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Ambar - Arlington

4.6
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2151 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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • 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 2151 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SamB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and atmosphere were great. Would come back again

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RobertK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed this place. The bartender was very friendly. The food was served on small plates. I ate all you can eat lunch. Overall a good experience.

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Italianone
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

$35 small plate special is the BEST deal ever. Fantastic flatbread. Fried Chicken is my favorite, the sauce is amazing. All shrimp and lamb dishes are delicious.

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MM6684
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Better service!

Very considerate of Covid protocols. Everything there is delicious, and the options still cover a wide range, even though they have had to pare the menu back from its pre-pandemic glory. The staff is more than happy to answer questions and provide recommendations (but take it from me, you want to save room for, and order, the chocolate dessert, it's unique and fabulous!)

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JonathanL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We tried almost all of the dishes and found most well prepared, presented, and very tasty. Stand outs included the zucchini fritters, fried cauliflower, salmon, and especially the dips and spreads. For the 5 of us it was our first occurrence of eating outside at a restaurant during COVID and it worked out well. We will be back.

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vipHazakhan
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great and so was the ambiance. The only advise I would have is to order in between rounds of food as the next batch can take a minimum of 15 minutes and breaks the appetite as it takes quite a while.

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vipMash
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant to eat at. Good ambience and good. Loved the menu.

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CamilleK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Experience was good, music was pretty loud..but ambiance is nice even though COVID impacts full capacity of the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I’ve ever been too! Everything was great overall

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vipjmkq
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. Wonderful food and our server kept things coming and we felt safe enough indoors even though we initially had planned in eating outdoors, but the weather changed that plan.

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AlyssaT
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

WOW! Will definitely be back. Great experience and good. Sandra was our waitress and was great at explaining all the dishes and she was clearly so passionate. She made the experience for us!

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vipDavid
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant outside seating. Excellent service. Good value food as consistent as ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Service was extremely slow and our server seems overwhelmed. We had to wait for our drink with empty glasses in front of us. Ambar expanded their patio to be able to accommodate more people, unfortunately that impact the service. I loved coming to Ambar for dinner and brunch, now I’m not sure good service is their priority anymore. The food is phenomenal though, as always.

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LarysaK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as usual. Loved the unlimited brunch!!

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LynnC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was amazing! My party and I always enjoy the food, drinks and service. This is definitely a location we’ll visit time and time again.

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SamanthaE
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was outstanding and the food was incredible. Nikola was a wonderful waiter who knew his menu and was aware of the allergies at the table. His help was appreciated!

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BokiG
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marina was a phenomenal server with great recommendations and attention to detail that made our experience out of this world!

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DianaP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place for every special occasion or date night. Staff, Food and overall experience is always top notch!

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travellingwithmymother
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Fantastic food!!!

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Armv
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful experience at Ambar! I would give -0- start to this place if I could. A lot of the dishes here just aren't good. Quality of service was awful! We ordered the Balkan experience ($35 per person) and after that the waitress disappeared for 20 minutes! We started complaining about the pace of food coming to our table and she responded saying that's how our kitchen works for Balkan Experience !!!! seriously?

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone especially waitresses are absolutely wonderful

OT
OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg. My group cannot stop raving about how great our experience was! We are getting a group together to come back ASAP! The food was delicious, the service was top notch and the ambiance was wonderful. There were so many great dishes but some of our favorites were the Slow roasted lamb, tomato soup, the spreads, fried chicken, Brussel sprouts mmmmmm mmmmm mmmm! Can’t wait to go back!

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Disappointed
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A pre-pandemic regular, I had long-held Ambar to be my DC area favorite. Last weekend the food was not up to par. Items were cold, undercooked, tasteless. I was extremely disappointed, but hope it was a fluke.

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KaterineV
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall good, food was great...service was a little slow and took about 30 min to get our check back. I know some people like to hang out after so they wouldnt mind.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

The food was cold and honestly terrible. I don’t normally leave bad comments but it was almost $100 for two people and we legit just decided to drink in order to make it worth it. Idk if covid has an affect or what but I won’t be returning. The staff was nice though-food was not.

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vipMichaelL
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Passionate servers, knowledgable staff, great food and drinks!

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vipCtrlofDestiny
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! you will not leave hungry! great service!

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vipBrunchLover
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service alone is one big reason to visit Ambar. The food was delicious and not something I would make at home. Creative drinks. The outdoor seating was perfect ...enough space for social distancing, plenty of shade, service was prompt. We will definitely be back and highly recommend to friends.

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Amazing
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE this place. Maybe my favorite restaurant in the DC area. Delicious food, great service, excellent value.

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CateG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have created a great outdoor area. I love this place!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food. There was issues with the table next to us, and the manager was prompt to resolve the issue and make it right. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Some dishes were really good and others not so much. We enjoyed the unlimited small plates dining. Service was spotty but manager was really friendly. Drinks were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, definitely go for the Balkan experience. Plates came out a little slow so order some multiples if you want to have more than a bite! They are extremely accommodating for COVID and have plenty of spaced out outdoor seating.

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StevenC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good food, wonderful staff, affordable prices; my friend recommended this spot. The $35.00 Ambar Experience is a must try - small plates would take you on a culinary journey of Balkan food. I would love to return for brunch when I visit DC next time.

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AlwaysAscending
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Took a friend to lunch on the way to the airport. So many options for the Express lunch. Affordable at $25 and we definitely ate our fill.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ámbar is the go to restaurant for my family. They have unlimited Balkan tapas and we have tried them all. Top restaurant quality tapas anytime!

JR
vipJuanR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our hostess was great. Our waitress did a great job describing the menu. The food was delicious!

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LouO
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food is incredible! Only thing I would say is the dishes started getting saltier and saltier the later it got. I don't know if it was a bad batch, or a different chef, or intentionally so that we'd leave XD, but that made the experience less than spectacular. I'd say if this was a one time thing, I'd definitely come back

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vipAmyD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

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Schubert
Nashville
20 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! $35, anything you can eat. Small plates. Everything tasty. Service great, helpful in deciding what to order. Noisy, busy place.

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 2151 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.