Ambar - Arlington
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Ambar is a great place to go for brunch, if you know the secret. Because there is normally a good size crowd you have to order several of the Tapas plates at once to keep food on your table. Orders can be slow to come out so keep ordering. This also goes for the drinks ...the bartenders offer generous pour.
This was our second trip to Ambar. There are three things that are noteworthy about this restaurant.
1) The bartenders are outstanding. Amazing cocktails.
2) The food is really tasty and good. You will not leave hungry.
3) The service is top notch. So much so as to be noteworthy to me.
The only potential downside to this place is the noise level. It is high. I would prefer if they would mitigate that somewhat, but I obviously came back for a second time and will certainly again.
The small plates style allows for a make your own brunch with a variety of flavors, as well as a variety
My husband brought me here a few months ago and I have been wanting to come back to enjoy a daytime experience. Out waitress. Was amazing, our food was delicious and the staff was very welcoming and attentive. We definitely will be coming back soon. The environment is clean and comfortable
Very tasty. It's good to try something with flavor:)
We love this place!! This was our third year in a row celebrating a birthday here and it doesn't disappoint. The service is great, the food is amazing, everyone needs to experience this place. I wish there were more restaurants like this!
The food is great and fresh. The drinks are fantastic. The wait staff is what we didn’t enjoy. They were short, curt, and barely polite. We have been there twice, and both times the wait staff were sub-par. They need to realize, they aren’t doing me a favor (which is what it seemed like), they are doing their job.
We will be back, we just won’t tolerate the poor attitude.
The experience is well worth it!! Great service! The food keeps coming and it was all delicious!
Attentive waitstaff (Valentin rocks!) Restaurant is lovely in ambiance too, well lit even during a late dinner. We went for the 35$ unlimited option, where you could order virtually anything you want off the menu for a flat rate. The variety of dishes here is incredible!! everything came out hot and was well paced given the long list of dishes we ordered at one go. Standouts for me were the chicken skewers, lamb patties, asparagus, and pepper croquettes. Happy that Ambar happened to be our first experience with Balkan cuisine! can’t wait to return for brunch at some point
Ambar is a solid restaurant with attentive staff.
Pros: The food was cooked perfectly, the cocktails are very good, and the staff will do their best to recommend food and drinks. Also, the price point is wonderful (unlimited tapas for $35, you cannot beat that).
Cons: Some food items could have benefited from a little more depth of seasoning. I have never eaten at a Balkan restaurant previously, although I have had some Balkan food before. As such, I may be ignorant of the flavor profile of Balkan food, and the spice/ seasoning level may be spot on. However, I am used to more depth from flavors in foods that come from that region.
Food was good, but service was unfortunately very lacking. We ordered plates that never came, our server rushed us to pay leaving the check on the table while we were still eating desert. We asked for more bread and were ignored. If you are not celebrating anything it may be fine but if you want to enjoy yourself I don’t recommend it.
This was our second
Tapas style perfect for hanging out and portioned to where you have the option to try numerous dishes if you opt in the unlimited serving price. The service is fast paced which is good because dishes will come as they go versus all at once. Service was great depending who’s doing it but the server experience could be improved. It’s not a big deal really I was satisfied at the end. It’s a weekend so I came with no expectation other than to be fed with everything I ordered. I would return again. I am curious about their brunch menu.
We were first time visitors and thought the food and service were both very good however I should’ve talk my table mates into ordering à la cart rather than paying the $35 all you can eat feed. As it turns out we probably only averaged two or three plates each and would’ve been better off ordering à la cart. Some of the items were not much to our liking at many were new to us however we hated wasting the food so probably ended up eating more of things we didn’t like it would order more knowingly next time
Terrific food and service!
A wonderful dining experience. Great food and service is very good. Highly recommend.
I have been a fan of Ambar for years now; but the DC location. I am glad to say that this location is now at the top of my list. I had a girls brunch there with a friend and we had a blast. I already wanted to make sure brunch was perfect because my friend is pregnant and her days of being able to do things like this before baby #2 arrives are limited. She’s been wanting a fun day out for a while now minus the husbands and kids/fur babies and I was dedicated to giving her just that!! Walking into this Ambar was so different in terms of ambiance in comparison to the one that I go to all the time. I love how open, airy, green and filled with light the restaurant was. So cute! To start off we ordered drinks; for me being the non-pregnant one I had the mimosas and bellinis on rotation. I loved every brunch cocktail but the red wine punch had to be my favorite. I guzzled that bad boy down like a boss! (lol). I enjoyed each and everything I ate at brunch. EVERYTHING! The show stoppers in my book are: the pulled pork benedict, salmon benedict, applewood bacon omelet, cevapi and eggs, sausage and eggs, zucchini burger, egg blt, Balkan burger, grilled pork neck slider and meat pies ….yea...that’s possibly half of the entire menu. I believe the bottomless brunch was $35 and then all the brunch drinks were $0.25! Such a sweet deal. My top favorite item on the menu was between the pulled pork benedict and the grilled pork neck slider. Brunch was fantastic and our hostess was amazing! I am so happy that I have a new favorite brunch spot in the DMV area….I will be back soon with the hubby!