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Ámbar Restaurante, El Paso, TX

Ámbar Restaurante

4.5
4.5
505 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 10:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 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

    Andres Padilla

  • 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

  • Holiday Brunch with Santa and The Grinch!

    $50.00 per person

    Dec 17 - Dec 18, 2022
    Reserve a remarkable holiday brunch experience for the whole family! Santa and the Grinch return to Ámbar Restaurante on December 17th and 18th. Expect holiday brunch specials, cookies, and pictures with Santa and the Grinch! Seats are limited. Book your table now and enjoy the festivities from 10 am - 3pm. $50 adults | $25 for children ages 4-12
  • Christmas Brunch with Live Jazz!

    $65.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    Looking for something truly special to do on Christmas Day? Look no further than Ámbar Restaurante! We'll be serving up a delicious brunch with live jazz to amplify your holiday spirit. Book your table now and enjoy a festive feast with family and friends from 10 am - 3pm. $65 adults | $32.50 for children ages 4-12
  • Monte Xanic Wine Dinner - Mexico's Top Winery

    $200.00 per person

    Dec 8, 2022 only
    You don't want to miss this event! Monte Xanic, Mexico's top award-winning winery, will host an exclusive 7-course wine dinner at Ámbar Restaurante in downtown El Paso. This will be an unforgettable experience for those who have the chance to attend. The dinner menu will be prepared by Executive Chef Lawrence Acosta and expertly paired with Monte Xanic's best wines. Limited seating is available. Book your reservation for Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 7 pm. $200 per person | Must be age 21+

Popular dishes

What 505 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • El Paso

    Special Occasion

  • El Paso

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • El Paso

    Most Booked

  • El Paso

    Special Occasion

  • El Paso

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • El Paso

    Most Booked

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  1. R

    Roberto

    El Paso

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    TishS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This Lovely restaurant downtown, and part of El Paso history is a special place to go for dinner and drinks.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. CL

    CarlosL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

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

    SareyBee

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. s

    sarahl

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant, food and staff. Highly recommend
  11. 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!
  12. JW

    JenniferW

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great ambience and staff was very accommodating to our last minute modifications to our reservation. Drinks and food were excellent!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Like always, Ambar delivers an excellent dining experience with friendly, knowledgeable staff, a relaxing environment, and food that is out of this world!
  14. VQ

    docVQ

    Chicago

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My mom and sisters enjoyed a very nice evening at Ámbar. We had wanted to come and it didn’t disappoint! Our server, a young Latina with great warmth and very knowledgeable of the menu made sure we understood the menu. The setting was wonderfully cultural and rich as well. The arrachera was particularly exquisite, but the duck with Mike and a side sweet marmalade was wonderful as well. The short rib was pretty good but I’ve had better. And the halibut was a bit too “fishy” for our taste. That said, our beverages didn’t disappoint, especially the Monte Xanic red! As a Chicagoan, I am accustomed to fine cuisine, including Mexican delicacies, so it’s great to experience fine Mexican food in my hometown. Viva Ámbar!
  15. a

    austkat

    Denver

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gabriel our waiter was amazing. Probably best waiter i have ever had. Food and drinks were great. We all ordered something different and all enjoyed our food. A special cocktail was made for one of my friends as she has an allergy and she loved it
  16. AE

    AndresE

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Michelle did a great job making us feel comfortable, we had a great time
  17. B

    Brimd

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Ambiance was good but food was subpar. It didn’t have much flavor and was far to expensive for what it was. Also, waited 30 min after we had finished eating to get our check. Waiter just forgot about our table while we sat there with no plates and empty water glasses.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I’m not sure what happened but things went downhill fast for this new staple. This was my absolutely favorite in El Paso. Last night I was there menu items were missing, items that were always good were prepared haphazardly, we’re sloppy and frankly didn’t taste good, the prices for higher and the quality is much lower. It’s a very bad combination to have for any restaurant, especially in downtown El Paso with new options opening up frequently.
  19. S

    Sergio

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I really wanted to like Ámbar restaurant, but there were several disappointments. First, the ambiance is not that special, it feels like any other Mexican restaurant but with an expensive price tag. They took a long time to bring our cocktails which don't even bother ordering, we expected a better presentation and flavor for $14 each. They looked and tasted like $3 margaritas really, nothing special. The food was good, but again, nothing to rave about. Overall it was a “meh” experience.
  20. JU

    JoeU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the food. Service from Ernesto was top notch!
  21. N

    Nathan

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a wonderful experience at Ámbar. Our meal was outstanding and our server, Jaime, was superb. He was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, attentive, and charming. Thank you Jaime and staff! We’ll definitely be back! ¡Salúd!
  22. LW

