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Ambar Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
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Award-winning

Ambar Capitol Hill

4.7
4.7
4832 reviews
$30 and under
Balkan style
Welcome to Ambar, the gem of Capitol Hill, where you are invited to explore the dynamic flavors of Balkan cuisine. What distinguishes us, is our well-curated, exclusive 'Dining Without Limits' experience, which brings you the soul of Balkan dining traditions. Our extensive menu boasts a variety of shareable small plates, perfectly paired with a vast selection of premium Balkan wines.

Whether joining us for a leisurely lunch, celebratory weekend brunch, or an evening of indulgence, our unlimited dining menu promises to deliver an unparalleled culinary journey. We excel in serving individual guests, as well as larger groups, and private events. At Ambar, our custom catering services add that extra sparkle to your events.

At Ambar, we are revolutionizing dining with inventive Balkan cuisine that blends tradition and innovation, seamlessly. We ensure an unforgettable gastronomic experience with award-winning, extraordinary hospitality. Step into Ambar, the pinnacle of Balkan dining.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 91 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Balkan style, Modern European, Eastern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 813-3039
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Nenad Petrovic
  • Private party facilities
    Ambar is a modern Balkan tapas-style restaurant. With a desire to introduce Washington, D.C. to cutting edge Balkan cuisine, proprietor Ivan Iricanin has created a dining space that will delight and indulge the senses.
  • Private party contact
    Tamara Jovanovic: (202) 813-3039
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Area
    Capitol Hill
  • Cross Street
    E Street
  • Parking Details
    Public metered parking via parking station is available along 8th Street, SE from E Street to our north to I street to our south. 2 hour residential parking located nearby in the surrounding neighborhood at E Street, G Street, 7th Street, and 9th StreetOrange, Blue and Silver Lines exiting at the Eastern Market metro station are next to Ambar.
  • Public Transit
    We are metro accessible via the Orange, Blue and Silver Lines exiting at the Eastern Market metro station. Walk east to 8th Street and then proceed south 1 and a half blocks to our location at 523 8th Street (west side of the block).<br />
  • Additional
    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining
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What 4,832 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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4,832 Reviews
  1. DeborahR

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for lunch and took advantage of the lunch special and drink happy hour. Although it’s not my first experience, I’m compelled to continue to compliment this restaurant. The food is fantastic! All small “tapas” style plates for lunch. Try the lasagna, my absolute favorite, the muscles…oooh that sauce!, the croquette with that delicious tangy jam, the beef carpaccio…ooh my…,and the red pepper and cheese emulsion spread is worth it for the table…light and airy. We drank margaritas that were made with fresh lime juice. Spectacular! Try the cocktails…very nicely done. Thank you to our waiter (starts with an M y es de Nicaragua…I’m so bad with names!). We’ll be back for sure!

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  2. DavidG

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our second trip to Ambar. One of their signature offerings is a $50 all you can eat “we’ll just start bring stuff” menu. We went for that first visit, as fun and delicious as it was, wasn’t cost effective as vegetarians. So this time we chose from happy hour and a’la carte FABULOUS! The service was AMAZING! Friendly, helpful, timely - couldn’t be better.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Ambar - always a great experience. This time we took an out of town guest who especially loved the mezze. We all have different favorites; mine are the mussels and the short rib goulash.

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  4. CaptKen

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had the most outstanding lunch we have ever had in years. Every item brought to the table was a dish that was new to us. We were fortunate to sit outside and have the area to ourselves. Along with our outstanding food, we enjoyed the finest service from our server Shawn. His knowledge of the foods and the background of the items served was amazing. If you truly want a lunch that you will never forget, I highly recommend The Ambar at Capitol Hill and ask for Shawn to be your server. The next visit to Washington, D.C., Ambar's will be one stop we won't miss.

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  5. PaulaL

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific family dining experience. Great food, nice pacing. Very relaxing, low stress dinner. One thing to be aware of if you plan to pay using gift cards from Costco: there is a limit of 4 allowed per table. Still highly recommend dining at Ambar.

