August (1) Five

4.5
724 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian
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  • Good for a Date
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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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian, Contemporary Indian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am - 2:00pm

Lunch:
Tuesday - Friday, 11:30am - 2:00pm

DINNER:
Tuesday - Thursday,  5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday, 5:00pm - 10.30pm
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Phone number
(415) 771-5900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Manish Tyagi
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Catering
We deliver food through Caviar.
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Cross street
Van Ness and Redwood
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Parking details
Civic Center Plaza Garage: 355 McAllister St between Polk St and Larkin St
Performing Arts Garage: (360 Grove St at Gough St), at 110 Franklin Street (at Oak Street)
Star Park : 69 Polk Street
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Public transit
Consider taking MUNI to Van Ness station or BART to Civic Center station—both are within a 10-minute walk of the restaurant.
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Great service, interesting + tasty cocktails, decent food, but don’t look for authentic indian food here. Lamb chops are good

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Spectacular food, beautiful space, nice people.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Terrible service on Aug 15 during their “special event” where they charged $100 for a prix fixe menu. Long wait to get the menu and a very long wait between courses - 45 minutes. Wine served 20 minutes before each course as part of “wine pairing”. Food ok but certainly did not justify the price charged. The restaurant has not responded to an email I sent them with complaints. They need to improve their operational management.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

I had high expectations for this restaurant, especially considering that this was a special prix fixe dinner on Indian independence day. The menu was supposed to showcase various flavors of Indian cuisine, from regions that are typical under-represented at most Indian restaurants. Sadly, this turned out to be one of the worst meals I've had in 2018 .

The main course (a spinach and cheese ravioli in a pungent curry sauce) was borderline inedible owing to an over-seasoned sauce and huge chunks of chalky whole wheat pasta. I expect more creativity and finesse in execution when it comes to Indian fusion and not some lazy replacement of perfectly good pasta sauce with curry. The dessert was an excessively sweet mishmash of a mousse accompanied by an apricot compote; another experiment that should have been abandoned in the kitchen.

The only saving grace of this dinner was the lotus-sunchoke chaat which was an interesting take on Indian street food. This too wasn't perfect in that it had the bitterness of the steamed lentils and was a little too dry.

Add to this a minimum gratuity of 20% which I thought was exceeding generous, considering that they brought us the wrong course twice and made us wait 45 minutes between the second and third.

This was an unmitigated disaster of a meal and I'm never returning to this restaurant again.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

What a disappointment! I had read positive reviews for this restaurant and was looking forward to some upscale Indian cuisine. Sadly, the food was bland and boring. The naan was flavorless and seemed to be a cross between naan and a tortilla. $10 for six quarter slices of naan that were clearly not cooked in the traditional manner. Speaking of traditional, I did not see one person of Indian descent in the restaurant on the night that I dined there. Please don’t waste your money here.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

You have to try the palak chaat! Everything we had was delicious.

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2.0Dined on August 10, 2018

I had been excited about dining at the restaurant and am confident with better management it could be a fine place to dine. Unfortunately, I experienced three problems: (1) very slow service; (2) I was served an oxidized bottle of wine, which I communicated to my server multiple times but she did not do anything to address the situation; and (3) I was never served my naan and chutneys. All of these issues could be addressed with better trained staff and floor management.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

I try to order a different entree each visit --they've all been delicious. Food served quickly by wonderful wait staff. It's one of my favorite spots

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

This came highly recommended to my by a friend who knows his food! It did not disappoint. Everything we tried was amazing from the cocktails, small plates to the main course. Our server was very knowledgeable and helped point us in the right direction every time. I look forward to again!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Family get together

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Liked August (1) 5 very much. Not your standard Indian fare, but that’s what made it fun. Possibly the best lamb chops I will ever eat!

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Great tasting meal and, unlike many tasting meals, we were given good portions so we were quite full. The only downside was that dishes came too quickly, which we mention to the waiter. Unique & creative foods.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Good concept, but bad execution. It took forever for our server to attend to us. And then when we ordered, the drinks and food came out at a snail’s pace. Granted they were busy, but where’d he go? Ambiance is nice and hip. Food was tasty but waaaaaaaaay overpriced. $28 for two lamb chops? Come on. Skipped that. Tiny little appetizers for over 20? A small bowl of chicken biryani for 28? I’d rather just cook some at home. Why so few chicken options for those who don’t want red meat? Even veggie options were few and too pricey. The only reasonable priced thing were the cocktails which were innovative andl fun. Glad to have tried it, but not going back.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We had the most amazing meal at August 1 Five!! We were visiting and love trying new restaurants every time we go to SF, but we will be coming back to this one again next time! The flavors were incredible.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Another excellent meal here!! Just always outstanding. Patrick our server was the best! We didn't even look at a menu.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

It’s a beautiful restaurant and the food is outstanding. It’s great for any kind of occasion.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

This was the third time we’ve been to August (1) Five and we expect to return many more times. The chef’s creativity is amazing and every dish tasted wonderful and looked amazing.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Delicious, fresh food. We eat Indian cuisine frequently — from both cafeteria style to formal restaurants — and August (1) Five is our new favorite for a higher-end Indian restaurant outing. My only suggestion is that the hostess stand is better staffed (we had to wait and ended up being seated after our reservation time and we were on a schedule), but the quick service made up for lost time !

