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About Ambar

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.

523 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Balkan style, Jugoslavian, Eastern European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch : Monday - Friday 11am - 2pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10am - 3:30pm
Dinner: Monday / Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday 4pm - 10pm
Friday 4pm - 11pm
Saturday 4:30pm - 11pm
Sunday 4:30pm - 10pm

Cross Street:
E Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 813-3039

Website:
http://www.ambarrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking
Street parking

Public Transit:
Blue & Orange and Silver metro stop on Easter Market

Just south of Eastern Market Metro exit

Executive Chef:
Ivan Zivkovic

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Ljubodrag Mojsilovic at draza@ambarrestaurant.com or 202.813.7350.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

FIRST SEATING (5pm-8:15 pm) offers unlimited small plates (including 6 New Years's specials) and selected drinks for $69 per person. There is a 2h time limit for 1st seating reservations.

SECOND SEATING (9:00pm - 10:30pm) offers unlimited small plates (including 6 New Years's specials) and selected

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Private Dining

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.

Ambar Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.7

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (89)
Creative Cuisine (69)
Fit for Foodies (69)
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Authentic (66)
Good for a Date (64)
Neighborhood Gem (59)
Special Occasion (58)
Fun (57)
Casual (49)
Good for Groups (48)
Tasting Menu (42)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Great for Brunch (38)
Cozy (37)
Good Vegetarian Options (37)
Hot Spot (36)
Worth the Drive (36)
Bar Seating (35)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Comfort Food (26)
Great for Lunch (23)
Romantic (23)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Sunday Lunch (18)
People Watching (18)
Happy Hour (17)
Healthy (17)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Business Meals (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Notable Wine List (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Seasonal (7)
Spicy (7)
Vegan (7)
Great Beer (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Ambar is literally the best place to have bottomless brunch in DC! Smiljana has been our server both times we have been and she is diligent, hardworking and kind. If you haven't done bottomless brunch at ambar in DC.... You're wrong!

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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

My favorite restaurant in DC

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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

A unique concept I wanted to try because of all the positive experiences friends have had visiting the Balkans, and the great reviews and photos of the restaurant. I liked the ability to share the small plates, the authentic-seeming nature of the menu, helpful friendly people, and the cozy ambience. The food was good, not great for my palate, but others more familiar with this cuisine could judge from a better perspective. All in all a pleasant experience, and I've sufficiently satisfied my curiosity.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Cozy
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service3
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was great. We ordered the Balkan Express and had all kinds of wonderful food. It’s a good way to sample a lot of food. Favorites were the spreads, roasted pepper, and the prosciutto. Our server, Megan, was really fabulous and offered great suggestions.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

Great spot. Would definitely go again. Super flavorful

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food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Really good food and service! A good time was had by all!

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food5
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 (Brazil)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Delicious Eastern European tapas. Strongly suggest the tsarina menu. Friendly Service. Reasonable prices. Worth the try.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

This restaurant is great but ONLY if you do one of the unlimited deals. However, these deals are VERY good for the price and the quality of the food and cocktails is great. The $49/person "Balkan Experience" allows you to order basically anything on the menu food-wise but has a very limited cocktail menu -- not really a problem, though, since the included cocktails are really good, especially the mojito. You can also order the $35 special if you want food and no alcohol, but if you do want to drink, the Balkan Experience pays for itself after just two drinks. Our server was Megan (meghan?) and she was AMAZING -- so, so helpful, very attentive, and amazing in her knowledge of the menu.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

My first time having Balkan food, and based on my experience, I’ll be back! Delicious food, great service, and fun vibe.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I am a huge foodie. I live in Asheville NC which is a small city but has a large concentration of really delicious dining with local ingredients. While in DC I had some good meals but would always say afterward that such and such in Asheville is doing this and better. Until Ambar. The value for the food. Every single dish was outstanding, fresh, delicious. My favorites were the mussels, Brussel sprouts and the steak tartare. The drinks were amazing and strong! I can’t believe for $49 what you get and there is no skimping on anything. My husband who is def not a foodie also loved it. I can’t say enough things about this place. Service was also excellent. If u live in DC just go. One of the best food experiences I have had ever.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The best dinner ever! Everything on the menu is good! Highly recommend the $49 Balkan experience.

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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The $39 "Balkan Experience" brunch with unlimited small plates and bottomless mimosas makes for a really wonderful meal with friends. You can try all the different Balkan dishes, share with friends, and enjoy the very social atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tapas, Fun, Casual, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Best food and service in DC

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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fun all you can drink/eat. Often crowded so must get reservation. Waited a while to get our table

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food5
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service4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Absolutely loved it! Can’t wait to go back!! Brought a group during a business trip and everyone had a great experience! Food and service was excellent!!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

I took two other CEOs here. They both travel a lot, and eat a lot of business meals.

They really, really liked the food.

I was frankly amazed at how much food they ordered. I told him to get the all you can eat $49 option.

They kept asking me how I found it. I told him I had eaten at Ambar before and really liked it.

