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Ambar Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
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Ambar Capitol Hill

4.8
4.8
4112 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

2h time limit wont apply for brunch reservations made after 1:30pm due to service

**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 $25 per person**

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 118 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Balkan style, Modern European, Eastern European

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 813-3039

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nenad Petrovic

  • Private party facilities

    Ambar is a modern Balkan tapas-style restaurant. With a desire to introduce Washington, D.C. to cutting edge Balkan cuisine, proprietor Ivan Iricanin has created a dining space that will delight and indulge the senses.

  • Private party contact

    Tamara Jovanovic: (855) 993-1691

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Cross street

    E Street

  • Parking details

    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 StreetOrange, Blue and Silver Lines exiting at the Eastern Market metro station are next to Ambar.

  • 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).<br />

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated promptly upon reservation time. Wonderful food and service. We ate most of the menu and loved all of it. Like we ate all of Grandmas recipes but at a fancy restaurant.
  2. AB

    AngelaB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!! I love how you can order anything and everything off the menu.
  3. SC

    SerbianCrepes

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Savrseno klopa! Marsha was our wonderful waitress, and the entire experience was amazing. My friend was trying Slavic food for the first time, and I've been several times to the Arlington location. The food came out at a great pace, and the service and ambiance were excellent. Thanks so much for taking care of us! I'll definitely be back. Happy Thanksgiving!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to dine
  5. l

    lamedoc

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    First time dining at Amber Capitol Hill. We ordered the mezze and then some a la carte offerings. Food was amazing! Everything tasted delicious---hard to call out anything specific. House red wine was adequate, but other choices were even better. Win win.
  6. EH

    ElaineH

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fun to go with a small group and do the Ambar Experience - great value. Food comes out as it is ready - suggest ordering 2-3 options per person at first, and then go back for more of your favorites or try others. Loved it!
  7. K

    Kreatout

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! Love going there
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a food baby for hours!!!! I wish they were closer to Philly.
  9. JP

    JojosPlate

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to enjoy LOTS of great small plates and linger with friends
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy reservations for four on a Sunday night. We all got the all-you-can eat Ambar special, and we left it up to our server Maria to select our food. We liked every single thing that was brought out, and for some things we asked for seconds. Between the group, we drank mango lemonades and old fashioneds, which were all very good. Not sure what else to say except that we’ll definitely be back!
  11. LW

    LaurenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A bit expensive but worth the experience! I never had that great of food before in my life!! Staff was super sweet and it was so beautiful there! Reserve your table! Its a busy place.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was a vonderful time. Good value, great cheer, nice waiter (Cortney) and an evening of fabulous dining and laughter.
  13. EY

    EmilyY

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  14. YH

    YamaH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Server was very rude. Food took to long and was delivered to the wrong table multiples times but our server was the worst server we have ever experienced as a group. Food and Albion’s was nice. Server ruined it.
  15. NV

    NicV

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ambar was a great experience. All the food we tried was tasty. Some of it we really liked and some wasn't our taste, but it was nice to try new things. The servers were friendly and quick to respond to our needs.
  16. CP

    ClaytonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambar is always such a treat. The quality and freshness of the preparation of each dish given the style in which you order is remarkable.
  17. t

    thomasl

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I eat here based on yelp reviews. I am a chef, and hav been teaching culinary arts for 25 years. Ican honestly say this was a must enjoyable and memorable dining experience. Ambar and our server, Masha (I apologize if I have the spelling incorrect), did not disappoint. As soon as we selected the sampling menu, they immediately started delivering food. I think I tasted everything on the menu, and one dish was better than the next. I will be coming back here with my wife again and again. Really, really great dining experience.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to unlimited brunch. Steak bites were amazing. Good drinks and great value. Try the pecan waffle.
  19. L

    Lori

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful place to enjoy conversation, fine food and drinks.
  20. PD

    PaulD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went to Ambar with a request for dishes with very little salt. They did an amazing job accommodating me With dish after dish of delicious food without triggering a vertigo attack. I am grateful and will certainly return. In addition, waiting on our table was a a Maria S. Who not only did an outstanding job, but was so intellectually interesting, we tried to adopt her and take her home
  21. SS

