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Ambar Capitol Hill

4.8
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2895 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

2h time limit wont apply for brunch reservations made after 1:30pm due to service closure at 3:30pm.

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2895 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
ambience
4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an excellent experience to be able to share authentic cuisine with a friendly staff. All of the portions may have seemed small, but were quite ample in the flavor and portions. It allowed for us to taste a multitude of different flavors and textures. We still left feeling like we were going to burst!!

It was nothing short of amazing!!

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vipkevadiva
Austin
11 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a special place. Food and drinks were exceptional. Loved all of the small plate options. GREAT service. Cornelio was the BEST!

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DavidH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Food
Good service
Good Value overall
Will come back again soon!

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ChristyC
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an experience! Perhaps the best meal I've ever had. Every dish that we tried was absolutely delicious! The lamb lasagna was our very favorite. Look forward to making a return trip.

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vipMOfoodie
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The unlimited menu is great value and great food.

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SamanthaA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ambar and every time we visit and today was no exception. Our orders were delivered in a timely and test perfectly spaced order so that we all comfortably ate and enjoyed our food as it came out. Always a lively and memorable experiences!

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Rachel075
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I wish we had seen the server just a little more often but it was fabulous otherwise

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DomH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service!!! We went for Sunday brunch for a 12:30pm reservation, but was unable to be seated for the time of our reservation. We had to wait an extra 15 minutes for our table to be available, but the staff was very apologetic. The manager gave us a pair of mimosas as we waited. She also ordered us some tapas (almost half the menu), so that as so as we were seated we had food coming out ready for us. We got a chance to try so foods that we would not have usually ordered. Overall a very great experience.

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vipLizC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new upstairs area with the open air roof was beautiful. The Ambar is always a great choice for brunch.

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vipKatAM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Rufiya was AMAZING

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AngelaWB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambar was a wonderful experience that both my husband and myself thoroughly enjoyed! We had the unlimited small plates and unlimited cocktails, which I highly recommend. The food was amazing. We especially loved the meatballs and the lamb lasagna - we would dine there again for this dish alone! The cocktails were delicious and the atmosphere was extremely relaxed. Our service was also wonderful, even for a packed Saturday night dinner rush! I would recommend Ambar for an absolute delicious dining experience.

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Shaz
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sean was our server and he was incredible! We showed up a bit late for the brunch experience and he was nice enough to have us talk to the manager and they let us experience a bit of the bottomless brunch

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HW30
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Ambar for the first bottomless brunch experience I had been to in 2020 and I felt totally comfortable and safe. The staff was friendly and masked. We were seated with plenty of distance from other customers. It was clean, the food was excellent and there was a great variety of mimosa’s! I can’t wait to go back. 10/10 would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Honestly this was a really disappointing visit to ambar. This was my favorite restaurant when I moved to DC in 2018. I had reservations for my birthday at 8:30. We didn’t get seated until 8:50, so 20 min late. The server fairly came over to our table and we only got 90 min of the 2 hour open food and drinks because apparently they close at 10 on Friday’s. We didn’t get a birthday dessert or anything to celebrate, it was clear they just wanted us out. I was really sad as this was one of my favorite restaurants in DC. I really hope they will try and make this up to me because it was a pretty terrible way to spend a birthday, the light was also way too bright inside. It felt more like a Burger King than a luxury restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Highly recommend if you like Balkan cuisine.

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vipCanta
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Ambar is probably my favorite on Barracks Row. Since the onset of the pandemic, last Eve was my first to go with friend. I noticed that the portions have now become so ridiculously puny for the same price. The Balkan salad, which was one of my go to dishes, which used to be served in a large bowl, was now served on a small sauce plate! The mushy cauliflower was served in the same-sized sauce plate. The chicken skewers (3 small sticks) were half cooked that my friend had a gastro reaction to it. I’m not sure if they’re trying to recoup for loss of revenue because of the pandemic, but this is not the way to lure back loyal customers.

