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Amber Dhara - Palo Alto - Permanently Closed

3.9
3.9
394 Reviews
$31 to $50
Indian

Amber Dhara (meaning "sky" and "earth", respectively) is the brand new concept from Vijay Bist. Here, his long time dream of opening an Indian restaurant in downtown Palo Alto come true. The vision for this restaurant is to create seasonal, regional, sustainable, and unique menus paired with an extensive wine and cocktail list with friendly service. Chef Vittal researched and compiled a contemporary menu which has fresh look while using the traditional recipes; the age are followed to the core using layers of spices with nouvelle cooking techniques.

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

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Menu

Appetizer

  • Samosa 2 pcs$3.75

    Crisp turnovers, spiced potato and peas

    • Papdi Chaat$4.00

      Tangy potato & sweet potato chat, wheat crispies, chutneys

      • Peshawari Kulcha$4.00

        Cashew, coconut, cranberries & raisins stuffed naan

        Lunch Specials

        • Chicken Platter$12.95

          Chicken Curry or Butter Chicken, Fresh salad, side vegetable of the day, dal, basmati or brown rice, naan

          • Fish Platter$12.95

            Fish Curry, Fresh salad, side vegetable of the day, dal, basmati or brown rice, naan

            • Lamb Platter$13.95

              Lamb Curry, Fresh salad, side vegetable of the day, dal, basmati or brown rice, naan

              • Vegetarian Thali$12.95

                Daily selection of appetizer, two vegetarian dishes, dal, raita, basmati or brown rice, naan & dessert

                • Vegetarian Platter$11.95

                  Vegetarian Platter - daily selection of vegetarian delight, side vegetable of the day, dal, raita, basmati or brown rice, naan

                  • Tandoori Platter$15.95

                    Tandoori platter- Fresh salad, chicken, salmon, seekh kebab, raita served with naan

                    • Chicken Kati roll$10.45

                      Fresh salad and Tandoor roasted white meat chicken in flaky bread

                      • Paneer Kati Roll$9.45

                        Fresh salad and Tandoor roasted paneer tikka in flaky bread

                        For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                        What 394 people are saying

                        Overall ratings and reviews

                        3.9
                        3.9 based on all time ratings
                        • 4.0Food
                        • 3.9Service
                        • 3.7Ambience
                        • 3.5Value

                        NoiseModerate

                        81% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                        1. SS

                          SamS

                          San Francisco

                          65 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          65 reviews

                          Dined on December 21, 2019

                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                          Too bad this place is closing down. The food has always been very good And the location is great..but I guess the rents are too high

                        2. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          London

                          5 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on November 24, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We had a wonderful, delicious meal with fantastic service! I will definitely go back.

                        3. S

                          Simba

                          San Francisco

                          2 reviews

                          vip
                          1.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on October 27, 2019

                          overall1food1service4ambience1

                          The restaurant is about to close down. So everything has gone down the drain. Our server was excellent. Should not be serving in a close down mode.

                        4. AS

                          AS2019

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on August 20, 2019

                          overall4food4service4ambience2

                          Our group was in the Lakeview Room which was good for a private business dinner. Food and service was good; ambiance not so good

                        5. KA

                          KevinA

                          San Francisco

                          9 reviews

                          vip
                          3.0

                          9 reviews

                          Dined on August 16, 2019

                          overall3food4service4ambience1

                          No air conditioning!!! It was 100 degrees today and air was not working!!! Should have offered something for us to eat there! Or we should’ve left.

                        6. DF

                          DianeF

                          San Francisco

                          40 reviews

                          vip
                          3.0

                          40 reviews

                          Dined on July 29, 2019

                          overall3food3service2ambience2

                          The buffet lunch here is uninspired. I have been coming to this restaurant for many years to get my Indian food fix, but it is time to look for another place!

                        7. LB

                          LaurenB

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on July 25, 2019

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          I have nothing against this restaurant, but we left without eating because we do not eat gluten or dairy, and they had nothing on the menu except veggie dishes that we could eat. That wasn't appealing to my husband, so we left. I expect the food is great, but we didn't try it.

