Danville >Food & Dining > Amber Bistro
500 Hartz Ave, Danville, CA | Directions 9452637.820684 -121.997897
Monday 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
On the skids / Big expensive waste. Here's why: – WINE: By the glass or wine flight offerings: When's the last time you paid $9 a glass for a bottle that sells for $12.49 at Costco? That's nearly 75% of the bottle price for a single glass. Very limited choices by the glass.
FOOD: Short ribs with mashed potatoes (potatoes were barely warm). Creme brulee: caramilzed top was unbreakable and custard was cold (left over? / about as distinctive as a Jello pudding snack - of which it reminded me; sorry, but it's true).
SERVICE: Ever started laughing because the service was so ridiculously slow and inept? Salad arrives before the wine; "I'll bring you some more bread." "Great." . . . [Should have asked when.] It's what made CompUSA and Circuit City what they are today.
Ambiance: 8 PM Saturday night in Nov/2008: a collective uneasiness for a Saturday night;
Overall Impression: like the stock market in October: why are we investing our hard earned money here? Amber Bistro will have to change or it will be gone in 2 years.
Not impressed by Amber – My husband and I ate lunch at Amber, May 29th 2007.
We started with calamari. This is a dish that we always use for a test at a new restaurant that we are reviewing. The dish was very inconsistent. Some of the pieces were OK, others were very rubbery. I would not order the calamari again.
My husband had the pork salad. It was good. The sesame oil was not overpowering and the granny smith apples added a bit of tartness and crunch that did keep the dish interesting.
I had the chicken sandwich. The bread was very thick. The sandwich was unbelievably bland! The chicken breast was cooked properly, but that is about all I could say about it.
The wine-by-the-glass selection was good.
The wait staff was friendly.
It would be nice if the owner would request no parking in front of the restaurant so that diners seated by the windows would have an unobstructed view of Danville's Hartz avenue.
Watch out for overcharges, small portion, rush service – Our party of 6 spent New Year Eve 2006 at Amber Bistro. The fixed menu was limited. The portion was small. We did not find any tuna in the tuna tata, and the soup was cold with a few specks of crab on top. There were a total of 4 string beans as veggies on the dinner plate. The service was rushed, the waitress could not remember who ordered what. They kept trying to remove our plates while we were still chewing. We were seated at 6:15pm, and we were done by 7:30pm. And that includes coffee which was served without splenda, and it was extremely rushed. To top of f the experience, we were over charged $32.00 when the American Express bill came. When we called the restaurant, the manager initially denied it and then later admitted someone added $32.00 to the total we already signed. He had no idea who put in the additional $32.00 I would not recommend the restaurant for the food, service or overcharges.
Highly recommend Amber – Went to Amber with a group of 8 people and had a wonderful evening. The service was excellent. The host was so friendly and made us feel like the most important table in the place. Absolutely loved short ribs with chocolate cabernet sauce and creamy mashed potatoes. The curry salmon baked in a claypot was incredible! It was layered with spicy flavors and there was lots of extra sauce (love that!). Dark chocolate mousse was divine and sinful and apple crisp with cranberries was yummy with vanilla ice cream. Also loved the wine list. We ordered three bottles of Silver Oak Cabernet because we could actually afford it. A great night was had by all! We'll definitely go back again and again.
Executive Chef Jerry Gomez blends Japanese, Thai and other Asian flavors at this hip dining destination. – In Short
This sophisticated restaurant is a hot spot for business luncheons and romantic dinners. Stylish patrons sip specialty cocktails at the bustling bar or dine in the cozy, 50-seat dining room. Starters include the crispy calamari, fresh from Monterey Bay and served with a piquant cilantro yogurt sauce. For a main, try the meaty stir-fried prawns and scallops in lemony Thai basil sauce, or the rack of lamb--pan-seared with rosemary marinade and drenched in a sweet cherry sauce.
Filet of FAT – I'd been to Amber before many times for drinks with the girls. This time I'm entertaining an out-of-town friend who is a self-proclaimed "foodie". We have a couple wines, pretty nice. Server checks on us FIVE times while we're deciding on our starters. It's a Tuesday night so it's quiet. I have the Crab Tower. Tasty. More "checking" on us by the server. Annoying. Still quiet. I decide on Filet Mignon, which, in my opinion, is hard to fail unless you're at Sizzler. The potatoes, mashed, are more like soup. Very watery. Server is still "checking". Really annoying. The Baby Bok Choy was quite wilted. Okay, try a Cab with the meat. Cab is great. Meat is decidedly not. I have NEVER (even in my young adulthood at Sizzler) had a more fat-riddled beef portion in my life. I didn't even think about it until I looked down and my plate was full of fat but I didn't feel as though I'd eaten. Server comes around asking about dessert. I told her the Filet was fatty and she said, "It's Tuesday and the kitchen may not be on their toes." On their toes? Wow! In truth, the only nourishment I got was the Crab Tower and the Vino. I won't go back. Not even for a drink.
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