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Ambar Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
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Award-winning

Ambar Capitol Hill

4.7
4.7
4832 Reviews
$30 and under
Balkan style
Welcome to Ambar, the gem of Capitol Hill, where you are invited to explore the dynamic flavors of Balkan cuisine. What distinguishes us, is our well-curated, exclusive 'Dining Without Limits' experience, which brings you the soul of Balkan dining traditions. Our extensive menu boasts a variety of shareable small plates, perfectly paired with a vast selection of premium Balkan wines.

Whether joining us for a leisurely lunch, celebratory weekend brunch, or an evening of indulgence, our unlimited dining menu promises to deliver an unparalleled culinary journey. We excel in serving individual guests, as well as larger groups, and private events. At Ambar, our custom catering services add that extra sparkle to your events.

At Ambar, we are revolutionizing dining with inventive Balkan cuisine that blends tradition and innovation, seamlessly. We ensure an unforgettable gastronomic experience with award-winning, extraordinary hospitality. Step into Ambar, the pinnacle of Balkan dining.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 110 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 813-3039
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Nenad Petrovic
  • 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: (202) 813-3039
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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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What 4,832 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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4,832 Reviews
  1. DavidG

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our second trip to Ambar. One of their signature offerings is a $50 all you can eat “we’ll just start bring stuff” menu. We went for that first visit, as fun and delicious as it was, wasn’t cost effective as vegetarians. So this time we chose from happy hour and a’la carte FABULOUS! The service was AMAZING! Friendly, helpful, timely - couldn’t be better.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Ambar - always a great experience. This time we took an out of town guest who especially loved the mezze. We all have different favorites; mine are the mussels and the short rib goulash.

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  3. CaptKen

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had the most outstanding lunch we have ever had in years. Every item brought to the table was a dish that was new to us. We were fortunate to sit outside and have the area to ourselves. Along with our outstanding food, we enjoyed the finest service from our server Shawn. His knowledge of the foods and the background of the items served was amazing. If you truly want a lunch that you will never forget, I highly recommend The Ambar at Capitol Hill and ask for Shawn to be your server. The next visit to Washington, D.C., Ambar's will be one stop we won't miss.

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  4. PaulaL

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific family dining experience. Great food, nice pacing. Very relaxing, low stress dinner. One thing to be aware of if you plan to pay using gift cards from Costco: there is a limit of 4 allowed per table. Still highly recommend dining at Ambar.

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  5. MelinaA

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good drinks and food! Service was good! I do wish food would Come out a littler quicker but it was busy due to Mothers Day

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. So much fun. We came to Mother's Day brunch with a relative who has mobility issues. Our table was on the third floor (two long staircases) which would have been impossible for him to climb. The host did everything in his power to seat us on the first floor, and I'm so grateful. However, it would be a good idea for the restaurant to mention that mobility issues should be noted when reservations are being made.

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  7. KaraM

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    i liked it but did not love it! a few things were really good to me but i feel it's a bit overhyped

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful culinary adventure. Every dish we tried was amazing - this will become one of our regular "special occasion" stops.

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  9. TimD

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been Ambar raving fans pre-pandemic. We fell in love with Capital Hill and took all our out-of-town guests there. Then we went to Arlington because it was closer, and really enjoy the Shaw location. I thought we would go to Capital Hill early and then walk around Eastern Market. I had a 10:30 brunch reservation and we arrived at 10:15. We waited while the manager took phone calls at the host stand, and the young host ate his meal behind the host stand. We walked past an empty first and second floor while they attempted to seat us on the third floor. Sorry, no. They ended up putting us in a 2-top which our elbows hitting the bar. The staff seems to be addicted to their phones. Our server was OK, but lacked polish. The Hangar Steak was overcooked and tough, and should have been cut across the grain. We’ll continue to go to Ambar, just not the Capital Hill location.

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  10. spiegs

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amber has been our favorite restaurant in DC for years and a go to when we make recommendations. You can’t beat the Balkan experience, great service, great food, great atmosphere

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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 4.7 stars by 4832 OpenTable diners.

Ambar Capitol Hill does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 110 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ambar Capitol Hill

523 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
    Nenad Petrovic
  • 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: (202) 813-3039
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