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DOSA on Fillmore

4.1
2459 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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DOSA on Fillmore is a San Francisco restaurant that offers an urban take on South Indian cuisine. By putting a Californian twist on the flavors of Indian food, the chef and owner has created a local hotspot. Guests can drop in to DOSA on Fillmore for dinner or weekend brunch.

Start your meal at DOSA with pumpkin and curry leaf soup or a lamb kebab slider. The menu features a seasonal tasting section, a small plates section and a section for heartier fare. Enjoy Alaskan wild salmon smoked with cauliflower and rice in an apricot curry. Plenty of vegetarian options at DOSA on Fillmore mean that everyone can find something to love.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of operation
LUNCH / BRUNCH
Wednesday to Friday - 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Saturday & Sunday - 11:30 am - 3:00 pm;

DINNER:
Sunday to Thursday - 5:30 pm to 11 pm
Friday & Saturday - 5:30 pm to Midnight
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Phone number
(415) 441-3672
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Senthil Kumar
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Private party facilities
DOSA offers dining experiences for a wide array of occasions from casual gatherings, to events such as corporate entertaining, holiday parties and wedding receptions. The restaurant is available in its entirety for major events.
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Private party contact
Daniel Dowdell: (877) 349-1457
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Catering
Dosa offers catering options for those interested. For more information please go to our Website http://dosasf.com/catering.htm
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Post Street
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Parking details
There are two convenient parking lots within short walking distance

Fillmore Street Annex Garage (Below Sundance Theater)
1650 Fillmore Street (at Post Street)
San Francisco, CA 94115

Japan Center Main Garage
1610 Geary Boulevard (Also an entrance on Post at Webster)
San Francisco, CA 94115

For more information please check
http://www.japantownparking.com/Rates/
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Public transit
Fillmore - 22
Sutter - 2, 3, 4
Geary - 38, 38L
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.2
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3.9
service
4.1
ambience
3.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on October 2, 2017

It is one thing when you have a bad experience at a restaurant with a good reputation, experiences like 3 wines you select are not available, the main dish you went for has sold out by 7:00 pm; the small plates take 40 minutes to arrive and then the servers pile on the main course before you had a chance with the small plates. When the only waitress on the floor is moving from table to table in an attempt to sell more liquor rather than bring you desert menus which you had asked for 3 separate times.

But it is entirely different when call the manager a few days later and he agrees with you that the service on that day was atrocious, and the only way he offered to remedy the bad experience is to offer you a reservation on your next visit by calling his mobile number instead of using Open Table.

Dosa on Fillmore used to be one of my favorite restaurant. Now I know how uncaring the management is, I will not eat there again.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
1.0  Dined on June 26, 2017

We visit Dosa every year while visiting the Bay area. Its a fun place and we like Indian food. Shockingly, I just called to make a reservation and the host who answered told me "I'm busy now, can you call back tomorrow". Makes one wonder what his job entails. Guess we won't be going back to Dosa this trip...or maybe ever. Poor customer service.

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PandaBear (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 11, 2016

I live in the neighborhood, so have been here numerous times. Bringing houseguests from Nashville to DOSA was a success, despite they not being familiar with southern Indian cuisine. They enjoyed the dosas and uttapam, and were BLOWN AWAY by their cocktails, the papadum & chutneys, and the lamb chops. The service was really nice, and it was GREAT to have a normal conversation without resorting to SHOUTING. Well done, yet again!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 20, 2016

The food is good. It would be great if the restaurant allow room for some substitutions. The restaurant is a bit rigid with the menu. Same goes for the bar. The cocktail menu looks spectacular, but the restaurant will not make certain modifications to their menu such as a little less sweet or a bit more spicy. It's great for dinners who loves everything exactly the way it is, but not for those with specific requirements.

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gdeadman (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 28, 2015

In general I can only say I was disappointed with the food, value and service at Dosa. The plates were just OK to me, and very disappointing to family members I brought here who love Southern Indian food more than I do. The clincher was when all but one of our dishes had arrived at a somewhat weird and unpredictable rate and order, the waiter finally asked if that would be it. We indicated we hadn't gotten all the entrees we ordered and she went back to the kitchen, presumably. After waiting another good while, the plate appeared - four vegetarian meatballs smothered on white sauce with no rice or bread to sop up the sauce. We will not be going back to Dosa, and cannot recommend it.

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Coco (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

Wonderful food! However, it is very pricey for Indian food. Spent $75 on two entrees and bhatura (a very delicious, fried, puffy bread - highly recommended to get with your curry). I didn't even buy drinks! I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and he enjoyed it very much. The only thing is that I would have to say our server was not very attentive, but instead someone else that was not assigned to our table took our order and brought the food to us. I would definitely come back again though!

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Aparajita (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

The food came to us not too late not too soon, and the flavors were phenomenal. Will come again!

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Allijean (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

Went there on a Saturday expecting to have lunch, and was pleasantly surprised to have brunch options! Spicy egg curry and egg dosa were excellent! The only downside was that it was freezing in there, we had to wear our coats throughout the meal.

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vipKimO (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2015

DOSA was delicious as always! The space is beautiful and the staff couldn't be more solicitous, especially when I dine here with my father who uses a walker.

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vipjandj (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 22, 2015

Delicious food, good service, I was not blown away but also no complaints. Prices are ok for SF but if you've ever lived in Asia, just try not to compare/convert!

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vipkingana (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 20, 2015

I have eaten at Dosa at least three times before and have never been impressed. I didn't expect much from my last dinner, but it turned out to be delicious! Fourth time was a charm

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vipRobinW (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2015

Delicious as always. Lots of pumpkin dishes which my guest didn't want..will have to go back. She's gluten-avoiding and I was delighted to learn that dosas are not made w wheat.

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walkupsidedown (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 15, 2015

Dosa was great as always. Most of us enjoyed our food very much but one picky friend complained about her dish. The manger kindly came and spoke to her, tried to make it right, and in the end took it off her bill. That's one more reason I love both Dosa locations in the city.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 13, 2015

The sat us down 30 minutes after our reservation time and handled the delay poorly

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on November 13, 2015

The concept is creative and worthwhile but lacking in execution given the expense of the food. Similar food with comparable taste profile is available at many restaurants featuring south Indian food at 1/2 to 2/3rd's the cost. In my opinion, the food needs to be elevated with more complex flavors to justify the price. In addition, the complimentary papadam, although very much appreciated, was marred by an oily sheen. The food is not bad; it is good but is below that expected in this price range.

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