Amber India - San Francisco

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$31 to $50
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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
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Im not from India. Indian food has something unique for ethnic cuisine the spices. Many of us cannot tolerate the spices. This is a buffet during mid dsy. Its probably authentic and its very well prepared and presented. Its pricey. People not from India will want to eat it all. Yet the food may not settle right gor everyone. The place is very clean and comfortable and cheerful

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Glad we came back after many years since the last time we were in San Francisco.
Will come again when we are back in town.

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good Indian food!

BH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was delicious we have ordered lots of vegetarian options
Enjoyed the mango lassi

S
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

great restaurant. we celebrated a friend’s birthday. we got there early and enjoyed great cocktails for happy hour. food and ambiance were perfect. service was friendly but waitress forgot about us for about 20 minutes as we sat at the table with our menus. it was not a big deal because we were in no hurry. once she remembered us, service was great the rest of the night.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting with freshly prepared delicious food. The chaat options, freshly made dosas and the entree options were as per their reputation: amazing! The fish was delicious. The lemon chicken was just right. And to top it off with the Moong daal halwa. Recommend without reservations. The prompt service only elevates the experience. Will visit again and again.

LS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was godlike. I haven’t had better Indian food anywhere.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious lunch buffet

OT
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious well prepared vegetarian food was fabulous!

B
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent in every way!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall good. The food was over spiced and somewhat room temperature on arrival. The service was average at best. Not all, rather simple requests were followed, like how much ice in my drink, and what I wanted cleared from the table at the end of the meal. Got the check when I was not ready. So no dessert or coffee. Servers not knowledgeable about the dishes (but maybe gone are the days when servers actually understood the food they were serving, and the culture to which it belongs).

l
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had reservations and were sat immediately. Service was a bit slow and our waitress never followed up with us. Rest of the crew was attentive and made sure our water glasses were full. We ordered lamb chops from the tandoor which were delicious. Butter chicken was ok. The chicken was a bit stringy and chewy. The banigan (eggplant) dish was also yummy. Overall a nice dinner and flavorful before a movie. I do wish it wasn't so dark in the restaurant (middle section). I couldn't even see my meal properly which I don't like, especially when ordering meat dishes so I can avoid bites of fat.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The maitre d clearly thought we were too casually dressed and not worthy of proper treatment (most people were in suits but we were on holiday) . Made a decision and put us right next to the service counter. I felt we had been unnecessarily judged by him. It’s a bad policy in SAN Francisco.
The rest of the staff were delightful. The food amazing. So just the front of house was a problem.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The quantity of food per serving is way too low and the customers are forced to order more than one dish for the same.

JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The selections were significant and we told the waiter we wanted something spicy. He suggested a couple dishes. I got the Vindaloo and my wife got the Sea Bass Curry. Both were excellent and had the right amount of spice. Totally different flavors that actually complemented each other. Add the combo basket of Naan and you will have a feast.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Great food but i give zero stars for service.

I am completely shocked by manager's behaviour tonight. I have been to this place several times and have had a great experience until tonight.

I had requested for a standard seating but were told that the restaurant is full and nothing else was available except high top. We were fine as its Saturday night and understand the restaurant was busy. But the chairs on high top seating had torn upholstery (!!) that was way too uncomfortable to sit on. We told the lady who had just sat us down that the condition of the chairs were chafing our legs and we can't sit there and if there is any other seating opening up. This was less than a minute into being there. She went back to check with the manager, came back and moved us to a standard seat. I asked her why we were not seated here in the first place and she just said that she is acting under her managers direction. We requested to speak with him. He never turned up during the entire meal. I had to ask for him again while we waited for our check . He finally came and was just completely defensive and arrogant when we narrated the story. ZERO service and hospitality skills. Told us to do whatever we want to do and that he doesn't care . We asked him if he thinks it's alright to sit his customers at the high top seats to which he replied' Oh everyone sit there just fine. ' I asked him if he even knew that the upholstery is torn - to which he had no response. I took him and showed it to him and he just had no answer besides 'people sit there just fine.'

