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Ambar - Arlington

4.7
4.7
3268 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Ambar is the first modern, international Balkan cuisine restaurant in DC. Inside three locations in Belgrade, Arlington and Washington DC, Ambar blends tradition and heritage with creativity and modern design. The result is an unforgettable visitor experience that reaches all the senses with delicious food, unbelievable drinks and an atmosphere that blends comfort and high style. From rich food, fine furniture, interior design and the widest choice of the finest Balkan rakias, to our first class service – every detail is meticulously woven into an unique experience that will leave you breathless. Welcome to the best of the Balkans.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 102 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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–10:30 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

    Jovana Zdravkovic: (571) 992-7023

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Cross street

    N Fillmore St and N Garfield St

  • Parking details

    2h free parking on a limited lot behind the restaurant on Filmore St.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

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What 3,268 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CB

    ChristinaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BEST UNLIMITED LUNCH! FULL MENU! BEST VALUE!! So many options. Everything was great - presentation, flavor and texture. I felt like a kid in a candy store!
  2. JK

    JennyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The unlimited brunch experience was fantastic. Food took a while to come out or would be forgotten but understandable since it gets busy on Sunday brunch.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Not a bad date night. Great ambiance. Fast service for small plates. Some menu items were not the best. Try the fried chicken, stake tartar or salmon.
  4. CS

    ChadS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great food and great service. With the Ambar Experience, you get to try anything and everything, and have as much as you want of it! This is always a fun place to visit.
  5. LF

    LocalFlavor

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious tapas-like dishes. We opted for the 2-hr try-anything meal experience. Pricy, but we certainly ate our fill and everything was top-notch. Pro tip: we bought gift cards from the local Costco at a 20% discount, so that helped our dollars stretch. The ambience was energetic and upbeat, but not so loud you couldn't have a conversation.
  6. N

    Nesa

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    It was upsetting to find out that they do not offer the unlimited drinks option like the Capitol Hill location. The ambiance is boring. A lot of the servers looked or behaved annoyed/moody.
  7. KK

    KelleeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food served by knowledgeable staff; it was quieter to eat outdoors and we didn't feel rushed as we sampled our way through the Balkans.
  8. A

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Went for brunch, drinks are good but food was mostly subpar. Definitely not worth going for brunch, especially for the price. Lunch or dinner are probably good though
  9. H

    Huss

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food is original and good but the service is horrible. Bus boys drop new plates and don’t bother to pick up empty ones and waiter is missing in action when you need him.
  10. SL

    SamL

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for small bites with friends, the noise level is a little high but this is a trendy place. The service is pretty quick and they try to let you know when it's last call.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Food was not prepared with care, felt and tasted quickly produced. Meatballs were tough. Stuffed pepper was mushy and tasted like it was heated in a microwave. I don’t plan on going back.
  12. AB

    AllisonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place! It was a great ambiance and look of the restaurant. We did the Ambar Experience where we got to try everything on the menu. It was amazing, 100/10 recommend
  13. f

    fls1

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience. We visit 2 or 3 times per year and should do it more often. Lots of options and the small plates let you try a lot of flavors. Heavy on beef and lamb; mussels and shrimp were great as well. Most of the small plates can be divided between 3 or 4 people, Staff works hard here - food comes and dirty plates go but its never intrusive. Ivan was particularly good. As the dining room fills up it gets a little loud but never too much for conversation.
  14. SG

    SandG

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We tried “the menu” experience and came hungry, ready to try many different tastes. While the food was good, it was brought to the table so quickly, sometimes 4-5 plates at a time and before you began to conquer what was already in front of you. It felt very rushed, without time to really take in the flavor. The plates were plentiful, if not too much, and reasonably varied, though served not in any particular order (jumped from mains, to appetizers, to salads, mains, Charcuterie, …). We didn’t even try everything as it became to overwhelming. Would return for a meal, but not the menu experience.
  15. H

    Hidyeoo

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Our waiter wasn't friendly when taking our orders. He didn't let us order 2 of the same dishes for some reason, wasn't friendly, and did not seem to have a good attitude but to just take orders. I did not feel welcomed. I asked for a high chair for my baby to use but it had straps that were too short to buckle. When i asked for help he just responded with I don't know and didn't help or offer assistance from someone who might know.
  16. AC

    AmnaC

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and drinks
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was wonderful. Our waiter was so friendly and kind and I can’t wait to go back
  18. A

    Allyson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, as always! Dynamite food & service. Thank you!
  19. TC

