Ambar Capitol Hill

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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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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were especially accommodating with our reservation. Food and service were great!

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EC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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GL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find for excellent Serbian food and ambiance -

only recommendation is to upgrade the washroom facilities.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

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.

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BN
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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N
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and great service. Kudos to Laura, she was the hostess with the mostest!

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JB
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Love Ambar. But not thrilled about brunch menu. Typical American brunch. Love dinner Balkan experience. But not American brunch.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing spot with amazing music!

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love Ambar's brunch. Our service was a bit slow because it was busy, but our server was delightful.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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

Wonderful food, wonderful wait staff, and superb experience and hospitality all around. Whole staff deserved big tips :)

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S
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was ok but I wouldn’t say it was exceptional. Overall distinctly average.

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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SR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place in DC! Great food and service. Manager was amazing and we will definitely be back

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NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bojan was great, thank you for the lovely dinner

We will be back!

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LC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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BC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited after moving away for five years. Was as good as I remembered.

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B
Washington DC
181 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere

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LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service. Our server was attentive and made sure we always had plates coming in!

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OT
Iceland
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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NN
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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EW
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, price, and service. The food came out on time and the waiter was very helpful when we had questions.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fun and diverse. The service is fantastic! They were attentive and readily available. Loved it.

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OT
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, fair prices on everything. Left unable to eat another bite and will definitely be back.

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S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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H
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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PH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience of wonderful food a great service!

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DV
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the $19.99 lunch special is a phenomenal value and an easy way to sample many different dishes.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic and a must do while in DC!

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GA
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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YA
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 :)

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PC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good! Definitely going back!

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