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Ambience Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ambiencefinedininglosaltos.com/
  • Phone: (650) 917-9030
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: M-Sa 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Morgan Song
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is plentiful and easily accessible.
A word from Ambience
Ambience Restaurant offers a New-American pre-fixe menu (ranging from 11 to 14 courses) with French and Asian influences at $145 dollars per diner with an optional wine pairing tailored to each course. We offer a variety of unique game and seafood items exotic to different areas of the world, masterfully presented in eye-catching presentations executed by our renowned chefs. Our dining room features an intimate dining experience with a modern and contemporary environment. Reservations are required in order to confirm your spot to join us for a memorable dining experience.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "First off, let me say the food is absolutely fantastic and inventive. There was not one criticism we had of the food and the presentation. It was also well proportioned and came in mostly timely fashion - not rushed, but not bored waiting for the next course. For the food, I would rate it 1-2 Michelin stars. The service (on a Tuesday night) was just OK. Our server made a pronouncement at each course, it seemed rather scripted and not refined. He also mispronounced a few wines. There were two wine pairings: $95 and $155. My wife is a sommelier, so we went with the $155 pairing. For the money, the pairing was hit and miss. The pours were light @1.5-2oz. I suggest bringing your own bottle and pay the $40 corkage - the pairing are overpriced."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Ambience was quiet when we dine here on 8/2. But it won't be long before this restaurant will be booked far in advance, so catch it before it becomes impossible to get a reservation. This place is far better than many one star Michelin restaurants in the peninsula/South bay. It is that outstanding. The lobster preparation was the best I've ever had and the buffalo tenderloin was delicious and memorable. The 8-10 courses were varied with 4 seafoods, 1 veggie, 2 meats and 2 desserts with assorted amuse bouche in between. We look forward to our next dining experience with Ambience in the very near future."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The multiple course dinner and wine pairings is a real adventure. We went for our tenth anniversary. Each course, more than 8, was served on different male and female plates selected by Chef Morgan Song. If was fun and delicious. Especially the lobster and buffalo courses. We asked for some special for dessert and Chef Song provided a spun sugar piece with Happy Anniversary written on it in chocolate. Definitely a place for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings. The food was incredible and each bite was decilious. One of the best restaurant in the area. Beyond a Michelin star Caliver, it is a true gem!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Rich and full taste, portions quite large and numerous for chef's tasting menu, tasteful decor, delightful and artful presentation, nice to have them finally at Los Altos downtown !"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was our second time to Ambience and once again we were not disappointed. There were some items that were the same (like the truffle kobe beef tartare which was once again amazing so I didn't mind the repeat), but most were seasonal and different than our previous visit. The plating was gorgeous as before and the wine pairings were yummy. We definitely noted some that we may pick some bottles up on our own. It's rare that we have a restaurant like this that we are equally happy the second time as the first. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Wen to ambience with another couple. We were all very impressed with our eating experience. Service was amazing. We were there for four hours and had a great time. Expensive but worth it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food is excellent. Only a tick off the French Laundry, better than Manressa and certainly worthy of a Michelin star or two. I worry about the specific location. Although they have done a great job on the interior it is in a funny spot for a fine dining restaurant. I like the house and the courtyard where the French Laundry is located...it kind of supports the experience and this does not. That being said this is clearly a gifted chef, although he is a bit shy and not a self-promoter at all. The food was great. The wine pairing very good and I hope they develop a clientele and make it, as I would like to go back four or five times a year. I can't eat like this on a regular basis."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Ambiance has brought a new level of dining elegance to Los Altos. The fact that menu choices is limited means we get right into the dozen plus courses of selected for us by the super professional chef. How does he know what we like?"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This restaurant is a critique away from Michelin Star status. On the exterior it's quaint and low key.Once you open the door however, you are blown away by elegant art work, breath taking seating and alluring high class tapestry and linens. I've had a lot of fine dining experiences in my life and this restaurant puts Plumed Horse and Manresa to shame in every category. From 14 tantalizing courses you are taken on a journey of intricate flavors, quality ingredients and robust diversity to satisfy any pallet. Every plate that is brought to you is a piece of art both in vision and in taste. It is evident from the first course that the Chef is committed to perfection down to the tiniest detail. This is a can't miss experience."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food was excellent and we loved the presentation. The menu is very limited if you have special dietary restrictions unless you give them 24 hour notice which we were unaware of. The wine pairings are just okay. A couple were good but most were very average. The wait staff was nice but needs a little more education on what they are serving for both food and wine. Overall, a nice place and worth trying."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "My wife and I visited here for a second time. This experience was even more gratifying than before, thanks to the polished service and more extensive dinner menu. Chef offers several more gastronomic dishes in addition to his traditional courses. Molecular gastronomy aside, the cuisine is still predominantly French with a hint of Asian influence. Gorgeous plating, the best I've seen. We opted for the wine pairing, which was a healthy mix of complementary whites and reds, with sake and port thrown in for good measure. