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Ajanta Distinctive Indian Cuisine

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$$ - $$$
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1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707-2309 (The Alameda)
(510) 526-4373
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Concord, California
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252 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We ate here recently with friends from England, and everything was terrific. Our guests went for the meat dishes, the Goa Lamb Curry and the Pork Vindaloo. We also had the Baadal Jaam and Navrattan Korma, plus a couple of appetizers. We shared a Mango Sorbet for dessert. Excellent service throughout. Lots of discussion about levels of spiciness. The food... More 

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Nutley, NJ
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was some of the best Indian food we have had. Great spices in the dishes. We ordered medium, we like spicy food, and it was a little on the hot side, so if you don't like it too hot order mild. Great naan, light and fluffy. Very nice staff.

Thank illerrep
San Francisco
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69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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122 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 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 

Thank J20ELA111
Long Beach, California
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84 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

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 

Thank cary263
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Jonathan G
Otavalo, Ecuador
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131 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank pachamamacita
El Cerrito, California
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Travelwealthynwise
San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?