Ambar - Arlington
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- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
crispy bacon / lemon-garlic yogurt
Marcho Farms lamb / eggplant / tomato / béchamel & dill
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
lemon garlic yogurt / crispy bacon
We visited Ambar for bottomless brunch. It was nice enough, however I think the staff missed the “bottomless” information. We didn’t drink a lot as the drinks were quite strong, but there was more than one occasion where we needed both alcoholic beverage and water top ups. At one point our waiter completely disappeared and couldn’t be found, and we had to speak to another member of staff to order food.
We also had to chase up several food orders - items ordered right at the beginning of brunch only appeared right at the end. I’m pretty sure we also received food we didn’t order. In addition to this, as a group, we ordered items thinking that multiples of the same item would come on the same plate. Nope! Multiple plates for individual waffle quarters or tiny burgers. It was baffling. Overall it was nice enough, but I’ve had better brunches elsewhere in Clarendon.
Food was OK, I've been here several times and the food has been much better before, somethings were cold and others were just not seasoned well. Overall it's a great deal and a fun time for large groups
The food was delicious and we had good service. If you looking for something different and want to try a variety of menu choices, this is the place!
Incredible as always! Must go if you're in D.C. or Arlington.
Food was AMAZING!!! Would definitely recommend!!!!
Simply spectacular from beginning to reluctant end…we were simply full! Extremely pleasant and gracious staff and the food was incredible. Had family from out of town, who can be opinionated about food. Everyone proclaimed this the best dinner ever…and they can’t wait to return. On top of that exceptional value for the price. Will certainly be returning.
Always a wonderful experience! The food, the service, and the ambiance are top notch. My favorite place to bring my hungry friends from out of town!
We had the tasting menu at our table and our waiter could not have been a better guide to introduce us to so many wonderful tastes of Balkan cuisine.
Got placed in the basement was in a dingy table with no light for 30 minutes without a waiter No food was served at all
Ambar is a great place in Clarendon. The food is excellent, professional service. Their Sunday brunch is very popular. Perfect for a celebration with friends or family, or just to spend valuable time together with good food. This is not my first visit there, but certainly not the last one.
Ambar had been highly recommended and We were all so so unhappy with food, service and ambiance. Food was cold for almost all dishes. Service was very slow and uneven. It was one of the worst meal experiences I have ever had in our area and embarrassing because I had set up the reservation for the 4 of us. We are experienced diners and will never go back!
First time dining at Amber for brunch and I didn’t really enjoy my experience. The brunch includes unlimited tapas for $39.99 and .25 cent brunch drinks. We made 1:45p reservations and arrived on time. We were told it was a two-hour limit at the table and brunch ends at 3:30p, which was completely fine. But we barely got a chance to order food items and drinks because our server completely ghosted us. We had to flag down other servers and the manager to get an order. Every time she walked past, we would try to get her attention and she’ll respond “give me a minute, I’ll be right back,” and 15-20 minutes would past without us seeing her. I completely understand if she was swamped or overwhelmed, but at least communicate or ask for help. We as guest at a restaurant had to flag down management for assistance. At 3:15p we flagged her down and asked if we could at least order one more drink before 3:30p (because we literally had two drinks due to no service), and when she “tried” to put our order in she comes back and told us she was unable to ring our drinks because at 3:15p they shut everything down. I was completely confused because on the menu and website it clearly states brunch ends at 3:30p.
My first thought when I woke up in the morning was how delicious our dinner at Ambar the night before was. The food was excellent. Our server was excellent. I didn’t get his name but I wish I had so I could shout him out. Couldn’t be happier with the food and service we received. Great value for the money.
I am a little hard of hearing and we went on Friday night around 7pm so naturally the restaurant was busy. I didn’t find it too difficult to have a conversation or hear our server, which I was surprised by. I usually have a difficult time hearing in busy restaurants, but Ambar Arlington was very pleasant.
Great Dinner! Good food, awesome service! I think Jess was our server
First-class, very tasty food, fast service, kind waiters.
Would def buy a bunch of stuff to try and share all the food is good in my opinion. The Brussels were good the cocktails were good the beer selection. Was busy people like it there you can tell. Parked right next to building
Great experience on the heated patio. Every dish was delicious (and we stuck with fish/vegetarian options only, of which there are plenty), and our preteen was thrilled not to be restricted on how much she could order. Service was friendly and informative. The stuffed piquillo peppers in particular were wonderful, as was the rainbow trout (fish of the day). And we are really glad that we went for the gnocchi dessert, even though it was extra cost. Worth the experience!
