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About August (1) Five

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.

PLEASE NOTE: August (1) Five only accepts limited reservations on OpenTable. For more tables and availability, please visit our website (www.august1five.com) or contact us directly

524 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Indian, Contemporary Indian, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
BRUNCH: 10:30am - 2:00pm (Sat - Sun)
LUNCH: 11:30am - 2:00pm (Tue - Fri)
DINNER:  5:00pm - 9:30pm (open until 10:30pm Fri-Sat)
We are closed on Monday's


Cross Street:
Van Ness and Redwood

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 771-5900

Website:
http://www.august1five.com/

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

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.

Executive Chef:
Manish Tyagi

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, View, Wine

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August (1) Five Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (61)
Fit for Foodies (52)
Pre/post Theatre (49)
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Good Vegetarian Options (41)
Handcrafted Cocktails (38)
Good for a Date (38)
Special Occasion (36)
Spicy (32)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Tasting Menu (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Authentic (17)
Business Meals (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Fun (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Casual (15)
Romantic (15)
Cozy (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Vegan (11)
Healthy (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Tapas (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Seasonal (7)
Notable Wine List (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined a day ago

Fathers birthday

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Our 4th or 5th visit was veryi enjoyable. We first visited shortly after the restaurant opened. We enjoyed the eclectic takes on Indian dishes from the get-go. Our recent visit cemented our earlier favorable impressions. If anything, the food and service is better than what recall from prior visits.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 4 days ago

Too little food. Seriously, I am a 110 lb woman and I left hungry. Presentation was dramatic but my lobster was 4 small bites - same for the appetizer. I shouldn't pay $108 and leave a restaurant hungry - and the food was only mediocre/

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

Great Food, best Indian!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Brunch with my parents was great. Food was done well and the drinks were great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I loved dinner here but I feel brunch lacked flavor and spice

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 11, 2018

2 of the 3 items ordered were very good. The 3rd item was not available, and since we had to wait a long time for the food, the restaurant comped us the entire meal. Very classy move.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Creative fusion of Indian and standard brunch concepts. And tasted good!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We loved the food. It’s definitely worth the money. Nice plating, excellent flavours and amazing quality. Nice surprise dessert on the house on our wedding anniversary. Highly recommended vegetarian indian food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Would definetly go again, food very good, service was pretty poor.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This is a highly-rated, new place with nouvelle South Asian cuisine that is extremely popular. The food is extremely tasty and innovative with very interesting ingredients (I had the bison bao!). We were disappointed that when we ordered the combo naan platter that the waitperson didn't think ahead to cit the pieces into 4 (as there were four of us sharing it). Also, another disappointment was that our food all arrived at different times which makes it seem like the kitchen isn't really on the ball. I don't think the service was as bad as some of the other reviews have said.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

August Five offers spectacular and authentic Indian food beautifully presented, I recommend it highly and I'm looking forward to my next meal there!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I've eaten dinner there twice. The food is very tasty, service is attentive but not overbearing. Many items on the menu look very good. Will be returning.

Tags: Vegan, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We did receive the table but we got our table after 25 mins even though we reserved it. They say in case of no show you will be charged $20 per person, but if you don't get the seat on time the restaurant is also expected to give 20% discount on the bill.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Peacock feather colored banquettes with cozy cut-out walls set the tone for this elegant dining place with stylized modern takes on Indian cuisine. The food was delicious (especially the naan sampler and the trout) and the service was attentive and friendly.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Spicy, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I didn't feel this was authentic Indian food; westernized Indian cuisine. However, everything we had was good.

Tags: Vegan, Happy Hour, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Bar Seating, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I don't have enough fingers and toes to count the ways that I love this restaurant. The food is complex and bursting with flavor. The service is extraordinary. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Healthy, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Restaurant week

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Tried the newest addition to the drink menu. The Bengali sour was delicious. Brilliant blend of Japanese whisky and jaggery. Lamb chops were sumptuous.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The restaurant is fun and thoughtfully designed. We came for Sunday brunch.

The drinks were had super unique ingredients and came out beautiful. We had to Google a lot of the menu items because we didn't recognize their names. It seemed like a lot of food was street inspired but VERY elevated.

We started with Gul Guppa which was a nice, light intro to Indian flavors. We followed with the Paratha Roll that my boyfriend could not stop raving about.

