Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.5
1238 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
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!
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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

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What 1238 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Great food, great drinks and most importantly wonderful service! My dining partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Deterra. We each ordered amazing appetizers followed by half shares of pasta. Our server, Brian, recommended the Left Bank cocktail for me. Wow, absolutely fantastic!
Deterra is a great place to go before going to The Ambler Movie Theater or the Act II Playhouse, both of which are right across the street.
My only criticism of my evening would be the noise level. If you’re coming here for an intimate dinner, perhaps choosing the outside space would be best.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Wonderful service, delicious food. Restaurant week offered very good choices and we enjoyed the wine pairing aspect of the meal.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Dettera is always on the list of my recommendations. Please get larger hot water (tea) pots.
Mike and Kenny are great!

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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

The last 2 times I have eaten here the waiter just disappears for 15 minutes. It is bizarre. Food is pretty good. Staff is generally friendly. I just continue to get poor service. Also, the young people who pour water interrupt your conversation every few minutes to ask if anyone needs more water. Just fill the glasses that need filling and coordinate a little bit so we don’t get interrupted every few minutes by a different person.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

I love this place! Friendly and professional service and a mouth watering menu! The wine list is divine!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

We were at Deterra during restaurant week and so their fine food was a real bargain. It was also possible to order from the regular menu which our friends did. The service really stood out.

This restaurant delivers consistent quality and has offered several special items like small plates which is an attractive option. It is a bit pricey but options such the restaurant week menu add to its attractiveness.

We’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Ate outside on the front terrace. It was a bit tight but otherwise lovely. Great meal during Restaurant Week. Very good service too!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Service and food was excellent and the outdoor seating was super cute!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Excellent creative food. Lovely servers. Warm, friendly.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Bartender was great.. food was good. Server seemed to want to rush us through our service even though it was a pretty slow night.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

It was especially noisy in the restaurant, however the waiter was great although service was slow [perhaps due to the party]. We'll try the restaurant again when it's "party-free."

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

This place was incredible, food drink service....definitely the beginning of many more reservations to come 😊

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

First time at this fabulous restaurant and it won't be our last! The creativity of the chef and bartender was evident. Our server Michael was outstanding. Thank you for making our anniversary so special with complementary champagne as well.

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2.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Our waiter was one of the most obviously disinterested service staff I ever encountered.

The food was very good, we both had different fish entrees and they were both very tasty and arrived warm. My dinner consisted of a slice of fish with a bit of corn kernels and 5 halves of the smallest baby potatoes I ever saw...
We were both extremely grateful for the bread...it was filling..
We found this restaurant to be a big disappointment !!The portions did not warranted the prices; neither one of us is a "big eater" and yet we cleaned our plates and left hungry.
When asked at the end , by or server "how was everything?" I told him that the food was good BUT the portions were ridiculously small, he gave me a blank stare and left our table with the check and his much too large tip !!
I will not recommend nor visit this restaurant again.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

I’ve been to Dettera at least 35 times and I’ve never had a bad experience. Great food, attentive service, nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Eat here regularly. Everything always delicious. Great staff, bartenders and hosts. Tuna tartare with egg my personal favorite.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Amazing food. Place is the best.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The food was excellent- creative options. Service was superb.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Dinner was delicious and service was great. Would definitely recommend for a date night or special occasion. Love the atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

This is a great restaurant. The wine selection is incredible. The food is phenomenal - especially the Scallops, Tile fish, Oysters and all the desserts. We love this restaurant for special occasions, date nights and when we want to impress someone from out of town. We are always pleased with the service. All the servers we've had are professional and friendly. The only issue we had was parking on our last visit. We drove around for quite some time and couldn't find anything.

We highly recommend Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar anytime you are looking for an exquisite meal, great service and fabulous desserts.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We read reviews about the slow service and I have to admit I agree We were a table of 5 and were there for 2 1/2 hours for dinner. Not sure if the delay was in the kitchen or what but our waiter seemed to have quite a few tables. The food was very good and the ambience was very nice but I think it's too pricey given the slow service.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This is quite unfortunate to write this review, however it is deserving of the low score. The waiter was so inattentive we lost our appetites and wanted to leave. He was missing for long periods of time. The noise is so loud even with a request to quieter table it was a challenge. When I go out for dinner I want to talk to my husband and have a conversation which is basically impossible.
The service the worst I have experienced.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

It was our first time there and we loved it. The food was delicious, the staff was very friendly and informative, the ambiance was lovely. Can't wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food is very good. Portions somewhat small. Menu is limited. Very tasty, but somewhat expensive for portion size.

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2.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Okay but not Great. Hostess was rude and acted like she didn't want to be there. Very Good Kennett Square Pizza.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Great drinks! Food was good but portions were small.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Scallop appetizer was delicious, oysters very fresh. Duck was in large chunks, pretty chewy. Accompanying white asparagus and fiddleheads sparse but perfectly cooked. Husband’s pork chop O.K., not great, with 9 or ten fava beans. Nice place, and not a bad meal, but not sure the value is there. Would go again to try pizza or small plates.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great food. Great wine. Great service!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The Duroc Pork chop was excellent... Like pork should be but so often is not.

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2.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The food was exceptionally good. The service was excellent. Drinks were mixed properly. However, the noise from the bar was unpardonably loud, and I've been to many loud restaurants in my day! The was a group of 4 women, obviously inebriated, SHRIEKING AND SQUEALING at the top of their lungs for the full 90 minutes of our meal. We asked the waiter to ask them to tone it down to no avail. We observed another couple come in to eat at the bar who promptly left without ordering because of the noise. We don't understand why gourmet food is wasted on a group of clients who are there only to get drunk and scream and annoy the rest of us. This is sad because the food was great and we came from Philadelphia to join our friends who live nearby. WE WILL NOT BE BACK

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Chef Jeff Powers strikes every time with such amazing food. Tuna tartar is a signature that's unmatched. The bar makes fantastic drinks. Awesome fun atmosphere, definitely get what you pay for.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

All around a good experience.

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

First time here and it was a pleasant experience. The menu was s but limited, though.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Experience was nice but the menu is limited and not very appealing.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Enjoyed the food, the ambiance was great. There was no large selection of foods on the menu, but the meal I received was enjoyable. Just wish there was more to offer

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

First time to this self proclaimed Wine Bar. Selection of wine by glass was medium in scope and diversity. Waiter was very good, but was admittedly a little untrained in wine selection, yet was able say so and to be helpful nonetheless after consulting with others on our behalf. Seated upstairs in overly generous table with other tables seemingly far away... somewhat spacious and suburban. Not used to that, personally, just felt strange. Food was good, but somewhat expensive and small portions... $36/doz for smaller Wellfleet oysters seems steep. Final bill with a couple appetizers, a salad, pizza and a few glasses of wine for 2 of us for about $120... Outdoor dining spaces do look exceptional, and would go back on a nice summer evening.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food and service were amazing. We were there on Mother’s Day and the staff handled the guests with ease!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Was very nice mothers day brunch. Only complaint is they should have informed guests that the drinks were not part of the fixed price menu.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great food and attentive staff. Kenny, our server, was knowledgeable about the drink menu and food menu. Food was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Quick excellent service, every course perfect, range of menu options perfect for everyone, this was a great experience for the whole family.

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