Everything was awesome
We've been here before for dinner and generally enjoyed it.
However, we recently went back for brunch and received a completely different experience. The food was mostly average to bad and carb-heavy (read: not even worth the price of AYCE brunch). The scrambled eggs were rubbery, cold, and not even seasoned. The donuts were hard as rocks. The mac and cheese was solid.
The service was absolutely terrible. While the waiters were friendly, they just... weren't there for the vast majority of the time. They were incredibly slow to take orders and to bring out the food. They also kept messing up our orders. We received several items that we definitely did not ask for. We were there for around 1hr and 45min for AYCE brunch and only managed to input two orders during that entire time.
The only saving grace was that service was terrible for everyone, not just our table. While we were eating, one group of diners got so tired of waiting on their very last order (a cheese pie) that they got up and left. A separate group got so tired of waiting for the waiter to pick up the check that they got up and brought it inside. A group of 3 sitting near us saw the service and decided to leave w/o ordering. A family sitting next to us was ignored for over 20 minutes while they tried to input their second order. They also didn't bring the dad any cutlery at first.
Absolutely awful and not worth it.
Food is outstanding, a little too noisy on the weekend
Awesome time and fantastic service
The "express lunch" is fantastic. Delicious food, good service, great decor.
First time trying this venue. Great food, lots of menu choices. Food was so flavorful and seasoned perfectly. Recommend
It's amazing! The Ambar experience - unlimited small plates. How can the kitchen turn out so many different dishes that are excellent. We were there for lunch and it wasn't very crowded so the noise level was "quiet". That's not the case when it's packed at night.
Worst service. No one ever cared( waiters).
Had to go to another restaurant in order to finish lunch.
Great food. Good service !
Took forever To get food to the table. I think I tried 4 things in the span of two hours.
My friend and I's Ambar experience was great. The one reason I rated it a little lower is because the rate at which they bring food out is rather slow compared to what my friend and I were expecting. In the beginning, almost no food came out and then towards the end, an abundance of food came out which was overwhelming. I definitely will return back here.
I had a fantastic night with great service and lots of good food.
This was my first time there and we were super impressed with everything. The service was great and food options and the value was amazing. Food came out very fast and I love trying different dishes and they were all very good. My favorite dish was probably the slow roasted lamb. It was super flavorful and even the potatoes were so delicious that I ate them all. Next time we're back in DC, will definitely go there again.
The food and ambience were good; however the service by our server Ivan P made the overall experience very unpleasant. This server was extremely uninterested in helping us, was very short with all his responses, and seemed angry and upset to be serving our table. I wouldn’t recommend this place solely based on the bad service we received.
Great place for a brunch
Amazing food, great atmosphere (albeit very loud). The experience is awesome. Food just keeps coming.
Two things: the number of pieces on the plate should reflect the people at the table. If we have 5 experiences, but only get 4 of everything, it's a little harder to try particularly in a covid environment.
The service was awesome. But we ordered wine and while our server brought wine (but also champagne flutes) she just put the bottle on the table and walked away. Not a big deal for us to open it, but just strange.
Restaurant was cute, filled with sunlight and greenery. Staff was friendly but service was quite slow which made it difficult to take advantage of the $0.25 drinks during our 2 hour reservation. Food was tasty!
If you get the Ambar experience, it is fun to try many of the small plates, but the tendency is to way overeat unless you are careful. Most items very tasty and nice variety.
The food was very sub par, and has gone down hill a lot since I last went to Ambar (prior to pandemic). I went from brunch and thought the $40 brunch experience was highly over priced. For example, the shrimp and grits barely had any shrimp in it. It was a shrimp chopped up into tiny little pieces. All the food was really mediocre at best.
The staff moved very fast so much so that we had to stop them ask what they put on our table
The food and service were excellent. We tried six different items and all were tasty, prepared to perfection, and beautifully presented. Our only suggestion to improve ambience is that heaters be put in the outdoor dining space. We very much enjoyed the outdoor dining experience, but the evening air is now a bit chilly.