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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%
Travelers talk about
“brunch” (116 reviews)
“cheese pie” (71 reviews)
“stuffed cabbage” (46 reviews)
Open Now
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM 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

Never had Balkin food before so didn't know quite what to order. We went with the Balkin Experience were you can have anything on the menu served family style in small portions. We let the waitress pick which items she would bring to the table...More

Thank carbuilder
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed January 29, 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 February 9, 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

We had a wonderful family dinner at Ambar. Get the $49 eat everything option. You get to sample all of the Balkan dishes and everything we had was great. Great service as well!

Thank Tim M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was our first to experience Balkan cuisine.It was the best Brussel sprouts and cauliflower we’ve ever tasted. Lamb medallions and kebabs were tasty and done right. Cucumber and cheese salad was so refreshing. Martha was so hospitable trying to explain every dish that was...More

Thank raycP2066OB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Authenticity of cuisine is a factor that I cannot verify, but I couldn't care less because of the overall excellence of the dining experience. The food was fresh and unique. The menu was diverse without being overwhelming. The staff was extremely hospitable, friendly and helpful....More

1  Thank MIMom5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently I visited Ambar with some friends. It was a return after a long gap. They chose the venue. The earlier visit was disappointing. Cold food that had been standing around too long before being brought to the table. Slow, dismissive service. What a change...More

Thank Derek B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great selection of tapas style dishes. Have the leek croquets! Incredible! Great service, good atmosphere. Highly recommended!

Thank Neil C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never had this food before so we asked our waitress to put out her favorite dishes ! Wise move Enjoy

1  Thank Evelyn F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You're greeted nearly before you step inside. These are the people that really appreciate your business. Service is bar none and so is the food. Maybe I'm biased since they make food my Grandma made but if you want to taste quality food and experience...More

Thank cisab99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The variety of dishes is awesome and our server sort of order for us and brought us a nice collection of dishes which we all shared! The food was delicious, good quality and service was on point!

1  Thank Kellie A
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Questions & Answers
Kelly C
October 17, 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
October 17, 2018|
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Response from mmcutbirth | Reviewed this property |
I do recall seeing a bar upstairs.
September 19, 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, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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
  • Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 202-813-3039
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