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Ambience

4.6
255 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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Ambience Restaurant offers contemporary American cuisine with French-Asian influences, exclusively featuring a Chef's tasting menu, ranging from 11-12 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Asian, French
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Hours of operation


Dinner: M-Sa 5:30pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 917-9030
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Morgan song
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
3rd Street
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Street parking is plentiful and easily accessible.
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Additional
Banquet, Private Room, Wine
What 255 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Quiet
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPatrick (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Ambience is a true fine dining experience. The service was attentive and the food was amazing. The presentation was just as good as the food tasted.

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Desi (Tahoe)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful server Chris, elegant presentation of cuisine, not quite the French Laundry, but each dish was enticing to the taste buds. The wine pairing was spot on!

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vipShannahQuilts (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

The food was good, and included dishes like pheasant and elk, which we really enjoyed.

The service was mostly okay, but when I would look up, the hostess was staring at us. She was also helping serve the dishes, and at one point, when I had eaten one bite of a dish and didn't like it, she told me that I should just try it and to take a bite. I found that pushy and presumptuous.

Honestly, I don't think I will be going back. What was supposed to be a romantic date night was ruined by the hostess' intrusiveness, and there are lots of restaurants with tasting menus to choose from.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

True to the name it had great ambiance. It has a very intimate feel since they purposely partitioned the restaurant into smaller sections. The food and service overall were good as well. The food being a different take on contemporary Asian food which was great

It’s good for dates and special occasions. I would recommend going when it’s not busy so that you can pretend to have booked the whole restaurant.

About the only dish we didn’t like was the pheasant. The only other thing that missed the mark was they completely missed that I put this as a “birthday” on the Open table reservation. The SO was not too pleased about that. That said if you do have a special occasion, I would call to confirm that they noticed it.

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JeanPierreG (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Ambience is the perfect place to go on a date. Taking the entire family may not be worth it, but it will be memorable, no matter what. To appreciate the food one must savor every bite, be brave and curious, take time to observe each plate, relax over a 3-hour span of time, and not be worried about the budget. The price is extremely high though it must be comparable or maybe even budget against the likes of Chez TJ, Alexander's Seafood, Baume, etc.
When Ambience first opened, it was $125.00 pp, new, and their serving plates/dishes was like an art show. This time, $175 pp without wine is what you can expect. Can't help wince at $50.00 for a single glass of wine.
Fantastic service and presentation. Many seafood themed plates made this a fun, exotic experience. Our server's accent was a bit difficult to understand. We wanted to experience more of a variety of meats or desserts. Still, this place is a hidden gem.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

My second visit here at the ambience restaurant located in the heart of Los Altos. I again am left speechless, from the service to the creative dishes they serve , your time at ambience is truly worth every bit of your time. What stands out the most during your dine in experience is the attention to detail each plate is prepared. It is prepared in meticulous fashion and every bite you take an expression of the chefs innovation magnifies with each bite. A definite gem and true find.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Out of the 12 items we had for dinner we could say that we were impressed with only 4. I was underwhelmed with the each dish. There was an overwhelming use of butter in each dish which left me thinking the chef isn't experienced and also explained why the restaurant was dead on a Friday night. When we would get another course, we would be disappointed that it would be yet another too fishy tasting seafood course. The only good seafood course was the Tuna tartare. The lobster was ok, but again too much butter. It was just lobster swimming in a butter bisque.

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JerryZ (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Great and fancy dinning. Food was great but not very impressing.

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vipWWall (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Hidden Gem with Great Food in Quiet Los Altos
We finally visited Ambiance about a year after hearing wonderful review from friends. What a delight! We entered early in the evening so we were fortunate to have a knowledgeable waiter/unofficial sommelier spend time with us throughout the meal, along with one of the owners. The prix-fixe tasting menu of approximately twelve small courses plus amuse-bouche--could be paired with high end or even higher end wines but we chose to have a couple of glasses each from the wine list. Each small plate was amazingly delicious and gorgeously presented. Don’t go if you are looking for a bargain, but do go if you are a foodie demanding the highest quality!

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weix (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 26, 2017

The place is actually better than we expected. Plus it's not the busy on weekdays(this is a relatively new restaurant), you can always walk-in without waiting. Good choice if you have not made your plans yet and it's 6pm. Never hurts to try this one!

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

Great place for a special occasion. A nice quiet almost private experience. Service was top notch and food was creative and thoughtfully put together.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent food and services. Tasting menu is delicious and good price.

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Foodlover (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

They deserve at least a Michelin star. Excellent unique good that will hit your senses, especially smell.

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vipekzooks (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2017

Wonderful dining experience right in the town of Los Altos. Who needs to drive to San Francisco when you can get a wonderful dining experience like this right in our backyard?

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Does not worth the price based on the quality of food. It's probably because they are using same sour element in a lot of their courses, even sea food, which is so strong that the original taste of food gets overwhelmed - personal feelings, it's not quite my type but it does not mean it's not yours.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

We were here last Friday to celebrate my wife's birthday. Very good food.

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vipSculpturegirl (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 5, 2017

One of the best food I ever tasted. Amazing creativity and attention to detail. Was a tiny bit disappointed by the dessert but the rest of the food was amazing.
The service was nice but the place was really feeling empty to a point that was a little bit unpleasant. Also at this price you expect the extraordinairy and couple of missing bulbs, Ikea type of water glass and post it on the walls are not what I expect with this caliber of restaurant.
Won't come back because at this price, I have other favorites but the food was superb.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

Divine cuisine, prepared by a deft hand with a true appreciation and understanding of flavor. Top shelf service from the first and last moment you set food inside. Incredible wine pairings (we shelled out for the premium pairings, so our experience was particularly impressive). Our menu included:

Tea (palate-cleanser) = 8.5/10. Honey, ginseng, floral notes. Very interesting.

Salmon amuse bouche = 9/10 (flaky, buttery, yet robust and full of, but not overpowered by, salmon flavor)

Poached oyster = 7/10 (oyster is not my cup of tea, but this was prepared very well)

Seared scallop = 9.5/10. (slightly smokey, with a small piece of dill to add an extra dimension)

Seared king salmon = 9/10. (dense, flavorful, satisfying)

Bone marrow potage = 10/10. (served with an artisan, seasoned crouton. The single bite of bone marrow, with the marrow/jasmine rice potage, and crouton was one of the highlights of the evening)

Tuna belly tartar = 9/10. (this was a complimentary course that the chef threw in. Very fatty and flavorful; the bacon of tuna. Served with a sweet reduction)

Grilled lobster tail = 10/10. (the highlight of the evening. Served with lobster bisque and bread. The best bite of food I've ever had)

Grilled pheasant = 9.5/10 (prepared like a traditional duck plate; sweet dark berry glaze, with wild blueberry couscous and ginkgo nut. A real treat for lovers of game bird)

Elk tenderloin = 10/10 (served with a red wine reduction sauce and paired with blackened wild rice. If not for an overachieving lobster dish, this would have been the best plate of the night)

Mignardise = 9.5/10 (two flavors were served; a chocolate chambord and a vanilla bean with hints of orange zest. Incredibly tasty, while not overwhelmingly sweet)

Flour-less chocolate gnash = 10/10 (as with the lobster and the bone marrow potage, this is one of the venue's signature dishes. Masterfully crafted, with a hardened sugar glaze that was darkened to match the colors on my fiance's dress)

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 28, 2017

A dining experience-
Take the time to enjoy each morsel.
Amazing sugar work and presentation.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 21, 2017

small neighborhood restaurant-onlt serve 1 tasting menu-no substitutions! wine pairing is overpriced--food and service were good

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