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Amber Bistro
Amber Bistro

Amber Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.amberbistro.com
  • Email: eric@amberbistro.com
  • Phone: (925) 552-5238
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday and Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday 5:00 -8:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Geraldo Gomez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Call for more information about catering.
  • Private Party Facilities: Amber is available for buyouts of the entire restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Eric Janssen (925) 552-5238
  • Special Events & Promotions: Amber Bistro hosts Gorgeous Events and Holiday Celebrations!
    Amber Bistro has gained a reputation over the years for making beautiful holiday memories; it is simply the perfect place to celebrate. Special menus available for New Years Eve, Mother's Day, Easter and more!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church St.
  • Public Transit: Bus 221, 960B, 960C
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet parking available Tuesday - Saturday, dinner only
A word from Amber Bistro
Amber Bistro combines California and Southeast Asian sensibilities to create an eclectic blend of fresh and exciting flavors. Earthy hues, dark wood, warm lighting and a wall of windows create a relaxed and inviting backdrop for your meal. Amber’s contemporary black granite bar and hanging modern art add metropolitan chic to the room. The result is a sleekly casual and sophisticated look. For city quality dining in Danville, locals head to this intimate neighborhood bistro where they are assured of impeccable and knowledgeable service. Amber seats 70, has a full bar and offers complementary valet parking Tuesday through Saturday during dinner hours.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I have been to Amber many times and have always been impressed. We started with the duck spring rolls - always outstanding as they were this time. I had the asparagus soup, which was excellent. Others had salads - which were very good. I had the lamb, which was warm, bland and tough - very disappointing. The filet and the salmon were well received by others at the table."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Brioche hamburger bun was hard from microwaving. Caesar salad was yellow, warm and tasteless. Waitress was surly and rude when I told her, and yet she brought me another that was EXACTLY the same. Bizarre. Hamburger was nothing more than mediocre."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Went on a Monday and were one of two parties. However the food was great (I had the steak and wife had the salmon). The service was pleasant and attentive."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We were 3 couples who hadn't seen each other for a while. Dinner was great and we had a chance to visit. Service was good. Been there several times and always enjoyed the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Amber. The first experience was out standing, this one disappointing. Last visit the food was perfect temperature and very tasty. This time my rack of lamb was over cooked and served cold. My wife had the same Mahi dish she had on our last visit. She was so impressed the first time and this time the Mahi was over cooked and lacked any taste. Service last time included sorbet between first and second course and this time none. The manager had stopped by on our last visit to check on our experience, this time not. The restaurant was no more full this trip then last visit. Overall a big disappointment. We will try another local restaurant next trip downtown."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Food was good. Service was a little spotty when the lunch crowd grew. It is a good local place."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "My husband and I were looking for a new place on a date night, and we couldn't have been happier to have found Amber Bistro! Great cocktails, amazing food, and quite romantic!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The dishes were well-prepared, but not terribly inspired. Service was superb, but it was so noisy I could barely hear my dinner guests."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We waited nearly an hour for our reserved table. However the manager was very accommodating and comped us appetizers while we waited. He also gave my wife an extra pour on her favorite wine. The food and service was excellent. Will be back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a little delay in our table being ready due to other customers not leaving and the staff took very good care of us and provided free appetizers due to the delay without us asking. It was very positive experience and we all had a good time. B"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Really disappointed in the exceptionally poor service early on a Saturday night. The waiter was incredible slow and non communicative. It took almost an hour to get our mains and when I sought out the manager to report this his comment was "yeah I noticed that". Really???"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We were there for my husbands birthday celebration and the food was not up to our expectations. We were with 2 other couples and their food was okay. I ordered the lamb and it was supposed to be a rack of lamb I had 3 chops and they were very fatty. My husband had the mahi mahi with noodles and the noodles were cold. However 1 of my friends had the lamb and even though it was still only 3 chops she said it was good and it was not fatty like the lamb I received. Perhaps it was the end the evening and they running out of lamb but either way we were disappointed. Also it was very loud in the small room. Our server was good."