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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
The food came to us not too late not too soon, and the flavors were phenomenal. Will come again!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
The sat us down 30 minutes after our reservation time and handled the delay poorly
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.
It has been years and years since I enjoyed a good Dosa comparable to those I ate in the UK. As luck would have it, I was seated next to a perfectly delightful guy on my flight to SFO and he highly recommended Dosa on Fillmore.
Immediately this became part of my itinerary and I dined there this evening. Although it's Diwali, I decided against the special menu as I wasn't sure I'd be able to eat it all and, instead opted for a Samosa starter and Mung Bean Dosa. Both dishes were wonderful - just the right amount of heat and accompanied by delicious sauces for dipping. I wish I'd had room for more, but had to give in at a certain point because I was so full!
The ambience and decor is lovely and quite comfortable. Service was fantastic as well. Thank you seat mate, Ryan, for this recommendation. It was spot on for me and I will be back!
The service was spotty, wrong dishes were brought to our table. The food was sub standard for the prices. Overly spiced to cover nuances and very dissatisfying. The restaurant's namesakes were dry and bland.
Fantastic South Indian food. Always fresh and well prepared.
Goat Cheese Gem Salad was amazing as was Chicken Korma, Pumpkin Chutney, and Seasonal Brussels Sprouts and Squash Sorayi. Never disappointed at Dosa. Server was also exceptional not to mention surprising cocktail creations.
I had a bit of a mix up with my reservation, but they more than made up for it after the manager ran two blocks to bring me back. The food, a pumpkin Dosa, was fantastic. And the Jaffers syrah was a great accompaniment!