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Ambar - Shaw, Washington, DC

Ambar - Shaw

4.7
4.7
350 Reviews
$30 and under
Balkan style
  • Good for groups
  • Great for brunch
  • Good for special occasions
Welcome to Ambar, the gem of Shaw, where you are invited to explore the dynamic flavors of Balkan cuisine. What distinguishes us, is our well-curated, exclusive 'Dining Without Limits' experience, which brings you the soul of Balkan dining traditions. Our extensive menu boasts a variety of shareable small plates, perfectly paired with a vast selection of premium Balkan wines. Whether joining us for a leisurely lunch, celebratory weekend brunch, or an evening of indulgence, our unlimited dining menu promises to deliver an unparalleled culinary journey. We excel in serving individual guests, as well as larger groups, and private events. At Ambar, our custom catering services add that extra sparkle to your events. At Ambar, we are revolutionizing dining with inventive Balkan cuisine that blends tradition and innovation, seamlessly. We ensure an unforgettable gastronomic experience with award-winning, extraordinary hospitality. Step into Ambar, the pinnacle of Balkan dining.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Balkan style, Modern European, Eastern European
  • Hours of operation
    Unlimited Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Unlimited Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Happy Hour Mon, Tue 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–7:00 pm Unlimited Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Late Night Fri, Sat 11:30 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    1202478228
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Nikola Stefanovic
  • Catering
    Whether you are socializing with your coworkers or entertaining your friends and family at home, Ambar Catering will always be fresh and always delicious.
  • Private party facilities
    Ambar is the perfect place for all types of private and corporate events. With beautiful design perfect for event space- exceptional food and drinks and our professionally trained staff, Ambar is the place of choice when it comes to your celebration.
  • Private party contact
    Marijana Skerlic: (202) 913-8324
  • Neighborhood
    Shaw
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Two blocks from the Shaw-Howard University Metro station accessible on the yellow and green lines.<br />
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 350 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

350 Reviews
  1. Anonymous

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve visited the Clarendon location and this was my first time visiting the Shaw location. I really enjoyed my meal and hope to be back soon!

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  2. RobinA

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining at Ambar Shaw and the 3 of us enjoyed our meal. We tried so many small plates that we lost count. We liked some more than others, but overall it was excellent. The service was outstanding, as was the ambiance.

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  3. Kati

    Miami

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good experience. Not outstanding but not terrible either

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  4. Imbdray

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal two hours spent tasting delicious Balkan dishes

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  5. Joyce

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful environment. All the staff were pleasant and attentive to the customers. Everyone had inviting smiles and positive energy. The old fashioned and red sangria drink were my favorite. The food experience was amazing. Overall, I rate my experience, establishment, food and drinks 10/10.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Despite them not allowing my service animal to enter the patio through the main dining area (which is they cannot legally deny under ADA policies), I had a nice brunch here. The food was excellent. We left very full. The drink service was also excellent and our server was nearby the entire duration and provided 10/10 service.

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  7. foodlover218

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    server was alone and couldn’t keep up with the tables - food was mediocre (would prefer ala carte with better food) - the entire reason to do a ‘all you can eat’ is to taste a variety of dishes but they limited the dishes to 4 at a time which isn’t noted in the menu and makes it a pain. The hot food was often lukewarm when served and the 3% service charge is stupid. just raise your prices - it takes away tips from the servers for everyone not willing to pay a 25-30% premium on their check.

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  8. Gaby1321

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was great, drinks were warm, it was sooooooo hot. Do not sit outside. They tried with the fans, and I hadn’t seen that we would be seated outside with no ac, otherwise I would’ve cancelled. It was really uncomfortable. Worse that the drinks were warm. I’ve been there many times, and this time I took a big group for their first time. Not the best first impression.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and experience! However, we walked in for our reservation right on time, and 10 different servers made eye contact with us but walked past us. The host did not show up to seat us for 10 minutes.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    It was freezing cold inside the restaurant. We made a reservation to sit outside on the patio and they shut it down when we got there. About half of our meats were undercooked. Service was kind, but slow.

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FAQs

Ambar - Shaw does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ambar - Shaw also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 1202478228.

Ambar - Shaw is rated 4.7 stars by 350 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ambar - Shaw

1547 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001-3201

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Shaw
  • Hours of operation
    Unlimited Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Unlimited Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Happy Hour Mon, Tue 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–7:00 pm Unlimited Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Late Night Fri, Sat 11:30 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Balkan style, Modern European, Eastern European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Two blocks from the Shaw-Howard University Metro station accessible on the yellow and green lines.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Nikola Stefanovic
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    1202478228
  • Catering
    Whether you are socializing with your coworkers or entertaining your friends and family at home, Ambar Catering will always be fresh and always delicious.
  • Private party facilities
    Ambar is the perfect place for all types of private and corporate events. With beautiful design perfect for event space- exceptional food and drinks and our professionally trained staff, Ambar is the place of choice when it comes to your celebration.
  • Private party contact
    Marijana Skerlic: (202) 913-8324
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