The Ambrette at Margate
The Ambrette at Margate

The Ambrette at Margate

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://theambrette.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01843 231504
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch Tuesday to Sunday: 11.30am to last orders 2.30pm
    Dinner Tuesday to Thursday: 6.00pm to last orders 9.30pm
    Dinner Friday to Sunday: 5.30pm to last orders 10.00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Indian
  • Executive Chef: Dev Biswal
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Car Park
A word from The Ambrette at Margate
The Ambrette is a multi-award winning restaurant in Kent. The restaurant is the creation of Chef Dev Biswal. It prides itself on high quality of service and unique, exotic ingredients. It is a magical blend of innovation, style and tradition. It has achieved numerous awards and recognitions from The Michelin Guide,The Good Food Guide, SqaureMeal, Top table, Kent County Council and other well known restaurant guides. Executive chef Dev Biswal uses rare and exotic ingredients with subtle flavours and spices and a unique style of presentation to create a culinary art form.
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The Ambrette at Margate reviews from OpenTable diners
223 reviews since 29 November 2013
Average Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambience3.9
    Value4.4
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (167)special occasions (151)good vegetarian options (94)outstanding value (80)romance (66)business meals (56)group bookings (37)sunday lunch (37)pre/post theatre (29)child friendly (15)disabled access (11)brunch (10)outdoor eating (1)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • We took our grandchildren for lunch on Saturday.
    TheDoctorandhiswife
    Dined on 22/11/2014
    The flavours were amazing, and the children were very impressed indeed. We are looking forward to our next visit.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambrette = Excellence
    DLamb
    Dined on 16/11/2014
    Fantastico. Food excellent, Staff great, Wine superb. The Tasting Menu was a culinary delight and must be tried by everyone. Do go hungry ...
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining
    McGinley
    Dined on 14/11/2014
    I love dining at the Ambrette, and love even more, introducing people I know for their first visit. This is fine dining Indian style, and never fails to amaze. Always a great experience with attentive staff. Where's the Michelin Star?? Well done Dev and team.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best non-indian indian
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Imaginative and delicious Indian food. Excellent quality and value. Service is always friendly. Ambience lets it down as décor does not match up to the quality of the rest of the dining experience and is somewhat "tired". We go for the food but many might be put off of it were a special occasion and they didn't know what culinary treat they were going to get!
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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  • Lived up to lovely reviews we read
    Vogel1
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Just spent the weekend in Margate and saw a lot of positive reviews on Ambrette online so decided to check it out and it lived up to our reasonably high expectations. Wonderful food full of multiple and interesting flavours. We liked everything we ordered. It looked good and tasted even better. The trio of deserts at the end (allowing you to choose 3 mini-versions of the desert menu) was a wonderful way to finish off the meal. If you like flavoursome food and are considering dining here, I recommend you go.
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    fit for foodies, romance
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  • Autumn Tasting Menu at The Ambrette
    2flintdiners
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We are regulars at The Ambrette and have never been disappointed. The Autumn Tasting menu is great value for its six courses, givibg a varied, but well-balanced selection of meat and fish based dishes, together with an excellent dessert. The staff were knowledgeable about the menu and the service, as always, was attentive without being overbearing. The ambience is good, let down a little by a slightly shabby main entrance. However, that doesn't affect the quality or enjoyment of the food - and that's what's important!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • Innovative food...Indian influence
    Discerningfoodie
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Had a really great meal here having booked online last minute, which worked very well. Outside impression, less than auspicious, but once inside, pleasant and understated with very helpful and knowledgable staff. The food was extremely good, being very tasty and well presented. If you are looking for chicken dhansak and a pile of poppadoms, this isn't the place for you, but if you want a stylish meal using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, with an Indian influence, then this is for you. We were delighted with our meal and would definitely return. Thank you.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb
    ottimo
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We had a wonderful evening, the food was superb. We tried the deserts that everyone recommended. My husband has a sweet tooth, I don't. We tried the trio, neither of us liked the crumble, which is usually my husbands favorite. The chocolate ice with the cheesecake was delicious although we wouldn't bother with deserts again, having tried them. The main course is sufficient for us
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  • Ambrette Margate
    HenrysCat
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    Went for an evening meal at The Ambrette, booked online on Open Table. Had mushroom and samosa stater and chicken starter which were both very good, beautifully presented and nicely flavoured followed by two of the venison dishes, which were, again, cooked to perfection. This is high end Indian cooking with a modern twist. Restaurant was fairly busy for a midweek evening. Waiters were attentive without being intrusive. Top marks to The Ambrette!
