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

Casual ambience, fancy food, excellent service. Went on a semi formal date, most definitely coming back again.

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W
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambar is always reliable. In this case we presented a particularly challenging table -- one omnivore, two pescatarians, one vegan, and one person with an esoteric food allergy. In a small plate environment that is a server's nightmare. There were tons of delicious choices for all of us, the service was prompt, friendly, and efficient, and it goes without saying that everything was prepared perfectly. Of course the most important thing is the food, but Ambar went the extra mile and created a great evening for a group that had to have presented substantial additional work.

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

Fabulous food and service. A wonderful experience from start to finish. We plan to return!

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

Recognized our anniversary from Open Table reservation and immediately welcomed us with courtesy champagne!

Every dish was outstanding. Just a great Balkan experience for the meal!! Wonderful service throughout!

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UM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Washington DC. Food is absolutely amazing, service wonderful, thank you very much to Milos, he was outstanding!

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D
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing, food delicious, highly recommend it

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PB
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We weren’t hungry enough for the Balkan experience but we had a number of dishes - all great. Really liked the almond crusted chicken.

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

Excellent place for lunch. Authentic cuisine, great service.

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RR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to do the Ambar Experience and were so glad we did. The food was delicious, and it was a lot of fun to be able to try so many different dishes.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chris was a knowledgeable, gracious host, able to recommend great dishes for me who was not familiar with the culture.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excelente ambiente, comida y atención

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FS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ambar Experience is an unbeatable deal for such delicious food. An awesome time with a group and, in our case, was the perfect fit to celebrate a special occasion!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Great food. Excellent service. Employees incredibly helpful navigating the menu with incredible recommendations! Definitely will be going back.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening for a very special occasion. The staff was very accommodating with our tables and the ability to combine them. Food was fantastic! Great experience. Thank you!

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GL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambar consistently has an amazing brunch and wonderful service. They always go above and beyond and the food and drinks are delicious

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D
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The Ambar experience is the best way to try this restaurant. Some dishes were great , others just ok. We ate upstairs which could use some TLC. Staff was friendly! We probably won’t go back but glad we tried it!

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S
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed Ambar for brunch. And while the food was certainly good, I would not say that it lived up to the expectations that we had based upon excellent reviews we had seen elsewhere. Perhaps it was just the type of food, but we weren't overly impressed. The opportunity to try different foods in the "Balkan Experience" is certainly fun and filling, though. Just don't have heightened expectations!

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JG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks, and atmosphere

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a first time for all of us and we couldn’t be more pleased. We had a wonderful evening and all of our food was delicious. The wine was excellent. Relaxed without being rushed. Thank you for outstanding food and service.

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TC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My best friend from NY was stopping by during a road trip. She first visited Ambar in September 2018 and wanted to visit again this time. Tamla was a great server, very attentive. The food selections and drinks wee excellent. One of my favorite brunch spots!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I went to Ambar for my birthday. We have dined there on multiple occasions, at both the Capitol Hill and Clarendon locations. The service and the food were excellent as usual. We always order the Balkan Experience, as their unlimited small plates and drinks is a great value at $49/person. We did, however, notice that this time many of the small plates came with bread. I’ve wondered for months how they make money at this place, so maybe they’ve added the bread as a filler to help counter their relatively low prices! Anyway, despite the added carbs it was a great meal and we will certainly dine here again. Hands down my favorite restaurant in the area.

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ES
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and great service. Definitely a loud, spirited environment but fun and good for friends.
Small plates, tapas style and a good value!

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KY
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. Looking forward to returning next time I am in DC.

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M
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Food is delicious as always. Unfortunately, the service was quite slow despite the fact that the restaurant did not appear very busy. We waited 20+ minutes to get a standard cocktail multiple times, and did not receive the last drink we ordered. Someone should check the thermostat too; it was well over 75 degrees inside!

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RH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great place....and the Ambar all you can eat experience is well worth the price. Perfect for meat eaters and vegetarians!

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AF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I normally come to Ambar with my girlfriends for brunch. This visit my boyfriend and I came for restaurant week dinner. The food is always yummy and the variety of drink options are plentiful. However the service this time was lacking. We had to search for our server many times. The small plates are ordered and then come out as ready but we could not take full advantage and often sat with finished plates or needed more bread for dips but no server. I will return but not for dinner.

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a
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during restaurant week in DC and the food menu selections were generous and beyond tasty. Hard to pick favorite items but the quality is top notch, flavors unique, and leave with the desire to come back.


Great experience

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London
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks! Great service! Nice atmosphere! Can’t wait to go back!

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VD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for the first time, interested in trying something new. Had no idea what to expect. Luv the ability to try different selection of tapas. Great variety. We enjoyed it all! Would definitely go back!

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

It was awesome perfect for date night

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UF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Tried Ambar for the first time. Wait staff was excellent; you get to try multiple small plates for a set price. They can be hit or miss depending upon your taste. A great find.

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MF
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to Ambar since it opened, and the food and service has been outstanding every time. The almond encrusted chicken and pork chops are phenomenal.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Too dark, even can’t see food in my plate, too close to other tables, too noisy, too simple.

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AS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was nervous that with "unlimited food and drink" that the food and drink would both be so-so - I was totally surprised with how fresh and delicious everything was. It didn't seem like there were hundreds of plates of each dish in the back, but rather that each dish was to order. Everything was hot, fresh, and really tasty. I'd never eaten Balkan food before so this was a great experience to taste several new things (and get seconds of favourites!) The staff and server was amazing, always refilling our glasses when they were empty so we were never waiting for a next drink - including giving us an extra drink refill while we were paying our bill. We even got a delicious dessert for free that we thought we hadn't any room for, because it was our anniversary - a thoughtful gesture!

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AP
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ambar never disappoints. We have never selected a dish that wasn't enjoyable and many are extraordinary. It's a go-to place for fun with friends.

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KS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was excellent and the service was exceptional

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DZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of food choices and everything they brought was excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My partner and I went for Winter Restaurant Week 2019. Every thing I tried was great except the lamb medallions. They were a little dry. The grilled octopus was delicious. The leek croquettes were surprisingly good. I very much enjoyed the taste and texture of the zucchini soup. The server was nice and attentive but not overly so. I will definitely be back.

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AJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ambar dining experience was simply magnificent. My gf and I had a wonderful experience. Our server (Andres) was superb. Not only was he attentive to us, he recommended many dishes to our list. Restaurant week is a great opportunity to try foods that you normally would not try. With their unlimited tapas menu, we definitely tried it all and were 100% satisfied. This is a restaurant that I would visit over and over again.

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JA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The whole experience was fabulous. I called the day before and they graciously let us add a 5th person. We were early and they seated us graciously. Maria made us feel as if her mission was to make sure we got to taste all of the wonderful Balkan food. Our wine glasses were never empty and they have this crazy dessert with chocolate and oranges that is worth the trip. We loved it.

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