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About Amber India

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.

25 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Indian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm -10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:30pm

Cross Street:
4th & Market

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 777-0500

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

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:
Fifth & Mission Parking garage.

Private Party Facilities:
We can accommodate parties up to 30 people.

Private Party Contact:
Ajay Kahol: (415) 777-0500

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Amber India Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (30)
Authentic (26)
Good for a Date (23)
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Special Occasion (21)
Spicy (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Business Meals (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Casual (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Romantic (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Cozy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Vegan (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Healthy (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 19 hours ago

The host was rude

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·Dined 4 days ago

Good ambience, bad food!! This place is pricey, that is fine but the taste of the food is not even close to indian food. If i heat my togo food the day after, i assume that will taste better.

Ambience is good for an indian restaurant but everything else, including service is bad. I had higher expectations from this place, but it was an utter disappointment. Breads were frozen ( no fresh breads), curries were spice-less and sweet. Not even close to good indian food. Big no, if eating good indian food is on your mind.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious, as usual. My only negative is that it's a tad pricey, but I don't mind paying more for excellent food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined 6 days ago

Good Indian dishes with some creative twist. Getting a table took some time past the reservation time but once seated it was a good experience

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent Indian restaurant, the best of SF. Food is authentic and of great quality, beer is good, ambience is nice.
The Chicken Biryani rice is excellent, same (if not better) than the best restaurants in Hyderabad.
Warmly recommended!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Spicy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Best Indian food we’ve ever had, and that’s saying A LOT. The wait service was one of the best we’ve ever experienced as well. But, for the first time, we went with a stroller, only to learn that they don’t allow strollers. We had a travel stroller that did not allow the seat to be removed, and our 6 month old is too small for a high chair. They ended up going out of their way to accommodate us, but just be forewarned, don’t bring a stroller in the future.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Best classy Indian buffet (lunch) in town. They always have a live cooking station, love their appetizers and deserts.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Spicy, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Table was not ready at time it was booked for which in and of itself wasn’t that bad but the attitude of the manager was rude and horrible. I merely asked (so I could weigh my options) how long it would be before the table would be ready and he responded he had no idea, that I should sit down, and that I should consider myself lucky for having a reservation at all, or else I would have had an 1.5 hour waiting time. A small apology for the delay is all that’s required to keep a guest with a reservation happy.

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

They offered us the menu per person option
Not good, better a la cart

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent Indian Food and great service! The lunch buffet is the best but dinner was also good

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

I go here quite often one of our favorite places for a friends or family lunch..excellent buffet

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I've been going to Amber for many years and have ranked it high on my list of preferred restaurants in this SF neighborhood. But this time the lunch buffet seemed duller and less flavorful than in the past. The butter chicken was bland, the naan was dry, etc. I trust this was just an off-day and will give it another try. Meanwhile, it wasn't bad, but I was disappointed compared to stellar past experiences.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Good spot for healthy vegan food with an upbeat business atmosphere. I recommend the restaurant. I hope that Amber adds more vegetarian and vegan options to the menu.

Tags: Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

My wife and I have eaten many times at Amber and it is always a pleasant experience. The dining room is well laid out, the menu is varied, the food well prepared, and the wines are fairly priced. This time the only negative aspect was the relay team service. I prefer to have one person introduce themselves at the beginning of the meal and for them to serve our table throughout the meal, not one person taking the order, then another introducing themselves and another bringing the food where upon the first person reappears. Management may think this increases efficiency but it definitely lessens the dining experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This high end Indian restaurant was delicious and had a beautiful atmosphere. The service was good and the meal was really enjoyed. Great Friday evening dinner!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I felt robbed at 21.95 for lunch buffet. Small buffet and almost everything fried. So disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The lunch buffet is a great deal and it's really good! A great variety of meat and veggie dishes. The staff is always friendly and service is great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The best thing this restaurant has going for it is location. But otherwise, it is waaaaay overpriced Indian food. The Indian food is not much different than anywhere else. The raita was thick and flavorless. The naan was flat and basic. Service was good though.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Amazing Indian food. Great for date night or happy hour.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This was my 5th or 6th visit to Amber and definitelky the last one. The service was mediocre and the food was disappointing. The hot appetizer ( duck kebab) was served lukewarm and was too sour, the entrée (butter chicken) was nothing to write home about and the dessert (Panna Cotta) was nothing even close to what Panna Cotta should be. I was actually surprised to see Panna Cotta dessert on the menu in the Indian restaurant and asked the waiter prior to ordering if it was really an Italian style Panna Cotta which he confirmed - a true lie resulting in sending the dessert back...

