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Ambar Capitol Hill

523 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
+1 202-813-3039
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (116 reviews)
“cheese pie” (70 reviews)
“stuffed cabbage” (46 reviews)
Open Now
16:00 - 22:00 Hours
Eastern European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
523 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Ambar Capitol Hill
1. Unlimited Balkan Experience
"Order the Balkan experience, you cannot go wrong"
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2. Authentic Balkan Food
"Delicious Serbian/Pan-Balkan cuisine."
Justin B
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3. Real Balkan Hospitality
"My new favorite restaurant! Our waiter made our experience even better"
Ana B
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wow. Wow. Wow. I never do 5 rating but I had to... this time My daughter picked this restaurant for dinner in our trip to dc. We made 515pm reservations and arrived on time. We might have been the first there and were told we...More

Thank SunSonia
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

Rarely does one find a gem like this place! The food was spectacular - everything we tried was phenomenal. The service was also spot-on. Everyone was warm, friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Make sure you do the all-you-can-eat special and try add much as you can!...More

3  Thank Geekyblonde
Edvina I, Guest Relations Manager at Ambar Capitol Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write a great review. We’re thrilled that you enjoyed our food and service. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Best regards, Ambar

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Another great meal! I live in Europe but make a point to come here when in town for work. Great ambience, fantastic food and drinks and top service. Barbora looked after us and did a great job. Good service, good fun and happy to indulge...More

Thank dwa_humphrey
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Food was great and our server Barbora was exceptional !!!! She made our Serbian experience to a whole new dimension !!! Absolute value for the money.

Thank le_zarko
Reviewed 5 days ago

I had lunch in this place twice in the last 10 days. There are plenty of options, so I strongly recommend to let the chef decide for you. They serve small plates (like tapas) and the plates are perfect to share. Ambar offer a very...More

Thank stellabahiense
Reviewed 6 days ago

Love this place. Whenever there's a reason to be in DC we have to go here! There are small plate choices with quite a few original Balkan food choices. I must recommend the stuffed sour cabbage rolls (Sarma)! Their fruit pie is made Southern European...More

Thank wolfgangic
Reviewed 6 days ago

What an amazing experience we had here! I have not been able to stop talking about it since we got home. We opted for the 'full experience' and tried a never ending variety of unique, high quality food. Everything came out quickly and was well...More

Thank charlestonbiker
Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of us went for lunch and shared multiple small plates. Everyone made several selections and we all tried everything. We had our favorites but overall, everyone loved the food and the service was great.

Thank carol S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The smaller appetizers are fantastic and are great as "tapas" style shared with a larger group (6+). The main courses were inconsistent and could not measure up first courses. I would recommend this restaurant if you want many different flavors in small portions.

Thank elainef363
Reviewed 1 week ago

Because we live on the other side of town, this was our first visit to this gem, but it won't be our last. Make reservations to make sure you make the most of your visit. If you decide on the Balkan experience, you can have...More

Thank worktotravel14
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Questions & Answers
Kelly C
17 October 2018|
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Response from Amaryllis F | Reviewed this property |
I second the yes :) Full bar and a separate full menu to get meals.
Kelly C
17 October 2018|
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Response from mmcutbirth | Reviewed this property |
I do recall seeing a bar upstairs.
19 September 2018|
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Response from Edvina I | Property representative |
Dear Susan, Yes, we do accommodate large groups. However, groups with more than 15 guests have to be private contracted events and it requires a signing a contract with food and beverage minimum. Please contact us at... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
10:00 - 15:30
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 15:30
16:30 - 23:00
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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