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Besharam, San Francisco, CA

Besharam

4.4
4.4
182 Reviews
$31 to $50
Indian
In July 2019, Chef Heena and Paresh re-launched Besharam, after taking on full-ownership of the restaurant. Chef Heena has reclaimed her restaurant with a stronger Besharam attitude, dishes, and cocktails to show the community her creativity and technical culinary expertise. Grounded in traditional Gujarati food, the dishes embody culture, hospitality, and bold flavors served family style, with a utensil optional approach.

We are a Chef-driven restaurant. This phrase is used often, so what do we mean when we use that here at Besharam? The food curated by Chef Heena is a reflection of her journey and struggles that brought her here. Rather than dilute our food for certain palates, each dish reflects a story, an experience, a place (or several.) It's her mother’s kitchen and Mumbai streets. It's California produce and the foods she invented for her children’s immigrant lives. As the Chef says “I’m not your mom, so don’t expect me to cook like her.”

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 580-7662

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Heena Patel

  • Catering

    We love to cater but are currently taking a break while we focus on all the great things happening within the restaurant!!

  • Private party facilities

    Besharam loves throwing parties and is available to reserve in its entirety for private celebrations. The restaurant can host up to 45 guests for a seated dinner or up to 60 guests for a standing reception in the main dining room. We also have a private dining room that comfortably holds 30-50 people.

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Cross street

    24th Street

  • Parking details

    Guests can find free street parking around the neighborhood or pay to park in the lot at 901 Illinois St.

  • Public transit

    1275 Minnesota St. is conveniently located within four blocks of the T Third St. Muni Metro, #48 bus stop, and the 22nd St. CalTrain Station.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 182 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. ES

    EthanS

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We really enjoyed the food, it was excellent. Definitely recommend.
  2. NZ

    NaZo

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were pleasantly surprised that the now vegetarian only menu was extremely tasty and very satisfying. The impossible meat dishes were outstanding! Food overall was very flavorful and not lacking in spice-how Indian food should be!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Interesting and inventive Indian food. Service was amazing! Pretty pricey for vegetarian food though.
  4. ER

    ElizabethR

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Besharam has a really creative menu with delicious Indian food unlike any other restaurants I’ve found in SF. The servers are friendly and helpful offering great suggestions. They have a nice outdoor setup with warmers and well-spaced out indoor tables.
  5. DS

    DavidS

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overpriced for Indian vegetarian. Average quality. Good bar ,wine list .
  6. AB

    AmyB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Beshram! The food is outstanding and the service is great. This is the second time I’ve been there since the pandemic and they have constructed a nice outdoor area. I’ll be going back again very soon!
  7. s

    shivamk

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2020

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    the food is sub-par and the taste lacks the punch.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Besharam, the drinks, food and service was excellent t
  9. PK

    PritiK

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Expensive but awesome food! During covid, we sat outside - cozy patio dining! Enjoyed a few cocktails - all unusual taste ! Highly recommend
  10. r

    radzz108

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved eating here – good contemporary Indian food. The drunken pani puri and kimchi samosas were A++
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Amazing food!! Will definitely be visiting again :)
  12. j

    jkibuule

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is so attentive and cares deeply about providing a high quality experience for their guests. Would definitely visit again!
  13. m

    mollytotoro

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a review of their COVID outdoor patio. We were there for lunch and it was a wonderful, pleasant experience. Cheerful tables and chairs, a screen to block you from the cars in the road, lovely service and wonderful food. I loved the small plates especially.
  14. SP

    SheilaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    My friend ordered the lazy dosa and drunken pani puri. I got the dahi vada, which were delicious! The pani puri I could have made better at home but it was interesting to taste it for the first time with gin.
  15. D

    Dianas

    Central Coast

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, amazing service, and excellent outdoor seating. Quiet and no traffic. Wonderful night!
  16. LW

    LuannW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is my third time to Besheram, but first time during Covid. The food each time is really quite amazing. My son is vegan and there many very tasty vegan options.
  17. S

    Svee

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    I love that the menu is so bold in trying new things that other Indian restaurants wouldn't even dream of exploring. The drinks have been on point so far and always so different and instagram worthy.
  18. KJ

    KarenJ

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for lunch on Saturday and it was superb!! Fantastic service, fantastic food, fantastic drinks. Our severs were so great at recommending items and so friendly. Outdoor area really nice and safe. The chicken and cheesecake were SO GOOD! Highly recommend!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, good outdoor space and great care from the restaurant and the people working there.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Excellent service. Very clean.
  21. PF

    PhillFabel

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eating outside might even be better than inside eating pre-covid. It’s one of the quieter streets in SF so we had our incredible meal and cocktail in a socially distanced lovely atmosphere. One of the best restaurants in Dogpatch or SF!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome Covid experience!! Love the wine selection!!
  23. R

