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Ambar Capitol Hill

4.7
3467 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 $15 per person**

Support Ambar Capitol Hill during COVID-19

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 3467 People Are Saying
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vipCarolD
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was cold, service was poor, acted like we were a nuisance. Paid extra for the outdoor dining ant it wasn’t worth it. Never again.

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JustOneMoreBite
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The bottomless brunch seems like it would be a great place for groups because it would be easy to pay instead of figuring out who had what or who drank. The food was delicious, but would come out irregularly is a share tapas style. The service was slow as we sat well over 10 min before we saw our waiter and he wasn't bothered by the delay we experienced. He also wasn't too attentive to our drink needs. Aside from him, our experience was great.

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vipKatwoman
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both excellent. I’ll be returning soon!

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PredragD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a great place for a good dinner and ambiance.

KK
KennethK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sharing of dishes made the meal fun. We enjoyed trying small taste of dishes that we might never have ordered as a main meal.

JL
JihyeL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, service, and vibe! I have known this place since 2018.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took family (6) including our 2 grandsons,ages 9 and 11, for the experience of eating Balkin food. I had eaten brunch there once but tried lunch this time. Food, service and experience surpassed our expectations. We thought the lunch selections were better than the brunch foods we had before. Everyone in the party made selections and shared. Some of our favorites were the ajvar spread and salamis, veal soup, Balkin salad, slow roasted lamb, steak tartar, pork neck and all the vegetables we tried. Service was impeccable and patient. Kids and adults totally enjoyed and hope to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic menu - love the Balkan Experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Foood was great, but took a while to come out, maybe because it was a holiday night.

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CarlosJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It’s a good experiment but food isn’t that great. It’s ok but not to be qualified as DC’s top restaurants

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Comida elaborada pero con sabor medio. Sin embargo la experiencia es única.

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NitaS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were visiting from out of town and wanted to try something different. We had the “all you could eat” deal where you picked different dishes and shared. Everything was high quality and delicious. The chef has created a gem of a dining experience.

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JoeFigg
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed a pleasant dinner outside on a busy Saturday night. The four of us had the $39.95 tasting menu -which was pushed hard by staff and signage - but a la carte is available too. Considerable confusion with food delivery, as various wait staff were unsure of the destination of dishes as they continued to pour out of the kitchen. In the end, plenty of interesting, delicious food for the table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was good waiter could have been a little more attentive

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SorayaA
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Ambar restaurant and I had so much fun. My friends also enjoyed the food it was really good!

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

The service was incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration

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Kristine
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! 10/10 would recommend, from the food to the environment to the service. I would suggest getting there a bit early for Saturday brunch at 10 a.m. to beat the incoming crowd. Also loved the mango hibiscus mimosa and the cinnamon sweet sourdough with nutella. Perfect brunch with your tribe and then a stroll down to Eastern Market after until you get sober.

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Sandy
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always great food with good service and tasty cocktails

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JulianC
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lo mejor de DC. Ambiente súper, comida a otro nivel.

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vipLisa
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun, tasty, small plates. We sat outside. Waitstaff was appropriately attentive.

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BennettM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu format with unlimited selections and unlimited cocktails. Highly recommend!

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AshleyH
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good restaurant, and we would dine here, again. Our server was wonderful - friendly, efficient, laughed politely at my terrible jokes.

My Ambar Old Fashioned was one of the best I've had and my wife's wine was delectable. We truly enjoyed the tomato soup and vegetables, which were elevated classics. The shrimp and cevapi was cooked just right. Only downside was the salmon was a bit salty.

The atmosphere was fine outside, but given the location, it was fairly busy with foot traffic. We were separated by a partition, which was a nice touch...and it was totally our choice to be outside. The ambiance inside looked inviting. I'd come back just to dine inside.

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KevinD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food. We weren't familiar with Bosnian food and our waiter was very helpful. Great first meal for our trip. Definitely recommend.

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ReginaA
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place

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Delicious
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

First time here and it was delicious. The “experience” where you get unlimited small plates and drinks allowed for great variety of the amazing cuisine. They were out of several dishes we wanted to try, but there are more than enough to completely satisfy. My only (minor) complaint is that the staff seemed a bit overwhelmed and/or inattentive at times. I don’t know if that’s to limit eating and drinking or bad training or understaffing issues.

We’ll be back and everyone should visit at least once.

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AngelicaG
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food! Amazing value for the food that you get!

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Kool
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great and our server was great. I believe his name was Velro. The only negative for my experience was the "runners" dropping our food at the table in a hastened manner.

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LaurieK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful assortment of dishes to try. Everything was tasty. Excellent service.

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BobLaredo
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch options! Love the small servings all included. Great value on the drinks and they were excellent. Service was top notch. Only thing I would have liked to have is some draft beer.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Their lunch special is unparalleled and the neighborhood is so cute to walk around in before or after. The BALKAN SALAD TAKES THE CAKE- you can ask our waitress, I ordered three back to back. That cheese hits different.

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AnnaC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great value! The food quality was good and we didn't have anything we didn't like. Will definitely return.

KM
KateM
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for a special occasion with a group and it was perfect! We did the unlimited food and drink and our server was so attentive. It was a lovely time and I'm looking forward to going back.

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SSHK
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every dish was amazing! Definitely go hungry and don’t underestimate how much many small dishes can fill you up.

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GiveItATry
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very tasty. Paying the $25pp we were able to taste and try several tapas dishes.
The waiter and the team assisting (picking up and bringing dishes) were very helpful and polite.
Great value for the price!

DD
DianaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, our server was so well trained and made our experience terrific. She knew the menu and kept our fun level up with each surprise from the kitchen. Her bussers were also good, always asked if we were finished with a plate, brought new dishes out and carefully placed them. Oh, the service and atmosphere (we sat outside) were so good, almost forgot to mention the brilliant food. Plate sizes were perfect for three people and everything was delicious. All veg dishes were extraordinary and the lamb lasagne devine. We must have tried 40-50% of the menu. Younger diners will probably get through 70%. Yummmmm!

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vipPamDan
New England
19 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had another great experience at Ambar! Tamara, our server was outstanding!! A definite must when in DC!!

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FELMI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great small dishes with both meat and veggie options. The sofa arrangement is very comfortable, and the service is great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review