Amber Café
Amber Café

Amber Café

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ambercafe.net/
  • Phone: 6305158080
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday through Thursday 4:30pm - 10pm
    Friday and Saturday 4:30pm - 11pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Sikkelerus
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Private Events or Off-Site Catering available
  • Private Party Facilities: The perfect place for showers, corporate meetings and cocktail parties, the space offers both private and semi private spaces in a variety of areas depending on the needs of your group.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: BNSF Metra, Pace
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Public parking lot
    Free on-street parking
    One block from the Metra station
A word from Amber Café
As Westmont’s hidden treasure since 2004, Amber Cafe offers a variety of inventive American dishes that are presented with the highest quality service. Honored with the Doings Readers Choice awards for favorite “Outdoor Café” and most “Romantic Restaurant”. Conveniently located steps from the Metra station, diners experience urban fine dining in a warm, relaxed village setting.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Amber Café reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)great for outdoor dining (31)romantic (31)special occasion (30)fit for foodies (27)good for groups (11)notable wine list (11)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Exceptional food and service!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We had guests in from Washington State and took them to Amber for dinner. Everyone enjoyed their meals so much. Our friends could not believe how delicious the salmon and halibut dishes were- what a compliment from people who live on the coast and eat fresh fish several times a week! Service was outstanding as usual- Fabian offered us great advice on both wine and meal selections, and our water glasses were refilled often, without asking, which is very important to me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good upscale restaurant
    Spanio
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Waiter very attentive. Service time is good. Not child friendly. Good for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite!
    Laura
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    On this occasion, we treated guests who had done something significant for us. They enjoyed the experience, from the food to the service. We will all return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Golden Gem
    Toni
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The food was excellent, the atmosphere cozy and the service superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sadly disappointed.
    Specialsauce
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We have enjoyed Amber many times in the past. While the service can sometimes be slow the food usually made up for it. Our latest visit was horrible. Extremely poor service by a waiter that has been there a long time and should know better. And it wasn't extremely busy either. The worst we have ever had there! And 3 out of 4 of our meals were not good at all. So much so that we don't know that we will return. Bummer!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice spot for a Winter Dinner
    cawelch1
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We've dined at Amber twice in the last month and both times our meal was excellent! From appetizers, salads and entrees it was all very good. I had the petite filet the first time and it was excellent. The second trip I had the mahi mahi special served with hummus and an olive tapenade which I thought was an unusual preparation but it turned out to be very tasty. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the service is very good. Also great cocktails and wine list. A very comfortable spot for dinner with one other person or a small group. We will definitely go back again this winter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best service I've seen in awhile!
    Joshua
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    good experience, I would recommend for friends getting together as long as budgets were the same. Close quarters with an older crowd that doesn't do well for dates. Lights needed to be dimmed. I recommend real candles on the tables. The fake ones cheapen the experience! The service was fantastic! The dates needed more sauce to balance the sweetness. Whitefish was great. No wine list or drink menu. quick/easy fixes are remembering that people are paying good money for dinner. In today's economy "value" crucial! Add a dinner salad and vegetable to you entrees (grilled asparagus would have been great!). Also, it's the middle of winter and you have a very small place, put a coat rack on each side of the door.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great NYE Meal
    dutchgirl
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Always enjoy dining at Amber and their NYE fixed menu was no exception. Fabulous service and food! We took some friends who had never dined there and they loved it as well!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Great Experience
    PacomusVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We've dined at Amber previously and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our latest visit was no different. The food was wonderful only made better by the outstanding service. We highly recommend Amber for anyone that wants a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great end to a hectic week!