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  6. MelinaA

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good drinks and food! Service was good! I do wish food would Come out a littler quicker but it was busy due to Mothers Day

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. So much fun. We came to Mother's Day brunch with a relative who has mobility issues. Our table was on the third floor (two long staircases) which would have been impossible for him to climb. The host did everything in his power to seat us on the first floor, and I'm so grateful. However, it would be a good idea for the restaurant to mention that mobility issues should be noted when reservations are being made.

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  8. KaraM

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    i liked it but did not love it! a few things were really good to me but i feel it's a bit overhyped

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful culinary adventure. Every dish we tried was amazing - this will become one of our regular "special occasion" stops.

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  10. TimD

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been Ambar raving fans pre-pandemic. We fell in love with Capital Hill and took all our out-of-town guests there. Then we went to Arlington because it was closer, and really enjoy the Shaw location. I thought we would go to Capital Hill early and then walk around Eastern Market. I had a 10:30 brunch reservation and we arrived at 10:15. We waited while the manager took phone calls at the host stand, and the young host ate his meal behind the host stand. We walked past an empty first and second floor while they attempted to seat us on the third floor. Sorry, no. They ended up putting us in a 2-top which our elbows hitting the bar. The staff seems to be addicted to their phones. Our server was OK, but lacked polish. The Hangar Steak was overcooked and tough, and should have been cut across the grain. We’ll continue to go to Ambar, just not the Capital Hill location.

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  11. spiegs

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amber has been our favorite restaurant in DC for years and a go to when we make recommendations. You can’t beat the Balkan experience, great service, great food, great atmosphere

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  12. Buzzerfly

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They really push the “all you can eat” angle, which is fine if you have a big appetite. I felt pressured to go along with it, because EVERYBODY at the table has to order it. I am on a medication that suppresses my appetite, and then felt miserable for the rest of the night. The food was very tasty, and service was good. Parking around there is a NIGHTMARE. I ended up parking (illegally) a half mile away, and was 20 minutes late in joining my party.

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  13. RobynK

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So much fun! The food was terrific and had such a great variety! The portion size was perfect and the service was extremely attentive. We never had to wait for food or to order more. The staff was so friendly and even surprised my son with a birthday dessert. Highly recommend!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great all you can eat/drink menus. Food is qualitative and small portions are great to share and to try many dishes. The service was really great too.

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  15. Lorry

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great - like every other time - consistently super.

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  16. CliffA

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    You definitely need to try the Ambar Unlimited menu. We tried SO many things and would get almost everything again. So many great choices! Service got slower and slower as the night went on.

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  17. RicardoRivera

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The space was beautiful and they were able to accommodate my large group. I appreciate the amazing service and great portions.

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  18. EnriqueR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is very good and a great value for Lunch.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good, but be aware that as should be expected, most items come with a fairly heavy sauce. This is the nature of this cuisine, I understand. We were disappointed in the attentiveness of the waitstaff. We tried to make contact to order another glass of wine for over ten minutes without being able to get their attention. Likewise on getting their attention for the check. It's an all you can eat kind of place, so you can have as many small plates as you want, but the waitstaff give little description of the food. Disappointing was the lack of information on how much wine costs. We were told a particular wine was better than the house sauvignon blanc, but we were not told that that would cost us an additional $9 per glass. Nor we we told that the house wine was unlimited for I think $10 per person. We were only told that unlimited wine was $28 per person, apparently for different wine. These issues were mostly due to the lack of transparency of the menu.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best brunches in DC for sure! Perfect food and location.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful very nice ambiance and the food/drinks were good!

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  22. Kayla

    Little Rock

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The bottomless brunch is incredible. If you have the chance to do it, don’t hesitate. Let the wait staff choose your options. Our waiter brought us about 75% of them menu, and offered to bring us anything else he skipped or seconds of our favorites.

