August (1) Five

4.5
787 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian
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 Indian cuisine rarely seen in the West. Owned by Hetal Shah.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian, Contemporary Indian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am - 2:00pm

Lunch:
Tuesday - Friday, 11:30am - 2:00pm

DINNER:
Tuesday - Thursday,  5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday, 5:00pm - 10.30pm
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Phone number
(415) 771-5900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Manish Tyagi
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Catering
We deliver food through Caviar.
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Cross street
Van Ness and Redwood
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Parking details
Civic Center Plaza Garage: 355 McAllister St between Polk St and Larkin St
Performing Arts Garage: (360 Grove St at Gough St), at 110 Franklin Street (at Oak Street)
Star Park : 69 Polk Street
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Public transit
Consider taking MUNI to Van Ness station or BART to Civic Center station—both are within a 10-minute walk of the restaurant.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 787 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I know of the head chef, as I used to be a frequent diner at the restaurant he worked at in D.C. and once again he did not disappoint. The waiter could have talked a little more about the food, especially the bread basket (since there was a variety and two dips as well, and we had no clue what was what). The waiter also chipped a glass, and he tried picking the pieces off the table with his hand before I suggested he wipe the table since there were small fragments he didn’t pick up.

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O
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Some dishes, like the Sweet Potato Fritters, were delicious and beautiful. Others were mediocre, like the lamb biryani.

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LA
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated on time and served promptly by the waiter who inquired as to if we had a show to attend. Upon saying that we did he promised to have our dinners served so that we did not need to rush. This he did. The food was delicious, quite unlike most Indian cuisine served in the US. The flavors were well matched to the duck and chicken dishes and the dal nicely spiced. I was pleased that the chai was free of sugar as it is often too sweet. We shall return.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I am a foodie so when I say food was good - it was cooked to the right level..We ordered gol gappas, sweet potatoes fritters, palak chaat, scallops with rasam, chanterelle mushrroms with peas, house dal and Naan platter..Most food was good except for a couple of dishes that were a bit too salty (this is from someone who loves salt). I gave 4 instead of 5 stars because of the saltiness and it seemed there was only one waiter serving our whole section so he was running around between tables.I would revisit to try some more dishes.

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d
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So nice to go to a restaurant where the noise level isn’t through the roof! Good food, good service, and a nice ambience. We will be back!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

That were sadly out of 2-3 dishes :(

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M
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic! The food is so good, the cocktails are amazing and the place is so beautiful and modern.

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B
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This place has a great reputation which is only partly deserved based on our experience. Our starters (chicken tikka for me, prawns for my wife) were tasty and stylish. Sadly my lamb biryani entree was over spiced with some tough lamb pieces - a bit disappointing (although the rice was beautifully cooked). My wife had the cod, which she enjoyed, and the naan sampler was delicious. Worth another try but it’s not cheap!!

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g
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Restaurant Aug 15 was exceptionally good, so much so, as we were leaving, my dining companion said to me, I can't wait to come back to eat here again and try more selections. The words any chef/restaurant owner wants to hear and if that in itself isn't a great review, I don't what is.


Delight fun ambience with bold colors featuring a small bar and very friendly informative wait staff. They also served one of my all time favorite champagnes by the glass, Ruinart, which I have not yet experienced elsewhere and enjoyed 2x with dinner, happy me!

For appetizers we shared lamb ribs made with coriander, cumin, fennel and ginger [outstanding], round sweet potato fritters which came with the separate three chutneys representing the colors of the Indian flag [delicious] and mustard grilled shrimp [very tasty].

We shared two entrees, duck prepared with chili, mustard, orange, dill & fennel [my absolute favorite of the evening] and black cod prepared with mustard, turmeric, mung bean and curry leaf which was terrific.

We also shared a bread sampler of masala naan, spinach the missi roti is something I haven't had before; its typical of Punjab area and made with chickpea flour this one being yellow from turmeric.

Brilliant memorable meal; very creative infusion of Indian spices into local NoCal fish, game and veggies. I so look forward to our next visit. Namaste!

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R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious food and an attentive staff got us an amazing meal before our night at the opera.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific experience. Very inventive use of traditional Indian flavors in both the food and cocktails. It was really fun to trace the spices from more “standard” Indian fare that I’m more familiar with. Terrific presentation, outstanding service and a cool ambiance. I’m a big fan.

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CE
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The decor, the service and the food were all excellent! Could not have been any better. Loved the sweet potato fritters! The naan sampler was wonderful and the butternut squash stuffed poblano pepper was delicious!

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ME
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

After all the really good reviews I read I was so dissatisfied with the food. I would only eat the appetizers and not bother with the entres. My chicken tikka was grainy mushy probably over marinated. I've eaten in many Indian restaurants to know the dish wasn't right. It was replaced by another dish which was fine but after they boxed it up when I got home the naan was soggy from the sauce they laid in in and the salad was cooked from the same sauce. Save your money, it's truely not worth it.

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KM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was amazing. Wonderful flavors without being overpowering. Special lunch menu was available highlighting their specials at an attractive price. Delicious!!!!

