Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.5
1263 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

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What 1263 People Are Saying
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JO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
42 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
1 review
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
44 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
3 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
43 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
12 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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MC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistent, quality food, service and atmosphere. Always an enjoyable experience.

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EW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Better than you’d expect in a little suburban town.

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L
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific celebratory meal at Dettera. As always, something for everyone and the staff genuinely care that you have a good experience. Have to have the tomato tartine and corn cavatelli before they are no longer in-season.

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A
Philadelphia
80 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friends and I always enjoy Dettera; it is a really special place for us. We love the menu offerings and there is usually always something new and exciting on the menu. I loved the special salad I ordered and my friend loved the one with blueberries. The Bream entree with an unusual sauce was really great...just wished it had more okra rather than a presentation type; my friend loved the Duck which I have also had many times and enjoyed. We selected cocktails this time vs. wine and I was a little disappointed in the Pink Panther one. Overall, a pleasant meal!

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S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything AVAILABLE were as good as it gets. I just think a menu should have more to offer. With that said, this is a wonderful restaurant. Easy on the eyes as well as the pallet. I really like the bar. Now this has a great choice of drink. The house vodka is "Boardroom" distilled in Lansdale, so I like the fact they use local distributors. So you will see why I only gave it 4 stars.

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AG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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z
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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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MR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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B
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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KB
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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R
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent creative food. Lovely servers. Warm, friendly.

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RD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

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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Philadelphia
146 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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L
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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d
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

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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EB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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