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This latest latest iteration of Chef Song's is perhaps the best yet. It is a wonderful blend of molecular gastronomy, California fresh, and French fine dining. I'd recommend it to anyone who is looking for a meal that is worth waiting for, worth talking about while you're eating it, worth thinking about when you're done. Came here for my anniversary and can't wait to come back. If you come definitely try it with the wine pairing."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "From the moment you walk in to the restaurant to the last bite of your dessert, Ambience does not disappoint. Chef Song is definitely an artist when it comes to creating colorful and flavorful dishes. They offer a chef's tasting menu along with a list of fine, premium wines. The dishes are so exceptional, vibrant and delectable that every little morsel is not to be wasted - it is that good. The atmosphere was relaxing, intimate and elegant. The service was friendly, welcoming and knowledgable. Our server and the owners were very helpful with the wine pairings and explaining the gastronomy involved with some of the dishes. There was not a dish I did not like. This is definitely fine dining at its best. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. They sure deserve at least one Michelin star. The service was great, very elegant but warm at the same time. The wine list was very nice too. We ran into great wines."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "What a memorable evening! The tasting menu was unbelievable with every course being more amazing than the previous. My favorite aspects were the variety of seafood and unique game items featured in a culinary adventure. The wine pairings enhanced the epicurean experience and is a definite must-have if desiring a complete culinary experience. I definitely will return for another lovely evening out!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Good food but little expensive for the location and service. The food is excellent compared to high end restaurant but. We were happy for Los Altos finally has good restaurant but they sure can use better helpers to survive."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food is creative and good, but not on the level of top Bay Area restaurants. The wine list and pairings are lacking. The service was well intentioned but far from the bracket they are trying to compete in. Tasting menu with wine pairings was about $600 all in for 2 people. If it were half of that I would say it was a great spot, but you simply expect more at that level."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "15 course of Chef's tasting menu and wine pairings were phenomenal! The food was incredible, one of the very best meal I've ever experienced. Highly recommended and I will be back."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "As good as Manresa, but different. The wine list is the weakness, including their wine glasses. They do welcome you bring your own wine. $40 corkage fee is reasonable, not cheap."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The Ambience tasting menu was delicious and satisfying with at least 12 courses of small plates. It seemed to get better with every course, ending with an amazing venison or wild boar, and chocolate mouse cake or creme brulee, all cooked to perfection. The fish courses could have been more flavorful, but overall the meal was worth the fixed price. Our gracious host and waiter were both superb. Looking forward to returning on a busier night as this new restaurant becomes more known on the penninsula."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "First date night in over a month deserved a special destination and this delivered! Two tasting menus with a single wine pairing to split was plenty to drink and the food was excellent. Quiet, dim lighting, great choice of wines and knowledgeable staff made it a very welcome change of pace to scattered conversations amongst chaos at our other favorite, Bumble. :)"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Very refined techniques and fresh ingredients, but a little overwhelming in terms of flavors. The lobster, kobe beef tartare and venison were exceptional but the balance of the prix-fixe left us wanting more complexity. Decor is also a bit cold and empty although this may have been exaggerated by the slow night when we dined. We'd expect more for the price point."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I've been to many great restaurant all of the world, and I can truly say Ambience deserves it's superb fine dining experience. The staff was gregarious, in a world-impeccable. The restaurant itself is perfectly appointed for this kind of dining experience with elegant minimalism. As to the food- I've never experienced a menu that was intended to be a complete surprise; in fact, I didn't even know how many courses we had to look forward to, but they were all incredible, very creative. Entire experience was absolutely amazing, really appreciated it!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed ourselves very much. Very elegant and inventive food. On a very short list of the best restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The service at this restaurant was simply outstanding! The presentation of each course was beautiful, and appetizing (unlike some restaurants where you have to wonder if it will be good before you take a bite). Only two courses did not agree with my palate - but you might like it. First, the lobster, and I LOVE lobster, was served with a green roe on top. This made it taste fishy - a no no for lobster in my mind. Second, I'm not a big truffle fan. The Wagyu beef tar tar was bathed in truffle oil - that's all I could taste, truffle. I was hoping to get some beef flavor in there, but that never happened. All the other courses were amazing and our plates were as clean as we could get them! I would go to this restaurant again. Bon appetit!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Everything was so delicious! I 'm so excited that I don't need to go to SF for fine dining. Will definitely come back again!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We dined at Ambience for a second time with friends. It was a Saturday night and quite busy. There are romantic corner tables and also a partitioned back area for a larger group. Morgan Song prepares delectable dishes that are works of art. We look forward to another evening at Ambience. It is expensive but well worth it. Perfect for special occasions. We are delighted to have such an outstanding restaurant in Los Altos."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "An enticing, imaginative, opulent 12 course experience that began with two amuse bouche. Each plate is different, each course is tweaked for each diner, and the combination of molecular gastronomy with traditional cooking techniques makes your palate sing. Servers are extremely knowledgable, and the entire experience was first class.A gem in sleepy downtown Los Altos that provides a tremendous culinary adventure at a reasonable price. Day boat scallop, ahi tuna, chilean sea bass, venison,wild boar, luscious squab, and a superlative poison pate, it was all sublime. Thoughtful wine pairings too Gluten free options are excellent too."