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Ajanta Distinctive Indian Cuisine

1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
(510) 526-4373
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Ranked #28 of 598 restaurants in Berkeley
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: The Alameda
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English first
Oakland, CA
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

It's the sauces...they're incredible!!! You have to savor them. I've been to Ajanta countless times because I live in the area & I've always had fabulous meals. It takes a while for the waitstaff to get to know you & smile, but they do a good job.

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Mount Shasta, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

Wow! Totally great food and very attentive service. This is my favorite Indian restaurant. The vegetarian selection is terrific. The condiments/chutneys are quite authentic as I discussed them afterwards with a friend from India who smiled and laughed when I tried to describe the salty pickly one (sorry, I don't know what it's called). That particular chutney wasn't my favorite... More

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Berkeley, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

We love Indian food and we love Ajanta. We've been coming for years and have never been disappointed. I love their lamb korma and most of their lamb dishes are amazing. But we also have a veggie friend who comes and she loves it as much as we do (the veggies not the lamb). The staff is great and it's... More

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Oakland, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Without doubt this restaurant serves the best Indian food in the San Francisco Bay Area. We've been coming here for years and have never been disappointed. Great menu with varied selections catering to different tastes. A gem at the top of Solano Avenue.

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San Leandro, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Ajanta is one of my favorite restaurants and has been since I discovered it, from the elephant murals on the wall to the carved door, to the friendly, but not obsequious wait staff to the food. The food! Ajanta recently celebrated Diwali by giving diners special complimentary desserts. I'll get to that in a moment. I went with two friends.... More

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Berkeley, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

Love the Chicken Tikki Marsala and the atmosphere is very romantic for a date

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Ann Arbor
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2011

We've eaten at dozens of Indian restaurants and cook Indian food. We were very excited about this restaurant and it has been our biggest disappointment in Berkeley. The food was hardly recognizably Indian, bland, and no spice at all despite having ordered "medium" and "hot" dishes. Also, there was a strong smell in the restaurant that almost had us leaving... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2011

We did the whole San Fransisco Embarcadero/Fishermen's Wharf thing the day before and got our fill of seafood, Chinese, etc. Have plenty of great Italian, Mexican, BBQ choices at home and wanted something different and good. Ajanta was wonderful. The very polite and friendly waiter helped with menu choices and we had an enjoyable and memorable dinner evening.

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San Rafael, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

Ajanta is far more likely to offer you a dish you've never experienced before than any other Bay Area Indian restaurant, even if you're a regular. They make wonderful dishes, and their "dinner" option, with a plate of rice with a single serving of dal or saag added to the "family style" portion of the main dish, makes ordering a... More

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Berkeley, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2009

Ajanta is one of my favorites, and definitely the best Indian restaurant in the area. Never disappoints. My vegan daughter loves the lotus root entree, and the tandori portabellos are to die for. In addition, there are monthly new dishes, so it never gets stale. Hmmmm... wonder if anyone else suddenly feels like lunching out today....

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