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Desi

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21 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
Desi is a modern casual Indian restaurant featuring contemporary Indian food with global influences. Our flavors are firmly rooted in Indian food, with influences from around the world, resulting in adventurous, delicious dishes. We believe that the world's cuisines are more similar than different, and celebrate how various signature dishes, worlds apart, have striking similarities.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 21 people are saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.2
food
3.4
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
50% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible. No one to serve us, it seemed like no one knew what they were doing. Very dissatisfied with the whole experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Very expensive place

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vipRashi
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst service ever ! Got at the restaurant at 7 pm , ordered drinks half of them came and the other half of our party had to ask twice for their drinks . Took 1 hour to order food only to be told 45 mins later that the system crashed and order did not go through . Manager came did not apologize in fact told us that it may be 45 minutes or longer to even get any food ! So basically we were sitting there for 2 hours with no communication . Everyone was just running around no flow to anything . Many parties were just sitting there with no food . If your system is crashing and the orders are not going through isn’t it common sense to revert to old fashion way of writing orders down and then submitting them ? Came here to celebrate Mother’s Day and it turned out to be the worst experience ever . We decided to leave and drove 10 minutes down the street to Mynt got seated right away service was top notch ordered food and it came in a timely manner . Maybe the owner needs to invest training their staff better instead of running a place with people who have no idea ! Don’t recommend will not be back !

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Foodie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My server was amazing. The hostess who greeted us needs retraining. If the manager wasn't around I would've taken my wife and daughter elsewhere for lunch.

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Sully
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had zero expectations going into this restaurant -)
Loved the menu, a ton of shareable apps & entrees & the cocktails were funky & exceptional. Seriously loved everything about this place & can’t wait to get back here!!

MP
vipMonicaP
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was a modern twist with traditional Indian flavors. Drinks were delicious as well

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Worst customer service ever.

M
Mitali
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Some of the dishes didnt have enough flavour to them considering this is an indian restaurant.
The service was really poor. We were waiting for 30-40 mins for someone to approach us after the drinks, but no one came. We had to go to the reception to ask for the service and take our order.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Highly recommend!

Excellent service, food and nice outdoor seating.

Appreciate the COVID protocols the team is following.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

RG
vipRijulG
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Nothing much going on at this restaurant. Seems to be extremely gimmicky with fun names for menu items without any taste or flavor. Very disappointing. What really threw it over the edge was that we had 5 adults dining with an infant who obviously did not require any food, drinks, etc. However, the restaurant still decided to charge us an automatic gratuity for 6 people or more. Quite ridiculous. Would not recommend and will definitely not return.

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vipunruhly
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting Indian fusion

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Cwss
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

While the portions appear to be large, the majority is made up of veggies, salads and such. The food was good but I am not sure I would want to spend over $20 for something I can get elsewhere for less and perhaps better.

Desi
Responded on November 2, 2020

We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your feedback and we apologize that the meal did not meet your expectations. A family business, our meals are priced in accordance with our area’s rent, labor and food costs. As your happiness is our priority, we are truly sorry that we did not meet your standards and would appreciate a second opportunity to serve you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

SL
vipSuzanneL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I’m used to Indian cuisine being a it more saucy, and I ordered the New Delhi pick 3, which unfortunately ended up being 3 types of rather dry meat. I would try again and order something different.

TF
vipTheFoodieInMe
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place for hanging out with friends and family, good cocktails if you are into it, their anjeer / fig based drink was really good ( rich and sweet), but flavorful.

Good casual food.

JL
vipJL2018
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Seemed like the restaurant just opened. Food was pretty tasty- but not much in the realm of traditional Indian food. Not much for sharing- more single dinner entrees not meant to be shared. Happened to walk into the restaurant and some staff were yelling at each other like I walked into an episode of restaurant impossible. The sauces were very good and the flavor was very good. Very good value for the buck. I'd go back- but probably for lunch vs a double date for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We really enjoyed making our own bowls. The naan bread is a great side order too and also the potatoe samosas for appetizers. Very friendly waiters too!!

LG
vipLuvGoodFood
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was tasty and presented in a unique way.

JT
JayT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Service was very slow. We waited for the check for about 10 minutes. Took a while to get someone’s attention. They were all busy but the focus should be to clear the table to allow those waiting an opportunity to get a seat.

ER
vipEfrenR
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time here. It was a busy Friday night. Even with reservation we waited about 10 minutes. Excellent food choices. My husband and I shared the 3 types of samosas and naan bread. We ordered only one main dish to share, grilled chicken. We even had left overs. We like Indian food and will gladly come back. We heard this restaurant just opened a couple months ago. Decor is not very decorative.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Desi using the Order Online button. Desi also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Desi also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 429-8098.

Desi is rated 4 stars by 21 OpenTable diners.

Desi does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.eatatdesi.com/store/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.