Ambience
Ambience

Ambience

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ambiencefinedininglosaltos.com/
  • Phone: 6509179030x
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Ambience reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (30)fit for foodies (29)romantic (28)notable wine list (16)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (4)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Magnificent dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We were celebrating anniversary dinner and the food was magnificent. Thank you for making our wedding anniversary a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding experience
    chocolatelover
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Would highly recommed Ambience for elegant, excellant service and outstanding, exquisite food. Great wine pairing. Stellar in every way!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Ambience deserves the Michelin star! Food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. Great wine pairings and very attentive service. One of the very best food in the peninsula.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leahstephens1028
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    All the food tasted amazing, however the portions we minuscule. The combined courses with amuse bouche wouldn't even equate to an appetizers at most nice restaurants. On top of the small portions the entire experience only lasted 2 hours, when I get a tasting menu I expect an experience, not a rushed course every few minutes (especially since there was only one other couple in the restaurant). I would have loved to have a nice tasting menu nearby without having to go to the city, unfortunately we will not be back; $550 for two people for a dinning experience that left so much to be desired, and required a trip to Chipotle....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommended
    culinaryartlover
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The chef, what can I say, is a true culinary artist. The presentation of each dish is like a work of art. I had to feast my eyes visually before I wanted to feast my tastebuds. Truly a treat to all your senses!! Keep up the good work! Will definitely come here again for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Winner
    TheDoubles
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was a spectacular. We were frequent guests with Chef Song at his Ambience restaurant in Carmichael and were very excited to experience his new Ambience. We were not disappointed. He remains true to the style we were accustomed at his prior location, as there were some familiar preparations and presentations. But Chef has raised the bar from a culinary perspective as well as the overall dining experience. Be prepared for an event, not simply a dinner or dining experience. While nearly three hours would seem to be excessive even for an event that you knew would be special, it was evenly paced and, including wine pairings, the timing was flawless. You departed wanting more. One suggestion is to expand the dessert selections; picky.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Fabulous Food! Textures, flavors of the food with great service that makes ambience a truly one of the best place to dine in bay area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced yet delicious
    livinthegoodlife
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The ambiance was very subdued so my wife and I enjoyed a quiet celebration together. As it was my wife's birthday I brought 2 special bottles of rare wine so did not pay the extra 200 or 250 dollars for wine pairing. The multitude of courses reminded me of The French Laundry as each course was microscopic yet very delicious. The service was fine but not standout. The bill came to 500 dollars with tip without wine as the corkage fee was 50 dollars a bottle, still 1/2 the price of the pairing and my two wines were better than those that came with the pairing. It was a one time affair for us.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gem in the rough!
    MaryamVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Wonderful restaurant. The food was fabulous, the service superb, the ambiance perfect. I recommend this to everybody who wants to have romantic and high end dining experience without driving to San Francisco. Just lovely. I have lived in Los altos almost for 20 yrs and always hoped for a nice restaurant in this caliber. I call it Gem in the rough because the location is not the most wonderful spot in downtown but the flip side is there is always parking available there.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go, before they get a star!
    vaelin
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was great! Every dish was complex yet well-balanced. The service was decent, a little unpolished but not a deal breaker by any means.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • blenny
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My experience at Ambience continues to exceed my expectations. The outstanding flavors and presentation of the dishes emulate the more renowned restaurants in the Bay Area. Simply put, for this type of cuisine, I have simply not tasted better food in the area. I do hope this restaurant is awarded the Michelin star so that more foodies flock to this hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy, creative menu; expensive
    JMPA
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We liked the food-- creative, interesting, and well done. At the same time, I have dined at placed in this price range a few times, and I'm not sure that this place had that extra something special that justifies the price. I didn't feel it was a good value at the price ($540 walk out price for two people, one order of the cheaper wine paring, tax and tip.) I also took off a star on ambiance, as I would have preferred to dine with more people in the restaurant on a Friday night-- it just felt strange to be in an almost empty restaurant on a Friday.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    it was great evening. The food was as art and very creative, and lobster dish was best ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food, wine pairing not so
    WorldWideWineGeeksVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising Find
    suszzVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Real Adveture in Dining.
    pwcislo
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top Notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Savoringcal
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another delicious evening
    DeliciousDiner
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 62 reviews are from the Ambience reviews archive.
  • Better than expected
    Food4thought
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining in Los Altos
    LosAltosFan
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
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  • Best in town
    chef2learnfrom
    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?
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is Excellent
    DebRVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambience is aging like a fine wine
    blenny
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food for Thought
    ccred
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional & gastronomical!
    MonicaLoves2Eat
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
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    Marsidos
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Great dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ende
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Promising but still unpolished
    BayAreaFoodie
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenomenal-Los Altos Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best restaurant within 20 miles
    SaiWaiVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion in Los Altos
    KristineVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For longer date night sans kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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. :)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not Michelin Star Good
    ChefmasterJVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Absolutely amazing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Experience
    Tony
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We enjoyed ourselves very much. Very elegant and inventive food. On a very short list of the best restaurants in the area.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bay Area's Next Fine Dining Spot
    maven88
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    What a great dining experience. Ambience is truly the Peninsula's next great fine dining establishment. I had researched Chef Morgan Song's pedigree and learned that he had cooked at some of the finest establishments in San Francisco for 20 years before venturing on his own for the same-named and very well reviewed restaurant in Sacramento for 8 years. Overall, we had a great meal at Ambience and it was a true culinary and modern dining experience. The courses are largely French-inspired, but the breadth of cuisine (seafood, meat, dessert) is impressive. I'm so glad we came for the great food, but also for the friendly and intimate atmosphere. Well done.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Special Treat for My Valentine
    Ok2uselane
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.