Ambar - Arlington

4.6
2661 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2661 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service1ambience4

Seems like they forgot about us for a long time when we were trying to order

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MargaretD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Lovely atmosphere as well.

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EmilyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot recommend Ambar enough! This is my third time going and absolutely love this establishment. The food is fantastic and such a great deal for the quality.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience2

I was disappointed as I called ahead and specifically asked for a table in the area where they have the little lights hanging as this was for a baby shower.
Our table was right on the street and the guest of honor was disappointed. Not to mention that the tables were wobbly and it was difficult to enjoy the food as the seating was simply uncomfortable.
If they didn't have the other area open they should have informed me ahead of time as I specifically asked for a great table as this was a special event

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, fun, great cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was really great because of our waiter, Kevin

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AnniversaryDelight
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ambar has a unique and varied menu. We ordered a al carte, since we're not big eaters, and we had one vegetarian and one who doesn't eat red meat. Food was delicious. The Forest Gnocchi dessert was a surprise delight! My husband, who isn't big on sweets, thought he'd have a spoonful and leave the rest for me, but he ate at least half and continues to rave about it. We sat outside on Wilson Blvd and enjoyed people watching but also felt like we could enjoy our anniversary dinner. Really nice evening.

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vipdcloren
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful evening in a warm, family friendly or date night environment. amazing food with a great variety of flavors.

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vipFoodieFun
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I normally go to Ambar for lunch and it has always been a great experience with good food and service. This time, i met friends for dinner on a Saturday. The place was crowded and like all restaurants, there is a staff shortage in the COVID era. So while i cannot fault them, definitely i would recommend going for weekday express lunch or some less busy time. On the plus side, i ate in the downstairs space for the first time which was unique ambiance and had live music.

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Emily
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Ambar! We ordered basically everything on the dinner menu, and everything was delicious! The quality of food is great and all the hosts and waiters were so great. Will definitely be back

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KayG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food quality was just okay…great service though!

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YaseminY
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, and great food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as usual ! Very flavorful and great margaritas !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful menu, service, and cocktails. It was a great way to celebrate our first team meal since the shutdown. We appreciated our waiter's attention, and all of the staff was accommodating and helpful. Kudos to all of the Ambar staff! 100% recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great. Enjoyed it very much.

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NikkiH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The express lunch was an incredible deal and the food was amazing. We will definitely be back!

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AnnaS
Richmond
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Thre were four of us.It was aour first visit Our server was pleasant and helpfull. He recomended various dishes. Food was delicious .We will return

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JKNYEDINNER
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a first time diner here what an amazing experience it was! I had no idea it was an all you can eat menu for $39.99! The food was absolutely stellar and the staff and our server was superb. An eclectic mix of foods was served and dessert was spectacular. The vodka cocktail was delicious and our empty plates were cleared immediately. Water was filled constantly and the restaurant is clean as a whistle. Parking on the street is 2 hour and there is a garage close by. Top notch experience.

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vipAbby
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food is just meh. Lots of dishes were over salted and just not that good. I was a little surprised with all the good reviews but the quality is just not there.

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Diane
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

They removed one of my favorite menus and the overall services were not great compared to pre-covid19.

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SheilaD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are great at Ambar! I recommend the lamb lasagna, but everything here is delicious! :)

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EMeezy
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and customer service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great and ambiance was great! Will definitely be coming back for brunch in the future!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good. I will definitely return.

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addyd
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food & drinks were great as expected & were well worth the money. Our server wasn’t as attentive as we would have liked. She seemed annoyed that we kept ordering and continuing to spend time during our 2 hour time limit and didn’t really engage with us at all. When attending a brunch spot, you expect your server to be as good as the food.

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EXHillStaffer
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience especially with a small group. Try some new things! You can improve your experience if you are aware that some of the portions are quite small, at least with the "Balkan Experience" option, in particular the spreads. On the other hand, you probably don't want to fill up on them. Don't forget the soups.

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vipL1st
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food, drinks, atmosphere and service. Will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience with great flavor and presentation in every choice. Make sure you show up hungry, because you definitely won’t leave hungry.

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vipKitW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

I was very disappointed with the quality of food. Most of the food was cold and the menu was very limited. Also the service was very slow. It makes me question if I will return in the future as I normally come here without any complaints.

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SashaE
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience with friends at brunch. Valentin was our server and he was great and accomodating to us!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was pretty good, service was terrible. Our waiter barely paid attention to us and we ended up ordering most of our food and drinks from other wait staff, he also charged us the wrong amount and ignored us when we tried to wave him down.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We did the Ambar experience and it was so nice. They also gave us a complimentary birthday dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a perfect place to take my wife to. She enjoyed the ambiance and food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum yum yum! Can’t recommend Ambar enough. This was my first time going and the service was fabulous the food was excellent and the ambience was perfect. Perfect for a nice night out with friends or a date. A little pricey for small plates but worth it for the unlimited option!

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TomasG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good recommendations by friendly staff.

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Ambar experience is well worth the price. The ability to try so many different things on the menu made for a fun and delicious evening. There was nothing our table didn't like. Valentin our waiter was very attentive and helpful.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although there was some confusion about who our server was, the issue was quickly sorted out and we were treated extremely well and were more than compensated for the confusion.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance and the Balkan food! Such great tapas and you can’t go wrong with $0.25 mimosas. Make sure to schedule a few days in advance. They usually book up early.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Went for brunch. Seated downstairs in the “lounge” area. Very dark and smelled badly, like standing water. None of the patrons seated down there were thrilled with this location. It looked and smelled dirty. Overall, food was decent. Nothing was bad, but nothing was spectacular. Tried everything we wanted to on the menu so don’t see any reason to return. Most positive part was our server Paris. She was fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review