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Amber India - Santana Row
Amber India - Santana Row

Amber India - Santana Row Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.amber-india.com
  • Phone: (408) 248-5400
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Sandeep Basrur
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact Reshmi Nair or Anupam for more details
  • Private Party Contact: Reshmi Nair (408) 248-5400
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join us this New Year's Eve for a journey through Imperial Kitchens of The Royal Mughals featuring an extravagant buffet and live cooking stations. Priced at $44.95 per person.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Winchester Avenue & Olsen Drive
  • Public Transit: VTA stop at Stevens Creek ( Valley Fair Mall).
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free public parking lots on Santana row and Olsen drive.
A word from Amber India - Santana Row
Located in Santana Row, San Jose, Amber India has come to represent an inviting atmosphere of modern elegance, comfort and sophistication. An inspired menu boasts delectable Indian Cuisine. Traditional and contemporary dishes made with the finest and freshest ingredients. Award-winning chef, Sandeep Basrur strives to create food options that are authentically Indian with seasonal Californian influence. Exquisitely presented menu options, delicious dessert temptations and friendly, enthusiastic service ensure a memorable dining experience. An eclectic display of artwork, lighting and colors set stage for an unforgettable evening while you tantalize your senses with an exceptional selection of fine wines and cocktails paired with delicious light fare. Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerIndian
Diner Reviews
  • "The lamb chops were very tasty, plenty of high quality food for your money. the waiter was very nice and helpful."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food is good, but the Amber India in Mountain View is much better service and food wise. So if you're looking for great food I'd recommend the Amber India in Mountain View."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Maybe it was because we came a bit late for lunch (1pm), but the food wasn't as good as the previous time we ate at Amber. Also, the person making papadum was a little strange. I asked him for one of the papadum he was cooking, and instead he gave me one that was already cooked -- to my surprise, the one he gave me had absolutely no filling in it."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food was delicious!! The ambience was very nice; high ceilings and a nice bar and outside eating area. It's not too cozy and not too spread out... very comfortable and casual. The staff was very friendly and polite. It was nice!! Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 1:30pm, however, we had to wait for 15 minutes until we finally got a table. To compensate us for the wait, the reception lady promised us that 'they' would take care of us when I suggested to her that they should for instance, not charge us for our kids' buffet lunches. The throughout, the service was very slow and they seemed generally understaffed, buffet plates running out etc. When it came to pay, the lady outright denied what she had previously said, obviously no one likes to be lied to so they tried to save face by labeling it into a 'miscommunication' and at least followed through with not charging us for the kids' buffet however. While fine in the end, this should have been handled more graciously."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Arrived at 11:55am, had reservation for 12 noon. Receptionists were totally lost, because the place was not ready, but had the doored open. Went in to find out they were not open yet. Sat outside for 10 mins, watching people lined up, with or without reservations.The scene was pretty chaotic. Buffet was still not ready. Went in, and waited for 10 mins, before someone called for people with reservations. We raised our hands, and were seated at a booth, in front of the buffet. The booth seats were all rusty, torn and springs coming out. We just sat down unwillingly. Noticed someone had left their purse on the seat. Probably they refused the booth with torn seats. The buffet was 75% ready, and people started helping themselves on both sides."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Obdell is a wonderful top notch waiter. A great dining experience for Indian food! I have eaten here many times and have not had a bad meal."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This was my first time trying Indian food and I loved it. We tried a few different things since it was our first time. We got samosas for the appetizer which I highly recommend. For dinner I had the tandoori salmon with basmati rice and cilantro pesto naan everything was delicious. On reviews we heard portions were small and for us that was not the case we both had food to bring home. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Amber India keeps demonstrating me that food quality and service are their top priorities. My personal recommendations are the Frontier Kebab, the Lobster Moilee and the Lahsooni Saag Paneer."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The food here is wonderful, spicly but not overwelming. The portion are on the small side, but there is plenty to choose from and it is all tastey. I like the tandoori sampler, very nice kebabs. The cocktails are very well done, and they have a nice wine list to boot. The service is charming, effcient and prompt. I really loved it here and will be back. It is pricey, but perfect for a special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We sat down after waiting 20 minutes for a table we already had reserved. We spent over $250 dollars between four people and were trying to enjoy a pleasant evening, when the manager came over to ask us to leave because they had people waiting. We were there for 90 minutes. The couples who sat down 20 minutes before us were still conversing however we were asked to leave. I was appalled by what had happened and since then I have NOT or will I recommend Amber to anyone anymore. "
