Ambar - Arlington
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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers
Ambar will be offering 2 seating times for NYE, 4:30-8:00pm for $69 for unlimited small plates and $0.25 per each select drink and 9:00-11:00pm for $99 per person for unlimited small plates and $0.25 per each select drink. For a second seating bar seat will be $79 per person.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Everytime i come food had been excellent! Its definitely worth it to get the unlimited tapas.
I love ambar, but I will say our waitress was very very unfriendly and not very attentive. It was a busy night so not being as attentive is understandable, but she seemed so displeased and annoyed when we did ask for anything else the few times she did come to check in our table which was rare.
First time visit -awesome food and great choice, great service TWO THUMBS UP
Ambar's dining area is attractive, if a bit crowded. The music was energetic and that, combined with the acoustics, created too much background noise. It is difficult to hear the staff and one's tablemates. Those are the only negatives I can think of and they did not spoil our evening. My husband and I brought our daughter to Ambar to celebrate her birthday and we enjoyed a wonderful meal. Our waitress was helpful, friendly, and courteous. The other staff members were terrific as well--refilling our water, bringing food, clearing dishes quickly and efficiently. My fellow diners enjoyed watching how busy the staff was and how well they worked together. Of course the star of our experience was the food--DELICIOUS! We chose the unlimited small plate experience and ordered dish after dish to share. Some favorites were the grilled shrimp with corn puree, mushrooms with rice, beet spread, lamb flatbread and meat kebab. I believe we ordered 13 dishes and ate every bite.
Went there with my wife and a work colleague. Waitress was excellent: as this was our first time there, and our first experience with Balkan food, she took time to explain the process. We definitely recommend the $35 per person unlimited plates. The plates are not big, and you will generally order at least four, which automatically puts you over $35. Waitress recommended a Bulgarian wine (nice, not outstanding, but interesting). Sprouts, mussels, chicken, lamb patty all very good. It is noisy, which is a bit of a challenge for me. But we will be back!
Fantastic food. Very unique. Love the bottomless small plate deal. We ordered about 9 small plates betwee the the two of us and it was plenty.
Good strong drinks accompanied a steady train of small plates. Fabulous lamb lasagna (aka moussaka), cheese pie and salads. Good calamari. Sausages a bit underdone and pungent. Desserts were good but opt for the raspberry and not the hazelnut cake which was a bit dense at the end of the meal. Great service. Lunchtime buffet a real bargain.
Food is always delicious here.
I like to put the responsibility for choosing my all you can eat menu in hands of capable servers at Ambar, and they once again didn’t disappoint! Great selection of salads, dips, and meats for my out of town business guests.
I love this place. Whenever I'm in the area, I try to eat at Ambar!
My wife and I wanted something different - so we searched OpenTable and picked Ambar - we are glad we did!
The meal was great, the service was fantastic and we are sure to be back!
Really good desert but the food was alright for the price
Their brunch used to be a lot better! The choices were very limited this time, the place was crowded and very noisy!
Always love bringing new people here. Only downside is that it is always loud and crowded, and the tables never fit all the food lol. But still one of my favorite restraunts in the area, perfect for brunch and dinner.
We've been to Ambar multiple times and had a consistently great experience each time. Food is delicious and a good value. Definitely going back and recommending.
so good. there was not one dish i did not like nor could i choose my favorite.
Food is perfect. Just wish it wasn't so noisy! Plus, only one stall was working in the ladies' restroom. Between the two restaurants that share the restroom, it got busy in there!
My wife and I enjoyed a lovely dinner I didn’t know much about Balkan food, so the tasting menu and tapas-sized portions were a perfect way to get acquainted. Service was friendly. Decor was clever, setting a nice atmosphere.
Food is amazing, and great value. This place is always crowded, even at 8:15pm on a week night. So much so that we had to wait about 20 min after our reservation time to be seated at a table that wasn’t even in the main dining room. We were fine with waiting and the service was outstanding, they comped our drink orders to compensate for the delay, and we weren’t even complaining about it. Will definitely be back, and highly recommended for the food and the service!
Great experience, awese food, good service!
Delicious small plates!
Food was delicious, the staff very friendly. It is busy and crowded, so make a reservation. Wonderful addition to Clarendon.
Ecellent Food and Service!!! Never disappoints!
