Ambar

4.8
2177 reviews
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Balkan style
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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Our Valentine's Day offer: table seating - $85 per person for Ambar Experience (two-hour time limit); Bar seating starts at 7:30pm - $75 per person for Ambar Experience(two-hour time limit). Any cancellation 72 hours prior to your Valentine's Day reservation will result in a $50 fee per person.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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HJ
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Ambar Restaurant Week experience was outstanding. We were greeted by the General Manager, who gave us a glass each of champagne because we were celebrating our anniversary. The waitress was incredibly knowledgeable and kind and made sure that we were set throughout the entire dinner. At the end of our dinner, we were given a small dessert on the house as well.

The ambiance and service were fantastic. The food was also superb. We will definitely come back and highly recommend others to check it out.

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TY
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town and always like to try something different when we're in D.C. None of us had ever tried Balkan food before and we were excited to be introduced to something new. This place was awesome. We all did the Balkan dinner ($35) and the waitress helped us decide what to pick. This restaurant is the place to go especially if you have people on mixed diets. We had a Keto, a Paleo, a Vegetarian and a Vegan and everyone raved!!! We'll definitely go back next time we're in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week and although I couldn’t pronounce half the menu it was delicious. Great service and atmosphere.

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NP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great time! Took some out of town folks to experience a unique neighborhood restaurant with amazing food and we were not disappointed.

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DT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was quiet during weekday lunch. Restaurant week is a great deal.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fourth time here and never disappoints

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D
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We opted for restaurant week meal and the food was AMAZING!!! I’d go back for lunch, brunch or dinner. Soooo goooood

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great (and interesting) food, great service, great value!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional! We’ll be back for sure!

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RA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a friend during restaurant week for a $35 unlimited tapas experience. It was incredible to say the least, and well worth in excess of $80 worth of food we ate. The regular price is ~$45, but still absolutely worth it to get a wide range of small plates.

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K
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Restaurant week experience. Got to try numerous menu items and loved them all. Ambar will now be in my restaurant rotation

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. Staff was attentive, we enjoyed a very nice lunch!

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BS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely experience, per usual. The winter menu is DEVINE. The white truffle flatbread, sesame crusted salmon, grilled asparagus, and steak tartare were some of my favs.

The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive throughout our dining experience. I am so excited for their space to expand -- I'm sure it's going to look amazing and allow me to bring even larger parties in. Ambar is by far my favorite spot to take a group of friends or anyone visiting -- such a unique, fun, and affordable experience.

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D
Western KY
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lunch special at AMBAR is amazing: Unlimited small plates for $20 pp. And what a wide range of options! We had mushroom flatbread, cabbage in a delicious sauce, leek croquettes, lamb sliders, Brussels sprouts with a yogurt topping, grilled shrimp, and a meat pie. The waiter sized all the orders so they were large enough to share. All the servers were friendly and seemed really happy to have us--and we were very happy to be there! We will return to try the salads, sausages, and other interesting choices.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food! Everything was amazing!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was pretty good. Didn’t blow us away, but definitely worth the value! Service and experience were amazing. Our waitress was great!

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BB
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at Ambar exceeded my expectations. Barbara waited on us and was attentive and welcoming, as always. The food was deliscious and the drinks were never left empty. Our favorite manager, Druzza, always makes time to come say hello and make sure everything is wonderful. If you’ve never done the Balkan Experience, you should put it on your list. For under $40, you enjoy limitless small plates and brunch cocktails. The food and drinks are always tasty and consistent and the staff treat you as if you are family. By far my favorite place to brunch in Dc!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wow,loved the concept, food, service, uniqueness . We celebrated a birthday and were treated to a beautiful brunch experience sharing small plates of waffles and poached pears , egg and steak/sausage, wonderful Balkan dishes soup, salad , bread and spreads . really looking forward to retuning for dinner. Parking was a pain as can be expected for 8 th st se, but that will not deter me from a second Balkan experience . Check out their menu on website.

