995 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411037.757115 -122.421144
Sunday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:30 PM To 11:00 PM Saturday To Sunday From 11:30 AM To 03:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Castro, Central
Good Food, Incredibly Lousy Service – Though other patrons were served dishes in a timely manner, we slowly starved at the bar. Nary a waitperson or bartender bothered to check on whether we wanted another drink or more lentil wafers. Twenty minutes later, our appetizers arrived. We sat for another thirty minutes waiting for our main course. Finally, a bartender approached us and asked if we wanted anything else, to which we replied that we would like the food we ordered, and asked if we could have some lentil wafers while we waited. He said that we would have to pay for another basket if we wanted more. After forgetting our food order, I think you could comp us a basket of lentil wafers! Suffice it to say, though the food (when it finally arrived) was good, we will neither return to Dosa, nor recommend this restaurant to any of our friends.
User review by deshazo – The food is amazing and like nothing you have ever had, unless you are from South India. Service is amazing and friendly.
Indian Food - great setting – The paneer dosa - a must try. My family loved the Chennai chicken - crispy and tender with the right amount of spices and flavor. Discovered it on our trip to San Fransico. Thanks guys for the great experience of having South Indian food in a chic setting, good choice of music and waitresses who made great recommendations. Will definately visit it on our next trip to SF.
Hot Hot Hot! This Dosa is way cool... – For this white boy from upstate NY nothing could be further from my experience than authentic south Indian cuisine, however that's one of the reasons I moved to San Francisco.
My friends invited us out to Dosa for shot of cultural exploration and the whole affair was the perfect blend of cool drinks, spicy food and gorgeous atmosphere. try the soju cocktails, I love the Chai Russian!
Surprisingly Magnificent – Being of Caucasian decent, I have been called "Meat & Potatoes" in the past. Generally my favorite foods are steaks, pasta, pizza, etc... I was surprised at how magnificent the food was at Dosa. An amazing range of tastes and dishes that was delightful for a person who doesn't venture outside of his comfort zone very much.
The lamb curry and the numerous types of chutney were my favorites. While dining we met both the owners and they were delightful people (as well as the rest of their staff).
Great experience, Try it!!
Finally, a place I can call my own! – Yes!!!! Having grown up as an American in New York City in a family of South Indian immigrants Ive finally found a place I can call my own. The food is about as close as it gets to the dishes Ive had at home and on my visits to South India. And the hip atmosphere and decor resonated with my sensibilities as a first-generation American. The dosas (their signature dish) and the sambar, which is an essential accompaniment, were definitely one the best Ive ever hadeither here or in India. One of our friends had the Tamil lamb curry, which they said was outstanding. My personal non-veg favorite was the pepper chicken which had a complex blend of spices including crushed bits of peppercorn, the sweetness from the caramelized onions with perfectly-seasoned-fall-of-the-bone chicken. Heres a place Ill definitely go back to over and over again with my Indianand American friends.
Delicious South Indian Cusine - very unique – Loved the food. I'd never had south Indian cusine or dosa's for that matter. I can't remember the names of the dishes, but my favorite was the lamb curry, dosa's with the chick peas, dosa's with the cheese, and the sampler dosas. The only problem is the tables are too small for the large plates and bowls. They should stagger the dishes out so there is room to be able to eat. We felt rushed to finish a dish to make room. The portions are great for 4 people to share.
AWESOME! – My friends and I had the best time! we didn't make reservations but the receptionist was extremely helpful and the food was amazing and the price was reasonable. Must try the Rasmalai and all of the dosas... yummy!
FINALLY – For someone who loves dosas, I've either waited an eternity or didn't know where to look, but at last, a South Indian restaurant. As a reputed "restaurant town," this city didn't have much to offer to a New Yorker, but as it seems, is making baby steps.
Best service I've ever experienced west of Chicago. We waited 50 minutes but got free drinks for it. By the time we sat down, the food came like lightning, and our waitress was as hospitable as our hosts and the bartender. The food is on the spicy side, be forewarned if you have a sensitive palette. But oh so good.
when good potatoes die, they go to heaven – this newcomer is one to watch. as a huge potato fan, i am so impressed. i've never seen my favorite starch served up so deliciously with an incredible blend of mystery spices. also, we were afraid we'd be rushed through our meal as at most restaurants, but they let us sit for hours and hours. we practically moved in! we didn't have room for dessert thanks to the dosas (like a quesadilla stuffed with potatoes), but the wonderfully sweet and sticky rieslings took care of that need. and they were super well matched with the cuisine. we'll be back!
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