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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Join us for a $120pp, excluding taxes + SF mandate, four course New Years Eve dinner with optional $45 wine pairings. Sparkling toast included. Vegetarian menu will be available. A la carte menu will not be offered on this day. 20% gratuity will be added to all bills.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food is an interesting pairing

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience!! Wanted to share with work colleagues so they could enjoy the incredible food, service, and ambiance.

E
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such delicious food in a pleasant atmosphere! The service was attentive and not pushy. I love that tables are available without much-advanced planning - each time I reserve I am afraid that I'll find that has changed. Highly recommend.

SG
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

God need a lot of changes, we just did not enjoy the food at all

B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Interesting take on Indian food, I guess. Some of the dishes were a little gloppy. The saag paneer is made with cheddar. Eh. The Bison Kerman’s was a scoop of spicy sloppy joe with bacon. Astonishing prices, too.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I prefer dinner menu over the brunch as was not impressed with the brunch menu items.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything here is amazing! No, but really, it's all super tasty. A must-visit in SF! My absolute favorite dish is the mushroom and pea pie. The dish is generally simple but complex in flavor and texture. You might need to order two of these. The ground beef is kind of like sloppy Joe's more sophisticated and tasty big sister, and the rolls that come with the dish are to die for. All of the dishes are creative yet somehow simple, with lovely flavor concoctions. Also, their mocktails and desserts are delicious.

AM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four enjoyed August 1 Five. We shared all the dishes and the food was interesting and delicious. We had a booth which was cozy and fairly quiet. We will return!

O
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Gol Guppa - a big NO.
The salmon and chicken appetizer stole the show for us.
The spinach paneer was a tad salty for our taste.

M
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent meal. It was the first time dining there. The staff were welcoming and the waiter was outstanding explaining the dishes and being extremely attentive without hovering. The food was excellent and I had a glass of white wine which was also very good. I have already recommended this restaurant to people who are visiting SF and interested in Indian food.

OT
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It took a rather long time for the food to arrive when the restaurant wasn’t crowded — at all, alas!— still, I’m glad they’re open again for lunch, and my colleagues were impressed with the quality of the food. (The taro chips weren’t very equally distributed among the three wrap orders either — I got gypped!).

f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased. Every thing was great. The staff was very professional and kind. Each dish was unique and full of flavor. We had lunch bowls and small plates. Finished it off with the pop and tea...so good.

S
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I have been to August 1 Five with various results. We went at lunch and for some reason even thought the place was mostly empty the hostess kept seating people together in the same section and the tables are quite close together. It was difficult to have a conversation with my companion because of the loud conversations completely surrounding us. There was someone working in the bar area using a really loud small blender type machine throughout our meal that was really annoying. I ordered one of the $10 non alcoholic drinks that I could not drink because it tasted awful. We ordered the sweet potato squash wrap, palak chaat and a chicken bowl. The food was good except for the wrap which was tough and very bland. The service started out good, but as the restaurant got busier not so much, I think there was only one server. The lunch was quite pricey and I probably won’t be going back..

c
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

novel unusual take on classic indian dishes and very innovative cocktails

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food!

n
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Party of 4. Tried several drinks. All were creative and enjoyable. Shared three small dishes and three dinners. Well spiced and beautifully presented. Duck leg was the only disappointment. Prices are high for the amount of food, but it is what you would expect for creative high end dining in the City. The group has a couple particular eaters, but everyone found something to enjoy. Recommend going with a group as it allows you to try more plates.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great Friday night dinner with the family! Not rushed, our server was so nice, patient, and attentive to our kids even. Highlight was the Palak Chaat, our daughter asked for a second order!!! Will be back!

s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Be sure to check the Ballet and Symphony schedule if dining before 7pm (when it's crowded with pre show attendees).

NY
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Food quality was poor. Seating was poorly considered. We had to move our table away from the bar. Management of the bar area was absent as our table and seating was surrounded by people at the bar. People placing their glasses on our dinner table. The bar staff and management did nothing. Never even checked on us for the 90 min we were there.

The restaurant gave us a dessert and coffee and a thoughtless apology. We won’t be back and we will warn our friends.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food / great service

J
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

They have instituted a new lunch menu which is limited (now not possible to order an entre separately) but it's still a great place with outstanding food. Quiet at lunch.

W
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had a great time. Thanks for a great meal. Bummer to have missed the lava cake (they ran out). Mushroom pot pie and palak paneer were great.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, wonderful service and delicious food

LA
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

There were several varieties of egg dishes on the online menu which were not available at the restaurant. If the items are not available then a change in the online menu should be made so that patrons are not disappointed when their preferred selection is not available.

AD
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant. Each time we've come we've been pleasantly surprised. Always impressed.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Symphony dining. VERY DLOW SERVICE. WaIter not attentive.

BG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Interesting dishes but fails to deliver on flavor. The arancini was good.

p
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has the appeal of being young and hip, while also creating such good food and drinks that the old farts like me enjoy it immensely! It is quiet enough to have a conversation, yet it's not so quiet that you wonder if people are hearing what you're saying. The food is familiar enough to think you will be satisfied, yet interesting and delicious enough to think you had a cutting edge experience. The wait staff is attentive without being intrusive, and the overall experience is just right.

PL
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

August (1) 5 came highly recommended by yelp, and we were really looking forward to a modern Indian dining experience. The ambience, drinks and service were great, but we found the food to be pretentious, vaguely inspired by Indian flavors - but both the texture and actual preparation was nowhere close to anything Indian. The exception was the bread basket and the kale chaat, which were kind of memorable? In any case, having eaten at many other modern indian restaurants such as Rooh (SF), Rahi (NYC), Rasika (DC) - this was a bit of a let down.

f
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we love this restaurant, innovative, delicious, fusion of indian food. this is not our first visit nor will it be our last. try it, you will love it too!!

F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and presentation. Easy to share food family style with friends.

EB
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good restaurant, dishes varied. Salmon main course was wonderful, lamb chops so so,
breads oily, appetizer good, drinks creative.

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My guest and I very much enjoyed our meal. I particular liked the mango lassie (sp).

c
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great new find. We had a birthday dinner for 6. The items on the menu all looked so good we were having trouble making a decisions. We ordered the prix fixe which was an amazing variety of dishes for each course and was more than plenty of food! It was well worth the price.

It was a little noisy, maybe turning down the music would have helped a bit......but all else was fabulous!!

p
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Both the food and the drinks at this place are creative, fresh, and very interesting. The one thing I would never get again is the ground bison, which basically tasted like chili. I’ve been twice and everything else I’ve had is delicious. The ground lamb in puff pastry is amazing – some of the lightest puff pastry I’ve ever eaten.The mezcal drink called Rose of Sharon is quite spicy, but if you’re up for that it’s also delicious.

BS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

C
St. Louis
26 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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
42 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

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 on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 13, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience5

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.

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