Ambar Capitol Hill
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Loved the all you can eat/drink experience. It allowed us to take our time and chat. Food was great and drinks were awesome as well. This was my second time here in a week and I will be back again.
Great recommendation from our Lyft driver. Staff was very helpful with selections & keeping our glasses full. Highly recommend the Ambar Experience - pay one price option.
Accommodating staff, great food and nice location. Would go back when in town again.
The service was outstanding right from the beginning. Our hostess was very informative and helpful in guiding us making the right choice for our group. The appetizers, various spreads and kaymaks sent me back in time at Grandma’s house near the Danube river:full flavors, fresh, tasty. We tasted next sallads, the meat and cheese pies, mushroom crepes and rizotto. Everything was delicious. Next, we tried the chicken skewers, almond crusted chicken, calamari, sesame crusted salmon and the pulled pork. All in portions large enough to enjoy without feeling saturated. Salmon was the best in years, cooked and seasoned to perfection. Chicken was a hit too, with the addition of the horseradish salad next to it. For desert we tried the raspberry sorbet (tasted unbelievably regreshing, as they just picked up the berries from the garden and exactly the right balance of sweetmess) and the apple pie with crunchy toated walnuts, caramel sauce and sime magic. Delicious! And, to our surprise, we received a complimentary desert for all of us to share with hazelnut chocolate and pate-a-choix that reminded us of the wonderful Serbian hospitality. Compliments to the chef for such a wonderfully crafted menu and for delivering the flavors in amazing presentations. Thank you to our hostess who made us feel really welcomed. Wonderful experience! This is becoming our first choice while in Washington DC.
My family and I have spent our last five Easter dinners at Ambar(as well as many other special occasions throughout the years)!!! We LOVE everything about this restaurant!! The Balkan experience is beyond compare to any other restaurant and the food and unlimited drinks are DELICIOUS!!! We are treated so warmly here!!!
Our waitress Milica was wonderful!! She should be commended on her excellent service, making us feel very special!!! (Even bringing us a house special dessert to enjoy). Rufiya was also wonderful, making terrific cocktails for us and also made us feel so welcome!!! We will return again and again for sure and recommend everyone to see for themselves what a fun and delicious dining experience it is here at Ambar!!! Thank you so much!!! Chris Quinn
Amazing food, fun to try a lot of small plates. Comfortable seating and delicious cocktails!
I was very excited to dine there because it came highly recommended. The food was less than mediocre and arrived cold and hard, as though it had been out all day instead of freshly prepared. Some plates were so unpalatable, we refused to eat after one bite. One of the staff persons delivering the food could not speak English well enough to tell us what he bought. If one cannot cook, I suppose they'd feel Ambar was tolerable, however, I can and it was less than adequate. On the positive side, our server was wonderful, noted our disappointment, and the manager took the whole meal off. He apologized profusely about the quality of our experience and invited us back in the summer when their renovations are completed. We gave the server a generous tip because she was so nice and the poor quality of the food was not her fault.
Some people come to restaurants looking for reasons to complain and get a discount. I am not that person and was going to pay for my meal, despite my disappointment. My friend and I made this reservation in March and were truly looking forward to eating there, especially since Ambar came so highly rated. I will take up the manager's offer and dine again in the summer. I hope I can write a better review after that.
Very fun evening out. We did the "meal" option which was about $50 per person and you get all you care to eat or drink. It was a great way to sample a number of different foods. The food was good and different, but not amazing. Would definitely recommend as a fun evening out with friends or family.
I came to Ambar with my 12 year old son and my 10 year old daughter: They are both budding foodies which is why we were thrilled to hear about the $35 per adult/$20 per child "All you can order" option. We tried half the menu, I think - and almost every dish was unbelievably good. Calamari and salmon - amazing. Kebabs - wonderful flavor combination. Salads - a dream. We will be back next time we visit DC - my kids told me it was one of their favorite all-time places.
We had a great time. This was better for kids than expected. We did the unlimited which was great as we could try anything we wanted and order more of what we liked. This worked well for picky kids who only wanted to eat two items. The food was very good!
We will be visiting AMBAR again soon. Really enjoyed the Serbian food.
Ambar is always a solid choice. The Ambar Experience (all you can eat / all you can drink) is an amazing option, which really allows you to sample and and enjoy a variety of ethnic dishes.
This is an absolute MUST when in DC. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and the food is AMAZING. My husband and I had a class this week and a gal in our class told us we had to try this place. She was right. I wish I could give more than five stars.
This restaurant is simply amazing! We went here for our anniversary and it was an amazing experience. We were seated upstairs and our waiter was super attentive and recommended a few things to us. The food was incredible!! We will definitely be returning here soon.
