneys, Excellent Lamb with onions, ginger and coconut. Tandoori Chicken was disappointing-dry, overcooked. Best to change this to chicken thighs or way shorter cook time!

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  10. DonorAppreciationDinner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are always excellent. I highly recommend.

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  11. Qguy

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love eating here. It's always a great meal, both the food and the service. Four of us came for lunch. We shared three different lunch specials. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed everything. The service was outstanding. The standout dishes were Baadal Jam and Chicken Pistachio Korma.

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  12. NinaS

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely local restaurant for special occasions. Very classy Indian food.

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  13. happyeater

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Ajanta for lunch and were delighted to discover that it is an Indian restaurant in which lunch service was from a menu, not a buffet. There was a good variety of vegetarian and meat/fish options on the menu as well as possible sides and desserts. Service was gracious and the restaurant, though pleasantly full, was quiet. We will return.

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  14. EatwellinSF

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a variety of not-very-exciting dishes, all on the small side. Thea best was the chicken korma. Had to ask several times for more sauce; no one asked about s second round of beer or wine just meh all around.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is very good but the tables are a bit too close to each other.

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  16. SharonC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food--lovely restaurant. I will go there again.

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  17. EricaR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food at Ajanta is delicious and varied. Ambience and service excellent.

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  18. JustinSFPics

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a Bay Area gem!! Super friendly people and great food. I think you can order anything and you’ll be delighted. Get the Garlic Naan Bread!!!!

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  19. peatingsf

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this restaurant. It may seem old-fashioned to some because of the white table cloth service, but the food is excellent and the servers are charming and not stuffy at all. The food feels clean--I left feeling satisfied but not uncomfortable as I do when eating Indian food elsewhere.

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  20. NancyT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious dinner, tried new dishes and all were great. We're always happy with our experience at Ajanta.

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  21. GeorgiaF

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is such a good place for a dinner for a small group. You can hear yourself talk, the food is great and the service is wonderful. Highly recommended.

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  22. SamitC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were attracted by Ajanta's slightly unique menu (a few items were influenced by Afghan cuisine), and went there for our anniversary. The Alu Tikki, Machi Dilwala, Karahi Gost, and Lam Boti Kabab were really good. Loved the decor. High quality food at a very reasonable price. The restaurant has been around for 32 years (multiple owners) and the staff were greeting some repeat patrons. It seemed to be well liked by the clients in this really nice neighborhood.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    361 reviews

    4.0

    361 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely atmosphere, friendly service. The food was good, especially the lamb biryani. I didn't like the scallop appetizer, though--a bit odd-tasting on the finish.

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  24. Nevertooold

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite Indian restaurant! Tables are far apart, food is delicious, service very friendly.

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  25. Trixi

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic first experience. The food is delicious and the presentation is beautiful. Great service—very friendly. Only four stars for ambience because it’s a little too bright, but the place is clean and the decor is nice.

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  26. SJREastBay

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Solid choice for northern Indian food in North Berkeley/Albany area.

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  27. KarenG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We 3 diners tried the non-vegetarian meal plan and couldn't stop eating the delicious tastings. We ate too much, yet are not complaining. Service was professional, kind and efficient. Ambience is refined (white tablecloth service). Pricing is fair for the all-around high quality.

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  28. Modmini

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Its been a long time since i had been there and on this visit i thought it was good but not great (which has been my original impression years ago). Priced fairly.. Short takes on what i ordered.. Dal soup... probably the worst i have had in sometime. No real flavor. A positive spin would be that it's light but it had no flavor to speak of, Papdam was slightly soggy but i was there towards end of night. Chicken Tiki Masala was very nice, not as heavy as many and at medium spice it had enough pop. Naan was good..

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family loves this restaurant! Delicious food and wonderful friendly staff. Excellent service:)

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  30. DougH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service way too quick. Food just not at all like the old Ajanta

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  31. Kathy

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, helpful and pleasant service, wonderful surroundings, can have a conversation, such a happy experience all the wss as y around.

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  32. GenevieveB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I like Ajanta for all the wonderful things it provides us with: very good Indian food in a nice environment: quiet and plesant.

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  33. JeannieB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience at Ajanta was wonderful. I made a reservation ahead of time (for five people), and my party was seated right away. The wait staff was friendly and accommodating, and the dishes came out quickly. The food was flavorful and delicious, and the portions were perfect. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the staff went the extra mile to wish my mother a happy 76th birthday!! They served her some cardamom ice cream (on the house) with a candle on top. It was an enjoyable experience for all, myself included.

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  34. Pickyeater

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Last few times I ate here- admittedly before pandemic- it was unusually good- but maybe they changed ownership or cooks-their great reviews were from several years ago. I would say their food was unexceptionally mediocre. The wait staff was lovely.

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  35. elephant

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ajanta never fails to exceed expectations. Delicious food, lovely room, attentive (not overbearing) service, elegant presentation. It's a Berkeley treasure!

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  36. Nancy

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ajanta is our go-to favorite for a special occasion. Five stars. Thanks.

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  37. LaurenceN

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a fabulous Indian restaurant. There we three of us, and we all ordered the Tasting Menu, which I highly recommend. The food kept coming and coming, and every plate was delicious. Ajanta is an overall excellent culoinary experience3.

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  38. Irma

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The Shrimp Tandouri was excellent! The choice of white wine and procecco could be improved.

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  39. Joan

    Sacramento

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved the sweet lassi. It was not on the menu but the chef made it anyway.

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  40. Sadie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    What a sad fall this place has had. The food was so-so. the service was shocking...I was surprised when the waiter piled all the dirty dishes together on the table. It's not a cheap place and food and service should be better.
    Ajanta RestaurantResponded on July 15, 2023
    Hello Sadie, I am so sorry for the bad service you received. I have briefed our staff members, and we will make sure this does not happen again. Thank you for your feedback.

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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 4.6 stars by 1091 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 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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