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Ajanta Distinctive Indian Cuisine

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1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707-2309 (The Alameda)
+1 510-526-4373
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11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
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Richmond, CA
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43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have gone to Ajanta since it first opened. When Lachu Moorjani was the owner, his modest grace, culinary skills, and visual sense created an unbeatable restaurant. Now that it has changed hands, the standards have remained high. We went there last night for my birthday, as we have done a number of times before. We had an opportunity to... More 

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UK
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was here for a dinner. The menu is fairly standard, but the ingredients were thoughtfully selected, mostly organic. The flavor was intense in the way you'd expect Indian food to be. Not at all take-out run-of-the-mill flavour. I had cardamon sorbet for desert, which was fantastic. Very friendly staff and excellent food.

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Thank floatinweed
Berkeley, California
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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the best Indian restaurant in the Bay Area and one of the best restaurants in Berkeley. The food is fresh, impeccably prepared and authentic. Service is likewise impeccable, but one night a waiter was so captivated by my 2-year old granddaughter that he carried her around and introduced her to the other diners. We have been going here... More 

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Thank Robb1n419
New York City, New York
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ownership has changed, and there has been a drop-off in customers and quality, but it is still very good and the prices are unbeatable. The dining room is white table-cloth elegant, service is gracious and attentive without being intrusive and the menu is expansive. Lunch is a great value! I usually get the lunch special, which gives you a plate... More 

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Thank Linda Y
Okemos, Michigan
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70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Went two nights ago and had a variety of dishes including a cold chicken appetizer that was very tasty (would be too pungent for a main course) and a plate of four scallops that were fresh and perfectly cooked and spiced. We also tried a vegetarian dish of spiced lentils that was super, but more of an accompaniment than its... More 

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Thank Peter B
California
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245 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Ajanta is our favorite Berkeley Indian restaurant, our go-to place for special occasions and whenever we have a hankering for Indian food. The tandoori lamb chops and tandoori fish are our favorite dishes among many other delicious offerings such as green curry fish, mangalore chicken curry, saag (spinach), and eggplant. We recently tried Ajanta's tasting menu which changes monthly. A... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Legitimate indian food and place, great experience. The food blew my mind, so many flavors very well combined. Great for vegetarians, so many good options. The waiters are attentive and friendly too. I'd come back every time I'm in Berkeley.

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Thank Lucas M
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182 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

went with my wife as we looked for fine Indian food and in "TripAdvisor" we found recommendations. actually it was better than the 4.5 stars in the site and I gave it a 5 stars. the food was very good, the service better than usual in lunch restaurants. the spicy (mid range) was really spicy but still enjoyable - very... More 

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Thank Shaikidon
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126 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Nice location. Went for dinner. Indian waiters good ambience but not do good food as read. Taste of food is below average.

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Thank Pawan G
Concord, California
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184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We ate here recently with friends from England, and everything was terrific. Our guests went for the meat dishes, the Goa Lamb Curry and the Pork Vindaloo. We also had the Baadal Jaam and Navrattan Korma, plus a couple of appetizers. We shared a Mango Sorbet for dessert. Excellent service throughout. Lots of discussion about levels of spiciness. The food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Indian, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707-2309
    (The Alameda)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-526-4373

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?