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Ambar - Arlington

4.6
4.6
3109 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates

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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Balkan style, Eastern European

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 875-9663

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Dejan Pilovic

  • Catering

    Please check the menu and options online<br />https://www.ambarrestaurant.com/catering-clarendon/

  • Private party facilities

    Ambar is a perfect place for all types of private and corporate events. With our exceptional food and well trained staff, Ambar is the place of choice when it comes to your celebration. From small family gatherings to huge corporate events, we host your friends and business partners with equal care.

  • Private party contact

    Jovana Zdravkovic: (571) 992-7023

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Cross street

    N Fillmore St and N Garfield St

  • Parking details

    2h free parking on a limited lot behind the restaurant on Filmore St.Street parking

  • Public transit

    Clarendon Metro station - Orange and Silver lines

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

$25 Ambar Express Lunch. Per Person. Must Be Enjoyed by The Entire Table. Discover the whole world of Balkan cuisine on your table by trying a little bit of everything - all for one flat price

Ambar Mezze

$28. Served with Freshly Baked Pita Bread & Sourdough

    Spreads

    • Kajmak

      cow's milk, clotted cream

      • Ajvar

        roasted pepper & eggplant relish

        • Hummus

          marinated chickpeas / tahini / garlic / olive oil

          • Garlic Beans

            smoked roasted peppers, pickled jalapeno

            • Beet Tzatziki

              strained garlic yogurt with oven-roasted beets

              • Urnebes

                roasted pepper relish & aged cow cheese emulsion

                Charcuterie Platter

                All Meats Are House-Cured or Smoked

                • Lamb Prosciutto

                  • Beef Prosciutto

                    • Spicy Pork Salami

                      • House-Made Pickled Vegetables

                        • Mixed Marinated Olives

                          Soups & Salads

                          • Veal Soup$6.00

                            bone broth / root vegetables & crème fraiche

                            • Tomato Soup$6.00

                              house-made pesto / roasted tomatoes

                              • Balkan Salad$7.00

                                tomatoes / onions / cucumbers / peppers / sherry vinaigrette / balkan cheese

                                • Kale Caesar$8.00

                                  baby kale / house-made caesar dressing / garlic croutons

                                  • Field Greens$8.00

                                    young harvested seasonal local greens / tofu-pomegranate dressing / caramelized red onions / crunchy bacon

                                    Vegetables

                                    • Grilled Vegetables$8.00

                                      herb marinated local seasonal vegetables, warm hummus

                                      • Brussel Sprouts$7.00

                                        crispy bacon / lemon-garlic yogurt

                                        • Baked Beans$7.00

                                          cannellini beans / smoked roasted peppers / caramelized onion

                                          • Hand-Cut Fries$6.00

                                            house-made smoked aioli / chef's spice blend

                                            • Cauliflower$7.00

                                              parsley-tahini spread / pine nut crumble

                                              • Asparagus$8.00

                                                thyme veloute / roasted squash / fried quail egg

                                                Baked

                                                • Cheese Pie$7.00

                                                  crispy phyllo dough / aged cheese / roasted pepper cream / yogurt

                                                  • White Flatbread$8.00

                                                    sheep's milk cheese / mozzarella / baby arugula / topped with truffle oil

                                                    • Sudzuk Flatbread$9.00

                                                      house-made tomato sauce / smoked beef sausage / kajmak / oregano

                                                      Slow Cooked

                                                      • Sarma 'Pork Belly Stuffed Cabbage'$8.00

                                                        oven-baked for eight hours with root vegetables / rice / smoked peppers

                                                        • Beef Short Rib Goulash$10.00

                                                          Wells Family Farm beef braised for five hours in red wine reduction, served with trofie pasta

                                                          • Slow Roasted Lamb$12.00

                                                            Marcho Farms lamb shoulder roasted for six-hours served with braised potatoes, onions & carrots

                                                            • Stuffed Pepper$9.00

                                                              local harvest bell peppers stuffed with house-ground Wells Family Farm beef and raisin rice, served with creamy dill sauce

