Amber India - Santana Row

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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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NK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I went to the afternoon buffet on a Sunday. Santana row has a brand new parking (free for now) which improved the accessibility to that end of the street. The place was cozy and they had reserved seats for us as per our OpenTable reservation. The buffet was moderately priced given the location, menu prices and ambience but the positives ended there and food/service was generally average.

The buffet options were limited. Rajma and Chole mix was a weird dish which I saw for the first time in a fine dining restaurant. Sambhar was the only South Indian offering, and they were better off not having it at all. All dishes were very mild flavored and spices were much tempered and bland.

The buffet refills were slow and the salad wasn't refilled for the full 45 min we were there. Few buffet dishes were refilled after requesting a couple of times. Sakoon in south bay does a much better job at lunch buffets in pretty much every regard.

I have been to the restaurant before, and I felt that their menu orders are much better tasting than their buffet items. In this visit, we ordered Dahi Ke Kabab in addition to the buffet and were disappointed there too. The curd was sour and chutneys were brought much later.

In total I feel they are a good $$$ category restaurant for evenings/dates, but average $$ offering for lunch buffets. Their ambience and service politeness were high quality and I would still recommend the place but not for their buffets.

KR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent buffet! I came here with a client for lunch. I had forgotten that it was a buffet at lunch. The food was phenomenal, really tasty.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

never again

s
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Run of the mill food an definitely overpriced. Ok but not compelling service experience. Good ambiance. Clean facilities.

LN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As I have just discussed with the manager, there is no reason to order sea bass anywhere else. The chef treats the sea bass with respect and properly prepares this delicate fish. The flavors from the marinade are divine, and the delicate texture is not lost in the clay oven.

The service is impeccable. Nothing more about that needs to be said.

NG
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Extremely loud place. No music. Worst service I ever received in a fine dining restaurant. Food was served without cutlery. And we had to ask for everything one by one - first silverware, then napkins and then water. We left after appetizers.

AF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at 5:30 and there were very few patrons. We were seated quickly. Our orders were taken promptly and courteously. Our food arrived as expected and was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter’s birthday. She loves Indian food, and she was really impressed with the food. Very delicious!

l
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was really excellent - nice variety and not too heavy

U
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was very average. We ordered vegetarian paneer curry with rice and raitha. All items were very average for that high price.

P
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good overall
Only complaint is that the sea bass curry we used to enjoy had been changed to a mango / fish curry - still good but the fish not as delicate or enjoyable as before

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food is wasn’t fresh, shabby presentation and taste was over powered with excessive spices.

GD
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Expensive expensive and expensive.. food quality was good, dish sizes were small.

SK
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was poor. I waited for the naan and never came. We had to wait for the cold water to arrive about 15 minutes. The goat korma was not tenderized and tough to eat. The fish pakora contain mostly dough and hardly any fish.

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A regular go-to location for me. Consistently good and with friendly service.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Service was extremely slow but the food is really good

j
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Amber India continues to disappoint with food quality, service and general value. Don’t plan to go back for a long time. They just seem to don’t care about the customer.

MS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The quality of the food was mediocre. Over the years Amber has lost its edge. The food catered more to an American client base rather than for the Indians. The Alleppey sea bass curry was disappointing. The fish was previously frozen fish and the gray was too thick and creamy. The nans were also not freshly made as they were tough and dry.

AA
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Needs an upgrade on their ambience(some basic remodeling will help). Overall, it was a good dining experience. Good food and drinks. I'm wasn't a big fan of Egglant until a point I tried their Baingan Mussallam, highly recommend this dish for Veggie lovers. Also ended up ordering Murg Shahjehani (not sure if this is what it is called) but it a white meat chicken but it was tender and the curry had all the right spices and ingredients. This wasn't creamy at all, makes it a healthy choice. I highly recommend this place and being in the heart of Santana row makes it a perfect choice for someone craving for Indian food.

RP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Over the years, Amber has lost a lot of its class. The food used to be exceptional but not anymore. The day we went the paneer was hard and dry, the spinach puffs were over before we could get to them, replaced by some samosas, the kachori was also dry and the dessert menu was extremely ho-hum. This is not good value for money by any stretch. I had treated my colleagues there last week for an event, and it didn’t impress at all!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my Boyfriend for his birthday here, it was his first time trying Indian cuisine and the waiter was very knowledgeable about explaining the dishes to him. We enjoyed the great drinks (try emerald mirage) the food was delicious and he and I left feeling like we had the most enjoyable dinner experience. Thank your the great service we will definitely let our friends know about this awesome spot.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

1) The service was extremely slow and poor, but the business was even not that busy. 2) Naan breads were not allowed to have more as complimentary??? First time happened to me at Indian restaurants. Definitely we won’t go back again. Very disappointed.

