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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.
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San Francisco, CA 94102
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
Van Ness and Redwood
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
Consider taking MUNI to Van Ness station or BART to Civic Center station—both are within a 10-minute walk of the restaurant.
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, View, Wine
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August (1) Five Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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