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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%
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“brunch” (101 reviews)
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Eastern European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
523 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I had heard that Ambar was a great place to eat. So we stopped by to grab lunch mid week without a reservation, and we were so impressed. The service was prompt and personal, with time taken to discuss the best menu...More

Thank nubond
Reviewed 2 days ago

if you're a meat eater, the food is great. The ambiance is friendly, less noisy than at the Clarendon Ambar outpost. But the food quality is superior. Worth going back to on occasion.

Thank Q4513XHmarcm
Reviewed 2 days ago

The food is very tasty and the portion-sizes are just right...think 'small plates'. The service staff are very capable except for the reception staff. Someone has to train those folks about how to make customers feel welcome as they walk in the front door.

Thank alex3232017
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The cuisine and atmosphere were terrific. We got to try a wide variety of the menu since we ordered the unlimited dinner menu. I'm looking forward to returning.

Thank vagabonding_on_holid
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great brunch, including all you can eat and drink. The mango mimosas were tasty. There are plenty of options to chose from on the food menu. Each item ordered comes as small plates. It’s best to order multiple items and share. You can always reorder...More

Thank Nicole S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was impressed by the variety of food on the Ambar menu. No matter your dietary preferences, there are multiple items to choose from. The "mezze" size of the dishes is nice because it gives you the option to try a number of items, especially...More

Thank DCOpsGirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ambar was great for a weekend brunch, everything came out quickly and tasted great. What set Ambar apart from other District establishments was our server Barbora, her disposition and attention to detail made what would have been a top 10 brunch experience for DC turn...More

1  Thank Colby J
Reviewed 1 week ago

The unlimited small plate and drink deal is the way to go, arrive Hungary and allow plenty of time to try many things. We were impressed with the quality of each dish. We were a party of two and probably tried 12 small plates and...More

Thank Creags
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Is Balkan is a modern way of saying Yugoslavia? Whether this restaurant is Balkan, yougoslave or Serbian, the food is excellent and the concept unique. There are many types of small dishes that can be accompanied by Raka, a fruit flavored alcohol similar to Vodka....More

1  Thank FPWhitePlains
Edvina I, Guest Relations Manager at Ambar Capitol Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review. We’re happy that you enjoyed our food, drinks and service. We hope to welcome you back soon! Best regards, Ambar

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What surprised our table most about the unlimited fixed-price tapas was the outstanding quality of the food and wine. The extensive menu options are certain to please any palate and the Moldovan wine is superb. Ambar is reminiscent of the little Michelin Star restaurants in...More

1  Thank Pat S
Edvina I, Guest Relations Manager at Ambar Capitol Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Pat, Thank you for the wonderful review. It’s a great feeling to know our food and service is a match for restaurants in San Sebastian. We look forward to your next visit! Kind regards, Ambar

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Questions & Answers
Michele Sapp B
29 August 2017|
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Response from Buttersmom_TC | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. I don't remember seeing a kids menu. Nor do I see any kids there.
2 August 2017|
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Response from idrbdub | Reviewed this property |
There are gluten free options. Servers were very helpful. You can ask.
13 June 2017|
Response from Kegn M | Reviewed this property |
I am a vegetarian and it was very worth it!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 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
  • Neighbourhood: Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 202-813-3039
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