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Ajanta Distinctive Indian Cuisine

1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
(510) 526-4373
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Ranked #33 of 591 restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: The Alameda
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77 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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English first
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Sorry, Ajanta I really, really wanted to love you too but I am just not getting what the fuss is about! We first visited because of the positive reviews with a group of 8 and all decided it was a very average experience. Bought the family back for a second try in case you were having an off night the... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

I visited Ajanta twice for dinner with 2 different sets of friends. The first night (my first visit ever to the restaurant), I arrived with 2 friends. We were pleased to see the restaurant busy even on a Tuesday night and were seated at a quiet table. We proceeded to order some appetizers (Tandoori scallops, veg pakora) and entrees (fish... More

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Berkeley, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

One of the best choices for Indian food in the East Bay, served in a small, pleasant and reasonably quiet - you can hold a conversation - dining room of this popular restaurant which has been here for decades. Reservations are essential (we were here on a Monday evening at 6:30 and there were only a couple of tables available... More

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San Francisco, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We were recommend this restaurant by a friend. When we walked in, we discovered that the inside of the restaurant was quite small but a lot of the tables were full of people, including folks of Indian ethnicity. So we thought, hmm, the food has got to be good. The menu had some interesting items on it. One of which... More

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Albany, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Best Indian food in Berkeley. Excellent monthly specials as well as their staples. Never have had a bad meal here.

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Berkeley, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I am fortunate to live a few minutes from Ajanta. It is my go-to place to meet friends for lunch. The Tandoori Salmon -- made with wild Alaska salmon -- is absolutely delicious. The service is always excellent and friendly. Give it a try.

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richmond, california
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8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Regional Indian cooking in a very pleasant setting is what sets Ajanta apart. Moderate prices and good service also contribute to the successful formula. You can actually have a conversation here ...... and the food is worth talking about. You can ask for a particular level of heat when you order. They're pretty busy so reservations are not a bad... More

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Bologna, Italy
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91 reviews 91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We truly expected more after having read other Tripadvisor evaluations. The restaurant in itself is quite nice and the service very polite, but let's face it, when you go out for a curry you want the taste of good indian cuisine, and I'm afraid Ajanta just doesn't deliver. We ordered a chicken tikka and a lamb korma, both served with... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Food was pleasantly flavored but nothing special. We were a party of 4 and each rred a dish to share. The chicken dish was great with a cilantro sauce, but the lamb curry was bland. The lamb kebabs were overcooked and the fish just so-so. Service was disappointing. Never did get an ice cube in my water and the temp... More

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Buffalo, New York
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77 reviews 77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

If you're looking for high-end Indian food in Berkeley, this is the place. The decor is attractive, service good, restaurant is spotlessly clean. Service was polite, although we had the sense that plates were cleared too quickly. Of course, you go to a restaurant for the food. The food at Ajanta is outstanding. The menu is extensive, including many Punjabi... More

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