Amber Bistro
Amber Bistro

Amber Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.amberbistro.com/
  • Phone: 9255525238x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday and Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    on Sundays we rest
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Geraldo Gomez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Call for more information about catering.
  • Private Party Facilities: Amber is available for buyouts of the entire restaurant. We accommodate up to 70 guests for seated events and up to 100 guests for reception style events.
  • Private Party Contact: Eric Janssen 9255525238x
  • Special Events: 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.
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Amber Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)great for outdoor dining (28)great for lunch (25)fit for foodies (24)good for groups (15)special occasion (13)romantic (10)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (5)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was tasty. A tad slow. We weren't looking for a long dinner for 2, but it took longer than 1:45.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday lunch
    Albq
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My friend took me out to lunch to celebrate my birthday!! She had never been to Amber Bistro and it had been awhile since I had been!! The service was great. My friend had the chicken salad, made with curry, she said different but good. I had the Thai salmon which was done just perfectly!! Will go back soon!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, bizarre service
    SpecialDelivery
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We dined here with two friends in celebration of my wife's birthday. None of the 4 of us had been here before. Without exception, our food and drinks were excellent. Two had fish (halibut and salmon), one had the duck, and I had the lamb chops which were on special. The tuna appetizer was especially good. The only downside to the experience was the strangely paced service, particularly when our server delivered the desert menus then proceeded to walk to any area in the parking lot of an adjacent restaurant to smoke a cigarette and have a drink. He didn't return to take desert orders for another 10 minutes. There were other awkward moments in the service prior to this but this was blatantly unprofessional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LisaK
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food is great, but it gets noisy with a full dining room. Hard to hear the table conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OUCH
    roofer2
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have been to Amber 6-7 times. Was again seated in front of wine display. The restaurant was over the top loud. Ordered the Pre Fix dinner with the wine pairing for myself. Capresse Salad was an ordinary chopped lettuce salad with a couple of tomato slices and the rest was halved cherry tomatoes with a few cubes of mozzarella that tasted more like tofu. The Server forgot the wine. When the entrees arrived she offered to bring both glasses of wine at the same time. I guess that is all she could really do. My two guest loved their meals. Mine was fine not great. You need to do something about the noise level. I will return for dinner but not on a weekend night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    iamfinickyVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Amber Bistro is one of our go-to restaurants in Danville so the food and service was great as always. We went on a Wednesday night so the noise level was lower than usual which made for a relaxing meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent dinner. We've eaten here several times and enjoy it every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superman
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Not great. We ordered the steak which was overcooked that was under spinach with no seasoning and French fries. It was something I could have cooked at home. The service was not great either. We had our appetizer before the wine came. Not much of a bistro.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • better service better food
    disappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    new menu items are very tasty, service seems to be getting better!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nancy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Have dined at Amber Bistro many times and never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sharon
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Organic salad was terrible. The duck entree was pretty good after I send it back to be fully cooked.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bistro delight
    mangezbien3VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Hsad a great time and enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The wine was very good except a bit pricey for a quarter glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    JeffHalbe
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My wife and I always have a great meal at reasonable prices for such a nice restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    have spent many return visits to this restaurant, one's dinning experience is generally good, however, not consistent staff is excellent, happy hour is hot spot
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch atmosphere and menu
    Rena
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I have eaten here several times for lunch. Nice atmosphere (except there are always bees out side) but they have nice choices for lunch and the prices are reasonable. Great, attentive service
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No spark in the salads
    HammersVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My friend and I ordered the Chinese chicken salad. The chicken was freshly cooked and the lettuce crisp, but it was bland. When I added a little extra dressing, it was better, but aside from the fried wonton strips, there was nothing else added to the chicken and lettuce. The banana bread pudding with salted caramel gelato was extraordinarily good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Drinks & Nibbles
    KiwiGirl2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I found Amber Bistro to be quite good with their service, lovely surroundings, innovative menu offerings, but could stand a broader wine offering. When you can't find a white Zin these days, they are lacking some basics. Would go again and meet friends there. Disappointing pork salad- overcooked and very tough.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweettooth
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Service was great! I cannot complain. The food is okay but can be improved. I wish to see more Asian fusion though. My request was very well given attention too and waiter did. Attend to all details! I will recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Too many kids on a Friday night ~ we were hoping for more of an adult night out. The couple next to us had a baby that screamed the entire dinner ~ was very distracting making it hard to focus on our dinner. I hadn't been there in years and it was way more casual than I had remembered.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Small Portions
    mamabear
