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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” (45 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 2 days ago via mobile

Service and food was wonderful. Friends will definitely come again. They felt like they were at home in Bulgaria again

Thank Terry S
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

2  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 3 days ago via mobile

My wife and I were visiting Washington DC for our 6th Wedding anniversary. We went online to read reviews and get recommendations for our anniversary dinner. I made the reservation right on Trip Advisor and commentted that it would be our anniversary. When we arrived,...More

Thank steve b
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a restaurant where the whole menu consists of small plates that you can share with your dinner companions. Well, except the soup. You can order ala carte or choose a $49 package with as many dishes as you want. But they will also...More

Thank Ruth G
Reviewed 4 days ago

Ambar more than lived up to expectations. The "Ambar Experience" is a great deal! The price is extremely reasonable, and everything we ate was delicious. We did not have a thing we did not like. And they truly are small plates which allows you to...More

Thank Samdoozle
Reviewed 4 days ago

You can stop reading reviews now and just plan your visit to Ambar :-). It is a fabulous restaurant AND experience! My husband and I went there on Labor Day and had an incredible meal. I was a little concerned whether we'd like Balken food....More

Thank Cathy H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We read the rave reviews and decided that it was not to be missed. Well, the praise is rightly deserved. As a couple we opted for the Balkan experience menu - the right choice. Each dish was unique and delicious. I did opt for a...More

Thank Terry R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ambar is a must go-to! I was pleasantly surprised by their extremely pleasant and professional management of this sweet, one- of-kind Balkan style restaurant. I felt very much at home, with a benefit of beautifully served dishes that were bursting with flavors. My warmest recommendation...More

1  Thank Tea B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food experience and exceptional service ! Recommend the Ambar Experience. Great sampling of Balkan food. Our waitress was great and offered recommendations. She was also helpful when I informed her of my tree nut allergy.

Thank contactlens e
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In a word: indescribable! What an experience! The place, the good, the service! Everything is just perfect! The type of place you should repeat! Try the mushroom kajmak, the mussels! Have a mango lemonade! The waitresses are very kind! They explain everything with passion! That’s...More

2  Thank Natalia G
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Questions & Answers
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
Michael Z
4 July 2018|
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Response from OnAir764965 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I went in wearing flip flops.
17 February 2018|
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Response from FPWhitePlains | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I did not go to the brunch. Unique restaurant!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene
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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