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Ambar - Arlington

4.6
4.6
3420 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Ambar is the first modern, international Balkan cuisine restaurant in DC. Inside three locations in Belgrade, Arlington and Washington DC, Ambar blends tradition and heritage with creativity and modern design. The result is an unforgettable visitor experience that reaches all the senses with delicious food, unbelievable drinks and an atmosphere that blends comfort and high style. From rich food, fine furniture, interior design and the widest choice of the finest Balkan rakias, to our first class service – every detail is meticulously woven into an unique experience that will leave you breathless. Welcome to the best of the Balkans.

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2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 128 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Balkan Style, Eastern European

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 875-9663

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Dejan Pilovic

  • Catering

    Please check the menu and options online<br />https://www.ambarrestaurant.com/catering-clarendon/

  • Private party facilities

    Ambar is a perfect place for all types of private and corporate events. With our exceptional food and well trained staff, Ambar is the place of choice when it comes to your celebration. From small family gatherings to huge corporate events, we host your friends and business partners with equal care.

  • Private party contact

    Marijana Skerlic: (703) 875-9663

  • Neighbourhood

    Arlington

  • Cross Street

    N Fillmore St and N Garfield St

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Clarendon Metro station - Orange and Silver lines

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day Experience

    US$99.99 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Guests will be able to enjoy unlimited small plates, unlimited selected drinks & a dessert to share. Menu will feature 5 Valentines food specials: *Duck carpaccio *Beet Salad *Veal roulade *Lobster risotto *Chocolate cake Valentine's drink options: Sarajevo Old Fashioned, Angel & Devil, Cosmo Flip, All house wines and Heineken. Each reservation has 2 h time limit. For more information please call 703.875.9663.

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What 3,420 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

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  1. KB

    KennethB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious variety of food, well-seasoned and beautifully presented. It comes out promptly too. We go every several weeks and will continue to do so. The unlimited small plates is a no-brainer.
  2. A

    Anna

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Food was luke warm and very mediocre. (Quinoa salad was not edible.)
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great value for your money and tasty food
  4. OT

    OTva

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Loved the brunch. The main room was really loud, so it was a little hard for our table of 5 to hear one another.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday brunch lived up to its description. Service was great, food was delicious and the drinks were flowing. Some highlights were the steak with chimchuri, the burger, the beef kababs and the quinoa. For drinks I really enjoyed the brunch apertiva. The atmosphere was a definite vibe and the place is beautifully decorated. The service was high level with friendliness, knowledgeability, efficiency and speed. I would definitely recommend this place I drove over an hr to get there and it was worth it.
  6. A

    Angela

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ambar was excellent. The service was amazing. The server was quick, knowledgeable and friendly. The food and drinks were delicious.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience on my first time visit. All of the food was great except for maybe the grits.
  8. XX

    XXXXX

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal and service. Great atmosphere to relax with family and friends and enjoy a fantastic dining experience!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Food was good but the service was terrible. Very slow and inattentive. Cocktails were warm once they finally arrived.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Like the restaurant and food is good. a little disappointed that no birthday cake special for birthday gathering
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!!!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    If you want a more lively Ambar experience stick with dining upstairs . Downstairs is more of a dungeon feel and feels completely different . Food is good (wish there were more options). Service is usually very cold. Some of the servers greet you without expression and are emotionless through your whole dining experience. Rare occasions but has happened several times .
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was very good, but service was a bit disappointing. We were seated at a high top table and the bartender doubled as our waiter. Since he was the only bartender and we weren’t seated where he could easily see us, service lagged a bit
  14. SL

    SorajaL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    The quality of service has diminished comparing to 2 years ago. Music was loud and the hostess at the entrance door was rude.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Waitress was horrible. I asked for ketchup and syrup she said they didn’t have any. I ended up asking another waitress who brought both ketchup and syrup out to our table ! Ugh . Mediocre food as well. Nice ambiance though.
  16. G

    Godiva

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The plants are nice,but annoying. Maybe move them up higher or trim them???
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food experience was grreat! We enjoyed all the foods. Fast service. Great staffs! Will go back
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We thoroughly enjoyed our M bar restaurant week experience. We got to sample many dishes!
  19. KS

    KathleenS

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Ambar was just as good as I remembered. The food is great and keeps coming!
  20. BA

    BrianA

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    There’s a lot of small dishes to choose from and the ingredient combinations sound interesting; however many of them are just average taste wise and some didn’t work for us. We did find a few of the dishes good - just have to find them.
  21. CD

    ChristopherD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An excellent experience for someone who likes the Tapas format. The dishes were delicious. The service was excellent and friendly. The dessert selections were not anything special, it appears they focus more on the main dishes, which were outstanding. The noise level at our booth in the corner was okay. The fixed price for an evening meal is substantial but not outrageous. As it is all-you-can eat, it is a good value if you are hungry or looking for a special occasion.
  22. m

    msmasterson

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Went for restaurant week (lunch) only to be told was for dinner...lunch would start on 2nd day. Would've been nice to know this in advance. Food was good and came quickly. Desserts where sub-par and need improvement
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Uneventful…
  24. K

    Kate

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Way too overpriced for what you get. The food was not very good for the amount paid. And the mimosas were flat since they just sit in a pitcher premade for whoever knows how long. Would not recommend brunch here unless they lowered the price extensively.
  25. L