                        8. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Houston

                          2 reviews

                          vip
                          1.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on June 30, 2019

                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                          The place accepted reservations but was closed. No communication what so ever

                        9. RS

                          RadhikaS

                          San Francisco

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on June 11, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Love the Amber Dhara/Gupshup lunch buffet. Great healthy, tasty food and in a nice quiet ambiance.

                        10. AA

                          AmitA

                          San Francisco

                          7 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          7 reviews

                          Dined on April 22, 2019

                          overall4food3service4ambience3

                          This place is called something else now. The chef and new management is trying out new flavors. They were gracious enough to remake one of the items as it was done earlier.

                        11. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          San Francisco

                          1 review

                          2.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 21, 2019

                          overall2food2service2ambience2

                          Amber Dhara, which we used to like, has now changed changed to 'GupShup'. The food and service has really gone downhill. Would not recommend!

                        12. TG

                          TheGourmet

                          Los Angeles

                          62 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          62 reviews

                          Dined on April 4, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Indian Fusion from the finest. Every dish was a delight in flavor and execution. Very well done.

                        13. AR

                          AlainR

                          San Francisco

                          9 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          9 reviews

                          Dined on April 3, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great, high quality, refined Indian food. Not the cheapest Indian restaurant in Palo Alto, but still one of the best.

                        14. S

                          Sarit

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 8, 2019

                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                          Excellent food! Lahori kabab and the coconut cauliflower were awesome.

                        15. HC

                          HeidiC

                          San Francisco

                          5 reviews

                          1.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on March 3, 2019

                          overall1food3service2ambience1

                          The restaurant is not what it used to be - it used to have a great ambience. Food was fine but I would not dine there again.

                        16. HH

                          HowardH

                          Orange County

                          7 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          7 reviews

                          Dined on February 23, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Our party of 9 enjoyed great food and service - thanks so much!

                        17. AH

                          AndyH

                          San Francisco

                          16 reviews

                          4.0

                          16 reviews

                          Dined on February 19, 2019

                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                          Another iteration of the Amber brand in the heart of Palo Alto. Arrived early, so seated quickly and the staff were attentive throughout. Good selection of dishes for the lunchtime buffet including ample vegetarian choices. My personal favorite was the Brussels sprouts, although all of the food was delicious, well prepared and not over-spiced. Will definitely visit again if I’m in the area.

                        18. GN

                          GNOSV

                          San Francisco

                          13 reviews

                          4.0

                          13 reviews

                          Dined on December 20, 2018

                          overall4food5service3ambience5

                          Service was unusually slow for an easy not-crowded evening. I have always had a wonderful time here so think it was an aberration.

                        19. RA

                          RyanA

                          Boise

                          46 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          46 reviews

                          Dined on December 8, 2018

                          overall4food5service4ambience3

                          Amazing food. Awkward Atmosphere.

                        20. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Los Angeles

                          1 review

                          vip
                          1.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on December 1, 2018

                          overall1food1service2ambience3

                          My wife and me got upset stomach after eating stale food at Amber

                        21. G

                          George

                          Miami

                          1 review

                          2.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on November 25, 2018

                          overall2food4service3ambience1

                          This is a restaurant which has seen its best days and is in terminal decline - and the bathrooms were filthy

                        22. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          San Francisco

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 14, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The lamb shank was exceptional. Spicy, but the flavor of the meat came through. The vegetable biryani was very good as well. Good bar selections and wine list to choose from to complement the food. I can’t wait to go back.

                        23. DF

                          DianeF

                          San Francisco

                          40 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          40 reviews

                          Dined on August 3, 2018

                          overall4food4service3ambience2

                          Amber Dhara has a decent Indian buffet for lunch but I miss the menu. service is a bit slow for drinks and Nan but the bread was excellent and so were the many buffet dishes. They are renovating near the bathrooms and the whole restaurant looks a bit disheveled but the food is still worth a visit

                        24. EC

                          ElisaC

                          San Francisco

                          11 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          11 reviews

                          Dined on July 14, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Superior food, great service, wonderful evening. Thanks.

                        25. HH

                          HowardH

                          Orange County

                          7 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          7 reviews

                          Dined on July 9, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Really enjoyed all the food - hard to single out any item. We loved the chicken bhirani, tandoori shrimp, OKRA (the best!) and the baby eggplant (NO, this was BEST!). Thanks for a great experience.