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "good place for dinner.. I have been here before and definitely not the same experience. The tandoori food was cold (in fact all the food was cold) ..the lamb (Rogan Josh) needed salt and was very tough.. this is the first bad experience i have had "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I love Indian food and spices, but this place is amazing for that those two and staff. The waiters check on you and are so nice. The ambiance is great. The only problem is if you don't have reservations, it's a 30-45 minute wait. But, I'd rather wait an hour for this place then something like Cheesecake Factory :) I can't get enough of their butter chicken over rice and their cauliflower that has cream over it. I'd recommend this place to anyone! I take my parents for occasions on on weekends when we have family day! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Not much more to say. Food is very tasty, pretty light."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I have 5 kids that live all over the US. When they are in town Amber is always the request. We have been dining here for years."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "I usually recommend this place to friends and within my professional network. Unfortunately I cannot do that since my last visit. I wrote a longer review at Yelp but the highlights are: 1. Service was not great, new server and didn't seem to be getting any help from others when he was struggling. 2. Food was not at all upto mark - Had to return a dish and the remaining was really bland & mediocre. I have never done this before. Besides the bland food, I was charged for the returned dish as well as a dish I never ordered but was provided/never consumed. I didn't want to create a fuss while I was there but the experience was bitter and I hesitate to recommend this place to anyone else. Perhaps the city branch is still doing okay."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I've eaten at Amber India a few times but this past week our reservation was later than usual: 12:30. When we got to the buffet, the pans were seriously depleted and no Chicken Tikka at all. After we finished our first plate we went back up to ladle out a helping from what we thought would be a replenished chicken tikka bowl--no. Still empty. I've eaten at other good Indian restaurants who take care to replenish the buffet and ensure the food is fresh--even at 1230pm. We were surprised and disappointed. I don't think it's too much to ask to refill a popular dish when it's empty. Also, compared with other buffets, each dish tasted quite similar. It just wasn't very good. Suspect it will be my last time at Amber India."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Cannot believe how expensive this place was, OMG. $85 for 2 of us to have 2 little tiny dishes of bad Indian food. Avoid this place if you are smart. Was a horrible experience. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Everything they offer on the menu is spicy. Unfortunately, I will not recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Amber is on its way down. Among our friends in parties, more people are saying that they no longer like Amber at Santana Row. It is no longer considered good any more. Why you ask? 1) Food quality and menu are no longer good, 2) Buffet - no lamb, no beef prep, only two chickens and fish - my British guests were disappointed, 3) Desert table small and poor with unimaginative quick and cheap items 4) Service really bad - never got the drink I ordered, 5) Too crowded around buffet table seating, 6) Empty food containers not refilled quickly, I had to ask to fill them,"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We started with the Tandoori sample platter and expected lot food for $19.99; it was disappointing to get two small pieces of chicken, two sheek kabab & two shrimp on a plate not a sizzling platter! The main entrees we ordered were butter chicken and lamb curry. Both were luke warm and not very spicy. The Onion Naan was bland!, however we really enjoyed the plain naan and my husband enjoyed theTaj Mahal beer. Over all food portions were not the worth price$$."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Amber India in Santana Row is a nice mix of traditional Indian dishes and fusion dishes. It's nice to have a choice. The food is very tasty with the right amount of spicing and is well presented. The staff is always willing to make adjustments and accommodate the special needs of patrons. They are well trained, very courteous, and knowledgeable about the cuisine served. The wine list is OK with wines that go well with Indian food. It is a little pricey but is a nice place for a special meal for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "All our food was very good from a flavor perspective. Very good even. I have to take stars off because it all seems over cooked to me. To the point of being dry and tough. I had lamb ka-bobs, wow what great taste and flavor...dry meat. What a waste. My wife had a fish, specific name I don't remember, that was again very flavorful and yet again, over cooked. Not sure what was going on, but you'd think for a Friday night, they'd have enough turn-over to keep the food moving and cooked correctly. Almost seemed as if they had it all pre-cooked and just keeping it warm until ordered and served."