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Reviewed December 27, 2021

I love Indian food and Abrosia India Bistro ticks all the boxes for me. Huge selection of veg and non-veg foods and they'll cook it to your taste of spiciness. The staff is always friendly and the right amount of table etiquette. The only downside...is they used to have a lunch buffet that was amazing, but covid killed that. Still, everything they serve is great. Never been disappointed.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed August 17, 2020

Although the Vegetarian Valoo as much too spicy ( and I like spicy foods) the Samosa, naan and Valoo was very good. Its walking distance from the Hilton. Please with the take out food. I dont think they provide outdoor seating.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed April 21, 2020

We love the food at this restaurant and have dined at the Scotts Valley and Soquel locations many times over the years. HOWEVER, we were very dismayed at the lack of social distancing precautions and protocol at the SV location last Friday night, 4/17. Only...one or two of the service workers were wearing gloves, no workers were wearing masks, there was no organization when picking up the order, and we had to wait a very, very long time to get the food. You have to go inside the venue to retrieve your food. While one woman with a mask on waited patiently outside the door with plenty of distance from the door, customers without gloves or masks just waltzed right past her, went inside, breathed on everyone's take out order, touching the bags lined up to see which one was theirs, then they came out, went inside again a few minutes later, etc. The restaurant staff really needs to create some rules and protocol during this situation. It was disconcerting, and disappointing when so many other restaurants and shops are trying so hard and have made so many concessions. We won't be going back.More

Date of visit: April 2020
Reviewed August 31, 2019

This really was a disappointment. Let me start by saying that we've eaten at Ambrosia many times, and we've always liked it. I think they have a new chef, and I am NOT impressed. We'd been craving Indian food all week, so, today being pay...day, we decided to run up to Scotts Valley and visit Ambrosia. First we went to order my personal favorite, malai kofta, which we've had there many times before. Fortunately, the waiter asked us "do you want it with the white sauce?" White sauce? Malai kofta is usually served in a rich, red-gold, korma-like gravy. I'm glad he asked us, because if it had come out in a white sauce, I wouldn't have been able to eat it (one of my food aversions). I asked if the regular kofta was available and he said "No, we only make it with white sauce now." Yuk. My guess is he's had other disappointed customers and figured he'd better warn us before bringing out two orders of colorless kofta. So my husband and I went ahead and ordered a couple of different dals instead, and my daughter ordered her beloved butter chicken. I took one bite of one of the dals, and was shocked...no flavor whatsoever! Took a bit of the other, and there was some flavor there, but it was still pretty bland. For the first time in many years of eating and loving Indian food, I had to salt my food (as did my husband). With enough salt, the dals were palatable, but certainly nothing to write home about. The real shocker was my 26-year-old daughter's butter chicken. She loves the stuff, and will usually clean up an order all by herself. She had a small serving, shook her head and said "It's really not very good," and was finished. She grew up on Indian food, and has often had the butter chicken at Ambrosia, so that was even more shocking than bland dal and white kofta. My guess is that it too lacked salt, but I didn't think to suggest that until she'd already gone outside. If it ain't broke, Ambrosia, don't fix it. I suggest firing the new chef, though I doubt we'll be back in any case. A meal there sets us back a pretty penny, and with Mumbai Delight now available in downtown Santa Cruz, there's simply no reason to waste a meal out on a place whose chef can't seem to find the spice cabinet.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 28, 2019 via mobile

We saw this as we pulled in to the Hilton so walked over for Sunday lunch. For this there is a buffet that has a decent selection of foods, salad and fruit as well as one dessert. The food is kept warm. It’s flavorful and...colorful. Included one drink, wine/champagne or a soft drink. My wife ordered on the menu which produced a sizzling tasty dish of shrimp tandori, alas no included drink. The ambience is nice with many Buddha’s about. The music made us think we were in a spa but allowed easy conversation. Parking is easy in their lot. Many Indian families there in large groups for the brunch. Worth a visit-More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

Love this place. Great restaurant for excellent food whenever you get this craving for a good curry! Don’t forget to try the Chana Masala.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 17, 2019

Like the other Ambrosia restaurants, wonderful aromas tease your nose as soon as you open the door. My wife had the Coconut Prawns and I had the Mixed Seafood Curry, with bastmati rice and naan of course. Both were heavenly. We opted for single entrees...for a lighter dinner instead of the Thali (combo) dinner (lots of food). This restaurant is convenient to the 17 at Mt. Hermon. We ate dinner here with another couple.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed March 31, 2019

We had such an excellent meal here last night. The food was fresh and delicious and service made us feel like royalty.

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed March 24, 2019

Very good lunch buffet, with many entree options - both vegetarian and protein. At lunch, there is only the buffet for a set cost, which is reasonable, for the good selection of items. We came here on the recommendation of a friend who loves this...place, and will return.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed February 23, 2019

Having had several Indian restaurant experiences, this was interesting and given that I went at the end of the day, the staff did not make me feel rushed but welcome. I love saffron rice so ordered extra. Lamb Keema is a go to for me...and this did not disappoint. Service was attentive and great gluten-free options for me with the menu clearly marked for what had gluten.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

Typical Indian buffet. We've been here several times and the dishes change but everything is good. Average taste, not exceptional, but good. One thing however, that has turned me off is, if you come in after two o'clock they warn you that they close at...2:30. Then at 2:25 they come back to your table and basically ask you to leave!! It seems to me that if they want to close at 2:30, and want everyone out, then stop serving at two. But don't disrupt my lunch and conversation with my spouse to do it. It seems very rude to me and the food is not good enough to put up with that.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

The positives were Tandoori Salmon and Aloo Gobi along with Garlic and Basil Naan. Nice atmosphere and pleasant service. The Avocado Chaat was a tasteless bunch of sauce. Could not taste the any Avocado. The other negative was the insistence we order rice. We had...3 tiny spoonfuls. Not sure if this was to increase margin, but a poor and tasteless move. Hear Ambrosia is best Indian restaurant in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed August 27, 2018

The buffet was just excellent, happy atmosphere although the servers seemed to be having a bad day. An excellent value for incredible food.

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed May 9, 2018

i brought a group of 10 to this restaurant the other night -- we had a wide range of experience with indian food (from a couple who'd never had it to those who regularly eat indian). two of our party had only had negative experiences...with indian food prior to this visit. and every single person said it was one of the better meals they'd had in a while. highly recommended.More

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed March 28, 2018

The food is great. I think this one is better than it's sister restaurant in Aptos. Pleasant environment, not noisy, reasonably good service, pleasant servers and clean. I come here for the lunch buffet. Delicious.

Date of visit: March 2018
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4