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Ambar Capitol Hill

4.7
3546 reviews
$30 and under
Balkan style
Ambar is the first modern, international Balkan cuisine restaurant in DC. Inside three locations in Belgrade, Arlington and Washington DC, Ambar blends tradition and heritage with creativity and modern design. The result is an unforgettable visitor experience that reaches all the senses with delicious food, unbelievable drinks and an atmosphere that blends comfort and high style. From rich food, fine furniture, interior design and the widest choice of the finest Balkan rakias, to our first class service – every detail is meticulously woven into an unique experience that will leave you breathless. Welcome to the best of the Balkans.

2h time limit wont apply for brunch reservations made after 1:30pm due to service

**For parties of 6 Ambar Capital Hill requests a credit card number to secure the reservation. All credit card information will be processed securely. No-shows or cancellations less than 24 hours in advance may be subject to a charge of $25 per person**

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 3546 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The $39 Balkan experience is just great for dinner. Unlimited small plates. Standouts include cheese pie, mezze, stuffed pepper, goulash, creamy mussels. We sat in quiet third floor which is less glamorous but private

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Suebee
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Not what it used to be…….We haven’t been to Ambar since before COVID-19. The renovations were lovely, but the menu has changed and some of our favorites were no longer available. Some of the items we ordered were fabulous (goulash, salmon, stuffed peppers), others were in dry or overcooked, such as the meatballs and steak and frites. Other items were tasty, but drowned in heavy sauces that detracted from the item, rather than complimented it. The service was just ok, several times we had to try to get the attention of our waiter, as he was busy chatting with co-workers. What used to be an outstanding experience was only mediocre. As we travel an hour get to the restaurant, we aren’t likely to return.

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MoeS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place, ambient atmosphere, amazing food and the service was prompt and courteous. I would definitely return.

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Opal
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The outside area was packed at 7 on a Thursday night. If you want outside seating be sure to note on reservations. The indoor seating is large but separated within multiple rooms. We sat upstairs in the back and there were empty tables between the tables filled with people. Servers wore masks. They suggest each person start the order three items. You can add more as you go. Things are brought out as they are ready and intended to be shared. Although for soups and goulash this is not practical. Favorites were stuffed cabbage, Balkan kebab, spicy sausage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts flat bread that was pizza like, veal soup, steak tartar (believe it or not),. Def worth unlimited cocktails. Honey raki and Slovenian sparkling wine (not included in the drink deal) were very very good. Sorbet was just ok. Drunken muscles and lamb lasagna also just ok. Overall nice experience and would def go back. It’s expensive, but unique.

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NormaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lots of fun with wonderful choices. The food is good and spaces are adequate.

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RobertS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, love the new menu. Drinks are strong and the service is fast!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Every single thing I ate was delicious! Drinks were just like I like my man…. Nice and strong!

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vipKenR
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding Mediterranean food, we will definitely go back! Loved the brussel sprouts, beef goulash and shrimp dishes!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was horrible! There were definitely items that were old or not cooked completely. The server was very slow in bringing our food and was being rude if we asked questions about the food. The unlimited drinks were also very sub-par. The prices were way too high for this horrendous experience to be honest, and it is wrongfully overhyped!

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jojo
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Lovely cuisine but quite expensive for types of options on brunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

また、行きたい。絶品です。

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sofia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. All the small plates are just the right size so you can try so many different things! Also - get the mango lemonade beverage.

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Woodchuck
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The server was great. This is the first time I’ve been there since the remodel, and I don’t feel that you are quite back to the same standard, but given how much other restaurants are struggling, you are doing fine. I will be back.

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Jack
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do the tasting menu - great value and the food was amazing.

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MelO
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Good location. Lots to do afterwards if you want to “walk your food off”

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vipruthiet
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great all you can eat/drink brunch. Food was excellent. Drinks

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vipDavidInDC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service as usual!

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BryceW
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, and wonderful service. We ate outside, and had no problems feeling comfortable with the radiators and heat they supplied.