    Roshni

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such good food and drinks great experience over all. The drunken Pani Puris were so delicious that we ended up getting them twice.
  24. H

    Heidiandseal1

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing and fresh .. great homemade Indian food ...simply sublime .
  25. c

    crubin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this is more then expected . very nice professional service. food is very light upscale Indian food. and we travel India for 3 months before. great cocktails from the bar. amazing experience. lovely family owned place. very quite area .
  26. RB

    RohiniB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Besharam was amazing! They did a great job spacing out their tables. I felt comfortable the entire time. Food was yummy and service was on point. Would definitely go back again!
  27. RA

    RaginiA

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    We came for lunch to celebrate our Anniversary because we like this place; the food is amazing every time we come here. However this time for one of our orders, we were taken by surprise due to the chef’s insensitivity of us requesting our dish with egg on the side on a separate plate to having it their usual way as listed in the menu. And to top that when we reminded our server of the request we made while ordering that dish, we got that same dish with the egg scooped down on another plate. We didn’t know that a restaurant we think highly of would do such an act. We then requested the server to actually bring what we requested for and the dish that came now had spice level that was unbearable. We have eaten almost everything in their vegetarian menu and haven’t seen such spice level in any dish. We were left wondering if that was due to our request and we were being made to eat that spicy dish. Terrible experience at the end when everything before this was going so well in terms in service and quality and taste.
  28. BB

    BearsBeets

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    incredibly overpriced and spicy Indian food (and I can handle spicy), spare your time and wallets and go somewhere else
  29. S

    Sonny

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Overpriced for what it really is. Food was ok, nothing extraordinary for what you pay for. You can go to a better local Indian restaurant with solid good food and cheaper. I think you pay for maybe the ambience here
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best saag paneer of my life! Excellent service and food was bomb
  31. r

    rwasirius

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I don't usually give any five stars but we have been talking about this place all weekend to everyone so it made a great impression, I do not like Indian food generally but go with my husband occasionally as he does a lot. OK this was food with an Indian flavor. the spices and flavors were all Indian, but they were applied very differently to foods. The seafood stew looked terrific and it was terrific, the charred vegetables and the tempura vegetables with cilantro dip were nice.. the service was terrific, I also had a very nice Manhattan. We are already talking about going again so it was impressive all around
  32. M

    Mysterywoman

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Creative Indian food with robust, intricate flavors - absolutely delicious! Wait staff very attentive as well! Will definitely come again!
  33. TO

    TonyO

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Loved everything we ate. Liked this style of Indian food better than some high-end Indian places in town. Would certainly go again.
  34. SF

    SFFoodfluffer

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    It was extremely refreshing and delicious flavors.
  35. JM

    JuanM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is some of the best Indian food I've ever had. It managed to thread the needle between contemporary and traditional in the best way possible. The service was friendly, the staff is welcoming and knowledgeable and top notch. I highly recommend this restaurant looking for food that packs a flavorful punch in a comfortable, stylish, chill environment.
  36. SB

    StepBack3

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful family owned restaurant where the cooking comes from the heart - put yourself in the chef’s capable hands, sit back & enjoy the tasting menu! One of my best experiences in the city!
  37. R

    Rachel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Indian boyfriend said the cooking was as good as his mother's. The rose lassi was fantastic
  38. O

    Occaswright

    Cleveland

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed the innovative nature of this restaurant. The dishes that worked were great! A few didn’t (dumplings) and surprisingly the bread was weak. Dense and a little greasy. Ordered with blue cheese and cranberries, but couldn’t find or taste either. Still, it’s a unique dining experience and we will return.
  39. R

    Radhe257

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a great little restaurant in San Francisco. Some nice Gujarati dishes. We had the lamb for mains and although it was a little pricey it was very tasty. I would've liked to have seen a Chicken Tikka Masala dish on the menu, but overall great place.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was really good and so was the service. Price is on the more expensive side, would come often if it wasn't for 30-40$ for entrees with meat. Overall, good experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Besharam is rated 4.4 stars by 182 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    24th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Guests can find free street parking around the neighborhood or pay to park in the lot at 901 Illinois St.

  • Public transit

    1275 Minnesota St. is conveniently located within four blocks of the T Third St. Muni Metro, #48 bus stop, and the 22nd St. CalTrain Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Heena Patel

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 580-7662

  • Catering

    We love to cater but are currently taking a break while we focus on all the great things happening within the restaurant!!

  • Private party facilities

    Besharam loves throwing parties and is available to reserve in its entirety for private celebrations. The restaurant can host up to 45 guests for a seated dinner or up to 60 guests for a standing reception in the main dining room. We also have a private dining room that comfortably holds 30-50 people.

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