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Amber Dhara

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150 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1631 (High Street)
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we found the food good but the menu was very limited. We'd have liked to see a bigger choice. But what we got was nice and well cooked/presented. Ambiance was pleasant but nothing special. Service ok. While it was ok we'll continue to search for nicer Indian food. So overall ok but nothing special for us.

Thank JUACI q
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amber Dhara used to have a 3 course prixe-Fixe lunch. But recently they have a lunch buffet too. The price is reasonable and there are choices for both Ved and non veg diners. They had Tandoori Chicken a lamb curry and a fish as non veg options. And a Dal a paneer curry and a mixed veg curry. The salad... More 

Thank Samosababa
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21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

I have been to Amber in SF, Mountain View and Santana Row. Palo Alto Amber is our favorite. Love the food, the dishes are beautifully plated, and spice balance is perfect. The Tandoori Paneer was made to perfection and so were our curries: Okra, daal, fish and spinach. The quinoa beets salad would need some improvement. Hope to see more... More 

Thank Poonam B
Hayward, California
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4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

We went there a week before Mother's Day for lunch. It was a buffet. The buffet had 2-3 vegetarian curries, 2 desserts, salad, fruits, condiments, chaat, dahi bhalla. Good enough variety. but the food was not at all like other Amber restaurants. The curries lacked flavor, the vada in dahi vada was very hard. The chat was premixed so it... More 

Thank Meena B
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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112 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

When you stay at palo alto one cannot find any Indian hotels and the one close by available is amber dhara. Nice ambiance and the service is good, food taste can be improved and slightly over priced.

Thank chandse
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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79 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Outstanding flavors, perfectly balanced. Meat and veggie options were superb. Good staff, open seating area, but still quiet Has outdoor seating as well with heaters.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Great updated twist on the Indian classics. Everything we ordered was delicious and the service was good too. Not sure why it wasn't as full as everywhere else downtown, but it worked out well for us! Would go back!

Thank Kelsey L
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We hosted a vegetarian dinner for 10 at Amber Dhara and asked them to prepare a "thali" dinner. Typically in India dinner is served on a 12' stainless steel platter with 10 plus stainless steel bowls containing vegetables, salads, "dals"s, desserts etc. think of a Bento Box with Indian food...but lots more items than in a typical bento box. The... More 

Thank Samosababa
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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76 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

A very bland Yellow Daal, poorly cooked Koftas and ok types rotis, sums up my dinner experience at Amber Dhara....

Thank darora123
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

An upmarket Indian restaurant in Palo Alto. Very popular and a good range of quality dishes. The food quality was excellent. The Lamb dishes were wonderful and the Dhal Makhani was very good. The Nan breads were also up there... Service was very good, It was quite pricey for Indian, but hey it is Palo Alto....

Thank john t

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 150 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1631
    (High Street)
  • Public Transportation: We are located one block east of the Caltrain statin and local bus depot.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-329-9644

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