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Ambar Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
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Ambar Capitol Hill

4.8
4.8
4129 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 121 times today
Experiences are available.

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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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Experiences

  • New Years Eve Second Seating

    $99.99 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    The second seating, from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., is priced at $99.99 per person (tax and gratuity not included) which includes unlimited small plates with New Year’s Eve specials. Guests can also enjoy unlimited drinks for $24.99 per person. Guests dining during the second seating will enjoy unlimited food and drinks until 12:30 a.m. A DJ will be spinning all day and night Saturday, December 31st.
  • New Years Eve First Seating

    $79.99 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Ambar is offering two seating options, the first is from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., which includes unlimited small plates with New Year’s Eve specials priced at $79.99 per person (tax and gratuity not included, and guests are limited to 2-hour time limit). A DJ will be spinning all day and night Saturday, December 31st.
  • Christmas Eve

    $79.99 per person

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    For Christmas Eve dinner we are offering a variety of specials in addition to its seasonal unlimited regular menu. Dessert is included in the price. For an additional $24.99 you can enjoy unlimited drinks. The "A la carte" option is not available. Balkan dining without the limits: $79.99 per person ( including desserts ) MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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What 4,129 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was nice. The vibe was great. We got the experience platter which was a little of everything.
  2. DF

    DavidF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We chose to make reservations at Ambar because we were going to a concert at the Miracle theater which is close by. We were able to arrive early for our reservation and they seated us right away. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. We do not eat pork or shrimp, and alerted the waiter about This requirement, and that they effectively took care of that to ensure that as we received many dishes, pork and shrimp options were not brought to our table. All of the food was quite delicious and interesting with many different flavors and what was fun for us is that we were able to try new flavors and new foods. If you like trying new things and don’t mind paying for the experience, this is a really lovely option.
  3. BD

    BeatriceD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious!! Great experience and would highly recommend
  4. T

    Tyrone

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Plenty of great grub, very friendly and professional staff.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great spot for brunch!
  6. K

    Klhdez00

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    María our server was amazing! So knowledgeable about the menu, attentive with drinks (we did unlimited drinks) and everything was coursed out to perfection. The food, ambiance, decor was great but the service was the cherry on top! If you go here, request Maria!
  7. RW

    RafielW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff and food were amazing! Will def be back!! 10/10
  8. E

    Elena

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambar was one of the best dining experiences I've had in a while, comparable to Michelin starred restaurants. The food kept on coming! The small plates style meant we all got to taste so many different kinds of food. It was incredible. My only regret was that I didn't have more room in my stomach. The ambience and lighting, sound and intimate small rooms of the restaurant were very attractive. And the staff were fantastic. I wandered towards the bar to look at all the kinds of Rakija and the bar tender told me everything I could want to know. We were there the Monday after Thanksgiving so it was unusually slow, and our server was pleasant and chatty. We enjoyed her and I hope she enjoyed us. So good. I'd go back over and over.
  9. S

    Samm

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great concept. I'm always full and happy when I dine at Ambar.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for brunch! Bottomless mimosas were very strong
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food is great, Balkan tastes with some twists. The place has a superb selection of Eastern European drinks, as well. Our server, Shawn was amazing. Overall, a very nice experience, we hope to be back one day.
  12. d

    dhurum

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food is getting a bit bland after repeat visits… and the all you can drink cocktails were pretty low quality
  13. JM

    JohnM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really amazing food and drink. A unique dining experience which I would repeat again and again. This is a must try. Courtney took care of us, gave great recommendations, great service, and mixed great drinks. Thank you!
  14. F

    Foodie112

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made a reservation for myself and 6 of my friends for the Saturday after Thanksgiving. They only offered the bottomless menu during our time (we did have someone not drinking, and that was not a problem). Since we had never been here before and were open to trying different things (and we were more interesting in talking with each other than reading the menu), our waitress handled the orders - and she made sure we tried everything on the menu. She also did a great job of paying attention to what foods had cheese in them (due to a dietary restriction in the group). The steak bites were a table favorite.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such fantastic food, great drinks and prompt service!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    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.
  17. AB

    AngelaB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

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

    SerbianCrepes

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    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!
  19. JS

    JacklynS

    Phoenix

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined for dinner. The variety of dishes was nice and all the options we tried were delicious. Highly recommend!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to dine
  21. l

    lamedoc

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    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.
  22. EH

    ElaineH

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    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!
  23. K

    Kreatout

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! Love going there
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a food baby for hours!!!! I wish they were closer to Philly.
  25. 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
  26. 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!
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. EY

    EmilyY

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. L

    Lori

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful place to enjoy conversation, fine food and drinks.
  36. 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
  37. 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.
  38. 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!
  39. 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!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, excellent service, delicious food.

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 4129 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 121 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
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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