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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
3901 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 127 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 3,901 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Most Booked

3,901 Reviews
  1. Adrianko

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place for a great and quiet dinner with friends and/or family!

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  2. arneb

    West Palm Beach

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    delicious dining with an amazing variety and presentation.....best service ever...

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  3. Musicmaven55

    Montreal

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal and enjoyed by all. Just ate too much!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    They have an all you can eat lunch option only. $27.99 per person and no “doggy bags” provided. Food was good. When I asked for ale cart, two appetizers were more than the $27.99 mentioned above. If you eat lunch there then plan to be really hungry

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  5. LINDAB

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambar's service by William was excellent. He continually had our drinks and food flowing. Service, food, and ambience were outstanding.

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  6. Roxanne

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the food was so good during the brunch experience, the inside decor was beautiful, and our waiter was so kind and friendly.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambar never ceases to amaze. Best food, great staff and wonderful ambience! Best place in Arlington 😊 We will be back!

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  8. Pickleball

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing! Would definitely highly recommend

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was good until the comedy show started and we could no longer talk

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  10. Rlhbethesda

    Washington DC

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Limited a La carte menu. Wonderful vegetarian choices on the expensive all in menu are not available a La carte. No break on prix fixe for vegetarians. I felt unwelcome.

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  11. PaulS

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal at Ambar. The quality of the food, imaginative preparation, and freshness when serving is very impressive. Nice and attentive serving staff. We have been before but I think quality of food and preparation has gotten even better!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was a little slow, but everything else was great, we will definitely be back.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    quite literally the worst food quality ever. we came on easter, when they had an easter brunch deal. you pay $45 pp and everyone can eat as much as they want. they make the menu items sound SO good, you ask for the balkan vegetable stew and it’s eggs with tomatoes, you ask for the sudzuk beef flatbread and it’s a pepperoni pizza, the veal soup tasted like a can of campbell’s with the toughest meat ever in there. but there was eggshell in our poached egg toast, the stem/backs of the tomatoes in our diced veggies, the arugula was wilted in the salad, just a really sloppy job done. it was like the quality of a continental breakfast at a sh*tty hotel. the manager came by and was nice after we mentioned it to the waitress and then later they took off one of the $45 pp charges. but so bad! wow - we went to the dc shaw location first but they were booked up so we went here and such a huge mistake. i know it wasn’t just us because i overheard another table complaining about uncooked meat right before we left. i’m hoping it was just it being easter/busy that the food quality was so poor!

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  14. AmberA

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and experience were amazing! We loved the small portions so we could try everything. We went for Sunday brunch. The service was great and the restaurant was pretty! It was pretty loud in there, but it was ok for us.

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  15. Sofia

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We are a party of 9, 6 adults and 3 kids. Contrary to the info from Ambar's website of $42.99 pp for adults, yesterday's unlimited brunch was $47.99 pp and I assume because it was Easter Sunday:( The food that we ordered came quickly but it appears that they have been prepared in advance because the temperature was on the colder side. However, we all seem to agree that the hanger steak that most in our parties ordered are good. The music played was very loud and I believe it is not appropriate for brunch but rather for a HH setting. This place may be geared towards adults because I don't think it is worth paying $48 pp exluding coffee and other beverages.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wait staff was amazing! We definitely recommend brunch there! Cant wait to go back!

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  17. NickJ

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It is sad to see Ambar’s food quality and service continue to deteriorate. The last time I dined at this location was in 2019 before the pandemic and it was much better. We ordered a few dishes for brunch and we had to keep asking our server to bring them. The items we ordered weren’t being brought to the table and our server kept putting our order in. Also, we ordered three of the Benedict’s and none of them were a truly poached egg. The eggs were fully cooked. Also, some of the breaded options were overcooked and tough and chewy. This place is definitely not worth $69 (including tax and tip) for a brunch.

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  18. Jannab

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambar Arlington has a very annoying policy - each table has to sit for 2 hours only. We thought that it was such a rude and completely wrong business practice. Our bill was almost $300 at the end of 2 hour time, and could have been even higher if we had been let to enjoy our dinner a little longer than 2 hours. If you have a large party of guests don’t go the Ambar. You won’t get enough of anything within the 2 hours.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very average food and drinks for the price. Cocktails were water-y, tasteless. Food was disappointing - fancy sounding food with mediocre presentation and flavor. Dips were okay, bread not fresh. Stroganoff looked and tasted like a frozen meal. Roasted lamb was swimming in fat, istrian “gnocchi” came out with some regular pasta. A lot of things were just mush and bland. Lasagna, fried chicken and beef tartar were pretty good. We wanted to love it, but for a bill that came to $200 for 2 people, absolutely not worth it.

