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

This is my new favorite restaurant. We got the all you can eat lunch for $19.99 and every dish we ordered was fantastic. Loved the tuna tartare, leek croquettes, chicken sliders, Brussels sprouts, trout, and goat cheese flatbread. And for dessert, the nutella cinnamon sourdough bites were amazing. Even my friend who didn't think she would like "Balkan" food was convinced. We'll definitely go back and recommend to others.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, super friendly staff and very reasonable prices. Can't say enough about this place. Went here for my wife's 60th birthday and so glad that we did.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was such a great experience for our entire family. Outstanding, fresh interesting food - one of the best meals I've ever had. Our server was friendly, attentive and fun. Could not have been better. Highly recommend!

EZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambar Capitol Hill is a reliable pick for when I have guests out of town that I am trying to impress. I enjoy everything they serve and the service is always top notch. You can't find a better house wine in DC.

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

Best service I’ve ever had for brunch. Food always on the table and mimosas stay flowing! I recommend greatly.

SE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Brunch Balkian experience is definitely worth it! We tried all the different types of mimosas offered (peach, mango, berry and traditional). Mango was a little sweet for my taste but all were yummy! Food was great, service was even better! Will definitely be returning.

DP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Barracks Row. Nina gave us outstanding service and we had a wonderful evening. The all you can eat and drink special amazing value and allowing staff to choose the small plates was a lot of fun. Highly recommended!

SH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service could have been better on a relatively non busy Sunday evening, but we figured that was the restaurant‘s way of not having to serve as many drinks or as much food.

LB
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and dining experience. Great service and explanation of the different tapas.

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great time, perfect date. We enjoyed the service and loved trying so many different plates.

MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best value for $ I’ve experienced and the staff was wonderful.

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

Favorite restaurant in DC. Marco is the best! Friendly and fun atmosphere.

JC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved my first Ambar experience! We did the unlimited option with 5 people and were able to sample most of the menu. Service was excellent. The air conditioning wasn’t working on the second floor which was really unfortunate. I would definitely return, especially with a large group like this.

JV
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tasting food, phenomenal service and super-reasonable pricing. Can’t wait to go back.

CG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! For a very special occasion like birthday or anniversary we highly recommend. It is expensive but the food is marvelous and the service is top notch. romantic.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were friendly. Great atmosphere. Food was delicious. Complementary dessert was delish as well. Just as great as Ambar restaurant in Belgrade!

FM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food, excellent service, and a great time had by all! From the Brussel sprouts, to the salmon (and everything else in between, the food is consistently delicious.
Every employee treated us as if we were the only people in the restaurant (though it was packed).
Truly a unique and wonderful experience!

CB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Wait staff on the ball. Great food. Terrific evening!

DB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place. Tapas were really good. Service was fast and excellent. Try the steak and eggs, ham and cheese crepes and all flavor mimosas.

IM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner out I’ve had in a long time.
Please open a location in Toronto!!

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the ambiance at Ámbar, and they went above and beyond for our anniversary dinner, surprising us with champagne and a dessert. The all you can eat/drink deal is such a good value. We will definitely be back!

TP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 4 had the $35 unlimited small plates. Food was delicious and such a great deal for this neck of the woods. We were told that weekends have a 2-hour time limit, which is understandable. We were over by about 15 minutes and they didn't seem to mind.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, I'd go back for sure.

VK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Meni kao ljubitelju domaće hrane je se svidjelo mada neka jela su morala se malo promjeniti al ukus je bijo fenomenalan ....osobno mi je se sarma jako dobro svidjela samo mi netreba pire krompir eto tu bi mogli pitati sa pireom ili bez .................pozdrav IZ BANJA LUKE........ZA NAS BOSANCE SU CIJENE MOZDA MALO PREVELIKE ALI TO JE TO WASHINGTON JE INAČE SKUP. U JANUARU DOLAZIM OPET TAKO DA CU 100 POSTO OPET DOĆI

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent—all a very reasonable price. Definitely will be a repeat customer.

CT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there three times in one week. Need I say more? The sour cabbage roll, steak tartare, and Balkan Kabab were all to die for! Great stuff.

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Incredibly noisy group at next table. Made conversation very difficult

TC
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great evening with wonderful food and service.

BH
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good value and superb service by all staff we encountered!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food as always. Will definitely be back!

OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing food.. everything was delightful. Great service. Good amount of food for price. Highly recommend

LH
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing if you like a truly unique experience. This is my second time in DC taking people to this restaurant. Two different groups of people on two different trips and everyone leaves saying this was their favorite of all the restaurants we visited while in the DC area. It never disappoints.

JR
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
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
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
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 on September 15, 2019
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 on September 15, 2019
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 on September 14, 2019
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 on September 14, 2019
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.

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