August (1) Five

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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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BS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, but service was a little disorganized and tables are crowded in.

C
St. Louis
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It’s a bit noisy and tables are a bit crowded together. Ours was right bedside the server station , a table that should probably be ditched. Servers have to squeeze behind the outside seats . Food is fine. It’s ok. Nothing bad just meh!

a
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Shrink appetizer smelled of iodine. Ground game dish too spicy to taste. Repeated on me through the Opera.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Great speciality cocktails. Love this place. Recommend the black cod and spinach paneer and lamb chops, but you won't be disappointed with anything you order.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

The waiter i) forgot our drink and never realized it, but fortunately never charged us for it ii) did not write down the correct chicken dish we ordered and upon serving us the wrong chicken dish flatly and annoyingly retorted "So which chicken did you want," as if it was our fault that he was so inconvenienced, and iii) forgot that I had already given my credit card to the maitre'd to avoid any dispute as to who would be paying.

The food was quite good, but the service was the worst I've experienced in San Francisco at a restaurant at this price point. Mistakes happen, but the waiter's ungracious and irritable disposition amidst these foibles was disappointing, to say the least.

f
San Francisco
176 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love this place. The drinks are strong, the food deelish & the people are nice. One of those places we count on. That night we were late & they were still very accommodating & got us out in time for the performance. One of my fave places.

d
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Causal but refined Indian food not constrained by strict tradition. The Mushroom and Peas Pot Pot was the unexpected hit of the meal. Cocktails were fun and delicious.

MD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best food I have had in a long time. The ambience was also great. Highly recommend!!

UA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely creative food. Will be back, but we’ll ask for a table far from the bar, which is very loud

MK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a good time here. A bit upscale and expensive but really liked the food. There were two people sitting in the table next to us and the lady was laughing very very loudly, almost into my ears which dampened the experience a little. It would help if the tables were kept a little farther away. The staff is well trained, and we loved the toffee pudding that the waitress recommended. I would love to come back here, but considering the price I really wouldn't.

PZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

This place has interesting small plates - good for sharing / and nice selection of wines. We usually see the same selection of standard dishes from India, but these were quite different - like spinach chaat. Lots of the plates had chutneys or sauces, some very very spicy.
My only disappointment was char-grilled carrots and broccoini - way undercooked and cold.
But overall tasty and fun.

O
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2 of us each had a 3 course lunch tasting menu, sharing the palak chaat, gol guppa, bison Keema , potato & fig kofta, kulfi & halwa. All had interesting flavors, only the keema had much heat. Moctails also interesting. Not your usual Indian food, definitely a place to try something different.

b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went there to celebrate my husband's birthday. Although i mentioned it through open table somehow they dint have that note but after i told our server he brought the dessert out with candles and happy birthday written and that too we lagter realized it was on them. It was a very kind and special gesture.

Food was amazing :
appetizer: Palak chaat (amazing)
Artichoke chaat (amazing and something new)

Main course: Palak and paneer in a very unique style and gravy was awesome.
Naan sampler is a must

Highlight were their cocktails. Dont miss it ! We ordered Jaipur emerald (must try) and Holy cow (good too ) !

I would definitely go back!

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent time. Our waiter was very helpful with suggestions for food. I highly recommend the Palak Chat and Arancini. Our table also shared Bison Keenan, Lamb Chapli, Paneer Tikka and Sweet Potato. It was all delicious. Cocktails are amazing, too.

JL
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is flavorable and innovative. We must remember to order fewer dishes that we can share. Full dishes are a bit too much for a single person. Sharing would also add variety.

PH
San Francisco
102 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a superb early dinner Saturday prior to an event at SF Jazz. Every dish was carefully prepared and presented, delicate and scrumptious flavors.
Our waitress was terrific, friendly, knowledgeable.
Only glitch was that our Open Table reward credit of $100 wasn’t applied the first time. Was corrected when I pointed it out and promised to reverse the double charge to my credit card.

AM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing meal, overpriced and uninteresting food.
Would strongly advise to go elsewhere

H
San Francisco
174 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ot seems that we were very lucky to finally score a lunch time table at August (1) Five. Try their 3-course $35 lunch menu - it is a real deal. You won't go away hungry. Several choices for starter, main and dessert including vegetarian options. I had the chicken kebabs, buffalo keema (ground buffalo sliders) and the toffee pudding cake. All delicious mainly because the spices in the savory items were perfect - not too overwhelming and not too weak.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We were there for a business meal and had Palak chat and Paneer for starters..followed by The Fig Kofta and daal for dinner with a naan bread platter!!