Met with bunch of friends from different part of the word and was very happy to see they all enjoyed Balkan food
We were visiting DC and this restaurant was recommended to us. We went for lunch and had the express lunch (small plates) for $19.99 per person - basically all you can eat. Food and service were excellent! Great opportunity to try almost everything on the menu but you need to have a huge appetite or fast the night before and do not eat breakfast! Will definitely go again.
The unlimited small plates for lunch were wonderful! I loved the mushroom crepe, the meat filo pie, the tuna tartare and the steak tartare. Service was attentive and the food came out quickly. Truly fabulous!
Food was fresh and a great concept. Go with a big appetite, relax and enjoy the event of eating. We also made friends with the table next to us so we discussed the small plates we liked and also shared— the restaurant will bring out extra small plates of food to enjoy that you didn’t order— fun and relaxing. Go!!
We arrived in DC on a Saturday afternoon and had brunch reservations at Ambar the next morning. I'd never had Balkan cuisine before, but with such great reviews, and a fantastic looking menu, I was excited. Neither the food nor the service disappointed us at all! Everything we tried was phenomenal and our waiter kept us supplied with food and drinks for a solid 90 minutes. We had such a fantastic time that we came back the next evening for dinner... And, the next afternoon for lunch! I travel often and eat at many great restaurants, but Ambar might be my new favorite! The atmosphere is welcoming, the food and drinks are beyond delicious, and the service is delightful! Top recommendations would be: stuffed pepper, karadjordjeva, baby beet salad, stuffed sour cabbage, veal soup, spicy pork, leek croquettes, and black Forrest gnocchi. Favorite drinks were peach mimosa (with lavendar) and the house old fashioned. Will definitely be back at least once, every time I visit DC!
We had friends from out of town visiting, and we wanted to enjoy a different kind of dining experience. WE DID. We all loved it. The bartender, the waiter, everyone was over the top friendly, and very knowledgeable in the food. I was worried there wouldn’t be too many options for me as I am a vegetarian but there were SO MANY! I loved the allergy menu they gave me that helped me see what I could have. I can’t wait to go back!
We decided to try something new and we are glad we came here! Our server was great, the location was great, and, most importantly, the food was outstanding!
Service dipped off towards the end of the evening. Couldn’t get water refills or place additional food orders.
This is one of the most unique but delicious restaurants I have ever been. They do all you can eat tapas style, and they had some of my most favorite bites - from any restaurant. We went for Sunday brunch and we loved it so much we went for Monday dinner and Tuesday lunch. That food is made with love and care and I will make a point to go whenever we come to D.C.
My family had a blast here - ambar is the best. We all want to return.
Second time going for brunch and it was great! My husband loved the Balkan burger.
Traveled from New York and surprised my boyfriend to this restaurant for his birthday. :) Can’t express how happy he was to eat Serbian cuisine and to feel like he was back home. It’s a dinner we will never forget and continue to go to every time we visit DC. Highly recommend!
P.S. Please consider opening another location in NYC. There is nothing like this here! ;)
Such a great style of eating!! Mojito & old fashion are drinks we recommend. Get the mussels!!
The food was delicious and the service was attentive. The $19.95 lunch special is a great deal. We'll definitely be back!
Just a great meal. The all you can eat is really great for your first time there. Staff were friendly and helpful in making our menu selections.
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ All time favorite restaurant three years in a row!
We had a reservation and were seated promptly. As we were first time guests the waitress did an excellent job of explaining the menu and answering questions. Service was excellent throughout the meal and best of all the food was incredible. Wonderful dining experience overall. Highly recommend!
It was a perfect spot to have lunch with my daughter, they were extremely helpful
Absolutely fantastic! The food, the drinks, the service! Such a fun night out!
Nice small plates. I have to resist ordering more than I can eat. I am learning how to do that. Anyway we had an enjoyable time and will be back to do it again.
We came here for brunch on a Sunday morning and had an amazing experience! This place is located on Barracks Row in Capitol Hill and has such a great atmosphere inside. Food is top notch! We opted for individual meals but the Balkan experience looked amazing (all you can eat dishes and bottomless drinks for $39/person). You will not be disappointed here! Highly recommend!
The reviews we’d read for Ambar before we decide to dine here had set the bar pretty high, but the food far exceeded our expectations! They were a little busy when we got there, so despite a reservation we had to wait but the service, food and drinks more than made up for it. We were here for a get together and the ambience was just right for it.
Our second time here, and we loved it just as much as the first! Great food, lovely service, very pleasant atmosphere, and the unlimited small plates are a great way to go!
Great range of tastes and foods for the price. Love the $19.99 lunch special with unlimited small plates. Would like a bit less sour cream and cream in general, but overall a great experience and service!