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  20. GeneS

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is good but very rich. If you get the Ambar experience you will waddle out of the restaurant. The small plates they bring add up very quickly. The price is good but maybe I wouldn’t do it again.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Too pricey for how long the food takes to come out. Environment is loud but that’s okay, it’s really about the service for the cost. Then the prices of drinks keeps changing. At one point drinks were included. Then it was like 25 cents or something like that. Now it’s $1 per drink. Just trying to find ways to charge the customer more. I find it petty and not customer first.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome customer service!!! The vibe was amazing and the price was right.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed my experience first time in their basement setting good vibes

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  24. OpenTabler

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The physical environment was inviting and quite lovely, with abundant cherry blossoms and other plants hanging from the ceiling. The service was variable. Our server seemed indifferent and actually was hard to find after we placed our order for the first round of small dishes. In our first 30 minutes, we had only one round of small dishes. After we mentioned this, the attentiveness improved. The nature of the weekend brunch special is that diners order multiple small plates in a seating of up to two hours. The attractive aspect of this is the diversity of items available to order. The drawback is the need for repeated interaction with the servers and this really distracted from the ability of the members of our party to interact with each other. The constant flow of small plates of food and removal of empty plates was distracting and even stressful. Also, all four of us found the taste of the food itself just average. There was nothing special about it and some of us actually disliked some of the dishes and had unsettled stomachs afterward. Our main topics of conversation over the meal were how slow the service was and how disappointing the food was. The price of $42 per person was steep and the payment device the server brought to the table appeared to calculate the tip on top of the 10 percent Arlington County meals tax. If the experience had been more relaxed and the food had been enjoyable, we might have overlooked the steep price. However, the combination of the need for repeated interaction with the servers, the mediocre quality of the food, and the high price made it an unsatisfying visit. In addition, the only nonstreet parking available on a Saturday morning was an adjacent lot, which cost over $7 per hour. We dined there to evaluate the restaurant for an event we plan to host for up to 20 people. After our experience, we are going to pass on this.

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  25. BWDover

    Philadelphia

    134 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice selection of menu items. Tapas style. Price fixed, essentially all you can eat .Drinks and dessert are extra. We have dined several times and it has always been good. It is an easy walk from the Clarendon Metro stop.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Worth the price - the food was phenomenal with tons of options.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone was really attentive and the food was amazing!

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  28. Alexis

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went on a Sunday night and had a fantastic meal. The server was attentive and always available when we were ready to order more, the food was unbelievably speedy and delicious, and the price for the value you receive is unparalleled. The only downside to the experience was that the bathroom is a bit perilous to get to (steep steps) and there was standing water in the floor of the women's restroom.

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  29. Purisumit67

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was unenthusiastic and bland. Not informative. Food portions were very small (even though it’s a sharing concept restaurant?) Nothing that stood out to want to go back

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mario is the best server! Great atmosphere! The food is amazing

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  31. sjdthom

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as usual. Brought friends from out of town and they loved it, too. Fantastic service, great atmosphere and always great food.

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  32. RthNV

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious and the plates didn’t take long to arrive at the table. The server was attentive as well as the other staff, busers cleared the table regularly. The only issue I had was with the lighting, it was a little difficult to see the food and we had to rely on our phone light to get a good view of everything that was on the plate. Overall the experience was great and I look forward to returning.

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  33. RR18

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good, but our service was not. Our server very rarely came by to check on us, forgot to bring us our check for a good 15-20 min then when she came back offered us dessert which we didn’t want and had already requested the check. It was disappointing as my experience at the Capitol Hill was so good.

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  34. DKash

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was great and the staff was very friendly. The only thing that bothered me were the pre-mixed mimosas, kept out in the sun and served warm. Trust me, it does not taste the same.

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  35. Hanl

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    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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  36. WGSDiner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. kristis

    Atlanta Metro

    22 reviews

    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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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 3901 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 127 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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