Ambience

4.7
308 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Ambience Restaurant offers contemporary American cuisine with exclusively featuring a Chef's tasting menu, ranging from 10-11 courses, with an optional wine pairings tailored for each course.
We offer a variety of electric and exotic ingredients from different areas of the world, masterfully and aesthetically presented.
Due to the complexity of the menu, we ask that advance notice of any food allergies or dietary restrictions be provided when making reservations.
Ambience is located at the beautiful downtown of Los Altos.
We are also available for private small banquet parties, or entire restaurant buy-out events.
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Yanlin
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I think it is over price. With the

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Jonathon
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The fish courses were underwhelming, especially at the price point. The elk was phenomenal. And all of the French wines were excellent. Overall an OK meal, but the value was not felt at the associated price point.

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CKinCA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were seated in a room to ourselves on a Friday night. The service was impeccable. The food was very good. The only misgivings I have is that they did not note our dietary preferences and brought both pork and elk. We had sent instructions in advance by email, the route we were advised to use to communicate preferences. Otherwise the meal was pricey at $165 each, plus wine. There’s no menu option, only the chefs choice. Still, it was lovely and memorable!

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vipPyl007
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going here each year as a present to each other for Christmas. It's a splurge, but an elegant evening's dining and drinking fine wine. The service is excellent and the maitre d'/sommelier does a wonderful job describing each of the wine pairings along with each course. We'll continue to make it an annual event.

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vipIvanK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding night at Ambience. The food was delicious and artfully done with an exceptional attention to details. Warm welcoming service, food, wine pairing, atmosphere and even plates - all created a phenomenal experience for us. Absolutely recommend it for a special occasion dining.

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Savorer
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I would rate Ambience at 4.5 stars. Service was excellent.
Food was unusual, interesting and relatively diverse.
Do I think my dinner was worth $296 just for me? Probably not.
But it was a one of kind experience.

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vipWakeUpAndSmellTheRoses
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Super expensive. Nice for quiet date night. Wine pairings with food were excellent in bringing out the flavor. Some of the food was ordinary, others were unique. You would have to try it yourself to see what you like.

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BAMAC
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tasting menu I've had in the Bay Area. The portions were appropriately sized so that we weren't stuffed and the food itself was exquisite and inventive. The presentations, as you'd expect, were eye-catching and the dishes themselves were interesting as well.

We appreciated that the chef recommending how each dish should be eaten to maximize the flavor.

The lobster and the scallops were spectacular as was the wild boar and the elk.

And the French wine pairings were the best. Often pairings don't seem to be, well, pairings. Ambience's pairings truly complemented the food. And it worked both ways - the food made the wine better too. There are not many pairings better than the ones we had.

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vipKristen
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Highly recommend the French wine pairing with the meal. Will definitely be back.

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chenc
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service is very good, details of food introduction, clean table quickly. Love the table we had.
Food is wonderful very nice layout plates and taste is also good

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MarkS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience is a masterful Morgan Song dining experience featuring innovative French-Asian-California cuisine in an intimate Los Altos setting. On par with the best restaurants in the world.

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vipRyan
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, amazing meal. Make no mistake, this place is for foodies. Incredible presentation, amazing wait staff, fantastic wine selection. Don't come here if you're just looking for a casual night out to eat, this is for people who want an incredible dining experience and are willing to try new things. If that's you, this hidden gem will not let you down!

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vipDoctorB
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wowie-Zowie! The best meal I’ve ever had. Does that work as an executive summary?

Multiple courses, beautifully presented, creatively executed, and without the temptation to throw in too many off-the-wall ingredients, just to prove that they can— a malady that too Many Contemporary chefs fall prey to.

It’s a pricey nearly three hour event, but the parade of colors and tastes keep Coming, so the time was well spent.

Dehydrated cod on sage risotto and wild Boar in black currant reduction were probably the best courses in the 7 course chefs tasting menu, but all were wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend

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TheDoubles
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Song, his lovely wife, and the staff of Ambience never fail to deliver excellence. Having enjoyed many, many, exceptional dining experiences with them, our most recent visit delivered on every level. The scallops, the lobster, the wild boar, the elk......superb! We are already looking forward to next time!

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graphicsMan
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. Some dishes were truly standout. As good or better than some Michelan Star restaurants we have been to. My wife said they provided one of the best wine pairings she has ever had.

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vipYJKuo
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a hidden gem. I found it as I was searching for a dinner place in Los Altos, and I discovered it on Yelp. I went there for a celebration dinner with my friend, and we had a wonderful dinner experience. Service was excellent. The Servers were very attentive and knowledgeable. We had fun experiencing the chef's unique dishes on his Tasting Menu. Each dish was nicely plated, and I felt sometimes I didn't want to eat just so I could stare at my dish longer.
Overall, the experience was nice. I would recommend others giving it a try. It's definitely a special place to enjoy a very intimate dinner tasting unique delicate dishes. Will try again.

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viprhyenah
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef is a culinary artist who has created a beautiful dining experience of precision and intentionality within a very specific aesthetic. We frequented his same-named restaurant when it was in Sacramento. He works as the auteur and the physical decor, plates, bathrooms reflect his sensibility, his desire to bring the diner through a very tailored experience. I think it works very well and he is certainly masterful. I hope people appreciate what he is doing and offering. I wish his restaurant was in a busier location where people expect and seek out this level of cuisine. Not to be missed and the wait staff was absolutely superb!

