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Ambar Capitol Hill

4.8
3245 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 3245 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7
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4.6
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday celebration!

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vipToddK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the tapas-style pre-fixe menu. So many tasty options to choose from. Part of the experience is selecting which dishes to try and then which ones to reorder. Nearly everything that came out to us was delicious. The fried chicken was a surprise stand out, while the cheese pie was a surprise disappointment. The only issue I had with the food was dessert, which was just not great, which was sad, since it's the final impression made.

TD
vipTeddoDC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a relaxed, long lunch with old friends who had not seen each other in several years, Ambar was a very comfortable venue (inside on an oppressively hot afternoon) with genial and helpful staff ready to suggest dishes (and to help one guest avoid an uncommon food allergy).

AM
AndjelaM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was perfect and the food was even better! You should come and visit!

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Tabby
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third time visiting Ambar but the first time for everyone else in my party (6 people). I've had great experiences every time. The people in my party loved the restaurant, customer service and serving style. I would definitely go back again and again.

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RasR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Never had a bad meal or experience here. Food is always on point!

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vipKristin
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Indoors was as sweltering and humid as the outdoors because they kept the front door wide open until about an hour in to our reservation. It was very uncomfortable for our party. We were a party of 6 seated at a table that is more suited for 4, while there was a table that was set for 6 (a table for 2 and a table for 4 connected) that sat unoccupied for two hours, from before we were seated and until we were signing our check. We had a reservation made nearly a month in advance on May 24. This was a disappointment. The food was very good and our server was great with ordering dishes for us.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Water your flowers! And put ice on your drinks please!

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mle1
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a fancy occasion or for any event! Well worth the money! Only tip is to order the small plates in large quantities at a time because they take some time to prepare

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Family visiting town

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vipRoxaroni
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is one of the best in DC. It consistently has excellent service, excellent food, excellent value.

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Opulence
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the same waitress both times, Rufiya and she was awesome. She even brought the kids a little dessert at the end. Lamb lasagna is something to behold. We will come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the better brunch services in the city! Nice atmosphere and good food!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time at Ámbar Capitol Hill!!

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MaryM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here once before the renovation and knew I would be back, but didn't know it would be almost 2 years later! We did the all you can eat & drink experience and it was ABSOLUTELY worth it, if not more than worth it. Everything we ate and drank was incredible, our server was super attentive, and we actually had to tap out before our 2 hour limit because they kept the food and drinks coming so constantly. No complaints though, we were full and very very happy!

PM
PaulM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful staff on suggestions for first time diners. Food, service and atmosphere were top shelf.

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Spencer
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caught an early dinner in time to catch the happy hour specials. Very tasty, quick service, and a great value!

LR
LeoR
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitress was very attentive and helped us with all the choices of food and her recommendations were perfect. We all enjoyed the experience and the perfect prepared food.

RT
RebeccaT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, I think whose name was David (we sat upstairs in the back area, which was quieter than the main dining room), was fabulous. (He cut his finger slicing the lemon twist for my martini, which I felt badly about.) But he remained a fabulous server.

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CraigS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, we enjoy it every time we go. Will go back.

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TylerW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing. Our server Paul was very informative, patient and knowledgeable. Will definitely be coming back again

DG
DonnaG
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! We did the Ambar Experience and got to try chef's choice of the entire menu. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was amazing, and the price was a steal! Amazing!!!!!

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AlineF
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was spectacular. The food was incredible and a really mix of flavors. I really loved everything.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great value! Delicious food and so much of it! Did the unlimited drinks too, completely worth it

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Opulence
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch. It was great food. It takes awhile to get your food but it was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends visiting from out of town

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JillS
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Extraordinary food and the most spectacular service made for a perfect evening. I knew the food was wonderful but all together it exceeded my expectations.

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NickW
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. The express lunch is fun. We didn't know what to get and let the waitress pick dishes for us. Everything was delicious.

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PamL
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to DC wanting to eat a type of cuisine that we had never tried before and that wasn’t available back home. Ambar delivered!!! If you look at the menu online, it doesn’t seem like it would be that much of a departure from ordinary food. There is no way to describe how different the flavors of all the dishes are from say, standard American fare. Each bite was loaded with extraordinarily unique flavors. Our server told us that for $40 per person, they would bring out several varieties of small plates for the table to share. I’m not sure if this is the only way to dine here, but I cannot recommend this method enough!!! Each plate was a new discovery in taste-bud heaven!! The plates just kept coming!! The lamb lasagna is wonderful as well as the slow roasted lamb and salmon with eggplant jam. Finally we were stuffed, and could not actually finish the chicken skewers because we were trying to save some room for desert. We chose the Tres leches cake which was fabulous! We will definitely one back here the next time we come to DC.

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vipMh21
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here! First time back after the pandemic, and it hasn’t lost its charm one bit. Urös makes for the most perfect host and welcoming, and excellent care from our handsome server. My guests enjoyed their very first time here and look forward to many future visits! Thank you!

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ValentinI
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Convenient but not exceptional. Overpriced for something like tapas.

OA
OlgaA
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Estuvo bien pero no extraordinaro

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!! We loved everything we tried. The lunch special is the way to go. Tapa sized servings and all you can eat! This place is a must!!

KG
KrisG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Loved the small plates and opportunity to try many different things. We loved our server, Keagan, he was fantastic, so friendly and efficient. Can’t wait to return!

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LaurelH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We got the $40 per person small plate experience. The food was excellent and server knew the right things to bring us, with one of us being vegan and the other two not (we let him choose what to bring us). We ended up very full and satisfied, although we were surprised there was no final sweet to finish it off. Maybe that’s not a thing with Balkan food. The ambiance was fine, we sat upstairs in a relatively bright booth across from the bar. I don’t recall hearing any music or anything that added a mood-factor. Just delicious food in a simple, clean setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing; great food and even better service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing!! The food was great, our server was great! Overall I’ll be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting and delicious food.

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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 3245 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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