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Amber India - Santana Row

843 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Spicy (9)
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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.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

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
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Phone number
(408) 248-5400
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sandeep Basrur
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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
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Private party contact
Sonia : (408) 248-5400
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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.
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Cross street
Winchester Avenue & Olsen Drive
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Parking details
Free public parking lots on Santana row and Olsen drive.
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Public transit
VTA stop at Stevens Creek (Valley Fair Mall).
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
What 843 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentine’s Day

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

pwcislo (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

Suesue (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

MaxineG (San Francisco)
5.0  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".

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  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.

Johnnybopbop (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Lovely as always

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

vipFoodman (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

Tamarillo (Munich)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

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

viprwarkov (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

vipFolsom (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  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.

vipAnaJO (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

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

Resham (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

The Saturday lunch buffet was excellent. Will definitely visit again

Sanky (Central Coast)
2.0  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.

vipjedshelley (San Francisco)
5.0  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

vipGreenie (San Francisco)
4.0  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

Yummy (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

Rick (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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

mazda3 (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

vipSeemaG (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

ezdining (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.