                                                              Chef Delicacies

                                                              • Lamb Lasagna$10.00

                                                                Marcho Farms lamb / eggplant / tomato / béchamel & dill

                                                                • Braised Steak & Frites$10.00

                                                                  hanger steak / house fries & kajmak sauce

                                                                  • Fried Chicken$8.00

                                                                    24-hour marinated chicken breast / panko-almond crusted / apple-wasabi slaw

                                                                    • Pepper Croquette$8.00

                                                                      piquillo peppers / kajmak / aged sheep cheese; served with cranberry chutney

                                                                      • Steak Tartar$11.00

                                                                        pine nut pesto butter / chili aioli / crispy

                                                                        From 'Charcoal' Grill

                                                                        • Cevapi 'Balkan Kebab'$11.00

                                                                          house-made Wells Family Farm beef sausages, served with rosted pepper & feta cheese emulsion

                                                                          • Pork Neck$9.00

                                                                            miso-mustard tarragon sauce / peanut & bacon crumble / potato gratin

                                                                            • Chicken Skewers$8.00

                                                                              24-hour brined and marinated overnight in spicy ajvar / pickled vegetables / kajmak sauce

                                                                              • Meatballs$11.00

                                                                                house ground Wells Family Farm beef / bacon / gouda cheese / chili flakes / tomato sauce

                                                                                • Smoked Sausage$10.00

                                                                                  house-smoked pork sausage / Ambar mustard / cabbage slaw

                                                                                  Seafood

                                                                                  • Salmon$10.00

                                                                                    sesame crusted and seared atlantic salmon, served with eggplant jam

                                                                                    • Drunken Mussels$8.00

                                                                                      steamed with capers, lemon & house-made rakija garlic cream sauce

                                                                                      • Grilled Shrimp$9.00

                                                                                        shrimp marinated with house made rub, served with corn puree

                                                                                        • Fish of the Day$10.00

                                                                                          fillet of locally sourced fish, crispy skin, served with fingerling potato salad and lemon-chilli sauce

                                                                                          Cold Press Juices

                                                                                          $4.50

                                                                                          • Appleberry Lush

                                                                                            apple / carrot / strawberry

                                                                                            • Beets & Treats

                                                                                              beet / apple / carrot / orange / lemon

                                                                                              • Green Cheer

                                                                                                cucumber / spinach / lemon / apple / orange

                                                                                                Coffee

                                                                                                • Espresso$3.25

                                                                                                  • Drip Coffee$2.95

                                                                                                    • Macchiato$4.95

                                                                                                      • Cappuccino$4.95

                                                                                                        • Turkish Coffee$5.00

                                                                                                          with a Turkish delight

                                                                                                          Signature Cocktails

                                                                                                          $6

                                                                                                          • Summer Breeze

                                                                                                            gin / grapefruit juice / honey syrup

                                                                                                            • Cosmo Flip

                                                                                                              vodka / grapes / cranberry juice

                                                                                                              Beer

                                                                                                              $6

                                                                                                              • Bud Light

                                                                                                                • Goose Island IPA

                                                                                                                  Hand-Crafted Non Alcoholic

                                                                                                                  $4.50

                                                                                                                  • Rosemary Lemonade

                                                                                                                    • Arnold Palmer

                                                                                                                      • Berry Hibiscus Soda

                                                                                                                        • Ginger Green Tea Soda

                                                                                                                          Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                                                                                          What 3,109 people are saying

                                                                                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                                                          4.6
                                                                                                                          4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                                          • 4.6Food
                                                                                                                          • 4.5Service
                                                                                                                          • 4.5Ambience
                                                                                                                          • 4.4Value

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                                                                                                                            PhilD

                                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined today

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Balkan/ex-Yugoslav food served in small dishes, tapas style, perfect for sharing. Everything on the menu was fantastic.

                                                                                                                          2. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Excellent food. Our waiter was excellent and knowledgeable as well. Highly suggest you check it out! The all you can eat option was awesome to be able to try lots of items on the menu.