I also told them it was number five on OpenTable’s top 10 list for restaurants in DC.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Spicy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (México)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great Informal Restaurant, almost every dish on the menu is delicious. You can´t go wrong with any option. Plates are on the smaller side so we ended up ordering 5 or 6 dishes for two people to share and it was great, got to try a little bit of everything.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas
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food5
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service4
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent Balkan cuisine with a modern twist. The forest gnocchi, while not what I expected, was a truly amazing experience for the senses. A little on the noisy side, and I was not crazy about the high top table, but we had a wonderful time celebrating my daughter's sixteenth birthday there. The staff made her - and the rest of us - feel very special indeed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

My 3rd trip to Ambar, I have been for dinner, lunch and now brunch. Food is always spot on. Picked the "Balkan Experience", $30 dollars for all the food you can eat, add $9 more that inludes mimosa and bloody mary all you can drink(I wanted red wine, so just ordered drinks ala carte). First small plates ordered came out fast, hot and delicious. Really enjoyed the dishes. We had a new server, she was very good technically, just a little nervous and quiet, but very sweet and attentive- only gave service 4 stars, because my to other visits the servers were absolutely top notch. Love this place. Must mention the host- she was super sweet, helpful, friendly and efficient.

Tags: Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fun
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was our first visit. We will return. Ambar offers an interesting variety of tastes and textures including a creative spin on some typical Eastern European comfort food. it is impossible to sample everything that appears interesting on a single visit.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent food, service ambiance and value. No annoying music. Reasonable portion sizes

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Simply amazing, best value restaurant in DC and that I have been to

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

We were surprised with dessert... beignets in chocolate and a creamy sorbet. A very friendly family restaurant

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Wow! Outstanding overall. We tried the "Balkan Experience" and were impressed. Creative small plates that just kept coming. The service was impeccable. I would travel to DC just to eat there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We got the

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent Food! Wonderful, helpful and attentive staff.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Casual, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is our 2nd year visiting Washington from Connecticut. Ambar Restaurant is by far the highlight of our visit, including monuments and museums. The taste, variety and value of the food on the unlimited menu is hard to believe. The staff took great care of us. We look forward to visiting Ambar again next year.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Tapas, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

They treated us great for our anniversary

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We went to Ambar for dinner and couldn’t have been happier with the experience. We chose the Balkan Experience and it was worth every penny. The dishes kept coming out and everything was delicious.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was our second visit, the first time was with our 2 kids, this time for our anniversary. Exceeded all expectations both times!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent! $50 for all you can eat small plates and drinks or $35 for just all you can eat food. Great food and an excellent deal. We had a wonderful date night! I recommend the stuffed cabbage (:

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Ambar is not only reliable food, but an excellent dining experience altogether. We always try something new and are never disappointed. Our service was wonderful. We love ambar and always chose it to take visitors from out of town. Tonight was no exception.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Four for dinner, so reservations were a good idea. We tried the tasting menu - one price, tried twice as many dishes as if we ordered separately. EVERY DISH WAS DIFFERENT AND DELICIOUS!!! My favorite was the sour cabbage. Something on the menu for every guest. We had great conversation and it was fun to share plates on try the variety offered. A really great value too. Our waiter was attentive, made great recommendations, and allowed us to have a vibrant dinner conversation. I will definitely return. Good for two people, great for four. I have many food allergies and the chef and waiter were able to accommodate me and alert me to possible allergens. My guests loved the experience as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Ambar serves a unique, high quality Serbian/Balkan menu, tappas-style which is a wonderful experience every time, particularly if you enjoy sampling food from a new world region. The wait staff are very friendly and provide terrific service. The atmosphere is festive and terrific for celebrations with friends and family. An interesting an array of wine, beer, liquor, and mixed drinks from around the world are fun to sample. All the way around a terrific experience!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Tapas, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Fun, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Recommended by our server, the sour cabbage was probably the most memorable with the right amount of fat to tartness from the cabbage. The wine, I had the Bulgarian Gamze was fantastic. Exactly what our server had said it would be, full-bodied and it did not disappoint.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Unique & delicious food
Very accommodating service
That neon sign on the back wall that reads ‘slow food’ is NOT turned on, for good reason. Although the ingredients qualify as slow food quality, the dishes come fast.
If I find myself in DC again, I’ll definitely return to Ambar. [Went to Zaytinya the following night, which wasn’t as enjoyable as Ambar.]

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Ambar is my favorite place to eat. I have been there many time for dinner but this was the first time I had been to Ambar for lunch. We did the Balkan Experience for $19 which you can share and it was delicious. The staff is excellent and give excellent recommendations. I plan to go back there many more times. It's such a fun and interesting restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I had never tried Balkan food and was eager to do so. I loved everything about the experience. The friendly staff, the cozy ambiance, and most definitely the food. It was all excellent and we could only debate about the degree of fantastic. Not a dud among the substantial number of plates we tried. Oh, the cabbage...the lamb. Go! It was wonderful

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Vegan, Casual, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The Balkan experience (unlimited small plates and drinks) for $49 was an incredible deal. The food was flavorful and plentiful, so different, yet elevated versions of what you would see on so many foodie-adored menus. Marco, our waitstaff, was incredible...quick, informative, pleasant. I would literally plan another trip to DC JUST to go to this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Absolutely loved the food and overall experience!

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