Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar

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$30 and under
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American
DETTERA restaurant and wine bar brings sophisticated dining to downtown Ambler. Merging progressive American cuisine with wine bar chic in a beautifully restored, historic building offering upscale casual dining on an outside deck with a brick fireplace, a first floor dining level open to a curving black granite bar with over-sized round banquettes. The second floor dining room offers a relaxed atmosphere with pillow filled banquettes, a romantic fireplace, and a beautiful view of the Ambler theater. Wine selection offers over 50 wines by the glass and more than 200 by the bottle. The menu puts a heavy focus on seasonality, sustainability, and the sourcing of locally farmed produce. DETTERA also maintains their own herb and spice garden daily. A great find for that special dining occasion or even light fare and a glass of wine after the theater.
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and ambiance were wonderful - the menu was suitably creative and exactly what two foodies on a date night were looking for and the wine list was very well put together. The female bartender was not very friendly or outgoing. Our server, David, was excellent although we would have liked getting wine before food more during the meal / maybe the hike downstairs to the bar had something to do with it. A minor hiccup, however, that did not spoil a brilliant time at your restaurant - we’ll be back!

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Dmtara
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my daughter's birthday.. Had a nice meal and atmosphere. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful with drink and meal choices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful service and a talented chef - great combo!

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mustluvfood
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great wine list. Great service

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lcnn
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent...service and food. Great atmosphere.

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vipWendyV
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef is excellent. I have a garlic allergy and many times I encounter restaurants that don’t work with me, I end up with plain meals or dry meals. The chef at the Dettera knows exactly how to prepare food and I couldn’t be more pleased. This has become one of my favorites!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Birthday celebration for my husband. Service was wonderful. Food excellent. My husband said one of best filets he’s had
Next time we’ll see about sitting upstairs. We had the booth in front by the bar and it was too noisy

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vipSteve
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Glad we went. Upstairs was quieter than downstairs. Glad we were offered an upstairs booth. Will go back soon.

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MichaelG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

My meal was the best meal I've ever had there, and I've been going there awhile. The only downside to my girlfriend and I's experience was the service, our waiter was not very good. I had to ask for bread and ask him what the special were before he walked away without tell us or offering any bread.

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Anonymous
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and meal. Would highly recommend.

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LaurenB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice evening for dinner. Dinner and drinks were superb and the service was great. The only issue I had was with the seating and ambiance. My partner and I had reservations and the table was very long for just two people. We both feel far away from one another and also was seated close to other tables. The noise volume was louder than I'd like. We were seated downstairs, so maybe upstairs was quieter. I would definitely return and request to be seated upstairs.

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vipDavidS
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at bar. Great service, food. Pricey, but worth it

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vipChristenP
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Food and service was excellent. HOWEVER, it is VERY loud and we were upstairs by the window as far away from others as possible. I wouldn't go back on a weekend again. And it's expensive. $14 for a drink is a lot. 2 people who had 2 drinks each, one salad, one app, 2 entrees and one cup of coffee was $172 with 20% tip.

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NickT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender was great!

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BarbS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely overall experience. The homemade pasta with sage, Brussels sprouts and French fries were all personal highlights. One of my favorite restaurants. Go!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Drinks at the bar were wonderful. Once seated in the bar area the crowd noise was loud. Cheese tray was nice. Food just okay. TO LOUD

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vipJudyC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Good & wine & service is great. Noise level a little high. But overall VERY good.

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vipLuv2eat
Philadelphia
159 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food prepared well and served average.

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vipDeniseG
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new "go to" place in Ambler. There wine list is awesome. From apps to dessert the food is very innovative and delicious. Menu is interesting and there is something for everyone.

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Noisy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was knowledgeable & pleasant.
Food choices were excellent.
Price was in line with service, food and atmosphere.

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MargaretC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My husband and went here for dinner and after reading other reviews about the noise level downstairs I asked for a table upstairs and I’m glad I did. The downstairs bar was lively and loud but to be expected for a Friday night. We had two apps - one a special and one from the menu and both were very good. Entrees were a pasta for me that was house made and very tasty and my husband had the cauliflower steak which was just ok. It sounded interesting tho and we have plans to try to improve it at home for a nice vegetarian meal. Wine and spirit menu is impressive. Prices were reasonable.

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vipMaryt
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was fabulous, knowledgeable, professional and courteous. The food is terrific - only wish there was a bit more variety. No gluten-free pasta, no G-F pizza, no turkey or veggie burger. Fries are fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here many times and are never disappointed!! The restaurant week menu was great and the wines that were paired were outstanding!!

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vipJimP
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Love the food and the wine list. Great date night venue. Service is also consistently excellent.

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vipElsie
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice dinner, good quick service, meal was good, hot and choices for all.
Sat upstairs where it was quieter and easy to carry on conversation l

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Luvtodine
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Cauliflower steak was amazing. Brussel sprouts best I’ve had! My family enjoyed the duck and steaks. Everyone was extremely pleased.

Camille was fabulous and knowledgeable.

We will be back soon!

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Dave
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. One of the best and most consistent restaurants in Ambler that would be right at home in the city.

For the quality of food, the portion sizes are large, the wine list is extensive and always changing, and the pasta dishes are to die for.

There is always something new on the menu -- this time was the calamari which my wife and I absolutely loved. Very tender. Only negative is that I wish they brought back the escargot.

Highly recommend.

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service is very slow and staff has a negative attitude. Food does not justify the high price. Have had the same experience multiple times. Will not be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Special NYE tasting menu. Awesome selections, the chef and team pay attention to every flavor and detail. Service was very attentive, flexible, and fun. We did not do the optional wine pairing. Will definitely be back.

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Eileen
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The upstairs at this restaurant was so cold I had to wear my coat throughout. The Brussels sprouts appetizer was mushy, the cauliflower pizza tasted good but left my stomach queasy for days later. Would not go back. 🙁

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service

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BetsyS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here on a Tuesday evening celebrating my friend's birthday. It was my first time here, so I didn't know quite what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised at the beautiful atmosphere. Beautiful wood floors, Christmas decorations, and quiet dining area. We were seated in a booth, which I loved for the privacy and high, comfortable backs. We ordered the brussel sprouts for an appetizer which were delicious! Our entrees were equally tasty and filling. I will definitely return since we had such a wonderful evening!

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JosephineV
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant early Saturday night dinner with friends. Since it was early there was not too much noise. Our waitress Camile was pleasant and gracious. A desirable seat by the second floor window was drafty and chilly.
Glad to have the use of an elevator.
Food excellent with small portions an option.

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MHonz
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great place in a sea of options in Ambler. Perfect for a date, friends get together, or any special occasion. Great food, service and wine list that rotates with the season meaning there will be frequent changes to the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable! My husband orders oysters everywhere he can and he said “These were by far the best ones he has ever eaten!.” My tuna was perfectly cooked and delicious! We will go back again!

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vipLuisF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cuisine gets better every time we go!

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SarahP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Potions were small ; special drink “slim Ginny” on menu was almost as expensive as the appetizer, $2 difference which is ridiculous due the size; Drinks took forever to arrive which affected meal , cappuccino came after desert but ordered at the same time. Not sure if I would go back again

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vipMaureenG
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had not been there since shortly after it opened, which is quite a while ago. We had a gift card, so went after the movies.....looking forward to going again very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service a little slow because of big party but we had a lovely evening with friends. Will return.

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vipwfgjr
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Powers never disappoints.

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