Venus solano

1889 Solano Ave, Berkeley
(510) 679-5135

Recent Reviews

Will W.

Wasn't friendly lack warmth and personality.. we left after 3mins Places looked close we was the only guest which seem wire being Saturday..

Sorayya Carr

Both the brunches ("American eclectic") and the Indian foods are delicious. I love the fresh hot naan. For breakfast I especially recommend the challah French toast (get it with the berries!), the lemon-ricotta pancakes for a really rich indulgence, and the farmer's omelette, which is chock-full of vegetables and easily makes two meals. The Indian brunch plate is an interesting and tasty option if you're looking for something really different for breakfast. They have just started serving very reasonably priced delicious lunch specials including a rice plate, a naan wrap, and a naan pizza. The interior is being reorganized during the pandemic to-go-only period, and it looks like the buffet table isn't coming back. Please bring it back, you guys! I loved that buffet!! The owner, Deepak, manager Jaggi (sorry if I'm misspelling the name), and the other staff members are really customer-friendly and welcoming.

Frank A.

Their vindaloo and tikka masala were really tasty, we loved their spice flavor combinations. We had the lamb versions, and the meat was tender, juicy, and succulent. It came with generous helpings of brown or basmati rice, and roasted broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and sweet yams. I would happily go back to this restaurant and try out their other dishes!

toby miller

Should up mask educate. Lots of nose out

Damari Brennan

I simply enjoy their food. I always get excellent customer service there. The place is clean and the cashiers are always kind. Would recommend to others.

Tommy Abrego

I really enjoy their dishes and customer service, excellent location next to my house. The staff members are always very friendly. Would recommend to others.

Gabriel W.

Indian food is very good, DONT COME FOR BRUNCH. Super disappointed especially considering the food is quite expensive. They gave me BERRY PANCAKES WITH BALSAMIC VINEGER. I order the country breakfast eggs sunny side up, the eggs were cooked through dry, crisp on the outside. I also ordered the veggie sausage ($5) and didn't receive it. Potatoes and biscuit were good.

Loni A.

This is my second time getting food from here. This time I got the lemon ricotta hot cakes, very tasty! I've never had a hot cake before so I don't know what to compare it to but it tasted great.

Brian S.

I've been going to the location on Shattuck for well over a decade. I've been trying to support them during the covidocalypse but every time I get takeout the Solano location only has one poor guy running the kitchen and taking orders, sometimes with a line out the door. Where are the owners?? The breakfast is still good (I haven't tried the Indian selection yet), so stars for that and the lone guy doing all the work.

Berkeley B.

If you like good value, or good food, do yourself a favor and skip this restaurant for Indian food.  A friend and I had dinner there and his comment was that he had better Indian food at home in his freezer.  I would argue you could do better with Trader Joe's sauces, precooked shredded chicken breast and frozen rice. In either case, they would be much better value. His fish was frozen not fresh, and not cooked well.  My chicken was dry and the rice was dry and stale.  The sauces were not pleasant.  If you want the best Indian food on Solano go to Delhi Dinner (now that Ajanta has changed hands) or, for much better value then Venus, to House of Curries that, while cheaper, is still fresher and
better.

Conrad D.

If you like good value, or good food, do yourself a favor and skip this restaurant for Indian food. A friend and I had dinner there and his comment was that he had better Indian food at home in his freezer. I would argue you could do better with Trader Joe's sauces, precooked shredded chicken breast and frozen rice. In either case, they would be much better value. His fish was frozen not fresh, and not cooked well. My chicken was dry and the rice was dry and stale. The sauces were not pleasant. If you want the best Indian food on Solano go to Delhi Dinner (now that Ajanta has changed hands) or, for much better value then Venus, to House of Curries that, while cheaper, is still fresher and better.

Menu Mystique

Serious health and safety concerns about this restaurant.

Emily Cheera

We ordered takeout last night and it was great! We got chicken tikka masala, lamb biryani, and the Brussels sprouts appetizer. All was super flavorful. I prefer my chicken tikka masala a little spicier, but I forgot to ask them to make it spicy. They gave us a free dessert, tiramisu, which was super nice of them as well!

Midori K.

We love coming to Venus on weekends for brunch. The Indian buffet is always fresh and very authentic. I prefer to choose from the menu. They always accommodate when I ask to substitute the potatoes for a salad. The vegetables in the omelets are tasty. I ordered the kale salad with salmon once and was pleasantly surprised at how moist and well cooked the salmon was. This is a great local restaurant with dedicated staff. Will be coming back for sure!

Jennifer S.

The whole experience was off-putting, honestly. I went here to get brunch from Venus. I walked in and was immediately overwhelmed by the smell of the giant steaming Indian buffet against the wall next to the door. I love Indian food, but I don't want to smell it when I'm eating other foods. So this Venus/Khana Peena combo restaurant makes absolutely no sense to me, at all. The coffee was good. The ricotta pancakes and bacon that I had were very good. No complaints about the food at all. The service was sparse. I sat for quite a while after I was done before anyone checked on me. I might come back here for the Indian food, but I won't be back to Venus Solano. The smell was just too much for me.

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