Ambar - Arlington
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I love Ambar and have had their brunch, Happy Hour, and Balkan Experience dinner many times before. I was quite disappointed with this last visit, especially considering I'd raved about it to the person I brought with me. The service was very inconsistent (our first two plates came out before our coffees and drink), and we had to flag down the server every time we needed something. The high-top seating also, to be frank, leaves something to be desired. It feels like it's slanted downward and it remarkably uncomfortable to sit on. We asked to be switched to a table in the main dining space and were told they were being reserved for walk-ins, yet--in the entire time we were there--many remained vacant. All in all, this was a really disappointing experience, and I really hope this isn't a trend but a fluke!
My favorite restaurant in the DMV area. Their hospitality is unmatched by any other place in DC.
Excellent as always. Fabulous food, great service, lots of fun. Just a bit loud, but a very friendly environment! The wild boar patties were my favorite, but everything else was also outstanding.
Met a few friends for dinner. Love the family style and ability to try many different things. Service was good, good was amazing. Definitely recommend.
Food and service was amazing. We choose the Ambar experience and enjoyed all of the small plates. My boyfriend and I especially enjoyed the chicken kabob and Ajvar. Even though the ambiance was perfect for our date night, noise level was very loud and we could barely hear each other talking. Probably not a great for a first date if you want to have a quiet night with deep conversations. Otherwise it is a really great restaurant to go to with a large group of friends. Try the Ambar experience!
It was was my first visit and The service was top notch from arrival to check out. The food was delicious. However if you’re salt conscious be careful selecting the all you can eat option. But I’ll certainly be back🎊🥳🤩
Dinner was at 7:15-7:30pm on a weekday, and the restaurant was VERY loud and crowded. The menu selection was very good, but I requested vegan options, but was disappointed to see that the “allergy” menu has menu items marked that were incorrect. One of the “vegan” dishes I ordered came out, and it was NOT vegan at all. I’m only eating vegan for a short time, and went to this restaurant specifically bc it said it has vegan selections, but was kind of disappointed with the variety, and left not really being sure what I ate. Once I’m done with the fast I might return to try the rest of the menu, since it did look promising. But if you have allergies or special food requests, maybe go elsewhere.
The music was loud when we came in and the hostess kindly turned it down so conversation was easy to hear. We had our vegetarian son with us so tried many new things from our previous visits and had a great lunch!
The food was hit or miss. The meats on the Mezze Board were just ok, and the creamed corn tasted like a can of corn was blended and heated up. The spreads were delicious though, with the best being the beet Tzatziki. I was disappointed that the brunch menu was limited in terms of the Balkan food you could order. I didn't come to Ambar for waffles so, wish the full lunch menu was available to try.
Been many time to both locations. Was somewhat disappointing this time:
-Food seemed rushed. Rice in mushroom pilaf was under-cooked, you could chew uncooked rice. Ustipci (deep fried sour dough) were doughy inside-under-fried.
-Size of the portions was a shocker-they shrieked since last time to a one bite size. Been several months since was here last night, but that was very noticeable difference.
Sean, our waiter, was very good.
Hostess at the door should dress nicer, sneakers and tight jeans looked unpresentable for the restaurant.
I don't know was it because it was restaurant week, or because it is holiday, but experience was below what I am used to.
Food was good. Service was awful. Manager stepped in to help and fixed most of the issues. Changed from a great server when were seated to a new server who either was not interested or simply incapable.
Excellent food and atmosphere!
Amazing food & wonderful restaurant!
Beware that you need to order 2-3 dishes to get a meals’ worth of food. Definitely better for a group dinner than a date. Overall wonderful!
Our restaurant week meal was incredible. Favorite dishes: Bouyiourdi (eggplant/tomatoes/cheese/olive); sausage; veal soup; Balkan kebab; brussels sprouts with bacon.
We will be back!
It was an adventure in tastes. We had been in Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Slovenia in October and ours had gone two years ago. We had a delightful time with foods bringing back memories of our time in those countries.
Fantastic food, service and vibe! Our waitperson was very helpful with suggestions as this was our first visit! The cocktail options for the table was smooth, tasty and complimented the food. Dessert did not disappoint, as with everything else it was fantastic! We look forward to our next visit!
Food flavors were mediocre. Nothing worth ordering twice except the shrimp. Plates came out like 7 minutes apart. Waiter forgot an order of over 5 plates so we had to put it in 2 times. I never got to try the Brussels sprouts despite ordering it 2 times.
This was an unforgettable dining experience. The Forest Gnocchi is the most incredibly complex and satisfying dessert that I've ever experienced. Our waiter Valentin made our dining experience even more incredible!! His knowledge of this regional cuisine and friendly disposition only added to this great evening!!
Even better than we expected! Delicious, all-you-can-eat small plates for a great price! Our friends thought we were eating at a fancy, overpriced restaurant based on the snapchat photos of food. We will definitely be returning!
Nice small plates menu, great drinks. If you’re lucky to get a good server (which we didn’t this time around), then it makes for a fantastic evening.
It was a great first time experience and the food was flavorful. I will definitely be returning. I recommend also ordering the drunken Mussels, my favorite dish of the night.
Group of five met during Restaurant Week.
Very happy with the experience.
Every course was good, as was the dessert.
It was busy, but service did well, given that.
One of us who spent some time in the Balkans said only part of it was authentic, but still a good choice.
My wife and I went on Friday of Restaurant Week. The place was busy but there were still some tables open. We were seated at a small table for two near the middle of the room and the noise was such that we had to almost shout to hear one another. We were early arrivers and even before the place started to fill there was annoyingly loud music being played.
They had a reserved table for us since we used this app, we were seated immediately. Waitress was very nice and knowledgeable. Noise level wasn’t too loud, considering it was restaurant week. The menu is very large, there is something for everyone! Pricing is great for the quality of the food. The ambience really sets the tone.
Friends and I went to Ambar for happy hour. Service, drinks, appetizers and price were great.
Very unique creative food. The ability to smaple so many dishes is very special and made my night exciting.
I come to Ambar frequently. It never lets me down.
The food was not that good. The small plates are WAY TOO SMALL. I get that you can get unlimited ones but it's still ridiculous how small they are. Too expensive for what it is.
The $35 deal is really great value for money! You can eat as much as you want and the quality of the food is fantastic! My favorites were the meat pie and the goulash! Mouthwatering. Beautiful restaurant and the service was brilliant! We'll be back :)
The ambiance of the restaurant is great. The decor is vibrant and chic. Despite being at a small table located in the middle of the restaurant, we did not feel too close or crowded to other guests. The food was amazing (we did the all you can eat small plates for brunch). It is definitely worth the money, especially if you are going to drink, because with the special, all brunch drinks are $0.25. Everything came out in a timely manner and was served fresh. Our server gave great recommendations and was very friendly. Will be returning!
If you are hoping to stay sober, you’ve come to the right place!