Ámbar Restaurante

4.4
301 reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Immerse yourself in the time-honored techniques and evocative flavors of wood-fired Mexican cuisine at Ámbar Restaurante in downtown El Paso. The menu is led by Executive Chef Andres Padilla, who brings his mastery of regional Mexican cuisine to the city.

Patrons are greeted by a spectacular 40-foot-tall amber glass and polished stainless steel wall that showcases the bar area and one of the largest tequila collections in Texas.

Chef Padilla makes a conscious effort to support the boutique, family-run farms and makers in Mexico, and the menu features centuries-old Mexican recipes with a regionally driven twist. Popular dishes include ceviches, roasted cauliflower w/ mole poblano tacos, bacon tacos; al pastor; and tomahawk ribeye. For dessert, coconut tres leches and mesquite chocolate cake by Pastry Chef & Master Chocolatier Marisol Puentes.

Join us for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Reservations required. Guests must wear a mask or facial covering until seated.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 301 People Are Saying
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LandonC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was very good, but service was inattentive and very slow. Dinner for 2 took over 2 hours. 30 minute wait just for apps. 2 water refills over whole dinner. Probably wouldn’t go back.

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KB2021
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience5

We were seated immediately when we arrived at restaurant. Bar drinks took 10-15 minutes to receive after each order through the meal. 2 bar drinks came out wrong, another waitress (not our waitress) named Valerie was kind and corrected them. We waited over an hour for our food. The burger was ordered medium well and came out medium rare, the bacon taco came out cold, my soup was warm, my husband ordered the carne asada plate and received the skirt steak al carbon instead. The waitress did bring out the correct order later. We did ask to speak to a manager and she comped some items off the ticket. It honestly seemed like our waitress had no idea that our dining experience was subpar.

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jennifer
Austin
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Beautiful restaurant located in theatre district
Have eaten here twice with mixed results
Food presentation is great but carne asada over cooked on this occasion and none of our food came out hot. Not the meat, sauces or vegetables. Cocktails all needed more ice and service between courses was slow

Not sure if we will go back for dinner. Might just try the bar.

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Alfredo
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant. Excellent Service. Fabulous Drinks. Superb Food.

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PaulaH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My friends and I chose Ámbar for a mini reunion. The food and drinks were fantastic, as was the service. Don't skip out on desert! The Coconut Tres Leches cake, with fresh berries was delicious! The noise level was perfect-lively enough to keep the energy level up, yet at a pitch that allowed us to carry intimate conversations. I'd been there previously for drinks and snacks, and it is a great place for that or dinner. Wonderful place for all types of nights out.

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Misty
El Paso
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Our food was warm close to cold. Our server was delightful and attentive. Unfortunately, the duck in mole was not to our liking. The short ribs were ok but cold. Hopefully, this is a one-time event. We will return as we love coming here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was great!

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NenaT
El Paso
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Drinks are amazing

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vipTBeckersted
Omaha
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic overall vibe... delicious food and solid service. Highly recommend.

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JasonG
El Paso
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We really wanted to love this place. The restaurant is beautiful and the service was great. Our server Andrew had a great attitude and made sure we were taken care of.
Seating for 2 was too close to other couples. It is very uncomfortable trying to have a private conversation when you have a total stranger basically sitting 1 foot away. Food was average. Lacks seasoning and came out cold. We were looking forward to eating here as the menu looks amazing. AMBAR Ceviche was great and was the best thing we had. Duck Mole was good but came out cold and lacked a touch of salt. AL Carbon skirt steak was cold, lacked flavor, and just didn't taste good. We will give this place one more chance because the menu does look really good. Hopefully things improve.

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vipJPValdez
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

The place is gorgeous. The service almost nonexistent. The food was cold and the halibut wasn’t at all fresh. We were 7 for dinner so they added 18% automatically. I added another 80$ on top of that. Had to get a manager to remove that extra $80. Overall? Go to this place for a margarita. Eat somewhere else.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

The person who sat us was rude, she looked like she was bothered to seat us, didn’t even say a word. The waitress was great, but got our order wrong. Our drinks were the first thing we ordered and we didn’t get them until our food started coming out. My drink was lukewarm. Pretty expensive place for what they offer. Food was great, just not impressive.

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vipcarol
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food. Must be a great chef in the kitchen

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great atmosphere and ambiance. Food was okay. Appetizer came out quick but drinks took a while. Asked for a dessert menu and didn't get it until after 15 minutes Evnn though our server passed our table 4 times. If you want a nice place for having a conversation and a drink probably not a dinner.

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Marissa
El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service.

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Jrmora
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

celebrated my wife's birthday and the hostess (Diana) was amazing, the waiter was great and even the front desk (Victor) gave us outstanding service. Would like to thank Victoria from the Perla for wonderful customer service as well as the valet staff. overall i gave this experience an A+++.

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The table beside us had 8 gentlemen and they were very load and obnoxious. They were very very loud. That was my only complaint.

