Amber India - Santana Row

3.9
1019 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian

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Located in Santana Row, San Jose, Amber India has come to represent an inviting atmosphere of modern elegance, comfort and sophistication. An inspired menu boasts delectable Indian Cuisine. Traditional and contemporary dishes made with the finest and freshest ingredients.

Award-winning chef, Sandeep Basrur strives to create food options that are authentically Indian with seasonal Californian influence.

Exquisitely presented menu options, delicious dessert temptations and friendly, enthusiastic service ensure a memorable dining experience.

An eclectic display of artwork, lighting and colors set stage for an unforgettable evening while you tantalize your senses with an exceptional selection of fine wines and cocktails paired with delicious light fare.

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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGaryN
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

An upscale eatery, serving traditional Indian dishes, all exquisitely prepared using the freshest, premium ingredients. You really can taste the difference, when compared to many other south asian restaurants. Cocktails are also quite good. Decor and overall ambience is pleasantly original and avoids ethnic excesses. I've found it quite impossible to find and try anything on the menu that isn't sumptuous.

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viprr777
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was great but inside the dining room it isn’t that great of an ambience compared to other Santana Row restaurants.

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vipOc2005
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The furniture looks a bit tired as do the menus. The food was excellent though and what keeps me going back!

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SharkS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience1

Pretty disappointed in setting a reservation here - had come for anniversary (was surprised by how shoddy/very-unlike Santana Row the ambience was) and had requested a small surprise, but that seemed to have gotten lost. Table was uncomfortable as well.

Only saving grace was that the food was good

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Birthday Celebration

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vipGraceM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pre-Covid19, we and our friends would regularly dine at Amber India. We were happy to taste some of our favorites once again! As my husband said, "It was as if the chef was cooking especially for us!" The favors and spices were bright and fresh and the naan was pillowy and soft. We plan to go to Amber India again soon!

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Indo
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fantastic service. Feels like a family restaurant.

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vipKenn
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Amber was always one of our go to places and we were ok with the higher than average prices due to good service and great food.

However, their pricing has significantly risen over the past year and the food quality in my opinion has dropped. Dinner for 2 with 1 appetizer, 2 entrees and a few drinks cost $200!

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Steph
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an outstanding establishment— the food was amazing, the service was good and well-timed, and I liked the option to eat inside or outside. My group and I had trouble finding parking so we were late to our reservation and they still graciously held it for us. No complaints at all!

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vipleothelion
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

There was one person waiting the tables, so as the profession suggests, we had to wait. Quite a bit. I had to sand up and go to the counter to deliver the credit card or I would be writing this message on my smartphone, seated at Amber India. The chicken Vindaloo was OK, my friend indicated her curry (I believe chicken masala) was too bland. I think this place has seen better times. Won't return unless I read convincing contemporaneous, positive reviews.

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Bali
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was so delayed for our order and even to get the bill it took more than 10 minutes

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MichaelS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service and typically great food at Amber.

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JoyceC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

It was my mother’s 92nd birthday. It was mentioned in the reservation & repeated during seating. Nothing done.
Chicken Masala was truly awful. Tasted like a can of tomato soup was poured on the chicken with no seasoning, ate very little. Not worth the price. We were seated near the bar area, there was loud music coming out of a radio sitting on the bar, not intended for the customers. Won’t be going back in the near future.

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vipiolavola
San Francisco
150 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I have eaten there many times before but the menu has changed since the pandemic. It was very quiet and we didn’t eat outside because it was too sunny. The food was very dry. They gave us two sauces but they were so spicy, they were very hard to use. If you like spicy food Amber is the place to go. However the food itself was not very spicySo that was good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Menu was limited, food was dry, and definitely lacked flavor.

By far the worst Indian restaurant

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aireej
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was pretty good! I had been to the Amber in SF and the ambience wasn't as nice at this one, but the food and service made up for it.

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Theresiayu
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice food, good service but can be better. Not enough waiters

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was very overpriced. Quality and service was not good at all. We had to keep chasing for service. In the past service and food use to be really good

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Saga
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food is very bland and suited more for Non Indian taste.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food as always. We have always loved restaurant dining but outside was also fun.

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thecuriousperspective
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. We arrived late but still got a table with help from the front desk.

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vipelhorte
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Outdoor seating was funky with no umbrellas and ineffectual heaters (flames were pretty but most heat radiated up.) Light drizzle began and turned a night out to take out.

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Joshd
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

They did the best they could not n Covid. Excellent food. Fantastic service.

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vipAlanJ
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food .. nice saag paneer, excellent tandoori chicken. HIghly recommended!

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vipTomT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

They just weren't prepare for the new outdoor dining. Understaffed at the time we dined there. The servers & help were friendly but overwhelmed. Maybe will improve with time.

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HappySteak
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Although this was valentines day, it was not made apparent to me that the meals were fixed menu for the night. They were busy, and that's OK, but the service and timeliness of the food were not that great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The review is on valentine’s dinner. I’ve been other times and really enjoyed, but valentine’s was a real disaster. Food was a tasteless mix of stuff, not even resembling Indian. Nearly inedible. Looking sloppy. Service was very inaccurate too. Very loud music, singer signing out of tune.

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vipBonnie
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and atmosphere. Excellent lunch buffet with great choices.

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vipBritcrit
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Way past it’s best. Decor is tired and old - worn material on the benches, evident food stains here and there and just a general shabby appearance to the whole restaurant. Food a sad shadow of its former self - microwaved and dry chicken, stale tasting lamb shik kebabs and far from fresh lentils. Not a good experience, won’t be back anytime soon

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Unnecessarily expensive. Not valie for money

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Andrea1046
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Came here for a business meal on an off day--perfect! Quiet enough to have a conversation. Food was delish and everyone left happy. Will definitely book again for a similar occasion.

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vipharpo
San Francisco
131 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way, a delightful dinner!

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GraceM
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, freshly cooked weekend buffet! A good experience and great value!

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vipHetalL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Went to the restaurant for a true Amber food experience for NYE. Totally disappointed with the food. The food tasted like a typical buffet food you would get a standard Indian buffet. Was hoping to have a nice sit down meal with ordering a la carte from a menu. The servers were fantastic and polite.

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vipTheresaC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The service was extremely poor. At one point, there was a group of servers just standing around, not taking our order. We were a party of 6 at 5:30pm, so there weren’t that many people around. Food was good but also not worth it for the price.

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AlexB
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food is always excellent. Cleanliness is somewhat of a concern. Could be cleaner. Had to exchange cups and silverware before. Love the food though.

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vipArvindS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was a special date with my wife after I have been praising the place as I have been there multiple times.

Drove 45 min from North Bay Area.

Very bad experience.

No plates.
No food replenished.

Waited for very long just to get clean plates or Naan.

Good quality was bad today. I am guessing with over crowded guests the kitchen was taking short cuts in preparation.

Wasted time and money for the service we didn’t get.

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SimiS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was avg and the service was terrible. It was a birthday party and they seated next to the kitchen it was noisy I asked to be moved we landed next to the bathroom with more noise. Really bad service they took our order and disappeared drinks came late and quality of food was just avg. Not worth the money.

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ChitradeepC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Average Buffet at higher price, thats pretty much to summarize

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vipDine
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was horrible! I would not recommend this place to anyone. We were given really bad table, in separate room from rest of the restaurant. The noise level was way too high. The manager at the front was not even concern about it. He told us to wait for 30 more mins if we wanted to change the table. I would give zero star.

FAQs

Amber India - Santana Row does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Amber India - Santana Row also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 248-5400.

Amber India - Santana Row is rated 3.9 stars by 1019 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.