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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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Special Lunch Buffet Offered For Thanksgiving - $29.99

Amber India - Santana Row Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Spicy (9)
Special Occasion (8)
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Good for Groups (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Casual (5)
Authentic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fun (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Romantic (2)
Healthy (1)
Bar Seating (1)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 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 5, 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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·Dined on October 20, 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 20, 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 20, 2017

Butter chicken is awesome, service quality and ambience is impeccable

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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 (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 13, 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 10, 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 9, 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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·Dined on October 1, 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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·Dined on September 30, 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 30, 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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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Table under a/c. Slow and not attentive service. Very expensive. Food is unique and the bread basket great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Overpriced Indian food. I had way better food at Little Indian Cafe in Sunnyvale, which was a 9 out 10. Amber India was a 6 out of 10.

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

I actually got the date wrong. I booked for 11th when I should have booked for the 12th. Turned up on the 12th, no reservation but they seated us anyway. Plus, I asked at the end for a less spicy dish (2 in our party hinted they wanted something less spicy), rest of the party said no need, but restaurant brought us a small sampler anyway. Excellent service!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Worst of all Amber India locations. Terrible food and consistently so over the last 6 months. When I spoke to the manager to give this feedback in person saying even the basic dal isn't made right and the meal costs average 50 per person, the attitude was such that the cost is nothing in Bay Area for a good dinner and we make good food (quite some humility huh!)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

The service and food was excellent. A little pricey for Indian food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Have visited many times. Reliably excellent in all rrspects.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Amber Santana Row food taste has gone downhill in the last few months. The amount of salt being used by the new chef (likely) is Horrendous to put it mildly. Even the marinade in the kababs is too salty. We had to return the appetizer and the fish tandoor and order something different.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Good food, small portions, mediocre service, expensive. Overall, not anywhere a place I'd go back

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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Too noisy hard to have conversation, too costly food

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Horrible place for sure will Neva come bk here...

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

One of the best Indian restaurants we have ever been to. We have eaten at Amber India in San Francisco which was excellent, however this was even better!! Cannot recommend strongly enough.

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·Dined on August 3, 2017

The Batata Sev Puri was a great appetizer and the vegetarian options were quite good. Great ambiance.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Exceptional food and fast, friendly service! Visiting from Seattle and we've got great Indian food as well, but this entire experience was perfect. Great drinks and food! Thumbs up!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Great food, attentive service but not pushy. We come here for dinners with out-of-town friends as it's one of the few restaurants that is quiet enough for actual conversation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The lunch buffet is excellent. The atmosphere is also very nice. The staff is highly competent and accommodating. The iced tea comes from a fountain jet and is very poor. Brewed iced tea would be a major improvement.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

All the food we ordered was excellent, except for the naan which was just ok. The portions were also large, which was a relief since the prices are high for Indian food. The service and ambiance were average.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Food was good but not exceptional and given the price it should have been better. Everything is a la carte. Previous reviews we read said service was not very good, but that was not our experience. Everyone was attentive and friendly.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Fantastic sea bass entree and naan bread. Cauliflower appetizer really unique and great flavor.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

I have been to this restaurant several times and have always loved it. However this time it fell short. They do change their menu occasionally and this time there was a preponderance of chicken and lamb dishes. Yes, they had other things...some fish and vegetarian but I felt like the proteins were sparse and uninspired. The service was good, however, which will bring me back one more time.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Felt pretty worn out place . Have been to San Francisco one seems much better . Santana Row one needs an upgrade for price and projecting itself as upscale Indian. Food was average , have eaten better Indian Food in the valley. May be buffet is a better value havent tried it here though. Not planning to come back for ala carte.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I got there and the restaurant was closed for emergency maintenance

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The food is good the service is poor. It took forever for someone to come over an recognize the we had been sat at least 5-7 minutes. We ordered drinks and appetizers, apps came no drinks. Apps finished and removed from the table.....no drinks.....no drinks.... no drinks....Entrees come and finally our drinks. Waiter, staff all avoided eye contact as if they were afraid that you would ask a question. Will not be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Food is always wonderful. For the fact the food is outstanding I would consider trying another Indian restaurant. However I have eaten at Amber at least a dozen times. I find the wait staff to be aloof and unfriendly on a consistent basis. Also notice if there is a man with us, the table is provided better service. Many times a long wait in between visits back to the table, once again every visit is consistent with this issue. The booths have a beautiful material covering, however the top of the booths are very dusty. It's been like that for a long time. Someone needs to vacuum the booths.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Great tasting food always consistent. Try it and uou will like it, i promise!

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We had a great time trying new foods. I intended to go back for seconds (a Mothers' Day buffet) but sated myself on the wonderful vegetarian selections. The staff was very helpful in explaining dishes to us, cautioning us about "spicy" etc. There was a nice drink list which included mint lemonade. Yum. My "I'm going to try this at home" favorite came from the desert table and was called Chandrakala. It's a flour pastry filled with nuts (or dried fruits).

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