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Ambar Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
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Ambar Capitol Hill

4.8
4.8
3875 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

2h time limit wont apply for brunch reservations made after 1:30pm due to service

**For parties of 6 Ambar Capital Hill requests a credit card number to secure the reservation. All credit card information will be processed securely. No-shows or cancellations less than 24 hours in advance may be subject to a charge of $25 per person**

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Booked 125 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Balkan style, Modern European, Eastern European

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 813-3039

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ivan Zivkovic

  • Private party facilities

    Ambar is a modern Balkan tapas-style restaurant. With a desire to introduce Washington, D.C. to cutting edge Balkan cuisine, proprietor Ivan Iricanin has created a dining space that will delight and indulge the senses.

  • Private party contact

    Tamara Jovanovic: (855) 993-1691

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Cross street

    E Street

  • Parking details

    Public metered parking via parking station is available along 8th Street, SE from E Street to our north to I street to our south. 2 hour residential parking located nearby in the surrounding neighborhood at E Street, G Street, 7th Street, and 9th StreetOrange, Blue and Silver Lines exiting at the Eastern Market metro station are next to Ambar.

  • Public transit

    We are metro accessible via the Orange, Blue and Silver Lines exiting at the Eastern Market metro station. Walk east to 8th Street and then proceed south 1 and a half blocks to our location at 523 8th Street (west side of the block).<br />

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such amazing food and service! Definitely will recommend

  2. m

    mskatplay

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The host took us to a cozy room upstairs lined with wine bottles. Dinner is an all inclusive affair, $45 per person for as many small plates as you want. It was so much fun for our table to share multiple dishes, all of which were awesome. You can add on unlimited drinks for $25, which includes cocktails. Great deal, great experience. Would definitely come back next time we’re in town!

  3. S

    Silvio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    We did the Balkan Experience with all you can drink added on. The food was fantastic as expected. Manager and staff were very polite. The waitress could have been a little more attentive, but with a party of 8 like ours, I assume there was a lot going on.

  4. TO

    TeacherOnVacation

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service from Jacob! My party of 7 was seated outdoors. We had a great time. They kept the food coming. The menu offers many different types of food. 34.99 is a great price! There are other brunch spots around DC that charge 60.00, but the food isn't that great! I love this place!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing, and so was the value. A lot of interesting flavors - I enjoyed everything I tried, and the tapas style made it easy to try a lot of things. The service was fast and the staff was very friendly and attentive. I was already thinking about going back halfway through the meal!

  6. BP

    BirthdayPartyGroup

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Endless tapas, wonderful wine from the Balkans, super friendly staff and a lovely ambiance. Would recommend them just as much for dinner as everyone does for brunch!

  7. KW

    KristinW

    Oklahoma City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Ambar Experience is a great way to try lots of different small plates. Their food is excellent and their wines are some of the best I have had.

  8. MC

    MikeC

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    A lively, tasty. and varied menu, esp. on the meat dishes. The cabbage roll was a winner, along with the kabob. Also distinctive and rich was the delectable "gnocchi" chocolate dessert. We also had attentive and informative service.

  9. BS

    BethS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the food and vibe of Ambar. Service was wonderful as well.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    AMAZING service! The manager went above and beyond to compensate for us having to wait 20 mins after our reservation time. Plus the food and drinks were amazing. Definitely recommend.

  11. GR

    GaryR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved everything about our experience.......more than surpassed all of our expectations. Will be back for sure.

  12. G

    Gabby

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Still one of my favorite brunch places in DC. Amazing service every single time, loving bringing new people every time.

  13. AV

    AndreaV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Went to Ambar for brunch on a Saturday. The food was spectacular but the service was a little slow. Would definitely recommend though.

  14. JM

    JohnM

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place! Great outdoor options, and the service is through the roof attentive! We love the menu options and wine selections!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Visiting DC

  16. VE

    VESA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4

    Food was great, service was terrible. Second time going there and the service is terrible. The service people move slow, have a very stressed look on their face like they do not want to be there and they just drop your food on the table with little to no engagement. My glass was not filled with water. Enjoyed the food but will not go back because the service is bad.

  17. SC

    StraderC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    The food, service, and ambiance were great but we were very disappointed in the fact that we did not receive several of the items we ordered. We were in the restaurant within the 2 hour time limit and did not receive over 8 items on the all you can eat dining choice. My daughter loves salad and we ordered the kale salad for her 3 times and she never received it. My husband and I never received 2 of our baked items and 3 of our entrees. Our children didn't receive at least 5 items that they ordered. We came to this restaurant 3 years ago while on vacation and loved it so much that we decided to come back. Out of all of the restaurants that we could have eaten at, we selected Ambar again because the food was so delicious. It was very disappointing that we didn't receive the items ordered because we were really looking forward to trying dishes we didn't order the last time we were in DC. I would still come back if I'm ever in DC but I would order my entrees first and soup/salad last.

  18. MF

    MFanth

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    Terrible service and deceptive pricing... Food was fine but nothing special, especially given how poor the rest of the experience was. Would never return.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Food was ok, not freshly prepared … and some was just ehhh … great service … not as clean as I would expect from a Michelin star Reataurant

  20. AT

    AnneT

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brought friends for their first Ambar experience and as usual everything was fantastic.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3

    We went to brunch and the experience was subpar at best. Tiny plates, not even enough for 2 people let alone four. Badly cooked with no taste and we were not even offered dessert. I only realized after leaving the restaurant that it was a part of the dining experience. I came here before covid and it was a vastly different experience. Disappointing. The only good thing was the mimosa service.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great time! Good food! Good vibes!

