August (1) Five

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966 reviews
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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.

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JB
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent cocktail and wine list. Attentive service. Best of all was the food presentation,
variety and taste.

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t
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just LOVE LOVE LOVE this restaurant..The food is always amazing...just so many nuances in the flavors..the flash dried kale is fabulous! Very innovative. Perfect for theatre dining, Asian art museum, ballet,...brunch or dinner.Or any other time. Second time we have had Patrick as a waiter.he is THE best!

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

Different ingredients and interesting dishes. High prices compared to value

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a
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Patrick is awesome. The food was delicious, we ordered mostly all of the appetizers and they were yummy and filling. he drinks were awesome too, get the holy cow drink.

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C
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The fish, blue cobia, and the lamb chops were delicious. The jackfruit tacos are tasty and spicy. The dal was nothing special, a little sweet. The waitress was having an off night, I hope. She seemed like she didn't want to be there, serving us was a burden. It's expensive, but lots of interesting flavors.

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Appetizers of truffle chicken and Spinach chaat was decent
The Bison Kheema was good, not for kids due the spice level.
We also got Mushroom pot pie which was a BIG let down. It was not a pot pie, it was only mushroom masala with a NAN on top.
The NAN were ridiculously small.
Deserts we had kulfi, toffee cake, chocolate lava cake.. nothing much to rave about.

Overall ambience is good, food was a let down.

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f
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This is not your ordinary Indian restaurant. There are dishes that my Indian friends who are real gourmets have never seen - the chef has a California sensibility and uses things like truffles that probably have never been seen in India! But the food is so delicious - great lamb chops, wonderful salmon, and a jack fruit ‘taco’.

Nice wine list, and VERY creative cocktails. Tremendous service, walking distance to the Opera House, Davies and the Jazz Center. What’s not to like?

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JD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food at best was adequate. While the descriptions sounds great, the food itself was not. Both entrees were over cooked and the presentations identical for each demonstrating the laziness of the chef. The drinks were quite good but expensive. Nice ambiance and central location. Wait staff excellent.

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RK
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good Indian restaurant in SF. A new take on conventional chat or entrees makes August 1 Five to stand apart. The Chef is a genius. We tried all Chaat items so far and they are delicious. The mini bread sampler is a must try, it's simple and filling. The veggie entree with Mushroom was good. Fishes were cooked with style and taste. Overall very good restaurant. Go there and experience the Culinary experiments before they get the Stars !!!

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s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very different and interesting food. Especially recommend the Palak Chaat, Zucchinni, and Gol Guppa.

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a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service we had but the don’t open their door till exactly is 5 pm. Also the food is in very small portions for the high price we paid for . Four people cost 400 dollars and we each had one drink only and no desert. I love the place and food but just too expensive.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A pleasant surprise at its location! Delicious Indian fusion cuisine.

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AS
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This restaurant has a lot to improve in both service and food. The service tries their best but it feels some of the processes are not implemented/defined correctly. For example, 15 minutes wait in half-empty restaurant to get drinks order taken is a bit strange. On a good side - cocktails are very creative and interesting to try. Here is my feedback on some of the dishes:
Bread/Naan selection (side) - very good, however 2 chutneys that came with it were placed in bowls many hours before they came to the table. Chicken kebab (warm appetizer) - good but the chicken was over-marinated and has lost most of its structure. Pheasant (main) - bad, just really bad, cold and dry. Blue Cobia (main) - ok, this was very problematic dish, fish itself was very good, sous was very good but they do not work together (at all) and to make things worse, few pieces of marinated cauliflower were put atop that did not work with any of the ingredients of the dish. Saffron rice (side) - very good.
The Jaipur Emerald (cocktail) - great. Bengali Sour (cocktail) - very good.

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M
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

MY Chicken Livers were great! I always enjoy the Dragon Glass and the other members of my party seemed to enjoy their drinks. The Goat Cheese Naan and the Biryani I wouldn't order again, but sometimes I strike out. I've been here several times and this was the first time I didn't like everything.

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Creative fun & delicious but more gluten free choices would be nice.

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TN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

very small portions. very expensive. zucchini $25 !!! was not good at all. lamb delightful. I've enjoyed my lunches much, much more.

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g
Edmonton
50 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the chaat, nan sampler and dal. Simply delicious.

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r
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great but it came out cold and we had to send it back. Kitchen needs better quality control

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was generally good. Service had some room for improvement.

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g
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 5

Third visit here.
Palak chaat was AMAZING as was the DUCK.
The bar service is incredibly slow, waited 20 minutes for cocktails.... 2 martinis. This was the case on previous visits too.
Appetizers arrived before the first cocktail!
Long wait between the appetizers and main courses.

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f
San Francisco
166 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sunday night wasn't too busy & they treated us really well. Loved the Dark & Foamy drink. Yum! The food is excellent--lamb biryani & the bison dish were perfect for a wet,cold night. This is not cheap Indian food--very well cooked & thought out. Love this place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Wouldn’t go back

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l
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service both very good. Would recommend to anyone looking for Thai food that’s not overly expensive.

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F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was different and special. A great change from the usual French, Italian, American, etc.

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I
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

For two people, doing the tasting menu was great to get a variety of dishes. They even substituted some options to be more vegetarian friendly for us. I would definitely return again but I know what my favorites are (palak chaat, the salmon, palak paneer, lamb biryani!) It’s a nice ambiance and cocktails are delicious. The prices reflect the upscaleness of the place so it’s definitely a treat to plan for!

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D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eclectic dining near Orpheum Theater. Great cocktail list.

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PA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brent is an awesome server and host. I somehow always get his table and he makes it a great experience every single time. Food is incredible at this place and so are all the drinks. 10/10.

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Y
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not our first visit. Disappointing. Just disliked some things. The lamb ribs were just greasy. Overall, value not there. Drinks are fabulous. Service ok, but could improve. Although a birthday event, waiter just remembered after we ordered and ate our dessert. Then brought s second dessert. Questionable sincerity. I think s 5% health fee is excessive at $100 a person. Not sure it goes to health.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, but service could be faster.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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BR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It is at a nice location for catching a show or concert nearby. However, one must allow 1.5 hours for dinning. They are not the fastest service. We had a 7 pm show to catch; we got there about 5 pm, and finished dinner at 6:45 pm.

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FJ
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the wonderful food! Always find special delights.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Good! Will be back!

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GK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Indian food I've ever had. Mustard prawns are a must! Small gripe - appetizer portions are slightly on the small side.

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Y
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The server was fantastic about orienting us to the menu and dealing with multiple food allergies.

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Anchorage
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, outstanding service, amazing cocktails, delicious food!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

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OT
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Recommended with reservation - though this is supposed to be one of the top 100 restaurants in San Francisco, I didn’t come away feeling like I’d been ‘wowed’. Everything was tasty, though the service was slow at first, and we were ready to have something to eat with our drinks.

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H
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice to try some fancy Indian food that you never thought before.

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OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious lamb and stuffed pepper, unusual and not too sweet dessert. Good service by very busy server who recommended a wine which proved excellent.

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