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Reviewed September 5, 2021

5 stars to the host here - 'Bhuvan'. He is gem of a person, makes you feel welcome with a personable touch. Had dinner both nights while we were there. Sizzling paneer Tikka is a must order (or any sizzling appetizer for that matter). The...food is good and the drinks collection as well. I love a place not just because of its food but because of the people there too, and host 'Bhuvan' made sure each guest had a great time. If you are in Monterey, do visit this place for a delicious Indian cuisine and hospitable service.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed May 21, 2021

Authentic Indian cuisine at its best! You would expect real deal Indian food in London, but Canary Row? Mostly all seafood restaurants in the area serve pretty much the same thing. Don't get me wrong, love seafood and most area restaurants are great, but we...decided to do something different. Wow, what a pleasant surprise. Service here was great, staff very friendly and engaging. Large clean dining room with tables spaced well. If unsure of what to order, just ask for suggestions, we did and were very pleased with all we had. Portion sizes were good. You should be asked about your spice level you want on your food. Our food came out exactly the spice level we requested. It was a cold and windy night, so felt lucky being able to eat inside with restrictions being lifted. With tourism starting to open up again, we wish this establishment much success in rebounding from these difficult times. We certainly will be back!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 20, 2021

Awesome dinner here, the ambiance was really cool with the patio and garden like setup and the inside was nice too. Dinner portions were huge, we had like three meals to take with us when we left as well. BJ was attentive and helped guide...us to what we were looking for, and the quality was top notch.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 4, 2021 via mobile

I've never ordered a lamb korma anywhere that didn't come with a side of rice. First time for everything. Ordered online and picked up. When I arrived back at my hotel, no rice. At least tell me the korma doesn't come with rice so I...know to order it. The plastic utensils were do flimsy that they would never cut the lamb. Good thing I bring my own when I travel.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed October 26, 2020 via mobile

Staff was very friendly, and food was pretty good. The Tika Masala chicken I had was outstanding. My wife had the coconut curry lamb, and said the lamb had an unusually strong flavor. All in all, we would go here again.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed March 1, 2020

Easy walking distance from our Hotel allowed the Ambrosia to win on where we were going to eat but with hindsight, the Indian meal was very enjoyable, making the restaurant a good choice. We weren't sure how spicy things would be, being used to the...British variety of Indian Restaurant but to be fair we needen't have worried as it wasnt far away from what we are used to at home. the food however was very tasty, and servings were definitely sufficient to fill you up when washed down with a couple of Taj Mahal beers. Decor/lighting in the restaurant was good and added to the ambience, and the final bill wasnt excessive, so all in all a pleasant experience.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 25, 2020

I have a great love for Indian food and I looked forward to eating here... Unfortunately it was one of the worst Indian restaurants I've ever been to. We were not done with our starter when our waiter came and pushed our plates for our...main dish under our nose. I had murgh Tikka and it was dry and hardly seasoned. It fit more in a bad Ceasar salad than in an Indian restaurant. When I made an comment I got watery tomato curry which was also bland. Do not go here if you know and like indian food, since they do not serve any.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 2, 2019 via mobile

This is a great spot a short walk away from the crowds of Fisherman’s Wharf and the Cannery. The portions were a nice size and the brown rice was a nice touch. The ambiance is cozy and the outdoor area is very lovely. The staff...is super friendly. Overall a great experience and definitely a place worth visiting.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019

A favorite spot whenever I visit Monterey. The food is savory, and the buffet lunch is generous and a great culinary vacation from the ordinary.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 11, 2019

This amazing Indian Restaurant is the best one that I've been all over the world, the food is so good, chicken Tikka massala is the best dish you can take, and if you're vegetarian try the alo gobi

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 19, 2019

When I do my research for my road trips, I not only check on Triple D restaurants, but also Indian restaurants. I found one 5 minutes from my hotel in Monterey. I decided to visit it on my last night there. It was such a...nice evening I decided to sit in the courtyard. I never saw the inside of the restaurant so I cannot comment on it. The service was okay. However once I was served my food the next time I saw my server was to give me my bill. I was not able to be how my food was or order another glass of wine. I will say, papadums were served right away. They were nice and crispy. They came with tamarind, cilantro-mint, and chili dipping sauces. They were great, but I really liked the chili for the spice. For my main course I ordered the Lamb Rogan Josh and Aloo Gobi. I also ordered Garlic Naan on the side. I did find it strange I had to pay extra for rice. Pamadums were free, but I had to pay for rice??? It did not take long for my to be meal to be served. The Lamb Rogan Josh was very good, lots of meat and a nice robust sauce. I would have liked a bit more heat, but it was tasty. The Aloo Gobi was very good, but I admit I prefer more potato and less cauliflower. Small point because the spices used were just as I like them. I had a very nice time at Ambrosia India Bristo in Monterey.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 5, 2019 via mobile

We were hungry and the waiting times elsewhere were too long. Found this, fancied an Indian meal.....wow! How disappointing. Stale popadoms, bland curry dishes, with 2 people trying to serve the restaurant. Would I recommend ? No. Would I go back - No.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 26, 2019 via mobile

I am an Indian and have travelled the world and so I know that it is very rare to get the taste of food anywhere outside India mainly because of the local spices being unavailable. And the same was with this resturant. Few things were...spot on like the chutney they gave at start. Rest all the food was not tasting like Indian food except Palak Paneer was good and mango lassi was good too. Ambience was amazing.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

Handles groups with flexible seating, welcoming staff and fabulous selection of fresh, delicious Indian Vegetarian and Tandoori meats and full complement of rice, naan, etc. We, including 4 children and 7 adults happily stuffed ourselves and were sorry to go. Dessert was the best rice...pudding we've had. Highly reccomend... near the Aquarium.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 27, 2019 via mobile

This was the worst Indian I have ever been to. Ambrosia looks lovely from the outside. A quite restaurant with a hidden feel on the outskirts of Monterey. But that's all this restaurant has going for it. To start the service was subpar, with staff...being both disinterested and rude. Service was slow with many customers needing service. Starters came at different times and the chicken samosa tasted fresh out of a supermarket freezer packet with no flavour. As for the main meal, the masala tasted more like tomatoes soup having no curry flavour, very un-authentic. The lamb saag had more flavour but again didn't taste fresh. I wouldnt go back and differently wouldn't reccomend it, going as far as to say AVOID AMBROSIA.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Ambrosia India Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4