August (1) Five
Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am - 2:00pm
Tuesday - Friday, 11:30am - 2:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday, 5:00pm - 10.30pm
Performing Arts Garage: (360 Grove St at Gough St), at 110 Franklin Street (at Oak Street)
Star Park : 69 Polk Street
This place is fantastic! The food is so good, the cocktails are amazing and the place is so beautiful and modern.
This place has a great reputation which is only partly deserved based on our experience. Our starters (chicken tikka for me, prawns for my wife) were tasty and stylish. Sadly my lamb biryani entree was over spiced with some tough lamb pieces - a bit disappointing (although the rice was beautifully cooked). My wife had the cod, which she enjoyed, and the naan sampler was delicious. Worth another try but it’s not cheap!!
Restaurant Aug 15 was exceptionally good, so much so, as we were leaving, my dining companion said to me, I can't wait to come back to eat here again and try more selections. The words any chef/restaurant owner wants to hear and if that in itself isn't a great review, I don't what is.
Delight fun ambience with bold colors featuring a small bar and very friendly informative wait staff. They also served one of my all time favorite champagnes by the glass, Ruinart, which I have not yet experienced elsewhere and enjoyed 2x with dinner, happy me!
For appetizers we shared lamb ribs made with coriander, cumin, fennel and ginger [outstanding], round sweet potato fritters which came with the separate three chutneys representing the colors of the Indian flag [delicious] and mustard grilled shrimp [very tasty].
We shared two entrees, duck prepared with chili, mustard, orange, dill & fennel [my absolute favorite of the evening] and black cod prepared with mustard, turmeric, mung bean and curry leaf which was terrific.
We also shared a bread sampler of masala naan, spinach the missi roti is something I haven't had before; its typical of Punjab area and made with chickpea flour this one being yellow from turmeric.
Brilliant memorable meal; very creative infusion of Indian spices into local NoCal fish, game and veggies. I so look forward to our next visit. Namaste!
Very delicious food and an attentive staff got us an amazing meal before our night at the opera.
Terrific experience. Very inventive use of traditional Indian flavors in both the food and cocktails. It was really fun to trace the spices from more “standard” Indian fare that I’m more familiar with. Terrific presentation, outstanding service and a cool ambiance. I’m a big fan.
The decor, the service and the food were all excellent! Could not have been any better. Loved the sweet potato fritters! The naan sampler was wonderful and the butternut squash stuffed poblano pepper was delicious!
After all the really good reviews I read I was so dissatisfied with the food. I would only eat the appetizers and not bother with the entres. My chicken tikka was grainy mushy probably over marinated. I've eaten in many Indian restaurants to know the dish wasn't right. It was replaced by another dish which was fine but after they boxed it up when I got home the naan was soggy from the sauce they laid in in and the salad was cooked from the same sauce. Save your money, it's truely not worth it.
Lunch was amazing. Wonderful flavors without being overpowering. Special lunch menu was available highlighting their specials at an attractive price. Delicious!!!!
Meh. Not horrible, but not interesting, bland. Not worth returning to. Much better Indian restaurants in this city. Too bad. We could use a really good Indian restaurant in this neighborhood.
This place is fantastic! My only criticism would be just a few too many tables. Elbow room is somewhat lacking. I drive 2 hours just to go to dinner here though. It is worth the drive.
The food was pretty good, but the service was horrible. We had a 1 PM reservation, but we were forced to stand in line for 30 minutes before being greeted by a host. It wasn't just us either, there were at least a couple of parties in line ahead of us who waited almost the same amount of time we did. To make it worse no one even apologized to us for the wait. Whats the point of even having a reservation if there isn't a host to greet customers. And all of this when the restaurant wasn't even crowded. It was maybe half full. I don't expect this sort of service from any restaurant, much less a place that charges what August (1) Five does. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone based on the service alone.
We were excited to try August (1) Five as it had been on our list to go for a while. The excitement was quickly deflated after standing at the entrance without being greeted or acknowledged for 25 minutes despite having a reservation for four people. We were there for lunch and apparently they were short-staffed. The restaurant was less than half occupied. It was still not an excuse.
When the food was finally arriving at our table, the lady asked if we were sharing the food. Even though we clearly stated that we were not sharing and let her know which plate was going to whom, she impolitely said “You can move the plates yourselves”.
In addition to poor customer service, the food was underwhelming.
They didn't have enough staff to serve us. We had to leave after waiting 20 minutes without being seated despite having a reservation.
Very overpriced. The food didn’t blow me away. Ive had better in fancy restaurants that are priced lower.