    LawrenceW

    Austin

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Terrible experience. Long waits for service and follow up. One diner had to wait nearly 40 minutes after everyone else received their dinner. Main courses arrived within minutes of appetizers. The steak that one diner had to wait 40 minutes for was cooked well done and was inedible vs having been ordered medium rare. When I complained to one server she said no worries and left. Good thing was the meal was free but we wouldnt go back. Quite a mess.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Service could have and should have been better. Ordered soup for appetizer. As the entree was brought to table, ask waiter about the soup. He said, “…oh I’m not sure what happened to them.” That’s not an acceptable answer. Especially since I could see the soup sitting under the warmer. The manager who was tending the house and plating orders never looked at the soup. When I Ordered desert, waiter didn’t ask if we wanted coffee. Didn’t refill water. I was comped the soup though. For $180 for two, I expect better service.
  24. MF

    MarkF

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the service was really exceptional. Ambar has a great vibe. However, the cost is not for the faint of heart.
  25. BK

    BrianK

    New Mexico

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    So, I’ll start from the end: the food at Ambar is spectacular. Like, NYC or Vegas level spectacular. Seriously. Now, service wasn’t perfect - they had just opened a new “show kitchen” and the staff wasn’t in sync with the new digs. So, while my entree came out quickly, my wife’s entree took nearly an hour. The manager and staff more than made up for it by comping my wife’s meal and giving us a free dessert. Just based on the food quality alone, we will definitely be back. Hoping the staff flow is better next time!
  26. p

    paolab

    El Paso

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, great food. Will go back especially for pre-show dinner.
  27. JH

    JosephH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Definitely going back soon
  28. EJ

    ErikaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent customer service from Jesse and we enjoyed our dishes green enchiladas, arrachera and the dessert Mole Chocolate Cake.
  29. LP

    LoisP

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The waiters were attentive and even funny at times. We split the Tenderloin filet which was perfect! They are undergoing some remodeling so there's some areas that are draped off, but most of us were seated in a separate section. We had an enjoyable evening.
  30. C

    Chingy

    Orlando

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The ceviche was amazing, the chicken was delicious, the rest was tasty but average. The duck was extremely rare. The service was friendly but so slow to the point we ended up going to bar to get our own drinks. (And I enjoy a leisurely pace normally.) The waitress nor two bar tenders were at all knowledgeable about the tequila but they were friendly. The dirty black plastic tarp is an unfortunately large part of the “decor” and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
  31. E

    Eric

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service is excellent! 10/10 would Highly recommend having dinner there!
  32. J

    Juan

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food was nothing to go back to. Carnitas was weird , beans were cold, and guacamole was weird. Nothing really stud out from this experience sadly. 5/10 would not come back.
  33. NK

    NicoleK

    El Paso

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Staff was not attentive and food was served cold
  34. R

    Rene

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    The food and service were very good. However, we were seated in front of a black tarp in the corner of the restaurant.
  35. PH

    PaulaH

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We went to Ambar for a special occasion and had a wonderful experience overall. The restaurant ambiance is upscale and comfortable. The menu is somewhat limited but interesting. We ordered the goat cheese and mushroom enchiladas and the fish dish. The server recommended substituting the salmon with halibut which I was glad I did. The food was well prepared and delicious. The service was very good until she left at the end of the shift and the second person we got was somewhat inattentive. Overall, we enjoyed it immensely and would definitely go back.
  36. DA

    DANAM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, but our waiter was OUTSTANDING!!!! Lauren Ray was his name and he was former Disney employee, he was incredible and a huge asset to your restaurant!!!!
  37. DL

    DaltonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, our server had amazing energy, and the vibe of the restaurant was great!
  38. J

    Jaquelineg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful experience to share a special moment , live music in the background, excellent service, try the lamb and the bone marrow.
  39. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food was quite poor. We ordered the 2 person shareable carnitas, and each had a bowl of soup (her the tortilla, myself the green chile cream). We shared a tiramisu for dessert. The carnitas were very poor. No seasoning, no evidence of even a little braising (a bit of the crispy outside). Just straight simmering I guess. Basically boiled meat. Pot roast essentially, but without the flavor The tortilla soup was poor. Not much flavor, and very brothy. The green chile cream was good, as was the tiramisu. The table service was lacking. I had to ask the server for a refill of my drink after a long wait hoping someone would come by. I don't particularly think she had an intention to check on our table, but she was nice otherwise.
  40. PP

    PatriciaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am vegan and I had an incredible plate of mole enchiladas stuffed with mushrooms, and beans. No vegan dessert available. My friends are not vegetarian and had several fish options, drinks, and dessert. It was a great place to celebrate our friends birthday. The restaurant is convenient to to the Civic Center and plaza Theater.

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 4.5 stars by 505 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 10:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 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

    Andres Padilla

  • 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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