For the entrees, he had a dish with potato, rice, bacon, chorizo, poached egg, and a yellow sauce. It was hearty and delicious. I had the chicken and waffles, which were mind blowing good. Sweet, savory, spicy... everything!

I highly recommend August (1) Five for a totally elevated unique experience in SF!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Cocktails were great. Perhaps it was because added SF restaurant week but the food just wasn’t at the quality level you’d expect from reading other reviews. Dishes were bland or over cooked, lacking the beautiful nuance that the ingredients for each would suggest. The cocktails and mixologist were however fantastic and a bright spot on a very lackluster experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This is a fairly new restaurant, very convenient to the opera, ballet, symphony, good for before or after the event. The service is excellent and so is the food, although one must ask how hot (spicy) a dish is before ordering; my lamb biryani was just too hot for my taste and there wasn't enough yogurt to tamp it down. The dessert of toffee pudding was one of the most delicious things I've ever had!

Tags: Spicy, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very slow service and food did not come out for ages. Entree portions were small. Flavors were ok. I ordered a dish with bacon, which was not cooked well and the bacon was blobs of fat only

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We went for lunch, but the restaurant only has a brunch menu on weekends. The brunch menu wasn’t very exciting. While the food was a good attempt at Indian fusion, I wouldn’t say it’s one of the best I have had (I am an Indian who has tried a good many Indian fusion food restaurants over the world). The service wasn’t great - we enquirer about the kulfi dessert and the description did not match the dish and we ended up returning it. It’s quite expensive and not as much value for money at least for brunch.
The ambience is pretty nice and quiet.
Wouldn’t recommend for brunch.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Beautiful, authentic Indian food.... a little top heavy with rice and bread, especially as one of our party was on a carb free diet. We ordered two mango lassi drinks and they only had one and they were also out of pancakes. They need to order more fruit and vegetables... but on the whole the food, ambience and service were great. We went for brunch, but I'll be back for dinner!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A beautiful room and a terrific location near opera and symphony. Flavors and service were very good, though disappointing to find a number of bone shards in the goat curry. Overall a less wonderful meal than the equally creative tasting menu at Babu Ji (sadly no longer operating its dining room); also significantly more expensive. But still a delight to see the modern twist applied to Indian cuisine and served up with such elegance.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing food. We went there for SFRW and were served with a spinach appetizer which was really good! The portions were huge for the 3 course meal. Their cocktails are nice too. Overall, good place but it was super busy and noisy when we went and had to wait for a long time in spite of making a reservation.(probably because of the SFRW).

Tags: Spicy, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We loved the food at this restaurant. Each dish - including the cocktails was hand-crafted, unique and special. Each bite we took of a new dish brought surprises and delicious flavors. Not traditional India food but absolutely an amazing experience. We’d highly recommend it to others.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I had been here once before and enjoyed it but wow...this meal was fantastic at every step. Started with Chaat, then biryani and toffee pudding for dessert. I'm scheming on how to return -- soon!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Beautiful restaurant to have a post City Hall wedding dinner. Our server was very helpful and had great suggestions for what to eat and we had a wonderful night with my sister and new brother-in-law who just got married.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We went during restaurant week and had a blast. Food was delicious, plentiful, and everyone (including both meat eaters and vegetarians!) enjoyed it.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Palak Chaat was very oily. Paneer Kabab & Mushroom Makhana was good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Dinner after work with a coworker

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Very good experience. The menu is varied and caters to all tastes. The food was surprising and delicious. Our waiter gave us his full attention and was very considering of our food restriction (dairy allergy). The restaurant was busy, there were a lot of couples as well as groups, but it was never loud. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

My friend and I came here for restaurant week. It was a good value, very good food. I really love the decor as well. It's colorful, without being in your face.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We came here for restaurant week. I ordered of the restaurant week menu which came with very generous portions and was great for sharing. We has a great experience and will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Its nice to visit a modern Indian restaurant that has good service, but I wish the quality of the food matched the ambiance. My dishes were bland, unexciting. As the prices are high, my meal was not good value.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Without question, August 1 Five is our favorite Indian restaurant in San Francisco. The food is superb, the atmosphere relaxing and comfortable, and the wait staff delightful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Excellent sauce for the chicken! Delicious ice cream. Good ambience. Excellent service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Love the food

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