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Ajanta Distinctive Indian Cuisine

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1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707 (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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The best Indian food I've had in Berkeley

I enjoyed the food here and found it to be more sophisticated than the many Indian restaurants in Berkeley. The service was a bit slow and impersonal but the meal was great,

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
VAnne510
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Berkeley, California
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Berkeley, California
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I enjoyed the food here and found it to be more sophisticated than the many Indian restaurants in Berkeley. The service was a bit slow and impersonal but the meal was great,

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San Francisco
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71 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been going to Ajanta for over a decade. The food is excellent and the surroundings (and prices) are more upscale than your typical curry house. When we go there, I know that we'll have a terrific, filling meal. The two things I would ding Ajanta for are 1) regardless of the degree of heat that you request, your meal... More 

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Thank Member3
Reston, VA
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276 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No doubt, the food at Ajanta is good, really good, and the prices are great. But it's just too darn busy. The tables are packed together, every one full. The food comes quickly, hot and prepared as requested. Unfortunately, the crowd and quick service makes it feel like one needs rush out to let the folks waiting have a table.... More 

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Thank goety911
Berkeley, California
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91 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's a revolving menu along with old standards, and a real effort to present Indian cuisine in a world class way. Tasty food and friendly service, definitely on the upscale side of things without being too stuffy.

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Thank Harold D
Belo Horizonte, MG
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91 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staying in Berkeley for few days we were referred to the Ajanta as the best Indian restaurant in town. The food has not disappointed, delicious with a well balanced spice. But something was missing. After the dinner my wife realized it. Nobody smiled. From the receptionist to the waiters they were all very serious men. A smile to the customer... More 

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Thank Resende99
Folsom, California
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51 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

This restaurant would have received at least a rating of 4 had it not been for the other factors. Firstly, let me begin by saying that the food is quite good and tasty. The service is also equally friendly and courteous. They do have some interesting items such as Chingari Murg. However; this restaurant is stuffy, especially when it is... More 

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Thank Jim S
Los Altos, California
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We had late lunch in Ajanta on a Friday, so the restaurant was quite empty. We were six, so got a good sampling of the dishes, and most of them were superb. Distinctive tastes and spices. Dishes come with rice and one of two vegetarian sides: chickpeas or spinach (palak). The spinach was surprisingly very very tasty (even though i'm... More 

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Thank G C
Sebastopol, California
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99 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

There were three of us for lunch and we had three different entrees and starters. Everything was excellent, especially the mint sauce with the Samosas. The Mango Lasse was one of the best I have ever had. Service was attentive and very nice.

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Thank pawilkinson1
Berkeley, California
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146 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Three of us had dinner here on a Thursday evening at 6:30, and the restaurant was almost full at the time, and was completely full shortly thereafter. Reservations therefore are strongly advised. One friend had her usual favorite, Tandoori Chicken Tikka, another had the vegan meal and I had lamb chops, and all of these dishes were excellent. The main... More 

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Thank BerkeleyJohn
Dublin, California
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151 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

My 1st time at Ajanta and the food was good. I'm not use to single plate serving at Indian restaurants but for lunch this is what they do and I liked it. That way I knew what I was getting was mine. The portion is good, the flavor is great. Watch the heat you ask for. I love hot food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
    (The Alameda)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: (510) 526-4373

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?