Ambar Capitol Hill
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I have never tried Balkan food before and it was a revelation !! Food was amazing. Love the concept of eating tapas style , that way we could try everything ( almost ). Service was kind and when we told them we were visiting from out of state , at the end they gave us for free a beautiful dessert! If you come to DC you must try this place
They were especially accommodating with our reservation. Food and service were great!
I eat out frequently. I have been to a number of highly rated restaurants in DC. Without question, Ambar is among the best of those offering small plates. We sampled a variety of dishes -- beet salad, brussel sprouts, salmon, lamb, etc. Each was cooked to perfection and served immediately after being prepared. The service was first class. Even the desert menu was a treat. Highly recommended.
Great find for excellent Serbian food and ambiance -
only recommendation is to upgrade the washroom facilities.
We were rushed out of the restaurant, our waitress even came over and handed us our check without us asking. The food is great but the service was slow and unwelcoming.
Nice place for meeting up with friends, mostly a yuppy crowd. Food was not very exciting but a good place to try a wide variety. Only memorable dish was baby beet salad with goat cheese. The starters, a variety of cheeses & spreads were not memorable. Meat & seafood dishes fare a little better. For fixed price of $49 for endless small plates and bottomless drinks (selected) is worth it if you are either very hungry or a big eater. Overall unimpressed but checked off my list of to try place.
Great food and great service. Kudos to Laura, she was the hostess with the mostest!
Love Ambar. But not thrilled about brunch menu. Typical American brunch. Love dinner Balkan experience. But not American brunch.
Amazing spot with amazing music!
Love Ambar's brunch. Our service was a bit slow because it was busy, but our server was delightful.
A big group of us went out to celebrate a friend’s birthday and they were very accommodating. The food was great (and authentic according to one of our guests who is Serbian). The service was excellent. Thank you!
Wonderful food, wonderful wait staff, and superb experience and hospitality all around. Whole staff deserved big tips :)
The restaurant was ok but I wouldn’t say it was exceptional. Overall distinctly average.
The food is very diverse, great quality and food presentation was excellent! We had two waitresses, Barbora and Milicia and they were outstanding! I highly recommend this restaurant for a great culinary experience.
I can't say enough about how awesome the food, ambiance, and service was at Ambar. This will be a go-to spot every time I visit DC.
Favorite place in DC! Great food and service. Manager was amazing and we will definitely be back
Bojan was great, thank you for the lovely dinner
We will be back!
This is a fantastic and unusual restaurant. I visit it whenever I come to Washington DC. The service is amazingly friendly and the food was scrumptious. Don’t miss it!
Visited after moving away for five years. Was as good as I remembered.
It was our first visit and we be back. We loved the atmosphere, the service, the friendliness, and the food. For $35/person, you can order all the small plates you want. Everyone at the table has to also do the $35 small plates. It was a perfect solution because if you like something, you can order again. Lots of very tasty food. My favorite was the almond crusted chicken with the apple & wasabi garnish. So yummy. The shrimp was great, also the trout & salmon. The grilled asparagus & Brussel sprouts were delicious.
We will definitely be back. Not a meal to be rushed. At the end, we were too full for dessert. But they brought a delicious little plate of donut holes with thank you written in cream. Such a nice touch!
Very good food and service. Our server was attentive and made sure we always had plates coming in!
This is a great date night spot. For $50/per person you can get all-you-can-eat food and drinks. The food comes as small plates which are easy to share. We were a group of three and we stuffed our faces with 25 plates of food! The place is very popular on weekends, make sure to make reservations.
Great food, price, and service. The food came out on time and the waiter was very helpful when we had questions.
The food is fun and diverse. The service is fantastic! They were attentive and readily available. Loved it.
Good food and wine but outstanding service. Waitress was very helpful and attentive and even allowed us to sample several wines. We split a the large meat platter, which was decent, and had the veal soup, which was excellent. Next time, and there will be a next, I will come more hungry and get the all-you-can eat and drink option and get more variety.
Great food, fair prices on everything. Left unable to eat another bite and will definitely be back.
Wonderful bottomless brunch! The small plate portions a perfect. You basically can try just about everything on the menu - and all are certainly worth trying! Highly recommended but make sure you have reservations well in advance because they’re popular and book up pretty fast.
Ambar is consistently an awesome experience. The food is excellent and the service is attentive and knowledgeable. Try the Ambar experience for $49 and get unlimited small plates and drinks, such a great deal.
Amazing food! Had the Balkan experience with alcohol. We started with the three spreads and bread. Amazing everything was so fresh and flavorful. Next a sampling of charcuterie, and steak tartare. Both were divine. Calamari was very good, not over cooked or rubbery. Lamb medallions were fantastic along with the kebab. Finished with the mushroom flatbread, and cauliflower. We were given complimentary sweet sourdough with Nutella at the end of our meal. Service was also amazing. Constantly checking on us to make sure we were doing okay and recommending dishes. Water was filled constantly. Staff was extremely friendly and welcoming. I can not recommend this place enough.
Neither of us had ever tried food from the Balkans, so everything on the tasting menu we tried was new, and everything we tried was excellent. A great mix of meat, fish, and vegetable dishes, and the bread was just delicious. Truly memorable was the squid ink hummus, and the little meat pies were a big yum! We'd go back.
Always an excellent experience of wonderful food a great service!
Great service and the $19.99 lunch special is a phenomenal value and an easy way to sample many different dishes.
Absolutely fantastic and a must do while in DC!
It is always a pleasure to come here. One of the best spots in DC, all the food is made so well, and the all you can eat option is so worth it. The service has always been great, the staff do their best to take care of everything you could need. We will keep coming back!
The place is lovely, I love the authenticity of the food, the service is great! This is my go to place; I recommend the full experience :)
We loved Ambar! This was our first visit and we can't wait for the next one. Nina was terrific and provided excellent suggestions. Such unique selections and each was delicious and beautifully presented. It was not just a lunch, it was a culinary experience!
Impeccable service, lovely atmosphere and lighting, and there was not a single dish which was not over flowing with flavor. Every detail was noticed and appreciated. Even down to having blankets for our table which was closest to the door. I love that!!
The food was so good! Definitely going back!