                                                                                                                          3. HF

                                                                                                                            HelF

                                                                                                                            San Francisco

                                                                                                                            5 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            5 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                                                                            The fabulous food at the Clarendon Ambar makes up for the noise level (conversation is a bit of a challenge, even on a Monday evening). My husband thought the mussels were the best he'd ever had. Everything on the menu is totally delicious.

                                                                                                                          4. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Food is great! The unlimited option is a great experience for large groups!

                                                                                                                          5. D

                                                                                                                            Danielle

                                                                                                                            Baltimore

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                                            overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                            On the hottest day of the year so far, the air wasn’t working. There were fans everywhere but it just wasn’t enough. The food was good but the heat kind of ruined it.

                                                                                                                          6. YB

                                                                                                                            YvetteB

                                                                                                                            Mississippi

                                                                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Best server and food was delicious!

                                                                                                                          7. V

                                                                                                                            Vickreviews

                                                                                                                            Los Angeles

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Did the all you can eat - everything was delicious!

                                                                                                                          8. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                            Overall really really loved the experience! The restaurant is beautiful and the food was very good. The only thing we struggled with is that the restaurant was very hot inside.

                                                                                                                          9. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                            overall3food3service1ambience3

                                                                                                                            Some of the food was outstanding but some of it was very chewy. Service was pretty bad. We ordered a bottle of prosecco and they didn’t even put it on ice. By the end of dinner it was warm. When we asked for the bill, our waiter just said out loud how much it cost. Call me all fashioned but I felt this was inappropriate. The person who paying for dinner doesn’t necessarily want his/her date to know how much the bill is. Again, some of the food was amazing (the beef tartare was outstanding). With better service, this place would be amazing.

                                                                                                                          10. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Miami

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 18, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            The food was amazing and the recommendations were exquisite and perfect! Highly recommend it!

                                                                                                                          11. QU

                                                                                                                            QUETTAJ

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            The service was amazing and good food for the price sample everything on the menu is the best part. The slow cooked lamb was out of this world. My personal favorite and recommendation.

                                                                                                                          12. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                                                                            Female hostess greeted us with annoyance when we came in 10 minutes early. We were seated initially in an empty restaurant near the loud kitchen with the same hostess that treated us with contempt. With much available seats, we asked to be seated elsewhere. Our server however was very accommodating and made the experience better than the beginning.

                                                                                                                          13. J

                                                                                                                            Jordan

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Reliably delicious and good service, even when they’re packed!

                                                                                                                          14. TP

                                                                                                                            TachaP

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                            Went for brunch. The food was amazing and reminded me of the dishes my parents made growing up. The .25 cent brunch drinks were nice too!

                                                                                                                          15. s

                                                                                                                            steve

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                                                                                            Don't sit in the basement, food arrives in sporadic order, some cold, some hot, feels like you're "forgotten" about downstairs. Been here a few times and upstairs never had an issue and food was always hot and fresh. I really liked my past experiences so I bought into having a house account but I'll never be seated downstairs again. I hope this was just a fluke.

                                                                                                                          16. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                                                                                            Great food. Sat outside which was perfectly comfortable. Inside is very nice. Disengaged server (much different than previously experienced) brought overall experience/rating down. Spent a lot. Didn't even see bill (my fault completely) Think I tipped him a ton which I have no energy/time to confirm which was probably his intent. Bummer that one weak link makes a 4.5 experience a 3.

                                                                                                                          17. CL

                                                                                                                            CLL1

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            18 reviews

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            18 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Great date night/special occasion spot. Fantastic service and excellent food.

                                                                                                                          18. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            24 reviews

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            24 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                                                                                            I had an odd experience yesterday. Generally, I find that brunch delicious and served at a good pace. I am not sure what the issue yesterday was - we had to order things multiple times. And some of the food we have had before did not taste good - the sliders had an odd taste and were undercooked and the kale salad was tasteless. I am hoping it was just an off day - but I left feeling pretty disappointed.

                                                                                                                          19. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Everything we ordered was amazing, we even had to order two of some dishes we really liked. 10/10 recommend this place.

                                                                                                                          20. JT

                                                                                                                            JohnT

                                                                                                                            Philadelphia

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Definitely get the fixed price menu. It was fun to try each of the different small plates during our time there.

