Ambar - Arlington

4.6
2306 reviews
$31 to $50
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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2306 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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Yankeehoya
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When it came time to order, I had not properly prepared. All three of my previous visits to Ambar had been with a Serbian friend who ordered for me. Everything had been great, but I could not remember the dishes’ names. Our Waitress said she was also a Serb and then she recommended the Ambar Experience. We all ordered it and it's hard for me to imagine anyone would not have truly enjoyed this meal. There was not only a great variety of food, it was all delicious. The "small dishes" just kept coming. At one point we had asked her to stop serving, but another waiter was already enroute with some lamb lasagna --- who's not going to eat that? Yum!

Unlike my food dilemma, I came all set for the wine selection. I had really enjoyed the Rebula, Ferdinand at a Slovenian friend’s house and was planning on ordering it, but our waitress recommended the Zilavka, Stobi. Never having tasted a Macedonian wine, I was a bit hesitant. No need --- it was an excellent recommendation. The Zilaka had a clean, minerally taste, like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but just a big grassier. Everyone enjoyed it and the wine complimented the Ambar Experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around. And safe!!

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PatrickS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding. Delivers an excellent and delicious snapshot of each dish. Prompt service and food delivery of multiple rounds. Fair price.

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ChristopherS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Balkan food and wine at VERY reasonable prices in the heart of Clarendon! What else do you need to know?

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dunya was amazing! She was attentive and kind. Food was delicious- HIGHLY recommend the goulash!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends enjoying Brunch.

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CourtneyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our sever was the best!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service

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vipmargog
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the variety of food and small plates you get for $35 - it's like trying all of Eastern Europe at once. Ambar is very good also at working with restrictions related to gluten and dairy - knowledgeable about what is in each dish and willing to customize.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, nice setup for socially distant gatherings and the raki mixed drinks are amazing.

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vipdcfoodie
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good overall. Roasted lamb was really salty. Soft drinks were flat.

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MyriamF
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose Ambar as a lunch place to catch up with a friend. Excellent food, attentive service, funk soundtrack, adherence to COVID precautions--all around great experience. Will be back with my husband for a romantic evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, atmosphere, and service. Love it here and we will be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great spacious outdoor set up with heat lamps and string lights. Small plates deal is well worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Food was great. Server was awesome. Planning my next trip now.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bachelor part

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Ambar!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fantastic, sitting outside was great.

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AndrewM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never fails to deliver - great birthday dinner with my friends! I highly recommend it.

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IanB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Do the Ambar Experience. Awesome value

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klettie
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent experience -- some of the food was only ok, but some was truly excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant !!! We went for the $34/person brunch menu experience to sample all the food you can eat. Everything was very tasty and delicious !

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KateB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious!!

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vipOhHappyDay
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening! We enjoyed the Ambar Experience. Such a bargain. Such a culinary adventure. It was a perfect evening in the parking lot. Thank you, Blair. 🍷

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Beth
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food--tables spaced nice and far apart

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hannaht
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! We did the $25 lunch deal and it was well worth the price. Everything we ate was amazing and we can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and outstanding service! Highly recommend and will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was mediocre at best. This was Arlington location. Lacked flavor and often was not hot. My cocktail tasted like rubbing alcohol. Service was very good- courteous and fast.

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vipAdamJ
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing. Great service and atmosphere

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vipjasonw
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

If you like Tapas or Middle Eastern food, you'll likely enjoy Ambar. Good place for groups.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambiance was great as usual!

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SharonY
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and even better food. Great ambiance as well, I really enjoy the decor.

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MikeC
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great dinning experience! Highly recommend. It is expensive if you're not a big eater.

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CherF
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Awesome. Will definitely be going back. The service was impeccable, and the food was delicious. Unfortunately, we had to eat on the sidewalk and there was some kooky homeless guy who was hanging around, but, such is life living with Covid.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a great experience for the first time being there. Food is amazing and super delicious. We did the $35 brunch experience and it is worth it. Will be back for sureeeeee

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BrandonG
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Service was really good. Food was delicious and a quick turnaround. Lively atmosphere with the appropriate safety precautions taken.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Perfect for bottomless brunch!

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Laura
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had a wonderful outdoor area set up in a lot with well spaced tables, carpets, space heaters. Wonderful

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KaterineV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great changed my reservation quickly which was great!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ambar - Arlington using the Order Online button. Ambar - Arlington also offers delivery in partnership with 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 2306 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.