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Opulence
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recomend this place for brunch only. I came here for late lunch and the service was horrible. It seems their brunch crew is on point.

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JeremyZ
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. It's unbelievable that unlimited small plates is only $25/pp. I would have happily paid twice that. The food was excellent. We didn't have a single disappointing dish. Plenty of variety.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Was not aware of the change to “all you can eat in 2 hours” as the only menu option….it was fair pricing, just be sure you’re hungry! Have always loved the delicious food and small plates format - would have liked the choice of just a couple of small plates. Food very flavorful but several dishes were served warm not hot….

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vipkfiorini
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food was pretty bland and not great service. They ran out of one of the tapas we ordered and never told us. We also never got a few tapas that we ordered. It was extremely warm in the restaurant which made it very uncomfortable so we didn’t even bother to have them bring the forgotten tapas out. I was here pre-Covid and had a much better experience. I’ll be picking somewhere else in Barracks Row next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The price of the lunch Baltic Experience is great. I only wish the evening price wouldn’t continue to increase. Two increases in two years I believe. But regardless— still love Ambar!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience3

We have loved and supported this restaurant for the 7 years we have lived here. We have celebrated many occasions and while I wrote we were celebrating 2 birthdays there was no special dessert which was typical in the past. We asked for a dessert menu because they no longer serve dessert in the experience and we never received one. We loved this place prior to it becoming overly popular because we’ve seen differences in amounts of food being served, service subpar, and overall not as pleasant as an experience.

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vipMickeyT
New England
32 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Our server Tamara, was lovely, helpful in explaining menu, and just a delight.
Good delicious food in a nice environment.

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MadH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall1food5service2ambience2

The food was great! However we were sat about 30 minutes late, and then still expected to conform to our original reservation limit. Further, when we raised the issue with the manager, he was willing to hear our complaint, but had a serious attitude and almost blamed us for the fact that they were not able to keep our reservation.

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Rachrad
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had a nice brunch here after a race in DC. It got pretty cold on the third floor when they opened up the skylights

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vipgreenwarm
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food2service2ambience4

I was very disappointed that I listened to our server who recommended the Balkan Experience sampler for lunch. The “experience” was a few interesting dips, a lot of bread, a flatbread, a couple of sausages, eggs, and waffles for dessert. I should have gone with my original plan and ordered the goulash, but the waiter made the “experience” sound so interesting. It seemed more like they were emptying the refrigerator.

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vipBirthdayFun
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome for groups and birthdays. We had a great dinner and our server was so attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service. We sat outside on a beautiful evening and enjoyed the delicious small plates. We will definitely go back!

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VeroG
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is unreal!!! So good!! Will go back a million times

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and we had such a great time!

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Opulence
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I usually come here for brunch but today I was met with nothing attitude and poor service. They ran my credit card for more than the amount and I had to go back in to find someone to correct the mistake. I’m taking a break from this place for awhile.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great ambience

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AnnieC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing variety, great value. The stuffed cabbage is a must-try.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food, and the staff was outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were a party of four and did the Amber Experience with drinks. Absolutely worth every penny. The food was outstanding, the drinks were delicious and strong (in a good way). Small plates of wonderfully made food! You have to try the mussels!

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vipAnaS
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers name was David.. he went above to ensure that our table was pleased but the table in front of us gave him a somewhat difficult time yet he smiled and was graceful.. He provided excellent customer service

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience5

I love Ambar and have visited multiple times for brunch. This was my first time attending Sunday brunch and will probably be my last. My friend and I ordered the Ambar experience and it was my friend's first time. We had to remind our server several times that certain dishes didn't arrive. It appeared as though he was taking our orders, but 20 mins would pass and we would receive only half the order. I ordered the shrimp omelette twice and it never arrived. In short, Ambar is the best place in DC for brunch, and I plan on returning we early Saturdays. Sunday brunch is not ideal.