August (1) Five

4.7
1277 Reviews
$50 and over
Indian

Top Tags:

Good Vegetarian Options

About

August 1 Five is a modern Indian restaurant named for the date commemorating India’s independence from British rule. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood, we invite our guests to explore the nuances of regional Indian cuisine rarely seen in the West. 

Influenced by a range of culinary traditions, from colorful street foods to the hidden staples of home cooks, everything on our menu is proudly served with a side of nostalgia. Using the best of the Bay Area’s seasonal ingredients, our chef melds traditional Indian preparations with contemporary techniques. 

The creative approach we bring to the food extends to our cocktail list which deftly blends Indian spices and herbs, from the subtle to the assertive, with our bartender’s collection of craft spirits.  Our global wine list was carefully chosen to complement the array of flavors you’ll discover on our menus.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1277 people are sayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing! Non-alcoholic drinks menu can ber improved considerably.

A
Apoorva
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great cocktails and Indian flavors throughout all of the dishes. Great place to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday - he loved it!

D
Diamond
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Best Indian Restaurant in the bay. Must go!!! Great food! Great Ambience.

J
vipJinja
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

August 1 Five was wonderful! It was a chilly SF evening, but the outside space heaters and makeshift table cubicles kept us plenty warm throughout our meal. They have an excellent pandemic setup and every person who visited our table (server, runners, bartender) wore a mask and kept their distance, all while providing top notch service. The food was fantastic and the drinks were out of this world! Their new bartender, Ross, really knows his stuff. We will definitely be back!

i
izap
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Tasty food and exciting cocktails. I had the one with turmeric and it felt like a health potion. We sat inside but it was still cold with the doors open.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Extremely slow service full of repeated mistakes. While the attitude was good, food was just ok.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were amazing. Ross is a Boss.

S
Sebastian
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

August (1) Five is the best Indian restaurant I've ever been to. Food is much different than standard Indian food. Great sauces and spices. Good service and friendly staff. Vegetarian selections are excellent. They also have chicken and other tasty meat dishes.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing the service was extraordinary!! The ambience, presentation of the food and drinks was great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food.

M
Megan
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, server was very attentive, and tables were spaced out enough that we felt we had plenty of room. Will definitely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, good service

DA
DeepA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places I have been in a while. Some food items were great and some were ok ok but overall great experience.

C
Chris
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner and really excited for August’s re-opening.

Lower rating on value- but this isn’t a place you come for value, you want to come here for great food and great drinks, and enjoy the experience.

Staff was excellent and we look forward to coming back soon!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience4

Awesome food. Service was very good for the first half of the meal. In the second half, it was horrible. Entire serving staff seemed to singularly focus on a group that seemed to know the chef or something. We were made to wait 15 minutes to get just a piece of bread, another 10 mins to clear the table, another 10 minutes to get the check, another 10 mins to get our check etc. Disappointed in the end.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best brunch I've had in a very very long time.
Once the secret is out this place will be packed.
Different and delicious.

NN
NatalieN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was truly incredible; we left stuffed and happy and mourning the fact that we didn't leave room for dessert.

J
vipJt23
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre Theatre

SM
vipSonomaMom
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Second visit in 2 months. Wonderful flavors. Helpful server. Cocktail menu ever-changing. Preferred my 3 drinks in January to the 2 I had this week

DB
DavidB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best spot in Civic Center area for professional lunch. Fantastic food & great service.

G
Gaurav
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food and ambience was good, but terrible service. The server didn't care to check in on us at all during the course of our meal (didn't care to refill our waters even)

CS
CrystalS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

August 1 Five spinach naan is highly recommended! Actually spinach is baked in between the sheets of dough. The sauces that come with every dish are savory but don’t over power any of the main pieces.

TG
TiffanyG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food!

VT
VikT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The taste of the food was outstanding and the service was top notch with 50% of tables occupied. As the food variety is less, I don’t find a reason to visit again though.

j
vipjillw
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner with friends. Couldn’t have been a nicer evening. Fantastic service, variety of flavors, cozy atmosphere.

LP
LeeP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best India influenced food I've ever had. Friendly informed service. Quiet enough for conversation, but we were 4 people at a corner table. Interesting well constructed cocktails.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely restaurant. Food is flavorful and well presented. Service was subpar.

JR
vipJonathanR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We arrived at 9:10 for our 9:00 reservation. The staff were

FF
FoodieFz
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent thanks Excellent thanks Excellent thanks

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a great experience! Our server Amy was very suggestive & she knows her work & menu well.

F
vipFinla
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The restaurant seemed to be severely understaffed. It took 30 minutes to get our drinks and the staff did not manage our timetable request with timing the dinner so that we make it to a show we had tickets to.

E
vipErnie
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good, not excellent but good.
Ambience was less upscale than it looks on website.
Service excellent!

D
vipDede
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very creative food. Try the crispy spinach salad - so yummy. Patrick was a great server!

RB
vipRoBo
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

I would rate the restaurant "excellent" if it were not for the type of music in the background. It was agitating and, while not terribly loud, irritating to the point of making me want to get up and leave. It was so on a previous occasion, but upon reqest the staff changed the source to one with more mellow music.

I understand this type of background music may facilitate table turnover by causing patrons to eat and drink faster, but this patron may not be there at all! It is sad to forego such interesting food due to an easily altered environment issue.

TV
vipTerryV
San Francisco
32 reviews