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Amber India - Santana Row

4.2
4.2
1027 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
Located in Santana Row, San Jose, Amber India has come to represent an inviting atmosphere of modern elegance, comfort and sophistication. An inspired menu boasts delectable Indian Cuisine. Traditional and contemporary dishes made with the finest and freshest ingredients.

Award-winning chef, Sandeep Basrur strives to create food options that are authentically Indian with seasonal Californian influence.

Exquisitely presented menu options, delicious dessert temptations and friendly, enthusiastic service ensure a memorable dining experience.

An eclectic display of artwork, lighting and colors set stage for an unforgettable evening while you tantalize your senses with an exceptional selection of fine wines and cocktails paired with delicious light fare.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (408) 248-5400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sandeep Basrur

  • Catering

    Let Amber organize and cater your next affair. We cater for all events from intimate meals to corporate parties. Customized menus and personalized packages are available. We will work with you to create the ideal menu for your affair. Your event may also be enhanced with specialty items and an array of colorful options.

  • Private party facilities

    Private Party room available for Lunch/DinnerLunch Minimum 40 buffet (Adults) to make it exclusive .Dinner Minimum $ 2000 plus tax and gratuity on weekdaysDinner Minimum $ 2500 plus tax and gratuity on Friday & Saturday

  • Private party contact

    Sonia : (408) 248-5400

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Cross street

    Winchester Avenue & Olsen Drive

  • Parking details

    Free public parking lots on Santana row and Olsen drive.

  • Public transit

    VTA stop at Stevens Creek (Valley Fair Mall).

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,027 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The food menu has changed a lot since we last visited a few years ago. Older menu was more inventive. The food was more home style, not that anything is wrong with that. Great service.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food and not too crowded when we were there.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Nice outdoor ambiance. Extremely poor, slow service for the small amount of customers. No one even asked how the food was until the end. We had to ask for water several times. The Butter Chicken had an unusual aftertaste. We had to ask for the check several times.
  4. S

    Sahil

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Food was not fresh. We returned the chicken tikka they served as it had a lot of small charcoal pieces. Butter chicken was not good and felt like it was reheated many times. Paneer dish & Ghobhi manchurian was good. AC wasn’t working well in the restaurant.
  5. CD

    CliveD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We have been going to Amber for many years. I am not sure if they have recently changed their chef and management but the Food was really delicious with a depth of flavor that was recently missing on our last couple of visits. Coupled with the great meal the front of house staff were amazing and really made us feel appreciated. We will definitely be back
  6. MO

    MauriceO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, nice staff. We had a party of 8 at an 8:30 reservation and the manager was accommodating when we asked for a different table. Always a favorite of ours.
  7. l

    live2eat

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Went for weekend buffet. The vegetarian and meat entrees were room temperature to, in the case of goat curry, cold. Never experienced that kind of failure in 20-years of Indian buffet dining. The taste otherwise was solid. Especially enjoyed the 2 desserts.
  8. RK

    RK12

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The service, other than the water lady, was abysmal. The stuffed kulcha came towards the end of the meal and that too only after a reminder. Pieces of eggplant were not fully cooked, the dal was too salty. However, their lychee cocktail, and baked cauliflower were outstanding. The rest of the meal was passable. Generally, this Amber was several notches below the others in the bay area.
  9. VB

    VinitaB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Amber India has deteriorated in the last few years. Perhaps new ownership? The food used to be excellent, but is now mediocre at best. The silverware was dirty (I found bits of old food stuck to my spoon). Silverware is an odd collection (all different brands, styles, weight) -- attention to detail is lacking. Makes me wonder what is going on behind the scenes, when the front of the house is sub-par.
  10. J

    Jack

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fresh and presented well. Enough options for veg and non veg folks.
  11. A

    Aptos831

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Not what I was thinking for a Santana Row restaurant.
  12. SN

    SN12345

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Aweful service. Waiters did not care. Had to get up many items to get basic service.
  13. EG

    ElenG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I made reservations for a birthday but they didn’t do anything special for us. Maybe I just got used to other restaurants that would give the birthday person a small cake dessert. But the food was great.
  14. N

    Nkoch

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    food was not as expected. over rated when it comes to taste.
  15. JC

    JanetC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The staff accommodated our need to change our outside table due to the sun, which was thoughtful. The food was very well prepared. The service after our food was served was good, but they didn't check often enough to see if we needed more naan or drinks. Over all, it was a pleasant and tasty dinner.
  16. A

    Adhita

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great for a weekend buffet. Amazing value for money. Good for groups
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Not at all worth the $$$- not even good options in the buffet.
  18. BB

    BarbaraB

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was great to be back for a meal with friends at Amber in Santana Row. The food was very good as we remembered it.
  19. BA

    BAbrams

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our friends from out of town asked if we could eat at Amber since it was ten years ago that we shared this Indian cuisine with them. They very much enjoyed the food and experience this second time and we appreciate the excellent service.
  20. V

