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“Birthday dinner celebration, but the restaurant forgot” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of DOSA on Fillmore

DOSA on Fillmore
Ranked #87 of 5,626 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $60
Cuisines: Indian, Healthy
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Pacific Heights
Cross street: Post Street
Transit: Fillmore - 22 Sutter - 2, 3, 4 Geary - 38, 38L
Los Angeles, California
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Birthday dinner celebration, but the restaurant forgot”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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140 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere and bar to hang out. Dinner was okay.”
3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Binche, Belgium
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97 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Nice Indian place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 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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San Francisco, California, USA
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Classy Indian cuisine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

You know it's good Indian food when you notice that lots of the patrons are actualy Indian. Not too pricey, and the spacious high-ceilinged room is lovely. It's location is very handy for the Kabuki Sundance cinema right across the street.

Visited January 2014
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Herzliya, Israel
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Unique Indian food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

The Dosa on Fillmore is a great place to spend the evening.
The atmosphere is very special with young vibes (we are not that young but felt good inside).
Our waiter was great, the food is very unique and you won't find a similar taste anywhere.
The food is served in a beautiful aesthetic way and the food flavors are strong and tasty.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Yael A
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