Amber India - San Francisco

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2430 reviews
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Amber India Restaurant embodies the spirit and essence of fine Indian cuisine. Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, Amber India Restaurant takes Indian cuisine to a new culinary level, while still holding true to its traditional nuances. Much like the ambiance within the restaurant, Amber India’s cuisine is a mix of modern style with traditional roots. The delectable cuisine, the well paired wines, and the exotic cocktails are sure to indulge anyone’s senses. The split-level three-story restaurant can easily accommodate 140 people, with a private dining room in the back for up to 25 people. With its vaulted ceilings, stylish décor, and a constant LED light show behind the bar, Amber India Restaurant is truly a feast for both the mouth as well as the eyes.
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San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nowhere better for a lively lunch with family and friends.

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WM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Whenever I’m in San Francisco I stop in here and it’s always a pleasant meal with good service.

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it! Went there for the Sunday buffet, was pleasantly surprised by the quality and authenticity of their Indian food. It is probably the best Indian food we've had in San Francisco.

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M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I hate to be negative, but I have gone to many small local Indian restaurants in the East Bay. With the exception of the fried spinach, I found the dishes to be ordinary. I spoke with the bartender regarding the speciality drinks and he was not very helpful. The place is very popular, but I probably won't return.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good Indian food and great service & ambience. I was pretty happy.

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K
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Amber India to celebrate my daughter’s and my birthdays before seeing Hamilton. It was a great choice. The waiter understood our timeframe had made sure we were out on time to make the show. The food was delicious. We had the tandoori chicken, butter chicken and tandoori sampler. Everyone was happy with their choices. The samosas appetizer was a hit. They topped the dinner off with mango iced for our birthday. It was a perfect birthday celebration. Thank you.

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L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My entire office loves the food here, and the service is always tops. Mostly I have done lunches here, but they have a very nice bar and a good location for an after work cocktail or dinner.

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V
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It's been a while since I dined at Amber India. Old favorites like Butter Chicken and Saag Paneer were as remembered. However, the portion size was small and the prices were significantly elevated. I understand that prices must rise in order to provide restaurant staff with a living wage, but honestly, I'd rather pay even a little more for a more generous serving. I can't fault the staff. My dining partner arrived very late for our reservation and the hostess was very gracious. The same was true for our server.

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AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food. I'm not normally a fan of buffet's, but Amber India's is quite good and they are attentive at making sure the food remains fresh.

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OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The lunch was good and quick as it was a buffet.

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k
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

good lunch buffet

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LP
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great, but the waiters were too attentive and did not read that we wanted to just used a quiet meal.

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VG
London
26 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Average Indian restaurant. The chicken curry dishes were watery and lacked favour. The garlic and pashweri Nan bread were dry

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e
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going here for years. The wine is reasonably priced and the food is also quality.

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KB
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner. Our server was very good, professional and friendly. The butter chicken was excellent. Good atmosphere and staff.

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The receptionist was rude and unfriendly.
Food quality and verity has deteriorated.
It is mass cooking for buffet without any culinary touch.
Overpriced for the ordinary Indian buffet that you can get in San Francisco for half the cost, and more courteous service.
The decor and ambiance has deteriorated since they first opened.
Furniture upholstery is torn.
Bath rooms not clean.
It is about time that Amber San Francisco needs fix up or change of management.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Overpriced small portions of food. Slow service with minor mess ups.

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MB
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Been a fan of Amber for many years. We ate early on Saturday nite, the place was jammed and the food excellent. We shared a tandori sampler, Aloo Gobi, Amber Dal with assorted breads and saffron rice. The seasoning was great (I'd prefer spicier but my wife palate is a little less) Dal was fanastic rich creamy and aromatic and the Aloo Gobi has just enough gravy. Great meal and we will be back.

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D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, but definitely overpriced. I guess San Francisco dining is really expensive, but if the quality and taste of the food is almost equal to what you might get outside of the heart of the city for 1/2 of the price, it doesn't seem worth it.

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PK
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Mulligatawny was too salty. Naan was okay. Kofta was good. Lobster was meh. Could have been great. Nothing was done passionately. The waiter was very knowledgeable and very helpful. Much better Indian available elsewhere in Bay Area. Used to be our go to restaurant on the Peninsula.

