I saw the head chef on Beat Bobby Flay and was impressed with his creativity. I was not disappointed in the dinner I had, really creative, really tasty modern Indian cuisine. You should try it!
Innovative cocktails. Excellent place. Nice choices for drinks and food. Bit on pricey side though. Reserve for special occasions.
Close and easy for dining if you'received going to the Symphony or Opera. Try the Green Chicken - was happily surprised at how green peppers and other ingredients were pureed and put on top.
The flavors were distinctive and satisfying. The presentation and decor were very attractive. Great ambience, good service.
Went to August one five for a special occasion. The menu features a modernized Indian cuisine but is true to its roots. The sea bass and crab were exceptional.
We had the pre fixe menu- and we enjoyed all of it.
Make a reservation. Great cocktails too.
Food a little too spicy. Appreciate the early seating. One dish served slightly cold. Food not served simultaneously and hot drinks arrived late.
My son is a professional body builder and cooks his own food and brings it everywhere we go and eat his own food. For the first time this restaurant would not let him eat his own food. We find this unacceptable and eventhough we had a great time we will not come back.
Was a great place for a couple
I went to August (1) Five for a dinner date with my wife. We heard a lot about this restaurant and wanted to try it for long. Here is my review:
They have a very unique collection of cocktails. Really impressive. My wife ordered Love Potion and I ordered Patiala Peg. We both liked the drinks. Highly recommend trying their cocktails.
We ordered Paneer Kebab, Chicken Biryani, Spinach & Paneer, Bread Sampler followed by Kheer and Ghevar in Dessert.
Paneer Kebab: 5*
Chicken Biryani: 5* (One of the best chicken biryani I ever had)
Spinach & Paneer: 4 * (Very unique however average in teste)
Bread Sampler: 5*
Kheer : 3* ( Didn't like the teste, had to return it)
Ghevar: 4* ( again not very tasty. good presentation though)
This is the reason I would probably not come here again. It was not a horrible service but I would have expected much much better service from a $$ restaurant. The waitress was cold and hardly interested in giving any information about the dishes we ordered. It was like a fast food restaurant experience: come, order, eat and go :-( Even when we didn't like the dessert and we told her, she didn't even ask why we didn't like it. She just took it back.. wired, right. Overall below average service.
Rating : 3*
Had a delish dinner for two, with brisk and attentive service. We asked lots of questions about the menu and the server was both candid and informed (two traits we like). It's not inexpensive, but we thoroughly enjoyed the meal. My only not-food-related negative comment is that despite noting on OpenTable that we were celebrating an anniversary, no one at the restaurant acknowledged it. I didn't expect a freebie, just a kind verbal wish. Maybe OpenTable doesn't communicate the comments??
Went here before the Opera. What a find! The food was amazing! Had the Gol Guppa,cold starter & the (Indian style) arancini -both were outstanding! Main course was Sea Bass that was superb! We will definitely go back again & again &again....
Outstanding food! Super service! Fun!
Brought friends and we all agreed we would return again for such a wonderful experience. The atmosphere and service is smooth and calm and the food is unique and such a great variety.
Excellent modent Indian cuisine. Lots of vegetarian options which are enjoyed by omnivores as well. Creative cocktails.
August(1)Five is a fine dining Indian experience. It's modern and traditional all at the same time. For us, the whole experience started off right with the service. The hostess made us truly happy by combining two small groups together and seating us as a family! From there our waiter, Gio, was charming and professional. He took time to describe dishes (and they came exactly as he described) and he was very accommodating to one of our group with an allergy. Plus he got us out to be on time for the theater without feeling rushed. Good restaurants like this, around Civic Center, have become hard to find.
We all started with cocktails. They are all very inventive and adventurous, and set the tone for a flavorful meal. Mine had activated charcoal, was black in color, and citrusy in flavor. A couple of friends share their Mango cocktails....YUM! My partner had a wonderfully green concoction that was tasting, the little he lemme have!
Next we ventured on to the menu. The dishes were all familiar, yet excitingly new. Gio walked us through, and everybody loved their choices. We ended up sharing dishes around, not by design, but by enthusiasm. Lots of "OMG, try this!". I had the Lamb Shank. It was as rich and sumptuous and Gio described. I added a side of Saffron Rice which made it a meal in itself. I tried the Lamb Chops. They looked cooked through, but they were verrry tender. Half the table ordered a bunch of sides and "warm" dishes, including the Naan Sampler. Everything that we tried was delicious.
Be adventurous! Order something new, have a cocktail, take your time, and make a mental note of what you'll order next time. It won't be long.
OK food and service but it's EXTREMELY over-priced. The main dish portions are very small. It's been years since we've encountered such a poor value. I don't mind high prices for high value and I love high value for low prices. We won't go back to this place.
We ate here before a concert at SF Jazz. Selected because it was the only reservation I could get one day ahead- at least of spots on Michael Bauer’s list. What a fortuitous find. Loved the food. Our neighboring table passed us their uneaten appetizers- the place lends itself to socialization between tables if you wish. This was excellent food inspired by India.
Good food but totally overpriced so ultimately, not worth a visit. One can find much better food for half the cost in SF.
Have been here three times now, each time just as impressively fantastic as the last. The wait staff is knowledgeable, personable, and feel like friends instead of staff. Last time, we brought a guest with a pepper allergy -- our waiter took the time to go through the menu item by item with the chef to figure out what she could eat. This last visit, our group of 6 adults and 2 small children (5mo, 2.5 yrs) were seated at 5:45PM on a Friday and had a leisurely three course dinner with a mix of cocktails, beer, and wine, each recommended by our waiter. Each round was perfect. We kept ordering different cocktails just to be delighted by the unique flavors and presentation. Food was perfectly satisfying, flavorful, and unique!
Amazing new additions to the menu. Whiskey flight is awesome, Mango kulfi, and of course the dish that beat Bobby Flay, the “palak paneer”!!!
have diner here many times but this was not a good experience. Service was lackadaisical and one of our dishes was terrible. Our server removed it from our bill, because we couldn’t eat it.
The food was excellent. The service was not. Appetizers did not come out together nor did entrees. Order of bread came out way after entrees.
There's only one problem whenever we come to August One Five-- we want way more than we can eat. You could potentially sample the hot and cold apps and do it like a tapas style menu, order mains a la carte, or even embark on their tasting menu, which we have not done. But either way, you won't be disappointed. The food is good. Truly satisfying and the service as well. We've been waited on twice, by the same lovely lady, and she's a charm. This last weekend we went for a birthday, requested a booth which was previously reserved, but after the reservation never showed up, they moved us to the booth. Small gestures go a long way. It meant a lot that they cared enough to please at least those who did show up/ dining in.
Because I hate reviews that don't mention dishes-- here they are:
Palak chaat-- A must for those who like chaat. Husband's choice. I just prefer not fried food.
Green Chili Chicken- Light, delicious, and properly cooked. Not chewy or overdone.
Arancini-- imagine a kichidi (if you're indian) arancini. super fun and tasty, again not crazy heavy
Seabass- still my favorite. Not sure I can go in and not order this.
Spinach & Cheese (lasagna style palak paneer)-- very cool concept, loved it. Surprisingly, not too heavy.
Lamb Chops-- delicious, great seasoning in every bite and tenderly cooked.
Overall: solid choice, you should have a good time.
The service was terrible and the food overpriced and mediocre.
Plates were all enjoyable and service was nice; everything was way too expensive, even for SF.
It's really heartening to see an upscale take on Indian food executed really well. The cocktails are excellent (the Dark & Foamy was my favorite) and the ambience is well done whilst still being cozy and comfortable.
The food overall elevates regular Indian fare by taking it to the next level with innovative & non-intrusive twists and excellent ingredients. For instance, I really loved the mushroom and peas dish with chanterelles. The bread sampler had some stuffed breads which were exquisite.
We had an overall excellent experience. The food was wonderful, Indian herbs and spices applied in very creative ways, beautifully presented. Every dish presented interesting and surprising flavor and texture sensations. Elegant presentation of every dish. The waitress was very personable and knowledgeable not only about the menu, but about the preparation, background of the chef. Kudos to the chef.
Very poor service. They were quite rude about trying to turn our table. We ordered naan but it didn't arrive until our meal was eaten.
Comfortable environment. Wonderful food. Nice service. Will be back.
The entire experience was delightful, from the unusual cocktails to the Indian ice cream and 4 dishes in between!
The menu is outstanding and this has to be one of the best Indian restaurants in the US.
There is nothing special about this restaurant. The cooking is mediocre. It is way overpriced. There are so many Indian restaurants that are better. This is susposed to be one of the best Indian restaurants in the US, it is not. There is great food in SF. Stay away from this place.
Traveling from nyc, this was the first restaurant I tried in sfo. Absolutely loved the first appetizer, arancini. All the entrees were flavorful and aromatic. Loved the Indian blend / fusion food. The drinks were a little off though so would recommend the team to have a sommelier to suggest wines and / or enhance the choices to add more variety.
Outstanding food ! Super variety ! Great service !
Unbelievably pleasantly surprised. Recently, a friend had told us "Write it off. They changed their menu..." and of course, we did the opposite-- we realized we had to go to check out the new menu. From the ambiance to the preparation, to the service, our waitress' knowledge of the food, the indian elements-- it was all on point. We ordered dishes as if it was the tasting menu. There was a tasting menu, but we decided to create our own essentially. Gol Guppas = good, preferred to mix the mango and spicy together to get a more "authentic" flavor for the water, but still great. The Palak chaat was a big hit with my husband-- i found it slightly too fried, but of course, it was delicious. Purely a matter of preference. The mustard prawns-- wow. Never had anything quite like it. Be forwarned, they are spicy, but they're great. The green chili chicken, perfectly cooked for chicken breast. This was very impressive and I am not a fan of chicken. As if that was not enough food-- we also had the mushrooms and peas, delicious decadent and savory. It was the closest to a gravy dish they have on the menu, and just hit the spot with their bread basket. Did i forget to mention that earlier? Oh the bread basket... happiness. The seabass was also out of this world. Very tender and yet flavorful. My husband devoured the toffee bread pudding for dessert. All in all, a great experience. We wanted to come back the next day for the lamb chops shami kabob and a few others, but decided to rest our gluttony temporarily. To be continued...
First visit after getting recommendations and seeing great reviews. Did a double date and we all got the prie fixe option. Excellent. Every dish was fantastic. Amazing flavors and great curation. Strange eating at at a fancy American style restaurant with Indian flavors, but it worked. The chicken and fish were 5 stars.
Only slight complaint was we felt rushed. Wait staff hovered a bit and tried to clear plates several times while we were still eating. Our slowest eater felt like she had to speed up, which is a ding on an otherwise classy place.
August (1) Five is a wonderful place to dine before the Symphony, Ballet or Jazz in our case.
Loved how my gin drink was served in a light bulb (type) container with a straw. The wheat baskets was a new treat for me. The chicken and lamb chops were great!
Service does not exist. Never a waiter when we needed one. Two of the three dishes were amazing, but the Green Chicken was last nights leftover. Dry hard and luke warm. Couldn't have been freshly made because no professional kitchen would have messed up chicken that bad. So disappointing for the price and past rating.
I was here last week to celebrate a co-worker. I ordered the "Trout" on the lunch menu. It was Salmon.