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Excellent décor and hidden away off the main street for an intimate feel. The Service was excellent, kind, professional, and offered to take my party's picture, which was sweet. Came out good too. Dessert I favored over my entre mostly because I ordered the fish with noodles and it had a strong wasabi dressing all over it, and I don't like wasabi."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Very good food, service and ambience. Casual environment, sport coat or jeans. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The steak is expensive, small in size and overcooked. The fresh oyster is fine. The lobster bisque costs $12 each. The sugar layer of the creme brulee is overcooked too."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We used OpenTable to book a 9:00pm table on Valentines day. We woke at 9:05 from a nap in preparation of the evening and called to tell them we would be late. The owner answered the phone and assured us that a wonderful table would be available when we arrived. A table was available festooned with the roses I had ordered with a smiling waitress who had previously spent years in the golf industry as an event organizer. She was excellent. The food was wonderful. The decor was fantastic with a carpet damping the conversations of tables spaced a casual distance from us with white table clothes, soft candles and a beautiful view out the lavish windows to a courtyard outside."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "All the servers were pleasant, graceful, and helpful. The noise interfered with our conversation. Mostly two person tables, which worked well on Valentines Day, and the place was packed. Each course was tasty and well presented. We don't much care for the abundant use of arugula in the salad, but that was the worst part of the meal. The quail, potato gnocchi, filet mignon, vegetable purse, cheesecake, and mousse were all delicious, some presenting novel flavors that intrigued. She enjoyed her wine and I liked the vanilla cream soda. This was not our first time at Amber Bistro, but may be our last because the prices have gone up by 50% and now seem extravagant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Adam our server was very personable and knew the menu well. We did not order dessert and he still gave us a delicious carmel gelato to share for my birthday. Very nice touch!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We love Amber Bistro, which seems to be overshadowed by Bridges.. get rid of the kids for the evening and have a nice, romantic dinner in downtown Danville at this wonderful restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Was served the warm BBQ pork salad and the owner came by a few moments later and noticed that the amount of pork normally was served was not sufficient. He quickly order additional pork for the salad. They are always on top of even the little things that make a nice dining experience."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We had a very nice meal here but it's just way too, too loud. I don't think we'll go back - there are too many other choices in the area where you can actually hear the conversation at your table."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I love their mahi mahi with wasabi sauce. Sometimes they have sea bass, sometimes halibut, they're all great and cooked to perfection. But the pasta with wasabi sauce is killer. My friend got the chicken and loved it. We split a salad which was the perfect amount. Service is always excellent. I've never been disappointed here."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Wife and I went to Amber for a nice night out. Service as always is solid, but the food stole the show for us this time. We splurged and the wife had the Pork Chop with Spaetzle, and I had the Bacon wrapped Filet with truffled potatoes. The filet was cooked perfectly and had great flavor, but the Pork chop was outstanding with a light sauce and incredibly tender and moist. Dessert capped off with a exceptional goat cheese cheesecake."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Cool, upscale atmosphere, food and drinks are first class. One of the best restaurants in Danville."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Took a group of four to celebrate after my sister's baby shower. The ambiance, service, etc were great. My fiancé loved the pappardelle mushroom pasta (hand made), and the artichoke dip was loved by all. The short ribs with gnocchi had a problem with serving size. They were recommended by the waiter, and three of us ordered them. They tasted great. But they were more "gnocchi seasoned by short ribs" than short ribs with gnocchi. There were small strips of meat that accounted for maybe 3 to 4 bites per plate. Again, they tasted great, but the menu had us expecting something quite different."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Had a fabulous lunch. Eric and team know how to do it right!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Disappointing 'white' Caesar salad that was all lettuce core. Unremarkable crab cakes & tuna tartar. Duck entree was good. Yummy apple bread pudding."