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The Dabba Mission

Our mission is to offer people edible enlightenment by serving food that not only tastes delicious, but also nourishes them inside and out.


Press & News

February, 2017 - The Best Fast-Dining Spots in the Bay Area, SF Magazine

January, 2017 - Where to Feast on Indian Food in San Francisco, EaterSF

January, 2017, Best Fast Casual in San Francisco, Zagat

October, 2016 - Four New Restaurants We're Crazy For, SF Magazine

August, 2016 - 10 Best Dishes to Cure Hanger in SF, Zagat

August 12, 2016 - Eat This: the Pork Bowl at Dabba, SF Weekly

July 8, 2016 - Take a Peek at Dabba's Spice-Inspired interior, Eater Inside. 

July 7, 2016 - Dabba brings global flavors to SOMA, SF Gate

January 6, 2016 - With Mill Valley Roots, Avatar's Inspired Dabba Readies SF Restaurant, Mill Valley Chamber Blog

October 10, 2015 - Dabba Food Truck's Edible Enlightenment, Napa Valley Vegan

August 31, 1015 - Dabba Food Truck Finds Permanent Home in SoMa, Hoodline

July 21, 2015 - Dabba Poised to Roll into Yountville, Napa Valley Register

The Dabba Story

Dabba is inspired by a beloved restaurant known as Avatar's, an institution in Marin County, California. Brother and sister owners Ashok and Kala have been delighting loyal fans with their bold, fresh "ethnic confusions" and "trust me, you'll love it" adventurous spirit since opening their doors in 1989.

It was one of those loyal fans, a social entrepreneur named Andy Mercy, who came up with the idea of sharing their unique crave-worthy and good-for-you cooking with people outside of Marin. With the Avatar team on board, Andy enlisted the talents of Michelin-rated Chef Walter Abrams (formerly of the French Laundry and Spruce), branded a food truck with a surfing elephant, and set about nourishing and enriching the world with ridiculously good and healthy food. Their first location opened its doors in July 2016 at 71 Stevenson St. in San Francisco.

The name Dabba (Hindi for "lunchbox") was inspired by a complex food delivery system in Mumbai that is run by a network of delivery men called "dabbawalas." For over a century they have been ferrying dabbas filled with hot, home-cooked lunches from kitchens to customers at their office doorsteps (and back), with near clockwork precision.

We've been inspired by the best. Now it's our turn to deliver Dabba to people with the same warmth, wholesome ingredients, bold flavor, consistency, and efficiency as Ashok, Kala and the dedicated dabbawalas.


The Dabba Team

Ashok Kumar, Inspirational Friend

Andy Mercy, CEO

Walter Abrams, Executive Chef

Call or email us: 

(415) 236-3984