Amber India - San Francisco
Get it delivered
It's a nice buffet, but if you have dietary restrictions, there are less options. There are some vegetarian options, but you have to read the signs carefully. If you are vegetarian and gluten free, then the options narrow even further. There used to be a dosa station, but that is gone. The service is good, and you can eat to your stomach's content!
Good food and service
Very dark restaurant but good service. Food was average
I was not aware that it was a buffet on the day of my lunch reservation. It was delicious and I got to taste lots more than I would have otherwise. But for someone like me who is a light eater, it was a little pricey. The place was packed so lots of people must have thought it was worth it. The facility is very pretty and very comfortable and the staff were very professional. I will probably try it again since the food was so good. But I would warn my dining partners in advance that it is a little more than the usual lunch.
Great Indian food in a nice white table cloth environment.
The lighting is too low to read the menu. Otherwise is was a very good experience. Meal was delicious and the service was very good.
We have been to Amber India in the past, but it has been a while and the quality of the food has declined, while the prices have risen.
We found the food to be mediocre and the portions small. The sea bass curry had only a few small cubes of fish in sauce, and the eggplant dish was sour and salty, with a disagreeable flavor. When we told the waitress the eggplant wasn't good, she shrugged and walked away. There was clearly no interest in making it right.
I'd have given a worse rating, except that the spinach chaat appetizer was delicious, and the atmosphere is pleasant. We used to enjoy this restaurant as our 'go-to' place in the area, so I'm hoping they were just having a bad night, and that this isn't representative of their new quality and attitude.
On the way out, we noticed that their sanitation score has dropped to 88, so maybe they really are slacking off.
This used to be our favorite Indian restaurant for many years, but sadly the quality of the food has declined to the point where it is not worth the high cost of a meal here.
The Samosas were excellent and reasonably priced at $12.95 for 4 pieces. However, the rest of our meal, tandoori chicken, okra and a lamb curry, were poorly prepared. They all tasted like they used the exact same seasoning and were so over spiced that you could barely taste any flavor of the underlying dish. The Naan was mediocre at best. The stingy portion of 4 small pieces of Tandoori chicken for $25.95 was ridiculous.
The service was very slow. The wait between the appetizer and main courses was more than 35 minutes. $120 for this meal, plus one beer, was not worth it.
food was excellent and service was very good. ambiance and location very good
Amber never fails! Every time I take friends visiting from abroad, I take them to Amber and experience has been always excellent 👍👍👍
Great place to visit and have a fantastic meal with family, friends and coworkers.
Do not sit at the bar area. Such bad service. We waited 15 mins just to get a menu. We then waited another 20 mins to put in our order for appetizers. They informed us 30 mins later that one of the items we ordered was no longer available so we put in an entree order. It never came. They forgot and then we had to reorder it and the waiter said he didnt hear when he had asked us questions to confirm that entree order. We had to fight to get the entree off the bill. And we barely got an apology. Will not be sitting at the bar ever again.
The food was not that great. I tried the chicken tikka
The lunch buffet on Saturdays is really good and an excellent value for money. Some drinks, such as mimosas and sodas are included (but not beer). The buffet is quite extensive, I never manage to eat everything I want to. I especially like their dessert selection, it is different from other Indian restaurants and it's delicious. There was no line when we got seated around 12:15pm. Hope it stays that way, as we're definitely planning to come back.
Well we had the reservation but when I reached the place they said they didn’t have the reservation in their system and I had to wait for 15 min to accommodate. After that instead of better seating area they provided the place near the kitchen. On asking about the empty places they said you have wait more 1 hour or so. We did not wanted to wait and after we finished our dinner. The better seating area was still empty.
I didn't like being asked to leave just 45 minutes after being seated, because they needed to rearrange the tables or something - the host could have told me when I checked in. This is shocking for a restaurant of this supposed class.
Excellent experience all around. Greeted by a wonderful hostess, seated in a timely manner. Our waiter was fantastic and helped us find some dishes that rank high on their menu. I don't think there is anything wrong per se ... but it seems many high end restaurants charge a lot and often the portions are small. I say that laughingly, as Americans are addicted to Super-Size-Me portions ... but actually our meals were just what we needed rather than more than what we needed. The Sea Bass, for example, was very tasty ... but at nearly $40 I guess I thought there would be more than 3 small cut pieces. But hey- it's San Francisco and everything is expensive there. We had a great time and would certainly visit again.
Excellent food and service would highly recommend..
The food and service are excellent, and it's easy to get a reservation. Amber is one of my favorite places in SF!
The lunch buffet was outstanding. The hosts were very accommodating, and the service was outstanding. The price is a little steep, but worth it.
Waiter was very attentive
Super Indian food at reasonable prices. Try to visit every time i’m in San Fran
Food is good but they really need to add another buffet line during lunch hours. It shouldn’t take 20 minutes to get a plate of food at the buffet.
Excellent staff !! Food quality has improved ...
I thought the food options for meat were very limited given the price. Also would have liked to see more than one kind of rice.
Best India buffet in the City even though the quality of some of the items got downgraded. But you must try. And you can bring your non-Indian friends as well, as the spice level is minimum and they have also Gluten-free options.
This Indian restaurant is just okay. If you have no other options, it may satisfy your craving, if you choose wisely from the menu. It has a great location.
Great as usual, can’t say much else. When in San Francisco we always eat here at least once.
Food is delicious and service very good.
Great food, great service, great ambiance all in the heart of downtown SF. Champagne mimosas included in buffet? What else can you ask for? I’ll see you again soon amber!
Great food. Belinda the server was courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. Peahwari naan yum!
I want to have lunch there with the reservation from OpenTable for two people when we got the bill from a buffet service they included a 15% tip I don’t think they should include automatically a 15% tip especially for a buffet.
Line for buffet was ridiculously long. Seat less people and allow two sided traffic
Always a winner with tasty Indian dishes. Best Somosa ever
Food came out extremely fast and full of flavor. Service was quick, friendly and efficient. There is a lot of stairs, which is not so good for kids.
The food is great but the portion size is too small to really relish anything! I really wish they would reconsider their portion size. It's usually never enough for a family of four who might not be willing to order another because of value for money being paid and quantity offered.
Not happy with food quality in buffet. Otherwise food is excellent
None of the restrooms were working, had a hard time with small kids.. as we had to go out in the cold and request other restaurants to allow us to use their restroom. Very poorly managed by Amber. Zero star for hospitality - Restrooms, handwash and poor communication on this.
Amber has a great dinner and drinks menu. The service is also very good. We were there for NYE and we have a great time. Its good for dates, business meetings as well as family time.
The food was terrible for the price. We have been to this location in the past and the food has always been of the highest quality.