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Ambar

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Certificate of Excellence2018 Winner
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Menu

EXPRESS LUNCH
per person19.99
Express Lunch
unlimited small plates / must be enjoyed by entire table
MEZZE
$16.0
Mezze
beef prosciutto / smoked lamb prosciutto / aged cheese / pork cracklings / kajmak / ajvar / urnebes / pickled vegetables / homemade bread
HOMEMADE PIES
$9.0
Meat - Pita Sa Mesom
veal & beef / crispy phyllo / garlic yogurt
$8.0
Cheese - Pita Sa Sirom
crispy phyllo / cheese / cucumber yogurt / spinach
SOUPS
$7.0
Veal - Teleća Krem Čorba
root vegetables / creme fraiche
$7.0
Tomato - Paradajz Supa
homemade basil pesto
SALADS
$7.0
Balkan - Šopska Salata
tomato / peppers / cucumber / onion / aged cheese
$8.0
Ambar
kale / shaved carrots / apples / endive / pine nuts / elderflower lemon dressing
$9.0
Squash
mixed greens / panko-crusted mozzarella / crispy bacon / roasted pepper / pomegranate dressing
$6.0
Pickled Cabbage
smoked paprika oil
VEGETABLES
$7.0
Grilled Asparagus* - Špargle
thyme veloute / roasted squash / quail egg
$8.0
Brussels Sprouts
applewood smoked bacon / lemon & garlic yogurt
$5.0
Ambar Fries - Krompirići
chives / homemade spices / red peppercorn
$7.0
Piquillo Pepper Croquette
panko breaded & stuffed with cheese / kalamata jam
$7.0
Balkan Zucchini - Pohovane Tikvice
fried zucchini / tzatziki / cucumber
$6.0
Mushroom Pilav - Pilav Sa Pečurkama
root vegetables / rice / cremini mushroom
$6.0
Cabbage Casuela - Podvarak
braised cabbage / dried pepper / yogurt
$7.0
Marinated Three Peppers
spicy / mild / stuffed with cheese
$7.0
Baked Beans
onion / dried pepper / paprika
SLOW-COOKED FOOD
$13.0
Lamb Lasagna - Lasanja Sa Jagnjetinom
dill bechamel / garlic yogurt / eggplant / tomato
$10.0
Stuffed Sour Cabbage - Sarma
pork belly / tomato sauce / arborio rice / yogurt
$12.0
Stuffed Pepper - Punjena Paprika
beef & pork / root vegetables / dill sauce
$12.0
Beef Short Rib Goulash - Gulaš
trofie pasta / root vegetables / parsley-bacon butter
MEAT & POULTRY
All our meats are prepared on a charcoal grill
$12.0
Steak Tartare* - Tartar Biftek
pork cracklings / onion / capers / house pickled vegetable
$10.0
Balkan Kebab - Ćevapi
house ground beef & veal / onion / paprika
$8.0
Chicken Skewers - Pileći Ražnjić
kajmak sauce / pickles
$11.0
Wild Boar Patty - Gurmanska
bacon / smoked gouda / pickles / pesto
$9.0
Grilled Pork Neck - Svinjski Vrat
mashed potatoes / miso-mustard sauce
$8.0
Pork Sausage - Svinjska Kobasica
housemade mustard sauce
$10.0
Pulled Pork - Trgana Prasetina
slow cooked pork / mashed potatoes / cabbage slaw
SLIDERS
$6.0
Beef*
urnebes / lettuce / tomato
$6.0
Lamb
pickled cucumber / dill sour cream
$6.0
Pork Belly
coleslaw / pepper fresno / horseradish dressing
$5.0
Fried Chicken
apple wasabi salsa / almond crusted chicken / lettuce
$6.0
Fried Fish
tartar sauce / organic slaw
$6.0
Zucchini
lettuce / ajvar emulsion / cucumber tzatziki
SEAFOOD
$11.0
Sesame Crusted Salmon* - Losos
harissa / arugula / poppy seed dressing
$10.0
Drunken Mussels - Dagnje
rakija / capers / lemon / cream
$10.0
Rainbow Trout - Pastrmka
mediterranean salsa / potato salad / onion
$10.0
Grilled Shrimp - Grilovani Gambor
corn puree / aged cheese
$7.0
Crispy Smelt - Girice
tartar sauce
$10.0
Grilled Calamari - Lignje
marinated fenel / fresh gremolata
About
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
PRICE RANGE
US$5 - US$34
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Eastern European, European
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My wife and I were there for the first time, and took advantage of the $19.99 lunch express, for all the small plates you want. Nothing was less than good, and several were outstanding. The pork sausage, with an excellent spicy mustard, was fantastic, as...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank KSH50
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had an amazing meal at Ambar! My granddaughter said their mussels were to die for - the best she’s ever eaten! The food was exceptionally good, and such a nice variety using the ‘small plates’ option. We had Ambar salad, lamb pâté, shrimp, mussels,...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Teesyl2
Reviewed 6 days ago

Small plate format, with an interesting selection of "Balkan" offerings, which is essentially Eastern and Central European meets Middle Eastern. We've eaten here for lunch and dinner several times, and every time the meal was outstanding and the service top notch. Fun, casual atmosphere. Recommend...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank McBragg
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is nice to have a Balkan restaurant right in your neighborhood. The menu is unique and I enjoy trying dishes on the menu that I like and have never tried before. The staff are extremely helpful with any questions you may have about the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Gianni L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great service, great food! The unlimited tapas for $35 is a fantastic deal - recommend the ajvar, pepper and cheese croquette, zucchini, and brussels sprouts are great vegetable options and the wild boar patty, lamb skewer, and grilled shrimp are great meat options. The Balkan...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Allison R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff, the ambiance and the food were great. Loved all the Lamb dishes. They had great cocktails with a Balken flair.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Ray S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our regular lunch spot was closed for Monday so we ended up at Ambar for the first time, for lunch. I had always meant to go and try, but on paper, it always seemed a bit steep for lunch. BOY WAS I WRONG. This place...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank travellabby
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After first trying Ambar Balkan Cuisine restaurant week, it quickly became a staple for Express Lunch~ unlimited small plates for $20, quite the deal with this caliber quality food. Fresh, friendly, and ambient Ambar pleases every palate with abundant healthy, delicious dishes. Highlights include Brussels,...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank d t
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So conflicted about this review since I had 2 people - whose taste in food I trust - recommend this place but I just didn't love it. Not even close to as much as my friends, who recommended it, did. Not sure if the time...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank UnapologeticTraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First of all , since I am born and raised Serbian it’d be unfair to comment the food here. It’s definitely good and tasty, but to westernized for my taste. Not what I am used to.What I was very impressed with is the staff. Very...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Boris G
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Only WE, sometimes only Sunday in Clarendon. You can book outside but it could be noisier.
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