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Ambar - Arlington

4.6
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2264 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Tapas / Small Plates
Our aim is to put together the finest products of the New World and Old World for your dining pleasure. Perennially on the edge of great empires, the Balkans owes much of its food culture to its history, geography, and climate. The term Balkan is generally believed to come from the Byzantine word meaning: “a chain of wooded mountains.” With a desire to introduce Virginia to cutting edge Balkan cuisine, we created a dining space that will delight and indulge the senses. Primarily featuring “small plates,” Ambar also offers wines and spirits from the Balkans not often experienced by the American diner. Ambar showcases the best dishes from the Balkan Peninsula with a modern twist. These dishes are presented artfully, with modern combinations that deliver the flavor profiles in a unique way. Serbian natives Ivan Iricanin and Uros Smiljanic developed the menu with the help of Executive Chef Dejan Pilovic .

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2264 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KaterineV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great changed my reservation quickly which was great!

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LisaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food at Ambar was delicious! My roommate and I went for restaurant week and got a great deal. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful in recommending dishes and answering questions. Food arrived in a reasonable timeframe and with no issues. We felt very safe eating outside given the precautions that the restaurant is taking (everyone around was wearing masks when not eating, people stayed a good distance away, menus were single-use only, all waitstaff wore gloves).

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Hungryandhappy
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We sat outside for brunch on Sunday and loved the all you can eat plus 25 cent drinks for a standard price. Each dish was better than the next!

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vipMrsWhite
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Restaurant was nice, food was good for the price and the drinks were tasty. Service could been better but overall i would return. Went for Brunch and for 3 plp it was $116 cant beat that price!

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vipMelanieC
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was so lovely to have a safe, delicious dinner outside with friends after a very long time. Loved trying the Ambar Special!

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AsliC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands down best Balkan meal - authentic and perfectly executed.

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GraceL
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

little bit slow
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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They were awesome accommodating our party of 6!

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KR123
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Very slow service, often had to wait 20+ minutes for the food to arrive (for the unlimited experience). We waited for over 30 minutes for one dish and our server told us it was coming multiple times, then eventually told us they were out of cauliflower so they couldn’t serve us the dish anymore. For the price they charge for the unlimited menu, definitely expected way more in terms of service and the food. Food items were not unique or exclusive, which was disappointing as well. Won’t be back here again.

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vipKaitlynnS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a fun and unique restaurant! I love bringing friends who are in town here!

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vipDCFoodie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Need better wine by the glass selection to pair

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JoannaM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The Ambar experience for $35 each is definitely the way to go! The cocktail carafes were also excellent.

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DavendraG
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Honestly, one of the best places we have been. My friend and I enjoyed all their dishes, really fast service, friendly staff, and we ate our hearts out.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic experience at this restaurant. The server was so helpful and guided us to great options as we navigated the menu for the first time. We were encouraged to relax and enjoy the experience— not rushed along in our meal. The food was very good and service was excellent. We really enjoyed our time here and would come back again.

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vipMissMary
Philadelphia
111 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a small birthday celebration at Ambar with three friends. We were seated outdoors and had a lovely evening. Most of us had dined there before; it's certainly one of my local favourites. I even made one friend a new fan of the forrest gnocchi. ;-) Of course, I'll be back!

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missingwingbutterfly
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience2

The food is AMAZING!!! 10/10. Service was ok, but I imagine it’s really hard to be a service worker in a pandemic so I was not bothered by it at all. If you’re in the area, please go here for really unique, innovative food!!

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Hungryandhappy
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We sat outside for dinner and made a reservation. By the time we left, the tables were full! The food was tasty and full of flavor, but the portion size for the fries it too small for $6. There were 6 fries. That's it.

It was a good thing the drinks and rest of the food were on point!

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Tony
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Sunday Brunch was delicious and we enjoyed the day with great and comfortable outdoor seating. First visit and learned quickly why Ambar is so highly rated. We look forward to returning for weekday lunch and dinner

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Robert
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent staff and delicious food. Had a wonderful time and look forward to going back.

