Westmont >Food & Dining > Amber Cafe Inc
13 N Cass Ave, Westmont, IL | Directions 6055941.796448 -87.975268
Too noisey – We met another couple for a holiday dinner on Saturday night. The food was good but we felt like we were sitting on top of the other guests. The restaurant is small and we expected a more intimate and quiet atmosphere. We had to shout in order to hear each other even though our table was small and we were sitting close to one another. For the money, I'd look elsewhere.
One of the Western Suburbs Best! – Excellent food, a welcoming team, and a downtown like atmosphere. A must try, and you will be sure to ccme back again!
A Very Pleasant Restaurant! – My companion and I dined at Amber on Monday, August 28, 2006. We found both the service and the food to be excellent. My companion ordered from the menu: 1) a smoked salmon with dill and field greens appetizer and 2) peppercorn seared veal medallions in a port sauce, pea and sweet corn risotto, and sauteed mixed vegetables. I ordered from the days specials: 1) lobster bisque with fresh sweet corn and crab meat garnish and 2) pan-seared halibut with orange chipotle sauce, saffron basmati rice, and sauteed mixed vegetables. The portions were right-sized plentiful enough to enjoy and still allow us to take a few bites home to enjoy the next evening. We were well-satisfied with each item and thought the sauces in particular were far above average. The wine selections were also excellent. We especially want to comment on the service at Amber: all of the servers were attentive without being over-bearing. We lingered over our meals, talking and enjoying the evening. Although the restaurant was surprisingly busy for a Monday night, we were never rushed or made to feel anything less than 100% welcomed.
Amber is truly a Gem in Westmont – Amber Restaurant is by far the best secret in the Western Suburbs. From pork tenderloin highlighted on ABC 7 to their seared scallops are incredible treats. I love the outdoor patio. Even on cool nights the atmosphere in the tent is lively, inviting and beautiful under the stars. I especially love the lunch menu's BBQ chicken salad and the ahi tuna nicoise salad. I highly recommend this restaurant for a gourmet dinner; not the usual american fare. Also try the lemon drop or french martininis. They are wonderful!
A Westmont Treasure – What has become a Westmont hotspot known for it's food and ambiance still recognizes how to make the dining experience a treat. Reservations are recommended on weekends as this has become a popular dining destination, but if you are willing enjoy a cocktail and conversation, Amber is very accomodating for walk-ins. Amber's outdoor dining area provides a romantic setting and can be enjoyed any time of the year. The staff is a pleasure and punctual yet not overbearing. Try the sea scallop appetizer as it is very tasty and can also be enjoyed as an entre. The Wisconsin Veal chop is highly recommended, as well as the bone in Filet. After dinner, have one of the best bartenders in the burbs make you one of her famous chocolate martinis. Overall, be prepared for an enjoyable evening of cocktails and food when dining at Amber.
Food is boring, but good ambience. – Went to lunch with a friend the other day and loved the cozy atmosphere. However, all of our food was incredibly bland and unimpressive. We ordered the crab & lobster cakes as a starter and it was 98% filler and 2% seafood. I ordered the farfalle pasta with shrimp in a vodka cream sauce, and I felt like I was eating in a senior citizen's home because the food had no taste whatsover. The pasta tasted like it was in vegetable oil and nothing else. The price was average, but I sadly do not think I'll be returning, even though I loved the environment.
Always very delightful and relaxing – I truely enjoy Amber. Although it is a small place, and I could see how lingering over a meal could interfere with their reservations, I find it quite cozy and the food is amazing. I have been there with my family, and my friends, and just my husband. I have eaten inside and on their patio, and I have never felt rushed or unwanted. I would recommend Amber to anyone looking to have a nice dinner out and send a little extra money for a great meal. The wine list is amazing too - and the Martinis are large.
Bum's Rush – Saturday night, noisy, ceasar salad light in taste, halibut "heat lamped" to death, lobster bisque was "good", calamari was inside breading somewhere, filet mignon on the bone was good, chocolate lava cake more like pudding.... after 2 hours and 15 minutes, ( and spending $300.00) our party of 4 was asked to move to their standing room only bar.( to accomodate a party of 10, was the explanation.) The proprietor did not bother with us until we refused their charity of a free drink, and told them of their rediculous request. If you go, eat quickly, don't dally with conversation with friends or clients, or prepare the proper response for this beauty ! oh yes, the proprietor, did give me a card for 2 , yes count'em 2 drinks on the house !!
yes that would cover all 4 of us given the BUM's RUSH We shall NOT return !
This tiny storefront prepares beautifully presented, elegant American dishes in a sophisticated setting. – The Scene
Fluted stained-glass chandeliers cast a glow on tables overlooking the bustling street, and exposed brick, white linen on candle-topped tables and dark-wood seating exude warmth. Local middle-aged professionals and couples chat while taking in the view through French doors, which let in summery breezes. The cozy, adjacent lounge is a great place to sip wine or slurp a martini before your meal.
Inventive American dishes pair artful presentation with comforting ingredients. Tender, flash-fried calamari with crispy parsley, creamy tomato fondue and basil oil is a twist an old favorite. Spinach salad with julienned Granny Smiths, candied pecans, Amish blue cheese and sweet Vidalia onion vinaigrette is farmers' market fresh. Earthy, truffle-dusted halibut resides atop gnocchi, crimini mushrooms and spinach in rich tomato-brandy sauce, while grilled beef tenderloin shines alongside potatoes Anna and balsamic-lacquered veggies with spicy chipotle-punched bearnaise sauce.
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