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About Amber Dhara

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.

150 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Indian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday through Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday 12:00Noon to 3:00pm

Dinner:
Sunday through Thursday 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00pm to 10:30pm

Cross Street:
High Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 329-9644

Website:
http://www.amber-india.com/

Catering:
Let Amber organize and cater your next affair. We cater for all events from intimate meals to corporate parties. Customized menus and personalized packages are available. We will work with you to create the ideal menu for your affair. Your event may also be enhanced with specialty items and an array of colorful lines options.

Parking Details:
Street parking is available as well as a parking lot directly behind the restaurant and a garage on the opposite side of the lot.

Public Transit:
We are located one block east of the Caltrain statin and local bus depot.

Private Party Facilities:
Let Amber Dhara organize your next party. We cater for all events from intimate meals to corporate parties. Customized menus and personalized packages are available. We will work with you to create the ideal menu for your affair.

Private Party Contact:
Navin Kashyap: (650) 329-9644

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Amber Dhara Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

3.5

value

3.7

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Quiet

75% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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Comfort Food (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The food was good and the service was good. We were at this location several years ago for Indian food and it was a busy, buzzing, delicious, elegant place. It’s far more ordinary now, despite it’s great location.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food, good service but very slow night. I think it’s an Indian holiday. Had the butter chicken, lamb shank and cauliflower appetizer. Everything was delicious!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I am consistently happy with essentially every aspect of the experience I have dining here. The food is interesting and always excellent. The service is attentive but not intrusive. The restaurant is quiet - the tables are well spaced - so that conversation is possible. (The coffee is not distinguished - that is my only complaint.)

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Had a birthday party there for a handful of friends. The buffet was very good with many choices for everyone including a friend who's gluten friend, and another who's a vegetarian. Everyone was happy with the lunch and with the service and ambiance.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Vegan, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent food and service, as usual. Sag paneer was a little too blended for my taste, but otherwise quite good. Amber Dhara is a solid performer if you desire good Indian food in an elegant atmosphere.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Dining at Amber Dharma made our daughter's birthday inner simply INCREDIBLE!! Even true Indian Food fans can love the scrumptious, healthy, and locally sourced food this place offers. My personal favorite was the SAAG! I could have eaten the whole bowl all by myself! Try this place. You'll go back again and again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Romantic, Organic, Healthy, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 13, 2017

nice and clean, good food choice, not loud, easy access

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I loved the food and the waiters were extremely polite and helpful.
I would suggest that when dinner time arrives the steam table set up for the buffet lunch be put away and disguised as an ornament arrangement. It's disconcerting to arrive and walk into empty food vessels right at the front door. Otherwise the place did very well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Awesome dinning experience as usual - great food, good service, very flexible chef.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Out with my neighbors. Waiter was very helpful. Food was excellent and delivered hot.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 6, 2017

Great service. A bit pricey for Indian food but some good dishes.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Great food and cocktails! It is definitely a cut or two above most Indian places. the decor and ambience is uneven and could use some attention to design and details.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The food is really below average compared to the other Amber locations. Not impressed. Too pricy for what it offers.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Food is pretty average and without options for those who can't eat spicy, but mostly the place has no character and service lacks professionalism. Probably decent for lunch if you work in the area, but not a good option for dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Excellent food, service and ambiance. We had a very special birthday party for our 16 year old who love Indian cuisine! Great place!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2016

It was the one of the worst food i ever tasted in Bay Area.

Will never recommend to anyone

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Lunch was buffet only, not sure when this changed but definitely not the same quality (or variety) of ala carte. Or compared to other local options.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 9, 2016

I hated this place. Service was absolutely atrocious and food was disgusting.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2016

Butter chicken to die for.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 29, 2016

very good food and plentiful portions. attentive service by the staff.

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Hampshire)·Dined on November 5, 2016

This was a decent spot, but a bit dreary for date night.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2016

The butter chicken was not quite amber standard. The dessert fig kulfi was amazing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2016

The food was excellent and the service nicely done. Appreciate the quiet atmosphere and pleasant surroundings. The food is really very good and catered to our requests.
Thanks

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2016

The tandoori chicken tasted like it was leftover from another meal. It was dry, overcooked, and the sauce was hard.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 25, 2016

We came for the Sunday lunch buffet. It was delicious. It was very quiet and the service was great. My only suggestion would be to have a few more dessert options and do away with the plastic spoons. It's too nice an ambience to eat anything with plastic!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Great food and service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Great food with slightly different Indian menu.
Good service.
Everything we had was perfect!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2016

The food was a disappointment. This was our first visit to the Palo Alto location of the "Amber" chain of Indian restaurants in the Bay Area. The Mountain View location, Amber India, serves much better dishes with equally good service and ambience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2016

Nothing special. Used to be better.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2016

need to have outdoor dining again and keep the temperture more comfortable in the dining area.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2016

Amber Dhara recently started offering a lunch Buffet and I tried it out. There was a decent selection of 4 non veg dishes..including a fish which was excellent and tandoori chicken which was good. There was rice and dal and 3 veg dishes. There was fruits and raita and a quinoa salad and onion fritters. Dessert was fruit salad and a sooji halwa. Thet served fresh and hot naans at the table. All in all a very good lunch and a very good value

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2016

The food was great and showcased the best of Indian cuisine while the ambiance and service makes this a good place for most purposes - be it a business luncheon, social gatherings or a date night out.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2016

Amazing bass dish! I would go there just for this delicious fish dish. The tandoori chicken was awesome too. Very high quality! Worth the cost!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Other times that we have come to this restaurant, it has been excellent. Last Sunday, it was very mediocre, I guess that the Sunday night chefs are the "B team"

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 8, 2016

The buffet food was disgusting. We had been 6 months and itwas pretty good. That is why we went back onFather's day. Ihad called ahead tofind out the menu for buffet but was toldthat been decided. That was fine, but I alsoasked if Icould order from the menu, the person on the said yes. Thatwas notthe case. Thatwas a shame because all 6 of us paid 19.95forthe most tasteless food. The naan were cold and dry, seemed to only be reheated everytime we asked for hot ones. They also charged us 18% tip, which is a ripoff for drinks and naan. I will never go back

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 10, 2016

The staff were very accommodating to the needs of our 16+ group for Sunday brunch. The food was excellent and no one left full and relaxed. A big thank you to the servers and the chefs for the excellent service and food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2016

Expensive for what you get, Amber Santana row/ SF much better.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Quick service

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 4, 2016

Best butter chicken ever!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 28, 2016

I love Indian and this restaurant used to offer a modern, eclectic version. It has changed hands and become, in an area of the country with many fabulous Indian restaurants, an average representation. Quick service and ready to please, still a comfortable and better than average environment. Just not "special".

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