Unbelievably pleasantly surprised. Recently, a friend had told us "Write it off. They changed their menu..." and of course, we did the opposite-- we realized we had to go to check out the new menu. From the ambiance to the preparation, to the service, our waitress' knowledge of the food, the indian elements-- it was all on point. We ordered dishes as if it was the tasting menu. There was a tasting menu, but we decided to create our own essentially. Gol Guppas = good, preferred to mix the mango and spicy together to get a more "authentic" flavor for the water, but still great. The Palak chaat was a big hit with my husband-- i found it slightly too fried, but of course, it was delicious. Purely a matter of preference. The mustard prawns-- wow. Never had anything quite like it. Be forwarned, they are spicy, but they're great. The green chili chicken, perfectly cooked for chicken breast. This was very impressive and I am not a fan of chicken. As if that was not enough food-- we also had the mushrooms and peas, delicious decadent and savory. It was the closest to a gravy dish they have on the menu, and just hit the spot with their bread basket. Did i forget to mention that earlier? Oh the bread basket... happiness. The seabass was also out of this world. Very tender and yet flavorful. My husband devoured the toffee bread pudding for dessert. All in all, a great experience. We wanted to come back the next day for the lamb chops shami kabob and a few others, but decided to rest our gluttony temporarily. To be continued...
First visit after getting recommendations and seeing great reviews. Did a double date and we all got the prie fixe option. Excellent. Every dish was fantastic. Amazing flavors and great curation. Strange eating at at a fancy American style restaurant with Indian flavors, but it worked. The chicken and fish were 5 stars.
Only slight complaint was we felt rushed. Wait staff hovered a bit and tried to clear plates several times while we were still eating. Our slowest eater felt like she had to speed up, which is a ding on an otherwise classy place.
August (1) Five is a wonderful place to dine before the Symphony, Ballet or Jazz in our case.
Loved how my gin drink was served in a light bulb (type) container with a straw. The wheat baskets was a new treat for me. The chicken and lamb chops were great!
Service does not exist. Never a waiter when we needed one. Two of the three dishes were amazing, but the Green Chicken was last nights leftover. Dry hard and luke warm. Couldn't have been freshly made because no professional kitchen would have messed up chicken that bad. So disappointing for the price and past rating.
I was here last week to celebrate a co-worker. I ordered the "Trout" on the lunch menu. It was Salmon.
Excellent overall. Excellent overall. Excellent overall. Excellent overall.
My wife and I had dined at August (1) Five a few weeks ago, and we returned on Mother's Day. We tasted a variety of dishes, and the selections have been a delicious dining experience.
Unreal how good it was! We will be back!
No words suffice! It’s one of my all time fav SF spots
Overpriced and mostly uninspired.
This is a very nice restaurant. The prices are a bit high for the neighborhood, but the food is excellent. I was disappointed, though, in the lack of real vegan options. To have a vegan dish, one had to forgo the sauce, which of course takes away from the experience. I expect more from restaurants in SF.
Great food. Not a single dish is less than exceptional. The Ghevar and Paneer Kabab need to stay on the menu forever. Will be willing to drive two hours from South Bay as long as those are around.
It was off to a rocky start as when we were seated we were offered seating in the bar area despite having a reservation. I’m 5’ so bar stools are very uncomfortable for me. Thankfully we were seated at a regular table immediately upon asking. Part of the reason for choosing this place is I’m vegetarian and have specific dietary restrictions due to religious reasons. I found the menu lacking as I cannot eat eggs and dishes that in no other Indian restaurant would have eggs in them (like naan and roti) did here. The two vegetarian starters were good, but the main dish (spinach and paneer) was incredibly bland. It looked like they were trying to go for something unique with the presentation, but it did not work for me personally. My husband’s dish, while having very well cooked lamb, felt too much like something he could make at home. Issues also ensued when the waiter asked if we enjoyed our meal and I could not muster up a convincing lie when the answer was no, we had not. It also didn’t help the one dessert that appealed to me had eggs in it. I made a point of mentioning he did nothing wrong and I did not wish to speak to a manager or the like. Nevertheless, we were approached. In retrospect I understand why, but at that point I had no interest in offering feedback and was just ready to leave. The gentleman pushed a little, letting us know how the menu is in flux and feedback would be appreciated. However, in light of being disappointed by the meal in general, sincerely being annoyed at what would be considered staples being altered in a way that’s not friendly to all Indian vegetarians, I let him know, albeit unkindly, that trying to have this conversation was upsetting me and that he didn’t need my feedback as I don’t plan to return. This will be my last visit here. There are too many other options in Hayes Valley. However, I would recommend this location for bringing a non-Indian person who is afraid of real Indian food but wants to say they tried some.
I was surprised to see, after I had made the reservation, that August (1) Five, was named by the Chronicle as one of the top 100 restaurants in the Bay Area. I was even more surprised by that rating after dining there. That's not to say it wasn't good or even very good. It is. But top 100, I don't think so. First, the space. It's calming, with a nice color palette, but felt well worn and a little shabby for a restaurant that is only a year and a half old. Our server was very nice and knowledgeable and the drinks menu is creative. The drink I tried -- the ABCD -- was very good. The food was good, too. We were a party of four and ordered two appetizers, four entrees and a bread sampling. Of those, two stood out -- a perfectly cooked and seasoned sea bass and chicken that was amazingly tender and juicy and in a delightful sauce. If all the dishes were like those, I would understand the top 100 rating. But they weren't. They were good to very good, but nothing I will remember longer than a day or two. One other oddity that makes me question the top 100 rating. One of our entrees came out at least five minutes after the other three. The server explained that it was because the preparation took longer than the other three. Isn't that timing something the kitchen should figure out, not the diners? To sum up, August (1) Five is very good. I definitely recommend trying it, just don't expect to be blown away.
