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“Pricey but good” 4 of 5 stars
Review of DOSA on Fillmore

DOSA on Fillmore
1700 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115-3130 (Pacific Heights)
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Ranked #108 of 4,525 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $60
Cuisines: Indian, Organic
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Pacific Heights
Cross street: Post Street
Transit: Fillmore - 22 Sutter - 2, 3, 4 Geary - 38, 38L
Bury, England
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102 reviews 102 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Pricey but good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

DOSA clearly positions itself as a top of the line restaurant with prices to suit. Overall experience entertaining was positive although a little marred at the beginning when they forgot about our reservation entailing a 20 minute wait.

Food is south India and different to what many Brits typically experience at home. Saying that, it is cooked well and different.

Service is relatively prompt with attentive staff.

Would recommend although be aware that prices are similar to those charged in some of SF's more expensive restaurants.

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  • English first
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English first
San Francisco, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Good south Indian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Dosas are great.... including the sambhar and chutney.

Ambience is perfect. Tip: Sit at the bar area much nicer.

Visited January 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Birthday dinner celebration, but the restaurant forgot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We made last minute reservations for a party of 4 to celebrate a very special 50th birthday on Saturday night. None of our party had ever been before to Dosa but we were all eager to try it. The service was excellent, and on a cold and rainy evening it was nice to be greeted warmly and given a table promptly. We were seated upstairs and told about some of the unique cocktails on the menu. The Peony is excellent and rather different. It is a gin based cocktail with coconut milk, curry agave nectar and was delicious. Guests at our table also enjoyed some non alcoholic cocktails and they were terrific as well. Very fresh and artisnal in the presentation. Our waiter was friendly, well versed on the menu and had terrific positive energy. He truly wanted to suggest things that we might enjoy. The organic yogurt appetizer with tamarind and lentils was a huge hit, and the shredded duck was delicious. Our favorite appetizer was the waiter suggested Chenai chicken, spicy and unique in flavor and presentation. We moved on to the entrees and the masala dosa is not to be missed. It is gigantic and the accompanying chutneys are our of this world. We also tried the halibut steamed in banana leaves with coconut rice, and an outstanding prawn Marsala. Each course was described, and served beautifully by the kitchen runners. We were impressed at how seamlessly the dishes were described, ordered, and presented. The only part of our experience as a disappointing lack of acknowledgement from anyone that it was a 50th birthday celebration. The reservations were clearly discussed with the Restaurant, and were made by phone to make sure this was known. The waiter obviously didn't know, when we checked in for our table there wasn't a mention of it, and when it came time for dessert there wasn't any mention of it. Since this was a milestone birthday it was disappointing to have it ignored by the staff.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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“Great atmosphere and bar to hang out. Dinner was okay.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Disclaimer: I'm not an Indian food expert.

We went there for dinner last night. The service was pretty good. Food was interesting but was just okay. The dessert was very disappointing. If you come here, skip the dessert.

The shredded duck appetizer was pretty good. Very spicy though. I ordered the White truffle dosa. (I'm a truffle addict. If I see truffle on the menu, I have to order it....) Again, it was interesting, but not something that I'd want to come back for it again.

Other than the disappointing food, I thought the restaurant was a fun place to hang out. A great crowd and fun place to chat with friends and meet new people.

My Indian friends told me that the price of the food here is ridiculously high. I thought for a dinner in this kind of setting, it wasn't too bad. I had a drink, an appetizer, a dosa and a dessert. The bill was about 50 bucks.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Binche, Belgium
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Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Nice Indian place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014 via mobile

Quite trendy place. We took the menu, very tasty, not too spicy. Fresh food bio mostly. Very good wine. Nice service . A very very tasty experience.

Visited January 2014
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