Ambar Capitol Hill

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$30 and under
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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.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week and thoroughly enjoyed it! The leek croquettes and the meat pie were our top favorites!

MG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've only ever done the balkan experience here but every dish I've ordered has been delicious. The mimosas are perfect. The peach mimosa has lavender in it that you can actually taste.

PR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

While I was very excited for this experience looking at the menu, the food was a hit and a miss. Since it was 3 of us dining, we were able to try 80% of the menu items. Of everything we tried, it seemed like something was missing or tasting really ordinary. Nothing on the menu really blew me away. What I also found strange was that the Ambar Experience while limited to small plates (which isn't an issue) had no dessert options.
It felt like an incomplete meal for that reason and overall not value for money.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

RC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in DC, start here and look elsewhere. Best place to dine, hands down.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My three friends and I enjoyed our Restaurant Week experience at Ambar. Two of my friends are well versed in Serbian and Balkan cuisine, having spent extensive time in the reason for both study and work purposes, and so while the food isn’t the most authentic, I can say from my own experience and theirs that the interpretation is true to the spirit and also quite delicious. Not my first time dining, the small plate style portions are smaller than I remember, most notably the delicious cauliflower, which I ordered only to receive two or three florets on the plate. Were it not for the unlimited nature of the menu and my ability to triple order the side at no additional cost, this would have been a much larger issue. Other notable dishes include the Brussels sprouts (with bacon and a lemon garlic yogurt sauce), the bright red ajvar, savory chicken skewers, the stuffed pepper, lamb medallions, or beautifully presented shrimp skewers with asparagus and prosciutto. This marked down deal on their regular menu is really unbeatable for the value, and provides a delicious window into a cuisine infrequently experienced in DC and on this side of the Atlantic overall. Our server was fairly attentive and they were generous with the stated two hour time limit, allowing my group and I to stay fifteen minutes over our welcome on a Friday night before we parted ways. The drinks, while delicious, would have been appallingly weak to any true Eastern European who came to the restaurant on a visit to DC, I will say as an American that they indeed could have been stronger. Next time I will have to opt for wine over cocktails when enjoying the $14 unlimited drink add-on. All in all, I would recommend for any group looking for a high value, delicious, different experience with their friends or a date.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is awesome. I will be returning sooner than later.

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had lunch for the first time with another couple during winter restaurant week. It was AYCE with small plates. There were a lot of choices and the food was very good. The four of us were seated upstairs but was a tight squeeze and rather noisy. Everyone liked it and will definitely come back.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Súper experience during restaurant week. We will definitely be back.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week!

A
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Huge selection of meats and vegetables- so well rounded selection of vegetarian and carnivores offerings

K
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Went for restaurant week and loved it. Food delivery was a bit slow and inconsistent but was great tasting when we got it. Will return when it’s not so busy.

MC
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

They were extremely accomodating for a guest with dietary restrictions (gluten, dairy). Food was excellent, service friendly and very helpful with recommendations.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, highly recommend for anyone looking for good Balkan cuisine.

D
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to try some awesome food. You never leave hungry and if you do, you did something wrong, lol.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was amazing! And the unlimited drink specials?!! Can’t get a better deal

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Loved AMBAR, will definitely dine here again!

L
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I loved, loved, loved my unlimited dining experience at Ambar. I can count on one hand the number of small plates I did not enjoy. That says a lot with Ambar’s expansive menu. Also, the drinks were good. I will definitely be back in the future with friends.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

CH
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is good I just didn’t like how long it took for dishes to come to your table. We were ordering our next dish before the first came out.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, energy and service! Some day I will make it through ALL the small plates!

AC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Very rude service. Waitress was not familiar with the menu and took it out on me.

C
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! We always come here. Definitely a favorite.

JC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal opted for the $49 all you can eat menu which was excellent value a good choice of drinks included. Wait staff really nice helped with food choices. We recommend and would return if in town.

BW
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I absolutely love Ambar's dinner menu, so I was enthusiastic about trying the all-you-can-eat brunch. However, I discovered that the menu selection was limited and every dish that my friends and I tried (and there were many) was served cold. The value was not nearly as good as it is for dinner, and we left feeling that the menu received short-shrift because many brunchers are mainly interested in bottomless drinks. It looked like the a la carte entrees were prepared with a lot more care.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I appreciate the call to confirm table reservations. It was a busy night and I enjoyed confirming that we still had a table.

T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Some friends and I went to Ambar for brunch on a Saturday afternoon. The restaurant was packed and we were seated upstairs at a high top table. Our table did the $39 balkan experience that allows you to order unlimited tapas and brunch drinks (different types of mimosas and bloody mary) during your 2 hr reservation. I think the price was worth it. The tapas were very small so it would not have made sense to order anything a la carte. Some of our favorites were the veggie omelet, potato hash, roasted mushroom crepe, and zucchini burger. I would definitely come back.

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Victoria was amazing! She did a great job guiding us through ordering the Balkan experience and kept both food and drink coming at a good but not too fast pace. We both loved everything we ended up choosing and will be back for sure.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

It was extremely hot in the restaurant which didn’t make eating enjoyable. Additionally our food came way too fast so the whole meal felt rushed.

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Mom’s 70th Birthday.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband (Japanese) and I (Serbian) started our new year and new decade at the best Serbian restaurant we know in America.
Uros, the handsome Serbian general manager, provided us with the best of the Serbian hospitality. Our demanding taste in food and wine was completely met.
We first enjoyed a very fine apricot rakija, to wet our appetite, and then continue with excellent Serbian wine....
The variety of food was amazing, my husband was extremely impressed with the grilled squid, and he thought it was one of the very best squid dishes he had ever had.
We highly recommend Ambar to both the seasoned eaters of Balkan foods and those who are new with a demanding palate.

DC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding New Years Eve celebration. Delicious food, quality ingredients. The stuffed sour cabbage was out of this world. Attentive, friendly service. Our server knew the menu and preparations, handled my food allergy expertly, and took great care of us. The perfect balance of festive celebration and comfort, as we had our own table all night, our own space, and never felt cramped or squished like so many other places get on NYE. An excellent value for the money as well. We would absolutely recommend Ambar any night but especially for a civilized take on New Year’s Eve!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding and a particular value for lunch. Having an optional “all you can eat” concept allows you to try what might be some unfamiliar Balkan region dishes and try them in a tapas/small plate format. Service was very good and kind. We came at the end of lunch service so some things were rushed, but otherwise all was just terrific!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I got the Ambar experience (all you can eat tapas and drinks) which was amazing. Ambiance was perfect, servers were knowledgeable and friendly, and everything we tried was delicious. The Ambar experience is an amazing value for such a nice meal in DC. Can’t wait to come back next time we’re in town!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool experience and incredible value - highly recommend!

JS
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was very knowledgeable, and we had excellent service. We tried a variety of tapas to explore a new cuisine. A very fun evening.

LG
Oklahoma City
15 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ambar experience is the best. We come to DC just to experience it again and again. So m