Amber Dhara
Amber Dhara

Amber Dhara

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.amber-india.com/
  • Phone: 6503299644
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday through Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm

    Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday 11:30am to 3:00pm

    Dinner:
    Sunday through Thursday 5:00pm to 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday 5:00pm to 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Vittal Shetty
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let Amber organize and cater your next affair. We cater for all events from intimate meals to corporate parties. Customized menus and personalized packages are available. We will work with you to create the ideal menu for your affair. Your event may also be enhanced with specialty items and an array of colorful lines options.
  • Private Party Facilities: Let Amber Dhara organize your next party. We cater for all events from intimate meals to corporate parties. Customized menus and personalized packages are available. We will work with you to create the ideal menu for your affair.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: High Street
  • Public Transit: We are located one block east of the Caltrain statin and local bus depot.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available as well as a parking lot directly behind the restaurant and a garage on the opposite side of the lot.
A word from Amber Dhara
Amber Dhara (meaning "sky" and "earth", respectively) is the brand new concept from Vijay Bist. Here, his long time dream of opening an Indian restaurant in downtown Palo Alto come true. The vision for this restaurant is to create seasonal, regional, sustainable, and unique menus paired with an extensive wine and cocktail list with friendly service. Chef Vittal researched and compiled a contemporary menu which has fresh look while using the traditional recipes; the age are followed to the core using layers of spices with nouvelle cooking techniques.
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Amber Dhara reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (21)special occasion (16)good for groups (14)neighborhood gem (13)romantic (11)great for lunch (5)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • International Night
    amberdhara
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Took my German and British friends to this Indian restaurant, was delicious and lovely. Kind attentive wait staff, excellent food, and the dry buttery Gewurtstraminer was perfect. Look forward to next time.
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    good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High quality creative Indian dining
    EatagogoVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    When ever I come to Palo Alto I try to visit Amber Dhara. The dishes range from the familiar to the very unfamiliar but all are superb. On this occasion we ate the cauliflower and shrimp appetizers - both outstanding. For entrees we ate butter chicken, an okra dish and an eggplant dish - excellent. All the food is also quite "hot" spicy, so you need to like that. The service was efficient and charming. We ate outside as it was such a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food, Great Service
    ShannahQuiltsVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had a great time at Amber Dhara. The fried spinach appetizer was amazing. The butter chicken and the tandoori chicken were also really good. Our waiter was really nice, and very prompt. The decor is very modern Indian-inspired, yet comfortable. We also liked that the dining area was quiet and roomy. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was good but did not make up for the bad service. We waited 15 mins until the waiter came to take our order. It took a while for us to be served the appetizer and even longer for the entree. The waiter brought food that we did not order to our table TWICE. After the meal, it took so long to be brought the check that we went to the front of the restaurant to pay. They did not apologize for the wait and didn't bother to find out if we enjoyed our meal or not. In short, I won 't be going back there.
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  • 123meVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    delicious food, superb service- attentive but unobtrusiveOtherwise would recommend above any other indian restaurant in area.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sophia
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Delicious food and very nice service. The starters were excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dinner
    DelishVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our party of 3 were all hungry for Amber Dhara. We were very satisfied with all of our selections.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious & unique Indian food fix!
    CaseyVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Naan with manchego cheese and peppers?! Yum! Butter chicken was perfectly spiced, server so attentive and made good recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sashalaw
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I've been to Amber Dhara before and had better service and food. The prices have gone up and the service down. Our server took 30 minutes to bring us menus, and another 10 mins to get our drinks. I had to go track him down after 45 minutes so we could order. Once I did, the service picked up. Food starting to taste like all of the other Indian restaurants - a bit greasy and creamy and not so refined. Time to take a break from eating there
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    LuvMtnViewAmberIndia
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I love Amber India in Mountain View so I was excited to try Amber Dhara. I wanted an excellent lunch for me an my colleagues who are fellow foodies. Curries were okay, naan was good but then when we stayed for dessert there was no coffee to be had and I got a pannacotta that was like a bowl of hard rubber and there was an ice cream that was so intense that I felt like I had taken a swig of perfume and could not get rid of the taste in my mouth. Servers did not have a good understanding of the menu or daily specials and were not around much even though there were few diners. Wish I could report a better experience but afterwards we all felt that we were unlikely to return.