    Vinn

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was Ok. We went for a Lunch Buffet. Wish the Veg Appetizer was fully cooked. For $27, we felt it could have been better.
  21. SS

    SSReview

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great lunch buffet spread with many vegetarian items. Good location. Has got more pricey recently.
  22. s

    sjsharkie57

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, though a milder spice level than other Indian places. The butter chicken and salmon was delicious!
  23. KY

    KenY

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The appetizer Madras spiced prawns was excellent, the butter chicken was also very good. But the Seekh kabab was too dense and dry. The sauce on the Vindaloo was very good.
  24. S

    Snnhn

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Lunch buffet is very costly . They dont kept more item the price they are charging. Its overcharged
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Buffet was amazing for $25 gives you good value for the food service was great, great staff
  26. SD

    SDGlobalTravel

    San Diego

    81 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    The food was tasty but felt it was 'warmed up' as it was just above the warm level. The real issue is that the restaurant feels dirty. The menu's especially seemed old and well used thus the stains. For Santana Row this restaurant seems to be more appropriate for a strip centre as the interior feels dated.
  27. PC

    PawanC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I had better experience eating ala-carte pre-pandemic. The buffet was very bland and did not leave very good experience eating indian food. Given the price, had much higher expectations.
  28. A

    Arbee

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious with unique dishes not commonly found elsewhere. Ambience and service were good too.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Disappointing
  30. PC

    PallaviC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The food was awful, service okay and not many options for vegetarian meals. The paneer curry was very bad. Dis satisfied
  31. D

    Danielle

    Minneapolis

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal experience every time. I make it a point to visit this restaurant on every business trip to San Jose. Food is phenomenal and the service is as well! Truly a gem in SJ.
  32. ET

    EricT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    First time ever having Indian Cuisine. We loved it!
  33. R

    Ruby

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valentines DaY menu was excellent!
  34. a

    ananthp

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great location but Valentine's day menu was a disappointment for vegetarians.
  35. g

    garyk

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    Reservation was for 6:15 got to the restaurant they didn't have me listed They had tables available so they sat us between an Indian family of five and an Asian couple of two We were given a menu after looking at it and looking at our neighbors to the right and to the left they had ordered from the main menu it went to the major d if I could get a main menu and they told me it was a set menu it says Waldo people sitting next to me ordered from the main menu he says it's just a preset menu walked over to the other people the family and the couple said we ordered from the main menu the individual said it is a preset menu. So I left and I won't go back they have great food but the service is absolutely atrocious I dare you to put this in your comment column
  36. I

    Intimate

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    We choose Amber for their excellent Indian cuisine, unfortunately they had a Valentines Day set menu they failed to disclose that was from the traditional menu they usually offer. All in all it was okay, however should we have known we would have chose a different venue. Also witnessing couple after couple walk out after being seated and discovering the menu was unpleasant.
  37. CV

    CathyVolunteer

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I went with high expectations. It could be better.
  38. ML

    MikeL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Both the website and OpenTable didn't make it clear that only buffet service was available on Sunday afternoon. I wasn't comfortable eating buffet-style during a pandemic. If I would have known I would have gone to a different restaurant. As it was, I was stuck because it was too late to change my plans.
  39. SD

    ShashiD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The food was ordinary, it has certainly gone down. They automatically put 18% of gratuity on the bill which in my mind is not appropriate for a party of 3.
  40. JS

    JohnS

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Appearance from outside is misleading, it looks small. I side is a large well ventilated dining area, plenty of space, high ceilings. Service was excellent, food was amazing, menu is not very clear, I ordered a lamb vindaloo and got a whole lamb shank in a bowl, should have been made clearer, but could not fault them on taste and service. Our celebration was a birthday and they were kind enough to read the requests and made our birthday boy feel special. Thank you. Will go again

FAQs

Amber India - Santana Row does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Amber India - Santana Row also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 248-5400.

Amber India - Santana Row is rated 4.2 stars by 1027 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Amber India - Santana Row

377 Santana Row #1140 San Jose, CA 95128

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Winchester Avenue & Olsen Drive

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Free public parking lots on Santana row and Olsen drive.

  • Public transit

    VTA stop at Stevens Creek (Valley Fair Mall).

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sandeep Basrur

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (408) 248-5400

  • Catering

    Let Amber organize and cater your next affair. We cater for all events from intimate meals to corporate parties. Customized menus and personalized packages are available. We will work with you to create the ideal menu for your affair. Your event may also be enhanced with specialty items and an array of colorful options.

  • Private party facilities

    Private Party room available for Lunch/DinnerLunch Minimum 40 buffet (Adults) to make it exclusive .Dinner Minimum $ 2000 plus tax and gratuity on weekdaysDinner Minimum $ 2500 plus tax and gratuity on Friday & Saturday

  • Private party contact

    Sonia : (408) 248-5400

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