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fresh Take on Indian Food
    eatout
    Dined on 28/10/2014
    Ambrette uses local ingredients to create interesting Indian food with its own twist. My friend and I usually both have the dosa starter but I had wood pigeon for a change and my friend had poussin. We both enjoyed our choices. We had also been tempted by the 'fish-of-the-day' starter of red mullet but decided to have the 'fish-of-the-day' main course of sea bream with lentils and cinnamon peach. Again a good choice - but then I've never been disappointed with any dish at Ambrette. I love the mix of ingredients, subtle spices and interesting flavours. Service is always good and friendly and I'm always confident in taking visitors for a special meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • btp1
    Dined on 27/10/2014
    Party of 6, 2 new to the ambrette, including 2 vegetarians, but the menu provided enough choice for all of us to enjoy. Food as always was excellent and even though a monday night there were still other people dining, an unusual activity in my opinion! Phone and internet booking easy to carry out.
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  • Excellent, innovative & good value
    Gonch
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Great lunch with interesting combinations of flavours and use of local produce. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Lunch menu very good value for cooking of this standard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lainey Carter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    The food was amazing, I have never tasted such fantastic food in al mylife. The staff were excellent very friendly.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bigmac
    Dined on 20/10/2014
    This was our first visit to the Ambrette. It had been recommended to us for the quality of the food. We were not disappointed. Fish first course (mullet) and fish second course (hake). It was really outstanding and we thought it was the best of its kind we have ever had. Not your typical"indian" ! The "in between " tasters were a nice touch. The room itself and the decoration were a bit disappointing and in no way complimented the food that was served but overall simply wonderful and we will be back soon.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • luvfood
    Dined on 20/10/2014
    AS always Food was wonderful, think the portions are getting larger, couldnt quite finish mine. I did think that the prices had gone up.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • stuffedpakora
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    the food on the whole was delicious ...starter was brilliant and loved the touch of appetisers brought between courses. my main meal ( lamb) was very tasty and i would choose it again. however my partner had the vegetarian thali which was very disappointing....there were a few interesting dishes but i would not recommend it as it was quite a boring dish. we weren't sure if the rice was for both to share or not ( it was a very small portion). dessert, although delicious,I thought was rather expensive for the size of it . if i lived closer i would want to eat there again!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first time but not our last!
    manokent
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Although we arrived very early for our booking, staff looked after us from the start. You cant help be impressed at the wide range of awards on display which we were to discover were well earned. The decor is simple and comfortable and not over cramped, you do not feel like your intruding on fellow diners. We went for a starter and main each, I had the pigeon and mutton, and my wife had the potato roll and aubergine. All of our dishes were simply divine, with simple unpretentious presentation but packed with amazing and complimentary flavours. The additional touches were also very welcome, from the complimentary dumpling to the fun popping grenita. All in all an excellent dining experience, and priced very reasonably considering.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Wonderful birthday meal
    ReetPetite
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have been to the Ambrette many times and can honestly say we have never had a less than superb meal. The service is friendly and professional, never intrusive. We hope to visit again, soon, and would recommend the restaurant to anyone who enjoys fine dining with a spicy touch.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Quirky Indian fusion
    cerigomerjamesVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Great quality ingredients make a fine twist on Indian / contemporary food.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    Jane5
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    A wonderful lunch with excellent food. The service is always friendly . I will have to stop taking friends there as many are planning their travel arrangements to repeat the experience. They are prepared to travel a long way so how will I know if they have come to see me or The Ambrette!! : )
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Always memorable
    AlanG
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    Brought some friends to my favourite Margate restaurant. They both said it was one of the best meals they have ever had! Food and service excellent. The Dosai was delicate yet finely flavoured, the mutton melted in the mouth with delicious taste sensations, and the chocolate samosas were out of this world. Very highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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  • VerySatisfiedCustomer
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    Our meal and the service was excellent and the discount they give for senior citizens at lunchtime is very much appreciated.
