Amber India - Santana Row
Amber India - Santana Row

Amber India - Santana Row

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.amber-india.com/
  • Phone: 4082485400
  • 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 4082485400
  • Special Events: 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.
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Amber India - Santana Row reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (27)fit for foodies (24)great for lunch (14)special occasion (11)neighborhood gem (9)romantic (8)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (7)hot spot (5)notable wine list (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • delicious buffet
    rmoh
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had the lunch buffet and it was delicious. i liked that they have a dosa station for fresh dosas (and uttapam i think). It is pricey, but everything was delicious and fresh
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great weather + good food
    Mollybee
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We sat outside at Santana Row before a movie at Amber and it was wonderful! The host at the front was less than enthusiastic but it was trumped by our server and buser. Our server made great recommendations and our bellies were full at the end of the evening. Good wine choices and plenty of options for all types of foodies. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor service
    Aliciaalicia
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    When we were seated, we were given menus but then nobody came to talk to us for at least 10 to 15 minutes, which was frustrating. Food was good although quite expensive.
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  • food4funVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Have always enjoyed our visits to Amber India. The music was too loud this visit, however.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food quality on buffet
    DaveR
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food quality (vegetarian and not) and beautiful restaraint. Great place for quick (or relaxed) lunch with customers and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    dinerpro
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Classy restaurant with first class service. The Butter Chicken and Lal Mirch Sea Bass are a must when you dine there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy dishes, complex flavors
    Eater
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Very fancy dishes, complex flavorings, gourmet Indian food in Santana Row
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but very COLD inside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Nice restaurant with modern decor, food was very good. We did not like one thing though. It was very cold inside, the AC was blowing right at us, we asked 4x to have it turned down/off, but they never did. We were very cold the whole time which did not make the experience very pleasant. For this reason I will not be coming back. We like to be comfortable when we dine and we like to be accommodated, which we were not.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inventive food, screaming babies
    MistyVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Amber has very inventive and unique food. I am not an expert on Indian food, but considering that most of the crowd were Indian people, this must be the place to go for high quality Indian cuisine. On this visit we tried the lobster and butter chicken. The lobster was chewy and the butter chicken had a stronger tomato flavor than we are used to, so it wasn't something we enjoyed, especially at the high prices. The restaurant is beautiful, but almost every table had small children who did not know how to behave in a public setting. We were surrounded by screaming babies and toddlers. While badly behaved children is not the restaurant's fault, it really ruined the experience. It's unlikely we'll return here anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not as good as used to be
    Lana
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We used to come to Amber all the time. Something changed recently and the food is not as used to be. Everything that we orders didn't taste great. And the prices went up . So I guess will not come back.
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  • Very disappointing - not SF
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Tried Amber after having really enjoyed the SF restaurant. Same in name only. Amber SF fun, interesting, cool, good food, attentive staff... Amber Santana Row none of that. Food was cold/poorly crafted; menu drab. The service was terrible, the waiter didn't take any cues during the meal. How many times am I supposed to lift my cutlery to reuse them? "We are the only restaurant to have Kingfisher on draft in bay area"... "cool, we'll take a pitcher". But then, the other draft beers not available by the pitcher for some unknown reason. Not recommended at all.
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  • Excellent Indian Food
    Herhsheygirl10
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We ate here for dinner on a Friday night. The place was full of people, but that didn't seem to slow down the service. Our food was fantastic, fresh and hot. And we hand outstanding service. I Highly recommend Amber India.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dios was delicious
    EspanolaVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The lamb chops were very tasty, plenty of high quality food for your money. the waiter was very nice and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food & good service not GREAT
    IMREADYTOEAT123VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food!! Great place.
    MissMiaVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as before
    MarybelleanneVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • reservatios and service poor
    Mark
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day Chaotic Brunch
    Chaotic
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great first experience
    Jmayers56VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for Indian food lovers
    fherrerow
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 531 reviews are from the Amber India - Santana Row reviews archive.
  • Lovely food
    vralls
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on a weeknight
    vpat
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Love this place!
    Nani
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Indian Food
    DaveSVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Not much more to say. Food is very tasty, pretty light.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has been a family favorite
    MercerIII
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good buffet, food not replenished
    CarolCVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXPENSIVE and BAD
    troyd
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unfortunately cannot recommend
    dawizard
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
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  • Always good..
    SportgirlieVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Food always good and servers are always attentive and prompt.
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  • Everything they offer on the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Everything they offer on the menu is spicy. Unfortunately, I will not recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Happy
    Nothappy
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner Experience
    neena
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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$$.
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  • Amber India in Santana Row
    CurryHound
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 Star flavor...bit over done.
    cjbutcher
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    plm22
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    great food / great service / great ambiance / great place
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok for vegetarians
    VegetarianFoodie
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
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  • Upscale Indian Food
    CoffeeGuy
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We really enjoyed Amber India for our first wedding anniversary - great food, ambiance and dessert!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food...
    Vinay
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.