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August (1) Five, San Francisco, CA

August (1) Five

4.4
4.4
1276 Reviews
$50 and over
Indian
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 regional Indian cuisine rarely seen in the West. 

Influenced by a range of culinary traditions, from colorful street foods to the hidden staples of home cooks, everything on our menu is proudly served with a side of nostalgia. Using the best of the Bay Area’s seasonal ingredients, our chef melds traditional Indian preparations with contemporary techniques. 

The creative approach we bring to the food extends to our cocktail list which deftly blends Indian spices and herbs, from the subtle to the assertive, with our bartender’s collection of craft spirits.  Our global wine list was carefully chosen to complement the array of flavors you’ll discover on our menus.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Contemporary Indian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    DINNER Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 771-5900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    We deliver food through Chow Now, Caviar, UberEats ; Doordash.

  • Private party facilities

    For private dining, please email hello@august1five.com or call 415-771-5900 for menus or other celebratory requests.

  • Private party contact

    Jordan White: (844) 924-0037

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Van Ness and Redwood

  • Parking details

    Parking for food takeout is available on Redwood Street right in front of the main entrance to the restaurant.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,276 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing! Non-alcoholic drinks menu can ber improved considerably.
  2. A

    Apoorva

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great cocktails and Indian flavors throughout all of the dishes. Great place to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday - he loved it!
  3. D

    Diamond

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Best Indian Restaurant in the bay. Must go!!! Great food! Great Ambience.
  4. J

    Jinja

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    August 1 Five was wonderful! It was a chilly SF evening, but the outside space heaters and makeshift table cubicles kept us plenty warm throughout our meal. They have an excellent pandemic setup and every person who visited our table (server, runners, bartender) wore a mask and kept their distance, all while providing top notch service. The food was fantastic and the drinks were out of this world! Their new bartender, Ross, really knows his stuff. We will definitely be back!
  5. i

    izap

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Tasty food and exciting cocktails. I had the one with turmeric and it felt like a health potion. We sat inside but it was still cold with the doors open.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Extremely slow service full of repeated mistakes. While the attitude was good, food was just ok.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks were amazing. Ross is a Boss.
  8. S

    Sebastian

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    August (1) Five is the best Indian restaurant I've ever been to. Food is much different than standard Indian food. Great sauces and spices. Good service and friendly staff. Vegetarian selections are excellent. They also have chicken and other tasty meat dishes.
  9. A

    Ambika

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing the service was extraordinary!! The ambience, presentation of the food and drinks was great!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food.
  11. M

    Megan

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible, server was very attentive, and tables were spaced out enough that we felt we had plenty of room. Will definitely be back!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food, good service
  13. DA

    DeepA

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best places I have been in a while. Some food items were great and some were ok ok but overall great experience.
  14. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner and really excited for August’s re-opening. Lower rating on value- but this isn’t a place you come for value, you want to come here for great food and great drinks, and enjoy the experience. Staff was excellent and we look forward to coming back soon!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall2food5service2ambience4
    Awesome food. Service was very good for the first half of the meal. In the second half, it was horrible. Entire serving staff seemed to singularly focus on a group that seemed to know the chef or something. We were made to wait 15 minutes to get just a piece of bread, another 10 mins to clear the table, another 10 minutes to get the check, another 10 mins to get our check etc. Disappointed in the end.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best brunch I've had in a very very long time. Once the secret is out this place will be packed. Different and delicious.
  17. NN

    NatalieN

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was truly incredible; we left stuffed and happy and mourning the fact that we didn't leave room for dessert.
  18. J

    Jt23

    Baltimore

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre Theatre
  19. SM

    SonomaMom

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Second visit in 2 months. Wonderful flavors. Helpful server. Cocktail menu ever-changing. Preferred my 3 drinks in January to the 2 I had this week
  20. DB

    DavidB

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best spot in Civic Center area for professional lunch. Fantastic food & great service.
  21. G

    Gaurav

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Food and ambience was good, but terrible service. The server didn't care to check in on us at all during the course of our meal (didn't care to refill our waters even)
  22. CS

    CrystalS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    August 1 Five spinach naan is highly recommended! Actually spinach is baked in between the sheets of dough. The sauces that come with every dish are savory but don’t over power any of the main pieces.
  23. TG

    TiffanyG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and food!
  24. VT

    VikT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The taste of the food was outstanding and the service was top notch with 50% of tables occupied. As the food variety is less, I don’t find a reason to visit again though.
  25. j

    jillw

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner with friends. Couldn’t have been a nicer evening. Fantastic service, variety of flavors, cozy atmosphere.
  26. LP

