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
Great Place!! – When I go out to eat, I expect to pay a lot for my meal. I also expect to get a lot of food for that money. I'm a bit of a foodie and only want the best. Well, this place did deliver a great meal that I really enjoyed, only the portion was so small that I left feeling hungry still. The price wasn't worth the meal. However, the ambiance is very nice.
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.
amazing food – The food here is absolutely amazing and everyone should try this place atleast once... i'm sure you'll want to come back.
I've heard that there can be a wait, but I went on a Wednesday around 8 and I did not have to wait at all.
The staff are really friendly and the service is quick.
A delicious dinner – I loved dinner at Dosa last night! The food is really interesting and delicious. I had the persimmon salad, which was excellent if a bit small, and the Chana Masala dosa. The dosa was large enough to make up for the salad, and the chutneys to slather on it were delicious and just spicy enough to make it fun. Service was very attentive and friendly too. However, the music was turned up a bit too loud around 8:00 PM, and I could hardly hear my dinner date. Still, I would go back in a heartbeat.
Sodium overdose – We were there Saturday evening for dinner. The place was packed. We were happy to find a parking space nearby as we had been told that this is the place for good dosa. Needless to say, we were in for utmost disappointment. The Spring Masala was a form of taco wrapped with little vegetable inside and practically was very soggy. This came with masala (ground cashew nuts) and tomato & fresh coconut chutney and sambar (lentil dipping soup). The chutney is so salty & spicy that we could hardly discern any other flavor. The same goes for the sambar. The Paper Masala is a large crepe that was served rolled up on a plate with a small bowl of creamy spiced potatoes, masala, and chutney. The crepe is fairly crispy, but it is also salty as well as the creamy spiced potatoes. We can not understand how this restaurant gets such good review. Is this the one time that the cook heavy-handed with the salt or is this the normal practice? The amount of sodium in these dishes is a thousand times more than daily recommended amount for healthy eating.
Great spot on Fillmore – Recently went to the new location on Fillmore St and I can't say enough great things about this place. Personally, I don't love traditional Indian food. But, Dosa is anything but traditional! Everything we ordered had the most amazing fusion of flavors! My favorite was the persimmon salad!!! My husband and I grabbed a seat at the bar on a busy Sat night...the service was amazing and so were the cocktails. Absolutely gorgeous interior that looks like something out of a Baliwood film. Can't wait to head back with friends!
Beautiful Space, Delicious Food & Superior Service – We stopped by late on a Sunday night and were delighted by the food, service and surroundings. The prawn masala with coconut rice0, chicken appetizer & paper dosa were all amazing! We'll be back next time we're in town!
Test passed: Authentic tasting South Indian food! – Went to Dosa with my lovely friend from Kerala and her 11 year old daughter who grew up in India, and both had just returned from a visit back home and were homesick. Impressing them with authentic South Indian Cusine is a tall order but I took the plunge! They were very happy with the fair, and quite impressed with the authentic taste. They concede that is a slight Western twist to the dishes, but they welcomed it. Recommend the Chennai chicken, and th Masala dosas.
Great SOUTH Indian food – I frequent a large number of restaurants in the city, enjoying the diversity of flavors available in this small menagerie of food and cultures. There is a long wait, yes and it can take a bit to get your food, but a lot of the reviews before mine seem to give a sour image to this restaurant. Comparing the prices to what you would pay in India is just ridiculous, two different lifestyles. Yes it's indian food but this is still America, so keep in mind the prices will reflect as much. There is a massive amount of diversity in the tastes, ordering several dishes is recommended so you can get as many tastes as possible. Do yourself a favor and go check it out for yourself. Just go early, the wait can get you.
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