I love Ambar so much! We always go for the $35 per person unlimited small plates because you get a huge amount of food for a lower price than it normally would be. The only thing is at the end of our meal, it felt like we were rushed out of there (weren't asked if we want dessert or another drink when we probably would've). Otherwise, all was perfect!
Honestly the Ambar Capital Hill is definitely so much better. The Service at this one was not good, especially as someone who also works in the restaurant business. They forgot our meals twice, our server barely did table visits at a point we had no food and no refills on our drinks. We tried getting other server's attention but they were clueless. Honestly overall disappointed, however the hostess were the kindest.
Amazing food and service by Ivan. We did the Ambar Experience and it was so worth it for the amount and quality of food we received. Cocktails were delicious too!
I’ve been here a handful of times and always receive an amazing experience. The food is delicious, the staff is extremely helpful and attentive and the service is fast. I went with my parents and it was my parent’s first time at Ambar. The waiter knew this and was so nice to bring us a welcome dessert at the end of our meal without us even asking for it. I’d definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in a great and delicious meal.
Thank you so much for a great dinner experience.
Ambar serves small plates, and has a $35 per diner/Endless plate option. We did not need it! The food was excellent, as were the cocktails. The service was friendly, casual, and attentive.
I have visited all 3 Ambar outlets, the two in the DC area as well as the one in Belgrade Serbia and am a FAN. The Food, Service and Value at Ambar can't be beat. I Highly recommend the sampling menu where you can try anything on the menu. I will Return! :-)
What a delusion. Awful service, servers lost our orders, they did not deliver what we order
The lunch deal for unlimited tapas is unbeatable. We had a little bit of everything, from the pickled cabbage, the kebabs, the sliders and the grilled calamari. Everything was absurdly delicious. At $20/person for lunch it’s absolutely fantastic for dining out. I’d go back here again in a heartbeat.
Excellent service as always with outstanding food and portions. Will continue to frequent this restaurant as it is sensational!!!
Unique food and wonderful service. The small plates really become filling. Three of us ordered 9 but probably could have stopped at 6. Save room for dessert!
I attended Ambar brunch this past Saturday and was moderately disappointed. I heard so many good things from friends and wanted to go to Ambar to see what the hype was about.
The let downs: The veal and vegetable soup I had was cold and tasted as if it was poured from a Campbell’s soup can minutes prior. The fried catfish was appalling. The breading on the catfish was soggy and the coleslaw on the sandwich made the fish taste as if it was well past it’s expiration date. I definitely gagged with this one.
Redeeming dishes: The mezze platter, Balkan burger, and the blueberry waffle small plates. The meat in the Balkan burger was delicious and very well seasoned. The waffle was crisp and accompanied perfectly with a not too sweet blueberry compote.
All in all, I will not be returning Ambar. The fried catfish was a very unpleasant experience.
The unlimited plates is the only good option to get - it gives you a chance to try everything! Really great experience and great ambiance
Honestly the best brunch spot, food, service, and atmosphere wise!
Some very good to excellent small plates, but some fair to "don't order" items. For example, the octopus was both chewy and poorly flavored. However, many other dishes were very good. For value, their lunch for $20 with unlimited small plates gets s a very high grade. However, it took two hours for two diners to get six small plates each, so don''t look for this to be a quick business lunch.
Restaurant Week - Dinner
The service was outstanding as was the staff! Our waitress was awesome and she was from the Balkans. The ambience was great and the food was spectacular!!
Our new favorite place, that’s how awesome this place was!!!!! We’ll be back
We ate at lunch. Our table got the fixed-price open selection option which is a good buy. The food was excellent, each of us had our own favorite dishes. Of the meat dishes we particularly enjoyed the trout, salmon, steak tartare, and the kabob.
The only issue is that it is loud. That is common in restaurants these days, but it would be nice to have the noise down a few decibels. We highly recommend Ambar.
We had the restaurant week special -- unlimited small plates for $35. And each thing was better than the last! I had never tried Kajmak, a milk-based spread to put on bread. I had three different kinds and I am a convert! The bread was spectacular too. The stuffed pepper was my favorite among many delicious vegetarian, meat and fish plates. It was succulent and perfectly cooked. My only regret is that I did not bring a larger stomach, because I could have happily tried everything on the menu!