I agree with other reviewers,
I agree with other reviewers, butter chicken is awesome. Good Indian food in an upscale setting
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tasty and unusual Indian food
This is my favorite Indian restaurant in the South Bay. The food is delicious and innovative. There is a wide range of vegetarian and fish dishes, so it is easy to find something I like. The wine list is also very good. I go frequently, and always enjoy it.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
A very nice place to dine
A very nice place to dine with family. Tomato soup was good. In fact, all the dishes we ordered were good. Service was extremely fast. Will definitely visit again.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Indian, always with a twist!
Amber 'suffers' from it's location. It is very busy and that is mostly because of the food but, partly due to the high traffic location. It is certainly one of the better Indian cuisine locations in the bay area and I've eaten there many times. The food is inventive, if not adventurous. If you're looking for authentic cuisine you will be disappointed. However, if you're looking for something a little different with the emphasis on quality and a cohesive taste experience, this is a great place. Of particular note is their treatment of fish. In almost every Indian restaurant, fish is over cooked. Not at Amber. What ever fish I've eaten there, either from the tandoor, as part of a mixed dish or 'curry' the fish is perfect!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best ambience and okay food
Food quality is going down. It used to be better, fewer vegetarian options.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food heaven for Indians and others.
Always a pleasure going to Amber, good food. Good service.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have dined with Amber multiple
We have dined with Amber multiple times and always satisfied with everything and the server always checks if all is OK...
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
May 4th Brunch
I took my Mom and family out for a early Mother's Day present. I really enjoyed the food and the variety. But unfortunately my family did not. I thought because it was a buffet and that there would be many choices, my family (who has little experience with Indian food) might enjoy it and find a dish they like. Unfortunately, most of their comments were that the dishes were way too spicy or hot for them or they did not like the taste of the dishes. So, I would only recommend this restaurant to people who really love Indian food and are familiar with the cuisine, not for new comers or people you want to introduce it to. Also, the noise level was loud - need more sound proofing/acoustics. The service was very good & accommodating.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful taste of India
We thoroughly enjoyed the Sunday buffet where we got to try so many different items. The naan and roti baskets were kept filled with hot , just made breads. Water glasses were continually filled. A great experience.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Usually good, slow service
Food was good as usual, although it looks like they hiked their prices quite a bit. We got a slow, slow server. She was also not that involved. Usually we get the same waiter and he's phenomenal
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome as always
Amber India and Santana Row is my wife's favorite restaurant. I took her there for Mother's Day and it didn't disappoint. One of our favorite restaurants in the bay area, absolutely love their entire menu!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Try the lamb
Last time I was there, I had a traditional Indian dish, and the other 7 guests at my table ordered the lamb. This time I ordered the lamb to see what the fuss was. There are several lamb dishes; I had lamb kebab. It was delicious and tender. I'm not even sure it was an Indian dish, but it is the best thing I've eaten there in about 5 trips.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We took a couple friends to Amber India -- it was our first dinner at a really nice Indian Restaurant. The food was good -- we would have appreciated more suggestions from the waiter, but I think he may have been respecting our conversation, which I also appreciate. It took quite awhile to get the food, but the food was excellent and the restaurant provided a good venue for conversation.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Indian food!
All around great Indian food! Went there on a weekend and other than difficulty parking in Santana row it was a fantastic experience
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the lamb and chicken kabobs, lassi was very good too. Highly recommend the seekh kabob.
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love Amber India and try
We love Amber India and try to eat there each time were are in town from Seattle. By far the best Indian food we have ever eaten. The flavors and textures of the food are truly unique. Service was excellent and the decor is classy.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and fun ambiance
Delicious Indian cuisine, friendly and attentive staff.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good but expensive food
We love the food here and come mostly for special occasions as it is very expensive Indian vegetarian food. The ambiance is great.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amber has been my favorite Indian restaurant globally for a number of years now and it keeps delivering.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Contemporary Indian Food
We grazed on appetizers and wine for a varied, fun experience. Loved the mushrooms and duck appetizers, especially. So so on the crab and scallop appetizers but they were well-executed. The aroma of complex spices and stellar service added to the ambience and fun of the evening. This is not your run of the mill Indian fare, but a modern and creative approach to the cuisine - we definitely want to return to sample some more.
