Ambar - Arlington
Flavorful food, friendly staff who timed the orders perfectly and were not overbearing while approaching the table. Order the cinnamon puffs with Nutella for dessert, you won’t be disappointed.
Patrick was absolutely amazing and the food and drinks were excellent!
Large birthday group. Server was very nice and knowledgeable. Food was good to very good. I’ve been wanting to try this place out for the last couple of years. My expectations were for the food to be 9 out of 10 and service at least an 8 out of 10. My actual experience was about 7 for the food and service. Nothing was terrible but nothing was exceptional either. The cocktails were a let down. They were presented nicely but were very weak and lacking depth of the flavors expected. Our server did a very good job of catering to our large group. Perhaps a better experience for smaller groups. I may come again to try brunch which looks good but not sure I’d come back for dinner with so many other excellent options in the area.
Delicious food, so many varieties, the plates kept on coming!
Was a great food, you can test all the restaurant menu in one order which will give you mini plate of everything in a range of $19.99.
Great menu with interesting choices!
Good food, great service and atmosphere!
Definitely recommend for lunch and will be returning to try dinner!
Good dining experience. If you get the $35 all you can eat special, you will leave full. Only complaint is that while most people are doing the special you can wait a while before you order your next plate(s).
Lunch special was good and tasty. Some dishes were better than others but they kept coming
Excellent as always! Worth the 4hrs drive :)
Great all you can eat for $35
The veal soup, lamb lasagna and muscles are a must
The food was unique and quite tasty. The meats - particularly the lamb and pork were very tender and flavorful.
Our waitress was very rude. Didn’t care about refilling water or pouring wine. Very rude while taking orders.
The restaurant was very noisy and restroom was dirty.
The food was very average.
The food at Ambar was excellent, except the slow roasted lamb which was extremely salty. Our service, however, was quite bad. Our waiter was kind, but no one came over to us for nearly 10 minutes after we were seated, and we weren’t brought water until several minutes after that. As we were finishing up eating, we were left alone at our table for 40 minutes with dirty plates on our table and not a single check in, despite our waiter walking by us multiple times and us trying to grab his attention. When he finally came by again, he dropped the check and never asked if we wanted to see a dessert menu - at that point we wouldn’t have wanted to with the wait, but it was still frustrating as we were there for a birthday dinner. It felt like we must have been seated between sections because we saw other tables getting plenty of attention. Not sure why this happened but it was quite frustrating!
Always a really fun Balkan experience! just sat about 30 minutes past our reservation time which is a little frustrating when on the babysitter clock :)
Love it! My friends were visiting and I have decided to take them to Ambar. They really enjoyed the food! Service was great as well.
This is a VERY loud restaurant. We do not recommend for a date night. The food is on par and amazing. Though, our server was rude, non attentive and acted as though we were bothering him when we made any requests.
The unique food and value were exceptional and we will be back for it. But just expect terrible service.
Best restaurant experience to celebrate something special - like my anniversary!
Always love going to Ambar--always a good, tasty experience!
Saturday birthday brunch. Excellent food and the unlimited small plates for $34 each was a great value. Mezze platter, meat pie, strawberry waffle, salmon Benedict, applewood bacon omelette, Balkan burger slider, veggie flatbread. All outstanding. Service was great. Manager Violeta paid a visit to the table and was delightful.
Outside is always the best! Inside is a bit frenetic/noisy.
Celebrating my moms 85th bday with my son who lives in DC. Loved sharing everything Brussels Sprouts were awesome and breads and spreads and crusted chicken and salmon excellent also. Can’t remember everything we had but we had a wonderful evening and enjoyed sitting outside. A little cramped outside, however so I gave a lower score for ambiance for this reason. Our reservation was ready and they didn’t keep us waiting.
It’s hard not to enjoy the food. A massive collection of small plate options ranging across the entire spectrum will permit anyone to find and enjoy a meal there. Their cocktail and wine menu is excellent as well. The main detractor is the noise level, at one point we had to shout at each other just to say anything and gave up after a while. It’s really a terrible thing and I avoid taking people there who I want to talk to.
Great food and service. The music was a bit loud so we sat outside. We were not allowed to sit on the side street and the main street was pretty noisy. Great meal otherwise.
Had a great anniversary celebration. Great service and great food. Sat outside.... highly recommend this restaurant!
Great experience. Got the unlimited tapas. Food kept coming. Marius was excellent waiter. Great variety. Lamb great, salads, chicken, boar, spreads.
Staff were really friendly and helpful. Brunch plates were substantial size and tasty and priced reasonably.
Very poor service, slow, unfriendly and unprofessional. Food came out in the wrong order and the order was incorrect. Did not expect to have such a bad experience here.
We love eating here! It's so much fun to try many different dishes. Once in a while we find one that isn't quite what we like, but it's rare. We will keep coming back!
We had a great dining experience. The food was delicious and the service great.
Brunch at Ambar was good. As I’ve mention in my other reviews of Ambar, the food and service never disappoint. Every time I go to Ambar I try to being someone who has never been. I brought my coworker for brunch and she was wowed. Our favorites were the meat/cheese pies, the potatoes, sourdough bread balls, zucchini burger, & the zucchini salad. A huge thank you to the restaurant staff for such a good time!
We really enjoy Ambar. When you purchase the Ambar experience for $35, you get unlimited small plates. We try all types of dishes, even those we wouldn't normally order, and it's a blast!
It was very loud. The burek should be called burek, not meat pie! It should also be in a spiral, like in Bosnia. They brought some dishes out that we didn't order, and some dishes we ordered didn't arrive, but that was ok, there was plenty of food.
Amazing food and amazing service.
Our server was good, but the hostess that greeted us was not friendly or accommodating.
Great food and great deal for bottomless brunch, but service is hit or miss. This time was a miss with slow service.
We had an amazing birthday brunch! Our server Ivan was incredible!
Outstanding meal, and our server Valentin was the best.
Amazing and unique food. They treated us like family.
I usually love this place but service was bad that night, seemed understaffed. Seating outside was great until the manager open one window in the whole place that funneled the interior restaurant noise into my right ear. While I understand he was trying to be hospitable to the couple on the other side, it made my night worse. Portions were visibly smaller that night as well. Debating if I want to come back.