Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


995 Valencia St. (21st St.) Send to Phone
415-642-3672 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
An exclusively Southern Indian restaurant, Dosa offers a refreshing casual dining experience.
Your Opinion
Add your own review

Local Deals: 120 * 90

Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late Fri.-Sat.

* Click here for rating key

  • 4.5 star rating
4.5 rating over 5 reviews
Dining room at Dosa, San Francisco, CA

Dosa Restaurant Review

: An exclusively Southern Indian restaurant, Dosa offers a casual dining experience that feels entirely fresh. The pumpkin-colored room crackles with an animated crowd seated on pillow-strewn wooden benches or packed in at the bar, which is built for eating. Sashay into the extensive menu with the rasam fire broth, a bright tomato-and-tamarind-based concoction that opens up the palate. Starters include a deconstructed onion pakora and a refreshing chickpea salad. Namesake dosas are large savory crêpes in a variety of guises, from crispy to spongy, with stuffings such as creamy aloo masala of potato, onion and cashew. Diners tear off sections of the dosa and dunk it into sambar, a traditional lentil dip with vegetables and spices, and then into one of the trio of chutneys. The menu is vegetarian-friendly, but the meat dishes offered --- lamb curry, chennai chicken and so forth --- deserve special attention. Desserts include the rasmalai: soothing sweet cheese patties in cream and cardamom. Mango lassis drink like creamsicles and are desserts in themselves. The well-chosen wines (some Indian) and beers partner nicely with the spice-laden menu, as do refreshing cocktails like the Kharbooza, mixed with house-made gin.

User Ratings & Reviews for Dosa
San Francisco Top 10 Restaurant Lists

Discover the top restaurants in the San Francisco/Bay Area for various cuisines and categories like sushi, steakhouses, happy hours, romantic dining and even gourmet food trucks. Find the best restaurants in SF here!

Discover the best restaurants in San Francisco for sushi, steak, a romantic night out and more


Check out the 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Rising Chefs and more.