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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Atlanta
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in DC!

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AL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was so much fun! Great service, always food and drink on the table for the 2 hrs

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

It was delicious and the ambiance was fun. Looking forward to finding an occasion to go back

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always a great meal. Always very packed. The AC was broken this time, and they ran out of rose, which is against my religion. Otherwise excellent as always.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming old building...great tasting tapas dishes brought to our table as they kitchen had them ready. Only complaint was on the last chicken skewer dishes brought out. Some of the chicken wasn’t cooked through. The waiter had the kitchen check a couple of the pieces on our plate, and it was confirmed as not fully cooked. My kids had already eaten some of the chicken, so I was worried.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The unlimited menu for $35 each was a bargain. We bought our drinks a la carte but some were at happy hour prices because of the food package! The food was amazing. The portions were just right for 2 to share. They would have been too small to split more ways. Great, friendly, informative and attentive service.

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PB
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A different and terrific experience. The menu is intriguing to read and the food produced is exceptional and unexpected. The various ways to combine meal items offer a unique experience for everyone. The service is both professional and engaging. The drinks start the meal off well--they are at the same time familiar but surprising. I am not a desert person but the deserts are a must.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The all you can eat lunch special is a fantastic deal!

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great Balkan experience, we sat outside on a fantastic Monday evening, we always enjoy the variety, the staff are lovely!

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GH
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was absolutely incredible! I’d recommend the all you can eat. It’s really good value for such high quality food

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

the food was ok, not great, just meh... ok. Especially when you lik at the price if things such as A single slider that wasn't even that tasty for $7. Most places give slider(s), as in 3 of them for this much.
We didnt drink, but if we did it would have helped with the price a bit, as their special I believe was $49 bottomless food and drink.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place to have dinner the $35 unlimited deal is amazing without being trashy and having the “all you can eat feel” the food is out of this world good and the service is impeccable it’s a regular spot for me

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NH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The all-you-can-eat/drink for $49 is a fantastic deal. We loved the brussels sprouts so much we got a second & then a third portion. Everything was delicious!

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EB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was easily 10/10 🙂. Excellent Serbian cuisine. Friendly servers as well. Only two complaints:
-Restaurant was a bit dark
-Bathroom was too small

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EO
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food is quite salty; service is slow though named ‘express lunch’; overall did not meet expectations.

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

Waitress was wonderful, bathroom cleanliness not up to par though. However, the food was amazing and would definitely go again!

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j
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

100% recommend to visit, food top quality, great variety, excellent service, fun atmosphere, very clean, great memories made ,

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SK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall worth at least a visit. We did the "Balkan Experience" which is unlimited food and drink from a specific small-plate menu for about $60 a person, which is a very good deal. Service was top notch, and the waitress took time to explain each dish. Food was overall OK. I found the flavors to seem mild, perhaps a few of the dishes were dry? Mushroom crepes and Kajmak were tasty and balanced. Lamb Medallions and braised steak seemed to be one note, though not bad.

Overall at least worth a try, it is especially great for date nights.

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N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The bathrooms leave a lot to be desired, but the food is great. I sat underneath a dripping air conditioning vent.

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s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing anniversary!

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CL
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, a variety of fun flavors. I visited both the Capitol Hill and the Arlington locations of Ambar. Arlington has more space and friendlier service. In Capitol Hill, even in the smaller space, it was really hard to get the server's attention and when you did, you got the feeling that there was somewhere else he would rather be.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place in D.C. Have celebrated many things with the Ambar team and will continue to support. (please open the rooftop soon!)

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ZE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and excellent service. Rufia ( I hope I am writing her name correctly ) took wonderful care of us and our two children. We will definitely be back

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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JD
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food, service, and value. Ambar is where I take visitors to show off the DC food scene and it never disappoints!

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R
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and exceptional service for as busy as it was on a Friday night.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All you can eat Balkan cuisine. Excellent tapas size dishes

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MC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Start to finish we had a wonderful experience. Food as usual was marvelous. Service was attentive. I had almond crusted chicken and cabbage consuello. My companion had mussels. We will be back.

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B
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! This was a truly mágica culinary experience. We loved each of the plates we ordered, and the service was great. Ámbar is not to be missed among tue great DC food scene. We will definitely be back!

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MH
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

An experience our family will never forget.
The food is outstanding. Ambar is not just a restaurant, it's an experience.

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M
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely amazing. The service was excellent and so was the food. $49 all you can eat and drink is the way to go.

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GF
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for dinner on my own during a recent business trip to DC. I had a reservation and was seated promptly upstairs, preferring a table to sitting at the very nice bar. My server, Nina, greeted me very warmly and provided me with some recommendations from the menu. Since it was just me, I chose to order a la carte instead of the all you care to enjoy option. I very much enjoyed the Ambar Fries (Nina's excellent recommendation), the leek croquettes, the spicy pork sausage, and the lamb medallions. All of it, yes, all of it was delicious! The fries were large,crispy on the outside yet hot and flaky on the inside, and perfectly seasoned. They came served on an aged cheese spread that was fabulous! The croquettes were deep fried goodness with oodles of onion-y filling within. The spicy pork sausage came sliced in a flavorful stew with diced carrots and green peas. And the lamb medallions were very juicy, lightly drizzled with a pomegranate sauce, and served with a sour cream sauce for dipping. It was all wonderful! I perused the dessert menu, but chose to skip it as I was happily fed and very content. However, Nina felt that I needed a little something, so she gave me a two piece order of deep fried sourdough covered in Nutella with a thinly sliced strawberry accompaniment. It was delicious and a very thoughtful and kind gesture. I was so pleased with my meal and overall experience that I messaged a colleague to come here for dinner the next evening. I really hope that she did. Thank you Ambar and thank you Nina!

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JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are other restaurants in DC that have the same $40 all you can eat/drink special but Ambar’s food and service surpasses all of them. Nicely done!

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bottomless brunch is delicious!!! Highly recommend it!

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Brunch was what I was expecting. The food was decent for a bottomless brunch, but nothing amazing. The service was good, and overall a fun, relaxed atmosphere; so we had a good time.

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UJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great brunch!

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AM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best dining experiences we have had in DC!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great environment. A little expensive for what it is but if you do the unlimited it is well worth it. We had a great time! I especially LOVED the Brussels sprouts! They were amazing!

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AB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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NC
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed this dining experience. Definitely better to go with more than one other person, I've found 4 to be the best group size because you can all taste each plate and get to try the most things. Great service!

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