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Ambar Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
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Ambar Capitol Hill

4.7
4.7
4040 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

7:30 PM


Booked 140 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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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

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  1. DS

    DenizS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Officially my FAVORITE new spot on DC. I’m bosnian and can attest to this restaurant being the BEST of our cuisine. Totally authentic but perfectly presented & absolutely delicious. The staff was attentive without being overbearing, food came quickly - definitely order tapas style! - and each bite was better than the last. The decor was also perfect. 10/10 can’t wait to go again!

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded todayThank you for the kind words! We appreciate the love!

  2. RF

    RobF

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    We made reservations a week in advance and anticipated a relaxing and warm environment. We were seated on the 3rd floor, which had more of a cafeteria feOK. Server emphasized the Ambar tapas experience as the only real option. It started well with the spreads. We were then brought dishes we did not ask for and the ones we did ask for were good but not great and poorly timed. Seats uncomfortable and cold. Just not up to par. Sorry. Probably won't try this again. Other floors looked warm and inviting. Even sidewalk tables would have been better than 3rd floor. Our server was attentive. Cocktails were ok.

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded todayThank you for your feedback! Our servers emphasize our unlimited menu because that is what we are known for and what made us here at Ambar. We are proud of it and it's the best value but our guests are always more than welcome to order from our a-la-carte menu. Our third floor does need some love and attention. We recently took down our Cherry Blossom floral arrangements and changed it to a fall vibe. Unfortunately, while we were in the process of redecorating it was very plain for a short time.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit. We were here from out of town. Our server was the BEST.
  4. NB

    NicholasB

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for the Sunday All You Can Eat & Drink Brunch and it blew us away. It turned into the highlight of the day. There was an extensive brunch menu that you could choose from and everything was served Tapas (small place) style which gave the ability to try more items. The service was very attentive and personable. This was worth every penny. Just make sure to make reservations in advance. People were being turned away at the door if they did not have one. 10/10 - Would go again.
  5. N

    Nichola

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sorry if we were rowdy, the service was excellent!

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded todayWe are happy you had fun!

  6. V

    Villines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambar is a definite must go! You will not be disappointed.

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded todayThank you for your kind words!

  7. AD

    ADReview

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Food was good, but not great. Soup had too much salt and a couple of food items ordered were not put in the system properly and the wrong item was delivered. Overall experience in the restaurant based on reviews didn't meet expectations - was looking for more finesse in the overall environment, waiter to customer interaction, food ordering, and delivery. Got seated in the bar area, which was too loud as the music was blaring and needs to be toned down so conversations can be heard. Food needs to be placed on the table and explained by each waiter to the customer rather than just dropped and walking away without knowing what food item is placed on the table. Attention to detail is important for a "highly awarded" restaurant and this restaurant came short.
  8. KF

    KimiaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best place I’ve ever been to. We did buttomless lunch and 6$ cocktails. So amazing. Make sure you order the grilled shrimp
  9. KR

    KrystalR

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing time’
  10. E

    Ebony

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The food was amazing. The key thing is knowing what you like and ordering more than 1 of that particular item otherwise it can be a bit of a wait to get your favorite dishes. Overall it was a great experience and I would definitely go again and refer others to patronize.

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded todayThank you for your feedback!

  11. KM

    KyraM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall1food3service4ambience4
    I love this place but I found hair in my tomato bisque soup and then a hair in my pork sliders and at that point I was done. I have Locs so it was not my hair on both occasions.
  12. RK

    RachelK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The brunch menu was phenomenal. Everything came out quickly and was delicious! We added on bottomless drink and the mimosas were very well mixed. Can’t wait to come back soon!

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you! We can't wait to see you again!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this place and I try to make plans to visit each time I’m in town!

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded todayThank you for visiting us while you were here in DC!

  14. h

    heartfood

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambar never disappoints! All the food is excellent.

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you so much for the compliment!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    The food was great but it was very loud and felt incredibly hectic. The server spilled something on me also — while seeming to rush to clear the table.
  16. HC

    HarveyCS

    Tulsa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambar is one of my top three fav places to eat in DC. My wife and I always enjoy it and we are lucky it's 25-35 min away from our home otherwise we'd definitely eat there every week.

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you! We love to have you!

  17. CM

    CarlaM

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience1
    We are returning guests at Ambar, but this was our first experience for brunch. We arrived when they opened. We had a reservation. We heard the hostess tell other guests without a reservation to sit wherever they wanted on the second floor. She then took us to the top floor (which we had never been to). It was cold, incredibly unwelcoming, and distastefully designed/decorated. By 10:30, the room we were seated in was so loud and obnoxious that my husband and I could not hear one another without (literally) yelling across a table (for two)! Brunch is all you can drink alcoholic beverages. We only wanted coffee and water. We were charged for our coffee!!! What incredibly poor customer service and business practice! In addition to our children, we have taken family and business guests here quite regularly. After this experience, we were so disappointed and frustrated, that it is quite unlikely that we will return or recommend. Such a let down after finally finding somewhere in the neighborhood that was a consistently great place to eat-in.

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 27, 2022I'm sorry that your experience was less than stellar. You are absolutely correct about our third floor and we unfortunately have recently un-decorated it and are in the process to redo the 3rd floor. We do offer walk-ins to go to the 2nd floor bar and we tell them they can have a seat wherever they wish at the bar not the tables. We do this to be accommodating to walk ins as we are a reservation heavy restaurant. We have always charged for coffee, espresso, etc coming from barista station.