Sir, if you are serving $30 entree your customers expect comfortable seats at the very least. Your customers expect a simple apology, forget about service recovery. Your customers expect that you don't dismiss their complaint by saying you don't care.

I am very very disappointed and sad because I love the food here . You just lost my business forever but I guess your response to that would also be 'I don't care'

SJ
France
39 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Small portions. Outstanding, authentic flavors.

JM
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. I was more fond of the appetizers, especially the Samosa Chat and Spinach Chat which were both outstanding. Not being a huge fan of cream sauces, the Saag Paneer was a bit too smooth, if that makes sense. I like it with a bit more graininess to it versus the pureed texture. Dahl was excellent as was the bread. Overall great experience.

Y
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are repeat customers.
Food excellent!Best restaurant for Indian food!

AS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible, and the service was excellent. I can’t recall the server’s name, but she was a pretty blond with an Eastern European accent. She made some great recommendations, most of which we ordered. We got the samosas and lamb to start. The lamb could have been a bigger portion, but the flavors were there. For dinner, we opted for family style. We got tandoori chicken (yum!), biryani (good), butter chicken (good), awadhi lamb korma (incredible!), and naan. Everything was lovely, and we loved the variety. Highly recommend!

AM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a table for 8 for a work dinner. The food was incredible, the restaurant is beautiful, and everybody had a great time.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad moment at this place. Food is always amazing.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food service was a bit slow but food was good. Seating is a little cramped.

S
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Skip the buffet lunch. Small table area, and a long line. Not a relaxing place for lunch with colleagues or friends.

CF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a recommendation from our concierge at the Fairmont. We loved it. The buttery chicken curry was the best curry we’ve had. So good.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Should have more knowledgeable servers. Very slow service.

A
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely my most favorite restaurant in the City. The food is consistently excellent, service is prompt and efficient. I took two friends who had never eaten Indian food before and they made sure to take home our leftovers.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Line to buffet was extremely long due to VM world conference

n
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Like the past few times I was there, the food and service is really top notch. It gets crowded real fast so don't even try it going without reservation. Food arrived pretty quickly for the variety of things we ordered and did not miss a beat. They constantly filled our water and asking about any other needs. Overall the waiting staff is very professional and super friendly and eager to make suggestions on the menu if needed. Highly recommend for any one visiting the SF Market Street area.

a
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We were a group of five. We were seated right next to the buffet table where it was noisy. We have to talk loud to each other. Initially when we asked our alternate seating arrangement, the host refused. We made reservations 24 hours in advance hoping that we will get a nice spot. I feel there is no point in making advance reservation as the host provided a poorly located table for us.

PJ
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Perhaps the best Indian in SF.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Planned a birthday luncheon on a Sunday. When we got there it was just a buffet, no ordering off the menu. I was very disappointed and it wasn’t what I had wanted for this birthday. I double checked online, I saw the Saturday buffet, but there was no mention of a buffet on Sunday. Then we were made to hurry because they wanted everyone out by 3;00, so they could set up the buffet for dinner. Not the usual gracious service I have always gotten at all. And as a vegetarian there were only a few choices. I wish they would go back to regular table service instead of the buffet on Sunday’s.

SW
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was overpriced for what really was served at the table. Would you believe that one order of tandoori chicken was four small pieces of chicken with no vegetables or other sides for $25.00?

The physical appearance of the dining room indicated a need for some scrubbing and repair work to be done on the furniture.

It was an embarrassment to take our friend and his wife there to celebrate his 91 st birthday.

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Third time at Amber India and the food has been excellent every time.

MV
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

The chicken curry we ordered was watery & lacked flavour. The sweet lasso was 90% water. I have never had such pathetic lassi ever.

CS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Tandoori wasn't great it was tough seemed over cooked, naan was really good

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The food is not bad, but VERY expensive for Indian food. Paid like $40 per person for lunch...

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, service, and ambiance. Expensive, but well worth it!

SR
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice place. Friendly service. Delicious food.

JM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm and welcoming service, delicious foods, great atmosphere and tremendous value. Very happy we came!

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