The novelty of the taste of the pork chops was a good surprise.
Fabulous place for weeekend Brunch. Chicken and Waffles, pancakes, eggs and many other creative dishes. Awesome drinks.
The food is innovative and delicious, albeit quite pricey. I loved my cocktail, an emerald green concoction, with just the right amount of sweetness, booziness and spice. Sauces and quality of ingredients is excellent, but portions are small. I’ll be back for the interesting flavors.
Great for pre-opera, Herbs or symphony! Interesting, spicy and (I think) authentic food. Really nice staff.
ambience was fine, noise level ok, food was fair, we opted for wine, appetizers and one main to share which proved to add up substantially for a light pre-performance dinner. Wine list is full of expensive options, the house wine is 60 for a bottle.
Great food especially the salmon and lamb chops. Perfect place to go before the Symphony
Food was not very flavorful. The chicken biryani just consisted of big chunks of chicken in saffron rice, not the usual Indian style with small bites of chicken and other small bits of veggies. The mushroom (chanterelle) and pea curry was very bland and I had to order, and pay, for rice separately. I lived in south India and am very familiar with the large variety of Indian cooking, so it is not my lack of experience. I just think this restaurant hasn’t quite got together it’s sense of Indian cooking with innovative ingredients.
Can almost always count on getting a reservation before the Opera or Symphony when so many other places nearby have been booked.
Food presentation is superb and most of the dishes are too. Some may find the spices on several of the dishes a bit overpowering.
Our new favorite near the opera
Overall great experience
We had a wonderful experience at August (1) Five! The ambiance, the service, the interesting cocktails and incredible food made for a memorable meal. I can't wait to go back!
Go for the Chef's Special! Every single dish was a winner!
Fine dining with superior service and a terrific bar. Too pricey for everyday dining but well worth it for a special night out.
We had dinner here for the second time before going to the theatre. This place has a great atmosphere, very friendly staff and a creative cocktail menu. I stuck with my staple drink, negroni, which was great but the specialty cocktails my friends had were awesome too. Food was creative, not too spicy but just the right amount of spice with a cool indian fusion. Highly recommend it.
Their website said there would be a collaboration with a well-known chef from Mexico from Sept 13-16, but our waiter informed us it had to be cancelled. He did not know why the website still included the announcement on the 13th, the night we went. The food did not compare to earlier visits. We ordered the lamb chops, which we have loved on prior visits, but the waiter brought the lamb shank which we decided to try. It was dry and uneventful. We hope this was a one-off bad experience for us because we have absolutely loved this restaurant on past visits.
We shared the large main dish which we knew was large from our last visit and supplemented it with appetizers so we eat a range of completely delicious food. The desserts were out of this world. I generally don't eat desserts because they are a waste of calories to me mostly, but these were worth every bite. Terrific! Looking forward to going back. It was a pre-opera visit and the waiter was conscious of that. It's walker-accessible too (I think wheelchair-accessible as well).
Only downside was the handicap toilet was not well set up and the toilet was one of the low ones without the grab bar in a useful location--sorry to bring that up, but it might help someone.
I've loved this restaurant since it first opened. The Bay Area has some amazing Indian restaurants, and August (1) Five is one of the best!
Excellent place- vibrant, energetic, clean and great staff. Reservation was done last minute and still able to
Ambience is great, cocktails were good, but foos is below average, was too salty all dishes
The food was great. loved most of the stuff we ordered except for Ghevar desert.
Highly recommend it!
The food was amazing and the service staff was attentive. Perfect for pre-opera/symphony meal.
August 1 Five has a creative menu, but is very limited in its vegetarian options. The cocktail menu is excellent too. For the main course, I had the Mushroom & Pea which was delicious and liked the portion size - just right for one person; so don't expect to leave with a"doggy" bag. The breads are "mini" unlike the regular Indian restaurants.
The service was inexcusiable. Quite night, but long wait. Everything arrived out of sequence. Countless mistakes made...Waitress was condensing, arrogant, and argumentative. After addressing our issues, she said she was sorry. She sent us another server . I left a tip. Grace.
We came here for our friend’s birthday— The customer service was on point, but the food was just ok— The food lacked flavor and was nothing special. I won’t be coming here again.
The drinks were good and creative. Would have liked to see more variety in the dinner menu, curries or stews. Did not care for the Biriyani at all - total miss
Two of us shared several small plates. Compared to the last visit the food seemed more precisely prepared and presented and the flavors were tasty plus nuanced. The quality of the food, service and ambience made for a noteworthy visit.