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food best Indian restaurant in the Bay Area . Lamb Rogan josh was so tender , nan breads devine . More expensive than most but worth every $ with the quality

SS
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The menu choice for vegetarians in the buffet was not upto expectations. There was this Sambar but interestingly the side dishes were North Indian gravies- how does one manage?

VI
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have visited Amber in S-Row couple times over last 15 years, and I notice some changes. Previously the menu was more towards the fusion type meant for non-Indian audience. Now, I feel the menu has changed towards traditional to appeal to Indian audience. The food now has some kick because of enhanced spice levels. Liked it. had reached early and ambiance was wonderful.

AB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The kandhari kofta was quite arrogant - took a while to break it down. Daal makhani was clearly on a diet and many of the ingredients seem to be on strike that day.
Chingari paneer tikka and stuffed aloo starters came in plates decorated with ketchup.
The staff did not provide half plates for starters. Then proceeded to remove them and put our used cutlery on the table surface which did not have table cloth or anything. Had to ask for new set of cutlery.
There was no attempt to ask for desert. We asked for a menu but no one wanted to know what we thought of it.
Eventually we got up to walk to the terminal to pay for our meal as it didn’t seem anyone was interested in taking our cheque.
It was extremely noisy - was not a pleasant or relaxing experience ar all.
I had expected a little more from a fine dining place.

SA
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ordered gobhi manchurian and mixed tandoori platter for appetizers. They were okay. Ordered mixed bread, kofta, spinach in cottage cheese, lamb rogan josh and chicken biryani. Except for chicken biryani, rest of the dishes were average; certainly not to justify the $25 price for each dish. Serving size also small. There are several other Indian restaurants in Bay Area, whose food is perhaps tastier than Amber - Santa Row and they are much cheaper.

BT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional. I have been a customer of the original Amber India location for many years. The level of quality and service at Santana Row matched that of the restaurant on El Camino.

The lamb curry was wonderful. The chicken biryani was mouth watering. The chicken was literally falling off the bone.

V
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food especially khataa paneer and banarasi gosht... the food has improved significantly suddenly.

h
San Francisco
123 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service excellent! Loved the Tandoori salmon.

KJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you love Indian food, you'll love Amber India. I have been coming here since it opened, and it's always delicious. They took one of my fave dishes off the menu, but when I asked, they said they could still make it! Such great customer service.

CA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came before the evening rush and were seated immediately at a large table (nice to have extra room for all the dishes). The service was prompt and efficient and cordial. Our shared platters were delicious. We had an amazing sea bass; expensive for the number of pieces, but worth every penny! Their mixed drinks were also top notch. Amber India is the place to go for a quality, savory Indian experience!

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food is not as great & service as Amber India in San Francisco

AM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and good service. Recommended as a higher end sit down Indian food destination in the Bay Area. Prices are higher than most other Indian places but the food is worth it to s great extent.

B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Wow. This place really let me down for Valentines day. something was wrong with the bar machine so or 20 minutes it was making some loud hissing noise. No music was being played. I brought in a bottle of champagne ahead of time with instructions to have it ready for us when we arrived. The server didnt have any knowledge of this when we arrived. Food was decent but not on point for the set menu pricing. I could tell management was stressed because of the issues and he was very nice and accommodating. Over all just a let down for a special day. We will return as usually this place is really good

PM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

We had dinner on Valentines day, which we know is generally busy and not an issue in this case. When making the reservations there was no indication the menu was prix fixe with an undisclosed price on the menu or web site. In general prix fixe is fine... just nice to know in advance. They put us in a very drab room in the back instead of the main dinning area, even thought it was very open. Some of the tables had nice valentines red table clothes while ours had no table cloth at all and was not exactly clean. The food was very good... the bill however was way to expensive, I would not have made a reservation there if I had seen the price, outrageous. I have dinned at Amber many time and it was very disappointing to have this experience.

JM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Veg Options are not great for the money you pay. I would not go back.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Unique menu and good service made for a pleasant date night.

KP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food has gone downhill and was very disappointing.

SN
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very limited choices in food, most dishes contain nuts :(

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