Ambar - Arlington

4.6
2360 reviews
$31 to $50
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 .

Support Ambar - Arlington during COVID-19

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

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Starting Feb 14, 2021

Join us for celebration of Valentine's Day and bring your special person for unlimited selection of small plates, unlimited selected drinks and Chef specials. Please call us directly for pricing and details

What 2360 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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Nicole
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have never been disappointed with Ambar brunch! Everything is so delicious and worth the fixed price.

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EdiO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

I had a great experience. Food and service was wonderful. They are also a great spot for outdoor winter dining when it's a sunny day.

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BLove
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Ambar and I must admit the experience was outstanding. The ambience is pretty nice, the staff was polite and attentive, and best of all the food is amazing. I highly suggest the $35 tapas deal which allows you to taste many of their dishes "tapas style"

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PeteR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food at a great price point. Highly recommend!

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vipAdam
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and delicious food. They keep distance between the tables, and they have indoor and outdoor seating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience5

Excellent food as always, but the service left so much to be desired. We had to order the same plate 3-4 times to make sure we got it at least once. The kitchen kept forgetting our order. We were also seated 30 minutes late. The 2 hour time limit really wasn't conducive to an enjoyable lunch. All the delays made us nervous about leaving hungry.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server, Blair, was amazing! I’ll come back just for her!

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NievesGPrados
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Me encanta este lugar y nunca me voy de Washington sin ir. En tiempos de pandemia, se han adaptado muy bien.

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SaraL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Their tapas never disappoint! Food was fresh and the dishes were very interesting! Our server was very attentive and helpful. We tried few drinks with plum rakija- it was very good.

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vipMuratT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time eating here. Food was delicious. I will recommend anyone.

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InecquiaM
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sandra was amazing! I would definitely be going back soon!

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MMcdonald
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved the bottomless brunch! Ámbar has a great vibe, wonderful service, and delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Super staff and yummy food. Thanks we’ll be back!

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bill7748
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We traveled here from Nashville and found this restaurant. Amazing they had pick as many small plates as you like for $35 total I think I tried 10 dishes all of them were perfect
We had a really great dinner and experience, I would highly recommend

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vipKatieG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ambar always comes through with a great experience! I love the $35 tasting dinner. Our waitress did a fantastic job of providing a wide ranging selection of delicious foods...and the atmosphere is always festive, in spite of the current constraints.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The only thing I didn't like was that the dining room wasn't very clean. But everything else was wonderful. We are from Bulgaria and we really enjoyed the Balkan food.Our server Marina was the best!

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PaulJ
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Highly recommend this restaurant. The downstairs is really chill with a nice atmosphere. Good cocktails and great food... small plates a la carte or prix fixe. Excellent variety and fresh ingredients.

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JayE
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

5 Stars will recommend & will come back! Was my first time visiting this restaurant and everything I had was perfect. the ambar experience was 10/10. I highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Super friendly staff, fantastic food and top-notch service on a sunny January day that made it possible to safely eat outdoors.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic way to experience a lot of different Balkan foods at a decent price.

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vipDHerr
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was amazing! It was difficult at times to get the servers attention as she was basically the only one working the downstairs room. We will return!

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1GlamDesigner
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite dinner spots in Clarendon! We enjoy the popular restaurant's upbeat vibe and the outstanding Balkan cuisine and service. We like sitting at a high top table in the bar area. We always have the Ambar Experience so that we may sample many of our favorite dishes. The Beet Tzatziki spread is our favorite starter paired with the Kale Caeser and the warm baked breads. Our favorite vegetables are the roasted Brussel Sprouts and the Roasted Cauliflower. We like both of the flatbreads and usually order the Sudzuk. We love the Salmon, the Beef Short Rib Goulash, the slow roasted lamb and the Lamb Lasagna. What a delicious menu! We enjoy sampling everything on the menu but these are our favorites. We always enjoy our dinners at Ambar and never tire of the delicious Balkan cuisine and the outstanding service.

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OpenTable Diner
Hanover
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food, but it took them 30 mins to sit us even with a reservation

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HeatherG
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Fabulous concept and food, however, the wait staff lacked attentive. Also, several of our ordered plates never arrived. By the time the waitress returned to us (about 25 minutes later) we decided to request the check and not re-order the plates we initially requested.

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JeffP
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

Super disappointing.
Service was excellent but food was average at best.
Not nearly as enjoyable as the menu would leave you to believe
Hot dishes were not hot
That's super bad

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vipBenC
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was unbelievably delicious. Absolutely worth doing the unlimited plates options. Such unique flavors and combos. I left a full and happy man.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall3Food1Service1Ambience3

Over priced low value

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KanikaV
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints... was awesome to go back after 9 months & celebrate our anniversary there

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lucia
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place for brunch the two hour time limit is perfect and they have two rooms inside so if you book in advance you typically can get a good seat. I loved our waitress she was on point and the ambiance is even better!

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vipKate
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

It kept playing the same music so boring zzz.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The $35 Ambar Experience is the way to go. Great value and you get to try so many excellent dishes. The staff is great at picking recommendations and the service is top notch.

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DanielaV
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice place and the presentation of the food is very nice

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RaymondM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Awesome food and great service but we sat next t to the bathroom in basement and it smelled..,

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SandipaD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great ambience, love the indoor plants. festive, vibrant feel. We took the unlimited sampling option - great value and allowed us to try a variety of dishes

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RahJ
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Well definitely be back. The food was absolutely amazing!

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rob10
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tables were spaced out well and the restaurant respected COVID guidelines - which I appreciated as many restaurants have been crowded with little room.

The brunch deal was definitely worth it!

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LaurenM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience1

The food here is usually great but this experience was not good. The soup came out warm, the burger was missing ingredients and the patty was still cold in the middle from being frozen. Sloppy. The service is always awful here. Never attentive to needing drink refills or checking on orders.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Service NEEDS to be improved

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RajivK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent one of my favorites in the DC area. Tapas style dishes - go for the 35$ all you can eat menu. Comparable to the Andre jose restaurants (zitinya, etc). Dare I say even better!! Must try at least once

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gabriella
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

THE BEST FOOD, EXPERIENCE AND SERVICE. They do a great job of keeping safety protocols in tact due to COVID and yet give you excellent service. Truly an amazing experience.

FAQs

Ambar - Arlington offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 875-9663.

Ambar - Arlington is rated 4.6 stars by 2360 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.