Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Authentic and totally unique Balkan cuisine with a few modern twists.



Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

* Click here for rating key

Ambar, Washington, DC

Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

Ambar Restaurant Review

: In the heart of DC, Ambar offers one of the most interesting and least familiar cuisines. The Balkan dishes include a mushroom “flatbread” starter that’s really a layering of assorted mushrooms with arugula and cheese; a platter with freshly baked breads and what look and taste like popovers; slow-cooked pork and skewered grilled shrimp. Most dinner dishes are tapas-style, so be sure to order a selection to appreciate the diverse and rather unusual fare. Or consider the two “for-two” options of a medley of sausages or a mixed meat platter that presents sausages, pork loin, a Balkan burger and a Balkan kebab. The brunch menu ranges from sandwiches and egg dishes to soups, and pastries and crêpes. For dessert, the unique Balkan creation called the “The Four Chocolates” is a must for anyone with a hankering for chocolate flavors. And while you will find various wines and cocktails, perhaps the most legitimate and native beverages are those called “rakia,” made from distilled fermented fruit juice and packing a potent punch, poured into miniature brandy glasses.

New craft beers

Read GAYOT's reviews of new craft beer releases from top producers.

Stay in a romantic mood with this Rosé Champagne.

Read GAYOT's review.