However the most unpleasant thing was that despite informing the restaurant that this dinner was my friend's birthday celebration no one bothered to put a candle in his dessert ot at least congratulate him on his birthday.

Total failure!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Excellent service, ambiance, and location. This is a place I've been to before.
Would be nice if some rice or bread came with mains. Portions could be a bit bigger for some as well - lots of sauce but not much chicken, for example.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Crowded but excellent buffet.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Amazing service, even better food! We felt tended to the whole night, and they provided food like Chicken Tikka Masala despite it’s not being on the menu. Wonderful place!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Waiter ignored our request for menus twice. Finally had to walk out. Have had previous good experience at Amber but I guess they just want to push the expensive high margin buffet at lunchtime...

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Service abysmal. Took 30 minutes to get a bottle of wine. Food worse than the service. Duck appetizer dry and chewy. Lobster main course in a nutshell: left lobster on the plate for the first time ever. Maybe the worst dining experience ever in SF. Hard to be believe it is highly rated. Had two Indian colleagues at dinner and they both agreed the dinner experience was sub-standard.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Pricey but unbelievable food. Best Indian food I’ve ever had

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Amber is a lovely restaurant space, easy to get to on BART and staffed well. But the food was uniformly undistinguished. For four of us, we ordered two starters (Duck Breast and Cauliflower,) four mains (Butter Chicken, Lamb Chops, Chicken Biryani, and a seafood clay pot,) plus two sides and rice. Our lovely server endorsed our order as including many of her favorites. The food was pretty, arrived hot and at a good pace, but was too much alike. The flavors across the range of dishes were too homogenous. I was very disappointed and will not return nor would I recommend it.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was good but we were rushed to leave the restaurant as they had table reserved for other guests immediately after us. So if you want to eat with family and have a relaxed dining experience this is not the right place.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went there for the weekend lunch buffet. Everything was great! Just wish there were better vegetarian curry options. But they change it from week to week so I would still go back!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were early for 5:45 pm reservation by 20minutes so we asked the Manager if we could be seated or wait at the bar. He said no problem we can seat you. The hostess took us to our table in a corner where there were guests seated on either side of our table. All other areas of the restaurant were empty so we asked to be seated in the middle of the restaurant and not be confined in one corner with rest of the guests. The hostess said she was explicitly told to have us seat there. I asked to please request and check with the manager again. She came back with the same answer that the sections are divided by servers. I went to the Manager and asked to be seated somewhere else and he said that’s all the seating he has or we can wait at the bar. So we waited at the bar and in less than 15 mins our table was ready and he called us to be seated. For just 15 mins of this behavior from the Manager I am giving them low rating.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

we really enjoyed our time there and the food was really yummy....oh, so were the cocktails. we could hear each other talk, which is important!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Was here about 4 years ago and enjoyed it very much. Amazing food and great service. Returned to it December 2017 expecting the same and was disappointed.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We have always liked Amber, but feel that the food for cost is not as good as it used to be. The buffet seemed to have fewer choices this time.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Always a great meal with lots of flavor. Butter Chicken is the best. City fav!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Really disappointed. High prices for ordinary food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner with family after the theatre

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went for Christmas Eve and everyone really enjoyed the food and the experience. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I have eaten at Amber several times and will continue to go regularly. I can always count on them for delicious fresh Indian food and excellent service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

For Christmas eve lunch - there was a special price with 15% tip already added for party of 4. If they are going to do this they should let folks know ahead of time. Usually restaurants add tip for larger parties.

Tags: Comfort Food
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