Amber India - Mountain View
Amber India - Mountain View

Amber India - Mountain View

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.amber-india.com/
  • Phone: 6509687511
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for further details
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for further details. Private dining room has a full bar attached to it. Can seat a maximum 45 person. For rates contact the managers
  • Private Party Contact: Tejas or Anoop 6509687511
  • Special Events: New Year's Eve Fantastic Dinner Buffet. Live Cooking Station & Live Music Band. 2 Seating 6.30 pm & 8.30 pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Rengstorff & Ortega Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Amber India - Mountain View
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Amber India in Mountain View has earned the reputation of the best Indian Restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Inside the restaurant you’ll find that owner Vijay Bist strives to provide a cozy, relaxing, ‘walk back in time’ environment influenced by traditional Indian artwork and décor. An extensive vegetarian and non-vegetarian North Indian menu explores the moghlai cuisine and tandoori cooking. To complete a perfect dining experience, you will find an exceptional selection of cocktails, beers, fine wines and traditional Indian drinks along with friendly, courteous service.
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Amber India - Mountain View reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)neighborhood gem (31)special occasion (21)great for lunch (16)good for groups (15)kid-friendly (8)great for brunch (7)romantic (6)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Simply Fantastic!
    BayaNativeVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is the first restaurant I have ever felt compelled to write a review for. Amber was recommended to me by a co-worker earlier this week and had the chance to slip down for dinner Friday night. While the outside of the restaurant is understated, the interior is nicely decorated, the service is supuberb and the food is simply the best Indian food I have ever tasted. There is tremendous pride in everything this restaurant does, and it is apparent from the moment you arrive to when you leave. There is no pretense, just quality.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal...............
    jbjb
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Fairly quiet at 5-7pm on a Tues...............Good food tho could use more non-dairy mild meat dishes to choose from. Tandoori appetiser great tho I think it had only 2 of the 3 types of meat offered. Xlnt service. Very good okra dish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The appetizers and entrees were fantastic: rich creamy sauces, superb seasoning and piping hot food. Skip the desserts, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going downhill
    Downhill
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We (a group of 4) have eaten at Amber for several years and at least a dozen dinners, probably more. This meal was not up to par. We were rushed in finishing our courses. Dishes even removed from the table while some of our group were still eating their appetizer & soup though others were finished, thus leading to that 'rush' feeling. As for the food, Papadam were overcooked (dark & almost scorched), the Mulligatwany needed fenugreek, Butter Chicken was bland, Rogan Josh was all jalapeno and no curry, Palak Paneer was OK, rice was dry and assorted bread has some doughy selections. The Raita was the best dish we ordered. A disappointment from what had been a favorite restaurant. Have then changed the chef during the past year?
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  • always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Amber India is always great: the service is impeccable, and the food is always excellent. This time, we had three people, and shared two appetizers, two mains, rice, and naan. I can't imagine how it could have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • GREAT FOOD!
    IMREADYTOEAT123VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Service is TERRIFIC (very attentive & super friendly) EVERYTIME I've been here (& I'm here like EVERY Tues). The food is *AMAZINGLY* DELICIOUS. I really love LOVE love their palak paneer and their fried veggies (pakora???). YUM! And their naan is PHE'naan'MENAL! :) Their taro and eggplant dishes are pretty spicy but still super awesomely perfect. The dishes change from time to time and their fresh salad is SO GOOD! This place is pretty popular so the buffett line gets LOOOONG. So I advise taking 2-3 big fat plates (or however many you can balance with your hands) to reduce waiting time.;) I will definitely be back here MANY times and be leaving with a fatter belly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent!
    halfdomeVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Quality of food is excellent -very fresh and very well prepared. We enjoy every visit. Service is also outstanding - very courteous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Food was delicious.
