Ambar - Arlington

4.6
2723 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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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 2723 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary. Our sever brought out free bubbly and the food and wine was delicious. We’ll worth the 39.99 for the Ambar experience.

JH
vipJessicaH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food is always delicious, and there's plenty of outdoor seating (which folks should take advantage of while the weather's holding out!). Service folks are excellent and food comes quickly, but they might be a bit understaffed during the day, so just make sure to mention if you're in a hurry. Yum, yum!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best birthday ever!!!! Thank you for wonderful service and amazing food :)

CG
CelinaG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very surprised at the quality of food and energetic atmosphere! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Salmón was overcook and beef sticks were so dry. Also, our waitress was in a hurry to take our orders

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, nice portions for Brunch. I wanted to ho here for a while. I will be back often. The Bloody Mary was my favorite!

KM
KateM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

My friend and I had brunch at Ambar on Sunday. We decided on the Chef's Experience so we could try a little bit of everything... We tried a hefty portion of the menu and seriously most everything was terrible. Absolutely disgusting. Food was cold and the drinks (mixed berry mimosa) were room temp. The food actually tasted like it was yesterday's food... And the bread was hard as if it was 2-ish days old. Never again Ambar, never again.

SG
vipSonjaG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience as always!

PS
vipPatriciaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is friendly and anxious to please.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I’ve dined here before so when I tried the food I was beyond disappointed. It was bland and lacked seasoning. We got the white flatbread and it tasted like oil and bread. The salmon was disappointing, the eggplant jam/harissa sauce was awful. The mussels had zero mussels. The Ajvar again lacked taste.

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HanE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

This was our third visit to Ambar and most disappointing. The dishes were very underwhelming and most of the plates must have been pre- prepared and not made fresh to order. The salmon, chicken skewers and fish of the day were very dry. The grilled vegetables were flavorless and each of the plates (with the exception of the pepper croquettes) could have used a bit more salt. We were served only two hot plates that were delicious - the flatbread and pepper croquettes. Our pineapple mojito carafe was light and refreshing but seemed to only contain a splash of alcohol. At previous visits, we were wowed by the food, our most recent visit was a huge letdown.

BJ
BerginJ
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great time with wonderful food. Allows you to try a little of everything.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food is lacking the original pizzaz it used to have. Much more bland these days. Their drinks suck though and they’ve always been bad but somehow they’re worse now

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety and good outdoor seating!

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vipOldTownResident
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We were excited to try this restaurant. The food is solid but the service was not. We sat outside on a Saturday at 2 p.m. the service was bad, even by Covid-era standards. We were told that we could other ala carte or do their all you can eat brunch. But we were only provided menus for their all-you-can-eat options. When the server returned after a long delay and we expressed interest in simply ordering ala carte, we weren’t offered menus with item prices and were told general price estimates, which was odd. Our food came out without us being brought any napkins/silverware or plates so that we could share the tapas-style dishes. Another long wait. Men’s bathroom was dirty.

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Hungryandhappy
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great brunch place with a huge variety of tapas, drinks, and ambiance! We were seated downstairs, which was a bit noisy. Enjoyed our meal and will be back for more!

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vipsommerdeb
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Have wanted to go to Ambar for a long time. Went for lunch during the week to meet friends who were visiting from out of town. We were seated outside, as requested, so there was street noise but that was expected. We ordered the all-inclusive menu and enjoyed many offerings from the kitchen. The flatbread was very good and so were the sausages. Shrimp was wonderful . Salad was a little weak given the bounty of fresh veggies currently available. Only real service issue was the filling of drinks, which seemed to take inordinate amounts of time. Overall delightful lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited for a family reunion dinner. The variety and value for the small plates was great. Having spent time in Balkans, I appreciated the flavors. We also enjoyed the wines. Very good sample of Balkan wines. I thought staff were attentive and efficient with our group because we had some show at different times. The ambiance was nothing remarkable, but nice to have outdoor options.

CG
CandaceG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint lunch spot. Great variety of food and every dish was delicious. Try the express lunch for $25.

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Me04
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

SOOOO good one of my favorite places in Arlington. Stick to the food and drinks though and have dessert somewhere else.....

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Krazmanian
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Get the "Ambar Experience" Bring your appetite!!!

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vip72G2
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best, tastiest food I have ever eaten in Arlington. EVERY DISH was excellent, and the chicken, fish, and vegetables were truly exceptional. It's really a treat to eat here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The server was eh

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Go for brunch! The brunch is definitely worth it!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Cocktails were incredible small and not worth the price. The Amber in DC has better quality food and drinks for the cost. Service was also laxking

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blaire was an outstanding server. She was charming, knowledgeable and made our dinner experience really amazing.

FC
vipFallsChurchfoodie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Great drinks, great time.

RS
RaychelleS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the dinner ambar experience! All the dishes were great, fresh, warm, and above par.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

It was my fiancé’s birthday I wanted it to be special for him. It wasn’t the service was bad we had to figure it out by ourselves

NS
NikiS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service as always!

RP
vipRatPack
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We were discouraged by the server from the all you care to eat package because we were 30 mins from last call and she said we would need two hours to have that experience. She also said she wouldn’t be able to bring more than three dishes to the table at once. So we ordered ala carte and ended up spending more than we would’ve had we done the package AND we got more than three dishes delivered at once. We felt taken advantage of and won’t be back.

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vipMary
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and outstanding service! My number one favorite of all!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service. Lots of variety in their small plates

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Anonymous
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good as always! And Dunja was great as well!

MS
MarkS
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food. Service was OK. Took forever (20 min) to get mussels. Top dishes tried include steak tartare, slow roasted lamb, and shrimp w/corn.

AM
AmyM
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been here for dinner before, which was delicious, so was excited to try their brunch. We came here to celebrate a double birthday and got the brunch deal. Our orders came out quickly and the drinks were always flowing. Service was great and the food delicious again. I love the ambiance of Ambar inside and the decor is fun.

CL
ChrisL
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated outside and the experience was outstanding. We received attentive services even while outside and our food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have missed not going to Ambar! I'm so excited to have been back! We sat downstairs where it was less crowded and had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It was an okay experience. Some of the food was cold and was honestly synonymous in flavor across dishes. Did not enjoy most of the dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review