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SamR
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our favorite resturant (and resturant experience in DC). The food and beverage quality is excellent. We recently celebrated our second wedding anniversary here, sitting outside, feeling safe and trusting our hosts. We had an amazing time, as always. Truthfully, it was the best dinning experience we’ve had in 2020. Highly recommend this resturant to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the service and food.

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vipKelleyNicole
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Our server wasn’t it.. not attentive or personable. Loved the food, though!

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KelliS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriends and I recently went out for dinner here. We haven’t been anywhere since covid first started. We had such a great experience with Jacob as our server and everything from the food, drinks and ambiance was great.

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natterz
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful. You have the opportunity to try everything on the menu, and I recommend you absolutely do that. Wonderful drinks, fantastic food, phenomenal service. Highly recommend.

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vipdavidf
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff does an excellent job and moving plates through the meal. The various plates are provided and removed in an effortless flow. The food is amazing the meatballs, the stroganoff, the lamb and the cheese pie must be sampled!

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vipDCdiner
Tokyo
26 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambar is one of our favorites, and we always enjoy our visit. the new rooftop dining area is lovely and elegant without feeling stuffy. The roast lamb was outstanding (so tender). We will definitely return, again and again. It's always a good value for the money, and a wonderful choice.

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vipsquasher
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual. Brunch menu choices terrific. Slow cooked pork sliders totally delicious as was the peach lavender mimosaS. One of our three fav ❤ places to dine in DC. When you go out to eat in these horrid times, make the most of it GO TO AMBAR🥰 Fabulous

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xtinewyss
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch here was amazing, we ordered almost everything on the menu and loved everything we tried. There were a lot of drink options too which I always appreciate, especially different mimosa options! It was also recently renovated and the vibe was awesome. Great service too.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as usual. Amazing staff and quality of food

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vipTheBartender
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Thier online lunch menu did not match what they were currently offering. I was mildly disappointed with that.

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CHARLESG
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service and the food was BRILLIANT!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love the new menu! Every bite was delicious. The bottomless tapas is a smash hit and worth every penny.

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Fletcher
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, interesting menu and everything was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants. So sad to see the food go so far downhill, the Balkan salad looks as though it was made the day before and was inedible. I probably won’t be going there again

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AmirH
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice atmosphere. Would definitely go back.

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ArnoldoJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at Ambar and once again we were not disappointed. Service, food, ambience are all on point. We were able to enjoy the new rooftop and it was beautiful. Thank you again.

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vipdcsapper
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were told Ambar was good. I haven't had a Balkan meal since serving in Kosovo in 1999, so we decided to give it a go.
We don't drink alcohol, so we planned to get our money's worth of just the food from their all-in Brunch. It was brilliant.
Our server recognized us from another restaurant that we visited that he also works at! He was, once again, superb.
The food was exquisite. It was all delicious. It came in perfectly sized portions and was exactly as I remembered Balkan food.
We sat in their new rooftop and it was brilliant. Peaceful, perfection.

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themierz
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and friendly service. Felt very safe throughout meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful outdoor dining experience here. Sunday brunch was to die for, with fab small plates and bottomless mimosas. We opted to have our waitress pick our plates; totally awesome to be surprised by what came to the table! Loved absolutely every dish. Highly recommended.

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Garrett
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful and delicious newly remodeled restaurant.

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Keegan
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, nice staff. Definitely worth another visit.

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Anewcustomer
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!the decor was very beautiful and cozy.Staff was wonderful and very accommodating, would def come back!

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vipBistroCacao091420
Washington DC
111 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and suggestions from Zorana and staff. Loved every dish, from the veal soup to the lasagne, the sausages.

Rarely have I had too much food at a restaurant, but I did on Friday.

Will definitely be back.

FAQs

Ambar Capitol Hill does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now 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 2895 OpenTable diners.

Ambar Capitol Hill does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/order/?h=9c52e27f.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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