                        26. H

                          noosheenH

                          San Francisco

                          6 reviews

                          3.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on June 15, 2018

                          overall3food4service4ambience1

                          The restaurant is extremely tired - the main area in the back smells like mold, we had to request to be seated in the bar, near the front door which was open. The furniture is badly beat up, even high street view through the glass is messy and truly unpresentable. The food was ok, not amazing but the ambiance is unacceptable. I won’t go again

                        27. JK

                          JordanK

                          Los Angeles

                          11 reviews

                          4.0

                          11 reviews

                          Dined on June 9, 2018

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          We were excited to visit Amber Dhara. It was advertised to be a gourmet Indian restaurant. The food was lovely. Flavorful and well presented. However it was not better then many of the NYC and LA Indian restaurants we frequent at about 35% less in price. The service was excellent. Checking on us just the right amount.

                        28. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on June 2, 2018

                          overall4food5service3ambience4

                          Food was amazing, the staff was friendly and it always delivers on taste. I really like this place!

                        29. a

                          amerm

                          San Francisco

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 16, 2018

                          overall3food4service4ambience3

                          Good food. Good service. Very quiet, because not many patrons. But we were there early, possibly before Others’ arrived

                        30. LA

                          LonikaA

                          1 review

                          1.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 5, 2018

                          overall1food1service3ambience2

                          I want to be kind because this restaurant is clearly struggling. That said, we were surprised to find that the restaurant was empty on a Friday night, during what should have been the dinner rush. No one at the bar. As for the food, it was not served at the proper temperature and generally had the appearance of having been cooked a day or two earlier, re-heated and served. Rice included. Awful. Entrees were over-priced to boot, but we expect that in Palo Alto. Friendly good service.

                        31. LD

                          LisaD

                          San Francisco

                          1 review

                          1.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 9, 2018

                          overall1food1service3ambience3

                          The salmon was so tough and dry it could have been jerky. They were out of several things we tried to order. There was no ambient music in the restaurant, just the TV blasting from the bar. The naan was delicious, but that isn't enough to make me want to go back.

                        32. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          San Francisco

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 6, 2018

                          overall3food3service3ambience4

                          We took lunch buffet priced at 15$ the options were limited. The food was flavorful. Loved tandoori chicken and mutton curry. Gulab jamun was very good too.

                        33. EP

                          EduardoP

                          Monterrey

                          4 reviews

                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on March 16, 2018

                          overall5food5service4ambience3

                          Food was great, the restaurant was almost empty, maybe because it was late at night (around 9:30 pm). The service was fast and food was really good.

                        34. LG

                          LizaG

                          San Francisco

                          6 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on March 16, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Excellent - a bit pricey but large portions and delicious freshly prepared l

                        35. R

                          Robert

                          San Francisco

                          11 reviews

                          5.0

                          11 reviews

                          Dined on March 5, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          We wanted a quiet environment and a taste of curry. Our waiter was most helpful suggesting a chicken dish, a vegetable, and a wine. We found the food and the experience excellent. This wasn't our first experience and it won't be our last experience.

                        36. AS

                          AbeS

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 21, 2018

                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                          The place should be full every night. Maybe some soft Indian music? Maybe a mix of waiters, with some women?

                        37. S

                          Steve

                          San Francisco

                          6 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on February 21, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          What a wonderful restaurant. We reliably have great food and a wonderful time there.

                        38. BN

                          BhavyaN

                          1 review

                          2.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 20, 2018

                          overall2food3service3ambience4

                          Food was average. Starters were good. Main course is expensive with average taste. There are other good restaurants below average ambience serves great food.

                        39. A

                          Anonymous

                          San Francisco

                          59 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          59 reviews

                          Dined on January 26, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Delicious food and excellent service!

                        40. AR

                          AraR

                          San Francisco

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on January 10, 2018

                          overall4food3service4ambience4

                          Went for a lunch, it was buffet, very small. Limited options, especially for a vegetarian. Would not go back for lunch...still need to try dinner. I hear it’s good.

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                        Amber Dhara - Palo Alto - Permanently Closed is rated 3.9 stars by 394 OpenTable diners

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