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About Amber India - Santana Row

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.

377 Santana Row
#1140
San Jose, CA 95128
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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 and Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Happy Hour
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Last Reservation on Weekdays 9:30 pm
Last Reservation on Weekends 10 pm

Cross Street:
Winchester Avenue & Olsen Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(408) 248-5400

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

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 options.

Parking Details:
Free public parking lots on Santana row and Olsen drive.

Public Transit:
VTA stop at Stevens Creek (Valley Fair Mall).

Executive Chef:
Sandeep Basrur

Private Party Facilities:
Private Party room available for Lunch/Dinner
Lunch Minimum 40 buffet (Adults) to make it exclusive .
Dinner Minimum $ 2000 plus tax and gratuity on weekdays
Dinner Minimum $ 2500 plus tax and gratuity on Friday & Saturday

Private Party Contact:
Sonia : (408) 248-5400

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Amber India - Santana Row Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

service

4.1

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4.1

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3.6

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 5 days ago

Valentine’s Day

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

It was it first time here, and we had heard many lovely things about Amber. The food definitely delivered on flavor, which is my number one criteria. It was a prix fixed menu for Valentine’s Day, and I wish we had known that ahead of time - this wasn’t clear when we made the reservation, and I would have liked to have tried some other dishes. The meal was meat heavy and could have used more vegetable options. The restaurant and art detail is beautiful, however I think the lighting needed to be more dim to heighten the ambiance. Music would be nice too! The service was, in fact, lovely, however, and we will return soon!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great presentation of food ! Delicious and unique dishes!Servings were kind of small!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our party was totally amazed by the flavors of the dishes we had. It was the best meal I've had in the South Bay in a long time. We had the Tandoori chicken, a shrimp dish, a chicken appetizer. Just lovely.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Outstanding tasty food with good service. A little noisy at times but worth it for the great food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always delicious and the service is good. Wins the approval of visiting Indians and local Indian food lovers.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great ambiance and the servers were fantastic. The food was delicious, a bit spicy for me, but I ordering yogurt on the side and it was an amazing combination of flavors that came through.

I am inviting my friends to experience "customer service" and "great tasting food".

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Vegan, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Amber is way past its glory days. The food was sub par. The table was completely stained and made the experience unappetizing. The paint was chipping at walls. Sadly not a fine dining place any more.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Lovely as always

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

When I booked I let the restaurant know it was a birthday celebration. It was never mentioned. That was disappointing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This is an excellent Indian restaurant. The lunch buffet is terrific. The ambiance is very attractive. It is more expensive than most neighborhood Indian restaurants but, in my opinion, well worth the price. It is one of my favorite restaurants in the South Bay, and I am not Indian or Asian.

The sister restaurant, Amber India, is in Mountain View. Very good food. The ambiance is not quite as nice, but fine.

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 (München)·Dined on January 24, 2018

One of the best Indian I ever went. Butter chicken like !

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Too much money for over salted food. Expense account only. $120 for dinner for 2 (2 drinks, three dishes, tax & 20% tip.) There are literally dozens of better Indian restaurants in the area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Poor service, over priced food, marginal taste, limited menu, run down ambiance.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We ordered a vegetables dish, butter chicken and a paneer dish. All dishes seemed to be cooked in the same sauce. No one came by to refill water, and overall a very disappointing experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We were dissapointed with our experience. Arrived at 1:30 PM. Several of the items in the buffet menu was gone with no sight of any refill. Most of the food in the buffet was finished and we had scrape through to get a few bites. Same with dessert.
I will NOT recommend this place.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Delicious food and great service. We were promptly seated and best Indian buffet in town

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Taste is not good. So won't suggest it to a person who is looking for authenticate Indian food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The Saturday lunch buffet was excellent. Will definitely visit again

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 3, 2017

They added 20% gratuity even though we were only 4 adults n an infant. Very unfair. Not that Service was not good but 20% by default is not justified!

Food and ambiance are pretty good. Menu is limited.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We love Indian food, but often aren't happy with the service or how greasy some of the dishes are. Amber fixes all of that- the service is professional and friendly, the food is absolutely wonderful and we even had left-overs! A great place. Generous wine glass pours as well

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

My 2nd visit to Amber San Jose was disappointing - some of our dishes seemed to be warmed up - one was tepid at best - the food quality is good but its way over priced so OK if you are expensing your meal - probably 50% higher than restaurants just as good - entrees should at least include rice/nan at these high prices - not sure I can make a 3rd visit to be honest

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The service was sub par. Palak panner taste like yesterday's food. The kofta and dal were excellent. When we ordered Naan again, the waiter didn't get it into the kitchen. Overall, the service and quality of food has certainly come down.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

High score for tasty Indian food, prepared with high quality ingredients. The spice is toned down to serve a broader clientele, but the taste is retained. The buffet is well priced for what's on offer. The live dosa counter is a nice touch.

Pretty much everything on the buffet menu tastes good, though some of the non vegetarian stuff has a common taste - could do with some variety in flavor.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The restaurant is nice and quite, which i like however the food was not spicy enough for me. Ti understand that they can not keep spicy food on menu because most of their customers may not like it but at least they should ask for spice level which taking the order so that People like me can get authentic india food with indian spice level and not American Indian

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Goat was chewy and tough. Chicken was dry. Had good flavors. Items like salad, and a few hot dishes were not refilled quickly. The price is high end for Indian Cuisine. There are better ones in See an Francisco. Won't want to return.

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We've been going to Amber for years now. The quality of food has definitely gone down. Appetizers are good but the main course has been very disappointing lately, especially the vegetarian options.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I have been here many times and am never disappointed. As a plus, there are plenty of yummy and interesting options for vegetarians (several included among family and friends!) . It has become one of my favorite places to dine because the food is something that I wouldn't cook at home. That makes it a treat to go here.

Tags: Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Expensive yet tasteless food. The SF location has much better tasting food. Even the Daal Amber (which you expect they have nailed down) had no flavour other than heat.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food was good as always however for the first time we felt brown rice were over cooked and it had that burnt flavor in it. Rest everything was awesome. I will come back to this place again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Butter chicken is awesome, service quality and ambience is impeccable

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

It’s nice food and nice service. Will definitely go back again.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love going to Amber in Santa Row. Their buffet is always great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Seated our group of 12 with no problem and everyone loved their food.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Truly amazing. Hadn't eaten there for a while and forgot how amazing this place is. We ordered chicken tikka masala and lamb vindaloo neither of which are on the menu. They made it for us special. AMAZING.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

After numerous visits, the service never gets better. Food arrives before appetizers and drinks. Getting their attention is an exercise in futility, especially when they never check in periodically.

Recommend that you skip this pricey place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have been here numerous times and enjoyed it. This visit was a let down. It appeared the waiter was overwhelmed attending to a large group celebrating the Birthday Party and we did not get the service we were expecting for a place like Amber ($$$).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

1) service was really slow bad-they did not even refill our water- had to call several times- we had made a reservation and even though restaurant wasn't very full we were given table in the middle of the room- waiters passing by bumped into our table several times
2) veg options really limited - only 5
3) food wasn't good for what we had been charged
NOT value for money - At least for dinner

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 29, 2017

It was an enjoyable my girlfriend and I enjoyed the food and the service and the atmosphere we will definitely be going back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Quality of food has gone downhill .
Every dish appears overly drenched in oil . Pakoras dry and brittle . Dto Dosas . Not much of choice of vegetables . All preparations look alike .
Whining children makes it difficult to converse .
Impersonal Service !

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