  18. BM

    BrianM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    "all you can eat" tapas at one fixed price per person during dinner. Good sized, well spaced portions, and most of all, delicious. Lamb and stuffed peppers were amazing
  19. SM

    SarahM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious; server was pleasant and made great recommendations. We had to wait a bit even with a reservation, but they gave us drinks on the house to make up for it. The small plate experience was a good way to try a bunch of things (portions are super small to share), but if you didn’t order everything up front, it took awhile to get other dishes. They did a lovely birthday dessert for my friend, after just overhearing it was her birthday. Overall, a good experience. We’ll be back, but kind of pricey, so it’ll be for a special occasion.

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you for the feedback!

  20. DM

    DMSr

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, will come again. Tx

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 27, 2022Thank you for coming to visit us!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    We have always Loved this place and take all of our out of town visitors. We have been here more than 10 times in the last two yrs. This weekend when we went made us not want to return as it was embarrassing to bring new friends to a terrible experience. Our waitress was terrible. We had to track him down for everything. We had to reorder our food several times yet thing never arrived. He never even offered to fill our drinks. And it make matters worse, The quality of the food is no longer what we had become accustomed to getting.

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 26, 2022I'm sorry that your experience was not what you are accustomed to from us here at Ambar. I would like to hear more about your experience if you wouldn't mind, so we can work to improve. My email is joconnor@streetguyshospitality

  22. LW

    LalaW

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were very gracious when it come to our reservation but not a lot of people were there so that’s could be why they still let us come in. Our server/bartender Dominic, he was fantastic, he recommended things to try that we were scared to get but it all turned out great, we got the all you can eat experience and everything was great. Drinks we great and strong. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 26, 2022We always do our best to accommodate our guests! Thank you for noticing and leaving kind words!

  23. JA

    JerryA

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Warmly greeted and quickly seated. Waiter was friendly and very helpful. Would definitely visit again and strongly suggest this for anyone visiting DC.

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you so much for the positive feedback!

  24. M

    Micone

    Baltimore

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Birthday celebration. I noted that in my reservation but nothing was done to make the evening a 5 star
  25. d

    dria

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food, good value, fast service

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you for the positive feedback!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Amber was in point with everything
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Friendly server and cohesive group of workers to make the experience of tasting a huge variety of foods absolutely seemless. Interesting and delicious variety of foods for all to share and taste. Would recommend for a different cultural food experience. Thank you.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Service was bad which was shocking manager was nice
  29. A

    Anonymous

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    I've been to Ambar twice and the food was outstanding both times. Unfortunately on this visit, the service was disappointing. The server was very brusque, and impatient, and his attitude was aggressive. We also didn't receive everything we ordered and got lots of extras of things that we didn't order. In the end, we had a lot of extra food that we tried to take away but the server very curtly denied us the request. It wasn't clear if this is a restaurant policy (we saw other tables with take-away bags) or just the server unwilling to accommodate us but in either case, the amount of waste was a shame and could have easily been helped.
  30. I

    Irateyou

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our daughter’s birthday and she wanted to try something new. Well, let’s just say we LOVED the food!!! First time having Balkan food and first time at the restaurant.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always perfect and super
  32. G

    Globetrotter

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Overpriced and the food was just ok - nothing spectacular. Not a great meal.
  33. DH

    DeniseH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambar on 8th Street SE is my go to place especially when out-of-town guests visit. The food is always superb. They keep the regular dishes while introducing new items from time to time. However, during my last visit I saw that the prices had increased with the volume of food had decreased. I was disappointed. I understand there's inflation but the change was so huge I think they're taking advantage of the situation.

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 17, 2022I'm sorry your last visit with us was not what you expected. We are not trying to take advantage of our guests. We have seen a lot of waste and we are trying to be environmentally conscious and not waste so much food. As you can understand with the unlimited concept sometimes extra food tends to get ordered and quite a bit goes to waste unfortunately. I would be happy to discuss this further and bring you back on us for a better experience. You can reach me at joconnor@streetguyshospitality

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Brunch was lovely. The food was incredible and service absolutely perfect. Can’t wait to go back still!

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 12, 2022Thank you so much for your feedback! We greatly appreciate it.

  35. ML

    MadisonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My table sat on the top floor and the walls were disgusting it looked like someone threw tomato soup on the wall. I can see food on the walls in the photos we took to post online. Can you please have someone clean that? Also you guys should really do a better mac & cheese, it was very disappointing. I took my friend from New York here and she loved it and said she would definitely come back for the food.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to dine and get away 😎

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 12, 2022Thank you for the feedback! We appreciate it.

  37. SC

    SC2020

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent! As a first time diner it was a great experience. I would certainly dine there again.

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 12, 2022We are glad you enjoyed your first Ambar experience!

  38. JO

    JOHNS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    I live on Capitol Hill. This is my "go to" place to dine out.

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 12, 2022Thank you for your kind words! We greatly appreciate the loyalty!

  39. m

    matcb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, and beautiful restaurant

    Ambar Capitol HillResponded on September 10, 2022Thank you so much for the feedback! We appreciate it.

  40. R

    Rach

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    While the value of the bottomless brunch is great, the service itself was not. Our server was great, but it took about an hour from us order to receiving most of the food. For example, a small tray of spreads took 20-30 minutes to arrive, and there were some dishes we simply never received. Our server sought to help, but there was a larger disconnect in the restaurant between ordering and receiving orders in a timely fashion.

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

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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 4.7 stars by 4040 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 140 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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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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