The food, service, and decor were very good. My husband had to leave before finishing his meal because of the seating... highly uncomfortable and caused pain in his leg.
Food was good! Cocktails looked really good too but didn’t try them at this time.
So many places serve the same old same old for brunch. Not here. The menu is interesting and fun. Everything we had was delicious. Service was perfect. Seating comfortable. Decor lovely. A great choice. Will be back.
Our server, Jose G. was supremely professional, attentive and knowledgable. The food was spectacular! One of the best meals we've had in many years -- in San Francisco or New York. It was Inventive, surprising and an absolute gustatory delight. Can't wait for our next time.
Fun and creative take on Indian food - everything is always delicious at this restaurant!
The only complaint is that the backs on the high stools on most of the tables are low and so not very comfortable -
The tables were set far apart--allowing more privacy and lower noise level. Romantic without being overly cozy. Food was outstanding and to my knowledge authentic. Price was high, but worth it for special occasions. Service was prompt, informed and friendly.
I was back at August 1 five two weeks after dining there. Love the food - it's deliciously familiar with a surprising twist that as actually elevates the cuisine. My favorite is the paneer starter and the jaipur emerald cocktail. Will be back soon.
We were looking for dinner before the Asian Art museum's Divine Bodies exhibition. I felt like we completed our themed evening with terrific Indian inspired cuisine. Creative and festive starts and really the best Sea Bass I have had in a long time, so buttery and delightfully soft interior flesh with just the right crisp exterior.
This is Indian food raised to a high level. Everything was scrumptious. It was great for a pre-ballet dinner and noise level wasn’t loud so one coukd converse. Highly recommend.
We were a party of three with. 5:30 reservation. Although the restaurant was mostly empty, we were seated by a serving station, near the door to the restroom.
The food was generally good, but not up to the hype. The lamb in the biryani was dry.
Service was good, and decor was nice.
Fun mix of traditional brunch foods with Indian twist. The 5 of us shared our dishes and they were all incredible.
Cocktails were inventive and tasty. My fav: Glamping!
1) The server didn’t show up for 20 minutes - not a big issue
2) Our order was served to the table next to us. The server realized it was a mistake after they started eating it which in itself was weird because they hadn’t even placed an order by then
3) I ordered a Pau Bhaji. It was extremely oily and I am not referring to the butter on top. There was nothing about this dish that was “Modern Indian Cuisine”. I had horrible feeling for the rest of the day.
I am not going back to this restaurant.
Delicious food and excellent service! Will be back again soon!
I was extremely disappointed by the food. The restaurant ambiance and service were great but the food wasn’t impressive at all! Dahl kebab was the only tasty thing we had. The pani poori has too much onion, the green water was too green, the Dahi poori tasted weird with the yoghurt mousse. We ordered the hummus with chips and the hummus was good but the chips didn’t taste very crispy and fresh. Wasn’t impressed by the spinach paneer also..
Loved this place ! I was pleasantly surprised by their authentic cuisine!!! Bison keema, prawns, paneer tikka and biryani were out of this world!!
Didn’t care much for the dessert. We ordered shrikhand which tasted nothing like it.
We ordered ghevar and it had something else mixed with it to make it a fusion dish.. not that great.
Excellent Indian food! The have rotating menu - few items change here and there. But their chicken dishes are a solid no matter what style they cook them to be. Delicious sea bass dish. Pretty good vegetarian options! Good wine selection. I used to have a problem with their service. It seems to be improving these days! I still wish they could do better!
We arrived for a reservation at 6:30 and were told they were running behind so we said we would wait in the bar no problem. However the bar is not really a bar for everybody is eating in there at tables and people that are sitting at the bar are eating as well With no place for people who want to just have a drink to lean in stand around or get the bartenders attention. The waiters and waitresses were pushing us out of the way telling us to please move because we were standing in their line of movement. So basically there was nowhere for us to go and nowhere for us to stand. The Two bartenders were very slow and when I tried to order four drinks at once the bartender turned and spun away after I gave him one order for one drink and didn’t come back for a couple minutes to get the other three orders. The whole thing was just very awkward. My husband moved over to the side of the bar and then he was asked to not stand there as well so Where do you stand when you are asked to wait for your table?
1. Waitress told us we needed to be done in 75 minutes.
2. The wait staff appeared clueless (or care-less) about the food. They brought rotis first and daal much later. Service was rapid fire. (Of course, given they needed table back quickly.)
3. While creative in recipes/menu, does not blow one away overall.
4. They scrawled happy birthday on a dessert we ordered. Am certain this place can afford half a pastry for someone’s birthday.
Our first time and we really liked it- especially the mushroom dish and the toffee dessert.
The place is good. But do not recommend going for brunch on weekends. The menu is very limited and vegetarian options are not great. May be try going for weekday lunch or dinner or any of the days. That would be great. The Indian food is too Americanized. The veg appetizers and desserts were good.
Doing for Indian food what Mourad did for Moroccan food - refined, sophisticated, creative takes on Indian dishes such as puri but here a half shell with a cilantro/mint foam. The lamb biryani was excellent. This is a good but expensive option for people going to performances in the Civic Center area. Very pretty restaurant.