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Ámbar Restaurante, El Paso, TX

Ámbar Restaurante

4.3
4.3
449 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Immerse yourself in the time-honored techniques and evocative flavors of wood-fired Mexican cuisine at Ámbar Restaurante in downtown El Paso. The menu is led by Executive Chef Lawrence Acosta, who brings his mastery of regional Mexican cuisine to the city.

Patrons are greeted by a spectacular 40-foot-tall amber glass and polished stainless steel wall that showcases the bar area and one of the largest tequila collections in Texas.

Chef Acosta makes a conscious effort to support the boutique, family-run farms and makers in Mexico, and the menu features centuries-old Mexican recipes with a regionally driven twist. Popular dishes include ceviches, roasted cauliflower w/ mole poblano tacos, bacon tacos; al pastor; and tomahawk ribeye. For dessert, coconut tres leches and mesquite chocolate cake by Pastry Chef Jakki Rojo.

Join us for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Reservations required.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tex-Mex, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Daily 10:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (915) 440-0051

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Andres Padilla

  • Neighborhood

    El Paso

  • Cross street

    N. Oregon St.

  • Parking details

    Plaza Parking Garage Located At 100 E San Antonio Ave

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 449 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • El Paso

    Fit for Foodies

  • El Paso

    Notable Wine List

  • El Paso

    Romantic

  • El Paso

    Special Occasion

  • El Paso

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • El Paso

    Most Booked

  • El Paso

    Fit for Foodies

  • El Paso

    Notable Wine List

  • El Paso

    Romantic

  • El Paso

    Special Occasion

  • El Paso

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • El Paso

    Most Booked

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  1. JT

    JoseT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great live music great brunch, great service. Parking is difficult, but valet price is reasonable
  2. C

    Christian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were delicious. Definitely will be going back.
  3. AN

    ArmyNurse

    El Paso

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food improves j er past experiences. Glad they got a new chef.
  4. AR

    AngelicaR

    El Paso

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Not many food choices, but food is delicious.
  5. s

    sarahl

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Braised short ribs and the duck mole changed our lives. Will be back. Jamie was our waiter, provided great suggestions, was very pleasant, added to a great night.
  6. T

    Tex58

    Las Vegas

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Just keep on walking, find another place to eat
  7. RF

    RamonF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Restaurant drinks were perfect, rooftop drinks need work. Food was ok
  8. AR

    AnaR

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    We were expecting more of a restaurant than a bar atmosphere. Excellent service
  9. G

    Great

    Minneapolis

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and cocktails were amazing! Ambar Margaritas roasted plantains and Salmon. The Ceviche was perfect
  10. NS

    NayeliS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waiter Bryan was amazing with the service he provided
  11. JL

    JLJ826

    Columbus

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had dinner with my son. Highly recommend the divorcée drink and the carnitas to share! Delicious ;)
  12. IH

    IrinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was on point, from the personnel to food and drinks.
  13. JR

    JulesR

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made same day reservation for Sunday early dinner before attending a concert. Quiet atmosphere. Attentive waiter. Ordered a bottle of wine and multiple items from menu that were all delicious. Would definitely dine here again.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Most food was excellent, lamb was subpar. Not seasoned and bland, along with sides. Drinks were great. Service as excellent
  15. CL

    CLAYITA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice and clean restaurant located in the heart of El Paso, food was great, drinks were awesome and amazing service, will visit again :)
  16. JF

    JoseF

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    There were items not offered to my party so we ordered from menu. The waiter of the table next us did to his table and spent a good amount of time talking to them. Our waiter took our drink order, then food and disappeared.
  17. VK

    ValerieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved best experience ever we will come come back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Food was delicious but the service was really lacking. Dinner took over three hours and we had to keep asking for our server and for things we needed. He was kind when at our table but getting him there was hard. The order was messed up as well and one person waited significantly longer for their food.
  19. CG

    CindiG

    San Diego

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding - Marie was excellent, professional, polite, knowledge. All the things we missed during the pandemic are back in this great dining experience. Ordered the guacamole, plantains, tacos and salad. They accommodated my daughter with a quesadilla and black beans. Prices are a bit shocking ($14 for an a-la-cart taco), but the food is delicious and worth a visit.
  20. AR

    AmberR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Ambience was nice, they took way to long to bring out drinks and food. Didn’t feel like the price matched the taste or quality, I felt the place wasn’t bad just wasn’t anything to special.
  21. AC

    AC124

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First time dining at Ambar Restaurante before the Earth Wind and Fire concert. The food was great. One person in our party had the enchiladas Suizas someone else had the carnitas tacos, and another had the suadero tacos. Everyone like their choices. I ordered the pescado Veracruzano. It was delicious. I shared it with everyone and everybody agreed it was the best dish. I noticed people were turned away at the entrance because they did not have a reservation. My advise is plan ahead and make a reservation. I give Ambar Restaurante 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  22. D