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SophieAndy
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is a place for a nice quiet dining experience. Food presentation was great, taste was good, great service. I hope this place will do well as it's a local establishment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very elegant, amazing atmosphere, food was delicious and innovative. I would recommend anyone to try this place for a celebration or for those who enjoy regular fine dining. The staff is amazing and the attention to detail is second to none. Very god restaurant. Will definitely return

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vipRichard
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unique food, great service. Definitely will be returning

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Valentine day Special prefix menu for $195.00 ++ the was good the portions was small especially the entree was really small. It was size of one bite if you can imagine it.

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vipDeanA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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vipRayH
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service from Mack was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the food served as well as the various wines with the wine pairings. For the most part, the food was solid. The lobster dish was my favorite savory course, but my favorite course overall was probably the chocolate dessert. I will admit I was not a huge fan of the ostrich. Given the unusual nature of the fowl Course, I admit I would’ve preferred a more mainstream subsequent meat course rather than elk, perhaps beef or lamb. The series of amuse bouches were all quite nice. One thing that I missed was some element of textural contrast. Everything served was a bit soft, with no crunch to any dish as a contrast. The plating and presentation was outstanding, among the best I have seen.

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ThomasB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for a romantic evening and a special night out. The experience was phenomenal. There were 10 or more different dishes, and paired with wine. The dishes were beautifully and thoughtfully constructed. We started with 3-4 fish/seafood dishes paired with white wines, and went on to 2-3 meat dishes paired with red, and ended with desserts (a choice between passion fruit or chocolate). Each dish had a richness of different flavors that complemented each other perfectly. My favorite was the lobster bisque - buttery, fresh and succulent. The dishes displayed flavors of the east (bonito, yuzu and vinegar) and flavors of the west (red wine reduction, bone marrow). Every dish was amazing, demonstrating the chef's understanding of how to utilize each ingredient flawlessly. The service was excellent. Our sommelier was very knowledgeable about each wine and gave spot-on descriptions, and the reason for the pairing. We would highly recommend this place, and would go back in a heart beat.

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vipPyl007
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our splurge restaurant of choice because of the outstanding tasting menu and great wine pairing in a quiet peaceful environment. Our combination maitre d', sommelier, and waiter, was very knowledgeable about each course and the wines paired with each course. It was well worth the price for a leisurely, tasty and beautiful meal.

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MJohns
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to celebrate any special occasion with your favorite foodie! The service is very welcoming and professional. We have dined all over the bay and we love it here! This place should have a Michelin star!

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TomA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and great atmosphere. I almost hesitate to reveal such a great place since it was such a private dinner. Great tasting menu and beautiful presentation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and wine pairing were excellent!

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PaulC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not my first visit at ambience but just as amazing. The chef knows what he is doing and executes everytime. Being a local at the Silicon Valley area it is nice to know that there is a restaurant that really knows how to feature key ingredients and beautiful presentations. It is difficult to say what my favorite course is, each are unique in its own way. Try Ambience for yourself and you won't be disappointed.

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JenniferT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely wonderful and special. Chef’s Mrs was the most delightful hostess who also served us with our gracious other server Ed. They both made our special date (me and my son) most treasured and very personal. Thank you so much for a most memorable evening we will forever cherish!

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Eric
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful experience at Ambience. The menu changes every time we visit. Best dishes of the night were the lobster, elk, and black cod.

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BenW
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely delightful dining experience. The pacing and portions were spot on, the staff was attentive and knowledgeable, and the decor was elegant and tasteful. Each dish was beautifully constructed in both presentation and flavor, with the premium wine pairings adding an entirely new dimension.

The evening as a whole was one whimsical journey of the palate -- we meandered between bites of scallops three-ways, contemplated the fusion of new-old/east-west in the sea urchin jelly, experienced guilty bliss from the Maine lobster tail, and had our taste buds elevated by the elk tenderloin cooked to perfection. Our adventure culminated with hand-crafted, gravity-defying desserts.

Highly recommended place to celebrate -- or create -- a special occasion.

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SaraP
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great pleasure that we had an amazing experience at Ambience.
Went here for our anniversary, excellent food, every course of tasting menu were interesting and had full of flavors. We specially enjoyed their hydrated Mount Lassen trout with citrus heirloom tomato consume.
Dinner was paced in perfect timing. The premium wine pairings were impeccable, the wait staff was very knowledgeable and attentive.
Highly recommended for special night out.

MJ
MJohns
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Tasting menu was exciting and beautifully presented. If you want to impress a foodie or someone special, Ambience will definitely do that. Staff was very polite and professional and the dining room was comfortable. We will be returning soon.

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FrankH
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding 10 course tasting menu with friendly and impeccable service.
its hard to name a favorite dish but from amuse bouche, fish, lobster, meats and sweets, all were creative, beautiful and delicious. The variety of wines paired with the courses were a delight.
Loved everything,, a very special experience, can't wait to go back!

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AveryW
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing evening celebrating our 20th anniversary.
The food and service were excellent. The exquisite culinary dishes exceeded our expectations.
The tasting menu was a delight, the quality of the food, the presentation, amazing display of creating and flavors, the pace of each course, with the wine pairings were phenomenal.
The service was very attentive and professional.
It's a special occasion place, truly an exceptional experience that we would remember for a long time.

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vipEVDW
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall2food2service5ambience5

While the service and the ambience were both very pleasant, the food was overwrought, overbland and overpriced. The exception was the lobster dish—that was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful culinary experience all around!
Highly recommended.

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vipScottyA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Lots of temperature and technical food issues. Not worth the price tag.

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Ambience is rated 4.7 stars by 308 OpenTable diners.

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