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  23. GoodEats

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The $50 all you can eat experience was great! The meat pie, lamb lasagna, and the Beef Short Rib Goulash were all incredible. If youare going to have 3 or more drinks, the all you can drink add on is worth it.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our go-to when people visit. Never disappoints!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing! Took the time to get to know us a bit and shared with us suggestions. Loved the food. They gave us a dessert on house for our anniversary. HIGHLY recommend.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food! We love sampling some of our favorites and trying new dishes every time we visit.

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  27. Maya

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I love the unlimited small-plates concept. The food was all fantastic.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and wonderful food! Ambar never disappoints!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great option for gluten free and other allergy considerations. There is a wide range of items listed on a separate menu that our guests were happy to have. The service was incredible.

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  30. VeeraW

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Much of the hot food arrived cold. Service was excellent.

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  31. TiffaniH

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome every time I go . Now. I have introduced others to this hidden gem for brunch

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, perfect environment and quick service!

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  33. mkmk

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and fun atmosphere for brunch with friends

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  34. ChrisN

    Des Moines

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the Ambar experience and really enjoyed the variety and quality of the food! Valentine was our server, he was great! He clearly explained what was in the different dishes. He had suggestions that were spot on! We had a great time and will go back.

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  35. SamR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s my favorite resturant in DC, but I hadn’t been in a hadn’t been in a yeah and a half. Service wasn’t as quick (they forgot a few of our orders) as before. My wife and I celebrated our anniversaries and every special moment here and we noted one yesterday but it was unremarkable. Food portions have gotten smaller, and it was significantly less enjoyable than my last visit. It’s too bad to a place that I used to recommend as the best restaurant in DC. I can no longer recommend it.

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  36. DavidB

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I had a wonderful small plate dinner. We had a score of amazing dishes and the nice finale of dessert. Nice setting, good service, and pleasant host. This place is a win.

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  37. Klassik84

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jacob took amazing care of our 10 person party. Ambar remains one of my favorite places. Delicious food and great service

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eating at Ambar was such a wonderful experience. The food was outstanding as was the service. We tried so many dishes - cheese pie, braised pork, and the beet tzatziki stood out as a few of our favorites. Love this place!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Every single thing we tried here was amazing, and the dishes really showcased a variety of flavors. In terms of the food itself, probably one of our favorites. Cocktails were somewhat average and the service, while not bad, was a bit lacking. It did seem like our waitress was doing a lot of other tasks however, so it’s possible they were short staffed during our visit. Would absolutely go again!

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  40. blucroo

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous opportunity to try a lot of different menu items, each "just the right amount."

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ambar Capitol Hill using the Order Online button. Ambar Capitol Hill also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Ambar Capitol Hill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 813-3039.

Ambar Capitol Hill is rated 4.7 stars by 4832 OpenTable diners.

Ambar Capitol Hill does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 91 times today

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Google Map for Ambar Capitol Hill

523 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross Street
    E Street
  • Area
    Capitol Hill
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Balkan style, Modern European, Eastern European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public metered parking via parking station is available along 8th Street, SE from E Street to our north to I street to our south. 2 hour residential parking located nearby in the surrounding neighborhood at E Street, G Street, 7th Street, and 9th StreetOrange, Blue and Silver Lines exiting at the Eastern Market metro station are next to Ambar.
  • Public Transit
    We are metro accessible via the Orange, Blue and Silver Lines exiting at the Eastern Market metro station. Walk east to 8th Street and then proceed south 1 and a half blocks to our location at 523 8th Street (west side of the block).
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Nenad Petrovic
  • Additional
    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Phone number
    (202) 813-3039
  • Private party facilities
    Ambar is a modern Balkan tapas-style restaurant. With a desire to introduce Washington, D.C. to cutting edge Balkan cuisine, proprietor Ivan Iricanin has created a dining space that will delight and indulge the senses.
  • Private party contact
    Tamara Jovanovic: (202) 813-3039
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