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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.
Los Altos, CA 94022
Contemporary American, Asian, French
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: M-Sa 5:30pm-9:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking is plentiful and easily accessible.
Banquet, Private Room, Wine
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Ambience Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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)
I took my daughter & her sweetie to Ambiance for her 27th B-day. It was their 1st time at a Michelin-starred restaurant, and 1st time with a multicourse tasting menu, and they loved It! More meaningfully, I have dined at many Michelin-starred restaurants, and had many fantastic tasting menus (at Louis 14th in Monaco, French Laundry, Le Crocodile, Manresa, Chez TJ, & Elizabeth Daniel, to name just a few), and I loved it! The ambience was relaxing and lovely, the service (Omid!) was terrific, and the food was superb. 4 terrific amuse bouches, all a delicious mix of colors, flavors and textures, the best of which was a Coos Bay oyster in a delightful aromatic broth with flying fish roe frozen in a fog of liquid N2. Followed by 14 courses (the chef tossed in a freebie - a delicious ahi tartar cylinder with caviar and frizzled leek), each more delicious than the last. A few of the best included their standout poached Maine lobster in saffron broth, the souveed breast of pheasant with pickled citrus, cherry and ginko nut, and a fabulous tenderloin of elk in marrow reduction sauce. One of the best things, which is not so easy, was the excellent pacing and perfect portion size - as much as I loved it, one of the most annoying aspects of a prior dinner at the 3-star Louis 14th in Monaco was paying $1000 for two for a black truffle rich tasting menu, only to be completely stuffed prior to the 1st game course. After an absolutely fabulous 18-course meal at Ambiance (including 4 amuse bouches and 3 after-dinner espressos), plus 3 Premium wine pairings & healthy tip it was $1200 and worth every penny! All 3 of us left sated but not stuffed. The premium pairing ($165 pp) was superb, including mostly stunning French wines (including a Montrachet, a Sancerre, a Chateau Neuf d' Papp, & a terrific dessert Sauterne, plus a great Austrian wine and a knock-your-socks-off Italian viogner). See pics - who knew that Los Altos had a restaurant this good? Not me, but now I do!
It being a belated anniversary celebration we chose Ambiance after reading good reviews. It exceeded our expectations. Chef Song serves only a prix fixe meal which may be paired with wines or not. We chose the wine pairing and one of each of the domestic and French options. This proved a good decision since some of the offerings were quite different for several courses and educated us on what choices would work well with different fish and meats. Each dish was exquisitely presented with perfect timing and an explanation of the ingredients. The flavors ranged from delicate to bold, but never overpowered the main ingredient, be it fish, fowl or meat. I lost track of the number of taste treats provided, but savored each.
We seldom eat out because most restaurants either are to noisy or too rushed. Ambiance was neither, hence was delightful, allowing us to enjoy the full benefit of Chef Song's culinary works of art. We left pleasantly satiated, pleased to have spent an evening enjoying a meal prepared by someone who loves his craft and it shows. We will return for another special occasion.
If you want to try a symphony of food, this is a great place. The Tasting menu offers a palette of different tastes and colors. I was amazed by the taste and tenderness of the elk, but every dish was delicious, the pheasant moist and tasty, the oysters delightful. The presentation is wonderful and makes you want to contemplate the dish before you eat. Best of all at the end of the meal, you feel just right, the Tasting dinner is not heavy, but unlike some modern tasting menus you feel satisfied.
Ambience is a hidden gem that I would love to keep for myself but I know it deserves higher recognition and will only be a matter of time. I've now been three times with my boyfriend and we just cannot stop going! The food is always fantastic with the best service. If you ever go and are lucky enough to have Scott as your waiter, I promise you will have the best service from a genuinely great guy. If you get the wine pairing with your meal he will tell you all the fun tastes he has found in each wine selection and they make the experience more thought provoking. I completely trust Scott with any wine recommendation without question. I also would probably eat food off the ground that the chef makes because his menu is that good. If you want a 3-star Michelin experience without the over pricing and impossible reservations, this is the place to go. I am shocked they don't have a star by now because they are just as good, if not better, then the five different 3-star Michelin restaurants I have visited, along with around ten 2 and 1 star restaurants. This meal is not just a simple meal but a beautiful experience with amazing people. Go! You will not regret it.
