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Ámbar Restaurante, El Paso, TX

Ámbar Restaurante

4.6
4.6
535 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 Lawrence Acosta, 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 Acosta 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 Jakki Rojo.

Join us for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Reservations required.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tex-Mex, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (915) 440-0051

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lawrence Acosta

  • Neighborhood

    El Paso

  • Cross street

    N. Oregon St.

  • Parking details

    Plaza Parking Garage Located At 100 E San Antonio Ave

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Agave Spirits tasting + dinner

    $150.00 per person

    Feb 16, 2023 only
    Join us for the Agave Spirits tasting + dinner series at Ambar. Indulge in a special menu by chef Lawrence Acosta paired with select agave spirits such as Don Julio, Hacienda de Chihuahua, La Venenosa, and more. This exclusive experience is led by the Plaza Hotel's general manager and agave spirit expert, Adrian Gonzalez. 7-9 pm $150 per person + tax Must be 21 years of age to participate.
  • Monte Xanic Wine Dinner

    $175.00 per person

    Feb 17, 2023 only
    Join us for an exclusive Valentine’s experience at Ambar. Indulge in a special menu by Chef Lawrence Acosta paired with a selection of Monte Xanic’s wines. Enjoy a lovely night accompanied by a loved one and Mexico’s first premium wine. This exclusive experience is led by Monte Xanic’s National Sales Director and wine expert, Diego Meraviglia. 7-9 pm $175 per person + tax Must be 21 years of age to participate.

Popular dishes

What 535 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • El Paso

    Best Overall

  • El Paso

    Best Ambiance

  • El Paso

    Good for business meals

  • El Paso

    Innovative

  • El Paso

    Good for groups

  • El Paso

    Neighborhood gem

  • El Paso

    Romantic

  • El Paso

    Good for special occasions

  • El Paso

    Lively

  • El Paso

    Most Booked

  • El Paso

    Best Overall

  • El Paso

    Best Ambiance

  • El Paso

    Good for business meals

  • El Paso

    Innovative

  • El Paso

    Good for groups

  • El Paso

    Neighborhood gem

  • El Paso

    Romantic

  • El Paso

    Good for special occasions

  • El Paso

    Lively

  • El Paso

    Most Booked

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  1. KA

    KarenA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing! We Will definitely be back.
  2. P

    Paul

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place had an impressive menu, and everything came out well-prepared and delicious. The best part was the service--our server Bryan was knowledgeable and attentive. This was our first time here; we'll be coming back.
  3. AR

    AaronR

    El Paso

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu and service before the symphony.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Front staff needs to be more polite and respectful. Even though restaurant was empty she was putting me in front table where every time door opened cold air would come so I asked for inside table and she made me wait 10 minutes without any reason.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We went to Ámbar for dinner before the symphony. The ambiance is wonderful - we love to sit in the bar area. Our server was only on their second day of training & seemed a little overwhelmed, though still very pleasant. There were 3 other people behind the bar; none seemed too busy, they just didn’t offer help to our server. The food was delicious, our cocktails were terrific. Overall our experience was lovely
  6. JP

    JoeP

    El Paso

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional atmosphere!! Loved the decor and the staff is amazing. The little booth across from the grill and server's station is perfect to watch what's going on!!!
  7. KJ

    KendallJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    VERY great place and the customer service was AWESOME! ✋🏾😁🤚🏾
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Worse drinks with little to no alcohol in it. Food was ok. Atmosphere reminds of very average class restaurants
  9. B

    Bertie

    El Paso

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Menu is very limited and the food was good but pricey for the menu Desert was good Location is great
  10. WR

    WilliamR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience. Delicious food well made cocktails and great service. We highly recommend this place.
  11. LH

    LauraH

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful and the food was great!
  12. JC

    JulioCN

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner reservation at Ambar Restaurante was awesome, we had an excellent waiter that took take of every need. He was attentive and aware that we were celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary and ensured that every detail was special.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Front receptionist was rude . Needed extra chair for 4 year old and she refused saying restaurant doesn’t have any extra chair. We told our server and she brought it within second.
  14. VC

    VictorC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Disappointed with the overall ambiance, food and service. Waste of money. Won't be going back
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for New year’s eve. Had a great time, food delicious.
  16. AC

