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Ajanta Restaurant

901 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Spicy (21)
  • Neighborhood Gem (19)
  • Good Vegetarian Options (19)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary Indian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
Dinner: Daily: 5:30PM - 9:00 PM
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Phone number
(510) 526-4373
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lachu Moorjani
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Cross street
The Alameda
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 901 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNope (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Reunion with friends

AnnW (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Lamb and vegetable dishes were flavorful and not fatty or greasy.
Our server was attentive and helpful in his recommendations.
The food came quickly.

ibgroovin (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We had the Veggie tasting menu. We enjoyed the dishes. They were able to accommodate a dietary restriction and sub an item. Nice!

vipBarbi (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My husband and I went to Ajanta to celebrate Valentine's Day. I always order the Chicken Tikka Masala. I love it. I always order it Mild Spice. My husband also ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala Medium Spice. When the waiter brought us our food I said, "I ordered the Mild and my husband ordered the Medium." The waiter nodded and put down our plates. I tasted my dinner and my mouth felt like it was on fire! So, I ate some rice, drank some water and tried another bite. There was a mix-up! My husband was eating HIS meal and told me it was delicious. At last, the waiter came over and asked, "Is everything okay?" I told him about the mix-up and he said, "I'll bring you the correct dinner." I told him, "I already ate all my rice and it's too late for another dinner." So, he told us, "I will deduct the cost of that dinner..." This has never happened before. The food and the service are always very good...and I hope to return...

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Enjoyed a delicious meal at Ajanta with friends! As always service was superb and meal delightful!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Service was average. Servers had to be asked several times for water. And to clear the table to make room for food plates. One server handed a dish to my wife because there was no room at the table and expected her to figure out how to make room at the table.

Lamb was excellent. Veg dishes were average.

However restaurant was very accommodating in seating us.

Chirper (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

I used to love Ajanta and so I'm sorry to see some of the ways the atmosphere now seems transformed. The room is lit too brightly for my taste, the tables seem crowded and noisy, and my friend and I waited at least 15 minutes before anyone took our order (they were quite busy). Once our waiter appeared, he was very friendly and service was excellent. The food is still delicious, and I may return for that reason -- but despite the beauty of the murals, the feel of the restaurant has changed and the ambience no longer is appealing. So sad!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was mediocre

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Just not the same... something has changed here recently, the quality of the food is not the same as it has been in the past.

vipAngie (New England)
2.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

It’s a real puzzle to me that this restaurant is still in business, but people put up with mediocre Indian food I guess. And calling this food mediocre is charitable. I had been there once before about a year ago and had a completely bland meal but thought it might just have been a bad night, which of course, any restaurant can have. Nope. The food this time was beyond bland moving into the territory of barely edible. If you truly like Indian food, look elsewhere.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

Ajanta is still very good after being sold two years ago. The new owner was very cordial and explained the transition period. The food was delicious and many of the same staff members are present for continuity. My only complaint is that the lights were on very brightly. I mentioned this to the owner who said he could turn it down, but never did. It used to have a calm and subdued atmosphere...those bright lights made it feel like a diner.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been going to Ajanta for over thirty years. The food is consistently wonderful. It is our favorite restaurant for birthdays.

Jane (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

I enjoy Ajanta for special occasion lunches, but their special New Year's Eve prix fixe dinner was spectacular.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Always a fine meal. New owner maintaining high expectations

happyone (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

I have eaten here a few times over the years. The food was excellent but very crowded and noisy