Ambar

4.8
2100 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Balkan style, Jugoslavian, Eastern European
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Hours of operation
Lunch : Monday - Friday 11am - 2:30 pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10am - 3:30 pm
Dinner: Monday / Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday 4pm - 10pm
Friday 4pm - 11pm
Saturday 4:30pm - 11pm
Sunday 4:30pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(202) 813-3039
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ivan Zivkovic
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is available Wednesday – Saturday across the street from our location.

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 Street
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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).
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Ljubodrag Mojsilovic at draza@ambarrestaurant.com or 202.813.7350.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for my friends birthday, and it was absolutely amazing. Maria was our server and was legitimately the best ever. One of us had some food allergies and she was so so accommodating. She was super attentive and made sure to check in on us before we ever had to ask for anything. Overall, a wonderful time made better by Maria. Will definitely be coming back!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team at Ambar are always amazing and nice. I love it for lunch and for dinner!!

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AS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wasn't totally sure what to expect and we were blown away- we did the unlimited small plates option and every single plate was amazing. The desserts were also incredible. Wonderful service- can't say enough good things about this place!

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DC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambar is one of my go to restaurants when I’m back in DC. It’s always a delicious, quality meal. The unlimited brunch is a wonderful way to try lots of different plates and is a great value.

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PG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Everything we tried was really good especially liked the steak and eggs, veal soup and waffles. We are going to return for the dinner experience. We plan on bringing some friends along

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RS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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JV
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was good, food was good, bar area for standing patrons crowds some tables and the place in pretty loud, so dining in a foursome with people who don't project (or hear) well is difficult.

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NS
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to high end restaurants in LA, Vegas, NY and around the world and Ambar is definitely Top 5 of the most delicious I’ve been to. Combined with the all you can eat and very reasonable price, without a doubt I’ll be back again

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PA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first visit... Excellent experience, great food and service. A very pleasant surprise.

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BG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time and we would go back again with others, the small plate/tapas concept works well here. We absolutely loved the stuffed sour cabbage. The urnebes spread, tenderloin and the drunken noodles were very good as well, and we liked the spicy sausage but we thought the Balkan Kebab - Ćevapi was surprisingly 'ok.' On return, we would try more of the meats and get the stuffed cabbage again.

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ES
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Ambar several times before, and each time I really feel that it gets better. The food and drinks were amazing, as always (do the Bottomless Balkan!) but what was really impressive this time was the service. We had someone in our party with a severe allergy, and Ambar called and texted to confirm in advance, let us know the chef had already been notified, shared the allergy menu, and the waitress, hostess, and manager all stopped by to check on us and make sure everything was right. It was absolutely fantastic, on top of the phenomenal meal we had. Thank you, Ambar!

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A
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my family here over the holidays and they loved it! We also appreciated the dessert at the end.

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CR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service :)

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KL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

An old friend and I went for brunch. We were able to really catch up over good food and good drinks. (The Balkan Experience is a great deal!) It got a little noisy as brunch progressed but it wasn't unbearable.

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NP
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks with perfect unobtrusive service

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SS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great and food was fantastic, as usual, which is why I keep coming back with new friends!

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tables are a little closer than I'm used to, but somehow it doesn't feel invasive. At night, the lights are dimly lit (especially upstairs), and the vibe just feels great. The staff are super willing to describe any of the dishes to you, and there are quite attentive.

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MT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great selection of brunch items. Our waiter kept our mimosa glasses full the entire time. Always a treat n

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m
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience every time. I have had both the Brunch and Dinner Blakan experiences and they are both very worth the flat price. Never ending food and booze...what is not to love. Waiters are consistently friendly and quick. I recommend this to everyone looking for a different and fun experience in the Barracks Row/Cap Hill area.

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SS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

$49 for all you can eat and drink seems to good to be true, but it is 100% real! Drink list to pick from includes about 3 or 4 specialty drinks, house red and white wine, and Yuengling beer. My wife had 3 mojito's (which are on the list) and they were some of the best she has had. So after all the food and drinks we had we estimated we were each at about $75 for a bill. Take away the price and the food still stands on it's own. Too many great dishes to list here but be sure most anything you order you will not be disappointed in.

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MR
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The cuisine at Ambar remains tasty and interesting but the portions have diminished in size since my last visit. It is also a very bustling environment with high noise levels. They tend to push the large meat platter too hard before customers have made their choices.

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g
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

what can you say about an all-you-can-eat restaurant that provides great table service (no buffet), large menu of very nicely portioned choices from vegies to meat and seafood choices. Trust the waiter to suggest choices that will ensure small plates keep coming to your table so that you are never without anything to eat (or drink.....yes! all you can drink as well....) If you like Mediterranean and specifically Balkan cuisine with a modern twist, that is the place. IMPORTAT: you don't have to select the all-you-can-eat option. A la-carte is available from the same menu. NOT recommended for those with reduced Will Power and/or on a Diet. I am happy I don't live close by otherwise I would be there every week and would need new and larger size pants every few months....

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DP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and food was amazing with a wide variety to choose from. Love the $49 small plate offering. Something for everyone

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Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the food was so good! We did the Amber Experience with unlimited small plates and drinks and really enjoyed trying so many things!

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EG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve never had a bad dish here - we did the bottomless Balkan experience, which I highly recommend. Will continue to keep coming back!

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JD
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I really enjoyed the variety of dishes and the vibrant atmosphere.

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LH
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so good! The food was phenomenal. Our waitress was very helpful. We did the Ambar experience and tried about half the menu. Everything was good. Also, my sister has a gluten allergy and they were very experienced and careful. Highly recommend.

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AF
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was ok, but came to quick and seemed to be warmed up in the microwave.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with my best friend.

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KS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was great. We did the Ambar Experience and loved all the dishes and appreciated the help making choices.

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PS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been to Ambar multiple times, with groups and for dates, and it does not disappoint! Great menu serving unlimited small plates and select cocktails for a flat price so I find it very affordable too. Enjoy the ambiance as well and prefer sitting upstairs than downstairs! Friendly service as well!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine. Service was excellent

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Balkan brunch!

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PK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

When dining vegetarian here, expect to eat mostly bread and cheese (in various forms). The mushroom crepes are an example. Baltic salad too comes with big hunks of cheese. While the dishes were tasty we'd like more options with vegetables that don't involve bread and cheese.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on a date and we even got a complimentary dessert ❤️❤️

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b
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Try the unlimited small plate option with drinks included. Great value, very good food. Even though my wife and I are not huge eaters we shared 12 plates and 4 drinks. The couple next to us had 20 plates and were given the option of a doggie bag for their unfinished plates ( I never heard of an all you can eat place allowing take-home!)

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KT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant the Ambar experience is a must! Great value and service we’ll definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was a delight and appeared to genuinely enjoy serving us and also made us feel well cared for.

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AN
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service—I wish I could remember the waitress’ name—on a balmy Nov 1, sitting outside. Only regret—a few of my favorites arrived toward the end and I could not finish them!

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HK
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Laura was fantastic! She recommended some excellent tapas!

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