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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.

13 North Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Thursday 4:30pm - 10pm
Friday and Saturday 4:30pm - 11pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(630) 515-8080

Website:
http://www.ambercafe.net/

Catering:
Private Events or Off-Site Catering available

Parking Details:
Free Public parking lot
Free on-street parking
One block from the Metra station

Public Transit:
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.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Amber Café Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
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Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
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Fit for Foodies (6)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Healthy (4)
Casual (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2010

Great food and ambiance, service could have been better.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2010

We are regulars at both Amber and Topaz,but on Saturday night we took friends that were first timers - Fabian our server was charming and helpful. Our friends loved the entire dining experience and it was fun to see it through their eyes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2010

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2010

Superb Food: exquisite flavors, perfect temperature, simple & elegant presentations, and innovative menu items. Excellent Service: well-paced, personable and professional staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2010

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2010

We enjoyed Amber so much that, as we left the restaurant, we made another reservation for November 10, after the theater. We liked the ease of making our first reservation through Open Table.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2010

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2010

Always great food. Bar specials a great deal. Guitarist is a nice added touch.
Highly recommend to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2010

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2010

We especially loved the surprise "taste of fall" drink brought to us at the conclusion of our meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2010

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 25, 2010

The menu is very creative with wonderful combinations. The atmosphere is lively and service is excellent. A wonderful neighborhood gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2010

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 !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2010

Excellent as always. We are never disappointed. We often get the fish--this time the halibut was outstanding. The service was perfect--there when you need attention but not asking constant questions. It certainly is a western suburb gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 18, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2010

Our dining experience was good overall but the food is WAY over priced for the amount you get. $24 for 3-scallops and a little thing of pasta and mushrooms?? Come on! If you are overly hungry, don't bother, you will walk out of there wanting more food!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2010

Jonathon's food was classic and wonderful. We had a very good time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 28, 2010

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2010

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 3, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 7, 2010

Very consistent high quality service and food, at a reasonable cost. I recommend it to many of my friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 2, 2010

Fabulous, as always! Took some friends that had not been to Amber before. They were delighted. Not only is the food very good, the outdoor seating, and actually the entire restaurant have a cool vibe.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 5, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 29, 2010

The food is absolutely outstanding. All too often when dealing with restaurants that offer fine cuisine their tendency is to be long on presentation, and short on portions. Such is not the case at Amber Cafe.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 27, 2010

The outdoor garden is a must when the weather is nice. The food was fresh and full of flavor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 22, 2010

Our food was very good. My entre said it had some crushed red pepper, but it had too much pepper (spicy hot) for my taste.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2010

We had a lovely evening at Amber. We needed a night out, without the kids, and it was perfect. Great food, great wine, great ambiance... perfect.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 9, 2010

Brunch was a bit pricey, but over all adelightful experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2010

Delicious, creative, tasteful "take" on Mexican Food, couldn't have been better

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 1, 2010

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...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 1, 2010

The food was excellent. Scallop appetizer was cooked to perfection, which is rare compared with many restaurants. The veal chop special was outstanding.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 15, 2010

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 4, 2010

Relaxed gracious service on a joyous Easter Sunday! The quality of the food was wonderful. The lamb and shrimp were mouth watering! The fresh fruit tasted of summer time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 3, 2010

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 3, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 27, 2010

My wife and I have been there twice and had a great meal on both occasions. The wait staff is attentive and the food is excellent! I recommend the 5 course, chef choice gustation, with wine pairing. You won't be disappointed!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 26, 2010

Outstanding service and delicious food. Great personal service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 20, 2010

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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