The Ambrette at Margate

4.6
903 reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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MatthewW
Kent
2 reviews
Reviewed on 16 April 2019
Overall1foodserviceambience

Whomever thought that combining the humble roast dinner with and Indian takeaway would be a good idea. Who wants a curried roast.
It was awful, it was spicy, the meat was undercooked and it made my wife ill. it ruined our day!!!

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tracyd
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting flavour combinations mixing the best of British produce with more exotic spicing. Beautifully presented and reasonable pricing.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten Sunday Lunch 3 times now and on each occasion have been blown away by the quality of the food. The only area of improvement would be the decor, although very clean it is lacking in ambience. This however would not stop me from booking or recommending.

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vipTemplos
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice meal in Margate: really enjoyed the cooking, especially the fresh fish dishes. Pork belly was great (if enormous) and the chicken starter also a success. The only downside was that we didn't have room for desserts.

Two very minor things: don't put the real ale in a cold fridge; and maybe a decor update would help the restaurant match the quality of the food.

But overall a hearty recommendation for anyone going to Margate for a great evening meal. Good value too.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My partner and I visited the Ambrette for lunch on a Saturday day trip to Margate. Both of us (he is vegetarian) were thrilled by the imaginative Indian-fusion dishes on offer. The spicing was subtle and the combinations of ingredients unusual and delicious. The very reasonably priced set lunch menu was supplemented by a pre-starter and an espresso cup of soup between starter and main course. We enjoyed a bottle of delicious Soave with our meal and the serving staff were attentive without being overbearing.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's GREAT. a real find at the back end of the Old Town Arts quarter in Margate. Exceptionally fine food in a welcoming atmosphere. Great for foodies as well as families having a birthday party or a couple having a romantic evening. Not far from the Margate Theatre Royal.

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tummu
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal at the Ambrette was wonderful. The food is a modern British take on Indian food and everything we tried was excellent. The restaurant effortlessly managed to accommodate my teenage son's special diet (gluten and dairy-free) and he was still left with delicious things to eat and several choices. The staff were very helpful in advising about different tastes and flavours which were knockout and such a variety of homemade chutneys and sauces. It was an added bonus that little dishes turned up unexpectedly between courses - a soup and the lightest vegetable dumpling- all mouth-watering. Well-chosen wines to compliment the food and excellent value for money.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Food was not great. Very strange combinations that at times did not work. We are fans of indian fusion food and had high expectations but were let down by the Ambrette. Building also is tatty and décor inside is a mish mash with no ambience. Staff were not attentive and on one occasion very rude. If you want fantastic indian fusion food try the cinnamon club / kitchen!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had lunch at Ambrette Margate on Saturday with friends. Wonderful food, good service and very good value for money. I do miss the Nan bread though!!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The Ambrette is truly a special treat. The food is exquisite; a heady cocktail of flavours that complement and excite the palate, the staff friendly and well-trained... There is not much to criticise, but if pressed I would only suggest making it more obvious the restaurant car park is for patrons. I had to go into the restaurant to check before parking, as the notice said "permit holders only" which was confusing.
Overall I would highly recommend visiting this delight, and even as a vegetarian, I was spoilt for choice.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our first visit to The Ambrette in Margate. Our post-theatre meals were delicious and service was faultless. The restaurant is comfortable, is not overcrowded and offers a very nice range of menus.

We'll definitely be visiting again soon and sampling some of the other menus/dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked for Mothers Day from the Sunday lunch menu. The food was excellent, lots to choose from, all beautifully cooked and well presented, each course having a very subtle Indian flavour. The portions were plentiful and the staff asked if we needed more vegetables which was a nice touch. Everything was perfect, all of the 7 in our party agreed that it was the best Sunday roast we had had.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Having recently moved to the area , we've been there a few times and are constantly wowed by the fusion of flavours and recipes they achieve. This restaurant is a cut above most things we've experienced. The service is always good and the staff very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are regulars at the Ambrette, and with good reason - this has to be one of the best restaurants in the country let alone in Kent.

Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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ABandJ
London
10 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As ever the chef at the Ambrette has excelled them self. Flavours of the food were perfect and made for a lunch brimming with so many flavours.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant plate presentation. Mouth-wateringly good.

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tomhenri
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had lunch at the Ambrette on Saturday on a friend's recommendation. I have to say the recommendation was well deserved. Two courses for £20/pp lunch menu makes it exceedingly good value for money.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was generally good with excellent venison and lamb and starter of red mullet. The desert of profiteroles with chocolate and orange was less impressive as the chocolate had little flavour. We chose an Italian red with the meal and this was very disappointing and overpriced for what it was. The decor was very plain as though they had not carried out any refurbishment since the previous owner. Overall good food but stick to the beer

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Magpie
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit to this restaurant which came highly recommended by friends and it definitely lived up to the billing. The food was superb a real cut above your usual Indian fare. Service came with a smile and they improvised well for those with food allergies. Lunch was leisurely and not rushed allowing us to enjoy the company of friends and the delightful tastes of Indian spices.

