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Ambience - Permanently Closed

4.7
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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Menu

Main

  • Amuse Bouche

    Wine Pairing: Champagne Collet, Brut, Ay France

    • Scallop

      Wine Pairing: Alphonse Mellot Sancerre, La Moussiere Loire 2014

      • Sea Urchin Cream

        • Fish

          Wine Pairing: Condrieu, Tardieu-Laurent Northern Rhone, France 2012

          • Lobster

            Wine Pairing: Chassagne – Montrachet, Fontaine-Gaagnard 2015

            • Fowl

              Wine Pairing: Pomerol, Les Grands Sillons, Bordeaux 2012

              • Game

                Wine Pairing: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Andre Brunel 2000

                • Sweets

                  Wine Pairing: Chateau Laribotte, Sauternes, France 2011

                  For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                  What 308 people are saying

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                  4.7
                  4.7 based on recent ratings
                  • 4.5Food
                  • 4.8Service
                  • 4.7Ambience
                  • 4.2Value

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                  1. Y

                    Yanlin

                    Las Vegas

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 15, 2020

                    overall4food3service4ambience4

                    I think it is over price. With the

                  2. J

                    Jonathon

                    San Francisco

                    7 reviews

                    3.0

                    7 reviews

                    Dined on February 14, 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.

                  3. CK

                    CKinCA

                    San Francisco

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 8, 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!

                  4. P

                    Pyl007

                    San Francisco

                    103 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    103 reviews

                    Dined on January 24, 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.

                  5. IK

                    IvanK

                    San Francisco

                    2 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on November 21, 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.

                  6. S

                    Savorer

                    San Francisco

                    25 reviews

                    4.0

                    25 reviews

                    Dined on October 26, 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.

                  7. WU

                    WakeUpAndSmellTheRoses

                    San Francisco

                    7 reviews

                    vip
                    2.0

                    7 reviews

                    Dined on September 21, 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.

                  8. BA

                    BAMAC

                    San Francisco

                    25 reviews

                    5.0

                    25 reviews

                    Dined on September 8, 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.

                  9. K

                    Kristen

                    San Francisco

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on September 7, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                  10. c

                    chenc

                    San Francisco

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on August 16, 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

                  11. MS

                    MarkS

                    San Francisco

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on August 4, 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.

                  12. R

                    Ryan

                    New York Area

                    16 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    16 reviews

                    Dined on August 3, 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!

                  13. DB

                    DoctorB

                    Washington DC

                    37 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    37 reviews

                    Dined on July 25, 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.

                  14. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    San Francisco

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on July 11, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Highly recommend

                  15. TD

                    TheDoubles

                    San Francisco

                    6 reviews

                    5.0

                    6 reviews

                    Dined on June 23, 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!

                  16. M

                    graphicsMan

                    San Francisco

                    8 reviews

                    5.0

                    8 reviews

                    Dined on May 24, 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.

                  17. YJ

                    YJKuo

                    Central Coast

                    3 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on April 14, 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.

                  18. r

                    rhyenah

                    San Francisco

                    29 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    29 reviews

                    Dined on April 14, 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!

                  19. SA

                    SophieAndy

                    San Francisco

                    22 reviews

                    4.0

                    22 reviews

                    Dined on March 3, 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.

                  20. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Orlando

                    5 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    5 reviews

                    Dined on February 24, 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

                  21. R

                    Richard

                    San Francisco

                    6 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    6 reviews

                    Dined on February 17, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    Unique food, great service. Definitely will be returning

                  22. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    San Francisco

                    2 reviews

                    vip
                    3.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on February 15, 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.

                  23. DA

                    DeanA

                    San Francisco

                    3 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on February 15, 2019

                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                    Valentines

                  24. RH

                    RayH

                    San Francisco

                    24 reviews

                    vip
                    4.0

                    24 reviews

                    Dined on February 10, 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.

                  25. TB

                    ThomasB

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on January 27, 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.

                  26. P

                    Pyl007

                    San Francisco

                    103 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    103 reviews

                    Dined on December 28, 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.

                  27. MJ

                    MJohns

                    San Francisco

                    3 reviews

                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on December 20, 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!

                  28. TA

                    TomA

                    San Francisco

                    4 reviews

                    5.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on November 13, 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.

                  29. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    San Francisco

                    2 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on November 11, 2018

                    overall5food5service5ambience3

                    Food and wine pairing were excellent!

                  30. PC

                    PaulC

                    Los Angeles

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on October 30, 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.

                  31. JT

                    JenniferT

                    San Francisco

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on October 21, 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!

                  32. E

                    Eric

                    Sacramento

                    15 reviews

                    5.0

                    15 reviews

                    Dined on October 7, 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.

                  33. BW

                    BenW

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on October 7, 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.

                  34. SP

                    SaraP

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on September 12, 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.

                  35. MJ

                    MJohns

                    San Francisco

                    3 reviews

                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on September 6, 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.

                  36. FH

                    FrankH

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on August 24, 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!

                  37. AW

                    AveryW

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on August 17, 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.

                  38. EV

                    EVDW

                    New York Area

                    40 reviews

                    vip
                    2.0

                    40 reviews

                    Dined on August 7, 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.

                  39. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on July 31, 2018

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Wonderful culinary experience all around! Highly recommended.

                  40. SA

                    ScottyA

                    San Francisco

                    5 reviews

                    3.0

                    5 reviews

                    Dined on July 29, 2018

                    overall3food3service3ambience2

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

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                  Ambience - Permanently Closed is rated 4.7 stars by 308 OpenTable diners

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