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Ambar Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
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Ambar Capitol Hill

4.8
4.8
3944 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 144 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Balkan style, Modern European, Eastern European

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 813-3039

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nenad Petrovic

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Tamara Jovanovic: (855) 993-1691

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Cross street

    E Street

  • Parking details

    Public metered parking via parking station is available along 8th Street, SE from E Street to our north to I street to our south. 2 hour residential parking located nearby in the surrounding neighborhood at E Street, G Street, 7th Street, and 9th StreetOrange, Blue and Silver Lines exiting at the Eastern Market metro station are next to Ambar.

  • Public transit

    We are metro accessible via the Orange, Blue and Silver Lines exiting at the Eastern Market metro station. Walk east to 8th Street and then proceed south 1 and a half blocks to our location at 523 8th Street (west side of the block).<br />

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,944 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

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  1. ET

    EvitaT

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience from the food to drinks. We did the 2 hr unlimited dinner where you can sample any item off the menu endlessly for 2 hours. We also did the unlimited drinks too. The ambiance was amazing. The service was great too.
  2. R

    Rachel

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My mother is a total vegetarian but we found more than enough tasty, interesting dishes for her as well as very satisfying slow cooked lamb for me. We can’t wait to come back for more! Also the decor & vibe is lovely. Will recommend to many friends!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Helpful service. Picked out delicious wine. Steered us toward kid friendly options. Accommodating and yummy!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved every plate that came out! Our server, Paul, surprised us with a dessert to celebrate our anniversary that was delicious and beautiful — as were all of the plates. The staff, the experience, and of course the food made for a wonderful evening.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, and the service, especially the hostess, Was awesome! I unexpectedly had a bigger party and they were able to accommodate us with ease
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great experience and the staff exude a great spirit of hospitality.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came with a large family, mixed ages, with the youngest being6. It was fantastic! We did the Ambar experience for the table. The food arrived quickly, but we didn’t feel rushed. There was something for everyone. The waiter was engaging and fun, and he even brought a bonus dessert welcoming us as first time diners. Excellent overall.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food was okay. My drinks were good, I had the Simply Bliss and Strawberry G & T. The service was top notch. The place is worth a try to form your own opinion.
  9. T

    Tylerup

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Balkan experience! The plates were delightfully presented, and the flavor in each dish was unforgettable. Would definitely return, and will be suggesting to my friends!
  10. W

    Wendy

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Food was underwhelming and disappointing. Was really looking forward to the experience after reading all the positive reviews but we did not like our meal at all. Tried many of the items on the menu hoping we would find something we liked but we left feeling like it was a total waste of time and money. Lacked flavour, tasted like fast food and it really didn’t help when I pulled a hair out of my spread.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Although it is bottomless, the food took quite a while to come out and we had to order a few items a couple of times until we actually got it. Once we actually received the food after a while, it ended up being cold. Especially the waffles and sourdough balls.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My overall experience was awesome, love everything about the place and the food, the seer ice was great, I would definitely come back
  13. WL

    WeLoveBrunch

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing time. Beautiful decor on the third floor. Food was fresh and delicious. Would definitely revisit
  14. LZ

    LeslieZ

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing g experience for our group of eight for a birthday celebration! Food was just like eating at Babcia’s house - only better! And our server, Sean Patrick, was terrific!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful first time visit for my friend. They were so accommodating when we asked to be moved outside, then back inside because of the rain. Will always bring friends and family here who come to visit.
  16. CS

    CynthiaS

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Delicious food and good service. We went for the unlimited tasting menu, in which they bring small plates of basically everything on the menu to the table for everyone to sample. It was a staggering amount of food--we more or less had to be rolled out--and basically everything was either good or great. The restaurant has different areas and the noise level varies; we were fortunately seated in one of the quieter rooms. I particularly recommend the lasagna, cheese pie, and strawberry quinoa salad.
  17. JB

    JonnyB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent value especially if you choose the one time charge instead of ala carte. Servers are friendly and professional. The food is excellent and I was so happy to find there is an allergy menu because of my gluten sensitivity.
  18. NC

    NikolijaC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vuk was a great server! Food is delicious as well.
  19. GG

    GinaG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been enjoying Ambar birthday brunch for years, but opted for the Balkan dinner experience this last visit. Our server led the experience and plates were just showing up out of the kitchen. It was perfect for our dinner party of 8. We opted for the wine and drinks package as well and my glass was never empty. Great food & service. Another wonderful experience and memory. Thank you Ambar!
  20. N

    Nick

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I got the bottomless small plates style dinner and definitely plan on going back. Absolutely incredible food
  21. E

    E333

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance, food comes in on time and is good quality for the price
  22. M

    Megan

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was excellent and different than the usual cuisine even in DC where there are many choices. Service was excellent. Particularly enjoyed the Balkan salad, grilled steak, kabobs, and bacon.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    I chose Ambar for my bridal brunch and unfortunately I left disappointed. I booked my table more than a month in advance, and asked them for a nice table since we were celebrating. They put us right by the door, the restaurant was so hot, flies everywhere, not very good service and food wasn’t worth the struggle. I used to live this place, but It will be a pass from now on.
  24. HK