    TakeishaC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Server was great and attentive. It was her first day and we had no idea because she did so well. Food was mediocre and drinks weren’t really strong. They’re $.25 so you get what you pay for. The restaurant is super cute and in a good location, but have no reason to go back.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was served hot and fresh. Great brunch and drinks.
  21. w

    wilderprospect

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing—great variety, very fresh, and very delicious. Service was good.
  22. CB

    CBZel

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We ate outdoors on a beautiful day. The traffic noise was pronounced the first hour. We ordered the Ambar Experience which was a great way to taste around the menu. Service was superb!
  23. DL

    DianaL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to ambar just because we heard that it was good, but it was amazing, we found a lot of options and a wide variety of dishes. The best part were the mimosas, refreshing and subtle. I definitely recommend it
  24. MR

    MaryR

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and well prepared. Service was excellent. The raspberry cake was a little dry for me. Loved the Apricot daiquiri. Enjoyed the people watching outside the window. Would return.
  25. KH

    KendallH

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down, my favorite brunch to attend in all of the DMV area. The most delicious food that comes out and comes out AND comes out. Lol. Come hungry. Dress cute too, y'all because people wear their cutest fits. Also, delicious and strong coffee (both hot & iced)
  26. ET

    ETmclean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great service! Their menu was just the right size, and the brunch experience was perfect to try a large selection of the food! My favorite foods were the fried chicken slider and the pecan and maple waffle.
  27. WP

    WanitthaP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    I wasn’t happy with the server’s attitude. Very disappointed. Foods are okay but not good as before (I’ve been here many times 2 years ago)
  28. F

    Foodr8ter

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful birthday, fantastic food, tremendous service.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday lunch celebration
  30. YR

    YeikaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food came out really fast, the service was very good. Food always hits, very delicious.
  31. CW

    CharleneW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great great great. We sat outside. The waiter was fantastic and the brunch was delicious. It was a girls day out and we enjoyed everything from the place, food, and service.
  32. k

    krod11

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    I love Ambar, this is the Arlington location. The food its great but I would mot recommend the desserts they are not worth the $7 extra per person. Other than that it was wonderful service and food.
  33. RG

    RobbieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was delicious and we got to experience a wide variety of dishes for a great price. We will be back.
  34. J

    Justme

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    None of the food screams Balkan cuisine. Everything is like American food with some spice. Basement area stinks. I got seated there when there are so many available seats on the first floor. Don’t sit in the basement!
  35. PM

    PamelaM

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Experienced Amber with a small group of friends. Enjoyed sharing the variety of small plates. New tastes and combinations— we really enjoyed the experience!
  36. LD

    LocalDiner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were superb. Our server couldn't be better. The atmosphere is fun and decor is attractive. My only complaint was the cold air being blown down on the tables in the middle of the room by all the ceiling fans, chilling the food and guests. We will definitely return though, but sit in another area.
  37. D

    Doralspotter

    Miami

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food reminds me of my grandmother's cooking while growing up.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love all the dishes. We got the “experience “ and it was awesome. Highly recommended
  39. TM

    TyMo

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We went for brunch. On our first round we put in 9 plates and only ever received 5 of them. Then as we were finishing we got several dishes we had not ordered. It seemed like there was an issue with the ordering system. I have been to Ambar many times and usually it is such a great experience. I was disappointed given how much it cost that we did not receive much of what we ordered.
  40. KX

    KyleX

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    We are SCAMMED and this is the worst experience ever… Booked a reservation for the restaurant week special for $25 per person. When we arrived we were told the restaurant week special is only on the week days. And the regular menu is $39.99 per person. But their website didn’t say anything about this. The food is really a disappointment, most of which are way too salty and some of the meat are undercooked. The prosciutto is not fresh, you can tell it’s been in the air for too long. A lot of plates came with mini burgers types of buns and we were almost full by eating those breads Service is terrible. We have been sitting there for 2 hours. And the server only came to our table 3-4 times. 1/4 of the dishes that we ordered didn’t even come. And something we didn’t order came to our table. I have also seen once I told my server that we didn’t order this and he just sent it to the table right next to us. I understand this is a busy Sunday morning but the whole thing is a chaos. It is unacceptable for a $90 brunch experience, which itself is a whole scam. Bet they lured a lot of customers this way. Definitely DO NOT GO

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 4.7 stars by 3268 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 102 times today
Google Map for Ambar - Arlington

2901 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

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–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Balkan style, Eastern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    2h free parking on a limited lot behind the restaurant on Filmore St.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

    Jovana Zdravkovic: (571) 992-7023

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