    Lynn

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was great- very interesting combinations of spice and flavors. Four of us each walked away with different favorites. Mine was the cauliflower! The lamb, the lasagna, and the goulash were other favorites. We enjoyed being able to try so many dishes and walked away full. We did not try dessert. We will return.
  26. E

    Elisa

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Glad we were seated downstairs since the main floor is super loud. Service was very good. We enjoyed the food…some menu items were better than others.
  27. M

    Mamacass

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great experience!!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Server was rude she was mad we went all the cart over all inclusive portions got smaller disappointed from my last visit
  29. S

    Siena

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Highly recommend this small plates spot -- the brussel sprouts are the best.
  30. k

    kjkc

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I went for brunch on a Sunday. I like that there were many dishes but many of the dishes had a lot of bread & pita so it felt a bit heavy. I think if there were dishes with less bread it would have been better. The food was really good though. My favorite dish was the spreads, fried chicken slider, mini burger, Balkan salad, and the shrimp omelette.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just absolutely amazing! We were seated down in the “speakeasy” lounge and waited on by Sara, she was an absolute pleasure. A wonderful experience overall for a first friend date. Food was one point and Wild Berry Mimosa was 🔥will definitely be coming here again! The manager, Danielle, was a charm!
  32. KJ

    KaylaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sara was a fantastic server. She took great care of us and was truly dedicated to everyone she was taking to. Danielle the manager also came around and made sure that we were having a great experience. I always have a great time at Ambar, but this time it was incredible! I loved sitting downstairs in their downstairs area and enjoyed my time. We had a lot of laughs and good conversations along with amazing food and drinks!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NYE special is wonderful. We love Ambar.
  34. JA

    JohnA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent variety of small plates. Great service.
  35. r

    rbrestaurant

    Tucson

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent choice for New Years Eve
  36. M

    Mimi

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Only redeemable quality was their greeter Massala. Who went out of their way to seek us out and make sure we were being taken care of, and food was actually coming out. The food was subpar. Except for the Ajvar and Urnebes nothing else tasted of the Balkans. Even the cheese pie- sirnica was sad. Like a first attempt at a bad recipe. Out of all the items the desert was the best. -Forest Gnocci. But having the desert be the only good dish, it was not worth $350 for the 3 of us, who did not drink alcohol and couldn’t take advantage of the free drinks. Without negotiation with waitress who then had to negotiate with her manager, we were going to be charged for the fountain drinks and ice tea. They even charged us for a “Mexican” coke. Real disappointment. destroyed the asparagu.The quinoa strawberry salad had 3 thin slices of strawberry and no real taste. They simply placed unseasoned layer of avocado, then a scoop or two of unseasoned quinoa. Since neither of the main ingredients are native to the Balkans, it would be advisable that the dish have at least a good taste. I can go on and on for over 15 dishes we had. Service is much to be desired we had to reminder our server of the items we ordered multiple times, and she would even argue that we didn’t order the item. Items would take long to get to the table, and we had to inquire over 7 times. The spreads/dips (Urnebes and Ajvar) came almost an hour late, while the bread that come with the spread came immediately. You can’t tell me that those aren’t prepreared. How that makes any sense is beyond me. Excuse given multiple times oh it’s the kitchen we can’t control it. Worst mistake coming here for New Year’s Eve. Hard lesson learned. Have many suggestions to share how they can improve but the character limit prevents me. One dish suggestion I would make beyond check all your recipes and make sure they are on point, but the shrimp dish with the corn purée which had no taste would have been better as a polenta- griz.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The wasn’t that good, and the waitress take sow long
  38. E

    Elizabeth

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    The food was good and love the ambiance. This was our 3rd time there but first time with family. Our server Balsa R. was forgetful and at times we wouldn’t see him for awhile. We would have to reorder items, received items we didn’t order, and some items we never got like our waffles for my niece. He also tried to charge her a few times as an adult even though she was 12 and when I called they said 12 year olds are $15. We had a few back and forth about her being 12 years old and in middle school in 7th grade. We asked for our check and time went by and we never got it. Also, many of the items from the brunch cocktail list was out that day. Had to ask for it a 2nd time. We would go back, but not my family.
  39. AS

    AmandaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time and will definitely be back. Wait staff was friendly and helpful with suggestions. All of the food was delicious - my husband ordered a second serving of the shrimp. We also loved that the wine and beer selections were also from Balkan countries. Such a fun experience!
  40. G

    Geeves

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was a very fun dining experience, with excellent atmosphere and the ability to taste a little of everything as small plates were shared across the table in the “dining experience.” All the food was very good, but the veal soup stood out. However, while worth a visit on a special occasion, it is pricey, so it’s probably not the place to visit on a regular basis.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ambar - Arlington does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Ambar - Arlington also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 875-9663.

Ambar - Arlington is rated 4.6 stars by 3420 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 128 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Ambar - Arlington

2901 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    N Fillmore St and N Garfield St

  • Neighbourhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Balkan Style, Eastern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Clarendon Metro station - Orange and Silver lines

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Dejan Pilovic

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 875-9663

  • Catering

    Please check the menu and options online<br />https://www.ambarrestaurant.com/catering-clarendon/

  • Private party facilities

    Ambar is a perfect place for all types of private and corporate events. With our exceptional food and well trained staff, Ambar is the place of choice when it comes to your celebration. From small family gatherings to huge corporate events, we host your friends and business partners with equal care.

  • Private party contact

    Marijana Skerlic: (703) 875-9663

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