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Ambar Capitol Hill

4.8
3312 Reviews
$30 and under
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 $15 per person**
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 3312 people are saying
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4.7
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NewtoDC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got a wide range of food items and all were flavor, well put together, and came out fast. With multiple bars in the restaurant our drinks were also delivered expediently and we’ll mixed. Definitely a place to recommend and return to!

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eaterjendc
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun lunch! We asked our waiter to give us time between dishes and took it slow, giving space and time to each different course.

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vipRobertS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambar is still the best in restaurant in DC. I can’t wait for them to open there new location in Shaw.

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ShannonC
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely loved our "Balkan experience" for our anniversary. We chose the Balkan experience plus the drink special and for $60 we ate and drank to our hearts content. There was so much variety in the food and we felt like we were able to satisfy our hunger easily with all the small bites. The margaritas and mojitos were good too!

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vipLikegoodfood
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. This restaurant has it all. I went for the exceptional lunch. You get to taste most of the items on the menu for a super value price. Each dish was exceptional and exceeded all expectations. The house red wine was great. The server, David, was caring and helpful.
The environment was also wonderful. Everyone should try this restaurant. A DC gem.

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vippatricia
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Good food for a great price. Highly recommend.

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KalliM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

You know, I've been to Ambar bottomless several times and usually is mind-blowing divine, but this time was just ok. It was nearly an hour before our first plates came to the table, while a large party at the next table had plates upon plates upon plates every few minutes. Our server only came to take our food order twice but spent several minutes shooting the sh*t with two ladies at another table. Drink refills slow. In conclusion, the food was as delicious as ever but service was lacking.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience2

We had the bottomless brunch and it was good but not great. Good value for money.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience! The Balkan experience lets you try EVERYTHING on the menu, making the $40 price tag extremely worth it. On top of the great food service is amazing. Our server was incredibly helpful in answering our questions and providing suggestions.

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KevinC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Maria was our server and she did a great job bringing us all the specialties of the house at the right time and in the right quantities. The food was delicious and plentiful and we all had a fantastic time. Highly recommend!

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TravisN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Incredibly loud with poor food quality. Our waitress was very kind but food came out slow and cold. Very disappointed with our choice to go here. Not worth $100.

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AliceG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! I love coming to the bottomless brunch here

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DarianK
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! This place was exceptional I will definitely be back!

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Sandoz76
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took some family here who had been eager to try it as soon as it was safe. We had an amazing time, the food was great, service was attentive, and the cocktails are great. Expectations were met!

JK
JanK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall great place to experience Balkan food and drink. We sat outside and the noise of traffic was noticeable, but the food, drink and service soon make you forget the noise.

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MariaR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely time - I love these small plates and really feels like home cooking elevated to the next level. The flavors, the smells, the sights, it all really comes together here, they've done a wonderful job spreading the joys of Balkan cuisine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is still one of the best restaurants in the city. I’m a true foodie and Balkan cuisine is absolutely delicious. Where do I start with my yummy list - Kale Caesar, Brussel Sprouts, eggplant spread, asparagus with egg and the cauliflower!

The shrimp dish is really good along with the lamb lasagna which is probably the best. You can’t miss out on the muscles and all the fish dishes are yummy!

The service is unusually fast! Last night we sat in the wine bar area and our wonderful bartender/hostess was fantastic. I wish I could spell her name… she made our night better!

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vipLoveDC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food at Ambar never disappoints!!! We loved it as much as pre-Covid.

I feel that they need a better explanation on the Opentable that they offer ONLY tasting menu at the set price. Our waitress didn’t explain in any details how it works. It only by experiencing we know that they bring you a standard platter of appetizers, then you can order anything on the menu as little or as much as you would like. Plates as small so you need to order ~3 per person.

For sure, we will be back.

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BillyM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly service, great place to celebrate birthdays

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Ambar
Cancun
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Whatca great value and concept. Small plates keep on coming !

KS
KarinaS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the most unexpectedly phenomenal meal here a few years ago and have been wanting to go back back since. I finally returned and it was just as I remembered it and I am thrilled that the restaurant is doing so well!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my birthday and this place blew my family away. The food is amazing! Don’t be afraid to order as much as you want. There was 6 of us and we made it through the full menu and got some of our favorites twice. Some of my favorites included the meatballs, shrimp, prosciutto, and lamb lasagna. The mojitos are also out of this world. The dishes were big enough for all 6 of us to try a bite or sometimes two bites. Paul was our waiter and was fantastic!

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Marie
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, especially the braised lamb, stuffed pepper, fish, and cauliflower— but you can hardly go wrong with any of it. Great fun with family or a group of friends.

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ElijahS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food was excellent and service was great. Had the 25$ lunch special and tried everything we wanted on the menu. Would definitely recommend as a lunch spot.

JP
vipJeanP
Greensboro
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious and fun

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Elle
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service (Paul is the best server!).

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vipDavidS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! We have been here for brunch many times and now dinner several times and we have a great time each time we go!

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Opulence
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is cool place for brunch. Capitol hill has some decent brunch spaces but this by far one of best bang for your buck with different flavors of mimosas. Ah. The dinner is even better. Service..good. Food..excellent. You can't go wrong in this place. Great for groups of people who are adventurous about their pallete from Georgia (Eastern Europe) and Balkan Islands.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic bottomless brunch!

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RowanK
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really cool space with great bottomless brunch. I was happy to see the plates were small plates and shareable because there was no way I could eat full sized portions. It was a little loud, but I had a great time and wonderful service.

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TomR
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Ambar is a great place to have brunch in DC. Service and food was great.

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Robert
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ambar experience is a fantastic value at $40. Worth every penny.

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Lov2eat
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

David was incredible....very attentive and personable! Food was great at a terrific price. Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was Fabulous!!! The Ambar experience food and drink was well worth!! We will come back again

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Jose
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Fantastic food with excellent taste combinations that let you try new and different things going out of the ordinary. It’s a pity that the waiters are not doing a job that is at the level of the food, although the service level is Ok

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StephieL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was delicious!! Ambar accommodated my veganism very well and was a great place to celebrate a birthday!

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Anotherfoodie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Family get-together brought six of us out for a very enjoyable lunch express experience at Ambar. Service was excellent, and food was almost as good as at the VA location. Energetic music in the background was a little distracting, but we all loved the drunken mussels and the fish of the day especially.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review