Ajanta features regional dishes from all over India, offered through a menu that changes every month. We feature organic chicken and vegetables. Where ... More
Ajanta features regional dishes from all over India, offered through a menu that changes every month. We feature organic chicken and vegetables. Where possible, we use local and sustainable products. All seafood is sustainable, obtained from Montery Fish Market. All meats are hormones and antibiotics free. Ajanta has been voted best Indian restaurant in the entire San Francisco Bay Area by Zagat Guide in 2009, 2010, 2011 and also in 2012. We were also voted best Indian in San Francisco Chronicle/ SFGate Bay List in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In addition, We have received top reviews in several publications including East Bay Express, Diablo Magazine, and Contra Costa Times. We are also included in Michelin Guide. Dinners are served in an elegant dining hall, featuring art inspired from the famous Ajanta caves in India.
One of my favorite restaurants! From the moment you walk in, with the fabulous spice aromas and the calming charm of the interior, it's an excellent experience. Service is outstanding and the food is amazing! I get the monthly newsletter and head straight over the next weekend. Also, I have to say they make some of the best wine recommendations I've ever seen in any restaurant. All tandoor dishes are outstanding and servers will help you make choices based on a balance of flavors. Delish!
The menu wanders all over India with regional specialties, standard dishes, & unique combinations. The prawn samosas were delicious & very fresh. The chicken tikka had a richer, smokier taste than the old standby. The scallop curry was a real winner with a fabulous combination of flavors. The veggie dishes we tried were also excellent, very fresh & with complex sauces. Our group of 4 ordered everything a la carte so we could share (as at more traditional Indian restaurants), & this seemed to confuse the waiters. The restaurant is small, crowded, & noisy, & even with reservations, we weren't seated for a half hour. Worth trying on a weeknight.
Try ANY dish on the menu! Everytime I have gone, I've ordered something different and I've NEVER been disappointed. Everything is so great there and the service is brilliant. Dont forget to try the Chai after dinner... it's unforgettable.
We love their emails they send out monthly to tell us what the new specials are -- they change their menu based on what's in season. You won't find another Indian restaurant as clean, healthy and with good service as Ajanta. The price is right for the Thali dinners. It's hard to say what we love the most, but to name one, we can't wait for the Tandoori Asparagus to come back!
Take it from a foodie who grew up eating the real deal - nobody does it better than Ajanta in the Bay Area. Excellent standard fare, and the menu changes every month. I haven't been disappointed with anything I've tried - and for those who've never had *real* butter chicken (or, to the purists, murg makhani) but want to know what it tastes like - try theirs.
Their desserts, while quite good in and of themselves, don't quite measure up to the standards of the entrees. The service is prompt, straightforward and courteous - basically functional service, not obsequious - which is how I like it. The tables are a little cramped, but if you're in it for the food - Ajanta can't be beat.
If you're tired of your fill of Naan & Curry and ready to achieve levels of gastronomic puberty, Ajanta is the place. Great Indian food, slighty on the pricey side, but better than sticking the same ol Chicken Tikka Masala.
The restaurant was small, but classy and wonderful. It was nice to go to a restaurant and not feel like table #(x). At least once my friends and I were greeted and asked how our night was going by all of the employees. Plus, the food was amazing!! In fact, amazing isn't quite the word, but it'll have to do for now.
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