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2flintdiners
Kent
46 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience1

We have been to The Ambrette in Margate many times and the food has been invariably excellent, as it was again for dinner on this occasion, 03 February. The menu is changed regularly, often using the same main ingredient, but with subtle amendments in spices and accompaniments, generally related to the seasons. On this occasion outstanding dishes included a breast of wood pigeon and a main of venison, presented three ways.
The ambience was spoilt for the first time, though, by the loud - and sometimes inappropriate - conversation of one group of three. One couple, who seemed to be celebrating a birthday, asked to be moved because of the intrusion and it was clear that others, including ourselves, were uncomfortable. As we were so close to the noisy table, we felt unable to point this out to the staff, who took no action at all. However, this experience certainly won't stop us using The Ambrette - the food is far too good for that!

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Foreversmile
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding and this visit no exception. Welcomed, served, dined and greeted farewell like a returning friend.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience3

wine was over priced for the quality of the bottle
but everything else was supreme, food and staff was as expected

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PeterG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food is very very good - loved it, and the value.

The decor does not match. It's too bright, and dated. They need to overhaul the look. Make the entrance more appealing, more strategic lighting, some music (because the tables are quite close together).

Still - overall it's an excellent restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
17 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently brilliant

Cannot be faulted

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EmmaMc
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Advisable to book, as often fully booked on Saturdays - understandably as it's a fantastic restaurant. Will definitely return.

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klvjackson
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet again the food, the staff were great. The decor has been updated and feels much more cosy. Thank you all.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The restaurant was cold - a lot of diners were wearing their outdoor coats while eating.
The cinnamon tea was a bit unusual to say the least and not to my taste.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
17 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome
Awesome
Awesome

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gourmetMadz
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We wanted to book a memorable and delicious restaurant for a family Christmas trip to Margate.
Through online reviews, and advice from friends-the only option for a really special experience in Margate is 'The Ambrette', formally known as 'The Indian Princess'.
The menu is exciting, offering refined Indian cuisine, with a British twist. I am not usually a fan of 'fusion' but in this case it really works. The waiters were highly attentive, offering little appetisers to whole table throughout the meal-that were lovely surprises, including a mango sorbet in between mains and deserts!
The mains were outstanding, and the stand out desert were the Chocolate Samosas.
My family left full, and very content. I would really advise visiting.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience4

So turned up after booking the winter special tasting menu. What I did not know when I added the comments tasting menu on my booking that they had 2 different tasting menus. The usual one and the special one. On arrival I was told that we had booked the "wrong one". Pretty much made it out that I should have known better. Personally I find that pretty annoying. In my humble opinion if they were not sure they could have contacted me...

Anyway we decided to eat off the main menu instead and oh my goodness the food here is to die for. It was delicious. I have never had indian food that tasted so good. I real mix of indian flavours in different styles of dishes.

I would recommend anyone who lives in or visits the area should visit this place quick smart. I will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
17 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb
Superb
Superb

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HW67
London
41 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The menu was varied and interesting, and while I'm not a fan of really hot food, this was delicately spiced and unusual. Staff were attentive and kind- ambience was ok but the decor doesn't really complement the quality of the food. Good value for the quality of food.

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Pollyanna
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to The Ambrette. We took two vegetarian friends there for lunch on the recommendation of my son who is a real foodie. What a brilliant place! The food was absolutely delicious. Gentle spiced tastes, so different from any other Indian restaurant. And the service perfect, unobtrusive but very courteous and helpful. Even better, as we are all over 60, we could take advantage of the restaurant's generous Priviledge card. I can recommend this restaurant wholeheartedly. Thank you for such an enjoyable visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
17 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way possible

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Spadge
London
20 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 6 had a fantastic Xmas themed dinner at the Ambrette in Margate. The food was, as always, outstanding. The restaurant was buzzing and fun for everyone. Congratulations to Tec and Maria for looking after us so well, and to Sam in the kitchen and everyone else who worked so hard to make it an oustanding evening.

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suffolklady
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Sunday lunch with an Indian twist. This restaurant is comfortable with a good atmosphere. The staff are friendly and helpful, although the service was rather hit and miss, wrong starter arrived but was rectified. The food was lovely and good value. Personally i don't like a service charge automatically added to the bill,

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Farny
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

An amazing night for hubby's birthday meal ... it was just perfection! We had the taster menu with the wine and every course was delicious. One of my top 3 meals EVER - ranked alongside The Fat Duck & The Riverside, both 3* in Bray. Thank you.

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jimdel
Kent
16 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had the tasting menu and it was excellent. The staff were helpful and explained what was in each dish.

The soft shell crab in particular went down extremely well.

We had been to the Rye restaurant before so had high expectations which were most definitely met.

I'd recommend the restaurant to anybody.

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VickyL
London
51 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Ambrette ' s food is a feast for your senses. We went o a 241 deal which as we had 3 amuse bouche, starters, mains and 2 glasses of wine was amazing value at £24 per person.

That aside even at double that price I would still have been happy.

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Spanner49
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday roast Ambrette style was delicious. Friendly staff made us very welcome. Did everything they could to provide a special meal for a diner who has food intolerances. Will soon be back.

Thank you Ambrette.

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The Ambrette at Margate is rated 4.6 stars by 903 OpenTable diners.