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Reviewed 15 November 2019

We have eaten here many times and it is consistently excellent. I can particularly recommend the tandoori lamb chops and the spinach dishes. They make an excellent mango lassi.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 3 August 2019

Ajanta used to be one of the best Indian restaurants in the Bay Area, but the the food is no longer as flavorful since it was sold a few years ago.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 July 2019 via mobile

GREAT food! Service was wonderful, too, and I loved the decoupaged ceiling and columns. Staff was very knowledgeable about vegan options.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 24 May 2019 via mobile

We had an excellent meal at this restaurant while in Berkeley for my daughters graduation. I love Indian food and thought that the dishes we got were great. The scallop appetizer was particularly good.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 10 May 2019 via mobile

Ajanta is a gift to savor again and again. I dine here every month or so and am never disappointed. There are always rotating specials from different regions of India. A friend and I had the goat curry. It was the tenderest goat I've ever...eaten! The food is organic and locally sourced, when possible. Service is good and the room is comfortable, and one can have a conversation without screaming.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 10 February 2019

Ajanta is a restaurant for all of us who love authentic Indian food. They have a huge variety of choices and we can order them a la carte or as the main dish of a dinner. I always order the dinner. I recommend making reservations--Ajanta...is not a secret. I once saw Alice Waters there, the beloved owner and world famous chef of Chez Panisse, which is not far from Ajanta. I'm drooling as I write this review and think about the many dinners I've had there over many years. I highly recommend their lamb chops! And my vegetarian friends have many veggie favorites. You won't be sorry you went there! They even have scrumptious Indian desserts!!More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 25 December 2018

My wife and I have been eating at Ajanta for 15 years, always with great results. Management changed a year or so ago but the former owner kept an eye on things. He and his wife have now backed out complementary and the results are...disappointing. Once delightful full dinners have been stripped of their savory rice and veggie inclusions and replaced by a glop of white rice and a pathetic green leaf salad. The spice level has been juiced up to a level where it's all but impossible to taste what used to be nuanced combinations of intriguing tastes. Service is perfunctory and mechanical. Last night's meal was particularly disappointing and for long time clients, or for potential newcomers, think twice about going.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 22 November 2018

Ajanta is somewhat typical of a number of Indian restaurants that populate the Berkeley and the local environs. What sets it aside is the feeling of comfort upon entering; a feeling that you have been invited to an extended family dinner. Like most settings of...that nature, it is not perfect, but certainly the positives outweigh the negatives. Very mixed crowd this Saturday evening, reflective of Berkeley, with a warm welcome provided to all patrons. Very varied menu, of which all four of us had a separate main course. Each dish, after a somewhat long wait, proved to be delicious. We shared 2 appetizers, and in the end, two desserts. A delightful meal overall.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 9 November 2018

Went for lunch. It was my first visit. Ate alone so my sample size is small. BUT, I went with a cubed lamb dish. And if an Indian place can't make lamb taste right, they probably can't do much else. Well this place was delicious....The lamb was stewed to tenderness (often a failure point), the flavor was rich, nearly bold, and the medium spice level was perfect -- on the cusp of HOT. The spice was also flavorful, it did not just pack heat. Dish was served with something like spinach saag and rice. I am usually not a fan of creamed spinach, but again, pretty good here. This place was great, and I will be going back to try more!More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

The food is fresh, service was excellent. Staff was very attentive and the food and flavors were excellent. We will return.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 23 July 2018

We recently went to Ajanta as we have liked it in past (at least a year ago) and we were told to come in by 8:20 as they close at 9. We did and when we ordered, they brought out food in less than five...minutes. On top of that I asked for papadam three times to the waiter instead of naan as I am gluten free and they only brought naan and we never saw waiter again to ask for the papadam. The owner, manager in front who brought check was so unfriendly, just dropped check on table and when came back with credit card, again just dropped it on table. We were so disappointed to have wasted a Saturday night out to have this kind of service and although food tasted fine, five minutes to bring out is like a fast food place. Save your money!More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

A very special experience. Has never before been told that the main course comes in the middle of the appetizer. The red wine was hot. Twice we had to ask for a wine cooler. The wine was listed as 2015 but was 2017? The dining...experience is mediocre. The atmosphere was uninterestingMore

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed 30 June 2018

The food is very good with a wide selection of choices that suit your taste-- mild, medium, or hot, with a well-selected and reasonably priced wine and beer list. The service can be a little shaky when the dishes are served. Some in the party...may get their dishes while the others wait a good while for theirs; sometimes the dishes are not delivered to the right person.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

We've been coming back to Ajanta for years, and it continues to wow me with the flavors from the chutneys and well into the final courses.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

We thought it was ok. The service was good, manager kind. The place is clean and comfortable. I had a kofta lunch, and it w as like a puree of vegetables, with some Indian flavor. My husband had chicken and had the same puree as...a base. My kids had chicken wings and they were not good. We won't come back.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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