    SteveS

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great meal at Ambar. The service was very good and we enjoyed the various tapas we had. My favorite was the lamb lasagna.
  22. P

    Patricia

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Due to heavy traffic we arrived almost an hour after our reservation time. I called to let them know we were delayed. They couldn't promise that they would have a table - I totally understood. As luck would have it they managed to get us a table. A miracle since they were extremely busy and this was on a unseasonably warm Saturday night in November. The food was delicious and we were surprised when they provided a complimentary dessert & candle for my husband's birthday (and I didn't tell them we were a celebrating a birthday). Truly first class. I'm delighted to see them doing so well. We will be back!
  23. EH

    EirianwenH

    E. Tennessee

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch location, highly recommend seat inside for cute decor! Food and drinks are always good!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, excellent service, delicious food.
  25. M

    Mick

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    It has been a while since we have been to Ambar. Use to go all the time. We did the Ambar experience with drinks for two people after tip was over $200. In our opinion, for the quality of food, it was not worth the price at all.
  26. PL

    PageLatosh

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A full pleasure of mouth happiness!!! The service was nice and they were helpful with recommendations. We had the unlimited plan and everything was delicious!!!
  27. JW

    JamalW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great, probably the best value for the quality of food and service in all of DC.
  28. CD

    CulinaryDiplomat

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great to come back !
  29. C

    Chaiette

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every bite was delicious. Our server was knowledgeable and present.
  30. M

    Maura

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The value is incredible here- unlimited food and drink for less than $50! Our waiter was great with follow-up, refilling our glasses and asking if we wanted more food. There was such a variety to choose from, and I especially appreciated that they had a specific allergy menu. I have a gluten allergy, and it was so easy to see what I was able to eat- and there were plenty of options. We sat outside, so I couldn't get a feel for the true ambiance of the restaurant, but I will definitely return to experience it!
  31. LD

    LaurenD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dash was an amazing server and patient with a pretty big group. The food was crazy good. Will recommend, 5 stars.
  32. NJ

    NicoleJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is absolutely fantastic. It’s always worth it!
  33. RM

    RenaM

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A great concept - fun and delicious. A prix fixe menu with literally dozens of dishes. You can sample them all, or have multiples of those you love, within the time limit of 2 hours - which is more than sufficient. The vegetables - cauliflower, eggplant, asparagus and especially the brussel sprouts were marvelous. The many lamb dishes were delicious; the sea food, especially the shrimp also outstanding. Our waiter, David, was terrific - made our evening. We struck up a lively conversation with a young couple next to us who had gotten engaged that night. Altogether, a great and delicious experience.
  34. MM

    MichaelM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service! Will be back again.
  35. ER

    ElizabethR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was fantastic and food was phenomenal. The upstairs vibe is kind of quiet at first which make it feel awkward since the seating is so close together. Might help to raise the music up a bit
  36. AP

    AndreaP

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were top notch. It’s an incredible value for what you get and everything I tried was very tasty. Very fast service too. No complaints! Highly recommend.
  37. N

    None

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good and service!
  38. SC

    ShannonC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun and delicious experience. One of the best bottomless brunches in DC.
  39. CK

    ClaireK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ambar was amazing the decor in the restaurant was cohesive and beautiful. After we were seated our waiter was very attentive and helpful. The food was amazing and came out quickly the garlic beans were phenomenal! Thank you for an amazing time!
  40. MW

    MelissaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and our servers were friendly, attentive and welcoming.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ambar Capitol Hill using the Order Online button. Ambar Capitol Hill also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and 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 4112 OpenTable diners.

Ambar Capitol Hill does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 118 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Google Map for Ambar Capitol Hill

523 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E Street

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Balkan style, Modern European, Eastern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    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 StreetOrange, Blue and Silver Lines exiting at the Eastern Market metro station are next to Ambar.

  • 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).

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nenad Petrovic

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 813-3039

  • Private party facilities

    Ambar is a modern Balkan tapas-style restaurant. With a desire to introduce Washington, D.C. to cutting edge Balkan cuisine, proprietor Ivan Iricanin has created a dining space that will delight and indulge the senses.

  • Private party contact

    Tamara Jovanovic: (855) 993-1691

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