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Ajanta Distinctive Indian Cuisine

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1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707-2309 (The Alameda)
(510) 526-4373
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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San Francisco
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food is of high quality and brought to the table looking appetizing. They take care to please their customers and it shows in the meals they serve. The background Indian style music and decoration makes this a pleasant dining experience. It's a small restaurant, but can be cozy. Parking is almost non-existent, but can be found if you take... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Summary - we were not made to feel welcome, despite making a reservation. Food tasted good (visually not inspiring enough to take photos of), waiters were nice and the service was fast. Price average. We make a reservation for 6:30. We were put on the worst table, beside the host station and take out bags put behind us on the... More 

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Long Beach, California
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70 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kudos to Ajanta for featuring Indian food from different region of this huge and complex nation with millennia old traditions and cuisines. The best way to enjoy this restaurant is to go with 9 other friends and orderings broadly from the menu. The dishes are noted by their regions of origins and would probably take a native to verify how... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

I eat at Indian restaurants at least once a month. The service and decor were good, food was nothing more then average. Chicken tikka was fine, nothing special. Flavor was average. We had lamb with even less flavor, watered down. Had the soup and sent it back, flavored water. If you think this place is exceptional then you need to... More 

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Otavalo, Ecuador
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

My friend and I were looking for decent meal on Solano in Berkeley, and were really not expecting any sort of "dining experience." But once we walked into Ajanta, definitely dressed down in jeans, we were delighted by everything, including the absolute lovely room, which was pleasantly quiet for a full house, helpful and friendly service, and of course, we... More 

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El Cerrito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016

The food at Ajanta is delicious. Many dishes are always available, but they change some dishes with the seasons. As you would expect at an Indian restaurant, they have a number of vegetarian options. The service is usually good, but the last time we were there it was outstanding. They were very gracious when one of us was delayed by... More 

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Reston, VA, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

We took a host to Ajanta, because she said it was the best restaurant in town, and she being local, we went along with her selection. She mentioned that the decor seems to have changed and we explained to her the significance of the ancient paintings. Undoubtedly it is a fine dining place. For lunch they have "specials" but not... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

its one of the best restaurant in the san francisco bay area, have tasted their changing menu every month , u never get fed up visiting this place because theirs something new every month

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

We adore Ajanta. When we lived in the Bay Area, we would eat there several times a month. I love how the menu changes monthly and offers such a wide array of dishes from the many regions of India. Everything is excellent and freshly prepared, with lots of flavorful but not necessarily hot spices (although they can definitely ramp up... More 

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Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

We were greeted by a surly, male host who seemed both surprised and bothered we had turned up for our 7pm reservation. The ambiance is lacking despite its location and exterior appearance which offered hope. Our server was kind, friendly, and attentive. However, I did ask for an 8 out of 10 on a genuine spice/heat level. I assured the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Indian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707-2309
    (The Alameda)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: (510) 526-4373

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