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

One of the best meals kmin America. There are tastes and tectures you’ll find nowhere else. And the cocktails are equally superb.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Beautifully plated, wildly flavorful, highly shareable dishes with a creative and well executed drinks to top it off.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Very. Nice

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2.0Dined on July 26, 2018

We had a reservation but were rushed by the servers at every point of our meal as the "chefs were leaving" - this was despite the majority of tables being full. The food was average Indian fare but for 4 times the price you pay just blocks away in the TL. Corporate/tourist vibe with "bought it from India kit" decor. Needless to say, I wont' be back.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Absolutely fantastic.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We waited SO long for our food to arrive. Once it did arrive our waitress never came back to refill waters. I was sadly disappointed that she did not inform me that the spicy chutney that she offered me to add heat to my dish was $3 extra! That was poor style. I am vegetarian and got the Spiced vegetables. Although the presentation was very unique, the flavors were not at all. Very bland, therefore I asked for something to spice it up. My family members ordered the chicken Bryani which looked amazing and they said it was good, very large portions of that. My son got the lamb kabob appetites his main meal and I tasted it and the texture was soft and mealy. Not good. I am giving this place an overall 4 star because the naan and the house daal were amazing, the chicken bryani was great but the service was not good at all. We were sat by the bar and all we heard all night was the shaking of drinks by the bartenders. Very pricey. I am of South Indian descent and I could have made any of those dishes, especially the spiced vegetables better myself. For American palates, it’s probably really good but not for me.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great service

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We had 7 in our party and it is a great Indian restaurant. I would have given it 5 stars but we got the lamb appetizer and it was just okay. The Arancini was fantastic. We started with some cocktails in the bar and those were handcrafted and really well done. The Jairpur Emerald was a really nice start. My friends had the Moneypenny which they also really enjoyed. The main courses were also great. We shared family style so we got to try various dishes and everyone liked their main courses. We got the Black Cod, Chicken Biriyani, Bison Kheema, and Salmon dishes. Definitely worth checking out and I'll be going back.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

The new dishes are phenomenal, esp black cod!!!

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Tea was cold when I said tea is cold the server reheated the tea, I was surprised. Too little to choose from

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great concept with some good dishes but not all
I love their Bison Keema and Mysore pak
Vegetarian dishes are just average. Green chicken and chicken biryani were average.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Their take on the Sloppy Joe... made with bison - wow. So good.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The food here is always tastes fresh, clean and is lively.
Some of the dishes are very creative and overall it is a very interesting dining experience.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Wonderful service, stand out. Delicious interesting Indian food both traditional and California infused.
I would only wish for the musical ambiance to be more interesting, more Indian. Or quieter.
Lovely spot. 3rd time! Will go back.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Went for anniversary lunch after being recommended to go by a friend. Lunch menu was more limited than dinner but we found great starters and main courses. Everything was interesting and different to what we had had in Indian restaurants before. The 2 cocktails we got were off the charts and the desert was killer too. Service couldn’t have been better and it was a nice venue. Would return !

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I gave the food 5 stars. However I should only give the restaurant one star for the fact that we had a nut allergy at our table and two times we were brought things that had nuts and thank goodness I double checked. Not okay - especially since it was my 14 year old.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The food and cocktails were delicious. They need more staff. The waiter and bartender did the best that was possible with the huge number of clientele.

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1.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The service was extremely slow. It took 25 mins to get cocktails and that was before we even ordered dinner. My friend's meal was so incredibly spicey that she couldn't eat it at all. The server never offered to take the item off of our bill. Instead she brought ice cream which we didn't want. We said the menu should have indicated the spice level and she just brushed off that suggestion saying "that dish is always spicey". I like the food there, but the service and attitude really turned me off. It was also loud and there was a big group table with children running around the table being obnoxious. Not would I would expect for the prices they charge. Disappointed.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

August One 5 offers unique Indian fusion food, which is quite delicious. The cocktails are very good too. I liked the peacock theme in the decor. I was surprised there wasn't more vegetarian food on the menu., as I have had some great Indian vegetarian food.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Great introduction to Indian Food for the conservative eater

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Excellent food from a fantastic chef and staff. Worth the two hour drive (each way) for me.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Exquisite food! The chef is a magician. The staff gave perfect service. The ambience is condusive to intimate conversation and group celebrations. I have never had Indian food quite this sublime. A highlight to my visit to San Francisco!

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