    2dogsandus
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    This was our second time at Amber Cafe and our friend 's first. We were all impressed and extremely happy with our service and our personal menu choices. This night and experience was much needed . Thanks, Amber Cafe ! We will ( all) be back, many more times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    LGdiner
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    I felt like I was downtown! Great city hot spot vibe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu choices were great. Beautiful
    Marley
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Menu choices were great. Beautiful presentation of food. We all had the whitefish. Decent wine list. Private room for a party.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We had a group of 6 and it was all our first time. We all loved it! It had a beautiful modern decor and fun bartender. The food was amazing and loved the presentation of everything. The wine list was very good. Our server was great up until the very end. I think he just got busy and forgot about us. I would go back again! It reminded me of something you would find in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a LOCAL GEM
    BuncranaBillVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We have been coming to Amber for 10 years and have NEVER been disappointed with either the food or service..Brancho is a genius with his other holdings (Topaz and Dolces)..Also Fabian the server is awesome..LOVE THE PLACE..Lamb is to die for..Beet Salad..yummmm..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing !!!!!
    Finefood
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    One of this nicest restaurants I have ever been to, 10 out of 10. Food was amazing staff awesome. Lovely in side. I have found my new favorite resturant . Can't wait to go back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Foodie12
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    I've eaten here several times and the food, drink and service is always great. The beef carpaccio is always a favorite appetizer and it didn't disappoint. This time I had the Amberger for dinner - an absolutely delicious burger and one of the best I've eaten. Another great dish that evening was the Amish chicken. Always a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food, backroom no-go
    niekonthemoveVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    We had a great dinner, salad, carpaccio, surf & turf, rack of lamb. All, hands down, very good. Service attentive until we walked out (it's not over until the guests are out the door!). Wine list nice but definitely overpriced. We will request the main rooma s the back room has no ambience even with the lights dimmed) and has a funny smell... You pass by a couple of incovenient placed coat racks in a hallway and are cut off completetly from the main room area. I would keep that as a bar area...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, the food was fabulous!
    mkittVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    This was our ninth or tenth dinning experience at this restaurant. The food is always great! Hospitality is tops. Our waiter, however, was a bit un-attentive this time around. The place was not that busy and we found ourselves having to wait for service several times during the evening. We will definitely continue to dine there but will ask to be served by someone else.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    My wife and I had a very nice evening at Amber. We had Filet Mignon, Butternut Squash Ravioli, and a bottle of Pinot Grigio. A delightful, conversation filled evening in a pleasant environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No need to go into the city
    SusanBKVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Amber is a gem in the western suburbs. My husband and I often drive into the city for dinner, but with Amber, we have everything the city offers plus the short commute. The food and service are outstanding. We love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amber for delicious & unique food
    DGCK
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We have been going to Amber for special occasions since it opened. The chef is creative & inventive, so the food is unique and delicious. Service is fantastic. I highly recommend Amber!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Small downtown Nice place
    wineandcheese
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    It was not very busy, but I hope it stays busy because I would like to come back! Great wine list and really good selection of apps and entrees at a mid range price. Wait staff was great and it was run very professional, which is nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10 out of 10 definitely recommend
    Foodbaby60
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Googled romantic restaurants in the western burbs and Amber Cafe was one of the top rated selections. Could not have been better. From the hostess to our waiter Fabian who was fabulous! For starters, smoked salmon appetizer, baked potato soup, delicious! Dinner was Braised Short Ribs with potato puree and Italian Sausage with Gnocchi and grilled asparagus, fantastic! Melt in your mouth cheesecake for dessert followed by a glass of port wine was the end of a perfect anniversary dinner!! We didn't go to the bar as it was in the back, but we will be definitely be going back soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently fabulous
    Jack
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Amber is always a treat - delicious food, great service, and a welcoming atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming find in the suburbs.
    dianeVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Charming find in the suburbs. Server was excellent, as were the other staff. Creative starters, loved the grilled romaine caesar salad and the whitefish entree. Would definitely recommend to folks who find themselves in the western burbs. The restaurant did get a little too loud as the dining room filled as the acoustics might not be the best to contain the conversations of diners who speak/laugh at a higer level.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    The service was impeccable, we went there for my birthday and the waiter really made me feel special!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've been to Amber twice,
    TomC
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    I've been to Amber twice, and its a great place for west suburbanites to go. I will gladly return here for dinner with my wife and friends. I highly recommend Amber.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    furmans
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    There were some interesting menu selections. The food was nicely prepared. What colored our opinion of the restaurant was the level of service. Our waitress was pleasant and gave us the attention she could. BUT - she was way overworked. There was only one server for the entire front portion of the restaurant. I would estimate there were 12 -15 tables, and they were all full. The poor lady was rushing from one to another, taking orders and checking to see if tables actually received what they ordered, since she was not the one bringing the food out. It seemed like there was only one bartender too, because it took quite a while to receive our drinks.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Western Suburb Delight
    DavidordcdVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    If you live in the western suburbs you mst eat here! The food, ambiance and service were all outstanding. If you're looking for a City caliber restaurant in the burbs, this is it. A very nice compact wine list with some delicious mid priced wines along with a heavy hitting reserve list for special occassions. Please support this great restaurant, it is an awesome place to have in our neck of the woods.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a wonderful anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We had a wonderful anniversary experience. Warmly greeted at the door by Laura. Our server, Kolnita, suggested the day's halibut which was wonderful. The watermelon salsa was a wonderful sweet contrast to the halibut. My wife's steak was cooked to perfection. The dinner was started with delicious grilled and chilled shrimp and ended with a tasty piece of peach bread pudding topped by a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Laura serenaded us with "Happy Anniversary". When our server saw that we wanted to dance, she turned up the music a bit and changed to something a little bit easier to dance to. It truly was a memorable dining experience and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was disappointed with my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    I was disappointed with my risotto. It did not have enough meat in it to be an entree and the flavor was odd. Only one person at our table of six said their food was good. I asked for a salad with the dressing on the side and it was given to a tablemate. I did not complain because I did not want to wait for another salad. Their were few patrons in the restaurant at 6:30 on a Friday night. I had been to Amber Cafe before and thought it was excellent but I won't be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    Outstanding cuisine, ambiance, and service. Truly a find in Westmont. Amber Cafe would be a standout in any neighborhood in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite a find in downtown Westmont
    resiak1958VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Amber is a non-pretentious night out with a fine menu, moderate wine list and professional wait staff. You won't be disappointed, and you can dine inside or outside given the weather and your preference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected winner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    My husband made this reservation after we had eaten at Amber Cafe for a private event about a year ago. We hadn't been back since, and we wanted to go somewhere close to home for a nice dinner. He made the reservation on Saturday afternoon for the patio, and it was a beautiful evening - albeit we did not know Taste of Westmont was going on. Needless to say we parked in their lot and walked in and out to the unexpected beautiful patio. Our server, Lindsay, was very gracious and attentive. The food was spectacular as well. I ordered the scallops and my husband ordered the white fish. Both dishes were prepared wonderfully. We will definitely be back to dine with friends. Sit out on the patio weather permitting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just great food, great service.
    mkittVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Just great food, great service. Top of the line experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful atmosphere - within
    GWinck
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Wonderful atmosphere - within a smaller space there are 3 distinct settings so depending on your mood there is something for everyone. Always terrific service and great food creations. They have always taken exceptional care of us, and for special occasions they have done something special to make it even more memorable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS A PLEASURE
    Luckylady
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    We love Amber - the food is always perfect, and the service is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed ourselves!
    PJandAl
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    We dined at Amber Cafe for the first time this weekend, and were joined by another two couples who we see once a month. We're always looking for someplace new, and we're pretty fussy about everything! Well, their outdoor dining area is delightful, their bread selection is great, and we all enjoyed our meals, sharing tastes around the table. Would definitely go to Amber Cafe again, and recommend it to others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amber
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Food was very good. However, portions were small for the prices that are charged.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleasant, what took us so long
    Dink
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Recently celebrated anniversary with dinner. Meatball appetizer pleased the wife. I would have gone for the octopus. Butter squash ravioli and pork tenderloin with sweet potato purée were delightful entrees. 8 of 9 desserts made for tough choice. Auspiciously delicious Special bread pudding with hazelnut gelato won the imaginary roll of th dice. Wait staff was friendly and efficient. Perfect evening. Wife says we must return. Why did it take so long before we ate here???
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.