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About Ajanta Restaurant

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.

1888 Solano Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94707
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary Indian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
Dinner: Daily: 5:30PM - 9:00 PM

Cross Street:
The Alameda

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 526-4373

Website:
http://www.ajantarestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Lachu Moorjani

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Ajanta Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (23)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
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Good for a Date (16)
Special Occasion (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Spicy (14)
Healthy (11)
Vegan (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Casual (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Cozy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Fun (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Business Meals (5)
Great Beer (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Romantic (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Organic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

The food is always excellent at Ajanta. But this time the service was lacking, in two regards. First, the server or the kitchen lost our order, so as we watched others being served, no food came to our table until we flagged down a server to say that we had been waiting and watching others who came after us being served food. Second, my companion's entrée was extremely spicy although he had asked for medium spicy; at the end of the meal our original server appeared to ask him if his "spicy" entrée had been okay. So first our order was lost, and then it was incorrectly recorded. We were not offered any compensation for the incorrect order. I was disappointed for the first time at this usually excellent restaurant.

Tags: Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Boise)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food and service were very good. However we couldn’t hear very well because the noise was so loud

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The four of us had a lovely dinner and were very comfortable at Ajanta. The setting is very nice; the service was helpful and friendly. The food was very tasty.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We came in on Sunday at 6pm, and so did quite a few other customers. It took a long time to be seated and to order, and a nice waiter explained that Sundays at this time was always a terrible crush making service and kitchen super busy. The food was very good, but not exceptional. Oh well. I will give it another try some day and not give up.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We had a great meal with very tasty food! Our family enjoyed the evening at Ajanta!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Authentic, Spicy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Adjanta is a long time favorite! The food is excellent, the service is terrific and the atmosphere is warm, cozy and quietish

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Spicy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

1. Very poor ambience due to severely lacking ventilation (seafood preparation smell). It seemed like either the HVAC is intentionally underutilized or inadequately provisioned.
2. Poor cleanliness of cutlery.
3. Hastily executed dishes (even compared to a year ago when I last visited it, with favorable opinion at that point). Overcooked daal/lentils and veggies, undercooked mushrooms, incompletely roasted spices, missing ingredients.
4. Extremely unresponsive and forgetful young male waiter who listened to our requests for missing cutlery but just forgetfully just strolled around in a busy restaurant.
5. Public bickering amongst staff.
6. Unchecked (without auto-close spring) door that kept letting in cold air towards some of the outer tables.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I realize this restaurant is highly rated. What this review does is to convey to the superb staff that they really makes the meal complete. We took our six year old granddaughter with us. The staff and owners made her the star of the show. I can't wait to return

Tags: Spicy, People Watching, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Vegan, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I lived in India and love Indian food! This place is great!!

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

This was in celebration of Diwali. The menu was made up of smaller portions of a number of excellent dishes we hadn't tried before. The tandoori lamb chops were exceptional.

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Rasamalai was old. Everything else was good.
Bit pricey.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food is delicious, the people very kind, fantastic customer care. In terms of price, it is not the cheapest Indian Restaurant, but it is high quality food, for a reasonable price. The food and experience are definitely worth more that you pay.

The environment is pleasant with Indian art all around the restaurant, and at least one statue of the Buddha, which like very much.

The staff are progression but not stuffy at all, and very attentive and accommodating.

Tables are set formally, but the atmosphere is light. Lighting is soft, yet sufficient and practical.

I have been going to Ajanta since 2002 for my first date with my ex-wife, and we went there in in 2016 when our divorce was final to honor the our relationship from begining to end.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We used to be a frequent customer of Ajanta. However, after the ownership change, we haven't been back too often. Tonight we tried eating there again. The food isn't as delicate tasting, service is less attentive, and dining room is not as clean as before. We will not be dining here as often as before. It's too bad the quality isn't the same or better under the new ownership.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

I have been going to Ajanta with my family for over a decade, and every time I got it still impresses me. The food is a serious cut above every other Indian restaurant I have been to, including SF's new darling August One 5. This time I brought my girlfriend, her family, and my family together for dinner. We shared around 5 big plates and 3 small plates for the seven of us and it was just the right amount of food. It was also nice that it was quiet enough for my father and girlfriend's father to hear the conversation even though both have hearing aids.

