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For 2
Date
Mon, 1/22
Time
10:30 PM
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Ajanta Restaurant

4.4
894 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: 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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Cross street: The Alameda
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What 894 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
3.0
Dined 3 days ago

Food was mediocre

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0
Dined on January 13, 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.

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vipAngie (New England)
2.0
Dined on January 9, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 5, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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Jane (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Always a fine meal. New owner maintaining high expectations

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happyone (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on December 29, 2017

Arrived right at our reservation and had to wait, along with others who had reservations, for over 30 minutes before we were seated.
Food and service were good, though, once we did get to a table.

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philosophyproftt (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on December 25, 2017

This was our second visit. We ordered a kofta, a ball of veggies in a cream sauce, and an eggplant dish. Both were quite spicy although we asked for medium. We would go down a notch in future. The kofta was less creamy and delicious than malai kofta we've had elsewhere. The eggplant was yummy though a little too spicy for our taste. We also had an order of pappadum which was the best we've ever had, and an appetizer that came with the dinner, called something tikki that was very tasty. The ice cream was nothing special. The price for one dinner and one a la carte and 2 beers, with tip and tax, was $68, which is moderate. We're not in a rush to return but it's the best Indian food we've found in the area. The atmosphere is very pleasant.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
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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Cross street
The Alameda
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(510) 526-4373
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Executive chef
Lachu Moorjani
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine