Ajanta Restaurant

4.5
1006 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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambience and hospitality was amazing. Food is unique and good! Must visit!

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stinsonguy
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have been going to Ajanta for many, many years. It is under new mgmt, the original owner having retired. They are doing their best under the circumstances (Covid), and they give every impression that they will continue the Ajanta tradition of excellence. If you enjoy Indian cuisine, and especially if you are vegetarian (I am not, but they offer a wide range of non-meat dishes), I can recommend Ajanta highly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood favorite with many “not the usual” items on the menu m

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely amazing.

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reachfar
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Ajanta is very distinctive and extremely well prepared. I have allergies to nuts and gluten and it is never a problem to get a great meal.

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JoanS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time back since Covid and everything was very tasty. Glad to see they survived and we will be back again.

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NancyT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a winner with us. The tandoori lamb was very tender and delicious, and the salmon in the green fish curry was cooked just right.

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vipAjantaReview
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ajanta has been our favorite for decades now. The quality of the food and the friendly service is always reliable.

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vipKate
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. And authentic. We have visited India twice. The service was prompt and gracious. The tables are now well- spaced. Careful attention to detail. We have been going to Ajanta for years but it’s now at its very best. Try it!

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vipRarelyComments
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

There seem to a number of good reviews, I, however, had a bad experience. Ambiance is not great, but, to be fair, I had low expectations. I’ll admit the wait staff to a person were cheerful and warm; however they could not want us out of there any faster. The meal felt insanely rushed. The food arrived shockingly fast and the second we finished the plates disappeared and we were being asked about dessert. The check arrived less than thirty seconds after declining dessert. It got picked up and processed within ten seconds of putting down a credit card. Some may view this as good service, my party and I felt pressured to be done already and leave. But, worst of all, the food just wasn’t good. It was bland and flat. The whole experience was a disappointment.

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Catludu
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was warm welcoming and attentive. The food was high quality.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and a lovely place. Very helpful accommodating stuff. Highly recommend!

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louisek
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Delicious food and excellent service. We had the Vegetarian sampler. There was so much food and it was beautifully presented.

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Janeane
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was bland and not fresh. The new owner is riding the coattails of the previous owners who had a great reputation (which is why we tried it).
I love Indian food, and this was the worst place I’ve ever tried in my life.

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vipaubrey
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful pre fix menus. Friendly staff. Safe environment and they confirm all are vaccinated

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vipMilt
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great local restaurant. Very friendly service. Family run.

Highly recommended.

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vipBirthdaygirl
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Obviously this restaurant is under new ownership. Disappointing from the previous visits. The interior of the restaurant has changed dramatically. Sterile. But the food has been downgraded substantially. We had the chefs menu . Some dishes no flavor. Others Luke warm, The best item was the lamb chop but different sizes…one standard, one small. The naan was moist, like it had been rewarded. Sorry But my favorite Indian restaurant has fallen below standards. Disappointed,

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MarkF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ajanta was willing and able to adjust the heat level down to a very low (mild) level, which was much appreciated given my spouse's sensitivities. Most places cannot. This shows that they are able to work work with you to get the spice/heat level you want, even if it is not common.

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BillB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smells wonderful when you walk in which makes you hungry! Good value and tasty food.

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NaiyaC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fried portobellos were REALLY salty, so much that we had trouble even eating them. Some of the food was over-salted. Please hold back on the salt content. It really took away from the food's flavors. One can always ADD salt, but one can never remove it from dishes.

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Magsdtr
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always appreciated the variety of dishes on the menu. They are all distinct from each other. This time, we ordered the non-vegan sample menu. The quantity, quality, and diversity of flavors was delightful!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great Place. Great food. It’s a must!

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Andy
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My brother and I enjoyed Ajanta and will return for sure. In fact, this may become our go to restaurant. We went for lunch on a Thursday and the restaurant was not crowded. The service was excellent and the staff seemed truly happy to have us.

I ordered a starter of portabella mushrooms which was delicious. For my main course, I enjoyed the lamb curry. It’s important to note that this restaurant will adjust the heat of curry to your liking. I will order a bit more heat next time. Ajanta is a step above other Indian restaurants I have been to. Two thumbs up.

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reachfar
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ajanata is our favorite place for Indian food. The menu always has something new. The quality of the food is excellent. They pay attention to the spice level and make sure it matches your own taste and tolerance.

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vipLarry
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

In my opinion, Ajanta is the best Indian restaurant in the East Bay. This was the first time we've been there since COVID, and the food was as delicious as we remembered from pre-COVID. My favorite is the Lamb BIriyani, but my wife also enjoyed the Lamp Curry. The Naan bread is delicious, and the Mango Mousse is to die for. We took some friends who were visiting and they also thoroughly enjoyed the meal. If you like Indian food, this is the place to go in the East Bay.

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Yummy
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very good selection of Indian dishes. Staff very helpful in helping with dining selections.

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reachfar
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It is wonderful to have Ajanta back with indoor dining. It has been a great resource for take out during Covid. The quality is always excellent - as is the service. My favorites are the lamb rib chops and the sabzi rangarang

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Elaine
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a good restaurant, good food, nice friendly staff. Nice atmosphere.

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Annie
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Indian food in the Bay Area! A must for anyone who loves Indian food.

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anthonyl
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

What a charming place. The food was excellent and the service was amazing.
I will most definitely return.

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SaraS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ajanta never disappoints. Try anything. My family has been dining here for 15 years or more and it is consistently wonderful.

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vipKaproy
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food
Lamb chops excellent

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phyllisp
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Ajanta has long been one of our favorites, but I feel that some of the change since Mr. Moorjani left have not been for the better. We did like the separate servings of rice and spinach. But the goat was fatty, boney and tough.
I didn't like having to pack up the leftovers at the table. It was not in keeping with your generally good service.

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vipBirthdaygirl
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

❤️❤️❤️ coming to Ajanta. The flavor of the various foods are always mouth watering. We try new dishes almost every time we visit along with stride and true favorite. It always an amazing meal ! We will be back again Soon!!!.

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playboy007
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

In Solano, having a restaurant there means higher cost on the menu items because of rent, etc. Overall I would rather go to a all you can eat Indian buffet restaurant and have extra money in my pockets at the end of the meal. The food (Chicken Tiki Marsala, Lamb Korma and Garlic Naan bread wasn't bad but for the price you pay there, the portion sizes were just too small. Ajanta has been in Solano for decades and will be there as a fixture in the neighborhood.

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SusanH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it as usual. It is the best Indian cuisine in the Bay Area

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Naat
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We go here quite frequently and always love the food. This last time was a bit of unusual experience. The food was decent but not as good as normally. lamb curry a bit watery. Naans a little too greasy. Still would recommend because it has always been consistently good.

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MATRIXOWNER
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was a little sluggish but the servers were all very nice and the food is still excellent!!

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KarenT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The raita was watered down. This has been one of the bay area's finest Indian restaurants. I had not been there in a couple of years. The quality of the food has definitely declined. It seems they are taking shortcuts.

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

Ajanta Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1006 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.