Ajvar: The Ultimate Balkan Spread

If you would ask any Balkan resident what the one thing they can eat with every single dish is – they would probably say ajvar. 

And it’s no surprise – ajvar is very popular in the Balkans, and people swear by it. It goes even further, and people often fight with each other to see who ate better ajvar in their lifetime.

4 Different Ways to Cook Cevapi

If you would ask anyone based in the Balkans what their favorite food was, they would probably say Cevapi (che-vapi).

At first, the name might sound funny to you, and you may chuckle and say: “What?”, but even though they might have a funny name, we guarantee that Cevapi will be one of the best meals you’ll taste in your life.

Ambar was named one of the 100 best brunch restaurants in America for 2021 according to OpenTable diners!

OpenTable, the popular restaurant reservations platform, just released its first 100-strong user-generated list since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic that practically decimated the hospitality in 2020: The 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America.

The Washingtonian Readers Have Spoken – and they love us!

It’s awesome to know you are loved, and thanks to you – the love never stops coming. Ambar DC and our sister restaurant in Arlington have been selected among the Washingtonian readers favourite dining places in the DMV area. Check out this great article and once again – thank you for supporting us all these years!

Thank you for recommending us for this award! Yes, you – our guests .

What is one of the best places for everyday dining around Washington DC? Well, according to Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice, and for second year in a row – it’s Ambar DC! This is a rare recognition that is bestowed upon less than 1% of restaurants in the USA. Check it out on the link!

This is our second year in a row!

Bib Gourmand restaurants are selected by MICHELIN’s inspectors because they serve high-quality food available at a reasonable price. Check out more info on the link!

We won a RAMMY for Best Service!

We can’t be stopped! After last year’s success, Ambar won another award at the 2019. RAMMY’s. Our Clarendon location topped the category for Service Program of the Year and yet again brought pride to the entire Street Guys Hospitality franchize.

Ambar won multiple WCP’s annual Best Of awards

After last years’ success, we won again! This year it’s Best Brunch and Best Restaurant When You Pay cathegories, and we snatched the second place in Best Small Plates and were runner ups for Best Happy Hour!

Washingtonian Readers’ Favorite Restaurants in 2018

For the 41st year, readers name their top places to eat. We are proud to announce that Ambar Capitol Hill was listed as No 1. in “Best Brunch” category.

Ambar Clarendon one of the 50 Best Restaurants in Northen Virginia

“Arlington Balkan restaurant, Ambar Clarendon, one of the members of Street Guys Hospitality Group, is included in Northern VA magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2018. ”

Ambar DC won Best bottomless brunch in Best of D.C. 2018

“One of the great things about D.C. is that everyone ends up here for different reasons. Some are born here. Some grow up — or still live — nearby in Maryland or Virginia. Some move here for college and never leave. Some stay for a little while and then move on. Some come here because of politics. Some don’t want anything to do with politics. That’s part of what makes our annual Best of D.C. issue so fascinating: Much like D.C. itself, it’s always changing, even as certain things stay the same. ”

Ambar Capitoll Hill is a new member of prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand Selection

“In the inaugural edition of the Guide, our team found 19 restaurants that really impressed,” says Michael Ellis, international director of the MICHELIN Guide. “After two years, these restaurants were consistently impressive, and we uncovered nearly twice as many to join their ranks. Our inspectors recognize these as their favorite restaurants.”

Ambar Capitoll Hill won a RAMMY for best casual brunch in DC

The restaurant industry in the Greater Washington, D.C. market has shown exceptional wisdom, courage, perseverance and raw talent in achieving its status as a food destination. This is years in the making and the best and brightest in foodservice leadership, business acumen and creativity were gathered the evening of June 10th to celebrate this achievement and usher in new kings and queens in the D.C. culinary landscape.

New members of Street Guys Hospitality

Balkan restaurateur Ivan Iricanin, who’s diving into Mexican fare this year with the two-part Tacos, Tortas and Tequila, and Buena Vida restaurant coming soon to Silver Spring, Maryland, now plans to potentially plant a second Ambar in D.C. next year.

Ambar Capitol Hill in Michelin guide

Don’t balk at trying something new, since Ambar rewards rookies with a lineup of enticing offerings at appealing prices. This two-story restaurant’s rustic-country décor is as well suited to groups as it is to solo diners. Come with a gang and eat to your heart’s content with the Balkan Experience, which is a litany of delightful small plates. Don’t fret if you’re sans friends though, as everyone is guaranteed a good time.

Best restaurants in Capitoll Hill

Restaurateur Ivan Iricanin’s flagship restaurant serves Balkan cuisine out of a rustically decorated rowhouse. In addition to its flavorful kebabs and creamy kajmak cheese plates, Ambar is known for its weekday happy hour ($5 food and drink specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday) and unlimited weekend brunch service ($39 per person for endless food and drink).

Ambar – a “must” brunching spot

A decadent long weekend deserves a brunch to match. Enter Ambar’s boundless small plates ($34 to $39) and unlimited brunch drinks (DC) and .25 cent beverages (VA). Cocktails include mango, peach and berry riffs on the traditional mimosa, all made with Balkan sparkling wine

Ambar was named “Best brunch” and “Best Happy Hour” by the Washington City Paper

Every January, Washington City Paper give their readers a list of categories and ask them to name the best restaurants, dry cleaners, hospitals, and music venues. The first Ambar restaurant, located in Capitoll Hill, is named for “Best brunch” and “Best Happy Hour”. Check the list of all winners.