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This restaurant has outstanding service, a very creative Indian menu, & great vegetarian options. The food was also very good. This is not your typical neighborhood Indian restaurant. This is special."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "great food / great service / great ambiance / great place"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "My husband and I are vegetarian foodies. We decided to sit outside for dinner while other diners sat inside. We ordered an appetizer, two dishes, rice, naan. We had to ask twice for our appetizer and when it was brought out it was the wrong appetizer. They eventually brought out the correct one and comp'd us for the appetizer. The dishes were good but not for the price. We will most likely not be going back there."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Excellent dinner with my reservation being recognized and an excellent table available on arrival. Wait staff were just right and had food and service available without interrupting conversation."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We really enjoyed Amber India for our first wedding anniversary - great food, ambiance and dessert!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Amber in Santana Row is one our three favorite Indian restaurants in the bay area besides Mynt (Campbell) and Sakoon (Mountain View). Every dish has its unique taste spiced to your requested liking. I have taken my office VPs to this restaurant and they loved the food here. They have a good bar too adding to the ambiance of the place. We look forward to continue visiting Amber on special occasions."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We love Amber India. The food is always delicious (although we've never tried the buffet at lunch) and the staff friendly, courteous, and efficient."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Great food, great bar and a great atmosphere... We loved this place!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food was great, tasty, but very pricey and definitely not worth the overall experience. The service was great as well, everything brought out at the ideal time. The most disappointing was the atmosphere. For that price, eating at Santana Row, I expected a well put together decor. It was extremely cheap looking, the bathroom was literally falling apart and the whole restaurant is in need of a major makeover. It was a lil distracting and brought attention away from the other positive attributes of the dining experience. I would recommend the food, but maybe for pick up."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was for valentine's day special dinner. Even though this was a pre-fixe dinner menu, it took the restaurant an hour after sitting u down at the table to bring our first course - which was a soup. Food was good/excellent but from a service aspect, it was disappointing. They also allowed guests with babies/toddlers which resulted in some very noisy situations that could have been avoided if they set the policy appropriately, especially when they are charging high price for this special dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had heard good things about this place. But I didn't imagine it would be that good. It was a prix fixe menu for $55 and we included the wine pairing for both of us. Well worth it in every respect - from the soup to the medjool date dessert. The service was spot on. Well trained and attentive staff. Jeffy was our server. We appreciated his attentiveness. The bussers were non-descript and we thanked them for being so, oddly. We will definitely return. The owners certainly showed their expectations were high from the food to the service. Both entrees were incredible; the Paneer in an incredible korma type sauce and the asparagus broccollini. Both great veg choices and I hope they are both on the regular menu for the next time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "They were quite busy when we went. The food was amazing. The portion to price ratio - not so much"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have frequently taken friends and business associates here for lunch. It is a good way to introduce people who are not familiar with Indian food to a variety of different Indian flavors and dishes.The service here has always been impeccable and they are quick on the ball with keeping drinks filled,making sure the naan basket is full ect..Everyone I bring here always has a great experience and wants to return!!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We have been to Amber many times and have almost always been very satisfied with the food, service and the ambience. Will definitely keep going. It is great for taking guests who enjoy Indian cuisine."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The ambience was good, though it was a bit noisy there. We ordered one chicken and one lamb entree. Those tasted mediocre, some very cheap restaurants in bay area serve better and tastier non veg. Not worth the money spent here."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Loved our dinner and stylish decor. Waiter was well versed and made good recommendations. A real keeper!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "good food i had hoped that the service was a bit better and people explained the food a bit better"
    Dined on 1/29/2014