This is a lovely restaurant in a great area. The wait staff and co-owner were very detailed and sincerely concerned about our dining experience. Each dish was a piece of art and displayed and prepared with outstanding execution. Over the 12 courses our waitress explained each dish and wine pairing. The wines were all excellent and went perfectly with the wine. It has been a long time since I have been at a restaurant where the staff, chef and co-owner cared so deeply about their service and food.
The overall atmosphere is pleasant and romantic with soft music and dim lighting. All decor is in neutral tones for a calm feeling.
I had a wonderful experience at Ambience and plan to come back as well as recommend to all my foodie friends.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Raises The Bar in the South Bay
Open only a few weeks and Ambience has claimed it's place at the top of the list for high-end dining in the South Bay. It's an unassuming location, but the fixed menu is outsanding. It stands up well to anything available in SF. A must try site.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top notch restaurant
Straight out of France. Delicious food presented in the French tradition. One of three restaurants in the county (we know of) that doesn't stiffle conversation with loud music and guests that must compete with it to be heard.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Dining at it's finest!
I would advise anyone in the local area, or simply passing through to make a reservation at Ambience. We did the 11 course dinner with the wine pairing, and let's just say it was nothing short of amazing. The lobster tail was perfectly seared, the lamb cooked just right, and the desserts were simply delectable. Service was on point as well. Our waiter educated us on every course, and every wine it was almost as if I were in the kitchen learning the food straight from the chef. I will definitely be going back again.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous birthday experience
This gem is for serious foodies. Allow plenty of time for the 12 course (we got 2 bonus courses!) Chef's tasting menu. The dishes were absolutely fresh and arranged as high art, presented with pride by the attentive staff. We'll be back for special occasions - would come often if we had a corporate expense account!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
More than a great dinner...
Dining at Ambiance is more than going out to dinner, it's an event. You need to be in the same mind set as if you're taking a hot air ballon ride in the Napa Valley. You plan and save up for those types of events and the same could be true for dining at Ambiance. The food is beyond excellent, the flavors encountered beyond description. If I was given a choice for a last meal before I met my demise, it would be at Ambiance. You should strongly consider going there; you may even owe to yourself to do so. Be ready to spend your hard earned money though. 11 course tasting dinner is $135, the wine paring is an additional $85, and you wouldn't dare walk out without leaving a tip, would you ? It's worth it !
9/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Pricy--but worth it
We tried this new Los Altos restaurant for my husband's birthday. It was one of the best meals I ever had -- equal to Chef TJ's in Mountain View when it got its Michelin star. It was also one of the most expensive meals I have ever had, but we knew that going in.
The restaurant offers a fixed menu, which you can accompany with a wine pairing. The food and wine were exquisite, except for the tough lamb chops. The service was attentive and the decor is unobtrusively lovely -- wood floors, taupe walls and curtains and comfortably padded modern banquettes. Also unobtrusive is the signage out front, which made it hard for us to find the restaurant at first.
A month after opening, Ambience was half-full on a Saturday. I hope that changes.
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great culinary find in Los Altos!
What a treat to have such a lovely meal, without the San Francisco or Palo Alto parking hassle, and without being rushed or crowded. We'll definitely be back!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
New in Los Altos
My wife and I had visited the chef's prior restaurant in Sacramento a few weeks before it closed and we were sad that wouldn't be able to go back again. We were excited when we heard that he had opened in Los Altos (much closer to us). The staff was super friendly and the food was fantastic. THe portions are small but exquisitely prepared and we ordered the wine pairing to go with the meal. The wines were excellent and well matched to each course. We are already planning a few more visits to Ambience with friends and family.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden gem in Los Altos
My wife and I invited friends of ours to dine here. We opted for the wine pairing. The food is excellent and the wine complemented the food well. Particular standouts are the beef tartare, rack of lamb, bone marrow soup, and sea bass. The restaurant itself is quite beautiful. The glass walls with abstract paintings add a nice modern touch to an otherwise classical setting. No complaints about the service either. Price is reasonable given the cost of comparable restaurants in the area. Would highly recommend and will return.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
spectacular 7-course gourmet meal
Each dish was a savory creation similar to fine dishes of 5-star restaurants in Europe.
It was unforgettable and reasonably priced. Will return soon.
Meal was a fixed price chef tasting menu with a few optional choices of main dishes.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Healthy Fine Dining
Fine dining, but more healthy than most with less fat and sauces. Beautiful plating, with edible orchid and rose petals! Talented chef, who presented wonderful flavors and well-done contrasting textures. Pricey, but I'd rather have one "fine dining" occasion than many "fast food" experiences.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
extraordinary chef's tasting menu
Extraordinary chef's tasting menu was absolutely marvelous--- delicious and innovative dishes at a high level of quality that are delivered with precision. The staff was friendly and decor was beautiful,modern style. What an amazing dining experience !
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Prepare to be impressed
If you are looking for someplace exceptional to celebrate a very special occassion you must make a reservation with Ambience. Let their chef impress you with dish after dish prepared for royalty and wines specially paired for your palate to enjoy with each of the dishes. The room was decorated with a gorgeous array of flowers that flowed from a clear glass vase as a centerpiece to the room. The service was excellent and attentive allowing you to move through the many courses at your pace without being rushed. Every dish was explained in detail and the presentation was like "Monet on a Plate". We will definately return and pass the word to anyone who wants to share a very special dining experience.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
This Restaurant is going to
This Restaurant is going to get Michelline star if they maintain the service and quality.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, but tiny portions
The food was interesting and very good, presented beautifully and service was outstanding. We had an enjoyable time. The only downside is the portions are small and we were hungry an hour or so later. We are not big eaters at all, but my husband ended up eating a tuna fish sandwich later despite having a wonderful meal.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and service
The food is exceptional at Ambience. Be prepared to leave a little tipsy if you get the wine pairings -- they are generous!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Floating in enjoyment
An evening of culinary enjoyment with perfect wine paring.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'm glad that Ambience is in downtown Los Altos.
A much needed addition to the dining choices here.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
This meal was a treat--most beautiful plating I have ever seen. It was like edible art. In addition to being amazing, I can tell that a tremendous amount of heart went into every plate.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Ambiance at Ambiance
Our family does love these tasting menu restaurants. We like the presentation of each course as if it is a gift arranged and presented just for us. Ambiance does this well and the courses are presented artfully and creatively. The food itself was very good but some of the courses perhaps a bit light on flavor. Lots of the molecular gastronomy and such which I must confess I have not become a devotee but many foodies have including my son.
So all in all a nice experience.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the best food we ever
One of the best food we ever had. Every plates were impeccable and fun, great experience.
We will be back soon.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Original and delicious !
This is our new favorite gastronomic restaurant in the Bay Area ! We went to all the highest stars rewarded restaurant and this one is a little gem who can be soon well rewarded. For a special occasion or a romantic gateway, each plate is a delicious surprise for the eyes and for the mouth. Highly recommended !
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM