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Ambar - Arlington, Arlington, VA
Ambar - Arlington, Arlington, VA
Ambar - Arlington, Arlington, VA
Ambar - Arlington, Arlington, VA
Ambar - Arlington, Arlington, VA

Ambar - Arlington

4.5
4.5
3868 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Welcome to Ambar, the gem of Arlington, where you are invited to explore the dynamic flavors of Balkan cuisine. What distinguishes us, is our well-curated, exclusive 'Dining Without Limits' experience, which brings you the soul of Balkan dining traditions. Our extensive menu boasts a variety of shareable small plates, perfectly paired with a vast selection of premium Balkan wines. Whether joining us for a leisurely lunch, celebratory weekend brunch, or an evening of indulgence, our unlimited dining menu promises to deliver an unparalleled culinary journey. We excel in serving individual guests, as well as larger groups, and private events. At Ambar, our custom catering services add that extra sparkle to your events. At Ambar, we are revolutionizing dining with inventive Balkan cuisine that blends tradition and innovation, seamlessly. We ensure an unforgettable gastronomic experience with award-winning, extraordinary hospitality. Step into Ambar, the pinnacle of Balkan dining.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 66 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Balkan style, Eastern European
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (703) 875-9663
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Dejan Pilovic
  • Catering
    Please check the menu and options online<br />https://www.ambarrestaurant.com/catering-clarendon/
  • Private party facilities
    Ambar is a perfect place for all types of private and corporate events. With our exceptional food and well trained staff, Ambar is the place of choice when it comes to your celebration. From small family gatherings to huge corporate events, we host your friends and business partners with equal care.
  • Private party contact
    Marijana Skerlic: (703) 875-9663
  • Neighborhood
    Arlington
  • Cross street
    N Fillmore St and N Garfield St
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Clarendon Metro station - Orange and Silver lines
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,868 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Most Booked

3,868 Reviews
  1. Hanl

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience here! You can’t go wrong with any food choice

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  2. WGSDiner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    II dined in a party of six for lunch at Ambar yesterday. The variety, quality, flavor and quantity of the dishes provided on the bottomless lunch special was impressive and satisfying. I was surprised that its weekday price increased by ten percent since I last visited weeks ago. The service was attentive in collecting our orders and delivering items. It was sluggish in removing empty plates from an already crowded table. We often were left to bus the empty plates ourselves. The restaurant was comfortable in terms of ambiance, cleanliness and style. It was, however, quite loud, making It was difficult to hear each other at the round table for six in the center of the dining room where we were seated. Staff was warm and welcoming. I also noticed that the portion sizes were much smaller than they had been during prior visits to the restaurant--at for the few dishes that we ordered, especially for the beet tzatziki, a real crowd pleaser. This was not a huge problem, as one is not limited to the number of dishes ordered; it did, however, make the lunch for multiple diners a bit more difficult to manage, as we prior diners ordered the quantity of dishes we thought we needed based on our prior knowledge of portion size. This meant there was a delay in getting the appetizers we all wanted. Still, all said, we would visit again and look forward to it.

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  3. AngelaM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch here is always a delight. Great food and service!

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  4. JoshuaU

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Leslie was the best server ever. She was so attentive and made the night extra special. Thank you for an amazing time. My guests and I were blown away.

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  5. EdwinaM

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent! So many choices and such a variety!! Everything is prepared beautifully. You cannot leave hungry after the Ambar experience!!

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  6. kristis

    Atlanta Metro

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing ambiance, cocktails, and great menu options. I will return!

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  7. OzlemO

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious as always! Our server was very kind!

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  8. AndyD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is always good but this place is NOT good for large groups. They don’t warm you ahead of time, but with large groups (we had 8 people) they don’t let you order what you want. They just bring you whatever they want and don’t let you order until after an hour. And of course they bring out the heavy cheaper food first so you fill up. This left sooo much wasted food, which was really disappointing.

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  9. RatPack

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was delish but the service was very slow. It took a long time to place orders for drinks and each of our next courses.

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  10. Jeff

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The Food good but not amazing. Very loud. Service was good, however. Very busy on a Saturday

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  11. McDad

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit to Ambar but won't be the last. The food selections will accommodate--and please--any taste. Each item we chose was well and timely presented. The "drunken mussels" were among the largest I've ordered in a restaurant and they alone are worth the trip. On top of all, the wait staff all were very gracious and helpful throughout our experience.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    the manager was very accommodating and courteous. Server (dre) was amazing and on-point throughout the evening.

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  13. Megan

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place with delicious food and attentive service.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I came on a Friday night for a date with my boyfriend, and we did the Ambar Experience. The food was so flavorful; my favorites were the beef short rib goulash and the lamb lasagna. I also loved the tomato soup on its own, but also as a dipping sauce for the white flatbread and meat pie. Our server was super sweet and attentive. We will definitely be back here soon!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoy the food at Ambar each time I visit. It’s one of my boyfriend’s favorite spots! The small plates are portioned well and are delicious! Definitely worth it

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to this location many times, it’s honestly outstanding. From food, to service to environment. Make sure you make a reservation because the place is mostly always very busy. We always do unlimited dinner option because we get every single item in menu - Yes we like to eat ;) and Try their House Wine Cabernet Sauvignon - it’s from Moldova- the best!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Years ago a bunch of thieves robbed my wallet while I was walking down the street. That was my worst experience with robbery until I went to Ambar for Valentine’s Day. The menu they usually charge $27.99 for was priced at $99 plus a mandatory 20% tip. So 4x the price. Absurd price gouging. Do not consider this place for any special occasion.