Several of the courses will be remembered for a long time.
Bone Marrow, Truffle Potage was amazing.
Poached Black Bass was very unique.
The Elk Tenderloin was incredible.
The ambience at Ambience could be better. It is a plain store front, with little to indicate on the outside, what treasures await inside. Parking is plentiful in Los Altos. We also had the old-country wine pairing. Very fine wines, nicely paired, completed the gastronomical experience.
Ambience was a remarkable experience that anyone who is either a fan of fine dining or just an avid foodie should try from the decor to the wonderful service that they provide. Ambience is definitely world class when it comes fine dining experience. The food was exceptional and so was the wine that came along with each dish. i would highly recommend trying ambience not just once but several times. Oh also the chef was named top 100 chefs in the United States recently.
Amazing journey of food, flavors, textures, and variety.
A great place for foodies with no restrictions!
Prix fix menu only, great wine pairings
I had scallops, lobster, uni, pheasant and elk.
All amazingly creative and tasty.
Definitely will go again.
We had an unforgettable food experience at Ambience. The price point puts it beyond the "let's grab a bite to eat" restaurant choices. However, for the right occasion or for a special treat, this place is simply amazing. Dinner is the event so don't plan to eat and run to something else. I think we had 12 courses of food art, and the chef personally prepares each plate. The menu changes regularly, and the service is friendly and responsive. Our server was so knowledgeable about each dish's preparation and wine pairings. We will definitely be back.
This place has only one menu option - a 12 course chef's tasting menu at $165 per person. There's also a suggested wine pairing menu, "standard" or "premium" wine selection, an additional $125, or $165 for the premium.
This place isn't cheap, but the food is superb. Since this is a 12 course tasting menu, don't expect any one portion to be very big, but they are all very tasty, beautifully presented and the server explains the ingredients of each course as it is placed in front of you. You will be full by the time you finish your 12th course, the dessert. This is the only you actually get a choice on - flourless chocolate ganache or raspberry soufflé.
We were there on a Friday night, and there was relatively quiet. It's not a very big space, and there was only a group of 6 and two groups of two, so it was pleasantly quiet and you don't have to try and talk over the noise.
Excellent service, 12 great courses, and a great wine selection in this Los Altos hidden gem.
There is only one option on the menu that is $165 per person. With the win pairing it would be well over $300 per person with tax and tip. For that kind of expense, I expect truly world-class food that is as good as a Michelin-rated restaurant (there are several Michelin-rated restaurants in the area that charge less). It did not meet that bar for us.
The food was good, but ran too salty at times.
The service was excellent (which you would expect).
Ironically, the ambience left a little to be desired. They tried to make a retail storefront in Los Altos as modern/stylish as possible, but it felt forced.
The closest comparable is Chez TJ which is in downtown mountain view which actually is Michelin rated, costs a good bit less (offers a very good $135 option), and has better food and ambience.
We had an amazing evening celebrating my fiancees birthday. The served us a 'pescetarian' option to two of the 'four legged' dishes. The Abalone, the Tuna and the Lobster dishes were our favorites. We'd specifically liked the 'spicy thing' that was on some of the Tuna, perhaps put it on all pieces...Service was at-tentative and measured, very knowledgeable.
Ambience was a hidden gem. We had no idea it really existed in the few years that we've lived in Los Altos. It's definitely a special occasion kind of place. It's pricey, but the food is just spectacular. The flavor combinations and the presentation is just as good as any Michelin rated restaurant. Definitely worth a try.
Wait staff was attentive, funny, and very professional. Unfortunately, the pre fix only food selection was inconsistent and the wine pairings were basic, with too many whites, and a below average selection for the price point.
The meal time was about 4 hours, and they only serve beer and wine at the restaurant. For the price of the overall experience, most "foodies" want to enjoy a nice after dinner scotch or cognac.
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