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foodcritique
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

It took 20 minutes for anyone to come to the table and that was after we asked. The server brought us water and there was a bug in mine. The food was good a bit on the salty side but filled us up. When the dessert came there was hair in the tres leche cake. I was celebrating my birthday and was very disappointed. Will not be going back

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iggy
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Consistently good.
Train better wait staff on what are they serving.

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VirginiaYums
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend and I had a fabulous first time at Ambar for their happy hour! We definitely will be returning to try the small plates special another time and highly recommend this restaurant to any couple or group of friends looking for a fun time with delicious food and impeccable service! Thank you Ambar for a great date night.

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MJBrad
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Table in the basement was very quiet - service was outstanding!

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unique food - loved all the small plates we got to sample!

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vipBryceE
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time and it was amazing! Did the all you can eat lunch and tried almost every thing on the menu. Was great and on the list of top 5 in the area

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MimiB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed an extraordinarily delicious and varied meal at Ambar! The steady stream of small plates was perfect - being able to sample so many awesome dishes for a set price just felt so relaxed and luxurious. Lots of yummy vegetarian options. We ate out on the patio under the awning, with plenty of space between tables. It was very comfortable, even when it started to rain. The wait staff were all very helpful, friendly, and prompt. We look forward to returning!

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PiniA
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We did the Balcanic experience, it was awesome. We tried a lot of different platers. They were excellent

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vipCMEC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

I felt the quality of the food at Ambar has declined. We were eating during brunch on Sunday. I always enjoyed the ambiance, but it was a bit crowded by COVID requirements.

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CQuavo
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

I had a reservation for 1:30 pm. I arrived at 1:30. I checked in by 1:35. I did not get seated until 2:02. The service was terrible. Barely saw our waiter. The food, the ambiance, and the drinks were incredible. They were busy but I should not have to wait so long to be seated especially when I have a reservation that was placed days before.

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EricD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food, excellent environment! Patio seating was great and we were seated right away. One star downgrade on service only because sometimes we had to follow up to get waters filled, but that's because they were so busy because of how good they are!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We sat outside by the main entrance and the tables looked beat up and the food came so so, either old or cold and the mimosas were too sweet and room temp.

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Armaan
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The Ambar experience was amazing!
Absolute high quality service accompanied by great food!
We felt well taken care of from beginning to end. Truly had a fun time at Ambar.. Thank you Ambar family!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Favorite restaurant
Friend or a date
Good food and great service always.

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GordonL
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second tome there. From out of town. Was everything I remembered

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vipLocavore
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

First time here’s after passing by for many years. Sorry I waited so long! Every dish was really good and with the Balkan Experience option, it’s a bargain. Pretty much all you can eat for $35. I figure I ate $80 worth of food at the a la carte prices. They were still bringing it even after we said we were done! (That’s one issue with having multiple people bringing dishes to your table). The cocktails were excellent too. Will definitely go back to try the dishes we missed.

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KeenanM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very tasty selections of mediterranean food. Very cool and clean ambience to the inside restaurant. Well crafted cocktails.

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NickySanDimas
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

food portions were too small for the price. i wont return to this restaurant.

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SheilaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved our dinner at Amber. We ordered the $35 per person sampler. The food was delicious and kept coming! There was great variety in the food, too. I recommend the drunken mussels, the lamb lasagna, and everything with roasted vegetables in it. But it’s all good, and comes with several kinds of bread. The beer and wine are great, too. I had the house Cabernet, which was from Moldova. We sat in the spacious covered seating area out back, and enjoyed the ambiance and fresh air. Highly recommend! Will return! :)

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vipDCfoodie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Service was a little slow and not very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my first time at Ambar and I love Love love it. The veggie starter is the best as well as the desert. This will be my fave spot for the coming few months.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ambar - Arlington using the Order Online button. Ambar - Arlington also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ambar - Arlington also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 875-9663.

Ambar - Arlington is rated 4.6 stars by 2264 OpenTable diners.

Ambar - Arlington does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=a90566d7.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.