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“A Good Place for Dinner” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Amber Bistro - CLOSED

Amber Bistro
Price range: US$31 - US$40
Cuisines: American, Asian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Church St.
Transit: Bus 221, 960B, 960C
Walnut Creek
Level Contributor
128 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“A Good Place for Dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

My husband and I had dinner at Amber Bistro. The food was quite good, especially the duck spring rolls.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank 1occasional_traveler
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35 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
Danville, California
Level Contributor
50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Go across the street to Bridges instead”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

I was there with a party of 4 just 4 days ago on a Sunday at 6:30. Only 2 other tables occupied in entire restaurant. Service was very pleasant but something must have been going on in the kitchen because it took an hour for entrée to arrive and another hour for the dessert to arrive. Wait staff never came by and said it will be a few minutes; we had to flag someone down to inquire. We only complained among ourselves. My duck was good, one steak was well done instead of medium rare and the 2 Halibuts were just average. We had decided to try it because we had not been there for years and one of the group had been given a gift certificate for an entrée! We all said we should have gone to Bridges which was bustling and is always consistently very good. Food at Amber is mediocre and on the highest side for Danville, service congenial but something was definitely wrong in the kitchen. We all agree that even if they have been there for some time they cannot stay in business long at that rate. We were very disappointed and saw no reason to go back.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank AKE94506
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Favorite Restaurant in Danville!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2013

Located conveniently across the street from a wine tasting room, the Amber Bistro is a better option than Bridges. The food is excellent, the wine menu well thought out, and the service always friendly.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Richard H
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Georgia
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256 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“A little pricey, but very good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

Ok, just to get it out of the way first, this isn't the least expensive place around - there are cheaper options. There are more expensive ones also. To give you perspective, my bill for one plate and 2 glasses of wine with tip (no appetizers or dessert) was a little North of $60. Entree's float around 30, with steaks a little more, pasta less etc. That's OK if everything clicks, so it really comes down to how much you actually "like" it.

In this visit my meal was a large center cut Pork Chop, it was very good and I enjoyed it greatly. However 2 of the folks I was with had a seafood dish that they claimed was below average. Another had the Filet Mignon and claimed it was really good. That's a 50% hit rate. So I guess you need to be a little carefull what you order. The server was pleasant and while the service itself was a little slow, we weren't in a hurry so it didn't matter much. The noise level inside was a little high and they were only half full. It might be very loud if they are full.

Geographically it is located right beside Bridges (and I was told - didn't validate - it is owned by the same company). They share the same valet service and parking is a little hard to find otherwise. Did I enjoy it? Yes I did. Would I go again? I think that's a possibility, but not assured.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank RC30319
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California/Italy
Level Contributor
257 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“A surprise! Wonderful restaurant. Excellent Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

While the menu is not large, one has a good choice of fish and meat dishes and some very creative appetizers. The gazpacho was an alternative version of this iconic cold summer soup but the taste was smooth and rich. The nut crusted halibut on a bed of farro was superb....balanced flavors, beautifully presented and filling. The service was attentive, prompt and excellent in every way. We were there rather late on a Sunday evening and they were patient, classy and professional. An option to Esin and Bridges, and an excellent one at that.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank LaBernardi
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