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    good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • out standing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    We have visited the Ambrette, Margate on a number of occassions and have never been disappointed. The food is beautifully presented and the staff are very knowledgeable about the menu and the ingredients. The Privilege Club lunch time dinning is fantastic value and the food and presentation are not compromised in any way. Portions are a little smaller but more than adequate. This restaurant is strongly recommended for anyone who enjoys Indian cuisine using locally sourced produce.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • Lovely meal
    janey0184
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great flavours, intrestresting menu and good service. Free items given in between courses and staff very attentive.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant Food & Service
    crofty53
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Food with an air of India, served with style and an explanation of everything on the plate. Excellent value.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    clouise
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    This was my second visit, I didn't love it the first time but thought it might be worth a second chance. This however, was never going to change the tired interior and the tiny tables that you can barely get your legs under. It was very much a dinner of two halves .. an amazing starter (faultless & utterly delicious) but my main was pathetic by comparison. I ordered the Thali, hoping for delicious little bowls of beautifully spiced veggies & lentils .. what I actually was luke-warm dollops of each of their veggie side dishes (a really take take on the Thali concept) not one of which I would have said was really tasty. Utterly disappointing.
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  • service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    The welcome was warm enough but we were served by every waiter over the course of the meal and it lacked the personal feel. When asked specifically about an item on the menu which was an unusual description the waiter was not able to explain, which, given the type of food being served was disappointing. Some of the food was great and different and exciting other elements were poorly constructed and lacking interest. Staff just didn't seem that enthusiastic and were poorly organised.
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  • Great food
    kinnukes
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Loved the whole experience, great food and outstanding value.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    As usual fresh local produce imaginatively prepared. The best indian cuisine restaurant around.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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  • Too long between courses
    Eatup
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    We love the Ambrette at Margate but the last couple of times have been disappointed by the long wait. Last time it was over an hour between starter and main which is unacceptable apart from that it's the best food in Thanet.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambrette in Margate
    memacVIP
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    The food at Ambrette is really bursting with flavours. Each mouthful is an explosion of taste! Everything on the menu is appealing, and they also bring you little treats throught the meal. A must experience if you are on the kentish coast!
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  • Margate
    pauline
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Second visit to this great restaurant. We had the tasting menu with wine which was a great treat and very good value.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spot on again!
    NickB
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    We took a small family group for an evening meal - the service, food and overall experience were excellent............just as they have been on each of our previous visits!
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Delicious & well presented Indian
    Jod1emc
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    As per title.But I would add that the vegetarian options were surprisingly limited for an Indian restaurant (2 starters and 1 main). The menus are reasonably priced.
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    child friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambrette superb again
    Spadge
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Another fantastic Ambrette lunch for the amazing "pensioners" price of £10.95 for three courses. For 5 diners with two bottles of the new excellent house wine and sparkling water the whole bill including service was just over £100. The best value in England. Anyone over 60 should get the Ambrette Privilege card. Thanks again to Peter and Tec for looking after us so well.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Superb food
    Martin
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    I heartily recommend The Ambrette to anyone who enjoys superbly flavoured food. The service is also very attentive.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best ever
    Tuppence
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    What a delightful surprise to find this, on recommendation from one of our family. We would also recommend it. The staff were well trained and knew their job. The food was exceptional and so unusual and tastey. We would certainly return if we visited Margare again.
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  • Outstanding meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    THe overall look of Ambrette is not in it's favour as It looks rather like an old fashioned boarding house. Having said that, I could eat there every day and not get tired of the food. THe cooking is delicate and utterly delicious.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Indian food with a difference
    Dandy
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Lovely Indian food, well presented and very flavoursome.
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    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusual and delicious
    undine
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    This is the second time that we have eaten here, and again we found the food unusual, and delicious. The taste of the exotic ingredients (for example cinnamon in the lamb pie, rose petal in the crème brulee) made us feel we were somewhere a long way away from the UK. We were brought "amuse-bouches" to begin with, and a small cup of lentil soup between courses. The staff could not have been more charming. We were a foursome of pensioners, and we were delighted to find that we fill in a form for a privilege card and enjoy a pensioners' rate for the three course meal.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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