    HeatherK

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Love the small plate concept as my husband and I love to try everything. Service was fast, drinks were good. Had a great wine recommended by the waitress.
  25. P

    Pete

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Food was more reminiscent of Spain's Tapas, and for my money Jaleo and Zitanya much better. Chairs were most uncomfortable and atmosphere was loud and frenetic - not conducive to conversation let along business conversation. Decent but not one to go to with regularity. All you can eat for $45 was novel (and $25 for select cocktails) but it took 20 minutes to get the manager to show us a menu with pricing if we didn't want to gorge like that.
  26. s

    sricks

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious & varied food in a casual environment that was perfect for our group of 6 adults, eating outside. We loved sharing the small plates & trying the variety of cheese pie, lamb lasagne, shredded pork over mashed potatoes, croquettes, salmon, and breads. Cheerful, friendly service. Everyone was gracious when I had to change the number of people in our reservation twice. Waitress was knowledgeable and helpful in navigating the menu. She clearly enjoyed demonstrating the unusual “deconstructed” dessert & was nice about taking our picture. Next time, we will bring our daughter’s puppy, since dogs are allowed at outside tables.
  27. JB

    JorgeBlanco

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was much much better than expected, since it was the first time we visited the restaurant. We enjoyed the combination of flavors and plating. Service was sharp. It is a place that we will be back for sure. Highly recommended.
  28. RR

    RandyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This needs to be a MUST on your "Where To Eat" list whenever visiting DC! The lunch price is very reasonable for what you get... a huge list of items from which to choose and they bring out as many "small plates" as you would like... it's a great concept that allows the diner to try a variety of dishes rather than just one. Everything is wonderful but the Brussell Sprouts (seriously!), Lamb Lasagna, and Pork Neck (tasted like a steak hot off the backyard grill!) were particularly amazing. The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff was very friendly + helpful, and the food is absolutely 5-Stars... the only place I've ever eaten with similar quality is Commander's Palace in New Orleans.
  29. LB

    LukeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get it all, I mean it’s all you can eat so why not!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food, great experience! The staff were helpful, the food came out quickly. The gentleman at the host stand was a little gruff upon check-in. Other staff were nice, friendly, and attentive.
  31. CM

    CarlaM

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just so thoroughly pleased with our second visit to Ambar. The hostess went out of her way to seat us where we wanted to seated which absolutely changed our entire experience. Food was phenomenal. Servers were kind and efficient. We have had dinner and now lunch and looking forward to brunch! So thankful to have a consistent go-to place so close to home. Really appreciate the entire staff❤️
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Poor service, missing host, food was edible I guess
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food excellent as always. Well staffed!!! Much better experience than our last Ambar experience in Clarendon where we usually go…..
  34. A

    Anonymous

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    We have eaten at Ambar countless times, engaging in the all-inclusive food and drink experience, and usually we are huge fans, but this particular visit was unsatisfactory. The food and drinks were much slower than normal to arrive at our table, despite the restaurant not being crowded compared with our other visits (Sunday evening); our waiter noticeably ignored us when we tried to get his attention to order; and none of our allergen-related requests were followed (a first time for Ambar—every other time we have been to Ambar every dish comes out as ordered, per their allergen menu), leading to an inability to eat many of the dishes ordered. The manager got involved and was very helpful in getting the food and drinks to the table, but our waiter clearly forgot our stated allergies and forgot to put in some of our order. Not sure what went wrong this time, but we were sadly disappointed. Hopefully just a one-time issue.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Horrible. Food was underwhelming and lukewarm. Drinks were extremely disappointing as well
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greta place to take family or go for birthdays (brunch experience is so good)
  37. KR

    KelvinR

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Ambar for an early brunch and the food and service was great. Will be back.
  38. MB

    MonicaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have visited twice in one week! The unlimited variety of drinks was just the icing on the cake. By far one of the best brunches in the DMV!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cuisine and a decent ambiance. Two hours of all you can eat tapas is sure to leave your stuffed!
  40. S

    Starnell

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious. As always.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 3944 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 144 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Ambar Capitol Hill

523 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E Street

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Balkan style, Modern European, Eastern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public metered parking via parking station is available along 8th Street, SE from E Street to our north to I street to our south. 2 hour residential parking located nearby in the surrounding neighborhood at E Street, G Street, 7th Street, and 9th StreetOrange, Blue and Silver Lines exiting at the Eastern Market metro station are next to Ambar.

  • Public transit

    We are metro accessible via the Orange, Blue and Silver Lines exiting at the Eastern Market metro station. Walk east to 8th Street and then proceed south 1 and a half blocks to our location at 523 8th Street (west side of the block).

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nenad Petrovic

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 813-3039

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Tamara Jovanovic: (855) 993-1691

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