About Ashoka Indian Cuisine

2034 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Ashoka is a small privately-owned restaurant which takes great pride in bringing the greatest measure of pleasure and satisfaction to our customers. We strive to provide you with personal and attentive service in a quiet and romantic atmosphere.

When you dine at Ashoka Restaurant you will enjoy some of the finest Indian food in the Bay Area. We offer a broad selection of the best and most popular Indian food from around the vast and varied country of India. All our food is prepared using the freshest and most authentic ingredients, cooked on the premises to meet your specific requests and to satisfy the most discriminating of tastes.

All our dishes are prepared by our fine chef who has a natural flair for subtly blending a variety of exotic spices to create unique flavors and mouth-watering dishes. Our menu emphasizes some of the best recipes derived from royal households, not from commercial kitchens.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Indian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm -10:00pm; Lunch and Dinner: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Fillmore St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 567-8124

Website:
http://ashokasf.com/

Catering:
we provide catering upto 250 guests

Additional:
Beer, Delivery, Happy Hour, High Tea, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Ashoka Indian Cuisine Ratings and Reviews

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4

service

4

ambience

3

noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best indian dinner I've ever had

Dined on April 8, 2016

Had a wonderful dining experience yesterday at this great little place. My friend likes spicy food and was very happy with how hot his dish was and I on the other hand do not like spicy food at all, flavor yes, but hot and spicy, no. I didn't even order from the menu, I just told our server Maria I wanted something vegetarian and not spicy and she brought me the best Indian dinner I've ever had. I can't recommend this restaurant enough, 5 stars.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service4

Delicious food. We returned for the buff ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

Delicious food. We returned for the buffet the next day

food3
ambience1
service1

Food was fine but the server was very aw ...

Dined on January 6, 2016

Food was fine but the server was very awkward and made a lot of excuses for the slowness. Turns out the server was also the cook. The decor is also outdated and cramped.

food5
ambience4
service4

Excellent place for Indian food. Family ...

Dined on December 26, 2015

Excellent place for Indian food. Family owned and operated they take care of you as they do their own.

food5
ambience4
service1

Unreliable

vip
Dined on July 9, 2015

We love the food at this Indian gem. Simply some of the best in the City. Eggplant is the best ever. But if the chef doesn't appear, and the staff cannot even pour a beer alone, what's the point? I suggest you call the restaurant before starting out, and verify they are open and cooking.

food1
ambience1
service1

The OWNERSHIP are no-shows

vip
Dined on June 26, 2015

As other reviewers have noticed, we arrived for a reservation at 6:15 to find the restaurant shut tight. We wandered up and down the block a couple of times to see if maybe they would simply be late but they still weren't there, so we gave up and went elsewhere

food5
ambience4
service5

Friendly neighborhood Indian food

Dined on February 6, 2015

Was a tasty dinner for 3 with helpful friendly family members waiting on us.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service3

Simple restaurant with very excellent food.

vip
Dined on January 5, 2015

We were looking for a Indian restaurant close to where we happened to be coming back from the Presidio. When we arrived there was no hostess so we seated ourselves instead of leaving. Glad we stayed. The place is very quaint but the food was great. It is a place we would go back to again. That's the best praise is that we would go there again.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food1
ambience1
service1

Place wasn't even open!

Dined on July 18, 2014

What kind of place takes reservations and is not even open?! We walked down to the restaurant and it was locked up and no one was there. It was 6:30 PM on a Thursday. They wasted our time so I'll never go back.

food3
ambience2
service1

Poor service, good food.

Dined on February 13, 2014

I don´t usually rate places, but I don´t know what happened in this place. The food was ok, but the service was too bad. It´s a pity because the local looks good.

food5
ambience4
service5

Charming with excellent food

Dined on April 13, 2013

It's a tiny restaurant with great charm. Very nice lighting, high ceilings, only small tables( that's great) and a little kitchy bar, which we didn't mind at all. Everything from service, to ambiance, to food and price was fabolous. We were surprised that this little gem was almost empty, which didn't bother us at all either. Therefore, we were able to have a nice conversation and didn't have to scream, as it is sometimes in other restaurants.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

We'll be back!

Dined on April 7, 2013

A nice small place, the food was excellent and service was fast and friendly.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience2
service4

Our food was surprisingly

Dined on March 30, 2013

Our food was surprisingly well-seasoned given that the restaurant is tiny and doesn't look like anything much from the street. Not your ordinary Indian takeaway joint but you'd never know it.

food5
ambience3
service5

Very small but high quality

vip
Dined on March 17, 2013

Very small but high quality food. Owner was very helpful, good recommendations and fast service!

Tags: neighborhood gem
food1
ambience1
service1

We went on time to our reservation,

vip
Dined on January 11, 2013

We went on time to our reservation, but the restaurant was close. No one answer the phone number listed.

food5
ambience3
service5

This is perhaps the best Indian

vip
Dined on November 7, 2012

This is perhaps the best Indian food we have had in San Francisco. For my taste a bit spicier would be preferred, but it was certainly spicy. The eggplant was the best, although the lamb sauce was just wonderful.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service3

We were the only party eating

Dined on March 3, 2012

We were the only party eating there for lunch on a sunny Saturday. The owner (who is also the chef?) was friendly. We had the goat curry and the Chicken Tikka Masala and the Tandoori chicken. The plates are small for the price and, although I guess the area is more expensive in general, 3 pieces of thigh meat does not equal 1/2 chicken which is how the Tandoori chicken was described. The curries were delicious, not the flavors I expected, but also not spicy at all. Naan was great, but $2.50 for 1 piece?? Overall, can't fault the food but I'll still go elsewhere next time.

food5
ambience4
service5

We shared dishes, Palak Paneer,

Dined on December 19, 2011

We shared dishes, Palak Paneer, creamed spinach Indian style and Champ Tazadar, grilled lamb chops with fabulous seasoning and of course we could not pass up the Garlic Naan. A great meal before going to the Palace of Fine Arts for a concert. And they deliver and offer a discount for take out pick up. If I lived in the Marina District I would on it. Very good dining experience.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food1
ambience1
service1

a real disappointment, my

Dined on December 2, 2011

a real disappointment, my husband chose this restaurant for his birthday dinner because we greatly respect the historical figure, the emperor Ashoka, and every aspect of this restaurant was ordinary or sub-par.nlog even cheap and cheerful

food3
ambience3
service1

Not the most memorable Thanksgiving

Dined on November 25, 2011

Not the most memorable Thanksgiving dinner ever, but I love Indian food, so I looked forward to the new experience. We ordered samosas for starters, and I thought they were terrific, but my partner was middling. On a whim, we ordered two different paneer dishes (palak and masala), but had trouble finding the paneer in the spinach. The naan was probably the weakest part of the meal (food-wise). Both the regular and garlic naan were dry and bland. The chicken tikka masala was very nice with lots of tender chicken pieces and plenty of masala. By far the worst part of our experience was the service. Even though there weren't many patrons, our waiter spent most of his time either on his phone, or preparing to-go orders.

food5
ambience4
service5

For the authentic Indian cuisine

vip
Dined on September 30, 2011

For the authentic Indian cuisine connoisseur. Every dish absolutely delicious. The chicken tikka masala is other-worldly. Best Indian food in SF.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem

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