Ambar Capitol Hill

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

Great service, great food and drinks, great outdoor dining! I love a dining experience and this is what is given at Ambar! Could not have been better!

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was fantastic. I was celebrating my birthday there and they gave me a nice desert too. I’m vegetarian so she salad they can make everything under the vegetables section vegetarian for me. Def get the chefs sampler.. it was delicious. The leek croquets were delicious and so were the butter beans. The only thing I was not a fan of was the cabbage in which the smoky flavor was overwhelming. For a Sunday night, the restaurant was fairly busy and the the food came out pretty quickly too. We had a great time participating in the Ambar experience and def would come back again.

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

One the best brunches I've had in many years. We are going back soon.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Balkans and I love Balkans food, and Ambar did not disappoint. My friends and I were there for brunch so we tried about 12 different plates of food, and everything was delicious. Our hostess and waitstaff were incredibly sweet. I live about three hours away, but I am already planning my return.

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

Amazing food and amazing service. Highly recommend $49 all you can eat and drink. Great value for the food you’re getting.

HM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved our visit to Ambar. We had a reservation and were seated quickly. However, we did wait about 10 minutes from seating until anyone began to interact with us from the wait staff. We went fro brunch and did the unlimited drinks and plates for $39 a person. I think it was a little overpriced. I mean don't get me wrong, the food was phenomenal there wasn't a single thing we tried that we didn't love, but its hard to really feel like you've gotten $80 worth of tapas.

Other than the price, I would recommend this to anyone, all the time. Especially if you're like myself and have an affinity and love for Balkan food. Their Shopska salad... is so simple, but sooooo delicious.

AD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and grand ambiance. Also, the 49$ special is a good idea and really advantageous.

JL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great value for the food. Good service. Noise level was good during lunch. You could hold a business lunch.

RR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peruvian Chinese fusion who knew this would be so good
Try it!

JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant offers a very generous tasting option where for < $50/ person you can sample a significant portion of drink & menu items.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch... Great food, great prices, and staff. Will definitely be back

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Always a pleasure having brunch there.

D
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! The drinks were outstanding. I will always come back for more great food and service.

L
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was absolutely wonderful, very friendly and authentic. The food was as excellent as the first time that we came to Ambar 5 years ago. Highly recommend the egg blt and Turkish coffee!!!

SC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Extensive allergy menu - which was very helpful and easy to understand!

DI
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food - what else could we expect from a European restaurant? Unlike other bottomless brunch spots in DC (which have fallen victim to terrible American ownership), Ambar retains its commitment to customer service and culinary excellence with their $39 bottomless weekend brunch. I highly recommend it to any DC foodie or visitor!

BB
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite brunch spot in DC. Food is great, atmosphere is welcoming and the staff are the friendliest most accommodating people I’ve met at any establishment. We always order the Balkin Experience, which is all you can eat small plates and all you can drink specialty mimosas for $39. What a value! If you haven’t visited this place put it on your brunch list. It’s a must!

LR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and experience...captured the true flavor of the Balkans!

DR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, not very expensive. You can do a la cart and get away with 2-3 dishes per person.

U
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We love Ambar and we are typically thrived with the service. Service was definitely off and very slow. We had to duplicate order multiple times as food never made it to the table.

JC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience. Their unlimited option was terrific. Drinks and as many small plates as you care to order, and no worries. Carefree dinner browsing without a concern through the varied and tasty menu. My wife and I loved it. Our new favorite restaurant.

S
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, and service!! Will definitely visit again!

RS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely dinner out with a friend in from out of town. Food was Fabulous! Phenomenal service As always and very accommodating. Highly recommend!

C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great along with the service! Every time I visit, I know I will have an amazing time.

TC
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I am a patron of Ambar at least once a month for Saturday brunch. I made a reservation for two. The service is usually impeccable and wait staff are attentive and the tapas arrive relatively quickly. This time it took 20-30 minutes between orders to receive our food and numerous reminders to our server about what we ordered. We gave up and stopped ordering. This was the first time in a long time I wasn't happy with my experience at Ambar.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an A M A Z I N G brunch with friends. Food was delicious. Service was excellent!

CP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I really enjoyed the food and ambiance at Ambar Capitol Hill, but the service is absolutely horrible. From the hostess, to the servers. Everyone is just so cold. Bring some friendliness please.

AL
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Now that I have had a chance to experience dinner here, I feel I am better prepared should I return. We got the experience which is one price for all you can eat (two hour limit). We ordered several items that never arrived or came so late we were shoving them in our mouth as we headed to the door. Order early and often and expect there will be mess ups and you will have a good time.

M
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good food; tremendous variety . Good, pleasant service. Inexpensive.

CE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Experience with colleagues! Service was fantastic. I highly recommend!!

KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A combination of great food, ambiance and service! Two thumbs up from Canada.

TK
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the unlimited small plates and shared everything, and it was awesome. Our waitress was great -even insisted that we should try certain things. Can't wait to go back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and good food. Service was excellent as usual

EK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful brunch at Ambar. So delicious, great service, fantastic atmosphere!

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for Restaurant Week and did the Balkan Experience. The food was absolutely delicious. The pork tenderloin was our favorite, but the flatbreads were also great. For $14 more you can also get unlimited selected drinks, which is a great deal in DC. The place was hopping even at 9:30pm. Would definitely recommend!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner experience was excellent! Our server was attentive and gave us great recommendations for dishes. The food came out in intervals and not all at once, which I liked so we could try each unique dish on its own. All of the food was great. Our favorites were the pulled pork, mushroom crepes, chicken skewers, and beet salad. We also got a complimentary glass of champagne and dessert for our anniversary. We’ll definitely be back!

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I came to Ambar with a friend for the bottomless brunch and I was impressed. The service was outstanding (not expected from a bottomless brunch) and the food was amazing. While the small plates were truly small, I appreciated being able to try many menu items without feeling guilty for wasting food. The drinks were superb, however I wish they had a wider variety of options, like the Ambar in Claredon does (I missed the brunch aperitivo and the red wine punch). Overall, great atmosphere and a little noisy, but not unbearable. Can't wait for the rooftop to open!

SB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to gather with friends and or family. Every small plate was delicious and served fresh from the kitchen with a smile. We had a set price for unlimited small plates and cocktails on the weekend night as long as we finished within the two hour time frame. I expected for us to have to wait for our choices but every order, and we had multiple orders, came out in a timely manner. The cocktails were good and not all juice!! We were full after an hour and a half and would absolutely recommend this restaurant to everyone.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!! Don’t bother ordering anything besides the Balkan experience. Try everything you can on the menu for 2 hours!!! Do NOT miss the shrimp skewers, go ahead and order 3 or 4 to start. Amazing! Fantastic value!!

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