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  • Elegant Indian Fare
    amhey
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The service was great. Had a good cocktail - interesting range of drinks. Food was creative. Very tender lamb. Local vegetables had tofu as the main ingredient - a little different from what one normally thinks of as local vegetables. Really enjoyed the dinner - nice quiet table - more spacious than Mountain View's Amber India - original restaurant in the group - and the food was a bit better. Kulfi was really great - it said with figs - but a few more figs would have improved the dish - it had sticky popcorn with it too - elegantly arranged.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Good...not superb
    JillVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    What is true about Amber Dhara is the service is attentive and sincere. Would that the food knock your socks off in the way the maitre d' does. The food is fine - balanced and well presented, but of the many different dishes we shared, only the black dahl stood out as uniquely well seasoned. The rack of lamb was under-salted and the raita had almost no flavor at all. This is our third trip...maybe our last.
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    hot spot
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  • Delicious!
    AmyR
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had just seen the movie The Lunchbox... a film that takes place in Bombay and is all about food as the way to the heart. We were craving Indian food at the end of the film and headed straight to Amber Dhara. It was a fantastic meal and satisfied our craving!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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  • Delicious, accommodating
    jgss
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I had a reservation for a post-wedding family dinner at 8:15. The ceremony ran late. I had a missed call from the restaurant checking on when we thought we'd arrive. I called at 9pm and said we couldn't be there until 9:20pm. Even though they close at 9:30pm, they stayed open late, served us a delicious spread of vegetarian appetizers and entrees, and didn't make us feel rushed to leave. All around a perfect special occasion restaurant. Very accommodating and welcoming. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Surprise
    PamelaJVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We came here because it was convenient, but were surprised to find that the food was really good. The tandoori bass was outstanding, melt in your mouth. The flash fried spinach appetizer was unexpectedly good with an unusual combination of flavors. The service was friendly. We'll definitely return.
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  • We love Amber Dhara
    greendi
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We've had four dinners there and each one has been delicious. The wait staff were helpful in suggesting dishes. WE've loved everything we've had there. We were very sad when Junoon closed but we are not sad now. We like Amber Dhara just as much.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 232 reviews are from the Amber Dhara reviews archive.
  • FatFreddy says
    FatFreddy
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    One of the best Indian restaurants, I've ever been. Very delicious. Each dish tasted differently. Not so hot, but very harmonic combination of spices. Very good quality (lamb meat and butter chicken were very tender). Absolutely recommendable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK but not great, too expensive.
    eatinpup
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Amber Dhara has a modern interior, and the service was good. The food however was very overpriced for what you get. The best dish was the Samosas. They were small, tasty and not at all greasy. The next best dish was the Baluchi Murg Tikka, which was flavorful and tender. I think there were 4 or 5 pieces, each about 3 inches in diameter. The Lal Maas lamb curry had very little flavor, although the quality of the lamb was good. The plain Naan was OK but not great. If the the prices for the food were half what they are, I might consider returning, but for the price they charge, I won't be back. There are better Indian restaurants at more reasonable prices in the area.
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  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I went here for lunch with a girlfriend. It was recommended by another friend of mine. I found the service to be good although there was a language barrier which made it difficult when trying to ask questions about the menu. Server was extremely warm and friendly though. I found the food to be ok. The texture of the chicken tikka was sinewy. Would have preferred if it were chicken breast as opposed to thigh as I have had in other restaurants.
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    good for groups
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  • Friday night dining...
    ForesightVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Out table was not ready in time and we had to wait 25 minutes past our open table time to be seated. Once seated, the table was right at the kitchen entrance so we had to face the kitchen and constant waiters traffic... The food took a long time to get to table... Great food but service needs a serious overhaul!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • V day review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Well I really like the Mountain View Amber, but this place was not great. Food was OK but nothing special and the service was not good. They were very busy and it was a prefix menu so maybe that was throwing the staff off, but they should expect to be busy on Valentines Day and a prefix menu should make it easier for them. Our waiter brought us the wrong food at first, and service was rather slow. The real problem that I had with this was that the "experience" (meaning food and service) was nowhere near the quality that I would have expected given what it cost. Overall this place is not bad, but certainly not worth the money.