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m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the ambiance and food choices

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Frankfurt Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Never again, beacause with a reservation we had to wait and became then a tabel near to the door under the stairs.

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MO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Mango mojito was too thick. It was more like a smoothie puree than a drink. Very disappointing.

I asked for the chili eggplant and got the coconut eggplant instead. That was too sour to eat. Very bland. Not flavourful at all.

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SH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Too expensive for a buffet

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m
Las Vegas
38 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy the food at Amber. We had the Yellow Daal, Lamb Seekh Kabab, Tandoori veggies, rice and Naan. Everything was well spiced, fresh and beautiful on the plate. Oh, ya, tasted great as well.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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b
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Somehow the chain complex comes through: it's all worked out, there's no variation but a scheme, no personality but a charming ambiance all the same.
Apart from a certain by the numbers, mechanical tone to it all (almost subliminal) the food is excellent--way above Indian Average and the setting and noise levels are just what one would want for a nice meal and pleasant conversation.

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MM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality. Food was fast and delicious. Service was impeccable. Highly recommend if you are in the Bay Area.

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RV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall I have to say that I love Amber. This was not my first visit, and my previous experiences were a little better, if for no other reason than the size of the crowd. This time it was packed, and that certainly diminished the experience a little, especially with the noise level. However, even with the large crowd, the noise wasn't overbearing.

As with my previous visits, the food was excellent, as was the service. My one fault was the corkage. Their wine list is a little anemic, and so I brought a very nice bottle with me. I had tried twice over the previous week to get an answer from them about their corkage fee, or whether they even had one, but failed. I finally saw a review of them by a local TV station in which a corkage fee of $18 was listed, which is very good. When our server came to the table she first told us it was $25. No big deal. However, later she told us that she had made a mistake, and that it was $35, which is high.

Now, compared to the markup that most restaurants have on wine, including Amber, this still works in your favor if you're bringing a wine over a certain price point (which I had), but that price point obviously is significantly higher when the fee is $35 than it is at $18 or $25, and the charge shouldn't be a surprise, especially not to the wait staff. This certainly was only a very minor annoyance that didn't come close to ruining what was otherwise a wonderful meal and evening, but it was enough for me to choose 4 stars rather than 5 when it would otherwise have been a hard choice.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I guess you're paying for the location and ambiance (convenient and nice respectfully), but the food was a major disappointment. We had a chicken curry, cauliflower and broccoli, and chicken endive cup appetizer. All were pretty flavorless. (Indian food flavorless? That seems like something you'd have to work at.) I will say I ordered a $14 glass of CA Pinot Noir and it was spectacular. Maybe they need to let their sommelier offer some tips in the kitchen. Overall, it was tolerable, but for the price, I would definitely go somewhere else.

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DM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I answered the "would you recommend?" question with a "yes" somewhat hesitantly. My wife and I visited Amber India on Valentine's night, where the menu was a four-course prixe-fixe affair. I was frankly disappointed in the overall experience, as I was hoping for more flair and flavor in the food. It occurred to me that perhaps the special menu was designed for the more traditional American palette, without the sharpness of some Indian spices. I'm willing to return there on a night when the regular menu is available before coming to a conclusion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice buffet style lunch and food was excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect as usual, great service and extremely good, fresh, tasty food. We always go when in San Francisco.

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MM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Some of the traditional dishes were prepared differently. The fusion didn’t work for every dish. Overall the food was nice. Khumbh tofu kofta was really good. Should try it

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BD
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Not fusion, not Indian. Decent portions, but dry and not worth the price.

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Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was mediocre. Not great Indian food. Disappointed

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D
San Francisco
147 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came here after seeing a movie at the Metreon. The food is tasty and artfully prepared. The naan was a little dried out.

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

For Vegetarian, i didn't see any great dishes. Also the line was long and little too clustered space wise.
I was expecting Veg Biryani to be present everyday or Tava Sabzi. But heard non-veg was good.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, just plan to spend $150pp if you want the back room with drinks after tax and tip

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