What makes this place special is the food. It's simply more refined and more interesting than can be found other Indian restaurants. If you haven't been, and you like Indian food, you are missing out.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The most delicious food. Fresh and innovative. Aromatic and the perfect level of hot they are not timid about heat if you request it hot.) the quality of this restaurant is consistently excellent. And an excellent value. Love it every time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

I thought the food tasting menu was too salty on many of the dishes. I dined there Tuesday night.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Ajanta is always a treat! It is consistently good, never disappoints. I love the choices of regional Indian dishes and I appreciate options for my vegetarian friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Ajanta is consistently delicious and fresh. The service is top notch and the atmosphere is very welcoming. Highly recommend!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Still our favorite Indian restaurant in the East Bay

Tags: Vegan, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

exceptional as always, attentive to detail, server explains dishes with options

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

the most amazing Indian food in the Bay Area IMHO - a little busy on a Tuesday night so service not as attentive as usual but the food never fails

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

As always, the food was great, especially the vegetarian tasting menu. Everything was spiced/seasoned perfectly. My husband s and always gets the chicken tikka masala, it's that good.

My only complaint is that the service can be amateur (reaching over diners to deliver food and pick up dishes when the server easily could have walked three steps and handled things properly). And it can be chilly as well. The host doesn't seem at all happy to see us.

Tags: Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Always the best! We've been here any times and we keep coming back.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

This restaurant has been an outstanding neighborhood place to go for excellent and out of the ordinary Indian cooking. The quality of the food is consistently high, prices are very reasonable, and service is warm and knowledgeable. Vegetarian options are given the same care as meat, and some dishes can be made vegan. We bring friends here when they are in Berkeley. Spice levels are determined individually, so we've never had anybody disappointed. Things get crowded at night; it is a good idea to make a reservation.

Tags: Vegan, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Once again we had a delicious meal at Ajanta. It is an excellent place to meet friends since it is possible to hear the conversation. The food continues to be innovative and seasonal with dishes I've never seen in any other Indian restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We have been going to Ajanta since it opened. The food quality is always high, and the service is excellent. Although Lachu Moorjani is no longer the owner, he is still contributing to the menus he has assembled for many years. Given the quality of the food (mostly organic), the prices at Ajanta are quite reasonable, and the decor very pleasant, except for the pink curtains at the front, a recent addition.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Love love love. As always, delivers nothing less then perfection.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

The chicken tandoori is the best and everything else was great. Generous portions. The multiple course dinner option is a must. Very pleasant decore and service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

AJANTA provides quality cooking, at a reasonable price. The food is very consistent, with interesting spice combinations that reflect the authentic variety of Indian cuisine found in the various geographic regions of the country

Tags: Vegan, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

I was pleasantly reminded how good the food is here. It took a bit of time for someone to take our order but, then, it was pretty full. Since it's a 10 minute walk from my GF's house, we'll need to remember Ajanta.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent Food, service - the best indian food in the area!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

As always, the food was superb with a wide range of exotic dishes prepared with care. Everything about the food is excellent and the service is top-flight.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I have been enjoying Ajanta for years. Same service and quality under the new management.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Organic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The food quality was average, nothing special. Here are more descriptors. Nan, was a bit oily, the panner nan, was tasteless, no flavor. Aloo Thiki had just the right spice and flavor. Lamb was okay tated like the spices came from a packet, in stead of a chef mixing individual spices. The Chicken Mulligatawney, was a bit too "runny" the water separated from the sauce and rice. I was afraid to touch the menus, they were old, had old food stains, and food old particles. Overall go only if you have to.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Ajanta is a favorite restaurant. The service is prompt and friendly and the food is always savory and delicious!

Tags: Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 21, 2017

As usual, Ajanta was great. The only reason why I'm writing a review is because there was a sticker from a piece of produce in one of our dishes. It was sticker off of an eggplant, which is odd because our dish didn't have eggplant in it. It didn't necessarily bother us, but it was a little weird.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Food was not very good. Steak was low quality meat.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We went for Father's Day. There were plenty of options for the vegetarian in our group. The flavors, portions, prices and service all up fine! It made for a lovely meal.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Ajanta is my favorite Indian restaurant and I've been coming here for years. This visit rates fundamentally as 4-star whereas any other time was absolutely 5-star. We unfortunately ordered two spinach sauce based dishes and the sauce was not particularly flavorful. The Saag Paneer especially was bland. The mushroom dish was much tastier. Our waiter did point out we must love spinach to both order the same (we should have taken the hint and changed one dish) and if the quality of the spinach sauce was higher it would have been fine. I have had so many amazing dishes there, this was a disappointment. We had a reservation as it was my friend's birthday, and despite buying two full meals and four glasses of wine and a dessert, we felt rushed out, and the restaurant was not full. However, despite this less than perfect feedback, I wholeheartedly recommend Ajanta. It is unlike any other Indian restaurant, and the seasonal asparagus with sauce appetizer is always amazing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Best Indian food I have EVER had! Exquisitely seasoned, obviously high quality ingredients.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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