    Diner00581

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Sadly disappointed. Kitchen was not attentive in serving obviously undercooked chicken. Menu was more limited than last visit which was also a bit disappointing for an anniversary dinner. Gave it another try.. and I will not be returning.
  23. HR

    HumbertoR

    El Paso

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server treated us with great care. Food came in perfect order and timing.
  24. LF

    LettyF

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience5
    This was our second time visiting the Ambar restaurant. On our first visit, We enjoyed the atmosphere very much. The kitchen was visible from the table and we enjoyed the smells and sounds of the chefs preparing our meals. The second time that we visited, the kitchen was empty. Our meals were prepared in the back of the house. There was no atmosphere and we were very disappointed.
  25. D

    pharmD

    El Paso

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was underwhelming, Portions are small for the price point and some of the food needed salt. We had ceviche, guac, short rib, arrachera plate , carnita taco and suadero taco. Arrachera was pretty tough and fatty. If you want tacos go to Elemi or Taconeta. They do have a good mezcal selection though.
  26. JM

    JaviM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was not good no flavor to it, nothing special about it. For Mexican food should have gone to Carnitas Querétaro or Taco Tote.
  27. m

    mcube

    Austin

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall good food took too long after order
  28. AB

    AdrianaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere! The ceviche is my favorite!
  29. l

    lola

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    The food was okay. My partner and I do not mind paying higher prices for good food. Ambar charges $50 for mahi mahi- never heard of those kind of prices for fish like mahi mahi. It was rather ridiculous. The coconut tres leches was good and the tuetano. Overall, I would safely say that I nor my tastebuds will be returning.
  30. CP

    CruzP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was 10/10 from the moment you walk in to the food. Food was very delicious. Drinks on point. Waiter knew when to stop by and ask if we needed anything else.
  31. PH

    PaulH

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We dined at Ambar on a Sunday night, when staffing was likely not what it is on a busier night. So I'm willing to cut some slack. But still...our meals were served tepid to warm...not hot. The salmon was incredibly dry. The appetizers were meh. I was slightly overcharged (but the bill quickly corrected). Having dined at Cafe Central the night before at a similar price point and been delighted, I have to say that despite Ambar's close proximity, the two restaurants are worlds apart.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I have to say I really do like the Ambar restaurant atmosphere. This is the second time in a month I have had dinner here. To say the two experiences were so different is an understatement. Our waitress Marie last night was attentive and polite. She had a lot of tables it seemed. The bar was extremely slow to get our drinks out. At one point my husband asked for a second glass of wine. When his food came out. It was served after he finished and I mean like 30 + minutes. One of the other people in our party of four and I ordered the salmon. The food took a long time to come to us even with the allowance that this is fine dining and not fast food. Guess what? When our food was delivered… there was no salmon. The chef had switched out to halibut. No one asked us if that was ok. Not the chef. Not the waitress.We both accepted the dish so that is on us.We also informed the waitress and asked what type of fish it was. The fish was over cooked. I might give the restaurant another try when in town again but there are some other great options downtown that are better I believe. I did give some stars for good due to the fact that the food here is good. And the drinks were accurate just very slow.
  33. PE

    PatE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience5
    We waited 1 1/2 hour for our food. We were late for our show at the Plaza. They also forgot the soup we ordered.
  34. LH

    LuisH

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    What happened with the food? Seems like the wood grill was the key of their good food. With that gone, food is just not as good as it used to be.
  35. GC

    GeCo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience4
    A la comida le faltaba sabor, la cremita de poblano no tenia nada de sal
  36. RF

    RobertF

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great! Good variety of menu selections.
  37. L

    Luke

    Charlotte

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience5
    Our entree came out before appetizers, and the side we ordered never came out. We were told that we wont be charged for the appetizer and we were. The carnitas we ordered was so dry and firm that it could not be put on tortillas its cut like a tough steak. Overall it was a terrible experience and if we can back in town would not go back
  38. CS

    ClaudiaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Very disappointed with the food. Just guacamole and salsas were edible
  39. AL

    AlexandraL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Nice service, ambiance. Drinks were good. However, the food was almost good. I had to put a lot of salt to taste anything.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Jeramey our server was WONDERFUL. He was knowledgeable and attentive. THE BEST! We ordered one appetizer for five people and the manager surprised us with an extra and comped it. Delightful evening!!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ámbar Restaurante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (915) 440-0051.

Ámbar Restaurante is rated 4.3 stars by 449 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Ámbar Restaurante

106 W Mills Ave El Paso, TX 79901

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N. Oregon St.

  • Neighborhood

    El Paso

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Daily 10:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tex-Mex, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Plaza Parking Garage Located At 100 E San Antonio Ave

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andres Padilla

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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