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Customer
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Job! Enjoyed it! Our waiter was stellar with conversation and food recommendations!

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5stardiner
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambar is a delightful place, beautifully decorated, lots of nice light in daytime. food is interesting upscale Mexican, very nicely done. Our server was solicitous, kind and helpful.
It was not very busy at lunchtime, so there was plenty of space between diners. Tables are well spaced, though, even if it had been full. One issue I have, however, is that not all staff wore masks. The state of Texas probably does not require it, but for the diners' sake, I believe the management should require their employees to mask up.

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Ashphy
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Prices are high—there is no child’s menu or vegan menu. $18 for a hamburger seems steep. The tuna appetizer was small and quite pricey. (Spicy, too) I had placed a reservation through Open Table and asked for a little something special for the 50th anniversary we were celebrating, but there was no acknowledgment of this. The restaurant is attractive and has a good location downstairs.

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vipfdru22
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out here for my birthday. This was the first time for us here but we will definitely come back. Food was great. We had the ceviche for appetizer and shared the carnitas platter. This was lots of food. Can’t wait to try more from their menu.

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LuisM
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing. The service excellent.

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Momandsons
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We waited for 20 minutes seated and no one helped us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just all around excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before attending the symphony.

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Jeannie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely building! Great menu and libations. Order the guacamole; you won’t be sorry.

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viplrwcma
Orlando
61 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal, and the specialty cocktail I tried was exceptional. We started with a Cream of Hatch Chile soup with mushrooms and pumpkin seeds - truly one of the best soups I've ever had. The Blueberry Duck was unbelievably good and the Mole sauce was....well, I don't have words for it. The plantains side dish was also perhaps the best plantains I've ever tasted. Service was up to the food quality. Ambar was a wow!

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vipZseller
Orange County
63 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was a wonderful find just a short walk from my hotel.
The server Jeramey was outstanding. Not only providing great service but filling me in on some history of the property.
The guacamole was spectacular, just do not order it if you are solo unless you want it as your meal. There was so much I was not able to finish it all.
I had a trio of tacos and the Carnitas was the best.
Incredible 2 story wall of tequilla to choose from.
Highly recommend you take the time to visit if you are in El Paso

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Agustin
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Jeramy was awesome. Drunks were exceptional and food delicious, I recommend the ceviche and coctel rojo to start. Ask for the habanero salsa!

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LucasB
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal and the atmosphere was amazing. It wasn’t loud inside and the service from our waitress was impeccable. I would highly recommend this place to anyone for a date night or etc. the food is abit pricey but you definitely get what you pay for with experience and quality.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

From the start it wasn’t what we expected. Came in 10 min before our reservation the hostess told us it would be 10-15 min before being seated. No problem, we can wait at the bar. Host tells us to wait on an area that was packed. We decided to move to the bar and order our drinks. No stuffed olives for our martini, but no problem. 15-20 min go by no one checked on us to take us to our table. I go and ask the hostess. She says they are ready for us. They sat us at a table next to two other parties one on the right and one on the left. I could hear their conversations and they could hear mine. I get it, it’s the new modern way of restaurants, but it was my anniversary. I wanted a little more privacy. I did note this in my reservation just as an FYI. No acknowledgement of our special occasion at any point. Not that we were expecting a party, but a little gesture would have been awesome. The waiter was ok, but took to long on drinks and food. Food was average, nothing worth recommending. Food was cold as if it had been waiting in the kitchen. Portions were fair, prices a bit high. Cocktails were bland. The waiter told us they were a tequila bar, right before we left. Desserts were not enticing enough. Not a place I could recommend. Ambience was good and decor was cool. We would like to give it a second chance. Maybe it was just a bad night.

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PatriciaC
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

They took about 35min to serve our food. The waiter was kind and polite but was hardly preset. The food was ok. It’s definitely a cool spot to go and have a drink with friends not necessarily have some food.

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ChrisE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Gabriel was great with suggestions for appropriate substations based on likes and dislikes. The Trio Tacos to share was amazing as were the Short Ribs with the substitution Smashed Potatoes. Leave room for dessert. The Flan and Chocolate Mole Cake was amazing.

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HENRY
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The meals we ordered were a huge disappointment, we won’t be going back anytime soon……

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SonyaR
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy eating at this restaurant. The service is perfect.

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HelenaH
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for our anniversary and we enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Me and my wife went for dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Everything was good, but the food was cold at arrival.

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katherinew
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So welcoming! the staff was super friendly and efficient. The cocktails were delicious and so was the food. We had a cozy booth and it felt very private. Always love to come here.

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ElizabethR
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my tacos and the drinks were superb! Really loved the decor as well.

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AlanG
El Paso
10 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. First time ever in the Plaza. They did a great job

FAQs

Ámbar Restaurante offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (915) 440-0051.

Ámbar Restaurante is rated 4.4 stars by 301 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.