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About 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.
Westmont, IL 60559
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Thursday 4:30pm - 10pm
Friday and Saturday 4:30pm - 11pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Events or Off-Site Catering available
Free Public parking lot
Free on-street parking
One block from the Metra station
BNSF Metra, Pace
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.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Amber Café Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I had dinner with friends that had flown in from NJ for the weekend. We have eaten at Amber (and at Topaz) a dozen or so times before. I always look forward to the scallops and they were excellent. My wife had the salmon and our guests had the white fish and paella. The paella was excellent. Unfortuantely, the salmon and the white fish were overcooked and very dry. This was unusal for Amber as the food is almost always excellent, but Chef Matt Vitucci must have had an off night. The wine selection, Archery Summit Pinot Noir, was excellent.
Our food was a disappointment. It was bland and dull. Underseasoned would be an understatement. We had a deliciously prepared rainbow trout but it was served on a sauce that was just the soup of the day recycled. The clam chowder soup/sauce was watery, bland and unappealing. When we made the server aware of our disappointment with the meal, he apologized but made no attempt to find out what was the problem. I assumed our input was not important enough to possibly facilitate a change in the preparation of the meal.
There was not a morsel of food left on any of our plates (3 diners). The combinations of flavors and textures was excellent, and the presentation beautiful. But the real treat was our server - ask for Fabian (Fabiani) - his suggestions were so helpful and his demeanor really made our experience festive. This restaurant has become a new favorite!
We chose to try the special chef's mediterranean 3 course menu and we were pleasantly delighted. The food and service was excellent. We sat in an enclosed courtyard which was very nice but it was way too loud to hear the classical guitar playing. There were large tables of people who paid no mind to the artist and I think they should have been seated in another part of the restaurant.
Amber Cafe was great! The food was wonderful. The service could not have been better. Very friendly and attentive staff. We sat outside in the enclosed patio. It was a beautiful night. We were nice and toasty under the heaters. What a great way to spend a Friday night with friends. Everthing was perfect!
We celebrated my mother's 81st birthday at Amber - from the moment we walked in and were greeted by the owner Branko we felt welcome & special. Our favorite server Lindsay enhanced the evening further with her friendly and attentive service. We had a fabuluous time !
We really like the intimacy of this restaurant, with it's small dining area. The service was outstanding, with all the courses well-timed and constant filling of water glasses, etc. We had the crab cakes for an appetizer - would highly recommend!! We thought the lobster bisque was only average (Clubhouse has a much better bisque), as was the ceasar salad. Our entrees, however, were delicious! The veal medallions with the mushroom sauce was outstanding, as was the salmon. This was only our first visit to this restaurant, and we will definitely add it to our special occasion restaurant list.
The food was outstanding. The only issues we encountered were service related. There was a long delay between being seated and someone stopping at the table. We were seated in the bar area, which was fine, but if it was my place I'd remove the television, and we had to ask to have the music turned down. The bartender stopped by first, took drink orders, followed by a server, who was the wrong one. Finally, the server assigned to our section brought the drinks and everything from there on was fine. Overall a good experience, they just need to iron out the front of the house staffing and assignments.
We have been here several times and it remains a favorite spot. The food is consistently of high quality, the service is very attentive. The price is certainly worth the product delivered. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for someone that is looking for gourmet food in the Western suburbs.
Several seating options; up front for more quiet and romantic, in the bar area for a little more acitivity and outside for great outdoor dining. Food is always excellent and service is top notch and friendly. Small but varied menu; everyone can always find something. Outdoor guitar music on Thursdays is a great addition.
Recently remodeled and updates to menu. No one in our party of 3 was impressed. From the same owners we strongly prefer Dolce (almost across the street) or Topaz in Burr Ridge. Amber was great when it first opened, but the competition is MUCH stronger these days. The suburbs now has places like Vie or Prasino in addition to the restaurants listed above that far surpass Amber in value.
Better than ever. Amber was closed for three weeks while they remodeled the interior. The redesign was nice and has lightened up the interior. The result is very pleasant.
The menu was adjusted a little bit for the better (which is an accomplishment because is was tremendously good before). Small plates were added as a sub-section of the menu. This is nice as they are good for shared appetizers or as a main course if you are not as hungry.
Other additions are a listing of sides, which is a nice change. Get the roasted corn, fabulous. Another change is a bread pudding of the day. This was fantastic. Try it.
Unfortunately we did not speak up when we were shown to our table - it was a VERY small table for two sandwiched between two 4 toppers. Branko told us that he was going to do a little tweaking of the decor - my suggestion would be to eliminate the VERY small tables.
The service was very good and the food was GREAT ! We were excited to taste the new chef's offerings and they lived up to his reputation.
Certainly not as vibrant and exciting as their sister restaurant, Topaz in Burr Ridge. Diner turnover was surprisingly minimal for this comfortable Saturday night. One large gathering was apparently for the owner's family, since our hostess was seated with them and got up to welcome us, then went back to join them. Their group of ten or so were there before we arrived and after we finished. Food was good, excellent portions, well plated and served, but not exceptional. Our spinach salads were tasty, but with too much dressing (puddle underneath). The pork tenderloin was also tasty, but overcooked. For a restaurant that's been open this long, it could use a little "crisping up." We'll be going back to Topaz...
I treated a longtime friend to dinner at Amber for her birthday. It was a Thursday evening and a quiet one. Most diners went out to the outdoor patio; therefore, we had the dining room all to ourselves. The food was delicious, the servers were attentive but not intrusive. We were able to sit, relax and enjoy our dinner without being rushed. At the end of dinner, the waiter brought us a complimentary chocolate lava cake and ice cream for the birthday celebration. A great evening.
I was disappointed. The food was fair to adequate and a little pretentious. I had butternut squash ravioli with sage buter and parmesan cheese. It was room temperature and didn't have a lot of taste. We split a crab and truffle oil risotto. One of our table mates asked if there was crab in it and there were little bits but not enough to flavor the rice. I certainly couldn't taste the truffle oil. When we arrive at 7 on a Saturday night there was only one other couple in the empty room. When we left the room was still less than half full. I wouldn't go back again since there are a lot of good restaurants, even in the western suburbs.
What a fantastic time we had at this restaurant. Food was exceptional and the service was wonderful. Here in the suburbs we rarely find a restaurant that meets our high standards, but this exceeded them. We started with the Scallops Risotto for an appetizer. Perfectly cooked risotto and a nice sear on the Scallops. The Butternut Squash with Curry soup was great. Very light, actually, and good flavor. For dinner it was a double bone-in filet and monkfish for my wife. Both were correctly cooked and flavorful.
During our dining experience, we spoke with the owner and were treated exceptionally by the staff. I would highly recommend this restaurant!!! Way better than Tallgrass in Lockport and every other restaurant in the burbs.
This has got to be one of my favorite restaurants now. My boyfriend and I were looking for a restaurant with fresh, healthy food since we were both on diets. The service was outstanding starting with our greeting, the waitress, bartender...the entire wait staff. Every person there treated us like we were friends/family. The waitress helped me pick out a "diet" drink. The bartender fixed a perfect Black Martini. The delicious bread was sliced in small pieces which was perfect for us being on diets. The salmon just melted in my mouth and the jasmine rice was light and fluffy. Didn't have any dessert. Will have to save that for when I reach my goal weight. Will definitely return.
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