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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.
Washington, DC 20003
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
$30 and under
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Blue & Orange and Silver metro stop on Easter Market
Just south of Eastern Market Metro exit
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
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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
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.
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.
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.]
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.
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
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.
Ambar is my favorite brunch destination in D.C. The staff welcomes me like family and the food is unique, authentic and so very tasty. We do the "Balkan Experience" for $39. Unlimited brunch drinks and small plates. We always leave full and happy without breaking the bank. Give this place a try. You will be glad you did!
This is my second time coming here for the Balkan Experience and I feel it is well worth the money. The food is absolutely amazing and the wait staff is excellent at explaining each dish. The mojitos are by far some of the best I’ve ever had. This trip we came to celebrate my husband’s birthday and the staff gave him a special dessert making the night all the more memorable. I will definitely continue to come here for more special occasions.
We are from Canada visiting Washington DC. We were very pleased with our server chris.she was very friendly and helpful since we had never experienced this type of restaurant before. She made us feel very comfortable with any questions we had. Service was great ,food was excellent,drinks were delicious. We would highly recommend this restaurant to our travelling friends. And we would definitely come back when in the city again.
Outstanding food and value with plenty of options to suit everyone's palate. The $49 bottomless menu and select cocktails is too good to be true. I can't wait to go back and share the experience with friends. Staff is friendly and efficient. Moldovan wines are excellent and it was a treat to find them here.
A very Good Brunch -
went here with group of 4 friends. What was great is that one friend has a food allergy and the other dairy and gluten free. Ambar has an allergy menu that they can then modify depending on the allergy. Plenty of food through the brunch balkan experience. Only small issue - wished would have filled our drinks faster. But the food is by far the best brunch food (especially for a bottomless place) I have had.
Ambar's small plates, Balkan-oriented food is always interesting and varied, and the service is consistently friendly and professional. It's a very good value at any time but for weekend "all you want to eat and drink" brunch it must be one of the very best deals in the Washington area. My wife and I will return again and again...
My husband and I ate at the bar and had the Balkan Experience for Saturday brunch. We had great service and suggestions from our server/bartender (who actually is from Serbia). Very generous with the re-fills on the delicious peach and berry mimosas, and all you want to eat of the great little small plates to share. Everything was delicious, but especially the roasted mushroom crepes, the cheese pie, and pork slider. We tried the spreads, charcuterie platter salad, pear waffle, and homemade sourdough donuts with jam. It was ALL great.
We love tapas-style dining and the Serbian restaurant, Ambar, excelled. The $49 pp special is a real deal. That inlcudes unlimited tapas and house wines. (The bubbly, white, and red were all quite good.) The next night we dined at a Spanish tapas restaurant, Estadio, which was also very good. We also dined at more formal DC restaurants (Le Diplomate and Blue Duck Tavern) but we prefered the tapas experiences by far.
I came at about 1:30 while they were serving lunch. It was a very pleasant atmosphere. Their Zucchini soup was outstanding. They didn't have many vegetarian options on the lunch menu, but I did order the vegetarian open face sandwich and the mushroom beet hummus open face sandwich. I was a little wary of the open face because I wanted a sandwich, but they were both super delicious and filling. They were priced very well and I would order them again.
It was a wonderful evening! We enjoyed our drinks and food very much. We especially liked the baked pies, the cabbage casuela, and the desserts (forest gnocchi). Our server Milos was absolutely amazing. He guided us through the menu very nicely and represented the Serbian hospitality perfectly.
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