1700 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411537.785286 -122.433011
Neighborhoods: Lower Pacific Heights, Lower Pacific Heights (Fillmore), Central North
Elegant, upscale, yet still affordable South Indian cuisine in a dining reminiscent of London, Dosa on Fillmore offers "the whole package" with an Indian-influenced cocktail menu, house gin, elevated tasting menus and dishes like South Indian seafood cioppino alongside traditional dosas and uttapam.
Adore the food here, full of Southern Indian flavor and freshness. Can't miss the seasonal dosa, pav bhaji (the best bar snack), and pani puri for brunch (and the uttapam with egg). Great for groups, vegetarians.
Soaring ceilings, fantastic cocktails & refined south Indian cuisine make this spot ideal for brunch, pre-movie drinks or dinner. Tres chic.
I'm in LOVE with Dosa! – I was on a pre-graduation trip with some classmates in gorgeous SF when we came upon Dosa. We were originally planning on heading down Fillmore to check out some jazz clubs when we caught word that Dosa served up some good Indian foods...and let me tell you...IT WAS AMAZING.
We got in with a party of 12 without a reservation, which was incredible for Memorial weekend, and our server was so patient with our group. The dishes were so good - fresh - flavorful - and definitely pleasing to even those that had never before experienced Indian food, I'M CRAVING IT RIGHT NOW! :)
DOSA IS HORRIBLE! The food is totally OVERPRICED and OVERRATED! The staff is not seasoned and experienced, and the restaurant is way too noisy.
And whatever you do, DON'T EVER host a dinner party there. They have NO IDEA what they're doing. My dinner party was unbelievably EMBARRASSING! It was SO humiliating to arrange and bring a large group into the restaurant only to have Dosa fail me on every level.
The food was horrible that night (slapped onto big plates with no garnishes and POOR taste), portions were tiny (i.e. not enough food for the # of people), the main chef wasn't there, they had no idea what they were doing, there was NO extra effort made for our huge group, and they forced us to leave our tables before our party was over to accommodate another reservation.
My guests left hungry (couldn't eat the TERRIBLE food but didn't want to embarrass me further by complaining - although they all spoke out the next day and will be posting reviews themselves). I complained that night and the next day, but they still charged over $3K for this dinner (however, this is not over). It was a complete waste of money and a TOTAL DISASTER!!!!!!!!!!
AVOID DOSA! DON'T PAY for BAD food and a horrible experience!
They fed me a bunch of baloney that they'd fix the situation, but they're trying to slime their way out of honoring their promises which is disgraceful.
There are too many other great restaurants in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Dosa doesn't deserve the patronage.
Unique Indian cuisine – I went to Dosa on Valentine's Day. We were able to get a table after about a 20 minutes without a reservation, which was awesome. The bar area is pretty spacious, so we had a cocktail during our wait. The mojito was delish! The food was really yummy and the service was efficient and friendly. We ordered appetizers, dinner and dessert and it was all timed very well. The decor of the restaurant is really gorgeous. I will definitely be going back!
Great Food and Good Ambience – I read the other 3 reviews and found it contrary to my experience. Hence, I am writing this review. I usually dont take the time to write up restaurants but am puzzled as to the complaints about this place.
I have gone here twice and both times the hostesses and manager made my accomodations timely and fairly. It is a very chaotic and busy restaurant and they try to do their best.
I think that if diners want a less social and overcrowded place to eat...this is not the place...I personally like the vibe and energy for a 1st date or any date as it adds to the experience...
The attitude stinks, but the food is good – I will not go to Dosa anymore. The food is good but the attitude of the hostesses and manager is horrendous. Twice I have gone here with a group of women and twice we were given terrible seats and attitude. This most recent occasion, we were told we could have a lounge table and were walking over to our seats when another group sat down before us. The manager, was completely rude and didn't apologize to our group nor did she offer to make amends in any way for her behavior.
DO NOT ORDER WINE BY THE GLASS - CRAZY SMALL POURS – Yes the food is great, though the raita is way over priced for the quality and amount served. Definitely try the fried dough, Bhatura. But my real issue is their wines by the glass. DO NOT order wine by the glass from Dosa under any circumstances. They have the smallest pours of any restaurant I have ever eaten at in my entire life. All 3 of the glasses of wine my dinner party ordered last night were ridiculously tiny. Maybe 4 oz at best. For an $8 to $12 glass of wine, that's just plan disrespectful of your customers and honestly, despite the wonderful draw of their food, makes me not want to return. I don't think a restaurant that can't find it's way to pouring a decent size glass of wine, given how much money they already make off wine and spirits markups, deserves my business no matter how fabulous the food. Shame on you Dosa!
Mission's South Indian sweetheart gets an eco-friendly second location with the addition of this airy Lower Pac Heights restaurant serving up dosas, uttapams and curries along with spice-based cocktai – If the original Dosa succeeded despite its ambition--name another bustling upscale SF restaurant that serves almost no meat, and no cocktails--this second location's success is equally impressive. The soaring, collonaded space is framed by floor-to-ceiling windows and entered via a portico, while steel fabric hangings, and a bar inlaid with mother-of-pearl, glass and mirror shards provide twinkle. The vegetarian glitterati won't be dissappointed, but neither will the blood-thirsty; in addition to the dosas, uttapams and curries that made the first Dosa famous, Dosa II offers a many more fish and meat dishes native to the South Indian States Andrha, Padesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Goa (the Kerala fish is absurdly good). As much of the meat and produce as possible is sourced from local, organic farms, and though it's difficult to taste the difference between organic, free-range chicken and industrial cage-bird under the exotic spices, it's nice to know it's there. The wine list also leans toward the local/organic/biodynamic, while the mostly gin-based "spice-driven" cocktails (meant to both cool the palette and mirror the flavors of the cuisine) range from strange to phenomenal to characteristically ambitious.
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