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I planned my wife's birthday dinner to try Ambience in Los Altos. Long suffering from a lack of top quality cuisine, Los Altos has a new gem. The weekday service was impeccable, and the chef was able to accommodate my wife's special dietary requests with aplomb. The sole choice involves a few options on an inspired tasting menu. Dishes were interesting and flavors subtle. In total, a complete joy. We'll be back many times more. Also the place has a nice comfortable layout, with options for a private room for only the price of the group dinner."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We had an amazing time here. Everything was perfect. The food was delicious. Loved every single course. The presentation was beautiful. The wine pairings were excellent. Can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "There's a new kid in town that's going to give Chez TJ competition for being the best French cuisine on the peninsula. Elegant, thoughtful dishes prepared by skilled hands, brilliantly plated and sweetly served. One could not ask for more. Sheer poetic delight!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Great people and great service. Food was very good. As much as I love Truffle, almost every dish had truffle. I would like to see a toning down of that and adding more non-truffle varieties. I think they could do better in bathroom signs (invest some money and have a better signs as opposed to looking like a bar) and the location of rest room is bad. Everyone can hear when the other person is in the toilet. Not appetizing ;) Inside ambiance is cozy, but by no means tasteful, almost boring. They could invest to pretty up the inside."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "On the peninsula, we've been to Baume twice, Chez TJ twice. For the peninsula, this one was by far the most interesting and delicious (separate presentations, even of the same course) for my wife and I. Unique, but not fussy, combinations of sauce "eggs" and an early "caviar" theme in the dishes through the early courses. Palate cleanser, and then a transition to meats, nicely done. Bonus cheese plate dessert. Staff was attentive and knowledgeable. They were much more engaging than we're used to on the Peninsula, particularly for an upscale restaurant. Fixed price menu and wine pairing, reasonably priced (but not cheap). Comparable to the top flight restaurants; a hidden gem here on the peninsula and worth searching out."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Ambience has a Prix Fix Tasting Menu and adds Prix Fix Wine Tasting as well. We decided to share the Wine Tasting--turned out to be a good idea, although the pours are reasonable there is a different wine for each course. The Tasting Menu is the same for the first few courses and then offers a choice of two for the last 3 courses. Each of those choices were outstanding. Additionally, there were some special tasting courses since it was New Year's Eve. The restaurant was essentially full, but the time for dining was not rushed. A fantastic experience over all! We will need to maintain watch over the menu for its change when we return."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My girlfriend and I dined at Ambience on New Year's Eve. It's a new restaurant in Los Altos, and we thought we'd try something local. Little did we know what we were in for: 14 courses and 2-1/2 hours of dining adventure! It was a prix fixe menu, and we split our decisions so we could try everything. We're definitely spoiled when it comes to good food, but this meal not only impressed us, but was unmatched for sheer food entertainment: delicious, interesting, extremely imaginatively presented ... just over the top! We had so much fun! One example: my dessert came with what looked like bright, colorful, sparkly coils, as well as a flower and leaf, all made from sugar crystals. Plus very quiet, a big plus! Great for celebrations."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great evening for my wife's birthday party. 10 course tasting menu with 5 "extras" from the chef. Everything was excellent--delicious and very beautifully presented. Only two of the courses ventured into something I would consider trying too hard to be different. Service is very attentive but the staff needs more training. There is a lack of in-depth knowledge of the food and wine list that would be expected for a restaurant of this caliber. Suspect in 6 months they can be at the level of a Michelin star restaurant. Wine list was OK but somewhat lacking in depth, probably best to do the wine pairings as they looked interesting. We bought two bottles and they comped the corkage fee on the special burgundy I brought. We'll go again."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Wonderful dining experience! We opted for the tasting menu with the wine pairing. The courses were plated carefully and beautifully and every single bite was so flavorful. Some standout dishes included the tuna tartare, the two-part lobster/lobster bisque course, the boar, and of course, the desserts. There were 14 courses and we definitely came away satisfied. Wine pairings were also matched perfectly. Chef used some gastronomical techniques that we weren't expecting but thoroughly enjoyed. One of us was pescatarian, which we mentioned in our reservation, and the chef prepared some delectable alternatives that the rest of us wanted to try."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We have traveled the world and been to many of the worlds best restaurants and find that Ambience could hold its own against any of them. The chef prepared amazing dish after amazing dish, often delivered the same dish in multiple ways (a different one for each of us), the presentation was exceptional, beautiful ingredients, and amazing flavors. Ambience was a bit difficult to spot as we drove by and it is in a very quiet neighborhood but once you find it, you'll want to go back. Top notch."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Out of several very good fixed menu/price restaurants in the south bay area, I would have to rate Ambience at the top of the list. The menu, the food courses, the presentation and the wine pairings were superb and more than justified the rather high price of the experience. The portions were small, but with 8 courses you do get full, but slowly, and thats as it should be. In most restaurants, by the time you finish the appetizer and the salad course, the edge (and appreciation for the next course) is off the appetite. Not here as you eagerly await the next course. If you are looking for a dining experience beyond just good, it is an excellent and romantic alternative to dining in Paris!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013