Only complaint was the noise level, but it isn't any higher than most popular restaurants on a Friday night.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, interesting menu,
As always, interesting menu, good quality, and very good service. We only ever order from the a la carte menu. Have never tried the lunch buffet, which most people seem to have at the lunch hour. Keep up the good work.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Butter chicken and Lamb Roganjost
Butter chicken and Lamb Roganjost (sp?) were both excellent.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mountainview Amber India is better
I prefer the Mountainview Amber India. There are more vegetarian and seafood options, the menu is more expansive, the prices are slightly better, and the environment is less trendy.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have atended twice and the Butter Chicken is a MUST, delicous!, always the service is outstanding. Congratulations for this nice restaurant.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Taste of India
Loved the variety. This is the first time we ordered substantial veg items, since the other friends were vegetarian. They were delicious and mouth watering. Plan to try out their other veg entres next few times.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch buffet! EAT IT
Went for a Sunday lunch buffet, it was BOMB. Great selection, the meat dishes were mostly chicken-based but I like chicken. Nothing too spicy, I would call it "American-friendly" Indian food that still tasted very authentic and delicious. High-quality ingredients, good service, nice ambience. Seems like it would be good for dinner and drinks too as it had a large bar and decent-looking cocktail menu. Overall awesome experience, the buffet is definitely worth its $19 price if you come hungry.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant has excellent food, great ambience for a good family meal. I highly recommend it doe a foodie. Even though it is highly priced but the food and location makes for it! The noise level is a little high due to the crowd as it is always full rspecially Saturday afternoon, but overall a very good experience.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy hour all night
Although I did not come here for the bar I had to wait 30 minutes for a friend to arrive. Since I was waiting at the bar (after 7pm) I was able to enjoy their happy hour prices and happy hour menu that runs all night if you are sitting at the bar.
Their food is vary flavorful. I like dal curry and theirs is very good. I don't like coming to Santana Row because of the parking but I will put up with the parking for a meal at this place.
8/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our dinner very much. The service was wonderful. The food was quite good. They even customized a dish for my vegetarian friend. I would go back again and bring more friends. Also, they have man choices for those who are gluten-free. That's a great plus!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great girls night out!
This was recommended by a colleague at work and did not disappoint! Our server helped us choose 3 dishes to share along with the naan (?) and rice. The Sea Bass, Butter Chicken, and Cauliflower were all delicious. We will return!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The appetizers and special
The appetizers and special dishes are hit and miss - but the standard entrees - butter chicken, lentils, vegetables - are great. Always get the side pickles and condiments.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amber India is consistently
Amber India is consistently very good, both food and service.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Indian food for decent price
The indian curry was pretty good. But there weren't too many vegetarian options. The naans were pretty good. The service was exceptional.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice meal
Always a nice meal at this restaurant. This was our first visit to the Santana Row venue, and it is as good as the one in Mountain View. Good service, excellent dishes.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with co-workers
Made dinner reservations online for 3, arrived early but was seated right away. The food was very good and service spectacular! The wait staff knew the menu. We were contemplating a bottle of red wine that was light and the manager recommended the 2011 Forefront Pinot Noir by Pine Ridge. It was an excellent choice, reasonably priced and went with everything we ordered, potato & peas samosa appetizer, butter chicken, eggplant & trio of chicken kebob entrées. The ambience was open and spacious yet warm & cozy. The only thing is the entrée portions were not overly generous. Otherwise a perfect night out.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food and Great Service !!
Hard to go wrong with Amber.... always found it great... excellent food.. and friendly staff !!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top of the top for Indian
Amber is the #1 Indian in the area. All other Indian restaurants are compared up to it. The food is never second rate. The waiters get a A for being a great help in picking special dishes and understanding when you order something that you may not like (we ordered a drink that we weren't expecting to be bitter and he smiled understood and replaced it with something we liked). I always take people here for the experience of top quality Indian food.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
i took my cso who eats indian food only when with me on travel and we loved everything... papad tandoori cauliflower trio chicken kababs chkn curry saag paneer yellow daal rice naan and roti.
v nice experience
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Sunday Brunch Buffet
Amber has a great selection of Indian dishes - that were well prepared with high quality ingredients.
They were able to handle a party of eight on short notice for Sunday brunch - with good vegetarian and non-veg dishes.
I did miss a better selection of appetizers on the buffet, wish chai tea was an offering to go with the desserts, and found many of the dishes much spicier than my expectations and experience from travel to India. I have noticed many restaurants in the area have upped the heat (spiciness) in their kitchens - does Amber monitors their line cooks for authentic flavors when if iit is seasoned to taste in the kitchen.
I would recommend this buffet for a brunch - but taste each dish before takkng large portions.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner was good, restaurant
Dinner was good, restaurant decor is nice. On my OpenTable reservation, I noted it was a "birthday" dinner and they were very nice to bring out a piece of birthday cake with candle for my daughter, a very nice touch I appreciate. Will definitely go back again when down in Santa Clara.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We lived almost 5 years in India and this place have the real flavor on their dishes! We came to celebrate our anniversary and was a fantabulous experience to be there. We love the butter chicken, dal makhani, paneer and of course Garlic Naan.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to take friends and team members. Not to loud and the food was absolutely amazing! Butter Chicken.... Like heaven!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I highly recommend this restaurant. The food is wonderful and gorgeous. Also there are quite good wine list and beer. I am sure you can feel indian beers like Kingfisher and Taji.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice once in a while
It's a nice place to go once in a while. Taking a stroll around Santana Row and then dining here is a good experience. Food is quite expensive though. There's nothing really that great about the taste and giving fancy names to standard Indian dishes doesn't make it any better. Service was good. Place was noisier than I would have expected. But on the whole, good experience.
I wouldn't necessarily go back here though.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Butter Chicken to Die For
Great place with friends that you can share different dishes together. The Butter Chicken is one of our favorites...
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM