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Ambar Capitol Hill

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523 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
+1 202-813-3039
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16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
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Sun - Thu 16:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 15:30
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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122 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had heard that this restaurant had ample vegetarian options but, in reality, they were relatively limited. The dishes we ate were mostly pretty good, however. The bistro is unassuming, the atmosphere pleasant, overall. Service OK. All in all, not necessarily an unforgettable experience, or a place we'd feel we'd return to soon, but a good place for a pleasant... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped for lunch with a group of six, three of whom were on a tight schedule. Food and service were fantastic, including valuable food and wine suggestions for those of us not familiar with the cuisine. I opted for the sampler plate, allowing me to try the Balkan Salad, Cheese Pie (!!), Balkan Kebab, and Stuffed Sour Cabbage, plus sour... More 

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Thank Nattiejoan
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed a fun evening at Ambar with my wife. Excellent atmosphere, waitstaff and food! Arrived around 7pm without reservations but, were able to find seats at the bar upstairs and enjoyed several appetizers (cheese pie, mushroom crepe, beef prosciutto). And the Sarajevo Old Fashion was good enough to order two :)! We're definitely going back!

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Thank gp1862016
Plano, Texas
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100 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've never had Balkan food before, and I wanted something special for my birthday while traveling away from home. And I wondered, "How could the #1 restaurant on TripAdvisor not be overly expensive?!?" It was fantastic and fairly priced for outstanding foods, drinks, and service. We were seated on the second floor, and our server was attentive and very helpful... More 

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Thank Leeanne H
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Servers are very friendly here and the atmosphere is comfortable. If you haven't been before, don't waste your time with ordering individually, just go for it with the dinner plan where you can keep ordering until you're done. And get the "all you can drink" addition, it's worth it if you want a couple cocktails. Having traveled extensively in the... More 

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Thank Darin L
Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went to Ambar for my birthday on 18 Feb 17, and I had the best birthday dinner I have ever had! The waitstaff were very friendly and extremely efficient, helpful with explaining the menu and graceful. Ambar's food is a superb mixture of Germanic-style and Turkish-style meats, meat pies, sausages, various salads, cheese platters, mixed grill, hummus, and roasted... More 

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Thank deniscolbert
Uros J, Guest Relations Manager at Ambar Capitol Hill, responded to this review

Dear Denis, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review about your birthday dinner celebration at Ambar! We’re thrilled to hear that your experience at Ambar was one of the best dinners out you’ve ever had! We’re glad that you were satisfied with our service, and that you enjoyed every dish. We look forward to your... More 

New York City, New York
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us came for dinner - which turns out to be Balkan tapas that come out in any order. Pretty much everything was good. Different subsets of us particularly liked different things. I found the crabcake dip somewhat bland, but the rest of the table very much liked it, along with the stuffed cabbage. I particularly liked the Brussels... More 

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Thank profcritic1
Uros J, Guest Relations Manager at Ambar Capitol Hill, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your review. We’re thrilled that you enjoyed our Balkan experience and that you were satisfied with our service. We hope that you’ll be in neighborhood again soon and stop by for a visit. Sincere regards, Ambar More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was amazing but paled in comparison to the staff. Everyone was so great and welcoming, especially D! If you are ever in Eastern Market you need to check this place out.

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Thank Keisha P
Uros J, Guest Relations Manager at Ambar Capitol Hill, responded to this review

Dear Keisha P, Thank you for the great review. :) We hope to see you at Ambar again in the near future. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I were wandering around Eastern Market trying to find a place to eat when we happened upon Ambar. We got seated quickly. We had the most amazing server. He was attentive, fun, and really added to the fantastic experience we had. The food was amazing as well. The small plates were perfect to share and the mushroom... More 

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Thank Loosh_p
Uros J, Guest Relations Manager at Ambar Capitol Hill, responded to this review

Dear Loosh_p, It’s an honor to have had guests like yourselves. Thank you for this amazing review and we’d love to see you again at Ambar. More 

New Orleans, Louisiana
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have some familiarity with Balkan cuisine. I have traveled to that region many times, but nothing prepared me for this. We 3 New Orleanians dropped in Valentine's Day(Oops i thought) and were seated at the first floor bar. The bartender Tigran(sp?) was a great host and guided us perfectly through the menu. I will butcher spellings, but we tried... More 

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Thank Troy R
Uros J, Guest Relations Manager at Ambar Capitol Hill, responded to this review

Dear Troy, Thank you for this amazing review. It's a pleasure to receive compliments from a recent guest. We hope to see you again for more delicious food and rakia. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Eastern European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 15:30
Monday
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
Thursday
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
Friday
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 23:00
Saturday
16:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 523 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Capitol Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 202-813-3039

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?