August (1) Five

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1062 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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EB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in SF such a good value and the best cocktails EVER... even the mocktails!

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

Most of the dishes were excellent, especially the tandoori prawns, bison keema, and toffee dessert. Cocktails were okay; did not like that one of them arrived in a novelty light bulb glass because this seemed less sophisticated than the restaurant deserves.

s
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational restaurant; service, food, decor, ambience, service all superb

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

1.Potato ball appetizer not freshly made, so potato skin became hard to bite
2. Servants are in rush to place orders on the table, without coordination on checking on customers experience on different session (appetizer, pre-dish, main-dish, etc) experience.
3. Missing order and too late to wait for because servants rushing for everything.

YV
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We tried this place on August 15th, India’s Independence Day. Drinks and appetizers were great but I wasn’t impressed by the main course. Flavors were interesting but I have had a little better flavored modern food elsewhere so I am slightly biased. It is a good place to go for dinner though parking can be a bit challenging. Service is a bit slow though waiters are nice people just perhaps a bit overwhelmed.

RG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There’s some nice spin on traditional dishes at this very buzzy restaurant. The nan sampler course alongside appetizers was extremely tasty and,filling. We enjoyed a cross action of main course dishes, shrimp, pork ribs, chicken kebabs, pistachio rubbed lamb chops. The only criticism is that the food was often not hot enough, and I don’t mean spicy !! It’s a fun place, very attentive and can’t do enough staff. Well worth a visit when next I’m in SFO.

S
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful imaginative menu

M
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I LOVED the desert! But that's about it. The service was also excellent. We shared several appetizers and one entree. None of it was very tasty. I think that they were going for innovation but it just wasn't flavorful. We would go back for the desert any day.

E
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was fantastic. Our waiter was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the options. Definitely worth a visit.

AL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktails and food were amazing. Environment is lovely and a wonderful place to spend our anniversary.

b
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We experienced perhaps the worst service I've had in years. Thankfully we were able to laugh about it so it didn't destroy our meal. Food is good, but seems to have slipped recently. I won't be back to try again.

BM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch. It was delicious! I got the curry benedict with lamb and my wife got the chicken and waffles. Amercian classics with Indian flair. we can't wait to go back!

ZD
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the best & most inventive Indian cooking I’ve had anywhere. Stunning flavours.

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Flavors were good but portions ridiculously small for the price. No dish stood out to be a must have. Service was cold, spotty, and non-attentive. The ambiance was cold, dark and sterile which was not expected from the warm and energetic feel in photos.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food quantity is too less. Going home and cooking food for ourselves. With limited menu and limited quantity, value for money is too less.

RL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I’ve dined at August1/5 six or seven times and alway delighted. This time was very sub-standard. I felt that they have run out of steam.

X
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very nice diner here. The lamb chops were especially great. The appetizers were a little more uneven though. The gol guppa and the swordfish tartare were both great, but the chili truffle chicken kabob and tandoori mustard prawns were both forgettable. The drinks were all excellent. Overall, it was a very nice dinner and I would be happy to go back.

AD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Family get together.

NA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for a special occasion!

ML
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Did not enjoy the restaurant as much as in previous visits. Our welcome was not warm. Service was so-so and the food was much richer than previously. Still it was a good experience.

p
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place continues to have creative, excellent food and pleasant service. We dined before a symphony concert, and told the waitress our schedule, and things were served at exactly the right time--not rushed, but appropriate. The food is unlike any other I know, and everything was delicious. I recommend particularly the mushroom and vegetable pot pie, but each dish was unique and excellent..

BG
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing about this restaurant is extraordinary: the imaginative menu items, the ambiance, the service, the cocktails, every thing. It is not inexpensive, but it is well worth the price considering the high level of service, and the innovative cuisine.

B
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gosh - my new favorite Indian restaurant in SF after Rooh! I loved the Palak chaat, and the incredible Spinach and Paneer dish. The highlight for me was the desert called Ghevar - such a unique twist on the original. Naan's were pillowy soft and small - the right proportion in my opinion. Really outstanding food.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our waiter was fantastic but the kitchen a bit slow and bartender slow in getting drinks. Not the waiters fault

T
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mushroom and pea pot pie was the best thing I have eaten this year. Everything about the experience was phenomenal. Great ambiance, great service, great food. I love this place!

CJ
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This was my friends' second time and my first. They had changed the menu since their first visit. One being vegetarian he enjoyed the interesting meat free options. Unfortunately most of the dishes did not arrive hot despite a rather slow evening.

The booth we sat in was a clever design. With upholstery on two walls and the ceiling it provided a more quiet spot for conversation than the rest of the restaurant.

t
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It just doesn't get any better than this. We drive from the peninsula to go here. Everything is just so tasty, service always has been top notch.

VS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was awesome but our server was very annoying and kept interrupting our conversation. Seemed inexperienced

OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I’ve been here before and it seems like the quality of the food has decreased a bit. Drinks were good, but I don’t think I would return unless they redid the menu to be honest.

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was unique and tasty. Venue is very chic but was kept pretty cold. Recommend for a different twist on Indian cuisine.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. The chef’s tasting menu was spectacular, and the service was excellent. I’ll be back soon!

C
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Even though we knew this was Indian/Pakistani food which can quite hot, there were several dishes that we were told (we specifically asked) we’re NOT spicy but they were! My husband ordered the lamb chops and the seasoning on them was quite spicy. He is not a hot/ spicy food fan but he was willing to go this restaurant. When we informed our waitress his dish was hot she said “ oh that’s the least hot dish here”. To be fair, she did take it off the bill. I had prawns which were hot, but delicious.
We also ordered a vegetarian salad with corn, cucumbers and I think fried onion strings which was also hot, I enjoyed that as well, husband took one bite, yikes.
The bottom line is- suggestion to the chef: if your customer tells you they do not want spicy food, then have at least a couple of dishes which are not, but where a chili sauce or whatever can make it spicy if wanted My husband did enjoy the cherry soda.

JW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We truly enjoyed our brunch before going to the opera. The food was delicious and the ambience and service were fantastic. We will definitely be back!

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

Wonderful ambiance, great service & phenomenal food!

P
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant, with many different tastes of Indian food not usually found in standard Indian restaurants. Also has great cocktails.

OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing drinks and food.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

August 1-5 is just wonderful. They change the menu a lot but the food is consistently excellent. A great way to experience some nontraditional Indian food.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting spices. Great drinks, great service

b
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, fun people, great place to eat before shows. We went to SFJazz, but both sides were off to Opera. Jolly.

WM
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

go here often pre-opera and ballet and the experience is usually very good but this evening the service was AWFUL. our waiter hardly paid any attention to us thought others tried to step in. I had to ask for a fresh napkin about 4 times after mine was removed for the table. For the prices charged service should be far superior.

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