    Sglavinos
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was delicious. Service was fast. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Amber India is always excellent, from the service to the food. The vegetarian options are always outstanding. The menu changes, highlighting new flavors and dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go here EARLY for Lunch
    DanTheMan
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We arrived for a business meeting here last Friday at 11:30. We went in and the place was empty, the buffet was really the only choice. Buffet food was excellent but the good stuff is at the end on another table on the other side of the long buffet. The butter chicken was luscious. The Tandoori chicken was great, potatoes and saag, most everything was very good or better. Dessert was great too. Great food like Amber India San Jose. By 12:30 the line to get in was out the front door with waves of people coming up thru 1:00. You can probably get in during the rush and the line moves as all buffet's do. Service was good too. As lunch prices go its not cheap nor highbrow. I'm a foodie and this place is highly recommended for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The old Amber
    nurealam
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Hadn't been here in years though we have gone to the glitzy downtown SF Amber several times. They bear no relation to each other. Amber MV has a tired very, very typical North Indian menu. We went down (from the East Bay) to meet someone here otherwise we would not have gone. Folks are extremely nice; service is constant and terrific. However the food is very ordinary. Unless you live in the neighborhood, there's little reason to go here. Sorry to say that. It wouldn't hurt if ideas from the Yerba Buena site were taken up in the MV location
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Indian Dining Place
    Casey
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had Kerala Lamb Curry$ 19.95, and Chicken Ka Tikka. Both delicious and cooked to perfection. We split them so we could both enjoy them, and loved both dishes. We recommend Amber India to anyone that loves Indian food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Indian Food
    MontyVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food and service excellent. Best Indian food we've had in America!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Decent
    raviVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Very good service and the food was decent. The butter chicken was delicious but the kebabobs were dry. Prices were reasonable and over all I thought was an excellent place
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eag70
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was excellent,Service was quick and efficient.One crying child was a distraction.Restaurant was not very crowded for a Saturday night but we did go there early.Will plan to return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a good place...
    Shekar
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We like the food here for most part. It is a bit pricey, not sure why, but that is what it is (No, I am not hesitant to pay price for good food, what I meant here is that price to food quality (taste) ratio [price/(food quality) is high). I have been here several times, and the food quality is at least consistent, over several years. May be a good place for some special occasions, not necessarily for regular weekend dining!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, great service
    Jackie
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We hadn't been here for a few years. The last time we came we were in the front room with a number of family groups with rowdy, poorly supervised children. We barely knew what we were eating and couldn't wait to get out. This time we noticed the family groups were in one room and the adult groups and couples like us in the back. This was so much better and it was a whole different experience. The butter chicken, tandoori chicken, and naan bread were all excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FluffyVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    A reliable restaurant. The menu is extensive and authentic. We order lots of entries. take home the leftovers and enjoy the whole experience again the next day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not their fault
    Lady53
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were sat next to a family of four who's parents did not believe in discipline. The 2 year old jumped up and down on the booth, then started shrieking at the top of his lungs while the Mom encouraged this behavior by tinkling him. When the food arrived he decided to throw it around and the parents just sat there. I would have liked someone from the restaurant to have ask them to control their kids as we were not the only ones annoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Indian Food
    SandraVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Love the Indian food here. It is usually very cold in the restaurant so bring a sweater.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    cherribomb
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The most memorable Indian meal we've had in a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food/Location/Ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Superb place for good food, great service, cordial staff and excellent ambience and decor
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not great Indian food
    rwguay
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The Tandoori mixed grill caused my wife to say 'you need to be in India for real tandoori'. We didn't finish all of the plate. I ordered Sangria, which is probably not the best choice at an Indian restaurant, and it tasted more like rum than red wine. Finally, my wife asked for rasgulla for dessert and they were out of it. I ordered the kulfi and it was rock hard and virtually impossible to cut through with a knife, let alone a spoon. It was a great evening since my Dad was watching our two young kids and we could relax and talk uninterrupted, but the dining experience left us a little unsatisfied.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 336 reviews are from the Amber India - Mountain View reviews archive.
  • Great South Bay Indian
    rokn1500VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We have been here twice this month. This place is great. They have the traditional Indian menu that we are familiar with, but also do some more creative itens. Try the Gohbi Manchurian, for example. Also had the vegetable biriyani and the matter paneer is excellent as well. They seem to bring everything at the same time, so if you want a set of courses, it is best to stagger your ordering. Ambience is good, not great. Chairs are quite comfortable and the place is nicely decoriated and seems very clean.