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RS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place - definitely go for the Balkan all you can eat small plates deal - fabulous unlimited food

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N
Manitoba
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Serbia several times and love the food. This restaurant was so authentic. We thoroughly enjoyed it & will be back.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best places in DC, that's for sure. Great variety of choices, all of them espectacular.

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SA
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and a really great time with a group of friends. All you can eat and drink for $49 is a steal especially given the quality of the food, it’s not just the drink deal that makes it great.

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AB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We did the all you can eat small plate menu and let our excellent waitress choose most of it. Fantastic. We will return when we are in DC again!

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D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and great offer. We love the ambiance, always a great time! Thank you!!

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NM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I recently did the $35 all-you-can-eat option at Ambar and thoroughly enjoyed the experience! The menu offered a variety of interesting options and everything was delicious. I was particularly fond of the leek croquettes, cheese pie, and mushroom flatbread. The price point was really good for the amount of food you can enjoy. Highly recommend!

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NO
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The three of us ordered the Ambar experience and were not disappointed. We managed to taste half of the menu and would have ordered seconds but saved room for dessert. Do not pass up the Forest Gnocchi. A true delightful way to end our meal.

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SF
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and incredible food. Amazing time in the restaurant. The employees are so attentive. Ambiance was great as well.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were there for brunch. Food was OK and service was great. But if you don’t eat pork your options are being %50 less, if you’re vegan or vegetarian look for another spot.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Exceptional customer service. Rosa was really helpful.

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RS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I love this place! Excellent food, drinks, and service. Perfect date night!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A friend and I had an awesome lunch at Ambar yesterday! It had been a while since my last visit and boy has it changed, all positive by me ... and I always thought it very good!!

When Ambar first opened on Barracks Row, many menu items were pretty different to Hill dining regulars. Although a bit Americanized from traditional Balkan food, even so items were still on somewhat unfamiliar ground. Not anymore!! The menu has expanded greatly, is very relatable to diners while still being regionally authentic, and I love the new pricing model. We chose the fixed price lunch , which allows one to order as many small plates as desired for $19.99 per person!! It was all delicious and service was excellent too, thank you Marta!!

Finally, sending huge kudos to Ambar re attention to food allergy, as a member is gluten sensitive. Ambar has a separate menu with an allergy legend for each item, like a menu crib sheet, noting if it’s gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, nut free. Very comprehensive, a wonderful key to the main menu!! It took away uncertainty and the need for lots of questions, concerns. The most respectful treatment and care of folks with food allergies/sensitivities I’ve seen. Thank you!!

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T
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came here for lunch & the food was amazing! Would definitely recommend the lunch menu, which is very similar to the dinner menu.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best time at Ambar. The unlimited small plates is the most amazing thing ever and the food was so delicious, I wanted to order everything 3 times! And they had a fantastic birthday dessert. I am so pleased. Thank you so much to everyone at Ambar. Will definitely be back! Especially loved the brussel sprouts.

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AE
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Ambar for New Year's Day Brunch and chose the "Balkan Experience", a wonderful tasting menu that allows you to try all plates in small portions and offers bottomless mimosas and featured drinks. Service was outstanding and so was the food, we had a great time and we will definitely recommend it to all our friends!

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k
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for New Year’s Eve , it was a great time. The food was very good and so were the drink specials . The server was also very friendly and attentive. I would definitely come back again!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent as usual.

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CK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there for there normal evening dinner offering as well as their new year's special, and we have always loved it. The selection of food is great and the unlimited offering allows you to try a little of everything. Have always walked out of there completely stuffed.

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DP
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Balkan cuisine in Washington DC. They have 2 locations in DC and one in Belgrade. A great value and a night to sample different food. We enjoyed it.

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TD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a “go-to” for brunch when we have friends or family in town. The Balkan Experience is all you can eat and drink, including Bloody Marys and Mimosas for $39/pp. Great variety, cool ambience and a great music playlist.

We were sorry to hear that Christian the manager had moved to their other location in Silver Spring, but that gives us an excuse to try Buena Vida in the future.

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