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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GK
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our experience here was delightful thanks to the incredible cuisine, pleasant ambiance and remarkable service. Patrick was fun, friendly, and knowledgeable, steering us to the best of the best on the menu. We came before the symphony for brunch, which features some of the winners from the dinner menu as well as egg creations. The palaak chat and poori aloo were huge favorites, and I loved my crispy fish with spicy chili aioli, but I don't think you could go wrong here no matter what you order.

One of my favorite things about this restaurant is how much thought they put into cocktails as well as food. The banana pancake cocktail was a real treat and not overly sweet, and the ABCD was out of this world. All in all, another terrific visit! We love bringing friends because they're always impressed. Thank you!

CR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service5ambience4

Valentine's Day dinner. We had a reservation for 8. The website didn't mention a prix fixe dinner. We came as a family of 4. The reservation was delayed for 45 minutes. It took another 40 minutes to get our amuse bouche . Service was unbelievably slow - for a prix fixe unexusable. Drinks took 45 minutes. Our mains arrived at 10:30 after we pushed them to feed our children who were falling asleep.
The food was good, sadly hardly any vegan or gluten-free options which is usually a no brainer in Indian restaurants. All around us people were staring into their drinks waiting forever. We observed several couple who came in as love birds and struggled to keep the good mood up with all the waiting.

The concept was lovely but the restaurant bit off more than it could chew for a special Valentine's dinner. It seemed totally overwhelmed and had taken too many reservations. It would also be wise to tell the patrons up front that it is a set menu. Others left because of it. We had no choice as we were traveling and didn't know the surroundings.
A missed opportunity for this establishment to make it a truly special evening for all.

NJ
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and had a small plate each. The apples Walnut salad was delicious and the chicken kabob was very generous and delicious. The energy was high which made it fun too.

AJ
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food was good, but not unique . We had the lunch salads and a bowl which included an entree (paneer) and a naan and rice. Coconut flan (vegan) for dessert was really delicious ! I cut some stars because I thought the service was really slow. Food was good, plentiful but not out of this world. Not badly priced for the ambience and location either . Nobody answers the phone here, though. So it’s really the service that is sub-par.

TJ
Detroit
56 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had dinner here before and liked it a lot; on Sunday we were surprised to have a terrific brunch. They have egg dishes and other small plates, all with interesting flavors. Passed on the fancy cocktails and had a really pungent, delicious bloody mary.

b
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As in our previous dinner there, the food in the tasting menu was varied, inventive, and delicious throughout. It's not dirt-cheap, but considering the quality, and relative to prices in other very good San Francisco restaurants, it's actually an excellent value.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friends b’day!

i
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food- best eaten family style so you can taste everything.

AB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Sadly, my main course was dry (halibut was really overcooked, had no flavor). My waiter also recognized a delay in receiving my meal, so I was comped a glass of wine. He checked in frequently to make sure I was doing well, despite the fact that my food wasn't great. I will give it a shot again though because I've only heard amazing things about the food.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food was an excellent update to Indian cuisine. Really delicious. Service was good, too. The decor and ambiance quite underwhelming, though. Dark. Plain. A bit dull.

A
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought two of my staff with me and they can't wait to go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family event - birthday. Chef Manish stopped by, gave us a great overview of the menu based in our lines and dislikes. Was near perfect!

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have already recommended this restaurant to several people. It was our first time there, and we were happily impressed. We especially loved the first course dishes, which we shared among the three of us. Creative and extraordinarily delicious. I also loved my cocktail, the Moneypenny G+T, which went well with all the foods that I ate, and had the additional enchanting visual attraction of small flowers floating amid mint leaves. Most memorable of the entire experience was our waiter Patrick, simply outstanding -knowledgeable, charming and fun. Thanks for a very special evening.

c
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We reserved a table on Open Table and were seated at a high top table in a very noise bar, with high volume background music. It would have been good to know that was the only option when we reserved online.
Our server was very obvious about trying to up sell us and was a bit condescending overall. The food was good but for the price, not excellent.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went here for dinner before Hamilton on a Saturday night. Service was very good, our server asked us if we had tickets to a show. She made sure our order was in / out on time and suggested what time we should leave the restaurant to walk to the show. Food was very good, we ordered off the regular menu and not the 5 course menu. They have a good wine list and it was a very enjoyable experience.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food!! So delicious and interesting, not just your regular restaurant food! Will go again and again.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for restaurant week. The appetizer (cauliflower) and dessert (toffee pudding) were delicious but the entrees (duck and halibut) were lackluster. We went before the theatre and they were accommodating to our tight timeline.

e
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good overall and the service was exceptional. We explained that we had a concert to attend and they made sure that we had plenty of time to enjoy each course. My only disappointment was that I had mentioned it was my friend birthday and there was no notice given of that.

b
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, imaginative neo-Indian food, served with well-chosen top-notch wines. Dishes were on a par with the excellent modern Indian cuisine of Rooh. The naan sampler, which we had in addition to the prix-fixe menu, was outstanding for both taste and consistency, with delicious house chutneys accompanying it. We were absolutely enchanted with the dinner and plan to return, particularly since the restaurant is so convenient to the opera and to concerts in Davies Symphony Hall and Herbst. The decor was pleasant, the service was friendly and efficient, and the noise level allowed for conversation without straining. All in all, an excellent value.

HJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sf Restaurant Week

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Birthday. Waitress was rude and unhelpful. But after getting called out on

j
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was slow. Within first 50 minutes at table, received the first item ordered only.

The Buffalo Cauliflower was only ok. This was a buffalo chicken wing flavor. I've eaten at many Indian restaurants in USA and India, and this was not an Indian flavor or taste. At this restaurant, I expected real Indian flavors.

The menu for restaurant week was not a good deal. The three course deal was only $8 less than if ordered individually, but in each case the volume of food was only half the amount of food if ordered individually. Thus not a good deal. Disappointing.

s
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had a wonderful dish. Went here for Restaurant Week. I ordered the pork belly yum yum yum. Came with mix spring, rice, naan and the pork belly in this yummy sauce.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

We opted for the restaurant week menu and outside of the Cauliflower appetizer found the other dishes surprisingly devoid of flavor. Having eaten there before this was very disappointing. I would recommend ordering from the regular menu.

f
Denver
93 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, great zero proof beverage program.

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was terrible, were seated without menus, asked for menus from the host after 20 min, sat for another 15 mean before we went back to the host and asked if we could have a waiter, the waiter finally arrived, i told him about my gluten allergy and he said he would get back to me about what dishes were GF and after waiting another 10 min when he never got back to us I asked the host (who was so kind) for another waiter, she brought the manager who was kind and confirmed my order was GF.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was simply amazing : from presentation to taste everything was spot on.
Unlike the other “Indian” restaurants in the bay area, every curry tasted different!!

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

My uncle and aunt were visiting and I had had a great experience visiting August one five with a work dinner. However I was disappointed this time as our server was snappy and impatient with us. She also failed to answer questions about the menu and was generally unhelpful. Should my parents visit I would likely think twice about coming. I will say the cocktails and appetizers are very good, so perhaps for an early snack we might stop by.

A
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The flavours/tastes were brilliant. We tasted the trout, loved the scallops - very umami, only the duck was a bit problematic. It fell off the bone which is an indication it came from the freezer/cooler and was re-heated, but the taste was so good we ate the whole thing. The kitchen needs to dissolve the freezer issue. We will be back, but not for the duck.

JR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

August (1) Five offers Modern Indian food that is innovative, delicious, and different from the standard Indian restaurant. Service was prompt and thoughtful.

JM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places for brunch & sharing with out of town guest. Creative take on some classic Indian & American dishes.

AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fascinating Indian Fusion dishes! Wonderful, delicious and visually stunning mocktails and cocktails - I recommend the Pink City and the Spicy Gold drinks. We also enjoyed, for the meal, the very crispy baby spinach Palak Chaat, the mushroom and cheese Kulcha, and the Appams. Do check out their menus!! The decor is beautiful- an elegant interpretation very consistent with their style of cuisine: traditional elements of deep turquoise and peacock feather in a completely contemporary application. You must not miss this experience!

DJ
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, not so loud that you can’t talk like so many restaurants. Delicious, clean food and great service

DJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early as we had an SF Jazz 7pm show. Our waiter was the first ever to set an alarm on her phone to be sure we were out on time. She could not have been more attentive. I loved the towering champagne glass (felt as if I was getting married again:) Our booth of deep teal was quiet and totally romantic. We enjoyed every delicious thing we ordered. A perfect choice for conversation before a Civic Center performance.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Been eating for years at Amber & Dosa. Saw several pics on Instagram and decided to try August.
Food was decent - not a WOW/ OMG factor. Presentation is good. Lamp + chicken tikka was good. Halibut Fish was way to to dry and do not recommend. Save your money.

RW
San Francisco
156 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Disappointed - food is not as good as it was on previous visits (it’s been over a year since we were here). The only memorable dish was dessert (mango pana cotta). Delightful waitress and excellent cocktail.

SG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great spot with unique preparation and interesting flavors. Perfect for a pre-show meal.

M
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

not memorable. good enough for a lunch but not special in any way nor anything to go back to.

SG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a premier dining experience with exceptional service and exquisite presented, luscious food.
The cocktail menu has something for everyone and even the "mocktails" are very satisfying. We had one member of our party who has a dairy sensitivity and the kitchen accommodated us without fuss on a very special New Years Menu.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Bit overpriced for the food delivered

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