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  • great food with vegan options
    MadelineJ
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We were having dinner with friends who are vegan and we wanted to find somewhere with great food overall and more than 2 vegan options on the menu. Amber Dhara was great and everything we ordered was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New gem in Amber tiara
    John
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    This newest member of the Amber group is superb, offering an innovative take on tradtional Indian dishes. Their chicken biryani is cooked in the traditional "dum" manner (steaming over coals) in a ceramic dish that is sealed with dough. It comes to the table looking like a deep dish pie, which is opened tableside to provide a steaming, frangrant biryani that is the best we've ever experienced in our decades of eating Indian food around the world. The wait staff is very attentive and thorough. The manager, Navin, treats customers like they are guests in his own home, and constantly circulates the restaurant to make sure his guests are getting everything they need. Thank you Amber Dhara for providing our group an outstanding evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amber Dhara
    diner13VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The food at Amber Dhara is delicious, better than Dosa, our neighborhood Indian restaurant. They are wonderfully accommodating and friendly, and it is with pleasure that I recommend it. Service is good, the waiter we had was really sweet. We saw grouopos there having a wonderful time, a place where people would naturally gather and enjoy the food. Pleasant decor.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Food was the best I've had
    macman
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Food was the best I've had in the Bay Area.. good service - quick, helpful, flexible and attentive.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
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  • Good, but expected more
    samplerVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    The environment and service were fine. The quinoa persimmon salad was the best of the three starters, with the samosas and papdi chat good but not memorable. The Bengali fish curry was nicely flavored but the portion was small - maybe 4 or 5 medium sized bites of fish in a large bowl that made the small portion more obvious. My wife enjoyed her badami baingan but the aloo gobi, one of the few vegan options available, may have caused our son to leave the table for quite a while before our dinner ended. I would not recommend the desserts here, at least not based on the 5 spice chocolate cake (very dense and without a strong chocolate flavor) or homemade ice-cream we tried. Overall, good but not good enough to plan a return trip.
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  • Don't get the rasmalai
    awesomepants
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    THe dinner entrees were really delicious, unfortunately they were only luke warm. It was sad to end the meal with the rasmalai they served, we didn't eat it. It was pretty terrible and that's my favorite indian dessert which I've had many times. There's tasted really old.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A jewel
    dante
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    This is a superb restaurant, with excellent service, knowledgable chefs, and high-quality Indian food. The staff is helpful, the dishes are perfectly spiced, and they don't jam the restaurant with tables, so that it quiet enough to have real conversations. A rarity in Palo Alto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    good food from a limited menu - tag team service was OK - would return
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  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Wonderful food, though a bit pricey. We had the lamb curry, butter chicken, and scallop appetizer, along with two cocktails. Everything was absolutely delicious! If it were more affordable, I would come here all the time.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Place for Food+Ambience+Service
    GNOSV
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Ok, so if you are looking for a place to go or take your out-of-town-friends that has great food, good ambience, and great service, then do not look beyond Amber Dhara in Palo Alto. I have always found the food non-traditional and there is always something new to try making it worth coming back again and again. But then the service is always outstanding. Combine it with good wine selection, and you are all set for the evening.
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    good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sauces, wonderful
    SymphonyTicketsVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Excellent sauces, wonderful spices, lovely Indian restaurant in downtown Palo Alto.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • A+
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    We took my husband here for his birthday dinner. Everyone loved the butter chicken! Excellent service, delicious food. Thanks Amber Dhara!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went here on Saturday night.
    GizmoLoverVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We went here on Saturday night. The place was empty. The food was OK. Service was atrocious. No condiments with food. The dishes were bland. Asked to wrap up our leftovers and the most dish didn't come back. We had at least two thirds of the dish left over. This is not the first time this has happened at Amber.
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  • Good Food/Watch your wallet
    Bob1
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    Good food, but much more expensive than it need be, compared to other south bay indian restaurants
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not gourmet Indian
    SNelsonVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Service started out very slow, it took forever to get our waitress' attention. But when we ordered the food came within five minutes, which makes me think there are large pots of everything sitting in the back and it gets spooned into bowls when the orders come. Not my definition of freshness or gourmet as they claim. The paneer and spinach was good. The lamb curry didnt' indicate any spiciness on the menu, but was pretty spicy and was just ok...not because of the spiciness, but because of the taste. For the cost of each dish, you got a lot of curry and only a couple of pieces of the good stuff (paneer and lamb in our case). I think there's significant room for improvement.
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  • Novel Indian Food Mecca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    The menu is truly novel and the implementation superb, This was a great meal and quite a modern twist on North Indian food. The sautéed spinach appetizer was a big hit as was the tandoori chicken tikka and the tandoori sea bass.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute reservations...
    Jonathan
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We picked Amber Dhara because we needed a place that could seat 8 on a Saturday night with very little lead time. Given that it wasn't busy, we were impressed with the quality of food -- everything was very good (some things were excellent), and the prices were reasonable (we ate well, albeit without much alcohol, for about $40/person total). I quite enjoyed it!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good
    Foodie4paloalto
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Food was just ok. In fact the shrimp was overcooked. We did not eat it and reported it to the server. He told us that he told the chef and the chef apologized. He should have removed it from the bill. The chicken dish was not hot. It has really changed from the previous restaurant. We will not be going back.
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  • Special
    SolonfVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Menu changes with season and once again full of delightful surprises.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.