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Amber

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25 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103 (4th & Market)
415-777-0500
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5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Amber India Restaurant embodies the spirit and essence of fine Indian...
Amber India Restaurant embodies the spirit and essence of fine Indian cuisine. Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, Amber India Restaurant takes Indian cuisine to a new culinary level, while still holding true to its traditional nuances. Much like the ambiance within the restaurant, Amber India’s cuisine is a mix of modern style with traditional roots. The delectable cuisine, the well paired wines, and the exotic cocktails are sure to indulge anyone’s senses. The split-level three-story restaurant can easily accommodate 140 people, with a private dining room in the back for up to 25 people. With its vaulted ceilings, stylish décor, and a constant LED light show behind the bar, Amber India Restaurant is truly a feast for both the mouth as well as the eyes.
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  • 135
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Authentic Indian

Great food, wonderful service. Staff are knowledgeable and make recommendations, if asked. Nice decor. Would highly recommend. Make reservations as it's always busy.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
CSML47
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Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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165 reviews 165 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We live in SF and have been here several times and have raved about it to all our friends and family. The first visit was incredible, tandoori chicken like nothing else and we have eaten hundreds of Indian meals and this was excellent. This was a very different experience. The starter of lamb chops was good and tasty well cooked... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Great food, wonderful service. Staff are knowledgeable and make recommendations, if asked. Nice decor. Would highly recommend. Make reservations as it's always busy.

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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We went there for a party of seven to celebrate my daughter's gradation. I found the lunch buffet quite uninspiring, the desserts all unimaginative and the service really bad. The vegetarian options were limited to channa, karela!! and punjabi karhi. The dessert was phirnee and a kind off ras malai with small rosgullas. They need to learn desserts from Rasa... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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43 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

This is the third time that I have been to this restaurant over the past four years. All three times, I was in the company of some pretty picky foodies so trust me when I say, it is worth it. Also, we were looking for a restaurant that would host us for many hours in the evening on a weekend... More 

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Central Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The setting for this establishment is simply beautiful. I was part of a fairly large party who arrived after the noon hour for the buffet lunch. Some vegetarian choices offered were somewhat unusual to me and that is a great thing. The food was warm, and plentiful. The serving area was kept spotless. Everything I consumed was good if not... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Definitely not your inexpensive strip mall Indian buffet food. Complex flavors. Interesting menu choices - they do authentic Indian with local and seasonal ingredients so some things I've never seen on an Indian menu. All of it was delicious. Good service. Dining room is large and loud. Make reservations; it's packed.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I went to Amber for lunch with a couple of Indian friends. We all loved the food, the atmosphere and the service. Prices are reasonable (20$ per person). It's really central if you are discovering the downtown San Fran area of doing some shopping. Atmosphere is sober, modern and stylish. food is served as a buffet. Good option for lunch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Authentic Indian food. Excellent service. Ordered some extra nan bread to eat the calamari with. Samosa are delicate and perfect. We split a butter chicken with basmati rice. The drink menu is very satisfying. Priced right.

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San Antonio, Texas
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We enjoyed every part of this bountiful meal, especially the appetizer of Lahsooni Calimari in a very spicy broth that set a very high standard. The well-matched wines, fresh hot Tandoor breads, wonderful Butter Chicken, it all added up to a great evening. We'll recommend it to friends, that's for sure. The gracious, friendly service matched the wonderful food.

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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I went there during the oracle open world and it was extremely crowded, as expected. My colleagues highly recommended this place for its butter chicken. Admit it was good, maybe a little sweeter for my taste but I guess that works stateside. Other items we ordered were okra, naan, one lamb dish and beer. Overall decent fare, it was quite... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 25 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103
    (4th & Market)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: 415-777-0500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 100
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Entertaining clients, Romantic

Description

Amber India Restaurant embodies the spirit and essence of fine Indian cuisine. Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, Amber India Restaurant takes Indian cuisine to a new culinary level, while still holding true to its traditional nuances. Much like the ambiance within the restaurant, Amber India’s cuisine is a mix of modern style with traditional roots. The delectable cuisine, the well paired wines, and the exotic cocktails are sure to indulge anyone’s senses. The split-level three-story restaurant can easily accommodate 140 people, with a private dining room in the back for up to 25 people. With its vaulted ceilings, stylish décor, and a constant LED light show behind the bar, Amber India Restaurant is truly a feast for both the mouth as well as the eyes.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in SoMa

Neighborhood Profile
SoMa
South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able to do more than just business - museums, top quality restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call this neighborhood home. Most of its freeway-sized streets may not capture the same character as other neighborhoods in the city, but pockets of charm, like South Park, can still be found throughout its side streets.
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