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  • Excellent, as always
    Notmyrealname
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Not my first time at Amber, but the first time for my partner, who had lived in India for six months. He was very impressed and even though it's a bit of a trip for us, we'll be back. Excellent food and perfect service. The okra, chicken and lamb were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great restaurant
    JoeL
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food and great service. The butter chicken was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most spectacular Indian food
    jfor
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This place is amazing. I have been coming here every couple of months. It is by far the best Indian food in the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It has been better
    Downhill
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was not quite as good as usual this time. The naan & kulcha was burned on one side, too scorched to be good. The Mulligatawny soup was not tasty either. The curries sauces (lamb & chicken) were thin & runny, not thick as I prefer. The rice portion was not adequate for 3 people so we ran out before the end of the meal. This time it was a disappointment & I've been to this restaurant at least 15 times over the years.
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  • The most delicious Indian food ever
    RUBINSFVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is our absolute favorite place for Indian food on the Peninsula and beyond. We try to go as often as we can. Whether you are there for a lunch buffet or ordering off the menu, the food is delicious, comes in a breathtaking variety and always hits the spot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • musiclover
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Despite reservations, sat us down near the service bar. Complained. Initially told we could not be moved. We objected and they moved us. Very loud .. . conversations booming. Food good but heavy on the salt.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional Service, Good Quality
    MAJTim
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Tried this place out for the first time for lunch and had the buffet with my wife and toddler. Exceptional service and good variety to choose from. Very pricey though, at least $15 for an adult and no military discount even while I was in uniform. The atmosphere is nice, the inside looks much better than the outside. Place is hard to find and easy to drive past. I would still recommend if you are in the area craving Indian food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spicy and delicious
    FunEats1
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We went to Amber India to celebrate a special birthday. We ordered Sea Bass Tikka, Chicken Tikka, Rogan Josh (lamb curry), Baingan Bharta (baked eggplant), and Cucumber Raita. Every dish was delicious, and we enjoyed the sea bass so much, that we placed a second order. The baked eggplant was quite spicy (in a good way), so the cucumber raita provided a lovely cooling effect on the palate. Of course, we also had naan and basmati rice to round it out. They brought a special dessert with a candle in it for our birthday person, which was a nice touch as well. We will definitely be visiting Amber India again!
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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  • Never disappoints
    jammin4foodVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Amber India - MV is an absolute favorite in the whole Bay! Goal tonight was to try new dishes, rather than regular "go to's," and everything was outstanding and provided a great variety in flavors. If you're new to Indian, servers are also excellent at making recommendations based on your guidance.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    reuter4food
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had taken our non Indian friends to Amber for their 40th wedding anniversary. They had wanted to experience authentic Indian food and I selected items from all regions of India for our meal. We all enjoyed the food thoroughly - it was delicious. The service was great too and we appreciated the attention we received to our needs. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    simply put, have never had an entrée here that wasn't flavorful, balanced, and perfectly cooked! very wide selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Butter chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We always order the butter chicken and are never disappointed. We also enjoy the vegetarian appetizer platter, tandoori chicken, garlic naan, and the spinach. All delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian Food on the Peninsula
    halfdomeVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We love Amber India. Go there often and are never disappointed. The service is very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Amber India!
    Amma
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I absolutely love Amber India - the food is amazing and flavorful, with generous portions. Meals are best enjoyed family style, so you can sample various dishes. I am obsessed with the Butter Chicken and the Baingan Bharta. I come back often and always bring friends. Oh, and there is also an awesome buffet lunch on the weekends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome lunch buffet
    Neil
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Delicious all-you-can-eat lunch buffet with several meat options (chicken curry, butter chicken, fish curry, and tandoori chicken), along with a host of vegetarian dishes, salad and dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Although a little pricey,
    jdhunter
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Although a little pricey, great food and even better service!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.