                                                                                                                          21. RN

                                                                                                                            RacheleN

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Delicious! Highly recommend. Went here for a work meeting and it was a great lunch spot.

                                                                                                                          22. SW

                                                                                                                            SandraW

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                                                                                            This place checks all the boxes on service and food, the staff was nice and the small plates great because they allow for mix/match & sharing. If you don‘t take the special were you can taste it all and order a la carte though it gets pretty pricey. The only minus points for us were that they advertise two hours free parking which doesn’t exist so I had to use a paid garage (which was close by though to be fair). And the place is very large, kind of sterile atmosphere and too loud to carry on a conversation. We had specifically booked a table in the restaurant (you can choose between outdoor, bar, high top and restaurant), but we were assigned a small high top across from the loud bar that was too small to even hold four small plates plus our drinks. But for the food I‘d go back when they are less busy.

                                                                                                                          23. HH

                                                                                                                            HolH

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                            After being a fan of both the original Ambar on Capitol Hill and its sibling in Clarendon, I'll keep going back, though there's less to cheer about than in previous years. The food and wine options have been reduced due to supply issues, according to servers. And the portions have also been downsized--the spreads are now at most a few tablespoons on a plate. Still, the servers are friendly, the energy is good, and where else can you sample Balkan wines?

                                                                                                                          24. J

                                                                                                                            Jenny

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                            Authentic Balkan cuisine in the DC area. As a native Bulgarian, I love the "taste of home" and the variety of familiar dishes.

                                                                                                                          25. M

                                                                                                                            Madeline

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            The food was fantastic and we enjoyed the upbeat atmosphere.

                                                                                                                          26. ML

                                                                                                                            MsLexus

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            27 reviews

                                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                                            27 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall4food4service1ambience4

                                                                                                                            We enjoyed our lunch at Ambar and our server was excellent. I have two minor complaints an 8oz Diet Coke for $7.00 is a bit excessive and several of our dishes were only lukewarm or at room temperature not hot as one have expected, the lasagna, the short rib goulash, and the cheese bread come to mind.

                                                                                                                          27. T

                                                                                                                            Tracytrackrunner3

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall3food2service4ambience3

                                                                                                                            We couldn't order the Ambar Experience and was forced to pay for the items separately. D.C is way better with food to service. Looks cute inside.

                                                                                                                          28. LE

                                                                                                                            LEF313

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            45 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            45 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            This is our 4th trip to Ambar and it was amazing as always. The service is friendly and efficient (I don't know how they do it, with all of the orders flying around). The food is delicious and the small plates allow you to order a variety (we did the Experience, with the unlimited plates). I think we ended up with 20 plates plus the spreads, for the 2 of us. Not a bad dish in the lot but we especially love the Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, chicken skewers, Cevapi Balkan kebabs, veal soup, and lasagna (sadly, they were out of the lamb.). I also enjoyed the Cosmo Flip cockatil. We love this place. It's a little loud and the tables are close together, but there is an outside section if you are uncomfortable with that. Be aware that the parking lot behind it is no longer available for the restaurant. We found street parking a few blocks away and I believe it's walking distance from the Clarendon metro station.

                                                                                                                          29. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            12 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            12 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Great food and great service.

                                                                                                                          30. MS

                                                                                                                            MarkS

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            The staff was fantastic and we really enjoyed the food. Highly highly recommended

                                                                                                                          31. MG

                                                                                                                            MeganG

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Food was amazing and the service was phenomenal! Cannot wait to come back again.

                                                                                                                          32. S

                                                                                                                            Sunan

                                                                                                                            Philadelphia

                                                                                                                            5 reviews

                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            5 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall3food4service1ambience3

                                                                                                                            We came on Saturday morning and had the bottomless brunch. The food was okay. Some plates were a bit cold. What I want to complain was the service. Our waiter was chatting and flirting with another waitress, leaving our table completely unattended.

                                                                                                                          33. J

                                                                                                                            Jamie

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            We sat in the downstairs lounge. A hidden gem and a must for any hope of conversation while dining! Food was good and exactly what we expected.

