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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.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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
4th & Market
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Fifth & Mission Parking garage.
Private Party Facilities:
We can accommodate parties up to 30 people.
Private Party Contact:
Ajay Kahol: (415) 777-0500
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Amber India Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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