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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
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
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17:30 - 21:00
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richmond, california
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42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

Regional Indian cooking in a very pleasant setting is what sets Ajanta apart. Moderate prices and good service also contribute to the successful formula. You can actually have a conversation here ...... and the food is worth talking about. You can ask for a particular level of heat when you order. They're pretty busy so reservations are not a bad... More 

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Milan, Italy
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103 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

We truly expected more after having read other Tripadvisor evaluations. The restaurant in itself is quite nice and the service very polite, but let's face it, when you go out for a curry you want the taste of good indian cuisine, and I'm afraid Ajanta just doesn't deliver. We ordered a chicken tikka and a lamb korma, both served with... More 

Thank JonWood68
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30 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013 via mobile

Food was pleasantly flavored but nothing special. We were a party of 4 and each rred a dish to share. The chicken dish was great with a cilantro sauce, but the lamb curry was bland. The lamb kebabs were overcooked and the fish just so-so. Service was disappointing. Never did get an ice cube in my water and the temp... More 

Thank Zonie98
Buffalo, New York
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156 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

If you're looking for high-end Indian food in Berkeley, this is the place. The decor is attractive, service good, restaurant is spotlessly clean. Service was polite, although we had the sense that plates were cleared too quickly. Of course, you go to a restaurant for the food. The food at Ajanta is outstanding. The menu is extensive, including many Punjabi... More 

Thank Herman M
Saint Louis, Missouri
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150 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

We stopped at Ajanta while visiting Berkeley based on its excellent reviews and a hankering for Indian cuisine. While the menu certainly contains some inventive menu selections, the service and even the much-vaunted food did not dazzle. The original eggplant dish (as part of reasonably priced lunch specials including choice of appetizer, main, and a dessert - with some rice... More 

Thank Brain_bleed_md
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

we've been to this place a number of times. And it just keeps getting better. On the most recent visit, we got the chefs tasting menu, veg option. Amazing meal. The service is just fine, esp'ly if you consider the norm of service in indian restaurants. They take your order in a reasonably timely fashion, keep the water filled, bring... More 

Thank colorado-lee
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75 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

Visiting Berkeley for a short while, I went to Ajanta for a Sunday lunch, and took a deep breath as we entered the beautiful dining room, filled with fabulous fragrant hints of the kitchen. The walls have very interesting paintings and the lighting is modern with an Indian touch. I was so hungry I couldn't think and just ordered one... More 

Thank MarylandMreed
New York City, New York
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256 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2013

Ajanta is a very popular local restaurant- "everyone" loves it. They have an interesting menu.....however, I thought the food and service was just average. I asked for my chicken to be prepared "moderately spicy" and it was rather bland. The waiter had a bit of difficulty understanding our order and, as a result, prepared one incorrect entree. We had to... More 

Thank elaine212
San Rafael, California
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631 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013

My wife and I have been going to Ajanta for years. The food and service here are top notch. After finally traveling to South India in 2010, I can now see how much more authentic Ajanta's food is then the normal Indian restaurant. They have monthly specials that we always try and their standards are fantastic. I especially like their... More 

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Berkeley, California
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013

I frequent Ajanta about once each month, as they have monthly new specials. The owner scours India for new and interesting recipes that can be prepared with ingredients available in California. These always are very interesting and some are as delicious as any Indian food I have ever eaten. This is not the place to go for lots of steam... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
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?