                                                                                                                          34. JL

                                                                                                                            JessicaL

                                                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall3food2service3ambience3

                                                                                                                            This is the fourth or fifth time I've been there, sadly will be the last. I ordered a margarita that was NOTHING like a margarita and tasted awful, sent it back. Outdoor seating area allowed a table to smoke, so there was a strong smoke smell the entire time. Ordered the lamb, received a piece that was 70% fat, no meat visible, sent it back. While we received a replacement with much more meat, it was too salty to eat. Other food items were just disappointing and not well done (flatbread was like a cheap bar pizza, field green salad covered in dressing and bacon, and the salmon portion was ridiculously small). I'm not usually one to write reviews at all, but after other not great experiences there and the number of issues yesterday, I think this'll be my last visit to Ambar. The service and ambiance are good, but I'm tired of paying a lot for very average or not so great food.

                                                                                                                          35. f

                                                                                                                            foodiecutie

                                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                                            17 reviews

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            17 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                            Delicious food, great value. If two adults order about 8-9 dishes a la carte for dinner, it equates to two all you can eat experiences. Highly recommend the experience. Dessert is so unique.

                                                                                                                          36. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Great food and service.

                                                                                                                          37. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                            Met guests in from out of town. Appreciated being given a chance to leisurely talk while eating.

                                                                                                                          38. I

                                                                                                                            Ixela

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                            Amazing. Just wish the music was quieter. Felt like I was at a club

                                                                                                                          39. GI

                                                                                                                            GIJen

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            20 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            20 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Ambar never disappoints. I love their dinner and brunch menu's. If I lived closer, I would go twice a month. Best food!

                                                                                                                          40. w

                                                                                                                            whynotletitfly

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Our server was outstanding, the food was unbelievable, and the dishes came at a constant and quick rate

                                                                                                                          Safety precautions

                                                                                                                          • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                                            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                                            • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                                                            • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                                                                            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                                            • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                                                                                            • Contactless payment available
                                                                                                                          • Physical distancing

                                                                                                                            • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                                                                            • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                                                                            • Extra space between tables
                                                                                                                          • Protective equipment

                                                                                                                            • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                                                                                            • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                                                                                                          • Screening

                                                                                                                            • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                                                                                          FAQs

                                                                                                                          Ambar - Arlington does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Ambar - Arlington also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 875-9663.

                                                                                                                          Ambar - Arlington is rated 4.6 stars by 3109 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                                                                          Google Map for Ambar - Arlington

                                                                                                                          2901 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA 22201

                                                                                                                          Additional information

                                                                                                                          • Cross street

                                                                                                                            N Fillmore St and N Garfield St

                                                                                                                          • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                            Arlington

                                                                                                                          • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                            Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–10:30 pm

                                                                                                                          • Cuisines

                                                                                                                            Tapas / Small Plates, Balkan style, Eastern European

                                                                                                                          • Dining style

                                                                                                                            Casual Elegant

                                                                                                                          • Dress code

                                                                                                                            Business Casual

                                                                                                                          • Parking details

                                                                                                                            2h free parking on a limited lot behind the restaurant on Filmore St.Street parking

                                                                                                                          • Public transit

                                                                                                                            Clarendon Metro station - Orange and Silver lines

                                                                                                                          • Payment options

                                                                                                                            AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                          • Executive chef

                                                                                                                            Dejan Pilovic

                                                                                                                          • Additional

                                                                                                                            Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                                          • Phone number

                                                                                                                            (703) 875-9663

                                                                                                                          • Catering

                                                                                                                            Please check the menu and options online<br />https://www.ambarrestaurant.com/catering-clarendon/

                                                                                                                          • Private party facilities

                                                                                                                            Ambar is a perfect place for all types of private and corporate events. With our exceptional food and well trained staff, Ambar is the place of choice when it comes to your celebration. From small family gatherings to huge corporate events, we host your friends and business partners with equal care.

                                                                                                                          • Private party contact

                                                                                                                            Jovana Zdravkovic: (571) 992-7023

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