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  18. MelissaK

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Valentine’s Day after hearing raving reviews about the food and it did not disappoint. We were sat downstairs which we didn’t even know existed and it was a perfect setting. We let our waiter Mo pick our food and there was not one thing we didn’t like. Will definitely be back again!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the food and service here, will definitely be back!

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  20. PJGill

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    After years of enjoying Ambar in Clarendon, the food on a recent visit just was not the same good food. The food prices don’t warrant the drop in quality and quality.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience overall. Only negative was that our server was not very friendly

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  22. skfresk

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a food meal and good service. Can be slow at times. Noisy but nice environment

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  23. Marc

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and atmosphere was good. However, service was so slow. Since we had to wait for food. We're full and didn't eat that much. I won't repeat here again.

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  24. CD76

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Will definitely return. Was great! I want to try brunch next time have heard good things

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Tokyo

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved the restaurant, food and service were awesome. I was especially surprised and pleased to be seated at a table right next to the keyboardist and singer on the basement level. I was afraid it would be loud, but the they were charming and performed the perfect music for dinner. Evidently there is live music there on Friday evenings. July recommend Ambar!

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  26. Gahualli

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    "Although you advertise extensively about towing in the parking lot behind the restaurant, my car was towed last night within a few minutes of my meter expiring. This private towing company seems to be profiting significantly from your clientele. It would be advisable to address this issue rather than turning a blind eye. Such practices are unfair, and you are aware of it. I will think twice before returning or recommending your establishment."

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  27. AIQB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    They offer great options for those with dietary restrictions; however, most are on the all-you-can-eat menu, which drives the cost up. To get value and variety, be hungry. The food is great; I really liked the shrimp and slow-cooked lamb. Fresh asparagus and grilled veggies are good, too, if you tend more toward vegetarianism. The service was slow, but we went on a Monday, which might be the reason for the fewer servers.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The brunch was fine. Not $42 of fine, but fine. The food had that "been kept in a warmer" consistency. The upstairs has a retro diner kind of feel. The downstairs is completely different, much more intimate. The wait staff was very attentive.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Came here for brunch with a friend! $42.99 for all you can eat for 2 hours , $0.99 drinks. I recommend making a reservation through open table as it was busy on a Sunday morning. Service is pretty slow when it comes to ordering food but they quickly remove plates and bring water. Getting our drinks was quick, and delicious! The food tasted good but some items were basic without much to them (ex crispy cheese slider is just a mozzarella stick on a bun, waffles were plain with Nutella sauce). Overall, most of the food was pretty delicious with. Wide variety. My favorite were the dips, veggie flatbread, Mac n' cheese, grits, and eggs Benedict. I would probably pass on the cinnamon donuts, they were very tough and hard to eat. The inside is beautiful, with lots of windows for sunshine and looks newly renovated. Will be back for dinner!

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  30. Chenny

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Michelle was wonderful and attentive but not intrusive.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a fun place and experience. I love taking new people here.

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  32. JeromeW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been to Ambar many times & one of my favorite restaurants. Always great food, cool atmosphere, nice vibe

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  33. AlexS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very tasty and well presented small plates, all on a fixed price menu. Overall a wonderful dining experience.

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  34. Neighbor

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is interesting and most of it delicious but server did not make it clear, nor did the menu, that a la carte was a reasonable option. Therefore we ordered fixe price and it was quite expensive for what we got. Some of the dishes were better prepared than others so overall experience was uneven and not as good as the last time we ate at Ambar. It seems to be in decline. Sad to see.

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  35. BrendanM

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for lunch. Very unique dining experience. Wonderful food and service. Not surprised that it is so highly ranked and recommended. Will be back.

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  36. CarolynS

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best value for the money. The food quality is exceptional. The slow cooked lamb, mushroom flatbread and cauliflower were particularly good.

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  37. CarolC

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ivan was great. Everyone always takes good care of us.

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  38. MariaS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We were seated at our table 30 minutes after the reservation time. No real apology from the front staff . The maze platter were $35 is an absolute rip off. It reads as you’re getting 4 kids of dips but literally it was a spoon of each dip. The Brussels sprout had no seasoning. The salmon was dry and so was the chicken kebab. The only items on the menu we enjoyed were the cauliflower, beef kebabs and the lamb .

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  39. LoriB

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Thought the restaurant was very loud but service was solid and everyone enjoyed the food.

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  40. KarinaMG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time on Winter Restaurant Week. The menu is always varied and the drinks are A1.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

Ambar - Arlington does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Ambar - Arlington also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 875-9663.

Ambar - Arlington is rated 4.5 stars by 3868 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 66 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ambar - Arlington

2901 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    N Fillmore St and N Garfield St
  • Neighborhood
    Arlington
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Balkan style, Eastern European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Clarendon Metro station - Orange and Silver lines
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Dejan Pilovic
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (703) 875-9663
  • Catering
    Please check the menu and options online<br />https://www.ambarrestaurant.com/catering-clarendon/
  • Private party facilities
    Ambar is a perfect place for all types of private and corporate events. With our exceptional food and well trained staff, Ambar is the place of choice when it comes to your celebration. From small family gatherings to huge corporate events, we host your friends and business partners with equal care.
  • Private party contact
    Marijana Skerlic: (703) 875-9663
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