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Ambar Capitol Hill

4.7
3618 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 $25 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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 3618 people are saying
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outandabout
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food variety was extensive and each dish was delicious. Our server was helpful, professional and very courteous. She helped us choose items on the menu as it was our first time and she was spot on with her suggestions. Will come back again very soon!

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AleB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Mi primer visita al Ambar, sin conocer si fuese un restaurante español podría decir que hicimos un tapeo. Sus platos llenos de color, sabores intensos. Sus vinos únicos. Una buena barra de tragos. Sus dulces fueron el cierre perfecto. Ambiente muy agradable.

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JackieS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambar is amazing. The price is reasonable and the food is fantastic. It's perfect for 2 or 3 people since they are small plates. But since it is all you can eat, you can order things just to try and are not wasting a lot of food if you don't enjoy it. 10/10

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LeeC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent choice for a brunch, great food and drink, attentive service

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DerrelL
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time dining at Ambar. Can’t wait for next time. Pricey but worth it. Servers did a great job. Birthday visit and they brought out a free desert for my wife. Thanks.

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ColleenM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I came back after a few years to my one of my favorites, and Ambar didn't disappoint! We love the ability to try so many different yummy dishes with which we aren't typically familiar; and during these cold months, the food is a great compliment. Also, if you are adventurous, try the Forest Gnocchi for dessert--it's fun and worth it.

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TannerF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best experience dining I have ever had. The food was great and the staff was great. Ambar will be a must stop every time I am in D.C..

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none
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. My visitors from out of town will always insist on going again. Paul is the best - give him a raise!!

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CutePiggy
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. With all you can eat, you'd maybe expect the server to discourage you from ordering too much, but instead they were welcoming and helpful with recommendations. It was really great

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EbonyC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed myself too much to take pictures however I love this place! Highly recommend. I love the Ambar experience!

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Trish
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Many of the dishes were too salty. Our waiter was wonderful.

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GeneT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was awesome! We had cocktails pre dinner and then had mezzes for dinner with a lush red wine.

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SoonerSteve
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

To celebrate my wife's 70th birthday, we decided to try this highly rated Balkan restaurant. At our waiter's suggestion, we purchased the 44.99 eat all you can in two hours sampler. Most of the tiny dishes were very good to excellent with no real disappointments. The highlight of our meal was the beet tzatziki with naan and fried bread. Outstanding appetizer!! We ordered it three times. The highlight of the evening was our waiter, Carlos, who patiently explained the ordering process and occasionally offered his own opinions and preferences to guide us gently along. He also delivered a surprise birthday dish to my wife at the end of the meal. The upstairs dining area was quieter, it seemed, than downstairs, and warmer. The ambiance was very pleasing. The event was a little on the expensive side but for the service and unique experience it was worth it.

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vipESUS
Washington DC
142 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had a late lunch here on a quiet January afternoon and was impressed with the service and the food. We had the $25 express lunch which has a large menu. Stand-outs were the grilled pork neck, the ajvar and the slow roasted lamb which was delicious - it is very rich with fat. We liked the pork and ajvar so much we ordered a take-out portion. We were excited about the cheese pie but unfortunately it was very dry. Pita bread and the cornbread were great. The highlight was the service - friendly, prompt and courteous.

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DaniellaY
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, love the vibes. Zero complaints!

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GillianA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really great,
I love to eat excellent food and to have small amounts of lots of different types of food and that’s exactly what this restaurant offers
The food is above average superior quality and for a flat fee you can get any of the food and drink on the main menu which is extensive.
I can’t believe I haven’t been here before and I’m planning on taking everyone I know to this restaurant
Plus our server who seem to be one of the managers was excellent

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vipStevo
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Food quality is amazing. Service is great. Strongly recommend!

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vipAdamJ
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipAmyN
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing brunch… checkin had me a little on edge as so many people love this place… it was busy to checkin even with a reservation, but it was worth the wait. Our servers were amazing. We had never been, but enjoyed the menu… tried so many of the brunch offerings. It was a great deal for tapas-style menu, ordered a little bit at a time ,plus amazing drinks. We sampled so many little plates and focused on getting Balkan plates to make sure we enjoyed the house fare. We got the drink special for $8.99 a person which included top notch mimosas with true fruit puree, homemade Bloody Mary’s, and house made sangria. We walked the street and other outlets were selling mimosas for $23 a person - really? We had amazing handcrafted drinks for $8.99 and an incredible Brunch menu of small plates and great service. The best!! I recommend 1000 percent!

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Shaunie
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambar is always amazing and it is our favorite spot in the city. Never disappoints. Food is amazing and the drinks are great! And service is always wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with great service.

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vipZhane
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I always love Ambar but the NYD special was amazing! Such great food!

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vipTNPrincess
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had NYE's reservations and were extremely well taken care of. The food is delicious and I can't wait to go again when I visit D.C.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service, food and whole experience is always OUTSTANDING! ❤️❤️

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Lilly
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I went to Ambar for NYE. We sat at the bar and our server, David, was really great. Food overall was pretty good - we got the NYE unlimited food special so we were able to try a bunch of different dishes

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CarinnC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was amazinggg !! We came for NYE, they had a special going for unlimited small plates for a flat fee per person. We definitely got our moneys worth by making sure to not have eaten lunch earlier in the day and we tried a ton of different food. Service was fair, in the beginning he was very attentive and explained the ordering process well (not many people there at that time) but midway through our meal he got sat with several tables at once and I felt like he had way to much to keep track of (he was also making drinks at the bar). I think if he wasn’t slammed with tables all at once and didn’t have to make drinks for everyone he would have continued to have been a great server. Overall If you are looking for a tasting experience this is the place to go! Just be prepared for a hefty bill at the end.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ambar never disappoints. Food is always outstanding. Service always excellent. We love eating outside. My only constructive comment would be that it would be nice if they dressed up the outdoor dining area just a little bit—-and especially create more separation from the diners at Matchbox. When we were last at Ambar eating outside, there was one table of diners at the Matchbox area and they were so incredibly loud it was unreal. It was almost like they were just daring someone to ask them to quiet down. It put a damper on our enjoyment of our experience at Ambar.

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vipLikegoodfood
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Once again another azing lunch at Ambar. The food is sensational and the fixed price lunch is the best bargain in DC. Service was very slow, but that us expected in these times. A must go to restaurant.

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vipStefanie
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

It’s not the same ambar- menu has changed so much

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MindyR
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is phenomenal! Everything was exceptional to include all the servers and staff! This will be a location I ensure I visit every time I come to the area. You will not be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was outstanding, food is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great maravilloso

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food ambiance and service was EXCELLENT! Ambar is one of my favorite restaurants… it’s soooo much fun and each
Dish we tried was delicious!! We definitely will be back!!

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Anny
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Margaritas were also very good