Overall food quality is good but the presentation is the key..the highlight were drinks we had the Holy Cow and Jaipur Emerald 👍👍

K
San Francisco
393 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to August (1) Five for Sunday brunch and it was a stunner. Food was incredibly tasty and the drinks superb. Service was a bit slow but I think they suffer from the usual SF problem of not being able to get wait staff. We definitely will be returning, for all meals there!

CC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great location. Easy parking on Sunday brunch. Food is innovative, generally okay. Best part is I could get a large party reservation for Sunday brunch in SF!! Service was excellent too.

RA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing experience. Came with friends this time and they loved it too. The food, the service, the ambience everything was good. Will come back again.

W
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This was the third time we have eaten at August (1) Five. The food was truly delicious, and unlike the usual fare at an Indian restaurant

TG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good to excellent food. Great service

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and nice atmosphere. Staff were busy but kept everyone happy

t
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The four of us had 4 appetizers and 4 main dishes which was probably more than we needed, but the dishes were all very good. The palak chaat and kofta were outstanding.

TC
San Francisco
110 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

My husband had tried this restaurant 4 times, and each time we were disappointed with the food and the service. We still don’t understand why this place get good reviews and ratings.

We will not return.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening good food and very nice service.

JB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous Indian fusion food. Third time there and always great. Small plates is the way to go. Order lots and share!

EB
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for brunch. We had two of their brunch cocktails, which were interesting and unique -- certainly worth a try. My wife ordered the fish and chips; she initially found it delicious but halfway through the spiciness of the crust on the fish got to her and she found herself wishing for something mild on the plate -- perhaps some salad? I ordered the eggs benedict with smoked salmon; it was very good. We topped the meal off with a pana cotta which we both liked very much, plus two coffees. With tip the bill came to ~$110; rather pricey for a brunch meal . . . but it was a good meal and we will go again.

C
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious, unique food. We ordered two appetizers to share and two main dishes. All wonderful.
Our server was interesting to talk to but not intrusive. Low noise level which is unusual in a restaurant.

J
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I like the restaurant and the ambiance but the food quality was very inconsistent. The shrimp was terrific but the Avocado Naan was served on what looked and tasted like somewhat dry, day old pita bread. The Palak Chaat had nice ingredients but was overly sweet. The Arancini was good despite being deep fried instead of pan fried - but I guess if you're using lentils instead of rice you can break other rules as well. Overall I was hoping for more. I might go back - especially for a cocktail - but I would think twice about having a full meal there again.

OT
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

For the foodies out there: this is NOT an Indian restaurant. Very disappointed with the food; Taste, quality, service. For the price, get on any other top restaurants search and go somewhere else. Came into San Francisco for a night, very disappointed with our choice.

s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place! Really good take on Indian food without deviating away from authenticity! Pricier? yes, but does justice to the $$$. Rotating menu, some dishes can be a miss but most of the times its a hit for me! Expecting more variety in desserts! :D. Overall really good!

f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal!!! The chef came to see us. Brunch was the most special Indian meal I’ve ever had. Aloo poori is a must!

D
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great meal and great time at August Five. Highly recommend the tasting menu, which was a good value and a lot of food. Some stand out dishes, favorite was the Palak Chaat. Fun cocktails and a good variety of beer and wine to choose from.

Service was good although we were never asked if we wanted a second drink or if we wanted coffee or tea with our dessert - but we weren't rushed at all and spent a lot of time there.

I will definitely be going back.

KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Attractive place, we were seated on high tables near bar. Seats very high and difficult to get up on, made more difficult by how close the tables were to each other. Fortunately proximity led to friendly banter about our unglamorous attempts to be seated!
Service was friendly and efficient, helpful regrading how much to order etc.
food arrived quickly, in the order we requested.
A spinach and chickpea dish was surprising with crispy greens, but deliciously balanced with sweet, sour, and savory. The gol guppa were basically fancy mini poppadom into which you pour the two flavored “waters”, a pleasure to eat and just delicious. A salmon dish was perfectly cooked, topped with a chili foam that I’m still thinking about now.
Certainly a good (if pricey) option if you’re attending an event near the Civic Center

P
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at August 1 Five several times and it is always unique and delicious! Our table of four shared a memorable meal before the Opera on Saturday evening and we all left raving about the experience!

RG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing. They went out of their way to ask about allergies, and then after we started eating our appetizer they informed us that it included the allergy items we had specifically wanted to avoid. We selected another entree that didn't include the allergen and it took so long to come out that the other entree was already cold--and we left because otherwise we would be late for an appointment. They were polite and apologetic, but in short they handled the whole matter very badly, unprofessionally, and it seems they have a workflow or communications problem. And all of this was early in the evening before it had really gotten busy. At least they comped us on most of the ruined meal. But overall absolutely not recommended.

D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved it!!! Best Indian Restaurant in Northern California.

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