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The soup, salad, half sandwich combo had a carrot-potato soup (excellent) while the salad was only mixed greens. The crab melt was dry and poor. Shrimp potstickers were adequate, short ribs good, tuna tartare with wasabi enjoyable while the spring rolls were uninspired fried things."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Amber has probably been my #1 go to restaurant for special dinners and it has always been my favorite in Danville. But I must say we were disappointed last night. The service was very slow .... I ordered the grilled filet mignon, it was served with plain tasteless mashed potatoes instead of the potato carrot gratin stated on the menu my entree looked plain and unappetizing. My step daughter and husband were also disappointed in there entrees, the length of time between our entree and dessert was way too long. For me Amber "Jumped the Shark" last night."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Amber is our all time favorite restaurant. They never fail in anything-food,service,ambience. It is by far the most comfortable place to eat in the whole easy bay area."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The food and service were awesome. We were concerned when we got there as there was a huge table set up for over 20 people behind us. Everything was perfect until this huge group came in. They were horribly loud and we could not even hear ourselves talk. They were standing in between our table and theirs and blocking the entrance to the kitchen. My husband complained to,the manager, but,he said there was nothing he could do. This is very unacceptable!!! There were very rude to the other patrons in their loudness!!!!!! They should have been told they were disturbing other diners. I really like this restaurant & want to go back, but mgmt needs to be aware of the ambiance for all patrons."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Reservation was at 5:45 PM. They did not seat us until 6:05 PM. Luckily we were going to the 7:30 PM church service and had time to enjoy our dinner without rushing. Only one chair in the waiting area, so all four of us stood waiting all dressed up for 20 minutes."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "News Years Eve. Food was average. Steak was very tender and an appropriate serving size, but did not have the taste that you would expect from a Fillet Mignon. The scallop appetizer was under sized and both this and the main course were only warm. The deserts were okay. Dinner was a package, which included appetizer and desert. If the dessert was a separate purchase I would have sent it back. Dinner was just average. I accept there will be some price increases on New Years Eve. However, $16 for a drink! And the same for wine. A glass that would normally be $8-$10 was $16! We crossed the street after dinner to another restaurant / bar and had drinks for $8. The price gouging will keep me away and I live locally."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This was my first time at this restaurant and overall was not terribly impressed. The restaurant was very loud - too loud to carry on a conversation even with the person directly across from you at the same table. Ambiance suited more of a casual lunch in the summer when windows could be opened up, than for a nice dinner."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Disappointing. Door was locked when we arrived although restaurant was open. My son ordered steak and the waiter returned 15 minutes later and said their delivery of meat hasn't arrived yet and it was 5:30 pm. We ended up eating appetizers soups and salads."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "I was disappointed the menu didn't have the halibut the special way Amber prepares it, but the salmon was wonderful. The entire dinner was perfect...choices for everyone in our party. Our other party was late and the waitress was wonderful...didn't make us feel as if we were taking up her space. She deserved the great tip that my husband almost walked out with...he was so embarrased because she was such a pleasure. We have never been disappointed at Amber Bistro"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Our service was excellent and we enjoyed our meal. We'd arrived fairly early, but it got very noisy before we left. Hard to carry on a normal conversation without raising your voice."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The portions are tiny but the food is very good. Love the crab melt and fries!!!!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "We stopped for a spontaneous lunch at Amber. We liked the menu--lots of seafood, nice choices of sandwiches, entrees, and small plates. We both ordered the 3-course lunch: half a sandwich, salad, and a cup of the day's soup--for $13! Very reasonable and delicious! Just the right amount of food. We highly recommend! Perfect for a delicious weekday lunch!"
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "This was my second time at Amber Bistro. The first time was for a ladies lunch and the spinach salad with salmon was delicious. We just celebrated our son's 30th birthday there with six adults and one three year old. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The appetizers were perfect for sharing and the entrees ranged from a gourmet burger and fries to sumptuous duck. The servers took good care of all our needs and we all had a fun, relaxing time."
    Dined on 11/24/2013