Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.4
1284 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Light Menu: Tuesday -Saturday 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday and Saturday 10:00pm -11:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 643-0111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jeffrey Power
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Private party facilities
Beautiful second floor available with service bar, lounge, and fire place.
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Private party contact
Kevin Yost: (215) 643-0111
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Catering
ANNOUNCING CATERING BY DETTERA!

Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar now prouldy provides catering! Enjoy all of the dishes you love catered anywhere you need. Have an upcoming special event? Leave all the work to us. We are featuring menus for any occasion including: Weddings, Birthday Parites, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Baby/Wedding Showers, Cocktail/Dinner Parties, Outdoor Events, Holiday Parties, Business Meetings, Brunch, and More!

Check out a sample menu @http://www.dettera.com/announcement.php?id=86
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Close to municipal lot and on street metered parking (FREE daily 12pm-2pm, after 6:00pm daily, and all day Sunday).
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Public transit
Ambler train station less than five blocks.
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Special events & promotions
HAPPY HOUR!
Tuesday - Friday 5pm-7pm, offering 1/2 Price Specialty Cocktails, $3 Draft Beers, $8 Ketel One Martinis, and $5 Glasses of Wine! Buck a Shuck Oysters on Wednesdays 5pm til we sell out!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us New Year's Eve for a Four-Course Prix Fixe Menu!

Monday, December 31, 2018

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Tue - Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM

What 1284 People Are Saying
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SM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go-to place when I want a nice environment, fine glass of wine and an excellent meal. Love It!

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L
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I’ve been there many times but my last experience was disappointing. Service was very very slow and I was always looking for our server and she wasn’t there. My daughter asked for no onions on her tuna appetizer and it had onions. She couldn’t eat it and it was an expensive mistake. My striped bass was not the best. It tasted fishy. I must admit I am not rushing back. I was raving about this restaurant to my daughters and I didn’t think the restaurant lived up to my expectations

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CH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best duck dish in the area. Keeps getting better

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SA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. Some original and fun dishes mixed in with some more traditional fair. I might have liked a touch more dressing on the endive salad, but the grilled octopus and tuna tartare more than made up for it. Gnocchi was very delicious as well. Fun place. Good vibe. Will definitely keep it on the rotation.

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RR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 3

Way too expensive for the quality and quantity of food!! Don’t mind spending the money if it’s worth it, this was not!!! Very disappointing!!

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P
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with a creative presentation & the staff is always friendly & professional. It's on the top of our list for best restaurants in the area.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!!!

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A
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This restaurant is superb. Every aspect of the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is great. The service is surprisingly hit or miss and doesn’t live up to the food and ambiance.

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J
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dinner, excellent wine selection and very inventive menu.

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DS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I almost always choose to have dinner at Dettera on special occasions. It's got a great metropolitan ambiance, the food is consistently delicious and the servers are pros who aren't afraid to make suggestions.

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z
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we are frequent visitors and always have a great experience

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OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxed, great food and service.

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JP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Dettera. The menu is creative, especially the soups and salads. There are vegetarian options too. The service is great and the ambience is cozy. The servers are knowledgable and helpful!
The wine and beer list is good.
It is definitely worth the drive!
It is steps away from the Ambler Theater and is also great for a pre/post dinner!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Extremely overpriced, heavily salted meal in a very loud restaurant.

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V
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food!!

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SG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Obvious and unnecessary portion control for the money from wine through entree.

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MR
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food and service were very good - but noise level was so high that it was difficult to have a conversation at the table. Will not be in a rush to return soon because of that.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Things were going great with our appetizer,cauliflower pizza, which was delicious. Then we got our entrees,which were beautifully des y on the menu: steelhead and stuffed chicken. Our server reassured us they were very popular and excellent choices. Both tasted previously frozen, prepared ahead of time, 3 small roulettes of chicken, and stuffing contents were unable to be identified. Fish also tasted like it was prepared over the weekend and microwaved. Didn’t even look fresh when they were served.Service was pleasant. Extremely high price to pay for food that was unappetizing. Would only go back for drinks and pizza.

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J
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Love the short ribs, duck breast, and fries---never disappoint. Happy hour drink specials are great. Service was lacking.

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JO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our dinner on Saturday evening was perfect. The meal and the help could not have been better.

thanks to all

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RP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant never disappoints.....The food is beautifully prepared and always delicious. Ingredients are fresh, local and inventive. Cocktails are interesting and the wine list is very good. The servers are friendly helpful and attentive even of a busy night.

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T
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very happy with our visit to Dettera. The food and service were outstanding. It is always consistent.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on in all aspects.

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z
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kenny is always efficient and friendly. We are frequent diners.

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VR
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem in Ambler! The service was fantastic and their dishes are quite unique. Definitely recommend it!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Lovely outside. Food cooked perfectly. Octopus appetizer was specially delicious!

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E
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good meal, good service, pleasant atmosphere. Convenient location.

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RA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Expensive, pretentious, with a poor service. We waited 55 minutes for our dishes to be served on a Friday night when 1/3 of the tables were empty. A medium rare steak came overcooked and hard as a shoe sole. A portion of Brussels sprouts was carbonized, beyond charred. Too expensive for the mediocre quality. Very disappointing.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

There were lapses in the service that made our dinner less pleasurable than we would have liked. The waiter was very attentive when we arrived. We ordered drinks and it took a long time for them to arrive. After our first course, it took a long time for our food to arrive. The waits were surprising as the restaurant appeared not to be that busy.

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s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent cuisine, with something for every palette.

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SR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the ambience here. I would dine frequently here and give all 5 stars IF they would add organic options and vegetarian options that include protein to the menu.

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LG
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I've been disappointed my last few trips to Dettera. I usually check the menu the day I want to go and it's never the same when we arrive - very frustrating, especially since my friend has significant food allergies. My meal was okay - not great. For the price, I can eat somewhere else and receive a better meal.

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A
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice meal. Sat outside for the first time here enjoyed being outside on a beautiful night. Both Starters and entrees for me and my dining partner were very good. Wine list was certainly adequate and prices fairly. One observation for the website...it does not mention beer as an option for drinks that I could see. Would be helpful to post the draft list or at least a list of bottle options.

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m
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dettera is on our restaurant rotation list. We try to visit 2-3 times a year. Our most recent visit was by far the best this year. We shared the watermelon and feta cheese salad as a starter. My dining companion enjoyed the duck. I am usually hesitant about ordering duck, because there isn't much room for error in preparation. But the chef got it right, it was perfectly prepared. The portion of tilefish was ample and cooked just right. Two very happy diners who plan to return!

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I
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Their Spanish Octopus was excellent. The Goat Cheese Cavatelli was a little too al dente and boring. Service was great. Wine good. Would definitely go back again. Sorbet and ice cream were good choices.

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MR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service , delicious wine and wonderful ambience! My favorite place!

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z
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and food. We go several times a month.

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TJ
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time and would go back for happy hour. After happy hour drinking gets to be pretty expensive quickly.

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T
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious, parking next door, good selection of food and spirits.

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