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Ambar Capitol Hill

4.8
3104 Reviews
$30 and under
Balkan style
**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 $15 per person**

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
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3104 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great value

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Samata
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I like Ambar and I am a repeat customer. Our waiter was Kegan and he was very attentive and helpful.

CB
vipChrisB
Naples
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service all the way, from hostess to servers and bussers. Food and drinks are always excellent.

AM
AndrejM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, great way to taste different Balkan dishes.

MB
vipMaryB
Greensboro
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prices were great and the food was amazing I would definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming back!!! Ambar never disappoints!!!!

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! Had a fabulous Easter brunch. Loved everything we tried. The plates were small enough for the fixed price that we were able to try a wide variety of things. Will 100% come back!!

MS
MargauxS
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great concept that allows you to try so many different dishes! The food and drinks were amazing and service was great! Very cozy place! Highly recommend!

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ConnerC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food quality is exceptional, great variety and range of flavors to try. The Balkan Experience with the unlimited drinks is a no brainer. Hard to think of another restaurant in the city where you can get this kind of food and drink experience for $75-$80 a person including tip.

JD
JessicaD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was creative and good, and the service was excellent. The only thing I didn't love was the outside seating - very busy street and noisy because of it. Otherwise it was a pleasant experience.

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AliciaD
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the experience and having the opportunity to taste so many different food choices.

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Anne
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Combination of flavors is unbelievable. Staff is very friendly and flexible. Our waitress was able to suggest something for every one of us from the menu according to our taste. Overall, Great experience.

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solopikolo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fun place to go with friends who are willing to share small plates and try lots of different foods. They have an all inclusive plan including drinks, a plan for each person to order 3 items plus an antipasto plate with meats, cheeses, veggies and spreads or you can order a la carte if not terribly hungry. There is something for everyone-carnivores, vegetarians, gluten free etc. This is one of the best restaurants on the Hill and great for special occasions.

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daniellew
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. The ambar experience is well worth the money!

HD
HeatherD
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. It was a little pricey but great food

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Dean
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Hospitality
Amazing Ambiance
Amazing Dining experience!

The food was so flavorful and delicious. Everything we tried was great. Looking forward to our next Ambar experience!

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AndrewB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, the Balkan Experience was a fun intro to Balkan cuisine, and the unlimited drinks option was a great value. Would highly recommend and will be back.

RS
ReneeS
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

the food is alright.
the service is slow and the waiter had an attitude, we made a lot of effort to please him ;-)
table was dirty, we cleaned it ourselves.
I wouldn't bring my friends there if I want to impress them, but I might want to go back just to have few nice dishes, however, just for that, adding tip will be about $45 a person, it doesn't worth it, oh well.

JJ
JanieJohn
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Ambar was great. The small plates at lunch allow you to experience many more dishes than normal. Love it.

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vipKwong29
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ambar experience is great. Food is pretty good. Would be nice if the food came hot. Some were some were not. But loved the ability to try all the different foods.

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RichardL
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I took old friends to dinner at Ambar Capitol Hill. All four of us did the full Ambar experience and we thoroughly enjoyed every single dish served. The staff was attentive and informative. Overall, a truly great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

If you are dinning with a few friends, ambar’s lunch/dinner special is perfect. We ordered a bunch of small plates & the waiter brought extra dishes that he thought we would enjoy, which was great service.

For the most bang for your buck- every time the waiter comes by, order 3-4 small plates for the table. Some dishes take longer than others, keep that in mind. The salmon is great!! The chicken skewers were a winner too. The drink special is great all around.

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Britt2714
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great brunch place! Bottomless food and drinks for $39. I
Had an awesome experience and my waitress was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a unique cuisine, expertly prepared! Their menu set up with the unlimited dishes for a set price is ingenious. It really takes out the guess work and you can just relax.

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Fran
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been twice in a month. Enough said. Sat outside both times. Good food. Good drinks. Good service. Good prices. Good experience.

LB
LaurelB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ambar did a great job hosting us outside, and in a socially distant way. Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful! My mom is allergic to gluten, carrots and pineapple. The chef and staff were so amazing. They marked all the items on the menu that would be safe to order and made sure not to cross contaminate.

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SHay
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First timer and didn’t know what to expect but the experience was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great & so was the service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and they keep the plates coming

CA
vipChadA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our experience at Ambar was overall great. They were experiencing some issues with the Point of Sale System, which delayed some of our orders and I believe distracted the staff. We still had a pleasant experience, but not the quick service we are normally used to.

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vipMizzle
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Shawn was a very attentive server! Would totally go back!

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missey
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food and fairly priced. The servers were all very friendly and helpful with their suggestions.

NB
NyshaylaB
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the portion of the meals and the service is amazing!

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Crystal
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I had an extremely mixed experience at Ambar.
I had a HORRIBLE encounter with whoever works at the front desk regarding reservations. Initially, I called about the reservation to confirm details and see if we could switch to indoor seating after being unaware that the rooftop was not considered outdoor (although I did indicate in my reservation notes I wanted to sit at the rooftop) I was told I should have known better because I should have looked at pictures from the website. I was unable to finish my sentences as the hostess kept speaking over me. I asked her politely to please hold off until I actually finished asking my question and was hung up on. She was quite rude and unyielding. I did not mind waiting or anything like that, I just wanted to communicate the misunderstanding which she did not allow me to do. After arriving I had the same horrible experience with her ( I wish I took her name) which made me never want to return to the restaurant.

However, after being seated the service experience was quite different. Our waitress Melyssa was super kind, friendly and attentive. The food was also really good. (The plates are super tiny though but you can order multiple items at once) The drinks were good too especially for the price. After being seated I will say the experience drastically improved.

My only complaint is that if you are a restaurant, you should probably have people who are friendly in customer facing roles. I would have given a 5-star review even with the seating discrepancy had it not been for her harsh attitude. All together-- good experience, and just know they don't read reservation notes left through open table.

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ShoshanaL
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambar experience is the best experience. Great food and drinks! The staff are all super friendly and helpful!

KG
KenG
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing all you can eat samples of everything on the menu.. Very exotic dishes, tasty foods.

LJ
LisaJ
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate dinner on the roof for my sisters birthday and our waiter went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our night. We participated in the Amber experience and the food was delicious and the drinks were tasty and strong! Highly recommended

BG
vipBeckyG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Got the lunch special and it was great!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ambar Capitol Hill using the Order Online button. Ambar Capitol Hill also offers delivery in partnership with 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 3104 OpenTable diners.

Ambar Capitol Hill does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/order/?h=9c52e27f.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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