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I took my husband here for Father's Day Brunch, and while the food was quite good, the portions were rather small, especially the brioche French Toast which he ordered (three small pieces). We split the Eggs Monterery (2 eggs benedict over tasty crab crakes) along with the French Toast; it should have been enough food between us, but I could tell he wasn't full and I could have had a few more bites myself, which never happens! Service was a little slow, surprising as they weren't that busy. Their outdoor patio tables are dog friendly, and on a nice day it would be a lovely option.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Comprehensive dining experience
    VinoRosso
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Menu, food, cocktails and wine never disappoint and never stagnant, i.e, the menu changes according to popular dishes, season, produce, etc. Dining ambience excellent whether indoor or patio as is the service. A definite destination for casual or fancy attire and events. Appreciate the service delivery system at Amber. No attitude or "doing a favor" to customers. After you say "Thank you" to the food server or bartender, they respond with "You're welcome" or "My pleasure" and NOT "No problem" (as experienced in many eateries here in Danville and Blackhawk). Always a pleasurable experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good Food, In/Out Dining
    TheStarLadyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Amber Bistro is nestled on the same sweet side street as Bridges.The cuisine is a creative mélange of East meets West. Portions are substantial, prices competitive, and the service is excellent. Four of us shared two appetizer small plates of shrimp potstickers and duck spring rolls. Both were delicious with a homemade tenderness. Depending on what you order, two small plates may be enough for a full meal. The tuna tartare was fresh and large, but a bit overpowered with tomatoes. Duck breast, halibut, and chicken were all perfectly prepared and presented. The flourless warm chocolate cake with fresh whipped cream was a big hit. This is a very excellent local gem and it’s nice to have the option of sitting outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    TinkerTailorSoldierSpy
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Good Food, atmosphere, and service. Great place for dinner with friends or an intimate dinner with your spouse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheNi
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great experience. Exactly what I reserved. Service was attentive without being intrusive or rushed. Balance menu...something for everyone. focuses on fresh local ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Busy area with Bridges and other places but free valet is the way to go. Prawn pot stickers were delicious as was the Caesar salad. Duck was delicious and deserts were a great way to finish. Outdoor seating looks great if you can get a seat. Wait staff attentive and helpful. Great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sadly in decline
    Tommyboy
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This has been our go to Restaurant for some time. I am wondering if the ownership/ management or chef has changed. The food was not prepared well at all. Even our favorite coconut salmon appetizer was overdone. We will not be returning
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • shigy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was great! The service was wonderful. Will come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lack of Veg Options Frustrating
    KtDansrVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We eat here often, but since switching to a vegan diet, I feel shut out. I keep forgetting to specify "no animal products" on my salad, which is the only option I can eat here. I expected to complete our meal in an hour as we like to walk down the street to our favorite dance studio after dinner. My husbands's main course never did show up; after 90 minutes we high-tailed it out of there. Next time we visit we'll need to allow closer to 2 hours to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - Noisy outside
    LisaK
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We had a great lunch. The Thai Salmon is always terrific. We sat outside and the delivery trucks are really noisy. It was hard to hear the conversation over the noise of the trucks. I suggest eating inside.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing services marks Amber
    disappointedVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Once again the service here was less than acceptable. The waitstaff is either not trained properly or just doesn't care. The manager (or owner?) walking the floor seems to care but clearly can't service every table. Disappointing to be sure as the location is choice and the food is mostly good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 584 reviews are from the Amber Bistro reviews archive.
  • Local Gem
    Danvilleresi10
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I took my wife, mother in law, 2 year old and newborn to Amber Bistro on a Friday night and we had an outstanding dining experience. We sat outside , enjoyed the weather , the friendly people, and even were able to piggyback listening to the live music coming from Bridges restaurant. The staff was very accommodating to my young kids and the happy hour menu was awesome. I recommend this place to any and all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mom had a good time
    680diner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Good food with a fixed price that was way too much for a brunch. Supply and demand, I guess. On other days, good value options.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have been to Amber on many occasions and have always had a great experience until this visit. The Eggs Benedict was great, but the Crab Cakes served with Eggs Monterey was overcooked. The Strawberry shortcake was very dry, to the point we ate the berries and left the shortcake on our plates to be discarded. I'll give Amber another try, but will not do so on Mother's Day.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quaint n quiet
    verynice2u2all
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    i took my daughter son n law n grandson the sunday after my daughters 30th bday. It was a lil quiet but as others stated arriving we were given grey food and excellent service.. the only reason i didn't give them 5 stars is the portions were on the small side and the chicken dis i originally ored they were out of. I did order something else that was delicious but i still was a bit disappointed it wasn't available.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amber can do better
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrendous
    sherrybrry
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    PleasedAgain
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friends night out
    Thomas
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our second visit
    Porsche911
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good. Service was
    Caymanmama43VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Food was good. Service was a little spotty when the lunch crowd grew. It is a good local place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.