Ambrosia

4.6
219 reviews
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Italian
Ambrosia was founded on the principle that the best food - and the best times of our lives - begin with love. In the Pizzi family kitchen in Liguria, Italy, the dinner table was a treasured space for family and friends. Since 1979, the Pizzi family, which now includes Gino's daughters Manuela, Anna, and Francesca, has been bringing that same love and commitment to the Ambrosia kitchen. Regular patrons and staff are all part of the family, and first-time visitors are welcomed like old friends.

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Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 6:00PM

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was Amazing! Best food I've had since moving from L.A.!!! The manager was very nice and came up to speak to us...an added bonus!

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S
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was delicious and I really like the ambience.

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JM
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Generous portions. Fresh food!

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V
Indiana
31 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing really negative on this visit. Everything was certainly acceptable just not outstanding. Would like to give a review other than OK, but not this time.

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VH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From now on, this place will be my go-to for Italian and seafood. Their food is homemade and the restaurant is family owned. And you can really tell that love goes into their food. It's truly the best pasta I've had in Indiana (or maybe even the United States) and their seafood is incredible...which is hard to find in Indiana.

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OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service

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JS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Second time dining here; very consistent high-quality pasta dishes and service. Unique and diverse wine list. Casual enough for large groups but elegant enough for a nice romantic evening. Not a big place, so the noise level is very contained and the service is excellent.

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OT
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal all around - Lexie was great! Can't wait to go back and try another amazing menu item. Thank you!

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JP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the Mare seafood pasta and the arugula salad! Excellent Italian food. The restaurant can be cold in the winter, depending on what table you have.

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MF
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambrosia is one of our favorites. The food, service, ambiance, noise level, wine list, and cocktails are spot on. We had had a shrimp appetizer and the calamari. Both great. The calamari was my favorite. Fresh, lightly breaded and cooked to perfection. The arugula salad had a bright lemony vinegrette and was topped with a generous amount of shaved parmesan. We had the mushroom lasagna special and the gnocci. Both fantastic. The wine reccommendation was also very good. Ambrosia is perfect for dinner with friends, a date, special occassion, or any day of the week.

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F
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Came for a holiday dinner after a show at Clowes. We arrived early but were seated immediately. Service was attentive but not intrusive. The food was excellent. Highly recommend Ambrosia.

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j
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat there once a month at least. Never had a bad experience. Love it!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas dinnert

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VF
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to Ambrosia, and we will return. The food was excellent - above the typical Italian restaurant. The service was prompt and attentive. The only negative is the lack of sufficient parking, which can't really be helped in that location.

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d
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food... more rustic in ambiance... great for casual get together...al dente pasta well prepared. .. definitely recommended....

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great, service was decent, and the parking lot could use some work.

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F
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely outstanding all around. Wish we would have discovered this hidden treasure years ago.

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AO
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner, service was very good. The meals came in timely manner. Definitely would come again.

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CH
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food & great service! We were there early in the evening so the noise wasn’t a problem. Great place to get dinner before a show at Clowes.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, thanks. a great place for a birthday dinner

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HH
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This is the best Italian restaurant in Indy! Authentic and delicious. It’s a new favorite. We loved the calamari and the tiramisu!! The entrees we had were perfect. My only critique would be the music. It was too hip and upbeat for the atmosphere to me. Also the tables are too close together for private conversation. But other than that it was amazing!

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OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for mom and son. Our server, David, was awesome! Hope we can have the pleasure of having him again! Food was excellent!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service with food to match.

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f
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Generous wine pour. Restaurant was a little noisy.

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MF
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet Ambrosia was this time. When it opened it was horribly noisy. We had a lovely meal, a quiet conversation and good service. Thanks

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i
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We meet family members for a dinner every two weeks so we can catch up and enjoy locally owned independent restaurants. Ambrosia was the perfect spot for our get-together! The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We can now highly recommend the lasagna, erbette (poached salmon) and the brodetto (seafood stew). We will definitely be back soon!

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S
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Extremely loud - they need to install sound panels in the ceiling or something. Otherwise good - wine list was great.

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you very much to Ambrosia and their staff for a memorable evening out with our friends. Service staff were helpful, knowledgeable, and set a great pace for our dining experience. Their wine selection paired very well with the variety of delicious appetizers and main courses our party enjoyed. Each of our couples split a tiramisu, which is not to be overlooked. Be sure to save a little room!
Cheers!

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LF
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here to find a good value in Italian food. Which is a category that seems to be lacking in Indianapolis. Ambrosia surpassed our expectations. It was sheer perfection; from the food to the service. Our server was very knowledgeable with a great attitude. To start, we had a Muscle special app that had me wanting to chug the broth. Next, I had the Bolognese and my girlfriend had the Panna. Both dishes were delicious. The pasta was the star of the dish. It had great texture and was ratio’d perfect with the sauce. Lastly, we finished our meal with the Lemon Sorbet (must) and Tiramisu (must). Overall, this meal was of great value and exceeds the value of its competition.

Come support this Local Restaurant next time you want to take your palette to Italy!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I tried Ambrosia for the first time for our anniversary. The menu was excellent, and we enjoyed an appetizer, salad, entrees, and dessert. While we went on a Wednesday, and the place was maybe 1/3 full, we appreciated the service and attention of the staff. We were not rushed, and the staff provided the appropriate amount of time between courses. I don’t know if the same thing would happen on a busy Friday/Saturday, but it made our anniversary dinner even more special.

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OF
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love Ambrosia! I love promoting small and local business but at the same time, I don’t want everyone to know of our favorite little gem 😉

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JL
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The experience was very underwhelming. The server had been there for 2 weeks and frankly very ill-prepared to be a server. She literally read us the specials with NO knowledge of the specialties. She was terrible. No one other than the server came by to check on us. The food was subpar. I had the veal and it was tough, the beans were cold. My wife had the lasagna. It looked great but was pretty bland. The atmosphere was okay and noise level moderate. For the price the experience was terrible. I generally want to give restaurants another try but in this case I have no compelling reason to go back.

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CW
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food every time we go! We come up from louisville several times a year just to go here!

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SC
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Unfortunately, three strikes: 1) awkward, unpleasant lighting (unimaginable for a restaurant that has been described as romantic; may be better in the bar), 2) noise (probably too many hard surfaces, loud public feel, not date-like), 3) little kids disrupting, playing hide-and-seek (couldn't believe that waitstaff and hostess observed but just smiled as if totally acceptable). Other detractors include no tablecloth and one of the two bathrooms out-of-order. Consequently, I do not agree with the "Good for a Date" rating unless one's date is not expecting a romantic setting. Better described as upscale family restaurant with attractive bar. The upside is that the food is very good.

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h
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Italian restaurant by a long way! We had a lovely corner table, tucked out of the way and enjoyed great service from Graham. We will be back!

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KH
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food, authentic, good sevice. Will return often.

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MR
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, lovely surroundings!

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e
Indiana
36 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant had nice decor and layout. The staff was friendly. The food was a bit slow for what we ordered but was good. All in all, it was a solidly decent experience.

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L
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every bit! She offered to bring dessert for my birthday.........but who could eat dessert??!?!
yummmmmmm

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m
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service great ambience. Great place for a date or for meeting friends

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