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Ambar Capitol Hill

4.7
3637 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 3637 people are saying
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JoanV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been to Ambar in quite some time. They have renovated the restaurant and it is very attractive. They have seating on the first and second floor which is up a high staircase in case you have difficulty with that. We had about 12 dishes and each one was delicious. The sauces are outstanding and I wanted to lick the plate of several (ask for a spoon so you can get it all out). I selected their award winning desert and it was fantastic starting with the presentation. The traffic cops were out so watch where you park. I want to go back before Restaurant Week is over. The two of us shared our dishes but there many more to try. The service was not rushed nicely paced. Lunch on a Tuesday.

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Rosey
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marco was amazing!! Really topped off our first time experience, will definitely be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time sitting at the bar while waiting for our table. Our bartender Marcko was so fantastic that we ditched the table when it was ready and stayed for him! The drinks were strong and delicious and the food was to die for! We were lucky to be there during restaurant week. We will come back as soon as possible when in DC again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience.

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Selina
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We came during the last day of restaurant week 2022 and were very underwhelmed. Our server was great and friendly but unfortunately, the food came out too slowly. We had to cancel our desserts because we were there for over two hours and still had not received the dishes we had placed 30 minutes prior. The food was subpar and most dishes came to us barely above room temp. The best thing we had was the lasagna but every other dish did not compare. Everything was just average.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such an amazing experience at Ambar! Will absolutely be coming back. We did the restaurant week all you can eat special and it was worth every cent. The ability to try dozens of dishes is something so rare, and our waiter Vuc was so knowledgeable and quick. Absolutely recommend this place to everyone for incredible food and service.

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Angeman
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was just OK, the service was good, but the notice level was very high!

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SLRatiff
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience with brunch! My best friend was in town for her birthday and I've told her so much about the restaurant that she couldn't wait to try it. We were able to get the table we requested and the service was excellent for this visit!

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morgsvstheworld
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

I'm sure this would be a nice spot if I didn't go for brunch. My entire party of 5 got extremely sick after eating & one of them is headed to the doctor now. The food was honestly terrible but their mimosas we're pretty good. I wanted to try them for dinner because I know brunch experiences can be limited but after all of us getting as sick as we did, I won't be back.

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Karen
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing experience at Ambar during restaurant week. The food was delicious and made to order and the selection was vast! We were outside and the heaters kept us warm. There was a big gaping hole in the side of the tent facing the road we’d get a cold breeze every-time a car passed. It was a regal experience overall!!

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BranB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was great. Nice casual gathering. The unlimited tapas and drinks came out at a great pace. The waiter was constantly checking on if we were ready to put additional food or drinks in. Lovely experience

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ArnoldoJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here last year after our COVID online wedding with the Justice of the Peace. So it was only fitting to come for our wedding anniversary. As always, the food, drinks, and service were on point. You cannot go wrong with Ambar because we have never had a bad experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic! Extremely attentive and helpful! We had such a great time

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place, great food, our server was amazing. Good place for big groups and special occasions!

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TomL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ambar was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in DC. I went with friends for restaurant week and every one of the small plates I got was incredible. The stuffed cabbage, smoked sausage, and goulash were standouts. Drinks were great and we paid for the unlimited option, but the prices without it were great for DC. $11/12 for most drinks—for their quality and for a restaurant like this, almost unheard of. Server was very kind. Service in general was a little slower, but it was a Friday night during restaurant week—totally understandable, but good to keep in mind if you’re going. Only thing I wish they had were better heaters or heaters for the ground (our legs were frozen!) but at 22 degrees it’s hard to do much, and I can’t fault them much—again, just good to keep in mind if you’re eating outside. Overall a great time and the food is truly astounding.

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Myobdiva
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome food, and the price point was reasonable. Ordered some food multiple times (the drunken mussels)

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Toni
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Outdoor heating needs improvement

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EmilyEats
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Delicious and great deal for restaurant week! Highly recommend

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outandabout
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
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 on January 17, 2022
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 on January 17, 2022
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 on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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DerrelL
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
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 dessert for my wife. Thanks.

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ColleenM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
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 on January 15, 2022
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 on January 15, 2022
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 on January 15, 2022
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 on January 14, 2022
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 on January 14, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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

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GeneT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
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 on January 14, 2022
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!