    LeeP

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best India influenced food I've ever had. Friendly informed service. Quiet enough for conversation, but we were 4 people at a corner table. Interesting well constructed cocktails.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Lovely restaurant. Food is flavorful and well presented. Service was subpar.
  28. JR

    JonathanR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We arrived at 9:10 for our 9:00 reservation. The staff were
  29. FF

    FoodieFz

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent thanks Excellent thanks Excellent thanks
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was a great experience! Our server Amy was very suggestive & she knows her work & menu well.
  31. F

    Finla

    London

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    The restaurant seemed to be severely understaffed. It took 30 minutes to get our drinks and the staff did not manage our timetable request with timing the dinner so that we make it to a show we had tickets to.
  32. E

    Ernie

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good, not excellent but good. Ambience was less upscale than it looks on website. Service excellent!
  33. D

    Dede

    San Francisco

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very creative food. Try the crispy spinach salad - so yummy. Patrick was a great server!
  34. RB

    RoBo

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    I would rate the restaurant "excellent" if it were not for the type of music in the background. It was agitating and, while not terribly loud, irritating to the point of making me want to get up and leave. It was so on a previous occasion, but upon reqest the staff changed the source to one with more mellow music. I understand this type of background music may facilitate table turnover by causing patrons to eat and drink faster, but this patron may not be there at all! It is sad to forego such interesting food due to an easily altered environment issue.
  35. TV

    TerryV

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was absolutely splendid. We loved the chicken kebab, the duck leg, and the spinach paneer in particular. What we didn’t like was the sequencing. We made a point of ordering the bread sampler when we first sat down, but it wasn’t delivered until we were almost done. The same with the dal and raita. We had to ask for them TWICE after we ordered, and they were delivered only after we’d finished our entrées. So, fabulous food, very pleasant server, BUT we were very put off by when the food appeared.
  36. LB

    LeslieB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this place is awesome... food is wonderful and unique ... and it is walkable to the Orpheum.... only great restaurant within walking distance
  37. GK

    GeriK

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, our experience here was delightful thanks to the incredible cuisine, pleasant ambiance and remarkable service. Patrick was fun, friendly, and knowledgeable, steering us to the best of the best on the menu. We came before the symphony for brunch, which features some of the winners from the dinner menu as well as egg creations. The palaak chat and poori aloo were huge favorites, and I loved my crispy fish with spicy chili aioli, but I don't think you could go wrong here no matter what you order. One of my favorite things about this restaurant is how much thought they put into cocktails as well as food. The banana pancake cocktail was a real treat and not overly sweet, and the ABCD was out of this world. All in all, another terrific visit! We love bringing friends because they're always impressed. Thank you!
  38. CR

    ChristaR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food4service5ambience4
    Valentine's Day dinner. We had a reservation for 8. The website didn't mention a prix fixe dinner. We came as a family of 4. The reservation was delayed for 45 minutes. It took another 40 minutes to get our amuse bouche . Service was unbelievably slow - for a prix fixe unexusable. Drinks took 45 minutes. Our mains arrived at 10:30 after we pushed them to feed our children who were falling asleep. The food was good, sadly hardly any vegan or gluten-free options which is usually a no brainer in Indian restaurants. All around us people were staring into their drinks waiting forever. We observed several couple who came in as love birds and struggled to keep the good mood up with all the waiting. The concept was lovely but the restaurant bit off more than it could chew for a special Valentine's dinner. It seemed totally overwhelmed and had taken too many reservations. It would also be wise to tell the patrons up front that it is a set menu. Others left because of it. We had no choice as we were traveling and didn't know the surroundings. A missed opportunity for this establishment to make it a truly special evening for all.
  39. NJ

    NancyJ

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the bar and had a small plate each. The apples Walnut salad was delicious and the chicken kabob was very generous and delicious. The energy was high which made it fun too.
  40. AJ

    AarJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The food was good, but not unique . We had the lunch salads and a bowl which included an entree (paneer) and a naan and rice. Coconut flan (vegan) for dessert was really delicious ! I cut some stars because I thought the service was really slow. Food was good, plentiful but not out of this world. Not badly priced for the ambience and location either . Nobody answers the phone here, though. So it’s really the service that is sub-par.

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

FAQs

August (1) Five offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 771-5900.

August (1) Five is rated 4.4 stars by 1276 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Van Ness and Redwood

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Hours of operation

    DINNER Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Contemporary Indian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking for food takeout is available on Redwood Street right in front of the main entrance to the restaurant.

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 771-5900

  • Catering

    We deliver food through Chow Now, Caviar, UberEats ; Doordash.

  • Private party facilities

    For private dining, please email hello@august1five.com or call 415-771-5900 for menus or other celebratory requests.

  • Private party contact

    Jordan White: (844) 924-0037

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