Quiet Sunday night. Cocktails
Quiet Sunday night. Cocktails at the bar were fantastic and the wine list for dinner was impressive. Apps were good but entrees were the star of the show. Salmon had an amazing crisp and was Perfectly cooked, I don't usually even like salmon...the duck was the most impressive ive ever had. Tasted like beef almost and was unbelievably tender. Amish chicken was worth ordering chicken out. So unique and flavorful. Short ribs were also decadent. Tuna tartare was my favorite app. I live in Philly so am spoiled with amazing food options but would make the trek to ambler again to have another meal here.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service were
The food and service were great! I had the Oysters for an appetizer and the Duck breast for dinner. Incredibly well cooked. The wine prices were very reasonable and varied.
Parking was super easy as there are signs everywhere for parking. Next time I hope we go when it is warm out so we can sit outside!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Get Sunday Brunch
Went here for the first time for brunch. We pretty much had the place to ourselves. The food, while slightly on the pricey side, was very good. Our waitress was very nice and provided great service. I would definitely go again for a nice brunch.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ask for the Pizza menu!!!!!
We always get the same thing, a salad, a cheese plate and a pizza. They don't offer the pizza menu but trust me it is worth asking for. Delicious. Oh and don't forget the Wine!! Very nice selection.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gem in Ambler
Chef Power has taken Ambler to the next level of cuisine. What looks like a fun bistro, is exactly that and more. Great bar. Fun food. But.... not only fun.... the eclectic factor. One can enjoy an esoteric pizza, or amazing oysters/ tuna tartar in an extraordinary presentation/ fish from a fish procurer that stands out such that with Chef's talent, the ever changing menu is always fabulous. Chef has tasting menus that beg to be tasted. A taste of his best, or his best vegetarian. One can not go wrong with a visit to Ambler and a dining experience at Deterra.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was terrific and elegant. Service we superb. A little pricey but just for for a special occasion.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is really good, presented artfully. Portions are reasonable, but don't expect "copious". Very attentive wait staff and manager. Dozens of wines by the glass - 6 oz pours at $10 to $15. Total bill for two, 3 glasses wine between us, with tip $120.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
My new Ambler area favorite
Treated my wife to a Mothers Day brunch. We sat at one of the high top tables out on the deck out front, enjoying the sun and passersby. Our server, James, was perfect in all the right ways. Absolutely loved the chilled creamy English pea soup with lump crabmeat. Wife also like her order of the gravlox appetizer.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Mothers Day Brunch
The food at Dettera is amazing! What a treat! Every course from appetizer to desert was stunningly presented and delicious. The service was great and the prices were very fair! This place is a gem for sure!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We met for dinner with another couple. Our waiter was friendly at first but the became too busy to stay on top of our orders, a wine refill was 10 minutes before it arrived. Still a great evening!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really outstanding meal
Went to Dettera on a Tuesday night for a birthday celebration dinner for two. We both opted for the tasting menu and chose to have the wine pairing as well. We were beyond happy with the meal. Everything was presented beautifully and each bite tasted so amazingly delicious! Would have liked to have known more than the varietal of each wine we were served, but besides that small detail, we were quite happy with the pairings, and felt the pours were very generous for the price. Can't stop raving about what a great experience we had at Deterra. So happy to know we don't need to head to center city for a really outstanding meal !
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Duck was out of this world!
The Duck was out of this world! My girlfriend loved the trout! The Cheese board was amazing!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
great dining experience
I had been to Dettera for a baby shower and thought the lunch was really good for being mass produced for a big party so my husband and I decided to go back for our anniversary dinner. We had great meals. The arugala salad was the best salad I've had in a long time. Our waitress was great and made excellent wine and dessert recommendations. It was really humid and we were dressed up so we chose to sit inside but we'll definitely be going back when it's cooler to do outdoor dining. The alleyway they have set up with tables and overhead lights is so cute!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
GREAT PLACE TO EAT
I just wish they had a less expensive wine to offer. so it was a bit over priced for what you get i would say. with tip 200.00 is a bit much for the ambler area. i think if i return i would pay the corking fee as most places do have and save the 60 bucks than it's worth it for sure. they have a great happy hour though. thats next for me to try. i wanna eat in the room called the alley. looks great there with a really urban style to it i think.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
You would never expect to enter a top flight restaurant in the heart of Ambler. They have an extensive seasonal menu that is creative
and beautifully presented. There is no place in the Delaware Valley that makes better pizza.The servers are young, helpful and energetic. The chef deserves five stars!