  23. AS

    AudreyS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and brunch was amazing! Would highly recommend bottomless food/drink.

  24. RC

    RickeyC

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5

    Service was terrible. We didn’t even get waited on till 30min after we were seated. Then service was very sparse. Didn’t get my money’s worth at all. Still love the place, just not that day.

  25. AS

    AnaS

    Baltimore

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Server was excellent. Made my granddaughter feel like a princess on her birthday

  26. MH

    MaryH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Had an awesome time , and the Manager was a great help as we’ll DEFINITELY would recommend and definitely will be back soon !

  27. RY

    RickY

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favorite restaurants in the city. A perfect place to have a leisurely meal, a unique beverage, and quiet conversation. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Oh! Did I mention the food? The menu items are varied and include food I have not seen elsewhere. Well prepared and delicious. And end your meal with my favorite dessert: Firest Gnocchi.

  28. JU

    JablankaU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Authentic and delicious food from the Balkan region. Our waiter Vuk made us feel at home. Truly enjoyable experience.

  29. e

    eandp

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Food was interesting and enjoyed it; dishes sometimes came quickly, sometimes there was a bit of a wait. Service not particularly attentive—water glasses left unrefilled, a long wait before waitstaff returned to check on us for orders, never asked whether we would like more drinks. Very loud but festive atmosphere—just depends on what you’re looking for.

  30. y

    yum212

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always make a reservation when I’m in town and brought a friend who hadn’t been. Good as always was fantastic and service as well.

  31. TM

    ToyenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I was on the 3rd floor…Paul was excellent, very charismatic and didn’t rush us even though we came a few mins late. He was very accommodating and helped us navigate the menu. Even when the place got busy we didn’t feel neglected. The entire staff on the 3rd floor was phenomenal!!!

  32. L

    Lemy

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was a great place. Our server Courtney was awesome. The price is well worth it for unlimited tapas. We also did the unlimited alcohol which was great for most, but the beer selection is very limited. Only one beer and a hard cider. Other than that it was a fun dining experience and would definitely go back again.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first experience with Balkan food and we highly recommend this place. Vuk was our server and we just asked him to bring us his favorites from the menu and the dinner and experience exceeded our expectations! Otherwise outstanding and highly recommend! The croquettes were amazing!

  34. D

    Danny

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was some of the best food I’ve ever tried. Truly fantastic, and the value of how much food and the quality feels almost like theft.

  35. WB

    WilliamB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Ambar $25 unlimited small plate lunch is one of the best deals in DC, particularly if you're sharing. I particularly recommend the Brussels Sprouts and the Ambar fries. (Looks like they've dropped the mushroom croquettes from the menu, though, alas.)

  36. G

    Gobber

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food is always amazing. So much fun taking a tour of their menu!

  37. D

    Drock64

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a fantastic experience. Everything was amazing. Our server Melissa was outstanding

  38. MT

    MikeT

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3

    Very frustrating. We sat outside and a table of 6 youth (college age) sat behind us. They were completely obnoxious, loud, crude language, disrespectful to everyone, and immature. They should have been at Chucky Cheese or McDonalds. As a result our waitress was so frazzled that she ignored us on several occasions. Not want you want when it is unlimited food for two hours. When she came by for the the last time, we asked for the check and told her we had enough of the table behind us and the poor service. She evidently reported it to the manager who came out and made it right which was very gracious of them. But it still ruined what was supposed to be a nice afternoon meal with our friends and we left still hungry since we didn’t get to order all that we wanted to sample. I don’t know why youth can’t seem to behave in a restaurant when they are in a large group. Very disappointing. We love Ambar and will go back again. We will just be cautious about where we sit and who sits next to us.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every dish was delicious, perfectly sized small plates. Great setting and our server was attentive and informative!

  40. JM

    JohnM

    Portland

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ambar is a fantastically unique dining experience! The only thing more outstanding than the food is the fantastic team that graciously serves it. Very friendly atmosphere and am overall top notch experience!!! Highly recommended!!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ambar Capitol Hill using the Order Online button. Ambar Capitol Hill also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Ambar Capitol Hill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 813-3039.

Ambar Capitol Hill is rated 4.8 stars by 3875 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 125 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

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Google Map for Ambar Capitol Hill

523 8th Street SE Washington, DC 20003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E Street

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Balkan style, Modern European, Eastern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public metered parking via parking station is available along 8th Street, SE from E Street to our north to I street to our south. 2 hour residential parking located nearby in the surrounding neighborhood at E Street, G Street, 7th Street, and 9th StreetOrange, Blue and Silver Lines exiting at the Eastern Market metro station are next to Ambar.

  • Public transit

    We are metro accessible via the Orange, Blue and Silver Lines exiting at the Eastern Market metro station. Walk east to 8th Street and then proceed south 1 and a half blocks to our location at 523 8th Street (west side of the block).

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ivan Zivkovic

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 813-3039

  • Private party facilities

    Ambar is a modern Balkan tapas-style restaurant. With a desire to introduce Washington, D.C. to cutting edge Balkan cuisine, proprietor Ivan Iricanin has created a dining space that will delight and indulge the senses.

  • Private party contact

    Tamara Jovanovic: (855) 993-1691

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