    AngelC

    El Paso

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Frankly, I found Ámbar to be all hype and no substance. Given the price point, I was expecting far more value for my money. Every time a chef begins to garnish their food beyond a reasonable level the main item is lost. The lamb was not fantastic, nor were the tacos or ceviche. It was a loss of 2 hours and $300 for my visit to Ámbar. I would have been better off going to 1700, Ruth's Chris, Cafe Central, or Park Tavern. I wish this visit would have been better, but I simply am not able to justify the money I spent with the quality I received. Given my other experiences at similar restaurants, I have no other choice but to label Ámbar as a failure. I will not be back nor will I be recommending this restaurant to anyone.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    The service was very slow, late, and wrong. The server lacked focus, accuracy, tact, and attentiveness. Most dishes were underseasoned, wrong temperature and disappointing. The drinks were good, if u like to wait an hour and ten minutes. We sat directly in front of the exposed kitchen and saw the dishes stay on the prep table and the conversations where the servers had many conflicts with the chefs. It exposed where the front of house and back of house are NOT in lock step resulting in marginal to poor operations. We recommend management reevaluate the guest experience and more closely oversee very step and component to attempt improving satisfaction and returning customers. Ambiance was odd with a near constant adjusting of overhead lighting and inconsistent sound levels. One star, at best
  18. GR

    GeoRocks

    El Paso

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas Day, It’s the second year I do this with my boys and we always leave satisfied and bonding. We had the Brussels sprouts as an appetizer .. to die for, New York stake with mole and beets. 🤤 I hope to continue this tradition for many years to come.
  19. E

    Esusan

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Congrats to the chef, the meal was delicious and the menu had something for everyone. We enjoyed the ambiance. The only complaint is that the valet parking was a mess and no one at the front seemed to know what was going on. Left a sour taste in my mouth and was unfortunate since I had my elder parents with me and they sent us looking all over for the car. We might as well have parked blocks away.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time
  21. SM

    SharonM

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A beautiful, warm and cozy downtown spot to enjoy a glass of wine and appetizer!
  22. AO

    AngelaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to the Christmas brunch with Santa and the Grinch. Everyone was lovely and we look forward to another visit.
  23. p

    paolab

    El Paso

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The holiday brunch was great. I really enjoyed it and it was a nice family’s affair.
  24. RA

    RosemaryA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful experience. Well worth tge trip.
  25. AN

    ArmyNurse

    El Paso

    122 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    I like spicy food but the Chili Verde Soup was inedible. The carnitas were very fatty. The Ceviche was not good at all. They were out of some wine we tried to order. However, the service was great.
  26. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! We had the whole chicken, mash potatoes were very creamy! Desiree our server was very attentive and pleasant! Definitely will come back and recommend this restaurant!
  27. M

    Mary

    El Paso

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is great. The food delicious. The restaurant ambiance is fantastic.
  28. RB

    RayB

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Soup bowl was hot but soup poured in wax not Ordered medium and 1/3 of steak was rare ! Not even sure how they managed that.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and the ambience was just right. Will definitely come back
  30. R

    Roberto

    El Paso

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving lunch was fantastic. What a spread. Well worth it.
  31. TS

    TishS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This Lovely restaurant downtown, and part of El Paso history is a special place to go for dinner and drinks.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tulsa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. I had the arrachera and my wife had the short rib - both excellent. Our waiter, Omar, was outstanding.
  33. h

    hayley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really good food. Great service. The enchiladas are top tier. Excellent tortillas
  34. JM

    JosephM

    El Paso

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    When I made my reservation I was not told that only buffet Sunday at 12 noon. Many items out and had to ask several times about replenishing. Omelet station was good!
  35. CL

    CarlosL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks with an excellent overall service.
  36. SB

    SareyBee

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience celebrating our recent wedding with friends. Jaime, our waiter, was superb! Very accommodating in helping us celebrate this special occasion. Recommend having drinks on the roof at La Perla before dinner.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my girlfriend out for dinner to celebrate her bday. We were immediately greeted and sat and both the hostess and server wished my girlfriend happy birthday. Our server was fantastic his recommendations and overall professionalism made our night even more perfect. Not to mention the duck dish with foie gras was to die for! For our first time having dinner here we loved everything! We will definitely be coming back soon!
  38. M

    Melody

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, amazing service. Would highly recommend and I plan on going back.
  39. s

    sarahl

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant, food and staff. Highly recommend
  40. GH

    GinaH

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daniella greeted us at our table. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and made wonderful recommendations on food and spirits. Everything was delicious. The restaurant was clean and the atmosphere was cozy and warm. We enjoyed our visit and will be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Ámbar Restaurante is rated 4.6 stars by 535 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Ámbar Restaurante

106 W Mills Ave, El Paso, TX 79901

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N. Oregon St.

  • Neighborhood

    El Paso

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tex-Mex, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Plaza Parking Garage Located At 100 E San Antonio Ave

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lawrence Acosta

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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