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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JB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
65 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

JI
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
22 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.

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The reservation started off badly when the hostess said that she only had elevated tables because she needed to save the other tables just in case elderly or disabled guests wander in. As it turned out, she ended up giving those other regular tables to younger guests who were very able-bodied.
Later on we had cocktails, which were really good. The wine, however, was overpriced and looked like it was being measured to the last centimeter.
We order the naan bread which was super greasy. I had to ask for an extra napkin. Also, the waiter's mind was often somewhere else. At one point he asked if we wanted dessert, completing forgetting that we were still waiting for our dinner to be served, which took a long time to arrive considering that the place was half-empty at that point. They did give us the bill in a timely manner.

J
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a cut above the usual Indian restaurants, including Amber India which is in my humble opinion the best traditional Indian restaurant in the Bay Area.

August 1-5 is truly a wonderful example of the fusion of Indian cuisine with California cuisine, and it doesn’t disappoint. From their take on Gol Gupta, a traditional chaat, to their lamb kofta on a Bao, to their quite interesting take on Sag Paneer that places the Paneer forward in a lasagna arrangement, plus their tandoor prawns and mini parathas, all of the food and drink was excellent: well prepared, elegantly presented, with impeccable service in a lovely atmosphere. Also, the Moneypenny G&T is not to be missed.

If I had any suggestions, it would only be that having the large Taj Mahal beer as an option would be nice.

Despite its location on Van Ness away from other restaurants, August 1-5 is definitely a go-to restaurant for anyone who appreciates well crafted cuisine.

KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our waiter and his recommendations. He remembered me from 6 weeks ago, very cool!

LT
San Francisco
135 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is one of the best restaurant that's within walking distance to the Opera House that doesn't overcharge for the high quality of food, beautiful presentation, friendly service, nice ambiance, and no loud noise. It is really special to be able to dine in a relatively peaceful environment so we can have conversations without shouting. Noise is a major problem with most restaurants! We've been here 3 times this year while attending performances or just going to the movie at Opera Plaza. We highly recommend this restaurant.

g
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Very uneven experience for our first visit to this restaurant. We got off to a bad start when the maitre d' directed us to a small booth though our reservation was for a party of 6. He reprimanded us for attempting to sit at a larger table, and then left us standing awkwardly while he left to confirm the party size on our reservation. Undaunted, we ordered a number of different first courses and entrees from the friendly server. On the whole the flavors were interesting, and the presentations attractive. We especially enjoyed the swordfish tartare, the naan sampler, and the arancini. The fish entrees were tasty and well-cooked, but lamb chops, while very flavorful, were overdone and weighed down with a thick dry crust of pistachio dust. The bison keema was blah. The most disappointing aspect of the evening was the mishaps with the cocktail menu. Before dinner, one of our party requested a novelty drink featured on the menu and was disappointed to hear they were out of the ingredients for that one. Another person asked about available ryes and ordered one of the two that were offered, only to be told a few minutes later that one was all gone. The tawny port listed on the dessert menu was unavailable. All in all, not a restaurant we'd return to.

J
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The appetizers and cocktails were superb, as was the service. Love the decor! The salmon entree was terrific. The pork chop, though, was over cooked, dry, and (despite spices) boring. We will come back for cocktails and apps; not dinner.

c
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

First of all, it's advertised as Indian restaurant but the food is no where close to Indian food, very limited menu and everything that we ordered was not even close to the 2 star restaurant anywhere in bayarea. Great disappointment..

AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

August (1) Five is a great Indian fusion restaurant with a nice ambiance. I went there on my wife's birthday and had an amazing experience. The cocktails and the mocktails are perfect here. Not too sweet and strong enough. Food was delicious and you can taste the spices with a flavor of each. We ordered the corn chaat, mushroom pot pie and kofta. We were happy with our experience and would go again. I recommend to definitely give it a try.

B
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cuisine & elegant yet easy going ambiance. Top notch.

SF
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We ate here for our daughters' 26th birthday. The food was so inventive and delicious. The lamb buns and the lamb chops are must orders. The restaurant is a bit loud and our server was out of sight for a while several times during the evening. This is a high energy, fun, great food restaurant. Go!

P
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The restaurant was so deafeningly loud that, regardless of the food and service, I would not go back. If conversation doesn't interest you or you dine off-peak hours, the food itself is interesting and flavorful.

VM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at August (1) Five is incredible - the staff are more than willing to explain the differences between flavors and ingredients. On top of that, the food is incredibly tasty and the decor is lush!

NM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I found long gaps betw'n service of courses, and I felt this was partially because the waiter had too many tables. No bread or anything else left at table to begin. We ordered bread for table, but it did not arrive until main courses served. Food was good. My guests were favorably impressed by ambiance.

H
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

The food was expensive but really good ! The service was really bad ! We had to wait for a long time before we were given a drinks list ! Service was rude and unfriendly ! Skip on the bread basket. ! They forgot ours and when we received it, it looked as if the naan was fried in the pan and not in the oven!
We had high expectations of this place but were dissappointed !

EB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything is great except the chicken kebab is very bland.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
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 on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
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 on August 15, 2019
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 on August 15, 2019
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
35 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.

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