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The bar scene and noise overwhelms
The bar scene and noise overwhelms the dining area.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, lovely breezeway
Our meal was exceptionally well prepared and presented-the Market Salad looked like it came right out of a foodie mag-the trout was perfectly prepared and equally beautiful. We dined in the outside breezeway and it was lovely. The bar scene is very lively-too lively for me as I prefer a quiet dining experience. 'will go there again!
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ordered from the tasting menu and it was wonderful. The service was very good too.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my second time at
This was my second time at Deterra and the first time my meal was outstanding this time it was so so but overall I still would recommend this place. I love sitting out on Main st and people watching. Their drink and wine list is also very good.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Deterra Review - 6/22/2013
Deterra is a beautiful restaurant with several different seating venues. First floor outside in front; outside in a very charming corridor with lights strung over the tables; inside first floor in the same room as the bar; upstairs much quieter.
The menu was varied with excellent gourmet selections. The wine list too expensive with not enough lower priced selections.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great find in Ambler Pa~!!!
From the moment walking in door Dettera this restaurant felt like a good night was about to happen! Staff was very friendly and accommodating
The menu was very open for all of us to choose from. I chose the tastings option for dinner and would highly recommend! It was great for conversation and appealing for my pallet! A special date or occasion would fit this to a T!!
Drinks were delicious and we had a nice surprise of a HH price till 7!!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
A neighborhood stand-out
The restaurant has been around for a few years but we never tried it and I don't know why we didn't because it was fantastic! It looks unassuming from the outside, but always looked fun. There is outdoor seating in the front and along the side. The food was delicious--from the appetizers to the desserts. The service was impeccable and top notch. The menu is really fine dining and the prices are higher than one might think, but well-deserved. The flavors were inventive and creative, and the cooks seem classically trained. I highly recommend this restaurant! Don't wait as long as I did to check it out.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great local gem
Excellent experience.......food was awesome......service was excellent and very attentive.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dinner and BYO on Sundays
Great location, always delicious food and on Sundays you can bring your own wine. Highly recommend.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Restaurant since Vegas!
We really enjoyed this restaurant. We have become restaurant snobs since we go to Las Vegas yearly and eat at some of the best restaurants there. It's hard to find such wonderful food in this area. We will be back again.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
went for first timed during
went for first timed during restaurant week and was very impressed. the dishes were very well put together. the pairings went with each course very appropriately as well. will definitely be back for the regular menu and tasting menu. its great to see a restaurant of this quality thriving in ambler
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just The Best
For a wonderful dining experience, Dettera is the best. We went during Ambler Restaurant Week (July 2013) and tried the special menu with the wine pairings. Every aspect worked together to achieve perfection!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice to find the quality of
Nice to find the quality of a high-end city restaurant in the burbs. Deterra's focus on high quality ingredients, innovative and changing menus, tantalizing themes, wine pairing options and exceptional service keeps this restaurant in the "big leagues". Prices highish for burbs, moderate for city, excellent vs. similar high-quality experiences.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wait staff and hostess were
Wait staff and hostess were just fantastic! Amish chicken was incredibly tender and duck breast is recommended.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The kitchen at Dettera consistently produces delicious food. The recent menu change has brought even tastier dishes. Fresh, delicious food and a nice atmosphere make Dettera a desirable destination for dinner.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
This restaurant was delightful and we loved the table we sat at by the window.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We did their scallop tasting menu and it was awesome. 5 different plates plus dessert and a wine pairing for 5 courses. We have never had a bad meal here and have done a few of their tasting menu's.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Place in the Center of Ambler
Good place to dine for a good meal. Great service. High moderate pricing but the food and ambience is worth it. We went for a Wedding Anniversary. Great evening. Upstairs is somewhat quieter than the first floor as the bar is on the first floor. Not noisy. Just Quieter upstairs.