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E
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Meh. Not horrible, but not interesting, bland. Not worth returning to. Much better Indian restaurants in this city. Too bad. We could use a really good Indian restaurant in this neighborhood.

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JH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic! My only criticism would be just a few too many tables. Elbow room is somewhat lacking. I drive 2 hours just to go to dinner here though. It is worth the drive.

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N
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

The food was pretty good, but the service was horrible. We had a 1 PM reservation, but we were forced to stand in line for 30 minutes before being greeted by a host. It wasn't just us either, there were at least a couple of parties in line ahead of us who waited almost the same amount of time we did. To make it worse no one even apologized to us for the wait. Whats the point of even having a reservation if there isn't a host to greet customers. And all of this when the restaurant wasn't even crowded. It was maybe half full. I don't expect this sort of service from any restaurant, much less a place that charges what August (1) Five does. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone based on the service alone.

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TF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We were excited to try August (1) Five as it had been on our list to go for a while. The excitement was quickly deflated after standing at the entrance without being greeted or acknowledged for 25 minutes despite having a reservation for four people. We were there for lunch and apparently they were short-staffed. The restaurant was less than half occupied. It was still not an excuse.
When the food was finally arriving at our table, the lady asked if we were sharing the food. Even though we clearly stated that we were not sharing and let her know which plate was going to whom, she impolitely said “You can move the plates yourselves”.
In addition to poor customer service, the food was underwhelming.

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s
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

They didn't have enough staff to serve us. We had to leave after waiting 20 minutes without being seated despite having a reservation.

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A
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very overpriced. The food didn’t blow me away. Ive had better in fancy restaurants that are priced lower.

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P
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The novelty of the taste of the pork chops was a good surprise.

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A
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place for weeekend Brunch. Chicken and Waffles, pancakes, eggs and many other creative dishes. Awesome drinks.

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E
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is innovative and delicious, albeit quite pricey. I loved my cocktail, an emerald green concoction, with just the right amount of sweetness, booziness and spice. Sauces and quality of ingredients is excellent, but portions are small. I’ll be back for the interesting flavors.

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SY
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great for pre-opera, Herbs or symphony! Interesting, spicy and (I think) authentic food. Really nice staff.

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d
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

ambience was fine, noise level ok, food was fair, we opted for wine, appetizers and one main to share which proved to add up substantially for a light pre-performance dinner. Wine list is full of expensive options, the house wine is 60 for a bottle.

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MS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food especially the salmon and lamb chops. Perfect place to go before the Symphony

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p
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was not very flavorful. The chicken biryani just consisted of big chunks of chicken in saffron rice, not the usual Indian style with small bites of chicken and other small bits of veggies. The mushroom (chanterelle) and pea curry was very bland and I had to order, and pay, for rice separately. I lived in south India and am very familiar with the large variety of Indian cooking, so it is not my lack of experience. I just think this restaurant hasn’t quite got together it’s sense of Indian cooking with innovative ingredients.

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FT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Can almost always count on getting a reservation before the Opera or Symphony when so many other places nearby have been booked.

Food presentation is superb and most of the dishes are too. Some may find the spices on several of the dishes a bit overpowering.

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T
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite near the opera

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at August (1) Five! The ambiance, the service, the interesting cocktails and incredible food made for a memorable meal. I can't wait to go back!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go for the Chef's Special! Every single dish was a winner!

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LM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fine dining with superior service and a terrific bar. Too pricey for everyday dining but well worth it for a special night out.

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HD
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here for the second time before going to the theatre. This place has a great atmosphere, very friendly staff and a creative cocktail menu. I stuck with my staple drink, negroni, which was great but the specialty cocktails my friends had were awesome too. Food was creative, not too spicy but just the right amount of spice with a cool indian fusion. Highly recommend it.

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SG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Their website said there would be a collaboration with a well-known chef from Mexico from Sept 13-16, but our waiter informed us it had to be cancelled. He did not know why the website still included the announcement on the 13th, the night we went. The food did not compare to earlier visits. We ordered the lamb chops, which we have loved on prior visits, but the waiter brought the lamb shank which we decided to try. It was dry and uneventful. We hope this was a one-off bad experience for us because we have absolutely loved this restaurant on past visits.

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CA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We shared the large main dish which we knew was large from our last visit and supplemented it with appetizers so we eat a range of completely delicious food. The desserts were out of this world. I generally don't eat desserts because they are a waste of calories to me mostly, but these were worth every bite. Terrific! Looking forward to going back. It was a pre-opera visit and the waiter was conscious of that. It's walker-accessible too (I think wheelchair-accessible as well).
Only downside was the handicap toilet was not well set up and the toilet was one of the low ones without the grab bar in a useful location--sorry to bring that up, but it might help someone.

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B
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I've loved this restaurant since it first opened. The Bay Area has some amazing Indian restaurants, and August (1) Five is one of the best!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent place- vibrant, energetic, clean and great staff. Reservation was done last minute and still able to

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Ambience is great, cocktails were good, but foos is below average, was too salty all dishes

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p
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great. loved most of the stuff we ordered except for Ghevar desert.
Highly recommend it!

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