Ajanta Restaurant

4.4
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1014 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian

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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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Cuisines
Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary Indian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
Dinner: 5:30PM - 9:00 PM
Closed on Wednesdays.
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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
Dhruva Thapa
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Cross street
The Alameda
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wine
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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

K
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food
Lamb chops excellent

p
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

B
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

❤️❤️❤️ 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!!!.

p
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

SH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

N
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

MA
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

KT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

FW
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

For a party of three, dishes were not served together. Some
dishes were cold. The lamb was tough in a biriyani dish. Only
things outstanding were the mango lassies. Check taker was
dour and seemed incapable of smiling. We won't go there
again.

b
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even better than usual last time. The Bengali chicken dish (jhalfarezi) was delicious--a welcome addition to the menu--as was the achari gosht and the sauces for the papadom and tandoori scallops (which might have been cooked for another 20-25 seconds). We could taste the freshness of the ingredients, and the spice balance in the sauces was perfect. Friendly service, a good wine at a very reasonable price (a gran reserva rioja can be very expensive, but this one was from a larger producer and was cheap for the quality), and the relaxing decor (ceiling, in particular) that reproduces that of the Ajanta caves. An excellent experience and great value for the money.

WT
Tallahassee
21 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and service!

FT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. We had the window table and it was perfect for a family Mother's Day

dinner.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For decades, this used to be my favorite Indian restaurant. Now I am hesitant to say that yes, I'd recommend it to a friend, and wish for a "maybe" option. They forgot to serve the appetizer we ordered, and nobody came to our table after they hastily served us the main dishes. The careful presentation of the dishes is gone, the quality of the ingredients has declined, and the formerly complex flavors have turned more flat.

A
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ajanta consistently has the best Indian food in the area, and in fact, any of the major U.S. cities The food is also reasonably priced for the quality and quantity that you get. This is one of our favorite restaurants and we couldn't wait to return when we moved back to the Bay Area from Washington, D.C.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Totally disappointing. The most bland Indian food I've ever had. One of those meals that you wish you could take back.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, nice smallish setting. Good service. Quite good value. Either is or gave the impression of being a family run business...overall a great experience. We are from out of town, otherwise we’d be back often.

GL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go for the food and return for the service, friendliness and pleasant atmosphere.

P
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better than I remembered from previous trips to Berkeley. Always visit Ajanta when in the East Bay.

OT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic find in North Berkeley, the food was authentic and SUPER tasty!

JG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I was pleasantly surprised by this neighborhood gem. A very cozy and comfortable restaurant, great atmosphere. I was with a group of 8 so my food comments are reflective of some of the other dishes. I had the seasonal chicken dish which was out of this world - succulent, moist, and in a delicate sauce. The most amazing Indian dish I have ever tasted. Sadly, some of my friends had different chicken dishes where the chicken was very dry. Also, the restaurant confused the spice levels of each dish. My chicken was spicier than I ordered. It was probably confused with another person's at my table who had the same dish. My friend next to me didn't order spicy at all and had very spicy chicken. It seemed they struggled a little bit with a big order like ours. Otherwise great place I would give it another try.

AP
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good! We go here every time my father is in town.

PH
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

My wife, friends, & I look forward to eating again at Ajanta. That said, we will avoid the Tandori Prawns, which were terribly overcooked and leathery.

OT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This restaurant absolutely does NOT deserve a 4/5 rating for best Indian Food in East Bay, Lamb Marsala was was small pieces of overcooked lamb in bland creamy sauce, The Green Curry Fish was really awful! 3 small pieces of some unknown fish that was slimy and tasteless in a bland green curry sauce. My friend and I ordered the prix fixed menu that came with appetizers which were the best part of the meal; the rest were not fit to be served. The desserts were also awful, the cheese cake being a small piece of dried cheese in some creamy sauce, the rice pudding was long pieces of white rice in a watery milk sauce. The entire meal except for appetizers was a total disaster!! will not go back, so disappointing as my guest wanted to go to a really good Indian restaurant as she was visiting from Philadelphia.Needless to say I was so embarrassed, I did research and this was the Best?!! who made this decision for Yelp and Trip Advisor?

BW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

For many years Ajanta has been my "favorite restaurant in the world"!! Our dinner on Sunday night was a disappointment! So many differences from the many years of wonderful food.... the chicken makhanwala was different - the sauce less blended and delectable, the carrots (carrot "pickles" - bland), the rice was served with peas - and no crispy fried shallots or onions, as always in the past, the spinach / potato dish served with the rice was not as good. The dinner came with rice OR naan, that would have been fine - to pay extra for naan, but with all of the other changes, not ok at all. It was VERY strange - how different everything was. We asked if there was a change in the kitchen or ownership and our waiter said no, nothing had changed, so perhaps it was just a very bad night. Until I try again, I won't be proclaiming it my favorite restaurant or recommending it to anyone.

DD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We've always enjoyed Ajanta, but under new management(?), service was slow, and my wife & both suffered from some mild intestinal upset afterward, origin unknown.

LP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Creative Indian cuisine, including many good vegetarian dishes.

MT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food...flavorful and different. Highly recommend Ajanta!

YC
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The unfriendly attitude of the staff at Ajanta contributes to my assessment of the restaurant as being poor. The food is barely acceptable but it is served by people who apparently do not like their job. No such thing as service with a smile here and the maitre d'hotel on this occasion was especially grumpy. Why should I patronize a restaurant where the staff make it clear that I cam not welcome? The place also reeks of cooking odor that stayed with me and my fellow diners for days.

AH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful food--always full of surprises. Service is attentive and the atmosphere is conducive to a relaxing and enjoyable repast.

CK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, and an amazing variety. Five of us had different things with some sharing that we all enjoyed. A little noisy, but good service. We will definitely go back as we liked the warmth of the restaurant, too.

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was of mediocre quality - I expected more given the price. Also one of the waiters openly picked his ear with a pen. That was disgusting !

JE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Ajantha! See my recent review. And it lived up to all of my expectations going there on Valentine’s Day last week with my sweetie and friends.

MM
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The best Indian restaurant in the Bay, hands down.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great service

a
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We ere not happy with our meal. We used to dine Adjanta 10 years ago and it seems to have changed for the worse. The lighting was too bright, giving the restaurant a less intimate feeling. The food was unremarkable and the naan bread was undercooked. It was okay, but not worth going back to.

MA
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely good food...I had been to Ajanta in 2010 when I first visited Berkeley and found the food to be great. This time I suggested to my friends whom I met after a long time to go here the food has not changed the same good taste and atmosphere me and my friends loved it. Next time when I am back there will definitely visit again

MD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I've eaten at Adjanta several times over several years and it has always been a treat. Creative and elegant food in a friendly atmosphere. However, this past visit my friend had the fish. I could smell it from across the table and I tasted just the sauce at the end of the meal. It was not fresh by any means and if it were mine I would have sent it back. My lamb dish was just ok, no subtle spices as I would usually expect. We might have hit an off night or maybe standards have declined. I would go back to try it again because my meals in the past have been wonderful.

BS
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

There was a long wait before our order was taken. Waiter failed to ask two guests which level of spiciness
they desired. We stopped the waiter and requested the highest level of spice for 2 dishes. All dishes arrived without spice, blandly mild and not at all to our tastes as a result. We’ve eaten here at least 20 times and are sad to think that service is slipping so badly.

Q
San Francisco
164 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best Indian restaurant in the East Bay!!

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