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Ambar - Arlington

4.6
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2217 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Tapas / Small Plates
Our aim is to put together the finest products of the New World and Old World for your dining pleasure. Perennially on the edge of great empires, the Balkans owes much of its food culture to its history, geography, and climate. The term Balkan is generally believed to come from the Byzantine word meaning: “a chain of wooded mountains.” With a desire to introduce Virginia to cutting edge Balkan cuisine, we created a dining space that will delight and indulge the senses. Primarily featuring “small plates,” Ambar also offers wines and spirits from the Balkans not often experienced by the American diner. Ambar showcases the best dishes from the Balkan Peninsula with a modern twist. These dishes are presented artfully, with modern combinations that deliver the flavor profiles in a unique way. Serbian natives Ivan Iricanin and Uros Smiljanic developed the menu with the help of Executive Chef Dejan Pilovic .

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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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2217 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.5
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4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Timothy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Balkan food, good wine, friendly service, well-spaced outside tables.

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AyokaJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was my first visit to Ambar. The brunch was great and service even better. The COVID ambience was pleasant. The food was delicious and the variety was excellent. I will definitely return again in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Felt rushed out, server was a bit rude when it came to ordering things. Food was delicious though!

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Trev
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Menu doesn’t have anything on it and the drinks are watered down. I could never recommend this place.

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vipCJames
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lots of positives, though the cocktails were weak and watered... bourbon was barely amber. Great place!

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ZahidY
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

awesome food, probably the best in the area. Outside seating is very shabby though, and service no where near at par with the food.

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RomyG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Although the food was just ok in my opinion the drinks, service and ambiance made up for It. Will be returning

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vipFallsChurchfoodie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great outdoor dining experience. They transformed their parking lot into an elegant and pleasant socially distanced dining area. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipJenniferG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job with the outdoor dining!!! Thanks for making the ambar experience accessible in these times!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and atmosphere for outdoor dining during RONA season. I will definitely be back again!

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CierraU
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great! I went for my birthday with a small group of friends and we couldn’t have had a better experience. Our server even brought out a birthday dessert!

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vipDeskiech
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I want to start out by saying that the service was fantastic. The waitresses were very kind and I can't say anything different. However the food - at least for myself and the 3 other individuals in my party - was not that appealing. I feel bad saying this but I just don't see how this restaurant got the ratings that it did. Quite disappointing and we probably will not be going back.

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SabraC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! If you are in Washington you must go!

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vipMelindaC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great set-up out back under the tents. Very well spaced tables. Felt wonderful to go out to eat.

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WilliamH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for food. We had wonderful time with the restaurant

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vipJanine
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent, love the unlimited small plate concept for brunch. I'd suggest going either early or late for brunch. We had a reservation midday and waited 40 mins for a table. Not too big deal for us, just made the food tastier when we got it. The drinks and dishes were well crafted and fresh. Would recommend.

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KathyD
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

They servers were inattentive and not helpful. Coffee was cold; some food was cold. Food quality and taste was good. Enjoyed the atmosphere.

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StudyingSommLvL1
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch here was excellent. Definitely try the Ambar Slider you won’t regret it. Will definitely be back.

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DouaZ
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The quality of the food was really bad compared to the previous visits. Every single dish was very salty. I usually don’t mind salt but that dinner was extremely salty. Delays in responses to requests. We had the $35 all you can eat option, and the food we consumed was no where close to $35 worth. Not a pleasant experience overall.

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vipFedericoP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The quality of food and service has gone done. Not only the menu is half of what it used to be but the quality is very poor. In terms of service if diner kind of service. Very impersonal and rushed

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MandM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

There was a bit of awkwardness when we were instructed to split up our group of four as we waited for a table, but we were seated reasonably promptly at a table for four outside. Our food was excellent, particularly the cevapi and the lamb shoulder, and we were grateful for the Restaurant Week deal so that we could sample so many different plates.

We really appreciated that the dinner was served at a leisurely pace, with no pressure to leave at the end of our 90-minute seating slot. We had a great evening with good friends.

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DianaP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food as always. Ambar is our favorite spot for all occasions.

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vipKatherine
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Delicious food and nice set-up outside

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment to catch up and eat brunch with friends. They’ve got plenty of food options and kept them coming the whole time.

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EmilyK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the Ambar Experience menu and it was fantastic! So many good options. The waiter was very kind to select the food for us since we were not that familiar with the cuisine, and we loved every dish. I would definitely try it again.

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Adrian
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I went during restaurant week. They had an all you can eat deal for $35 each. Everything was amazing, but the mushroom pilaf was the best. We'll definitely be back as we did not work through the entire menu.

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AugustH
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, wonderful service, better food

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viscor90
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Very friendly staff and great service. Visited with friends for WMA Restaurant Week and enjoyed the $35 for unlimited small plates. The food was worth the value. Made a reservation ahead of time due to COVID and did not have to wait.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a wonderful dinner at Ambar. The ambience was very nice and the food quality was fantastic. We had an amazing waitress, Sandra, who made the experience that much more enjoyable! I would definitely recommend to anyone.

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vipAlexR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing restaurant. We tasted almost everything on the menu in small portions. Very friendly staff.

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Sierra
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food as always! They have a slightly reduced menu but still have a lot of amazing choices and a great value if you choose the a la carte option. Seating outdoors worked great and the service was just as fantastic as always.

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Nick
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Keith was awesome. The food was excellent and always hot. Im going to be coming back more often now that i know how great this place is.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music was too loud when we were first seated. However, our gracious server immediately lowered the volume when we asked him to. The food was abundant, attractively plated & delicious. Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good service and atmosphere but a bit salty on the day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I enjoyed the food and the outdoor seating
The service was good but we had to chase someone at several points to get what we need

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

AMAZING food. okay service. i was aware that there was a seating limit but our reservation was at 2:15, and it took 10ish more minutes to get our table and then they stopped serving for brunch at 3!! so we were urged to order and eat fast :/ i guess next time i’ll make sure to get an earlier reservation. i’d still come back to try dinner

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MarinaO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch that I have found in NoVA.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great I love amber little expensive but delicious. The inside is BEAUTIFUL. Only issue was they forgot it was my birthday so that made me sad but oh well I guess

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vipLaurenS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Outdoor dining was nice, service and food were just fair. Not our first visit here but definitely disappointing.

TB
TerranceB
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambar food selection, taste and service was excellent.

FAQs

Ambar - Arlington does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Ambar - Arlington also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 875-9663.

Ambar - Arlington is rated 4.6 stars by 2217 OpenTable diners.

Ambar - Arlington does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=a90566d7.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.