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About Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar
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.
Ambler, PA 19002
American, Contemporary American
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
Close to municipal lot and on street metered parking (FREE daily 12pm-2pm, after 6:00pm daily, and all day Sunday).
Ambler train station less than five blocks.
Private Party Facilities:
Beautiful second floor available with service bar, lounge, and fire place.
Private Party Contact:
Kevin Yost: (215) 643-0111
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
Special Events & Promotions:
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!
Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
Our meals at Dettera are always outstanding. Tonight our party of three started with two unique salads and the tuna tartare. Entrees were the Amish chicken, bass in a wonderful broth and pasta with venison. We shared the chocolate pate for dessert with three forks (and an extra scoop of peanut gelato, please). We were pleased to have Michael serve our table; it’s like eating with a great friend. Thanks, Chef Jeffrey, for another wonderful meal.
Our waiter provided excellent service and was helpful and knowledgeable with selections. We were going to the theater afterward and did not need to rush within the hour we had. I had halibut and my wife had red snapper. Neither of us was disappointed in our meal.
Birthday dinner with the family at Dettera. Fist time and glad we chose this restaurant. We picked three appetizers, the tuna tartare, oysters, and the mushroom toast. Then for the entree’s, we had the surf and turf, stripped bass, and duck. Experience and expectations exceed!! The level of service is at the top. We will be back next chance we get. Every bite was perfect. Complements to the chef and kitchen staff for presentation. If you looking for an awesome meal, don’t miss a chance to eat at Dettera.
As an Ambler local, I feel so lucky to have a place like Dettera right down the street. Years ago, my husband and I ate our first meal here when we celebrated closing on our new home in town and there have been many impressive meals here since. We are both experienced and skilled home cooks so we don't eat out often. Our standards are high, and anyplace we dine at must do a better job than we could do at home ourselves. Dettera fits the bill! The seasonal menu is ambitious enough to interest sophisticated diners, but not so highbrow that others will be put off or intimidated. The wine list is ample with great choices in many price ranges and their handcrafted cocktails are delicious too. I eat mostly vegetarian with the occasional seafood dish thrown in, and some of my favorites at Dettera include the oysters, the grilled octopus appetizer (cooked perfectly, never rubbery!), any of their homemade pastas and the seasonal fish entree. In the spring, they had a trout with pea shoots that was so delicate and flavorful I still think about it. This most recent visit, I had a homemade potato gnocchi that was just perfect - not heavy at all. I also like that the pastas are offered in half portions. The octopus appetizer and a half order of gnocchi left me room for my favorite Dettera dessert: the butter cake. We brought my parents here to celebrate two birthdays and two wedding anniversaries and everyone left happy. My dad reported having the best steak EVER. Dettera is elegant inside, but you can show up casually dressed which is how we roll in my family. For 4 people who had a couple of drinks each, dinner and dessert we spent $275 including tip. My only critique is that they knew we were celebrating special occasions and we waited almost 45 minutes for our food. There was a large party clogging up the kitchen. While we were not upset, the server did not even comp us a round of drinks or dessert - just offered an apology.
I would highly recommend Dettera for their creative cuisine and great service. I had an exquisite soup made with parsnips, hazelnuts, and pears along with an excellent beet salad and an entree of pesto gnocchi. They also have a good wine selection and I always have had great service.
I recommend this restaurant to my friends!
Spur of the moment impromptu dinner with my wife. Everything was fantastic. Grilled octopus was as good as it gets. Eggplant ravioli was one of the specials and scrumptious. Our server Kenneth was incredibly friendly and very helpful in assisting us with our choices!
The service was amazing--- and the food was delicious! Being gluten free and somewhat fussy about other food restrictions, I was worried that it didn't look like there were options, but they were completely willing to substitute and everything we had was so delicious! The chef is very talented. And our waitress gets an A+++.
We were slightly late for our dinner reservation, which meant we arrived after 10 o'clock, which is when the restaurant changes its menu to a more limited menu. However, because we had called to say that we would be late, they kept the kitchen open so that we were offered the full menu! This was entirely unexpected and incredibly appreciated. The manager came out several times to ensure that we were having what we wanted, and to generally check on our well-being. This restaurant was a favorite of ours before that evening, but it is now at the top of our list!
We were celebrating my sister's birthday. I had made a reservation on line and I was called to verify and asked if there were any food allergies or dietary needs. I let them know it was for a birthday and they served dessert with a candle for my sister. The food was great and the waiter was so helpful explaining all of our options. I live far away but I would take my partner there for a date for a special occasion again.
Has been one our go to places for years. Dettera does everything well and for a regular, its as comfortable as a dining experience can get. It's our alt- dining room and a welcome relief from last night's burnt disaster in our kitchen. Even the hamburger and small plate menu is enough to revive our spirits. The food is always good, always interesting, but it is the place and people that keeps us coming back. If you're in center city, perhaps not enough reason to come out, but if you're in Ambler, there certainly is no reason for driving any further.
I must say Saturday night at Dettera was an odd experience. My wife and I walked into a half empty restaurant at approximately 7:50 for our 8pm reservation. It was a gorgeous night and we asked to sit at one of the approximately 10 empty outdoor tables. Our request was refused and instead we were offered another table upstairs. Saturday was the last night of restaurant week so we ordered off the menu and purchased the accompanying wine pairings. The first wine pairing came out approximately 10min before the appetizer which was early, but still fine considering the next course. Wine was served for course two as they were taking our appetizer plates. As I wanted to save my pairing for the meal I put the drink aside. Little did I know that we would be waiting over an hour for course two. After an hour, the manager (same one who wouldn't let us sit at the outdoor table) came to apologize for the wait - he made some excuse that the kitchen was backed up. He offered us a free glass of wine (class move) then asked the bus boy to fill up our empty water glasses. Long story short there was a lot of apologizing and they comped the wine pairing, but it seemed like the place was discombobulated from the start. Finally the entrees came and were small. We immediately ordered a side order and by luck, that came right out. I am not sure whose fault the service was and I am willing to give the restaurant another shot as the food we ate was actually very tasty, but next time I will make sure to clear my schedule.
Ambiance terrific, food delicious, wait staff very professional. What would have normally been more courses for this meal, my friend was on a diet, hence limited options. Waiters were patient and encouraged our lingering at table. Nice, especially after a long, stressful work week. Love this restaurant.
We live in Ambler, are regulars and Dettera has been our local go-to for better dining for years. Probably difficult for me to be completely objective because we like the place and the people so much that we might overlook some glitch that a one-timer might find fault with. That said, we've always found the menu to be interesting and creative, the service superb, and the food preperation and presentation excellent. Very comfortable surroundings and fine place to actually enjoy a meal. And they make a pretty good drink to specification. Always a pleasant experience. We generally order things we couldn't or wouldn't do at home, trusting them to wow us and we've rarely been disapponted. Reviewers tend to be harsh and often look for and note flaws, regulars tend to look for consistent enjoyable performance over time. We're regulars for a reason. Year after year, Dettera has been in our top 5 and always an easy choice after a long week.
Chef Jeffrey Power continues to be,, in my opinion the top chef in the Philadelphia area. An opportunity to be offered a chef tasting menu is a must do. Chef's daily menu is appealing enough and incredibly varied. But for a special treat, try a tasting menu and you will never be disappointed. Love, love, love this restaurant and this chef.
This was our first visit and we were totally surprised at how much we liked it. We started at the bar because we were early for our guests. I had the best Manhattan ever with a wonderful cheese plate. Our main course was great. Each of us had something different . Dessert was delicious. We will be back.
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