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DOSA on Valencia

4.1
917 reviews
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$31 to $50
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South Indian
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Does the idea of sampling "urban south Indian dining with a California sensibility" appeal to you? If so, then Dosa On Valencia in San Francisco, CA is for you. Noted as a dining institution, Dosa On Valencia offers truly innovative cuisine and cocktails.

The menus include brunch, daily specials, happy hour and dinner choices. The foods at Dosa On Valencia vary based on the season, and something that many opt to choose is the seasonal tasting menu. Paired with one of the spice-based cocktails, it is sure to make an unforgettable dining experience. There are also small plates, entr�es, uttapam, dosa and sides to choose from.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
South Indian
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Hours of operation
DINNER Sun to Weds - 5:30pm to 10pm, Thurs - 5:30pm to 11pm, Fri & Sat - 5:30pm to 12am

WEEKEND BRUNCH Sat & Sun - 11:00am to 3:30 pm
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Phone number
(415) 642-3672
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Anjan Mitra
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Private party facilities
Please call the restaurant to make a reservation for 9 or more guests. Prix Fixe menu applies to parties of 11 or more.
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Private party contact
Daniel Dowdell, Director of Group Dining: (415) 819-3672
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Catering
DOSA specializes in catering office lunches, birthdays, fundraisers, corporate events and social celebrations of any kind. Our experienced catering team can creatively address your needs with choices from regular and seasonal menus and with pricing that is appropriate for your budget.

From simple a lá carte platters and boxed lunches all the way to full service catering for weddings and rehearsal dinners, DOSA delivers extraordinary service and value every time.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
21st Street
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Parking details
There is an inexpensive and safe parking lot around the corner on 21st Street between Valencia and Mission. It's less than 1/2 a block from the restaurant.
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Public transit
BART Stop at 24th & Mission BUSES - Accessible via 26 on Valencia, the 14 (& 14L), 49, 33 running down Mission Street and 67 which turns on 24th Street (3 blocks from the restaurant).
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, 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
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3.7
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OllyW (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2015

I enjoyed my birthday dinner at Dosa with my boyfriend. The experience could not have been better. It was my first time to the restaurant. I ate from the prefix menu. It was able to try a variety of dishes from the menu. I'm a vegetarian and although the restaurant is not vegetarian, there are numerous and delicious vegetarian options. One aspect I really appreciated was the knowledge our server had about each dish and wine paired with it. He informed us why the wine was selected, where it originated and what to expect in terms of taste when pairing it with the cuisine. Since it was my first time to Dosa I appreciated the care our server took in explaining how each dish was prepared. I should note that the restaurant is small and the tables are close together, so it doesn't feel terribly intimate or romantic. But, that wasn't an issue to me. I will certainly be returning to this city gem - I don't think I'd call it a neighborhood gem but rather a city gem.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2015

Best service I have received at a restaurant in a long time. The server was extremely friendly and took time to explain dishes and even helped pick out a couple we might like based on our tastes.
We ordered 4 dishes for two people) and it was more than enough food. The server staggered the order so that there were essentially two courses! The food was excellent; very flavorful and cooked perfectly.

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JoJo (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

Always enjoy the meal at Dosa on Valencia and on Fillmore. Prefer the atmosphere on Fillmore. Valencia is a bit crowded. The large Dosa was crispy and delicious. We also had a chicken dish and the lamb chops. Both were well prepared and nicely served. Especially enjoyed the coconut rice. The lemon rice was good too.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 20, 2015

Dosa was good, very accomodating to my reservation change. I would go again, its loud though .

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

Had a good time. Good choice of food items. Great, tasty food.

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vipglovesm (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 18, 2015

Everyone loved the food here and we had a large group. I think the service kept the right pace for food and drinks.

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vipCreativedelicious (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

Food is absolutely delicious. Policy doesn't allow you to sit until your full party is there, which was inconvenient for my group last week since one person was running late. A couple of us were starving so ended up finally getting a seat at the bar and ordering there. When the last of our party arrived we didn't feel like transferring everything to our table, so we ended up having the full meal at the bar, which wasn't ideal, although bartender was great.

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TomJonze (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2015

I will be dining here again sooner than later. The food was outstanding and the drinks looked great. We aren't drinking this month so we didn't try anything but some mocktails which were great but I'm excited to try the wine list and the pairings with the dishes. Everything for our 6 month anniversary went exceptional. Thanks!

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vipAnujChoudhary (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on November 10, 2015

Food here is a bit too oily

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vipvegtraveler (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 9, 2015

a friend recommended we try DOSA while in San Fran. Love dosas and Indian food. Have to say both my partner and I left very underwhelmed. The pani puri was just ok (the ones at AMBER by the Marriott were amazing). Ordered a spicy dosa and have to say it was just ok. Nothing special. Partner said the same thing about his. Best part was kingfisher beer on tap.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 3, 2015

Good food, a bit expensive on the price. Portions could be a bit larger as well.

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Delightful (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on November 1, 2015

The nontraditional menu was light on explanations of these dishes, and despite our conspicuous confusion about what we were ordering, the waiter did little to clarify or explain the details of these dishes, let alone recommend anything. We felt that we ordered duplicatively, which prevented us from tasting as many foods as we wanted to sample. For a restaurant with these prices, I expected more help from the staff than we got. A previous dining experience several years ago at the Fillmore Street location went much better, as I remember, because the server was tremendously friendly and helpful with advice on what to order. I guess this is what happens when a restaurant gets successful, expands, and loses touch with the needs of its customers.

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SirGrooveaLot (London)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2015

Everyone trying Indian needs to get past ordering the standard Butter Chicken and Tikka Masala dishes, and try out South Indian Food. This is the standard for brunch in Southern India and forms the cornerstone of the vegetarian diets that are commonly found in this region of India.

The dosa, uttapam and idli-vada combinations with chutneys and sambar are an excellent, tasty and filling way to start the day. You could go for eggs, yum-cha or branch out and try DOSA.

The restaurant has some great selection of food! I tried the 'keema' dosa - a flat, thin, rice crepe with lamb mince, served with chutneys and sambar. The spice balance was great, and DOSA's waiters looked after my friend who had a nut allergy. They were informed and had good information on what ingredients went into the making of the food, letting my friend enjoy the food without concern.

I highly recommend checking out this little gem of an Indian restaurant - it has a good cocktail bar and could just be the way to start the weekend, or any night for that matter!

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lindaliver (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 16, 2015

Loved eating THE ACTUAL DOSA, although there are a million other items on the menu. Our waitress was really helpful in helping us pick a variety of things even tho' there were only two of us, but the Dosa was uniquely delicious and hard to find outside of southern India...we're lucky to have it right in our neighborhood.

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ninaober (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 14, 2015

The Dosa here is the real highlight - perfectly crispy and the fillings always flavorsome and decently spicy. Also very good value for money. The cocktail list is also very interesting - I recommend the "Mango is the New Black", which is spicy yet tropical - yum. The service does leave something to be desired. We had a reservation at 8.15pm on a Wednesday and they kept us waiting outside on the sidewalk for our table for over 20 minutes and didn't even let us order a drink. Our server was quite grumpy, as if she expected us in advance to tip her badly, and did not explain the menu to us in a friendly manner, which was a bit of a shame. I will be returning as the Dosa is so good, but not for any other reason.

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