I have also dined there with Business associates. Great for a group for dinner. I've had up to 20people.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasting Menu is the Way to go!
$50 tasting menu, $20 with wine pairing per person.
6 courses, some fixed. Some with choices.
Veggie tasting is only $40 if you don't east meat.
The tasting menu is almost identical to the main menu, and with two dinners if you each get something different you can share almost very item them make by a tasting for two. Extremely reasonably for $140+tax and tip for the food quality, service and amount of wine you receive. I would say about 80% of the wine pairs were great a few disappointing.
Well worth the trip at least once for anyone who has the palate to appreciate good food.
I would only eat for the pairings, it would be the same $ to just do one appy and entree each.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dettera is the best place to enjoy a meal before or after a show in Ambler. Whether going to the movies, or a show at Act II, Dettera is the best option for dinner. The have the best wine list in the area, and a variety of seasonal cocktails to choose from. The menu changes seasonally as well, so there is always something fresh and exciting to try. The service is excellent and every dish I've had has been exceptional.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great evening
Dettera never disappoints and this time was no exception. I usually only have occasion to visit on business trips to the area, but this time got to bring my wife. Our meals were both excellent as was the good and fairly priced wines by the glass. The special foie gras appetizer was truly special and went perfectly with the lovely Gewurtztraminer by the glass. Altogether another wonderful evening!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wonderfully tender skirt
My wonderfully tender skirt steak was delicious, as were the Brussels sprouts (though too much bacon to sprout for me). My only complaint was that the restaurant was out of the scallop appetizer, which I had my heart set on. Our reservation was at 6 pm, and that seems early to run out.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Atmosphere; Very good meal
Room is beautiful; service was attentive. Great beer list. Had the tasting menu which was executed very well. A few minor criticisms: (i) we asked for a substitution on one of the tasting menu courses (my wife does not eat shellfish)--which was refused out of hand--I would understand this response (perhaps) if the restaurant was mobbed, but we were at the end of the evening rush; and (ii) as each course was delivered, there should have been a complete explanation of items being served (this was all on the menu, but would have been nice to be reminded of the ingredients and gastronomy by servers to reflect the time and effort). Tasting menu is very well-priced, but portions are pretty small--left satisfied, but certainly not over-stuffed.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
great atmosphere / great food
beautifully appointed dining room - comfortable round table seating - sofisticated cocktails - fine wine selection - wonderful additions (seasonal) to the menu. A great evening out!!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dettera is fantastic
Our dinner at Dettera was fantastic. We tried the vegetarian tasting menu for $40 per person, even though neither of us is vegetarian. (A wine flight can be added to each course for an extra $20 -- I did, and the match-ups were interesting and delicious.) Each course was perfectly timed and presented. Definitely not your standard dinner fare -- very creative, blending interesting and unusual flavors. I highly recommend this gem.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tops in taste
Deterra's unique selections were prepared to perfection, taste spot on and presentation impeccable. Atmosphere is warm and friendly. A suburban favorite.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dettera is my favorite restaurant.
Dettera is my favorite restaurant. Seasonal menu. Great wine, beer, and cocktail selection. Free parking and close to home
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food and great service. Our server, Mick, was attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu. One of our party has a peanut allergy and the restaurant was very conscientious about making sure each course was peanut-free.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
After the Movie
We had an early dinner after a movie. Restaurant is very convenient to the Ambler Theatre. The food was very good and service attentive. Restaurant is nicely appointed with less formal bar area on first floor and more formal dining on second. But the second floor is open to the first and the space feels open and spacious. The food was a little pricey but the menu has cheaper choices too. Overall, a good experience.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Experience- Always a Pleasure
Dettera's has become a true favorite for all our celebration dinners -- The menu is always full of scrumptious options, the beer and wine selections are extensive and offers a great variety, and the waitstaff team is always so attentive and personable. We will certainly be visiting again :)
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM