Ambar - Arlington

4.7
2463 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 2463 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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vipLisaB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is always great. So fun to be able to try so many different things. Recommend going with a small group so you can share more. You'll leave full!

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vipAnaS
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely LOVE Ambar

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JimS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Seems to have gone downhill a bit. Food was mediocre, greasy and they tightened up the menu and it seems a bit one note.

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jiris
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

As a big fan of Serbian food and rakija, I was excited to make Ambar my first destination after a year spent in Covid hiding.
Food did not disappoint and service was impeccable. I just didnt like sitting at a plastic picnic table on the side of a busy street. That ruined the experience a bit.
I am still looking forward to trying their DC location though, the food was THAT good!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambiance is always good here. I always recommend to out of town friends

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Toni
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve gotten brunch here a few times, and every time was excellent. Definitely worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time here and the service was impeccable. My husband and I both had the unlimited small plates experience and we asked our server to be our guide since he grew up in the Balkin region. Everything he brought us was amazing. We’ll definitely be back.

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vipmargog
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was as by and large excellent and service was prompt and responsive throughout the meal. Lots of outdoor seating, appropriately spaced. My only issue was that the portion sizes have gotten a lot smaller than they used to me. The pork stuffed cabbage was just one little piece. Of course with the $35 option you can get unlimited, but seems like they used to serve more when they brought it out. Maybe a more temporary Covid thing.

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NikoC
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience, would definitely return.

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Simo
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing format, all the plates are incredible!! Definitely recommend visiting!

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Chachie5113
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lunch express is one of the best lunch values in town. And the most delicious! A large variety of amazing food to suit anyone’s tastes. Highly recommend adding dessert, too!

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viplindseyb
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience2

We had to wait 30 minutes past our reservation time to get seated (taking away from our 2 hour bunch limit, since the kitchen closed at 3:30). After we were seated, we waited 15 more minutes before flagging someone down to get helped

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vipMary
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight. Amazing food and outstanding wait staff!

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vipMary
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, spectacular food!

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DarrellS
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was pleasant. Food and service were very good. Selection is varied. Definitely a good value and a repeat.

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RashaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Front desk are ignorant and simply rude. The servant was fine and food is ok. Slow service and they forget who order what.

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Kyle
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing food! My favorite restaurant in Arlington county!

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CarolineC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We hada delicious lunch, sampling many small dishes.

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EllaV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very delicious - loved everything we ate! Will definitely be back.

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ScyllerB
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the $25 all you can eat lunch. Each of the little plates was unique and delicious, waitress made excellent recommendations.

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vipPatriceK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

We went for an early Sunday dinner. The food is always great. This time the menu seemed shorter, understandably due to COVID. We went for the "Ambar Experience," but found out that several of their lamb dishes were unavailable. They said that they were just out of lamb, unless it was in a ground meat form. They made no attempt to substitute for this significant gap in their menu. It was disappointing.

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SohSoh
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appreciated the staff making every effort to accommodate our large group and having us seated at adjacent tables, while still observing Covid protocols. Thank you for a great experience.

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JanetL
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great drinks! The $35/person tasting menu is awesome value. Food came out quickly and the service was great. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love this place - food is good amazing vibe and worth the money!

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vip1GlamDesigner
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to have dinner at Ambar! We love sitting at the high top tables in the bar area. Nicholas mixes up a delicious cocktail. The Ambar experience is the way to go. We love the Beet Tzatziki, the White Flatbread, the roasted Cauliflower and the roasted Brussel sprouts, the Balkan Kabobs, the Lamb Lasagna and the Beef short rib Goulash. Everything is always delicious and the service is always top notch. Ambar is our favorite spot in Clarendon!

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vipTwofairs
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed outdoor lunch with a friend. Did the $25 special and we enjoyed lots of small plates. Everything was delicious!

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foodiefriend
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the one cost for all on menu was a great way to try new foods. Highly recommended.

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vipRealFoodie
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambar may be the most underrated restaurant in the DC area. Fantastic food. Well priced. Demonstrating the Balkan spirit. Serbian food is fantastic. The experience here is similar to the experience in the Belgrade Ambar - just awesome. Ivan is a fantastic host/manager and is running a wonderful restaurant for all to enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server (Blaire) made the meal outstanding! Her recommendations helped us pick out good wine and food pairings, she provided a free drink sample with our dessert, and she had us all laughing out loud throughout the whole meal.

We were also happy to be seated in a little corner table that was well away from other diners.

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Aves
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been many times but this was by far the best of them. Thank you!

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KimG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food, not heavy or greasy. I would go here again and recommend it to others.

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vipjasonw
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Our server gave tasty recommendations.

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Halo
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and tasty food

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vipAlexM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brunch is a great value!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Loud but good food. Beef Kebabs really good.

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vipReneeM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outdoor heat lamps are actually extremely warm and comfortable! I think the unlimited tapas is a great deal and way to explore the menu. I will say, a lot of the meat dishes were very salty but the chef may just have had a heavy hand that night. Overall great experience!

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vipJosephH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, atmosphere and service. An enjoyable evening.

AJ
vipAdamJ
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best brunch in town

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Their brunch menu has changed. Although it’s still delicious, there are less menu options. Mimosa is unlimited with brunch deal (25 cent each glass). But I was concerned with hygiene, because my glass smelled fishy and weird.

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YanisaP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was good.

FAQs

Ambar - Arlington does offer 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 4.7 stars by 2463 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.