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Ambrosia India Bistro

565 Abrego Street, Monterey, CA 93940
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Ranked #28 of 262 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Buffet
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London suburbs
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183 reviews 183 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I ate at this restaurant with an Asian friend who was a bit reluctant to come here again after a previous visit. In one respect the restaurant was better: the dining room was much smarter than I remember it, and in the inclement weather we had that evening we didn't want to travel further. We had a more spacious table... More 

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Duxbury, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The food was well cooked and reasonably priced. But if you prefer your Indian food to be spicy, you will need to make a special request because as it comes from the kitchen it is somewhat more savory than spicy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Where to start? The papadums were excellent. I could have eaten nothing but those and the pickled vegetables and been happy. I forget what they were called but the spinach cake appetizer was unique and delicious. Also, don't miss the lamb chop e masala - supurb! And, last, but not least, the best fish curry we've ever had. Can't wait... More 

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San Francisco, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The food and service was below average. And as an Indian, I can tell you this is not 'good' Indian food. It's Indian food, just not good. Something that kind of proves itself from the fact that the restaurant had barely any Indians visiting it.

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Derby, UK
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264 reviews 264 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
372 helpful votes 372 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Didn't expect too much from an Indian restaurant in the USA, after all the best Indian restaurants are now in the UK aren't they? Anyway, while not the best meal I've ever had, it was pretty good. Firstly the chef is Indian, which doesn't necessarily mean the meal will be great but it's a start. There is a reasonable choice... More 

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Burlingame, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Wonderful food and ambience. They take reservations which is nice because it can get very crowded. They were very accommodating and gave us a nice, quiet table. Service is excellent and the food was tasty. We tried the Murgh Malai Kebab, Brown Rice, Garlic Naan, Samosas and the Aloo Gobi. The kebab's and samosas were particularly good. Highly recommend if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We tried Bhindi Masala, Shahi Paneer, Kaali Daal, Lachcha paratha, Tandoori roti - the taste was great! All 4 us loved the food. The service was excellent and quick although it was a Thanksgiving weekend and the restaurant was packed! Overall a great experience!

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Visalia, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

As you walk up to the restaurant the aroma is amazing. The buffet has many different offerings. The butter chicken; curry chicken and chicken tandoori were all done perfectly. The mushroom masala was our favorite vegetable dish of the day, and the squash and lentils were also very good. The service is excellent as other reviews have stated. This is... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

All the things you want in an Indian dinner. Authentic cooking, friendly waiters, cozy and romantic dining room, nice lighting. Samosas were very good, flat crackers and relishes served with. Chicken specialty for dinner had nice curry flavors, slow cooked lentils were a delight. Naan bread was freshly baked and delicious. . Happy dessert mistake had us try 'kheer' for... More 

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Monterey, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We love going to Ambrosia for it's friendly service, great buffet pricing and for it's evening dinners. The atmosphere is lovely and serene and the flavors of the food just jump out and say hello. There is a full bar (mmm - ChaiTini) and the papadums with dips are bottomless. The sizzle smells terrific for the meat eaters and the... More 

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Additional Information about Ambrosia India Bistro

Address: 565 Abrego Street, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone Number: 831-641-0610
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Indian

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